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Chas / Oakley / London

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Chas of MASH fame, visited us in London a few weeks ago…  Well here is one of the reasons why, watch and enjoy.

 

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#jcldnride

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IMG_6939.JPGToday I’ve organised a short bike ride to a burger place called Dip and Flip at Battersea rise, it was a unofficial Johnny cupcakes ride for the fans or anyone that knows JC as a brand, it was a small number of us. Traffic today was busy because of protests and most roads were close. It felt like a Monday morning ride, in and out of traffic squeezing into gaps. But finally when we got there we had the best award. Thank you for the guys that came out today. Till the next one!

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Written by Mikey Ramirez

September 21, 2014 at 4:05 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…

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