Fixies, Track Bikes, Bike Porn and other Fixed Gear Biking Stuff
June 15th, 2011

Guest post by Gene

The fixed gear bike is a big scene all over the world, be it in London or New York. In fact, a lot of people are now using fixed gear bikes in going to school or work. It is no longer the latest craze for youngsters who are fond of showing off their hipness and skills but at the same time for adults who want to get into the action. The fixies offer a different kind of riding experience for there are no brakes and there is only one gear. That is why there are lots of people who got hooked by this bike.

If you are into fixies then you are surely aware that there is an event called “Rollapalluza” in London. It is a yearly festival of roller racing where one can expect lots of fixed gear riders. It has tremendously attracted different tourists from all over the globe. It has become an anticipated event in London. Before, you can only see messengers riding fixies. Today, people rode the bike to express their personality and sense of style. There is even an all girl group in London of about 20 members, who are practicing different bike tricks such as cycling backwards in circles and 180 degree skids. Evans Cycles, which is a company selling fixed gear bike, has admitted that the demand for their product has gone up not only for Adam but also for Eve.

In New York, the fixed gear bikers have their own well known fixed-gear only competition called the “Monstertrack alleycat”. The event attracted fixed gear bikers not only in the United States but from different countries to compete for the ultimate championship title.

June 7th, 2011

Thanks to Gene @ Fixie Tshirts for this guest post on the colours of fixies:

Fixed gear bikes or otherwise known as fixies are the latest trend in travelling nowadays. So when you are always on the go, the fixed gear bike is a must have! If you are always complaining about the traffic, well here is your chance to be always on time. You no longer have to worry about getting a cab in the morning or being stuck in the train with other commuters. With fixed gear bike, you can now have the riding experience of a lifetime.

The best thing about a fixed gear bike is that you can personalize it to express your personality and taste. The bike is elegant and its structure is simple. So, you do not have to be an expert in bikes in order to change its parts. You will never go wrong with a white fixie with white handle bars. It is not only pleasing to the eye but very chic. That is why, if given the chance to have my own fixed gear bike, I will settle with this colour. This is also the favourite color of those people who have a play it safe personality like me. But, for those who are spontaneous and wild, they will always go with different colours like red, blue, green, and yellow. They can even combine two to three colours in one bike. For women who are into fashion, they always settle with a pink fixie. But whatever colour you select, it does not matter for what is important is that the bike is convenient and fun to use.

June 1st, 2011

The fixed gear biking, which has tremendously conquered the world by storm, has its own story to tell. How it gained its popularity is due to the fact that riding fixies offers a different riding experience and a sense of freedom to be wherever you want to be, whenever. It is not only convenient to use but at the same time it is a low maintenance bike. But where did the fixed gear biking originate?

There are lots of speculation as to the origin of fixed gear biking. Being the oldest and simplest form of bike, the fixies have been around for quite some time. Majority of experts will agree that fixed gear bikes have been used in world sporting events even before the introduction of bicycle gears. So, none can really prove that the fixed gear biking started in San Francisco. In fact, in 1876 there were already fixed gear competitions in the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. But, no one can deny that fixed gear biking is very famous in San Francisco. You can see lots of people from all facets of life to be riding the fixies. The city has been the venue of world sporting events for the fastest fixed gear rider and those who can do stunts and tricks with their fixie bikes.

Today, it has conquered different cities like London, Tokyo, and even Beijing. Despite the lack of proof as to its origin, the bike has definitely come a long way.

This is a Guest Post by Gene at Fixie Shop UK.

April 4th, 2011

Fixed gear bikes or fixies are taking the biking world by storm. There are lots of people who are now using the fixed gear bike for its cheapness and convenience. In fact, you will have limitless opportunities in customizing your fixed gear bike. That is the reason why lots of people are going gaga over fixies.

 If you are a self confessed fixed gear bike fanatic, then aside from having the actual bike you should have other fixed gear bike items like shirt, pillowcase, and even desktop wallpapers!

