Making the commitment to a true fixie ride

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man with new fixed gear bike in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Far from a converted road bike, pure fixies offer a lighter, fast-moving ride

“It is from Germany and brand new. I was looking for a fixie. Initially I was had for a race bike that I transformed into a fixie.  and I rode like that for five years. And then I went looking for a real fixie.  A track bike, something that was developed for the track. They are different rides. This is far more manoeuvrable, light and fun to ride The race bike is nicer over a long distance. I go to work with this one every day. I have brakes on it today because it is brand new but next week the brake will be gone. The rear brake is already gone.” Continue reading

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Bring a mechanic if you want new cyclists

©BArry Sandland/TIMB - Velofixer mechanics repaired biked for free at the Brik bike market event

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – On site repairs, for free, has to be a strong draw to getting under financed students back on their bikes.

Velofixer mechanics, alongside their Cyclo counterparts, were offering free and immediate repairs for students with malfunctioning rides who attended the Brik second-hand bike market. For under-financed students, the free service was a great opportunity to get their faulty bikes back on the road in a safe form.  Continue reading

If you want slow, try a bicycle messenger

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bikes messengers doing track stands at the Briuk bike market

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Fixed gear messengers racing for their track stand time

At the Brik bicycle fair, there was the slow race. About 10 meters to be covered as slowly as possible. If you want slow, then invite a bicycle messenger crew. Nothing can go as slow as a fixed gear. And then, there were those track stand tricks. Take, Eat, Easy riders seem to be the slowest in the city.
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