Archive for the ‘fixed gear’ Category

Stupid bots…

November 5, 2007

13:33 < andrew> @eightball Is lamalex going to ever win an argument around
here??
13:33 < PennBot> andrew: It is possible.
13:34 < lamalex> =O
13:34 < lamalex> that’ll be the day
13:34 < andrew> @eightball but unlikely, right?
13:34 < PennBot> andrew: _I_ don’t know.
13:35 < lamalex> @eightball Will they ever stop heckling me?
13:35 < PennBot> lamalex: Maybe…
13:35 < PennBot> not.
13:35 < lamalex> @eightball Will it be because I died in a cycling accident?
13:35 < PennBot> lamalex: It shall be.
13:35 < lamalex> oh god

Dear Malvern Commuters…

October 10, 2007

Yes, that is me passing you on the left at 30mph on King st. daily. How does it feel to know that your laziness is costing you time, money, and your children’s future. I gotta tell you, it feels pretty good knowing that my bicycle gets me where I need to go in the morning, faster than your car gets you. Feel free to switch anytime, I won’t judge. In fact, I will welcome you to the club.

The Unveiling…

October 8, 2007

As many of you are aware, I am very into cycling. I ride my bike daily and it’s the best part of my day. When I’m not riding, I’m working on a bike, thinking about riding, or shopping for cool new bike parts I want, but really don’t need. About a year ago, I discovered the joys of riding fixed gear, since then I’ve completely re-fallen in love with riding, riding fixed is like nothing else. Riding a geared/freewheeled bike is major fun, no buts about it; however there’s a certain level of abstraction from the bike that is inevitable with a freewheeled bike. Relying on shifters, and hand brakes makes you the rider disconnected from the road and from the bike, on a fixed gear you are now part of the bike. You have complete control of the bike, stopping power comes from your legs, acceleration is always possible as long as you can move your legs faster. It’s a beautiful thing. After I got my first fixed gear I was enthralled; however there were things about that bike I was unhappy with. The compact geometry was not very appealing to me, the geometry was also pretty relaxed, which made for a comfortable ride but not super fast or aggressive. The final straw was flex, specifically in the bottom bracket area, I could feel the lack of stiffness on hills and when I was doing sprints, no good. I finally decided I was going to save up and build my dream bike. I spent a lot of time researching parts, thinking about aesthetics, and finding the compromise between high quality parts, aesthetics, and price. It was tricky, but in the end, I was victorious. The final result is my new baby. My EAI Bareknuckle. Here’s the parts list..

  • 52 cm EAI Bareknuckle Frame/Fork; Sage Green
  • 167.5 mm Sugino 75 Track Crank
  • 40 cm Nitto 125AA Drop Bars
  • 110 mm Nitto UI-5GX Stem
  • Chris King noThreadSet headset
  • Phil Wood High Flange 32h Hubs
  • Velocity Deep-V Rims
  • Nitto S-65 seat post
  • Miche sealed bottom bracket
  • 48t Sugino Chain Ring
  • 17t EAI cog
  • MKS clips with soma cages and errebi double straps

I AM IN LOVE!!!! This post is worthless without pics, so here they are. In all their fixed gear glory. (Many thanks to Gabby for her photography. The full shot of the bike, and the shot of the stem/bars were her, the Hub/chain line shot was me. Her new Canon 40D is an amazing camera).

EAI Bareknucklebeaver shotThanks gabby

http://www.velospace.org/node/5513

Portland — Not as cool as Philly.

