Fixies and the simpler mechanical options

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bike messenger win London, UK

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Adapting a bike to the messenger ideal

“I bought the bike at a shop and, since getting it, I have taken it on to full fixie and the like. Made it lighter and stuff. When I first bought it, it had front and rear brakes, I was on a  free wheel. I was used to free-wheeling. Then  you see all the fixies, back-pedal braking, only front brakes and I was like, ‘I won’t do that.” And then I came to my senses and you realise London is quite flat so there is no point to gears. As a courier, it is just more mechanical problems. Riding ten hours a day and the bike is going to get wear and tear. So that is why I chose single speed. And free wheeling is more moving parts and you want as few moving parts as possible so you have fewer mechanical problems. That is why I think. That is my main reason.”

Photographer’s notes: I have always seen fixies as a trendy aspect of cycling. The logic of mechanical repairs, the simpler design and easier fiction of fixes never crossed my mind. I have a few extra bikes in the loft and one spare frame. It might have to move into a dedicated fixed wheel design.


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