August 16, 2012 at 11:37am
I’m riding from London to Morocco on a fixed wheel bicycle covering 2800km soon this September, I would be very grateful if you kind folks on Tumblr donated for the ride.
The charity I’ve chosen (Wheels For Wellbeing) were carefully considered, they do some fantastic work enabling those with disabilities to able to be free, especially considering that the alternated for those who aren’t very mobile is an electric scooter, of which simply contribute to the problem, a pedal cycles adapted to fit them enabling them to have some everyday activity that’ll help them be stronger.
So please people, I implore you to donates, or simply print this poster out and stick it to the nearest signpost/cafe/police officier’s back.
I’ll forever be in your debt if you do.
December 27, 2011 at 7:12pm
Won’t be long before I embark in similar journey across the Andes.
Just need to figure out whether I should stick with the Thorn, or get a Pugsley, feeling the Pugsley love already…
December 6, 2011 at 9:41pm
Independent Fabrication Club Racer: Want.
November 23, 2011 at 4:44pm
Not only I love the bicycle (I owned similar), but the wooden mudguard is the best I’ve seen with it’s beautiful red underside.
October 26, 2011 at 10:48am
I’m not a member of the “roadie” sub-culture, nor do I particularly wish to be (some of the rules are funny, some are sage, many are totally ridiculous), but it made me realize that I have formed my own set of rules after several years of cycling in London. Some of my own, some are adapted from the advice of others and some are stolen. Here are the ones that spring immediately to mind:
- The daily commute is not a race. If I overtake you it’s not a challenge, it’s because I’m faster than you, so don’t feel compelled to start mashing your pedals furiously, wheezing and causing havoc in my general area. Likewise, if I’m riding slowly it’s because I’m enjoying the lazy pace or I’ve had a heavy one the night before. Looking over your shoulder with a shit eating grin as you “leave me for dust” just confirms that to me that your partner and ambitions are unfulfilled and you make up for it by pedaling furiously to a job you hate. The other possibility is that you’re an abject wanker.
- The only vehicles that have any place on a pavement are children’s bikes and mobility scooters. If you’re riding a bicycle on the pavement and you’re older than twelve you should contemplate the series of unfortunate events that have led you to behave like a water-brained sociopath and might even consider seeking professional help.
- It is good to have a slow friendly bike with paniers and a bell to keep you from taking the business of cycling too seriously. The bell should be loud, clear and desperately cheerful so people are inclined to hop out of your path with a smile and a wave. However, when you are taking the sleek and speedy road bike, fixed gear or single speed (none of which should have a bell) this all changes. As zombie commuters step blindly into your path without warning, a short and sharp – but inoffensive – vocal command should be issued to remind them that not everyone inhabits a vacuously swirling world of Starbucks muffins and smart phones filled to bursting point with anodyne bullshit.
- Hero worship is for spods and nonce-cakes. Fantasizing about licking Bradley Wiggins’ rippling calves is fine if that’s your thing, but don’t confuse those feelings with the joy of riding for the thrill of it.
- It’s not shameful to wait in a queue of traffic if the only other option is ending up as a streak of tarmac jam. If you are unable to anticipate the likely outcome of coasting between busses or carving up criminally negligent nose-pickers in Porsche Cayennes then you should consider cycle training or trading in your bike for a Super-Deluxe Platinum Oyster card.
- Everyone in or on a motorised vehicle is a fuckhead unless proven otherwise. So are most pedestrians and cyclists. However, those who drive, cycle or walk with care, skill and grace should be met with an appreciative smile and a nod. And a reacharound if you have the time.
NB. These rules were written on whiskey, as all rules should be.As written by Lawrence Brown
October 21, 2011 at 12:13pm
New Rene Herse crankset, can’t wait for them to be released soon.
September 8, 2011 at 6:55pm
Got this nice little rubber band from Tokyo Fixed for £8, incredibly useful and doesn’t required a mount for a specific phone, very secure much to my surprise, even on the worse of road in London’s famous London.
July 30, 2011 at 2:13am