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

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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!

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of baselinebicycles.com. 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”.