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A ride with friends old and new

  • Posted by ade
  • 25 May 2010

After the sample sale on Saturday we got out at 6.30 to go on a bigger city hack. Super Ted Poppy from Cooler Magazine and her brother Will (who could really coaster wheelie), Nick who we have been chatting to for years at sample sales and have never ridden with. Barney and me. We headed out into the City to Smithfield Market. Then up into Camden where the traffic was heavy and a real buzz. Then a huge climb upto Hampstead Heath where we found The Spaniard pub where we had proper cider that tastes like apple juice and kicks like Tequila.

Then we bombed back down hill through the Holloway road into a hot city and a great vegan fest in SAF off  Old Street.

It's nice to have a city buzz when you live in the sticks.

This is what Will did 70% of the ride.

Wheelie to the sun through Camden

The climb to the heath. It just went up and up and up. I have always liked up.

This was the cider. After a big climb the road flattened for half a mile and then it pasted tightly between two buildings which Ted declared the place for a cool cask ale. The queue in the Spaniard was huge. The food, booze perfect and the  beer garden was a tranquil buzz.

Balmy summer nights have been a long time coming.

I hate you today

  • Posted by ade
  • 29 January 2010

I am drained from a week of running and riding.

I haven't slept well due to tight hamstrings.

And this morning I am a little dehydrated.

It was raining hard.

The head wind brought me to a standstill many times and made the whole journey just pain.

I couldn't spin in the saddle on the hills because you are a fixed wheel.

So I shouted out on the climb my hate for you , I cursed you and regretted choosing you over the bike with gears and it went round and round in my head, I nearly stopped to throw you in the hedge in anger, real tears came to my eyes as I tried to raise the pace over the last climb to work and I walked in soaked with sweat and empty legged.

Today I hate my fixed wheel.

Why I ride

  • Posted by howies
  • 1 September 2009

Why I ride
When people ask why do I like to ride my bike, the first thing that comes to mind is that it is fun. The fact that it is economical, healthy, environmentally friendly etc are all just (big) bonuses.

I think back to my daily commute on London’s public transport, (especially during summer months) and it’s enough to make me want to ride to work everyday. 

After 8 hours on my arse in front of a computer, I am excited to ride my bike home. Every journey is a little adventure. I interact with the city and I never know what might happen or what or who I might see.

I ride a fixed gear bike, which I think makes cycling even more enjoyable. As well as being a great bike to commute on, you can try tricks on it. I remember when I was younger, hanging out with boys that skated and rode BMX, watching them play at Southbank and wishing I could do the same. I’m not sure what stopped me but I guess I was intimidated because it was so male dominated and aggressive.

I love the fact that fixed gear bikes are accessible to everyone and I see more and more girls on them all the time. There’s nothing quite like riding through the streets of London with hundreds of people from all different walks of life, from the age of fourteen to forty-plus. All brought together by their passion for riding these bikes. 

Now, at the age of 29, I still hang out at skate parks with my friends, but instead of sitting on the sidelines watching, I’m actually riding with them… Which is way more fun!

www.fixedgearlondon.com

Backwards or forwards

  • Posted by tim
  • 5 May 2009

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In 1896 Josef Fischer won the legendary and gruelling  261 km Paris to Roubaix one day classic on a fixed wheel bike just like the one above, in 2009 this Herbert is doing it again on a fixed wheel. He's also looking for co-conspiritors, the course has less cobbled sections these days and is way easier than it would have been back when Josef won in 9 hours 17 mins over 100 years ago but credit where credits due, pain is pain no matter what year it occurs in. 

Here's Hinault winning in the last 8 mins of the 81 race. True class. 

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brake free

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 November 2008

 

This is me in the summer. I built my bike up the day before we left for france, it was last minute as the frame had only just come.  I didn't have any brakes (or a decent saddle). We spent two weeks cycling around brake free and it was awesome.

brake free: t-shirt of the week

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