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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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Bikes, Beers & Backpacks. The ‘Chrome Industries Wrenched: London’ Magazine launch party at Kinoko Cycles
Fixed Gear London & Kinoko cycles hosted the ‘Chrome Wrenched: London’ magazine launch party. Chrome Industries is a US based company who consistently produce some of the best & most bombproof gear for cycling & living around the city.
We kicked off with some beers & caffeinated beverages (courtesy of Camden Brewery & Red bull) at 7pm while everyone talked bikes & signed up for the race set for 7:45pm. It was 29°C the day previous & rained throughout the start of race day but luckily the skies cleared just in time for the event, welcome to London. Bike people began filtering into Golden Square quite steadily until we had what looked like our own little outdoor trade fair.
It was a standard checkpoint race, 5 checkpoints, and 5 Phone boxes revealed only on the start line, whoever came back with all 5 numbers first won. Respect to Mikey R for convincing plenty of people to sign up for the race – even the guys who spent last month’s rent on their composite front wheels. In all around 20 riders put their race faces on, we saw bottle cages, crash helmets, cleats & one guy who even took his shirt off to get more ‘aero’. Lastly Dickies provided the racers with some slick pens & we were good to go!
The route included 6 phone boxes: Picadilly Circus, Duncannon Street, Wellington Street, Shelton/Neal Street, Moore Street & Broadwick Street. Most people opted to do a loop starting with Piccadilly Circus then following logically round to Neal St etc. Everyone arrived back within the 30min mark, tired but safe & sound & more importantly, bikes intact.
Big respect to our winner Charles who arrived back in 12:43.30s, complete with tales of a seriously hairy moment with a black cab. Here are the results:
As you can see it was a photo finish but Charles managed to just nab it, thanks to our official timekeeper (iOS 6).
The winner got a Chrome jersey, Chrome Backpack, some T-Shirts from FGL & Chrome, a FGL lockwhip tool designed by Andy Ellis & a cold Beer. The runners up got some t-shirts, Lockwhips, tyres & sticker packs. After the prize-giving was wrapped up it was time for more beers & a quick browse of some of the free copies of Wrenched: London. Rob & Lettie insisted on signing some copies of the Wrenched mags to ‘add value’, but Rob took his new fame overboard & began offering personally signed photos. Make sure you get down to Kinoko to pick up your free Wrenched copy & have a look round too!
We were absolutely stoked with the turnout & it was genuinely great to see everybody representing Fixed Gear. Solid props to Andy Ellis who was the brains behind the whole operation & a big, big thanks to Chrome, Kinoko & all our sponsors who provided prizes, support & drinks. After congratulating the winners we all sipped the night away whist discussing worldly issues like why our form of foot retention is better than everybody else’s, how to wheelie safely through rush hour traffic & why footjamming is the new skidding.
We’ve got more events like this planned for the future so we’ll keep you posted as long as you keep it Fixed! Peace, respect & big love – FGL.
We was faced with some heavy rain on saturday, but that didn’t stop us from going to Herne Hill Velodrome to try and check out the event that was going on. But it was canceled due to the weather, going back to central was the fun part our leg’s and feet just got soaked, I just remember every time I pedal I just felt the squishy feeling in my sock’s. The wind didn’t help us at all, wet clothes plus wind equal cold body.
The power of Moses.
Here is my new 14R Low Pro in Fluro yellow, with Royce dropouts and Reynolds 853 double butted aero tubing. This year we have changed the down tube decals and also each bike has a date of when it was made and also a personal number, the standard colour is still matte black and frame price is £795, two carbon fork options available. I am very pleased of the out come of this bike frame and can’t wait to ride it. If you want more info please email email@example.com
Photo by Giles Smith
Yesterday, we went for a ride to Epping!
It started well, just a dark sky and a cool wind but 30-45 minutes into the ride, rain drop’s started coming down… then it became a heavy rain and the temperature dropped. London weather is weird it comes and goes, one minute its rainy and then the sun tries to come out so it stops and then back to rain. One thing I found hard is when your socks gets wet and your jeans sticks to your skin, its so difficult to move! There wasn’t many hill’s to climb but with the hard rain hitting, you can’t see your way and the hills that were there you find yourself pushing so hard to get to the top and sometimes not knowing how far the climb is…
Today I had fun, riding with your good friend’s makes your ride feel so good even when its really bad weather or if your have a bad day. A real good energy can be passed around within the group to encourage all to ride well, I know that sounds mad. But I push myself harder when I see one of my friends going up them hill’s with me.
Too much rain made me want to pee.
Which way is home?
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It was surprisingly sunny for early January yesterday.
We are updating the riders pages on the website and changing a few things up this month, so keep your eyes peeled -_-
The 1st Yellow 14R frame set…
Bottom Bracket Prep…
Ted’s New / Old Data Charts!