Posts Tagged ‘fixed gear’
Sometimes you need a bit of change in your life. It might be when you’re 50 and you’re tired of your wife and kids so you go out and buy a Mercedes CL550, get a spray on tan and find some 20 year old girl to be your new mistress. Or it might just be when you’re tired of spinning you’re legs to pieces because you thought it would be fantastic to pair a 20t cog with a 42t chain ring.
Fortunately for me the latter was the case as I had a set of deep Vs with a cog that didn’t quite fit my needs. A few hours later I was walking out of Houston Fixed Gear with a the Pedro’s Trixie and a new track cog.
Pedros’s describes the Trixie as the “ultimate urban survival tool.” It comes with two wingnuts to screw the tool into your bottle cage holders, a lockring tool, 8,9,10mm box end wrenches on the interior of the tool with a 15 box end wrench on the bottom, a hole to create a chain whip, a 5mm hex key and of course a bottle opener.
The tool is nice a sturdy and the lockring works just as I’d expect any lockring tool to function. In fact it works a whole hell of a lot better than the hammer x screwdriver collabo I had used to put the first lockring on. Using the Trixie as a chain whip is a tad bit difficult and some grooving on the anterior of the tool would have made things much easier. The 5mm hex key is just the right length to tighten and release the majority of components on any bike, but a 4mm and 6mm would have been nice too. My biggest beef with this tool believe it or not is the bottle opener as it doesn’t quite have enough lip to properly grab the cap of your standard beer bottle.
Overall the tool is great value and would certainly find its way into my bag if I were headed to the velodrome on a regular basis; however for day to day riding I’ll stick to keeping a Park rescue tool in my seat bag and keep using my bottle cage bosses for holding bottle cages. You can view more pictures of the Pedro’s Trixie tool in action in the gallery below.
About 3 years ago now (my how time flies) I was a young impressionable car/computer geek living and working in Tokyo. When I went for my company’s teacher certification training, I met a young woman from Madison, Wisconsin. The trainees affectionately referred to her as “Wisconsin” because of her accent. She was hip, outspoken and had this strange fetish for bicycles.
As we’d head out for a few post lesson beers, she’d stop constantly admiring bicycles. “Fixies” or “Fixed gear/Track bikes.” At first it was just some kind of weird fetish, but I noticed that the bikes were actually quite cool looking. I thought nothing of it at first.
Fast forward to a few months later, I went out an bought myself a cheap folding bicycle (Chinese made) to avoid the crowded commutes filled with drunk salarymen on the way home. The train often smelled like puke from one guy who had just happened to drink a few too many Kirins.
Then I decided to drag myself and my girlfriend at the time on a 30km bike ride. We folded up bikes onto the train and headed into town for a scenic ride. I was a pretty fit guy, but as I was giving it all I had, a lanky Japanese fellow dressed in superhero tights (which I would normally have scoffed at) burned me like I was standing still. Not only did he drop me like it was hot, but his pedal stroke looked like a gazelle gracefully and smoothly pulling away from me.
I was hooked.
Fast forward to a few months later, I was draped up in colorful camo cutoff shorts, my BAPE Tshirt, riding an old panasonic frame around AOYAMA and HARAJUKU where I picked up this DVD from a thrift store. Suddenly this whole track racing thing seemed pretty neat to me.
Enjoy the vid.
Here’s a quick look at some bygone shades that were the epitome of cool when they came out. Just like the wayfarer, can we cross our fingers that at least one of these will make a comeback?
oakley factory pilots
and of course the ultimate hip accessory: The wayfarer. Here is Adam looking SO COO. BTW that crumpler phone/camera case was won for an excellent earned DFL prize at last year’s July 4th scavenger hunt which we guided him in for. It included several stops and rounding up the lost stragglers. SO COO!
Another rad photo of John, from TX, looking especially COO
Keep your stunna shades on. Wear your sunglasses at night so you can so you can.
Or just buy yourself some cheap sunglasses.
Busy? Didn’t think so. If you’d like to check out what Texas has been doing in representing the “trick-track” scene head on over to John Prolly’s blog at Prollyisnotprobably and see what the crew from Houston and College Station has been up to in Milwaukee.
I think the usage of fixed gear bikes is growing in the trick scene and you can clearly see it in the availability of “tricktrack” specific parts for their stunting. No longer are you confined to make retrofits of bmx parts. The frames are also more and more resembling BMX bikes. Highflange team member “Emo” James pointed out yesterday that the frames really were starting to resemble the rigid 29’er Mountain bike style with skinny tires.
Personally I’m interested to see where things will head in the frame design. I remember when even being able to clear a barspin required retrofitting tiny 650c wheels to about every frame on the market. Having had a tiny bit of seat time on a Volume Cutter, I am intrigued that pretty much all their frames at that time could clear a barspin. It was very different from the velodrome bred fixed gears I was used to seeing.
At first I was just glad to see that 3Renshos weren’t being used to pop wheelies and take drops, but now the movement has taken it’s own momentum and become something unique, and that’s a good thing. Keep riding!