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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…

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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.

Chrome Wrenched London – Launching 6th September!

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We are so stoked to be hosting the short checkpoint race for the launch of Chrome Wrenched London!

Details are as follows:

Chrome & Fixed Magazine
Present:

The release of WRENCHED LONDON by CHROME

Come join us at Kinoko Cyles, 10 Golden Square to celebrate the release of Wrenched London!
The pocket sized, insiders city guide to London, and everything that is important within in the city of London.

– Race / Drink / Party / Read –

Featuring a short checkpoint race organised by Fixedgearlondon with prizes from Chrome.

September 6th, 2013 7 – 11pm

Kinoko Cycles, 10 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JA

www.chromeindustries.com
www.fixedmagazine.co.uk

www.kinokoccycles.com
www.fixedgearlondon.com

(The race will be a fun 30-45 minute checkpoint affair which takes in most of the major London tourist spots, there are 6 checkpoints in total. Maps will be provided as will pens!)

For any more information please email us: infofgldn@gmail.com