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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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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.
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.
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…
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…
Where can I start off. First, did everyone had a good Christmas? What did you get up too?
This year I had an awesome time, had some good ride’s but this year I wanted to ride more out of London and go for a nice long ride’s. Riding in London is awesome but sometimes I just want to pedal more and see the good open roads. Trying to think back of the thing’s I got up too on my bike, It’s hard as there was so many things had happened to me and one of them was (as you may know from my other post’s) that I’m a dad again.
I’ve met some down to earth Filipino guys at the start of the year, went for some rides and had an awesome time hanging with them, we did a charity ride for Philippines last month to rise money to help our people back home, that lost their houses, needed food and all sort of stuff to bring them back to normal.
I never knew how many Filipino people in London that rides fixed. It’s a shame that most of them hide away or don’t know where to go and ride with other fixed riders in London. So if you know anyone in London that wants to ride or go to our event please let them know about FGL.
So this year me and some of my mates went for a ride to Paris, I’ve been planing this trip since I forgot my passport back 2012. So glad this time I’ve made it over the Channel, doing this trip was amazing had so much fun meeting the guy’s and girl’s of different crew’s in Paris, what I’ve notice about them that they may be in different crew but they all got love and get along with each other. When I got back to London I wanted to know more people that has the same love for fixed bike and I was so glad that we (FGL) are doing events and race for everyone in London, so I get to meet different people and talk to them.
Summer this year was a good one, we actually had a real summer. Good to see everyone out on their bikes and getting tan as you around in London, I’ve spent time on bike with Andy and Moses most of the time just exploring the roads and getting some good snap while on the bike. Going to places and meeting up with people.
Bristol bespoked bike show turned out very well, there was lots of people came down the show. Also I got to see Bristol more and hang out with the 14 Bike co team, I also had my custom build 14R in the show which was nice to see and had a very good respond out of it.
Coming back from Bristol a few weeks later I had the guys back home blogging about me and the bike which was mad love from their side, I was over overwhelmed.
When I got told to try ridding in cleats, I was like ‘na man, don’t think I will like it. Don’t think its safe. Also I have to clip off and on.’ Man was I so wrong I had a go and wanted to see what was the buzz, a big change. Lucky I was going to paris and wanted to be sure I was comfy on my feet. The power you give and the skidding, WOW!
Boyce is our good friend at FGL he done Andys video for Dickies and also he took some rad pictres of me, please check out his work and his clothing brand. In the past blogs you see he did some good shots of me on my bike, we got a small project going on for next year, just keep your eyes open on the blog to see it.
One of the wetness rides in London this year was when we all went to Herne Hill Velodrome for some event but got cancelled because of the heavy rain, but we didn’t want to waste a good ridding time so we went around London and got in the middle of a ver heavy rain…So hard we couldn’t even see where we was going. Everything got wet but we was still smiling.
Never Eat too much while riding! Yeah, I know this may sound stupid but I went for a ride with some friends to Windsor castle and there was a waffle place and never tell me everything is unlimited, I will take all of them. Enjoying this lovely waffle with everything on it, not knowing how much I took in, while going back to central London, not even near London I had this pain all over my body but I just wanted to ride it off but out of no where my muscle just froze up, not moving jumped off and had to strected it out! Not a good time going home that day.
Before the Paris I wanted to be ready with the distant so me and Rob with his mate Jack went to Cambridge first time there too, I found it much easier than going to Brighton. We had all the good view but it was so windy as it was just open filed. So glad we did that ride the our candace was good too.
When Andy told me that he was selling his Koga, I asked him if he was mad. But I didn’t talked him out of it because I wanted it, So happy to have it. The best thing as well my daughter love finding Nemo so when I took it home she was looking at it as if Nemo was there, so if you see this Nemo around London say hi! Thanks Andy.
I kinda miss Tokyo Fixed, it felt like a nice local bike shop, nice and small but I guess you cant put everything in a small shop, so this is why they got a bigger home and re naming it Kinoko cycles, so awesome to have it near my work and a good location as well. Such rad people working there so helpful to customers as well, we did an event at their shop for the Chrome wrenched book and also a phone box alley cat race, which turned out to be a good night. Next year we will be doing more race and events so please tell other people and join in or watch and have a good laugh.
Well, that’s all I can think of about this year on the bike side of my life. Like I said we be doing more of event/race and also rides so please if you had fun on the last two race we put up please tell over people and bring back the fixed bike scene into London again where everyone had fun and just hang out! Have a RAD 2014. Ride safe.
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Hello, I’m the new rider for Fixed Gear London. Been riding fixed for about 4 year’s. Enjoying everything about fixed, just looks so simple and easy to ride, you get the full control of the bike and how it rides. I prefer long distant rides, but riding around the city gives me a real good buzz. Been following FGL since I first got my bike and now I’m here telling you guys I ride for them seems unreal. I work for Johnny Cupcakes and have been there since it was opened . I have a beautiful wife that supports me and a gorgeous little baby girl. Well, you will hear from me soon and keep you guys updated on thing’s.
Thank’s to Andy for including me on Fixed Gear London.