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It’s been exactly two years since I learnt to ride a bike outside the confines of a spinning class studio. That’s right – I’m ashamed to admit that I spent the first 21 years of my life completely oblivious to the soaking wet trousers and calloused hands that riding [in London] brings. Learning to ride a bike was intended to be just another futile New Year’s Resolution, but this one stuck, and it’s become an (un)healthy obsession.
When it came to choosing my first steed, I was only interested in the colour. But I soon realised I should buck up my attitudes towards buying a bike, because even though this was my first time, I was a couple of decades late – no plastic tricycles for me. So a friend introduced me to my bright pink (of course) Fuji Feather Track bike. Besides a few dodgy moments (90% of my Uni commute was along Euston Road), by mid-Jan I was totally getting into it.
By getting into it, I mean I was and still am completely hooked. There has been a direct correlation between catching this fixed gear bug and the decline of my girlie wardrobe; skirts have gone for good if I’m going to get from A to B for free. Even the colour pink seemed too unsettling for me so I began my first build, starting with a silver Vivalo frame. Thanks to my OCD, one Dura Ace seat post meant that all the other components had to follow suit. I was hungry for a month, but it was worth it… Still easily wowed by carbon, I put a Notorious 90 on the front. Although this isn’t what any NJS frame-makers had in mind for their classic creations, it did provoke me to take off the front brake sooner than I thought – it just looked weird on such a deep rim.
Although it’s a bit late in the season I am now saying goodbye to headwind troubles by swapping the 90mm carbon for an H+Son wheel to match the rear, returning the Viv to its more familiar form. But, I can’t quite let go fully of the Hip Hop Slavery so I am half way through my next build – a recently ‘Armourtexed’ frame in HHS sparkly red…
I didn’t know many riders when I first started out, so when Fixedgearlondon got in touch I was really keen to get to know the other FGL guys, (who are all awesome), to ride with them when I’m not at work and to meet others at FGL events such as the check-point races and sprints. I’m still keen to get more girls riding fixed – maybe that should be my New Year’s resolution for 2014? Now I know I can stick to them…
We had another event on Friday, this time it was an all out sprint tournament, straight down Leake St. tunnel. The event started at 7:30 but Mikey R got there early (in his fetching new road shoes) to make it nice for you guys:
We were greeted by some awesome fire jugglers from the circus which was cool, & their trance music, which wasn’t, but we quickly drowned that out with our superior boombox. Pristine road surface – check, intimidating music – check, now all we needed was our riders. Rob arrived with the prizes, premium rush style:
Mike M finished spraying this piece, changed his outfit then sprayed the start line on:
Mikey R took down the names, 16 in total, including the guy who worked in the tunnel & literally walked out from the wall behind us with a slack chained ratbike (& actually won his first race!). Premium Rob explained the rules (“go straight“) & we were on our way:
Lettie screamed the starting orders, Mike M called the winners on the line & the rest cheered the guys on.
No casualties until the last race where it got a little crazy. Charles (our previous checkpoint race winner) managed to get in a close 2nd place, a little worse for wear, but still smiling:
It was a photo finish for 1st place but our winner Dan nabbed it, just. Here are the results:
1st place: Dan
2nd place: Charles
3rd place: Dimitri
Here are the podium shots (with a suspicious looking graffiti Santa in the background) seasons greetings!
We’ll have another event early in the new year, until then Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year guys!
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