A bit worried and wondering where in Japan Mark V is (we haven’t heard in a week and it wasn’t sounding too good for his knee), I’ve been checking a few Japanese blogs for any mention and found a Message to Fixie Riders: You Are Not Alone from Neomarxisme that laments hipster fixies and sarcastically acknowledges that
“this is the single most important change in the way we think about mobility and there will be no turning back.”
Check all the comments on that post for the lively discussion. In regards to an important change in mobility, note that that latest issue of Bicycle Quarterly is chock full of old bikes that were either fixed, single-speed or used flip-flop hubs. Example is the 1950 René Herse fixed-gear winter training bike.
Now that carbon frames are ubiquitous, that super-light frame of yours just isn’t turning heads like it used to. Lucky for you, my narcissistic friend, several companies’ new high-tech composite frames are sure to turn the tables back in your favor, and there’s little danger of wide adoption. I am of course referring to wooden frames.
Cyclingnews.com shows us that Shimano appears to have entered the carbon-crank market. Why? - I don’t know. After my initial shock when the current Dura Ace crank was introduced, I fell in love with the aesthetic. I appreciated Shimano’s decision to stay with their Hollowtech Aluminum cranks. Now it appears that market pressures have pushed them into carbon. What’s next…11speed?