Buttons by Tracko, for sale at 1 dollar each, HERE.
"Who doesn't love buttons? And who doesn't like making a statement? This isn't political. I'm not here to tell you what kind of bike to ride. Because really... I don't care as long as you're on a bike. This is just a little reminder of where everyone came from. A much simpler time, one more about community. A time when people relied on each other for information rather than some blog or forum. A time when you didn't have a choice...you rode a Track Bike because that is all there was. There was no CMX, most had never even heard of Cyclocross, Road Bikes had gears and Mountain Bikes where just a no no. Don't sell your Track Bike for a Road Bike. Don't forget about your Track Bike because your CMX is more fun. Don't forget that before Cyclocross was ever cool Track Bikes introduced you and many others to this wonderful thing called cycling. The Track Bike will forever be in my heart. It has been a huge part of my life, the person I am and the people I have grown to love. So now it is time for me to give back to the Track Bike. I am doing this by trying my hardest to never let anyone forget what an amazing machine the Track Bike is and forever will be."
Interestingly these buttons have been posted on about every blog out there is but no one has really said anything about the weird write-up above. Are people just waiting for Bike Snob NYC to discover this?
Political or not, buttons like these are about making a statement once you buy it and pin it on your messenger bag or flat brimmed baseball cap or wherever. I do agree with the point made by Kyle/Tracko, even if I'm currently more excited about my road bike winter projects than hoarding ever more vintage track components I don't need. However, somehow publicly stating something like the fact that messengers riding real track bikes on the NYC streets is where the whole fixed gear phenomena originally started always rubs some people like the singlespeed MTB brahs or the road bike conversion-loving Sheldon's disciples the wrong way.
Also, does this implicate that selling your sweet color-coordinated fixie biek in order to afford to buy a proper geared road bike, a über street-credible cyclocross bike or a 700cmx tricktrack bike for that matter, proves that you were into riding a track bike because of all the wrong reasons?