No tricks, no spins, no bullshit. He just rides likes to ride his bike real fast and I like that.
Posts Tagged ‘fixed gear’
The ‘essential items’ series, if you haven’t already guessed is about cycling related objects and items that I can’t live without and these shoes by Adidas are exactly that.
I’v ruined countless pairs of Vulcanized soled Vans whilst riding bikes so I needed a tougher shoe. For a shoe to be harder wearing it will no doubt be a bit chunkier than a flimsy pair of Vans and yes, these are certainly chunkier but I must say they fit into my double clips like a glove.
Unlike Vans’ waffle soles the soles on these Adidas Busenitz are somewhat stiff, not carbon stiff by any means but stiff enough to transfer some power to the pedals. With Vans I felt like my foot would turn into a lower-case letter N, wrapping around the cages of my pedals like a hand around an ice-cream cone. Not good.
Now me, being a sucker for tradition and aesthetics I have to point out that these shoes, originally designed for football and reinterpreted for skating, look the biz in their O.G Cobalt blue colour option and I rock them with a happy face every single day. This colour please me.
What more can I say about these? Mad comfortable, stiffer than Vans, old school ‘hip’ factor 10, reasonably priced and very well made. Damn! I love these shoes and I have to give shouts out to Kris at Ideal for the recommendation. If you’re in the market for a casual shoe to wear on your daily ride, look no further. Toss your Vans and don’t look back.
Swoop and go a size up.
Super, smashing, great… This film is all of these things. It’s shot extremely well with some real amazing photography and the commentary is good too, two thumbs up!
Before fixed-gear bikes became de rigueur for urban aesthetes, they were the weapon of choice for Japan’s fearless Keirin cyclists. A gladiatorial incarnation of track cycling that dates back to 1948, the Japanese sporting phenomenon operates by an intricate set of rules that sees competitors jostling for position on steeply banked tracks at lightning fast speeds, all but encouraging spectacular crashes. In today’s film for NOWNESS, Jonathan de Villiers (whose fashion photography and portraiture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper* and Fantastic Man) traveled to the national Keirin school in Tokyo and the Tachikawa and Yokkaichi velodromes to decode the strategy that governs the racing phenomenon. “I knew next to nothing about it when I went,” says de Villiers, “but I’m a big admirer of the anthropological documentary where you get taken into a whole different world. And what a strange, special and complex universe it turned out to be.” The state-run industry amasses tens of billions of dollars in gambling revenue each year.
Gosh, I don’t know about this me. I am sure it works but if it fails it could be somewhat catastrophic, to the ring, the brake mechanism and maybe the rider too. Ouch!
Thanks Hardy for the heads. Via.
I only managed to watch about 40 seconds of this until I could view no more and no I did not cease because of a server time-out or a youtube re-buffering. No… It was down to the sensation of something food like ( I think it was my breakfast ) travelling back up my trachea into my mouth that halted the full watching of this vid!
Massan. In my opinion always has the nicest looking ( Aluminium ) track bikes – Always with drops and always, always in Black. Exactly how they should be.
Spotted at Leeds Fixed.
So here is the drill: The EDF energy Birmingham Half Marathon takes place this Sunday morning, “yay”, “great”, “yippee” and all that but here is the beauty of it…
The usually car filled roads will be taped off and e m p t y so Fin, Birmingham’s most “stylish” messenger has organized a ride around the 13 mile course. Genius!
So if you are interested ( I certainly am ) meet up outside the Birmingham Central Library at 7am on Sunday and let’s go mashing! Simple.
More info on the ride here.
Like most people who get into riding a bike with a fixed gear I got one because I thought it was ‘cool’ and fashionable and unashamedly so might I add. Call me a hipster if you like, I have been branded many things in my life so I guess another label wouldn’t matter.
Having ridden a bike for pretty much my whole existence and mostly BMXs or Mountain bikes I wanted something faster, lighter and much simpler without the plethora of gears, brakes and suspension I was so used to. So I got what some people like to call a ‘Fixie’.
So I have been riding a fixed gear bike for quite a while now and specifically a track bike but unlike some who progress and mature into something else like trick riding or ‘700CMX’ (as it was coined by John Prolly) I instead now find myself yearning to simply go faster, further and for longer… with all the trappings and yes by that I mean; gears and brakes, the whole shebang. My friends, I am talking about Road cycling, I absolutely love it!