 If you want to follow the latest trend, then you should be man enough in choosing the right desktop wallpaper that will fit you. If you open your computer, it is really cool for people to see great pictures of fixed gear bikes. You can even take pictures of your own fixie and set them as your desktop background. The colorful wheels and handlebars will make your day happy. I am sure your girlfriend will appreciate seeing a fixie wallpaper in your desktop than a sexy woman in a seductive outfit and pose. If you are into sports like cycling, then the fixed gear bike desktop wallpaper will remind you of your passion. You can look in the internet for some great pictures of fixed gear bikes that will suit your taste.

 If you are not a bike fan or you do not know how to ride a bike then the more reason that you should have a fixie desktop wallpaper. Every time you look at your desktop you will push yourself more to learn how to ride a bike.

April 4th, 2011

So you are one of those who have been renewed by the fixed gear bike? Well, who will not fall in love with the fixie? It has durability, it is easy to operate and maintain, and will give you an unforgettable riding experience.

 If you want to make your own fixed gear bike, here are the things that you need to have. Aside from talent and skill of course, you need to have patience! You can actually remodel your old bike to save money. It is important that you should arm yourself with screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, freewheel tools such as sturdy vise or adjustable wrench, cone wrenches, small ruler, and some cable cutting tools. If you are planning to create a fixie out of your old bike, then you will need to use the following parts such as a short stack bolt, rear sprocket, brake cables and housing, brake pads, ball bearings and grease, thread locker, rear axle spacers, and fixed gear rear wheel. You will be confronted by multifarious questions such as whether to retain the old wheel or to buy a new set.

 The conversion work will also require tedious processes like the setting of chainline, redishing, and the setting of the roundness of the chainring. But it will be worth it when you see the finish product. You can download steps and procedures online on how to create your own fixed gear bike. A new bike which is the result of hard work and perseverance can be very special.

April 4th, 2011

So do you know how special a bike can be? Well, one of the oldest bike manufacturers, the Raleigh Bicycle Company has provided us with the best and dependable bike through the years. In fact, the raleigh bikes that we are enjoying today are products of hard work and perseverance. The company aimed to provide excellent and outstanding products.

 The superb performance of the Raleigh bikes have been proven and tested in several notable events like the Tour de France and of course the infamous Olympic games. The Raleigh bikes helped a lot of bikers to make their championship dreams come true. Some of whom include Paul Sherwin, John Clay, and Malcolm Elliott. So if you want to become famous someday, you should get your own Raleigh bike and start training.

 The most unforgettable Raleigh bike models include the Raleigh burner which was launched in 1982, the Raleigh Chopper which is a famous children’s bicycle, the Grifter, Cyclone, Twenty, and Raleigh Peak. Today, there are lots of Raleigh bicycle models that you can choose from. If you want a Raleigh bike that can hike the highest mountains then you should get a Talus 8.0 or an Eva 8.0. For those who just love comfort, they can try the Circa i8 or Venture 4.0. They even provide bike models specially designed for women such as the Alysa FT1 and Eva 3.0. It is amazing how the Raleigh bike company continues to serve us with good products. I am sure you do not want to miss the chance to own one.

April 4th, 2011

Olympics is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. More than one hundred countries participate in sports like basketball, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball, cycling, and a lot more. The five intertwined Olympic rings in the flag represent the unity of the five continents. Indeed, you have to be Citius, Altius, Fortius or Faster, Higher, and Stronger to win the most coveted gold medal.   

 In the game of Olympic cycling, there are four categories such as the road racing, individual time trial, track racing, and mountain biking. Athletes do not actually depend solely on the brand or model of bike to win the gold medal. They are also particular with other features depending on the type of the race. One popular bicycle used in the Olympics is the BMX bike which is a single speed bike. In another Olympic sport called triathlon, which includes swimming, cycling, and running, there are specific requirements for the bike such as the aero bars, the aerodynamic wheels, and a steep seat tube. This will help the athlete to move faster despite the challenging course.  

