This little piece popped up on the local news here in sacramento…
Fixed Gear Bikes Pick Up Speed.
Theres a video in the right corner after you click the link with the story. As is common with news stories here, there are a bunch of flaws. Most notable was the “fixies are illegal” bit. If a second of time was spent reading even the first line of their story theyd have stated the fact that it’s bikes with no brakes that are illegal, not fixed gear/track bikes. Granted, most of us here dont run brakes, especially if into doing tricks but we dont fly through traffic either. Im sure im going to hear that my bike is illegal numerous times as i troll about town these days.
Then theres the “fast intimidating” statement. There are plenty of jersey clad roadies here, i ride road bikes as well thus not my point, that blow past me on my way to work. Hell, there are people on beat ass mountain bikes that feel the need to come up on you randomly here in the city. To say its “fixed gears” and that they’re “intimidating” is just stupid. I wave at the most random people all the time! Haha. And really? You come around a corner and see someone you couldn’t see before? Hello, most people dont have x-ray vision…surprising..nor do they check their mirrors. You cant honestly say that when people have cyclists “come out of nowhere” they immediately note what type of bicycle they are riding.
Alsooo, the weaving and blowing lights? True. Some people feel the need to do this…though its across the board. Beach cruisers and mountain bikes alike. If you want to crack down on some hazards how about the side by side beach cruisers riding the wrong way on the sidewalk?
Bringing this all together? This isnt something new. Its been the law for years. Nothings changed. Tickets have been going around for some time now. Impounding though? Most of us choose not to drive…but we should still be warranted “fix it” tickets. You dont get your car impounded for no headlights, tail lights, proof of insurance or lack of registration.
The Sillegy touch is nice though…maybe people will be expecting to us on see 20” tall bikes :).