En fixed gear sykkel (fastnav) er en sykkel hvor drevet bak er skrudd fast på navet uten frihjulsnav. Så lenge hjulet går rundt går også kranken rundt og omvendt. En fixed gear sykkel kan også sykles baklengs...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The build-up...

Nå har jeg såvidt startet på den lange veien mot en hot "fasti"!
Just started on the long and winding road towards a hot fixie!

Dura-Aace Octalink crank!! Hiihaa!!

Svunden tid...

A blast from the past...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Stripped and ready to be "fixed"...

Da er ALTA ramma stort sett rein...
Then the ALTA is pretty much stripped...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Can you fix it?

Half the fun of fixies is building your very own and making it yours by choosing components, colour schemes and accessories. But a question I get frequently is whether you need a specific kind of bike to start with or can you just turn pretty much any bike into a fixed-gear wonder?

My answer would be: if you want to have a single-speed, virtually any bike can be made into one of these, whereas if you want the real deal - i.e truly a fixed-gear, you have somewhat less of a choice of starting points. Here’s what you need to know:

Track frames

Probably the most ideal starting point, these frames were designed for fixie riding to start with and are thus great for a build. Things to bear in mind however, is the fact that true track frames don’t have drilled forks, which means you’ll either have to risk it and drill them yourself (not advisable unless you really know what you are doing), get a pair of special Dia Compe brakes that mount onto the fork legs with a clamp rather than rely on the drilled hole in the fork, or you replace the track forks with road going ones and fit a road brake as normal. It’s important you figure this out, because riding without a front brake is really not a good idea. Also track frames don’t have bottle cage mounts so if you are planning to train on one - you’d better get one of them Camelback hydration backpacks too.

Modern road frames

These you can easily turn into single-speeds by using spacers to cover most of the free-wheel hub and only leaving one sprocket to use permanently. If you have a compact or triple crankset you also have some more choice when it comes to chainring spacing for your chainline. Use the one which gives you the straightest chainline (often the inner ring on a compact, which means if you want you can fit a bash quard in place of the outer ring to protect your trouser legs).

In general, particularly new roadbike frames tend to be wider to accomodate said freewheel hub so if you go for a fixed rear wheel here you’ll need one with a longer axle than normal and a bunch of axle spacers. (London Fixie Bike will sort you out). It’s important you use a longer axle and spacers rather than try to flex the chainstays around a narrower than normal wheel, as you risk wrecking the frame. You will still need a chain tensioner sprocket (on a mount off the axle) too as the vertical drop-outs don’t allow you to adjust the chain tension by moving the wheel backwards and forwards.

Vintage road frames with horisontal or diagonal drop outs

These are much better conversion candidates than modern road bikes as the chainstays tend to be a bit narrower (as they had fewer gears in the 60s, 70s and the 80s you know ) and the diagonal drop outs mean you are likely to get away with not having to use a separate chain tensioner sprocket. Due to narrower bottom brackets you should be able to just fit a normal track crankset too, without too much chainline hassle.

Mountain bike frames

Again depending on the age of the frame you either have narrower or wider chainstays, and either vertical or diagonal drop-outs, so the same rules apply as for modern vs. vintage road bike frames.

Cruiser frames etc.

These are a little trickier, not because of any other reason than the sometimes odd wheel sizes used on cruisers limit the choice of wheels you have and thus the kinds of components you can use for doing the conversion. If you can get hold of cruiser frames able to accept 650cc or BMX wheels you are already making life a lot easier for yourself.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

God Hjul! Merry Fixed-mas!

New ride in tha' house...

Her er noen flere bilder av mitt nye fixed prosjekt.
Here's a few more pics of my new fixed project.

Gleder meg til å "fixe" denne! Kanskje en av verdens første fixed gear ombygde ALTA..?
I can not wait to "fix" this ride! Maybe one of the worlds first fixed gear customized ALTA..?

Noen nærbilder av ramme detaljer...
A few close-ups of some frame details...

Følg med! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Nytt leketøy! New Toy!!

Da er det nye leketøyet i hus...
Then the new toy is in tha' house...

ALTA ble introdusert av Hard Rocx våren 2005, prototypen var grønn. Dette eksemplaret er trolig en av de første ALTA Bikes som ble levert i hvit. Karen som solgte den til meg er kamerat av en som jobber hos Norway Says. Han fikk den i gave en gang i 2005 og han har ikke syklet på den siden. Hvis jeg har skjønt det riktig så ble det produsert 70 hvite og gule sykler i 2006.

Sjekk dette fra Norway Says' websider:

Dette er skrevet om ALTA sykkelen:

Denne unike designsykkelen er utviklet av de tre anerkjente, norske designfirmaene; Bleed (grafisk design), Frost Produkt (produktdesign) og ikke minst Norway Says (møbel- og produktdesign) og blir produsert av Hard Rocx.

Det var felles kjærlighet til sykkelsporten, blant kamerater i de tre selskapene, som var motivasjonen, da de begynte å kreere sykkelen, men det endelige designet er tydelig inspirert av single-speed-/fixed-wheelkulten blant sykkelbud i verdensbyene San Francisco, New York og Tokyo.

