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June 2011

Why are fixies so popular?

By Rides One Comment

Just watched this vid on Vimeo after watching a few different fixie vids and I’m left with a very genuine question.

I ask this question not as a criticism but as bike rider to another group of bike riders.

Why fixies? I’ve always been a mountain biker. Years ago I used to race downhill and you would often find me at my local dirt-jump spot and sometimes riding streets and skate parks. it all felt natural and there was always a sense of flowing with the lines.

When i watch fixies doin it, there seems to be no fluidity. There’s no smoothness to the tricks, it appears to lack flow. I see these guys riding and it all looks so jerky and unnatural. It looks like its really difficult.

Then I start asking myself some other obvious questions like:

  • Why are they trying to pull of tricks with such large frames? Small frames are MUCH easier to control! Small frames weigh less too so there’s less metal to heft.
  • Will you not end up with grotesquely disproportioned leg muscles due to the lack of free-wheeling?
  • What did fixies evolve from? Roadies/MTBers/BMXers?

I just don’t get it! It looks harder, heavier, more awkward and less fun! – I can’t see the appeal.

Someone please explain it to me!

To balance this out check out the Master of things Bikery: Chris Akrigg


Googlers! #POTD

By Techie, Work No Comments

Today we had an team of amazing Google Developers come in to give their time and advice on a project we are developing at work.

They gave us some really great insight and advice and were generally all brilliant! Really lovely bunch of people whom we hope to work with in the future!

Good times!

1.7f Lets get more creative! #POTD #4000thPost

By Via Phone No Comments

Photo Of The Day has been going on for over a year now but the last 3/4 months I lost the discipline which has not helped.

The idea behind it was to be creative and force myself to be creative by taking a photo each day which it did do for the most part but I think I just became lazy.

I want to think about how to push this again for the next 6 months. Up until now the majority of the photos were shot on my HTC Desire and this was down to convinience. I can span a photo, adjust it how I want and then upload on the spot.

My wish is to make more use my GF1 and the gorgeous Pentax lens I have which my epic brother bought for me a while back. This is a little difficult as it would mean thinking more proactivley but it’s not beyond me. Would be interested in any Opinions/Tips/Ideas you may have.

Sadly this is not a new idea  – I thought this up here and did nowt about it!


By Driving, Techie No Comments

It’s that time of year again and I’ve just booked the car in for it’s M.O.T. with the garage down the road from Tearfund. The car is definitely starting to feel old so I’m hoping that it passes with relative ease. If it’s expensive that may be a problem cause with the change in the law to women’s car insurance brokers this year, it means that our policy will cost more.

We may be looking at having to replace her which is sad as I think this week our last payment just went out which means that she is finally all ours!

I really love our car.

There are a few things that need doing:

  • The Annoying Rattle: for over a year now there has been this really annoying tinkly/rattle coming from the front passenger side of the car. I don’t know if it’s from the wheel or the suspension but I do know that it didn’t affect the MOT last year. It kinda sounds like a loose washer or summat.
  • Rear Window Wiper: About 18 months ago was the last time i was able to use the rear wiper. Either the wiring or the motor has gone but for months there was a hopeful clicking, sometimes a whine from it but now it just clicks at me but doesn’t actually do any wiping. Nits now a decorative piece a bit like the angel on a Rolls only more rubbery and its on the back of the car instead on the nose.
  • Groaning / Squeaky Brakes: They either groan or they squeak, it’s not fun but luckily it’s also not all the time. They were last changed at QuikFit and the i brought it back to them a few days later when it was squeaking quite a bit but was told it would take a while for the pads to bed in…they’ve been “bedding in” for 2 years now.
  • Sticky Clutch: Over the past few months the clutch has stated to stick when letting it out. It occasionally  gets caught on the last third of its extension which means you have to hook your toe on it and pull it free which is irritating.
  • Full service is also due, so should get new sparks and oil too.

Will just hope and pray it’s not mahoosivley expensive!