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Ride In The Sun

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Today had to be the best day to be on your bike!

Met the guys (Indra and Kamal) at Cycle PS in Battersea, chilled for abit. And went for a ride with our mate Ian, road was busy in this awesome weather. People on their bikes, went around looking for a place to get my new frame painted. Bumped into Levi as we got to high street Ken, beging of the ride. Yeah, it was a fun day around London.

      

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Written by Mikey Ramirez

April 20, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Men Sprint Final – 2014 UCI Track Worlds

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Pretty cool thing to watch, while having a cup of coffee and a cake.

Written by Mikey Ramirez

March 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Hello (Fixed Gear) London!

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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.

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Before I realised foot retention was a good idea…

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.

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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…

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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…

14R

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My 14R came back from the paint shop!

This is the stiffest frame set I have ever ridden. – Æ

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By the way, there is only 7 days left to pre order a Fixed Only / Death to Roadies t-shirt!!

Louis Garneau / 14R / Brascona.

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Aluminum / Steel / Carbon.

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