Thursday, December 26, 2013

Word on Bikes

"Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." ~Charles M. Schulz

Saturday, December 7, 2013

We hope everyone is enjoying the spirit of the season as much as we are! We're now in full swing and bikes are shipping. Order one by 12/16 to make sure you get it by Christmas.

There's nothing a like a brand-new red bicycle under the tree! 

Check out all our fixies for sale now!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Words on Bikes

After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable.  A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go.  You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow.  
~H.G. Wells, The Wheels of Chance

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Words on Bikes

I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five.
Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer?
We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!
--Henri Desgrange, L'Équipe article of 1902

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Keeping it simple

baseline bicycles logo

Dokochari customized japanese bike

Dekochari - customized bikes in Japan (perhaps inspired by the following poem)


Michael built a bicycle unsuitable for speed,
it's crammed with more accessories,
than anyone would need.

There's an AM-FM Radio,
A Deck to play Cassettes,
A Refrigerator-Freezer,
and a pair of TV sets.

There's shelves for shirts and sweaters,
And hangers for his jeans,
A drawer for socks and underwear,
And a rack for magazines.

There's a fishbowl and a bird cage perched upon the handlebar,
a bookcase,
and a telescope to watch the moon and stars.

There's a telephone,
A blender,
A stove to cook his meals,
A sink to do his dishes somehow fastened to the wheel.

There's a portable piano,
A set of model trains,
An automatic bumpershoot that opens when it rains.

There's a desk to do his typing on this fabulous machine,
A stall for taking showers,
And a broom to keep things clean.

But you'll never see him ride it,
for it isn't quite complete,

Michael left no room for pedals,
And there isn't any SEAT

Baseline Bicycles takes a “less is more” approach to bicycle design, 
keeping our bikes simple and clutter-free.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"- Leonardo da Vinci

Our video response to Michael’s Bicycle can be seen here:  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Our website is live!

Baseline Bicycles Logo

We are thrilled to announce the launch of It's taken awhile but we are incredibly proud and excited that our site is now up and running. With the internet as our only avenue for sales this is huge for us. The website is built on the popular Wordpress publishing system. This platform enables us to keep the site up to date, keep you posted on developments as they occur, and to get announcements out quickly.
Feel free to browse the site. We would love to hear your feedback.

On the site you can shop, read our story, link to our blog and read articles on:

What is a fixie?

This article defines what a fixed gear bike is, what the ride is like, and why you will want to own one.

Our bikes

This article familiarizes you with the bicycle specs. Explains why we chose the material and components we did, and how we are meeting our twofold goal of providing the best bike for the best price.  

The Baseline Difference

This article explains the roots of the company name, the company philosophy and the company commitment to quality and service.

 Of course it is also the best place to see pictures of our bicycles:

fixies, fixed gear bikes, single speed bike by Baseline Bicycles

We hope you enjoy the site. Remember to bookmark the page, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Why bicycle couriers choose to ride fixies

Fixies are ridden by urban bicycle couriers (also known as bicycle messengers) around the world.  They are generally found in the central business districts of large cities where getting around on a bicycle is faster than any other means of transportation because they don’t get stuck in traffic or need to find parking. Riding in traffic and under pressure all day, every day these men and women are some of the strongest and fittest cyclists you can find. They work their bikes very hard and if they had to ride bikes made of stuff like aluminum they would likely break them. The fixies these riders use have steel track frames modified with different wheels for street use. Because fixies don’t have gears and some don’t have brakes either, they’re very simple machines- meaning there is very little to go wrong with them.

Green fixie by Baseline Bicycles

Some couriers and other fixie fans buy and sell frames and make up their bikes the way they want them, but most riders keep things pretty simple. People who love these bikes like to heighten their simple appearance by removing everything that isn’t essential, giving them a stark, clean look. Some couriers go a little too far in their quest for lightweight simple machines and even remove the brakes.

Premium Rush poster

Premium Rush-Movie synopsis from rottentomatoes.comDodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day's work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie - super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who's used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him.

Except for this small niche of riders (bicycle couriers), responsible owners of fixed gear bikes should have them outfitted with both front and rear brakes at least until they learn to skid stop, at which point they should still keep at least a front brake.  There is no excuse for putting yourself and the public at risk just to be “cool”.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Words on Bikes

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.  Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man.  And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became.  Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.  Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.  ~Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Words on Bikes

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How to spot a fixie

The simplicity of the fixed gear bicycle’s design makes for a very beautiful bicycle.  The clean lines and styling made possible by eliminating the mechanisms required to change to higher or lower gears leave a simple yet beautiful machine.  A bicycle with just a single gear.  However, not all single gear bikes are fixies, which makes it possible to mistake a single gear bike for a fixed gear bike. 

To determine whether a  single gear bike is a fixie requires taking a closer look.   The place to look is at the frame, particularly at where the rear wheel  attaches to the frame. A fixie frame is different from a normal road bike frame. The difference is in the rear dropouts (the slots that the rear axle slips into when putting on the rear wheel). On a normal bike they will point down and forward, but on a fixie frame they will point straight back. The frames are built this way because moving the wheel backwards is how you  increase the tension of the chain on a fixie. This can’t be done if the axle is pushed right into its bolting position on a downward facing dropout.

fixed gear, fixie cog

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bike Messengers and Their Fixies

Bike messengers have been around almost as long as bicycles themselves. If you know anything about bike messengers these days, it is probably that they are usually linked to fixed gear bikes.

Why is this?

For bike messengers, simplicity is key. This is why fixies are so popular among the group. They are both simple to maintain (important when you are using your bike as much as a bike messenger does) and simple looking (which means they are less likely to be stolen).

If you live in a big city with bike messengers, you should stop and talk to some! You'll find that they have a passion for cycling, and they are a great source of information. Need to know which roads are the safest? The quickest route to take? Where to get your bike serviced? Ask a bike messenger!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Why should I get a fixie?

So, you're looking for a bike. There are a lot of different types of bicycles out there, so how do you know which one is right for you?

Here are a few reasons you should consider a fixed gear bicycle:

  1. They are fun! Once you get used to it, you'll find it is just a more fun bike!
  2. It's good exercise. When you're coming up on a hill, you don't have the option to change the gear and make the ride easier, so you'll find yourself getting stronger. 
  3. When riding a fixed gear you feel closer to your bike. Because you are more connected to your bike, you'll have better control. 
  4. Efficiency. Without all those extra components your bike will be lighter and more efficient. 
  5. They are beautiful. The simplicity of a fixed gear makes for one good looking bicycle!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What is a "fixie"?

Once upon a time, on a college campus, I heard some people talking about their "fixies". I had no idea what they were talking about, and didn't want to admit to my ignorance by asking.

In order to keep you from the same ignorance, let's talk today about what a fixie is. "Fixie" is short for "fixed gear". In short, a fixie is a bicycle that has a drivetrain with one gear that is fixed to the rear wheel. This means that when you are riding a fixie you cannot coast, but have to continue pedaling whenever you want your bike to move. 

Fixies are popular because they are the most simple of bicycles. Unlike other cyclists, a fixie rider doesn't need to worry about derailleurs, double or triple cranksets, shifters, or (in some cases) brakes. 

Since you only have one gear on a fixie, choosing the best gear for yourself is very important. Factors to consider include how fast you pedal, where you are riding (flat roads? hills?) and how strong of a rider you are. 

Fixies are the ultimate in bike simplicity. 

Stay tuned for reasons why you should get one!