The other day I was sitting with a friend who helped me build my first single speed back in the late 90's. He is often a bit chatty, but often he comes up with a gooder. Today was one such day. We were reminiscing about the various fixed and single speed bikes we have built up over the years when he dropped, "Ya know, fixed gears are kinda like the new rollerblades."
At the time I kinda laughed, but shortly afterward stuffing my face at the $10 buffet table at All India Sweets (Main and 49th - 604-327-0891) I had a perfectly good meal ruined by a Mercier.
From a distance it looks fine bike, but up close its a rolling disaster. Now I am a generous guy and can forgive pink paint job, the bad to toe straps or even the fact they put a front fender on the back wheel (not sure what that shorty will do for you). All of these can be argued to fall under the auspice of personal expression. However, what is totally unforgivable is the seat post. Take a close look, its mounted in wrong frickin' direction!
Sure moving the saddle forward can put you into more of a power position [Ed Note: the jury is out on this one but triathletes live by it], but we are talking a half an inch tops here people, not half a fucking foot!
Holy crap, I can't even begin to imagine how uncomfortable that bike is to ride. You have a cramped cockpit, where your knees are hitting your elbows, meanwhile your tendons are screaming in pain because your knees are so far forward relative to the pedal axel that your tendons in are about to snap!
This can only have happened because fixed gears are now the new fashion icon. But whatever fixies are cool and fashion is supposed to hurt, yes rollerblading indeed.