Yes, it’s true. Urban Outfitters – the harbinger of cringe inducing college-kid fashion and the store best known for giving the populace the Palestinian scarf en masse to America – is finally catching up with its self image and is now selling fixed gear bikes.
News like this might set Brooklyn ablaze, indeed, as it seems that Everybody Who Has Ever Ridden A Bike And Liked Music seems to be against it. It’s actually a surprisingly good deal: I designed my own bike and the total was only $450 with shipping, which when considering that $450 is how much some pay for the frame alone, is actual a pretty good deal.
I don’t mean to say that I know a lot about bikes, but I do know that cries of “sell out” and “hey those bikes were only supposed to be for pretentious people” are falling on mostly deaf ears. What’s the point about fixed gear bikes becoming so “de rigeour” anyway? It’s a bike. You ride it places. It’s healthy. So why are hipster kids getting so butt hurt about it?
The answer lies not in the bikes themselves but in the price. Where many people in Brooklyn and other gentrified areas have “had to” spend increasingly larger and larger amounts on customizable parts for their bikes over the last seven or eight years (in which the fixed gear bike has risen to alarming popularity). Clearly we’ve all been there. To the, “Oh man, the thing I liked has gotten popular all of a sudden,” canard, but bikes? Seriously? That’s like everyone in LA getting upset over the rest of the country driving cars.
Get yours here at Urban for $450. It’s a pretty decent deal. No word yet on as to how these bikes hold up, but regardless, its still a great buy for a great item.