My buddy Mike is building me a new townie. Road bikes are cool and mountain bikes are great, but there might not be a more bike-nerd-satisfying project than a new errand bike. I’m opting for a steel, OG hipster fixed gear with big front basket and olive drab powder coat. Mike is building me a segmented fork.
I haven’t had a fixie for a few years, and I miss that feeling of controlling the bike with my feet, the slow, deliberate way you have to ride in the city when you can’t freewheel. I’ll run brakes, because I have kids. I’m not going for a cool guy ride as much as I am a big rolling toy, that I can use to get groceries with.
There are a lot of ways to go with a bike like this. Belt-drive, internal hubs, all manner of fenders, generator hub/headlights, racks and panniers, drop and flat bars. You can go electric (I probably should have given the hill I live on).
There is a very real argument to be made that I don’t need this bike. My wife tried to make it. I commute on road and gravel bikes. I don’t do a lot of errands, because I hate them. We live on a tall hill. My knees are too old to be riding fixed. Whatever. That all makes the project more fun.
This week’s Group Ride asks, do you own a town bike? Do you commute on it? What’s cool about it? What’s uncool about it? Do you do errands by bike? If you don’t have a bike for this purpose, what would yours look like?
Image: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure