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With all the talk about minivans and cross bikes, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that there's no discussion of bike culture and style. Sure, a cross bike with a shock on the seatpost may be a reasonable way to get around the city, much as a sturdy pair of wal-mart shoes with velcro attachements in a nice brown color would be a very reasonable pair of shoes. What people really want is not just to get around, but to look cool doing it. The coolest bikes, by far, are fixed gear track bikes with no brakes, preferably of italian descent. These are the bikes one sees the coolest bike messengers riding in all the coolest cities. They are terribly difficult to ride, but have a style and grace that would not lend itself to comparisons with wal-mart loafers.