Fixies and Hipsters are… Correlated?

customize fixie online Fixies and Hipsters are... Correlated?

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.

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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.

Comments

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  2. Ronald February 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Wow, UNcool does that mean that the UN approves?
    Hipsters are the dead end of western civilization. A product of a generation who grew up to comfortable to risk anything. Instead they hash together all the subcultures that have come before them after strip mining them of any meaning. But hey, who in a city doesn’t love a fixie? well except maybe cab drivers…I own one. I live in Brooklyn and I also Hate hipsters.

  3. Bike Fixer January 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    The list must be upside down……. OC is 100% the most UNcool place on the planet

  4. Arin January 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Where does this data even come from? Did you determine the hipster data based off of fixed gear bicycle sales? Do you realize that that would assume all hipsters ride fixed gear bicycles and that everyone who rides a fixed gear bicycle is a hipster? Poor at best.

  5. Grant January 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    As a Fixie owner who grew up in Orange County I have to say that the data is skewed. It only tracks “turn-key” fixies that were bought in shops. The vast majority of fixies are conversions of 1980′s road bikes that swap out a fixed rear wheel costing about $120. The entry cost of a store bought fixie is somewhere closer to $500. So, in conclusion, I think the data really illustrates how OC is full of posers who try to buy their way into street cred. True hipsters have to make tough budgeting decisions (like drinking PBR to save for the purchase of a Mac Book Pro) and they will take the DIY approach, just take a trip to Silverlake in LA.

  6. Benjamin Sullins January 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Alright San Diego!