Was looking around for cool videos to watch and saw this and wow, cant’t wait to see the full video. Some of the shots they use for this video is awesome. If you haven’t checked it out please do.
Looking outside now is making me miss summer so much, such a cold dull day with rain and wind all together. Riding today makes me wonder how was it like riding in shorts and tee shirt. So much layers on while riding your bike sucks, but you got to beat the elements that comes at you!
I was at the science museum the other day and spotted this bike as part of Emily Pugh’s ‘Bicycle Tour’ installation. Amongst many examples from the museum’s collection of interesting and historic cycles, this is a replica example of the Olympic pursuit bicycle that set world records and enabled Chris Boardman’s gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Designed by Englishman Mike Burrows, this bike pushed competitive bicycle design, utilising a carbon composite monocoque in an advanced aerofoil cross-section construction (which I don’t pretend to understand but I’m sure it’s bad ass)
Anyway it was the only fixed gear bike they had on display (other than a couple of penny parthing types) and although it would be great to have more fixed gear bike design represented, this is a pretty cool bike
This photo was taken by Andy of me eating the best baguette ever, after a long ride and not eating a proper food, having a big ham and cheese baguette is like a five star meal. I can still remember that moment when I look at this photo, the nice cold drink eating in the shades. Then when we got to Paris for almost 5 day’s I’ve been eating nothing but baguette. I was sick of it at some point but that was the only food I can get my hands on, the worst time was at night, some places closed so early and food was hard to get, riding all day around the city and the only thing you want at night was a good hot meal. But nope sometime me and Ren (my best mate who I was with at the same hotel room) had coke, crisp and a bar of chocolate. Also I remember one night we didn’t get back till 2am because we’ve been looking around for a place to eat.
Yesterday I paid a visit to the 14 Bike co office, to say hello and see whats been happening. Also talking about the Bespoked Bicycle show, which I’ll be helping at the stand with them.
While I was in the office I came across Oscar’s old ESB, the influence of my frame colour, this frame had a lot of history on it and a lot of mad trick’s done!
Wanted to sit down at the back!
Good old London town.
Here’s a little clip of something that we did last year that will be out soon.
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…