Really Seattle? I thought you were cooler than this. 28th? That’s it?
A recent analysis of bikes for sale by the Priceonomics blog ranks cities based on the number of fixed gear bikes for sale online in each locale. Seattle falls behind such hip bastions as Gainsville, Raleigh and Spokane, clocking in at 28th.
So next time you hear someone complaining about Seattle’s “fixie hipsters,” you can say, “Well, at least we’re not as bad as Boise!”
Priceonomics also crunched the unscientific-yet-data-driven data to show that Seattle is 11th in number of bikes for sale and 27th in bikes for sale per capita.
And if you thought that bikes here are more expensive than elsewhere, you might be right. Seattle falls 9th in median price per bike for sale.
Before we ran the numbers, we were pretty sure the answer would be Portland. San Franciscans (which we are) take a particular delight in being weird, but not being quite as weird as the people from Portland. This seemed like a great opportunity to point out “hey we like these impractical but cool bikes in San Francisco, but we haven’t taken it too far like those misguided folks out in Portland.”
Unfortunately the data did not comply with our desire to tease the people of Portland. In fact, we were shocked to learn that Southern California is the epicenter of the fixie community and that San Francisco is the fourth most popular area for fixed gear bikes. By the fixie metric, it appears that Portland is about as hipster as khaki pants and a blue button down.