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Bikes, Beers & Backpacks. The ‘Chrome Industries Wrenched: London’ Magazine launch party at Kinoko Cycles

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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:

Position Name Time
1st Charles 12:43.30s
2nd Archie + 0.01s
3rd Max +0.02s
4th Saheed +0.03s
5th Federico +0.04s

As you can see it was a photo finish but Charles managed to just nab it, thanks to our official timekeeper (iOS 6).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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