 The 2012 Olympics will be held in London. We will expect to see great performances and games. The cycling course is more challenging than ever. This will give riders a hard time to plan for their strategy and to condition their bike. There are already lots of people who are excited to watch their favorite athletes compete. Indeed, only a sporting event like the Olympics can unite more than 100 countries in one place!

April 4th, 2011

Say what? So is it a bird or a plane? Perhaps an Aerospoke fixie is a name of a fairy or a wild animal in Africa? No, it is actually a fixed gear bike. Well, if you are not into bikes then you are definitely not familiar with Aerospoke fixie.

 An Aerospoke fixie can be a challenging bike for someone who is just starting to learn how to ride a bike. This can be just any ordinary bike. However, the difference is that it has no free wheel. It means the pedals are always moving and this kind of bike has no brake. However, the use of fixed gear bikes without brakes has been prohibited in countries like United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Denmark.

 There are lots of companies that sell fixed gear bike and accessories but none of them can compete with the most trusted and competitive brand Aerospoke. That is why if you buy an Aerospoke Fixie, you are more than confident that you are getting your money’s worth. You can even choose different colors of Aerospoke fixie wheels that will match your character and personality. You can personalize the wheels and make a statement with your cool bike.

 So if you want to be different and hip, you should purchase an Aerospoke fixie. There are lots of people around the world who can attest to the durability of the Aerospoke fixie. One of them is the famous Kevin Foster who hiked the highest peak in all 50 states by using the Aerospoke fixie.

April 2nd, 2011

If you are not into bikes then this is your chance to learn more about it. Who knows, this article might change your views and you will decide to own one someday. 

 The world has witnessed a lot of development not in technology but at the same time in transportation. But that never means that those things that we cherish before will be taken for granted today. There are still lots of things that can amaze you whenever you see one. Just like in the mode of transportation, during the Victorian era the steampunk is very popular. That is the reason why today, people incorporate fresher and bolder ideas on the steampunk to create a more modern look. You will be surprised to see unique steampunk bike of different styles and with cool features.      

 On the other hand, just like a steampunk, you can also customize a fixed gear bike. You can use colourful accessories and exciting parts to meet your standard. You can use bike lights, attach bells and horns. You can also use different colours to match your personality and mood. Just remember to have fun and do not limit yourself with the usual style. In addition, you may want a custom cut tires, custom frame, custom handlebars, and cute stickers. It can be a real challenge to design a fixed gear bike, but just like in building a steampunk you will surely enjoy the experience. However, you may need to spend more money in customizing a steampunk than a fixed gear bike.

April 2nd, 2011

If you are into fashion then I am sure that you do not want to be left out with what’s hot and what’s not! But did you know that even in bikes, there is fashion? You do not want to be labeled as a fashion victim right? So if you have a fixed gear bike or is planning to buy one, you should be aware of the following fashion tips. You can apply these cool tips to reinvent your bike.

  1. The Mag Wheel. You can actually choose different colours and designs to match your personality. If you want to impress women, you should go with sturdy mag wheel. If you are a woman, then you can mix and match your favourite colours.  
  2. The Handlebars. The handlebars must be comfortable in your grip. In choosing the perfect handlebars, you will need to consider the clamp diameter, the length, the cable routing, the clip-ons, the weight, and the composition such as whether to choose an aluminum or carbon fiber handlebars.
  3. The Top Tube Pad. This is the thin foam wrapped around the tube top. You can actually purchase a cool design to match your outfit. If you like, you can order customize tube pad with the design that you like.
  4. The Brooks Saddle. This is not just an ordinary feature of a fixed gear bike. In choosing the perfect brooks saddle, you need to consider the seat type and the design. Fashion is freedom, so be brave in expressing your self through your bike. 
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