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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.
Hello everyone my names Kamal and I’m the newest member of FixedGearLondon, I just thought I’d introduce myself and give a little insight into my life on bikes. Firstly thanks to all the guys from FGL for welcoming me and allowing me to be a part of everything you do! I’ve been riding fixed for the last 6 years and I starting out with a crappy off the peg single speed I have since covered pretty much every style of fixed gear bike from freestyle, NJS and a brief weekend trial of a lopro (my back can’t hack it). I’m 20 years old and I’ve lived in West London my whole life although I’m all over London cycling and also cover most of the city for work as well.
My current stable consists of only two track bikes; the first is my Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta Track V2 which is one of my top favourite fixed gears ever. I’ve restored it to a degree from a rattle canned black beater into a bright green beast. I recently managed to get a hold of a V1 fork from BMW as part of their latest production run which I’ve always wanted. I love the Gangsta because it’s bomb proof and so versatile.
My other bike is a GT GTB, another one of my top five, which was rawed by a previous owner and looks MEAN. I’ve always loved the triple triangle frame (this is my second) and mine has a steel columbus fork which I think suits the frame more than the standard (although I’m on the lookout for a Wound Up ;) hint hint). It’s a comfortable bike but still more than capable when i want to put my head down and go fast, which is the reason I bought it.
Photo by Indra
Now that the bikes are out of the way a bit more into my background; essentially if it rolls on two wheels I want to know how to fix it and I’ll have a go at riding it. I spent the last two years working for one of the big UK bike retailers which gave me an endless pool of experience but took up a lot of my free time and slowed down my riding. I’ve recently moved into mechanic work which is a lot more enjoyable and a lot less time consuming, so this summer I’m hoping to spend a lot more time working on and riding my bikes!
I’m always up for talking about bikes, feel free to give me a shout if you see me about on the road and I hope to see a load of you guys out on a ride soon. -KamalRB
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Photo by Marek
So there’s a new type of paint thats out in London, spray on 3M. You can put it on your bike but not sure if you want to do it on your carbon. But put it on fabrics, I used loads on my trainers and some on my bag. Got carried away spraying things, came out well when you flash a strong light at it. But last night going home I could see some of it as car lights hits it. Today it rained and still have some on it, so its good so far. I’ll say give it a try and see how it does for you.
As I was riding around London, the amount of times I saw people on their bikes and almost crashing into people and vehicles. It’s so crazy and you know what, they will still blame drivers for hitting into them! One person I saw he was getting so pissed off at a car that he almost buckle down while riding his bike right next to it and this was just when the light went green. Going home saw this person in full lycra swerving right to left in front of me, thinking what was this person doing. Getting in front of the cars and this was on the side of the river, so there was plenty of space. As I got near to him, this guy looked drunk and not knowing what he was doing.. Tired to give him a sign so I could talk to him but he was so zoned out, he just didn’t see me…
Becareful out there everyone, not just vehicles but silly riders!
Been off the bike for a week, just trying to sort out stuff for my other bike (14R) by doing it kinda put me off riding for a bit. But so far its moving slowly and i’m back on my bike just having my head up. Fixed Gear London riders are about and still doing their stuff we’ve been busy with other stuff too. If you see one of us just holla!
I saw this gloves early last year coming out in the States side, wanted to get my hands on it but wasn’t successful. But when I looked again it was finally came out for us over here so I ordered it and now let me test these gloves out. It’s easy for me to copy and paste what it says on the web but i’m not gonna do that, let me give a few words on theses Ambient city gloves.
The gloves is full real leather (soft), the fitting is pretty much true to size and real comfy. Thermal fleece lining works well so far, riding out here on a 3 degree temperature but what works so well is I can use my iPhone without taking my gloves off, I can take photos, calls, text and liking pictures on Instagram. Its a wind and water resistant gloves the only thing is while having it on, the wrist closure is short and can lead draught on the forearm and a cold wrist. It has a nice soft microfibre panel on the thumb area good for wiping your sweats or runny nose.
The gloves on the handle bar is comfortable and doesn’t feel bunched up, I use these gloves off the bike and it looks good. I didn’t feel silly wearing it as its a slim fitted and not bulky. On top that it doesn’t look like a typical bike gloves. All in all I love the the gloves and I would say if you got the money buy it, don’t forget it’s real leather and you can use it on and off your bike!
Get it HERE!!!