Yet fans of the fixie swear that nothing can beat it for urban riding. Indeed, the majority of Britain's urban cycling professionals, the couriers who ride for a living all day, choose to ride fixies. What's more, the latest bicycle fashion is spreading from couriers to health enthusiasts to commuters. At Condor Cycles, the central-London shop, fixed-wheel bikes are a top seller — accounting for half the sales of the Condor brand.
—Tom Bogdanowicz, "In favour of the fixie," Financial Times, November 17, 2007
More influential than the mainstream media's attention, however, has been the Internet's role in the proliferation of fixies. Web sites dedicated to the fixed gear subculture typically garner a fanatic response, and new sites continue to spring up daily. Among the most popular sites is www.fixedgeargallery.com, a hub for readers to showcase photos of their personal bikes.
Of course there's a certain camaraderie that comes with riding a fixie in the city. Birds of a feather flock together, and like-minded cyclists are especially prone to forming cliques.
—Jeff Guerrero, "The limberness of the fixed gear mind," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 9, 2007
She paid $40 and named her Aung, after Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
Aung attracted lots of attention because she was a fixed gear bike, a "fixie" in messenger parlance.
—Paula Voell, "A fine mess," Buffalo News, January 28, 2001