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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


This is what i dream about

By Rides, WooYaa No Comments

I can’t wait to get my bike sorted. Seeing as i will be commuting and there are the jumps across the river at Teddington Lock I envisage me relearning how to get big air again:

Cool thingy of the day

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clicky piccie

An amazing gallery of images of zsome menta Redbull event of a DH MTB race inside a shopping centre! – RAWKS!

I’ll prolly get out on my bike in a few weeks when it starts warming up proper

old skool ridin

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I’ve been writing an article on the OakTree website about how i became a Christian and in doing so i found some old photos on my photobucket account to do with riding so here you go:

While i was never a massively talented rider i did like to get as much air as i possibly could. Now my bike stands on its rear wheel in our kitchen and rarely gets to see any dirt let alone the smooth, dusty dirt on the lip of a perfectly shaped jump.

Maybe this summer i will really try and make an effort to start riding properly. I think i need to swap the frame. The old B17 fame is grate for DH but when you need to re-educate yourself in how to jump you need a good tight hard tail….

The Car – Before & After

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This is the Before shot


This is the After shot


The garage did a really great job. I was very glad to get our car back and to be rid of the “bone shaker“. It did make me realise how heavy a clutch our car has. I know its a 2ltr turbo diesel engine compared to a 1.1ltr petrol but the diff was incredible.

But the winning factor is the GRUNT that our car has over the other! She wins hands down!