Still in love with my Cinelli fixie

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bike messenger at the 2016 Cycle Messenger World Championships in Paris, making adjustments to his Cinelli

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Changing the fixed gear for something easier as the legs disappear.

“My bike is a Cinelli and I have had it for six months and I love it. I am still falling in love with it. It has this amasing tubing where it is rectangular on the top and then turns into square tube the other way on the same stay. And then the wrap on the bottom. It is all engineered so carefully. There is no clearance for the wheels. I used to have 28mm tires  on the front  but you could hear the road gravel, that you pick up while riding, rubbing on the forks, so I had to go back to a 23. It is a beautiful bike. It is expensive and it took me a while to buy it. I had to save my money, save the pennies, but I had to buy it. And I am still in love with it.”

Notes: We ended up talking a few times over the weekend, at one point comparing horror stories about riding in traffic, the insanity of drivers and how hard it can be. Messengers are some of the best riders on the road, with a confidence and skill level that everyday riders cannot match. Riding shin to bumper is just a daily bike ride.  Difficult riding conditions, aggressive drivers, is just a matter-of-fact reality. But that aggression is a large part of the reason cycling struggles to become massively popular in many cities.

I have been posting a series of small articles about the 2016 Cycle Messenger World Championships in Paris. Search for them under CMWC to get them all. 

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