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Paint Job

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After my crash I went on finding a new bike, wanted to stay with a steel frame and a 14 bike co make. I came across with my mates frame, and it was black and I knew one day I would change that colour as all of my other bikes has been colourful in the pass. So Ian from cycle Ps, battersea told me a guy that’s doing awesome paint work on bikes and not many people know about him. So we went down to his work shop and checked out his stuff. Daniel is a rad dude, and if you see his work it’s so good. Go and check his web site out or go to his Instagrame, Colecoatings work shop. Keep your eyes open for more photos and bike detials. 

  

Written by Mikey Ramirez

July 23, 2015 at 6:11 pm

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.

 

Chas In London

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Chas just landed in London fresh today, what he did next was to build up his bike and hit the streets of London. We did some catching up with him and seeing what his been up to, talking about race mainly bike stuff. It’s a quick visit so give him a high five or a holla if you see him n the streets! 

It’s good to see you, Chas!

Written by Mikey Ramirez

March 8, 2015 at 10:33 pm

A Day On The Velodrome

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Back in October my wife got me a track session to the Lee Valley velodrome for my birthday present, so today I went to the track for the first time ever. I was scared and excited at the same time, the only thing I had on my mind was I hope I’ll stick to the corners and not slip!

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It was funny hearing people say “ah, it feels funny riding a fixed bike, it will take some time to get use to it”. See I would say that when I’m on a free wheel bike. So the coach explained some rules and how to be safe on the track. This is the safest place to ride a bike, but that depends on how you ride on it!

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After a few laps around the safe side of the track, we got onto the track itself. I didn’t hit the corners right way I wanted to see how it felt at the bottom, then each lap I started to go higher and faster till I felt right and natural. Going down the corner from that height gives you that ‘damn that was fast’ feeling.. It felt I was in a roller coaster ride. Got told off for over taking and not looking back, but I guess that’s the street side of me? Maybe or just having too much fun and forgetting there’s other people on the track.
It was a fun experience but I can’t see this for me on the long run, first I can’t ride as fast as I can, second I’m so use on having cars and other stuff in front of me and I like that feeling..
But I’m glad I did it!
Thanks Goldie for getting me this for my birthday.

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Written by Mikey Ramirez

December 10, 2014 at 10:16 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

Seeing Doubles

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Steven Tortorelli from Bicycle Coffee will be heading to NYC for the Red Hook Crit race next week and will be riding his 14R, man I love the colour. So if you’re down there I’m sure you can’t miss his bike, give him a high five!

Written by Mikey Ramirez

March 22, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Koga

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Been trying to ride my Koga bike but with the wind blowing like mad it’s been hard times. But today I had a chance to take out for a spin, enjoying the chilled ride into central. Love this frame need to make it more lighter on weight and have a low profile rims. What you guys think?

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Written by Mikey Ramirez

February 19, 2014 at 4:46 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…

Sprint race!

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If you liked our last checkpoint race you’ll love this one we’ve got coming up, so get involved!

FGL SPRINT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details:

Fixed Gear London, Chrome, Knog & Continental present…

The ‘Ride’ sprint series.

Join us at the Leake Street graffiti tunnel by Waterloo on Friday December 13th for some skids, drinks & high-torque high-jinks.

Location: Leake Street Tunnel, SE1 7NN

Time: 7:30pm 

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(The race will be on location at the tunnel, more details to come)

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

Written by mjm

November 22, 2013 at 12:38 am

Keirin 2013

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Last Sunday was Rollapaluza’s 2nd Keirin festival, and my first track competition.

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Being my first competition I thought it wise to put myself down in the novice category.

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Two heats and a final later I managed to bag myself a 2nd place finish. Not too bad for my first time.

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Thank you to Rollapaluza for putting on a great event, and thank you to Swrve for the great prizes.

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Looking forward to Keirin 2014!

Photos courtesy of AEphotos

Written by robobeng

August 31, 2013 at 8:50 pm

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