I sit here writing this on my dining room table after having just returned home from another Sunday afternoon cycle with my good friend Kieran and his brother Andy out in the Warwickshire countryside. We generally do a minimum of 50 miles with a good average speed and in good time but sometimes it hurts, and I mean HURTS. There have been points on some occasions when I felt utterly spent, like I can go no further, not one centimetre more but that is the beauty of it. The sense of accomplishment when you return home to know that you did it is huge and it is at times like this that the glass of wine some like to drink or that marijuana cigarette some like to smoke has been earned and earned good. Whatever your vice is you know you have worked hard for it so gone on, enjoy it.
This is not a fixed vs. free argument, nor is it a gears vs. none debate. There for me is no comparison… they both do their jobs perfectly, to a tee. Now with the option of a road bike I could not again do silly miles riding fixed, there is no need. At this point I would like to say that I fully respect and commend the people who ride for a good amount of miles without the aid of a freewheel or the option to change gear. Take the early riders of the Tour de France for instance. Over 2000 kilometres in nineteen days on a fixed gear without a brake, boom! I doff my hat to them. I however can no longer do it, my knees just cannot take it, but what they can take is a bit of bombing and spinning around the city, where the single speed, low maintenance, no nonsense bike comes into it’s own, for that it is unbeatable.
Back to road bikes! The ability to be able to comfortably travel a certain distance solely under your own steam is amazing. The practice of taking in some of the best countryside your local area has to offer is also a draw, as is the socializing with pals or being able to simply get out in the quiet and mull something over in your head on a solo effort, to conquer a certain hill that has been giving you nightmares, to meet a personal goal (for me that is currently to do 100 miles in a day), to fix a puncture on the side of the road although no one likes a puncture. As Kieran put it “You get a great sense of achievement to know that the thing, the problem, the flat tyre that halted your progress has been fixed, sorted, and dealt with by you and your gone again, on your way”. It all adds up to being one of the things I now enjoy most.
I was such a terrible snob a while back, I really was…”gears are for losers,” I said once jovially, what was I thinking? If I could go back and speak to myself at that point I would have asked myself to go wash my mouth out with soap!
It is simply about appreciating a machine for what it does best and nothing more.
To seasoned road cyclists please forgive me for my novice tone here but I am new to this by a few months so I am still just a beginner and that is another thing, how many others like me have discovered road cycling through the purchase and use of a fixed gear bike?
So last nights ride was cancelled due to bad weather, and by the looks of it the rain that we are currently experiencing will persist well into next week so unfortunately the WWFGSC will be on hold until the Lord sees fit for us to have this Heatwave we are so deserved of.
To keep me and hopefully you guys sane and eager to get out riding here is a pic of my Raleigh basking beside me in the sun at Cannon Hill park a couple weeks back, oh the memories!
As always, keep em peeled on Spinwell and on your mobile communication device for updates on rides.
By the way, Luke and Callum it was nice to meet you last night and I am sorry you had a wasted journey but keep your fingers crossed and next week we should be rolling!
Tomorrow night as planned.
The BBC weather site says it will be a little cloudy and maybe one or two light showers so I guess that means we are good to go. Agreed?
This time will go a slightly different route to take in the beautiful Earlswood lakes, then a trip to the local ale house for light refreshments and a bite of my favourite cheese and onion roll.
7.10pm Pigeon Park.
7.30pm Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath.
7.45pm Maypole island.
keep em peeled for tx messages and updates.
WEEKEND WORKERS FIXED GEAR SOCIAL CLUB RIDE – TONIGHT.
7.00pm – Pigeon Park
7.10pm – On Your Bike, Digbeth
7.30pm – Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath
8.00pm – Maypole for the Solihull joiners
Hope to see you all later!
I should have had more faith.
My cycle home last night was nice, dry and with a hint of sun… can you imagine how wounded I was that I had made the call to postpone the WWFGSC ride?
Anyway, the ride into the countryside will definitely commence tomorrow evening, Thursday.
7.00 Meet in Pigeon Park.
7.30 Meet more folks at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath.
I mass txd a lot of you last night to reiterate but if you did not recieve a tx could you please send me your digits ( excluding Teddy, Chris Headley and Brett ) so I can update quicker and easier than posting on here. That way you don’t have to move… I will send all the info you need on rides right to your blower! Easy.