July 26, 2007

So currently I’m on vacation. I’m exploring the west coast. I started in Portland, OR for the Ubuntu Live conference (which was awesome, but not worth the $600 I would have had to pay if I wasn’t a student). There was a lot of cool stuff and cool people there. They keynotes were very good. I’m not going to go in depth about the conference because people were blogging it all around me. You can probably find 100 blogs about it. So each day I spent a few hours after the conference exploring Portland. It’s a pretty cool city, but for how much hype surrounds it, it’s not that cool. Everyone says Portland is Bike City, USA, but from what I saw, they’re all a bunch of pussies. They all (yes I’m generalizing) ride cruisers and stuff, I only saw a few fixies riding around. They don’t even do critical mass anymore!?!? WTF is that. They have bike lanes and bike friendly riding so they feel like Critical Mass isn’t necessary. WEAK. Really, Portland, you guys are /not/ hardcore. Now you can get on my case about having a blog post about learning to skid stop and not being able to track stand for more than 30 seconds, but I’m learning, I just started riding fixed at the end of May. And I jumped right in and started riding fixed around Philly, up and down Broad Street, I never got coddled with Bike Lanes and cars who are afraid to hit you. Other than how /weak/ bikes in Portland are, the city was pretty cool. I met some cool kids including one kid named Nick who was nice. Oh, and in general, Portland isn’t a very good looking city. Most people I saw were pretty average looking, why would I want to move somewhere where I’m exponentially more attractive than the majority of the population, that’s just asking for trouble.

Tuesday night I took the Amtrak up to Seattle, where I am now. Amtrak trains (at least the one I was one) are very uncomfortable. I’m not looking forward to the 22 hour ride to San Francisco. The good part about the train sucking was that I couldn’t sleep so I a) finished my book and b) made friends with the chick next to me. She was pretty cool. I think her name was Sara? Something like that. We just chatted for most of the ride, made it go by much quicker.

So finally we made it to Seattle, WHICH ROCKS!! Seattle is wwaayy better that Portland. I was talking to some kid I met on the street, he was telling me their last critical mass had around 1000 people and they took over an entire highway!!! That’s epic as hell. I’m so stoked for this Friday. Unfortunately I have to ride my cousin’s mountain bike instead of my own bike, but transporting a bike via plane is a major hassle. I also went up in the Space Needle.Space Needle Very cool, but pretty expensive. It was close to $20 to go up, I did get some epic shots though. The lady who works there pointing stuff out said you can see Bill Gate’s house from the telescope, I asked her were Steve Balmer lives (so I can egg his house), but she didn’t know. Finally, Seattle is WAY better looking that Portland. Everywhere you look there are attractive people (men and women) hanging out. Feels like home.

So conclusion: Seattle – Very Cool. Portland – Not nearly as cool as it’s hyped to be. Philly – What every city should aspire to be like.

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Now playing: American Steel – Fargo
via FoxyTunes

West Chester Night Ride; Howto stop on a fixed gear

July 13, 2007

Tonight I rode into West Chester to go riding with Pat, Brendan, and their friends, Wyett, Chris, and Taylor. I’ve hung out with Pat and Brendan a few time before but I just met the others, they were pretty cool. It was a lot of fun, we rode all over West Chester. I think we did something like 8 miles, which isn’t that much. I probably did a total of 20-25 today though which isn’t bad, hopefully do the same tomorrow. The best part of tonight though: I LEARNED HOW TO SKID STOP! Brendan made me switch from freewheel to fixed gear for the second half of the ride, which was a lot of fun. I haven’t ridden fixed gear in a long time, it felt good. It’s really easy to do once you know how, I was suprised with how easy it is. here’s how to do it.

Step 1.) Put all of your weight forward, lean as far forward as you feel comfortable, the farther forward you lean and the more weight you take off of the back of the bike, the easier you’ll skid but it will also take longer to stop, so keep that in mind.

Step 2.) When your pedals are parallel to the ground (or close enough, whatever feels comfortable), Lock your front knee, and push with your rear foot, hold it while the back wheel locks and you skid.

IT’S SO MUCH FUN. Brendan is really good at it, I’m going to get good. I also need to learn to track stand better. I can do it a little but not for more than ~30 seconds and only sometimes. We’re riding again tomorrow so I’ll probably ride the whole thing fixed since now I can skid and stop better.

Saturday is the LoCo interview at 1420 WCOJ. 8am, Philadelphia area.