En annen viktig designfaktor var å holde vekten nede på et minimum - kun 9.4 kg. Dermed blir sykkelen bl.a. enkel å ta med opp trapper, slik at eieren stolt kan henge den som "dekorasjon" på veggen i leiligheten sin. Lav vekt er jo, som kjent, heller ingen direkte ulempe når en tråkker avgårde i bygatene eller på landeveien.

Alta Bike blir kun produsert i begrenset opplag og det kommer nye farger hvert år.

Alta Bike er kort sagt en drøm å sykle på og for dem som verdsetter leveregelen "Less is more.", så er dette SYKKELEN!

Words on the ALTA Bike:

Norwegian Alta Bikes are the result of a three-way collaboration between product designers Frost Produkt, furniture designers Norway Says & graphic designers Bleed. Frustrated by the sight of people ‘struggling’ down the streets of Oslo, they came together to create a machine of uncompromising 2-wheel purity - ‘one bike to rule them all’. The super-chaste, Alta One is stripped of all unnecessary equipment giving it unparalleled lightness, ease of maintenance and portability. The ultimate in single-speed chic, this special edition in stealthy submarine grey is created exclusively for 20ltd.com and is limited to only 10 editions

The super-chaste, Alta One is stripped of all unnecessary equipment giving it unparalleled lightness, ease of maintenance and portability. The ultimate in single-speed chic, this special edition in stealthy submarine grey is created exclusively for 20ltd.com and is limited to only 10 editions.


The Alta Single Speed City Racer.. One bike to rule them all..
People tend to think i have some kao (kamba tribe in Kenya stereotyped for their love of all thing brightly coloured) blood for loving all things coloured brightly/brightly coloured. But surely, if the cycling bug has bitten you, you’ve got to love this single speed racer by Alta. Yellow is a favourite colour of mine and to see the racer done in that colour just makes me want to hang it up on the wall instead of one of my art pieces. The craftsmen are an eclectic mix of people; Bleed (graphic designers), Norway Says (furniture designers), Frost Produkt (product designers) and Shnel&Melnychuck (advertising agency) and i must say, bravo!! bravo!!!! I love it..


...this thing looks like its from ikea!
Bikes arent fucking furniture...


Saturday, November 22, 2008

What is Keirin?

During the early days of cycling, as far back as 1880, track cycling was popular in America and in Europe. By 1893 cycling had a large enough following to permit a World Championship. Just three years later bicycle racing made its way into the first inaugural modern day Olympic Games. By the 1920's indoor track racing had become one of the most popular spectator sports, drawing enormous crowds. Track racing reached the peak of it's popularity in the 1930s in the United States, when 6-day relay races were held in Madison Square Garden in New York, from which the track discipline "Madison", a relay cycling race, still takes its name. Interest in bicycle track racing declined during the late 1930's and early 40's, principally due to the rise of soccer and motor sport, and bicycle track racing lost its former position as the number one spectator sport. It enjoyed a revival in Europe after the Second World War, due to the reintroduction of 6-day racing, and in the late 1950's and early '60's, the European public's interest in track cycling gradually rose, though never again to the same level. However, far away from the traditional cycling nations and little known to the rest of the world, bicycle track racing is enormously popular.

Keirin, meaning "racing wheels" or simply "bicycle race", originated in Kokura City in November 1948. It has become a Japanese social institution attended by around 57 million spectators every year, who place bets amounting to1.15 trillion Yen annually. Keirin compares most closely with greyhound or horse racing in the West. Races are held almost every weekend at 50 tracks around Japan. The events are usually held over 4 days; entry costs only100 yen (90 Ct), there are 11 races per night with 9 riders per race. The crowd is mainly made up of older men who gamble on the races, there are very few women spectators. There are seven different types of bets, combinations of the placing of two or three racers. Picking the winner of a Keirin race is a complicated matter; the punters have to examine the background of each rider who is participating in the race. Blood group, astrological sign and thigh measurements in addition to starting position and seasonal form are only some of the factors taken into consideration when placing a bet. Form and information about the athletes can be studied in special newspapers, and for the punters having successfully analysed the riders is part of the reward when they win. Paradoxically most people don't watch the races 'live' but watch on the TV screens, even though they're at the track.

After the riders come out of the tunnel, "the racers gate", they ride slowly to the start, fix their bikes in position in the starting machine, and bow once before getting into the saddle. There are usually nine racers but six, seven, or eight competitors can start. They are clad in brightly coloured jerseys and helmet covers, to make them easy for the crowd to identify. The colours were standardized in the mid nineties, the numbers one through nine wear the colours , white, black, red, blue, green, orange, pink and purple respectively. The races are usually 2000 m (5 X 400 m), although some tracks are 333m or even 500m long. The track is steeply banked at each end making for a very dramatic racing atmosphere. The race starts slowly, the riders jockeying for an advantageous position behind the pacemaker, who goes off the track after 3 laps and a bell rings opening the sprint. During the last two laps the pace rises, and the riders begin a furious battle, fighting to get into gaps. In the final sprint for the finish line the racers reach speeds of up to 70 km/h.

