With about a year of questioning fix gear bikes I’ve now decided to go to the dark side.
“Why would anyone want to go backwards in invention?” I used to think to myself. “My parents didn’t have the luxury of gears, are these people mad?” I argued. However, whilst downing them, I hadn’t even given one a chance. So I jumped on my mate Megs for a test ride and seriously it blew my head away. Not only was it easier on hills, more importantly it was enjoyable. To me it’s like comparing automatic cars to manual cars. People always say that manual cars are more interesting because there is more to do, more to concentrate on. They say that automatic cars are just well, boring. Therefore for me geared bikes are automatics and manual cars are like fixies.
I guess I’m aiming this post at the ladies who are thinking about a fix gear bike but not sure. I know how hard it is when people are drilling negative information in your ear about them but please note that they may also not have even tried one. Sydney gals should come along to Wednesday night rides held by Le Pista Resistance and catch a glimpse of true fixed love in action. I went last Wednesday and the mixture of beautiful bikes and the lights of the city stopped my heart. Although at the same time my heart was also pacing a million miles on those hills!
I’m in the fun stage now and getting my first custom fixed gear bike built by Primate Frames. I’m in my element choosing colours and being apart of the creation. My frame is at the painters and everything is slowly coming together. My Velocity wood patterned rims arrived the other day and I love em.
Why wood you ask? I was raised in the city but born in Bellingen, an amazing little town known for the rainforests and alternative ways. I now live in the heart of the CBD, a man made structure with hardly any trees. But I haven’t lost my love for nature and the honeybees. This is evident in my work and my time spent volunteering on projects that are truly a labor of love. Wooden rims seemed perfect for me and true to my nature. The process is fun but at the same time I’m looking forward to seeing my ‘crush’ come to life.