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Favourite colours for fixed gear bikes

Tuesday, 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.

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 Sort of Bicycles do they Use in the Olympics?

Monday, 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!

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. 

Mountain bike speed record

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

There has been a bit of buzz amongst bikelists everywhere about the Mountain bike speed record, it currently stands at just over 130 mph, as set a few years ago. Now it does at first make you shocked to think of a bike (especially a non fixie) going at speeds of over 100mph, but its not by the riders own strength of leg muscles that this is achieved. Basically the 130mph mountain bike speed record was achieved by finding the biggest mountain to ride directly down a single slope to achieve a bone shattering speed. Perhaps this is why theres no Fixie bike speed record, but surely going 130mph down a hill would be possible if the hill was big enough, trying to stop a fixie doing 130mph though would not be as simple as a bit of back wheel skid out!!

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2010 Superfly Bike

Monday, November 9th, 2009

For the first time ever on fixed gear bikes we are going to feature a non fixed gear bike. Shock. Horror. Yes I know, it has gears (plural :o ), but this isn’t just any mountain bike (I promise this will be the only non fixie for at least another 6 months..lol) this is the 2010 Superfly and it is 100% hot. What makes a mountain bike hot enough to make it out of the fringes of downhill biking lunatics and into the mass of cliche’ single speed bikes? 2 american national mtb title’s, held by a couple (yes man and wife) on a superfly.

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This probably doesn’t mean a lot to pure fixie fckers but for all those out there that like to occasionally fly down a hill that isn’t tarmac’d here is a few pics of the super fly, superfly 2010 bike. Weighing just 24.3 pounds (that’s just over 11 kilograms!) this bike is big but light making it manoeuvrable and far from a chore on any terrain. It will cost you $5600 or at least £4k though – although this price is cushioned by a good suspension.

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Don’t worry fixie heads, normal service will now be resumed!!

Single Speed Bikes UK

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

SSBUK – single speed bikes uk – now thats a cool name for a group (sorry if you already exist – couldn’t easily spot you anywhere) – If you were to open up a shop for fixies what would you call it? theres some standard ones people always use like “Fixienation” or “Fixed gear gear” but there must be some really creative names you can make with fixed gear bike connotations.

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Single Speed Steve, Forest Fixies (like pixies – you get it?), Fixed Gear VAULT – ok so my naming isnt so great, I mean my site is called fixed gear biking – but still there must be some really imaginitive names out there in the fixie community – or are we all on Single Speed Bikes uk?

Fixie garages – City Bike Fixing Fixies

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Fixed gear bikes in the city, or indeed in the smaller towns are breeding like rabbits! This is a good thing of course but it does mean remembering to pack the spare inner tube, pump, etc is becoming more important by the day. I have ridden past two ‘pushers’ this week who had clearly forgotten, and I had little time to stop and help.

What I think the city of london, as well as the bigger towns need is a fixie garage. Now I don’t mean a fixie shop that repairs bikes, I mean a small unit with specially designed furniture to make it easy to fix bikes – a quick fit of the bike world if you will. There are obvious price issues but I am sure an AA style yearly membership or fixie failure subscription would go down well in the city.

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Then of course you shopkeepers could all just stock inner tubes and we could have bike city furniture which meant easy repairs? Just ideas, little sadder than seeing a dude have to walk home his fixie!!!

Folding fixed gear bike

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Its been a busy week at fixed gear biking uk, lots of riding lots of writing lots of tinkering – so much so that the Wired Magazine review of the newly released folding fixed gear bike almost slipped the net! yes you read that last sentence correct, not only do we occasionally read wired but yes some madcap company has designed and built a folding fixed gear bike!!!! Check this out!!

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This folding fixie phenomenon (nearly 3 f’s) has been launched by Montague and has been entitled “Boston”. Now I am not one to point it out but that is one generic fixie name…lol. Anyway wired had some good things to say about it, I personally am not a huge fan – I like my fixies traditional, although I do see the appeal for those who don’t have bike shed’s or a decent place to store a few bikes. Its a bit like wearing a tshirt which says “im a closet fixie rider, no literally my fixies in the closet” but meh it would probably ride ok.

I do kind of like the double central bar but cant help but think the designs more about being foldable than being a fixie, maybe it can do both? I suppose untill I have blagged a ride on someone’s “Boston” I won’t be able to definitively write off this fixed gear folding bike. If I brought on though I’d get rid of that pesky back break…:p

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I particularly like this paragraph of the wired review:
Wired say: “The Boston isn’t quite as clean-lined as a brakeless, Aerospoked fashion-machine, but the aluminum framed folder should be both light and sturdy. The most curious aspect is the folding mechanism itself, which looks a little like a mountain bike suspension system. The whole front-end is one solid piece, and the rear triangle pivots around the seat-tube and locks on to both of the double top-tubes. Handy for hauling up to elevator-free apartments, and even handier for bagging and taking on vacation.”

National Cycle Week – Were you Fixed Gear biking?

Monday, July 6th, 2009

National Cycle week – pshhh what about national fixie week? I swear someone needs to get that going, even though I saw a lot of fixed gear bikes about during the week, it was pretty much a clean normal week for me – rode my bike about as normal. Its good to get people on their bikes, but if they can do it for one week why doesnt everyone ride bikes all year? Especially if they found fixie love!

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A telegraph (telegraph.co.uk) reporter said about the national bike week “Having spent my first biking weeks in a construction worker’s fluoro-yellow gilet – beyond ugly – I quickly graduated to a Prada Sport yellow zip anorak. I can now be assured that at my next black-tie event, I can arrive in my Puma green satin trainers (heels and clutch in basket), Sophia Kokosalaki stretch LBD, bright orange MAC lipstick and a TWOnFRO tuxedo.” – I think Harriet Quick (What an awesome fixed gear biker name!) gets the idea ;)