Orange County: The Most Hipster Place in America?

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Livery Design Gruppe
​Pop open that can of PBR. Orange County has been ranked as the No. 1 hipster place in America, surpassing San Francisco, Portland, New York and Austin.    
 
(Go ahead and lift your jaw off the floor--we'll wait.)  

Hipsterness, of course, isn't easy to quantify--ironic mustaches can disappear with the swoop of a razor. But price-guide startup Priceonomics took on the challenge with the National Fixie Index, which ranked 96 areas by the number of fixies for sale per capita. 

Priceonomics explains: 

Fixies (fixed gear bikes) are considered to be a strong indicator of hipsterness. For those unfamiliar, a fixed gear bike requires riding in a single gear and the only way to stop the bike is to pedal backwards to help skid the bike to a halt. You can't "coast" on a fixie; when you are biking downhill, your pedals will keep moving so you better keep pedaling too. Because of the minimalism of this fixed gear system, the bikes tend to be aesthetically pleasing but somewhat challenging to ride. This enigmatic combination may be what draws hipsters to the bikes, or not.      

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​After mining its database of 1.3 million bicycle listings, the researchers were "shocked to learn that Southern California is the epicenter of the fixie community." If this is the hipster metric we're going with, then it's true. OC is a thriving fixie playground with shops like City Grounds in Costa Mesa, Road Warrior Bicycles in Fullerton and Livery Design Gruppe in Huntington Beach. 

So go forth and get your fixie fix. Just don't bring up the hipster thing, though. Hipsters hate that.  

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41 comments
Ebayraffy
Ebayraffy

Orange Country?

A hipster community is organic, it is not a master planned retail development such as the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa. Simply having shops designed with reclaimed wood and rusted metal objects do not make for true hipster enviroment. Neighborhoods such as Brooklyn, Valencia Street in San Francisco and SOCO in Austin will always be truer in nature.

Tobias0227
Tobias0227

I'm surprise that Minneapolis wasn't listed in the data.  Uptown is crawling with hipsters.

Daiichi Kuronama
Daiichi Kuronama

Single gear bicycles CAN coast. I wonder if the reason beach cruisers sell so well here is due to the proximity to a beach...

helena.richardson37
helena.richardson37

With a bright and energetic color scheme, the Dreamcycle is fun cruiser that really makes a statementCalifornia Bikes. cruiser bike

Shari Bonnin
Shari Bonnin

Hellllloooo! Those are all cities. Orange County is a County. Not a city. How is this even accurate?

WhaaaaaaaaatThe
WhaaaaaaaaatThe

It's all about the schwinn beach cruisers with a nickel bag of funk

Rfries86
Rfries86

I live in orange county and I see the stupid bikes all the time, they usually travel in small packs.

On another note: Why do people post, "Just sayin" after they just said something? Almost as stupid as this article imo.

Patrick Mauck
Patrick Mauck

Hipsters abandoned track bikes for cyclocross bikes over the last year or so. Also, 'fixie' is an insulting term. Track bike or fixed gear, please (depending on the bike).

ColinGonzoCable♓
ColinGonzoCable♓

FIxed gears aren't hip anymore they are hype. Dutch town bikes are whats really hip.

Logan
Logan

wooooo, lol ole MODESTO, CA.....haha number 7 that's hilarious, @Michelle woo, come ride in Modesto,

mitch young
mitch young

A couple of summers ago was on the BART, shortly after coming back from several years in London (UK), and I noticed an early 20s young lady in leggings, a flowered smock, and stack heeled robin hood looking boots. The strange thing was -- she had a fixie.  Total cognitive dissonance.

You see, fixies started among bike messengers in London and New York. Those cities are flat, so no really major need for more than one gear. The single, fixed gear allows for quicker and more efficient transmission of power from cyclist to the rear wheel. So for proper fixie riders the bikes make sense. For the rest of us, they make absolutely no sense. Which is sort of typical of the whole hipster ethos -- posing as something your not. 

WhaaaaaaaaatThe
WhaaaaaaaaatThe

I wonder if they included "online sales" as hipsters do most of their shopping on their (h)iPhone

Guest
Guest

Suck it Portland!

Zzz
Zzz

This article is as lame as the kids who ride those bikes.

anon
anon

The OC is filled with upper middle-class kids who love the style but dont have the conviction to embrace the pseudo-liberal lifestyles of their truly hipsterish brethren and move to a depressed area of a big city.

dactyl
dactyl

I'm sure the nice weather, and un-hilly landscape of Orange County has something to do with the high level of fixters too! This is hilarious.

sASAS
sASAS

#ORANGECORNY 

Anonymous
Anonymous

omg, maybe they'll be "shocked" to find out we have the most surfboards for sale, too. this research is retarded.

Spencer Harding
Spencer Harding

That is actually my photograph, the journalist cant even read the photo credit on the website he grabbed the photo from. And yes it is in Long Beach, or rather LA county.

Cool story bro...

Bill T.
Bill T.

Yah, I wondered about that too. I found what appears to be to original article (http://blog.priceonomics.com/p.... It shows a similar graph for NYC burroughs. The graphs say bikes per capita but the text says bike sales per capita but that makes little more sense. The NYC graph shows Manhattan also at a 100 sales "per capita" rank. Maybe when NYC as a whole is counted the average among all the burroughs drops it down. In any case they appear to be using some strange definition of per capita that we're not aware of.

suckmydick
suckmydick

Ugh Modesto is always on the shittiest lists, I gotta get out. Tweakers and hipsters? Greeaaaattttt.

Tilo
Tilo

Bitch nigga long beach in this mofucker

909Jeff
909Jeff

Michelle, Don't worry about this tool... He or she is apparently the "Fun Nazi" and doesn't see the amusement in your story! Some people take themselves to seriously.  

omg, maybe we wont be surprised that anonymous has a stick up their ass!   

Also Michelle if you're down in Newport Beach Bike Religion is the shrine for Hipster Fixie's!

Guest
Guest

LOL... Quintessential Hipster Douche Bag!!!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

What gets me is that they used the word "retarded" to describe the research. "Retarded"? Really? It's not even polite to use that word when addressing the subject of actual developmental disability anymore.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

You make a good point. And although the word "retarded" makes me cringe, I would feel more comfortable hearing it from a medical doctor describing actual mental retardation than someone using it as a general insult.

guest3232323232
guest3232323232

You may not consider it polite, but being the big brother of a developmentally challenged boy, the doctors pretty bluntly called him "retarded." It may not sound polite, but I guess the truth isn't polite. In the past, I shared the same view, until I actually had to deal with it. I know that's not what this article is about, but I saw this comment. Just sayin'.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

You are awesome for being so considerate. When I was a kid we threw that phrase around so casually I suppose now I'm trying to make amends for it. Ah...the perils of self-awareness... :-)

909Jeff
909Jeff

eh... We arent very PC around these parts... But now I work with a Lady who has a special needs child so I have to actually be cognizant of it and not let one fly.  

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