I had a thought today that maybe I should think about going down the way of producing more plastic fixies than wooden ones.
It’s fairly unique to me. There are very few others handmaking their own and even the people that do make them don’t make them particularly functional for play.
I can see certain advantages to my plastic models:
- They are tougher
- They are smoother
- Poly string is native
- They can be taken apart
- The gap is truly adjustable (to a more functional degree than TMBR’s models)
- The axle will never wear down
- Water hardly bothers them
- There are far more colour options
- They are more pocketable and retain great performance.
Just to elaborate more on the adjustability of the gap; the aluminium axles I use in them are now very snugy press fitted and require zero glue. You can narrow the gap or widen it as you see fit without compromising the fit of the axle. It works great.
What are your thoughts on this?
Here’s a PC KNick-KNack I just made for Kyle Nations.