For bike messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), dodging speeding cars, evading crazy cabdrivers, and blowing by millions of cranky pedestrians is all in a day's work. Wilee is one of the best in a dangerous job, and his bike of choice is a Fixie, a lightweight, single-gear unit without brakes.
It's a movie.
He's bike had to be unique and interesting, and at the same time be a sort of underdog like he was.
The movie pointed out how much 'better' traditional geared bikes where, several times, during several races and scenes.
I mtb, so don't really have a dog in this fight, ride whatever you love to ride.
I agree with you, I had a OVAL brand wheel with my Fuji, that would get thrown out of true every week or two (chicago streets are shit)
My Ultegra wheels are insanely good, they are the best wheels I have ever owned, I bought 2 sets. I have a spare. (they were on crazy sale)
MTB wheels are bomb proof in the streets, they rarely need truing
Most messengers ride track bikes, cross bikes, or old rigid 26ers. Sometime on nice days you'll see them bring out their nice road bikes. The smart messengers are the ones on cross and mountain bikes with full fenders and semi-upright flat bars.
>The smart messengers are the ones on cross and mountain bikes with full fenders and semi-upright flat bars.
You have no idea what you're talking about, the best messengers will be the best messengers on a beach cruiser.