- January 27, 2012
Depending on who you are, the sight of a gorgeously simple yet eclectic fixed gear bicycle may make your mouth water or may fill you with ire. Perhaps if you feel the former, you are the current owner of several pairs of skinny jeans, a pearl snap vintage shirt and ironic glasses. In other words, you are a hipster.
According to the folks on Quora, fixed gear bicycles (or fixies) are considered to be a strong indicator of hipsterness. The folks at Priceonomics blog, as part of their effort to build a comprehensive bicycle pricing guide, have measured what kinds of used bicycles people sell and the quantity sold in cities across the US. To find where the hipsters live, they mined their database of 1.3 million bicycle listings to determine where the various markets for used fixed gear bicycles existed and which were the strongest (most sales) and therefore likely had the highest number of hipsters.
Surprisingly, places commonly thought of to be high in hipster density, including San Francisco and Portland do not top the list. Commonly thought of hipster mecca, Brooklyn (NYC) doesn’t even make the top 25. (You can see the full list here.) We’re pleasantly surprised that our hometown of Austin, TX ranks below Boise in hipsterness (at least as indicated by used fixed gear bicycle sales).
Now, this is a bit of a silly parallel to draw and certainly does not take into account the bike-ability of a city, let alone the individual reasoning various folks have for riding fixed gear bicycles, but it’s nevertheless a fun analysis of a massive corpus of bicycle pricing data.