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Is the fixed gear bike scene bigger in London or New York?

Wednesday, 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.

Why fixed gear bikes make such great desktop wallpapers

Monday, 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.

What do you need to make your own fixed gear bike?

Monday, 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.

The awesome thing about Raleigh bikes

Monday, 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.

What is an Aerospoke Fixie?

Monday, 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.

Fixed Gear and Steampunk

Saturday, 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.

Fixed gear fashion – what is the fixie fashion?

Saturday, 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. 

The 5 best colours for fixed gear bikes

Friday, April 1st, 2011

To blue or not to blue, that is the question!

 If you are planning to buy a fixed gear bike, then one of the things that you should consider is the colour. You should find a perfect colour that is not only your favourite but at the same time will express your personality. So what are the 5 best colours for fixed gear bikes?

  1. Red. This is the colour of love. It also means fire. If you want to look hot, then you should definitely buy a flaming red single aluminum ring bolt to personalize your red fixed gear bike.
  2. Green. If you want a respect and balance, then green is your colour. Think green! If you are an advocate in saving the environment then you can do your campaign while riding a green fixed gear bike with green hub.
  3. Purple. If you are the type of person who wants to find spiritual fulfillment then a purple fixed gear bike is perfect for you. I am sure you will get more than just spiritual fulfillment but at the same time you will feel like a royalty. You can also add an elegant purple seat collar in your bike.
  4. Black. Black is beautiful. If you are a conservative person then a black fixed gear bike is for you. In fact, the colour black is very mysterious. You will surely attract lots of women!
  5. Blue. If you want a soothing and relaxing colour, then blue is perfect for you. You can have a blue bike with matching blue tires and blue grips.       

Are fixie bikes for women?

Friday, April 1st, 2011

I do not think that fixie bikes must be limited to men alone. Today, women are learning how to re-educate men on the change of roles of both sexes on the job, at home, and throughout every facet of life. What men can do, women can do better! The new generation has empowered women and has given them the platform from which they can strive for better opportunities. There are in fact women in the armed forces, influential women leaders, and popular women athletes. Gone are the days where women settle for the role of plain housewives.    

 There are in fact lots of women who are enjoying using their fixie bikes. In fact, many stores selling the fixie bikes provide different styles and colors of wheels. They even introduced a fixed gear bike specifically designed for girls called Chixie. Women can now use various colors of wheels to match their outfit. The mere fact that companies sell wheels and accessories with stylish and up to date designs is already a confirmation of the feminine side of the fixie bikes. Fixie bikes can also help women maintain a healthy figure.

 So if you think fixie bikes are just for men, think again my friend! In fact you will be surprised to see that there are lots of women in your campus riding fixies. Some men even prefer women who want to make it rough. Do not underestimate the girl power! Who knows, you will fall head over wheels for a woman who ride fixie bike.

Fixie tandem – do you get tandem fixed gear bikes?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Everything is possible nowadays! People no longer settle for simpler things, they continue to search for ways to make life easier and convenient. Men and women do not settle for less, they are now more inclined to use their imagination to create out of the box ideas. So how about a tandem fixed gear bike? Do you think it is impossible?

 If you love fixed gear and you are a tandem fan, then here is your chance to try both in one cool bike. The fixie tandem will give not only you but your partner at the same time the chance to enjoy a great and unique biking experience. You may try this cool fixie tandem bike when you go to the countryside. Imagine the fun and exciting things that you can share together when you have a tandem fixed gear bike. You can even have a great father and son bonding with the fixie tandem. I am sure your little boys will be thrilled to try this ride.

 When you are a pro, maybe you can try creating a homemade fixie tandem. All you need is to make some adjustment by using two solo fixies. Of course it is always easier said than done! You will also consider other factors like the alignment and proportion. But if you are not sure that you have what it takes to create a tandem then you can always purchase the high quality ones. Although it may be a bit expensive, still you will surely enjoy the relaxing ride.