There are four standard strategies in Kerin;
Senko, leading with high speed from the front.
Makuri, passing from behind in the final straight.
Mak, sprinting past from second place.
Oikona, coming out from behind the leaders back wheel to win.

All this is however only theory. There are a lot of tactics involved, and some riders will work together in a race to gain an advantage, so observing ones opponents is of utmost importance. A certain amount of pushing and shoving is tolerated by the rules and as the speeding riders manoeuvre in the fight for the best position spectacular crashes are not uncommon. The surface of the track is hard and rough to provide good traction even in the rain, so the racers wear plastic body armour under their jerseys to prevent serious injury should it come to a crash. The races typically require photo finishes, the riders who win going on to compete in higher-staked races the next day.

A Keirin pro will race 80-100 times a year, prize money can be upwards of 100,000 € for the winner of a large keirin event, the top riders earning up to 1.5m € a year. The riders all use similar steel framed bikes, specially built racing machines. They have some choice over the gear they ride, 12-16 teeth on the sprocket and up to 55 on the chainring, but only frames and components approved by the Nihon Jitensha Shinkokai ( Japanese Bicycle Association) NJS, are permitted to compete at Keirin races.mThe bikes are checked before each race by the "Kencha" the technical inspection authority , no flat spokes, disc wheels, carbon fibre, or aluminium frames are approved, meaning a whole industry of frame shops dedicated to building high quality racing frames has grown up around Keirin.

There are 4000 registered Keirin riders in Japan. The average age of the riders is about 35. It is not uncommon for a keirin racer to compete into his fifties, the oldest Keirin racer ever, Uemura San was 60 years old when he retired. In 1969 women racers were taken off the Keirin registers. Women's racing was stopped due to a lack of interest which resulted mainly from the lower level of performance, in comparison to men's Keirin. Prospective Keirin competitors must attend the Japan Bicycle Racing School at Shuzenji, in the Izu area. The only Keirin School in Japan was founded in 1968 and is dedicated to teaching the academic and practical skills the students will need to compete. The 10% of applicants fortunate enough to be accepted then undergo a strict, 15-hour per day training regime. During the 10-month period of training and study, the students aged between 18 and 22, learn the rules and tactics of the sport, bicycle mechanics and physiotherapy as well as riding technique, and endurance. The goal is to achieve harmony of heart, body and technique. The Keirin competitor is trainer, manager, mechanic, and racer. Those who pass the graduation exams, and are approved by the Japan Keirin Association, are then registered by the association as competitors and are eligible to take part in Keirin events. Every year 150 new riders are admitted, first to a four-month stint in the newcomer's league, following which they are assigned a ranking. Rankings are adjusted, based on a competitor's performance, every four months.

There are three 'S', four 'A' and two 'B' groupings.
S1 with 130 riders.
S2 and S3 with 150 riders each.
A1-A4 with between 2400 and 2500 riders.
B1-B2 with between 1460 and 1560 riders.
Only 'S' level riders are eligible for the Grand Prix events, 'Normal' events are the province of 'A' and 'B' class riders. The riders of the S class wear shorts with a red stripe and white stars, the A class a green stripe, the B class blue. Formerly the A and B class riders wore shorts with simple white stripes, the stars reserved for the S class athletes.

Although the Keirin stars are national heroes, they and their sport are little known outside Japan. One exception was Koichi Nakano, an expert sprinter, who won the World Championship Sprint title for ten successive years from 1977 to 1986, bringing himself much recognition, and attracting the interest of the outside world.
International Keirin races have been held in Japan since 1981, and the international series has become a popular event in the Keirin calendar. For the international series, held annually in April and May, the top international track racers are invited to compete against the local stars.
Until now the only countries to hold Keirin events outside Japan have been Korea, where events have been staged since 1994, and some South America nations.
Keirin was adopted as an official discipline at the Track World Championships in 1980 and as an Olympic discipline at the games in Sydney 2000. At these events the riders are paced by a motorized cycle known as a derny. Other than this the races are identical, just as exciting and unpredictable as the original. Keirin has become an established international track cycling event, enjoyed by fans throughout the world.

MiyataFixed ferdig II

Tok noen bilder av Miyatan idag. Var meget bra vær så jeg tok med kamera på en sykkeltur... Shot a few pics of the Miyata Fixie today. The weather was great so I grabbed the camera and went for a cruise...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The fixed gear purist cult mentality thing

Jeg fant dette stykket på nettet! I found this great story!

Deciding to ride a fixed gear bicycle seems counterintuitive. You give up a couple dozen gears for just one. You forever renounce coasting. You have to explain yourself to the abundantly geared the same way someone who listens to phonograph records has to explain himself to electronic enthusiasts. To an outsider, riding fixed seems like the rough and thorny way to heaven. Those who've ridden fixed, though, know that it is something that has to be experienced to be appreciated. Not coincidentally, those who do give it a turn often never go back.
First off, no one is so obsessed with weight as the cyclist. I’ve seen some compare different brands of bar tape hoping to save a few grams. One way to save not only ounces but pounds is to start ripping off any parts that aren't absolutely necessary. Take off the rear brake (or for some wayward souls, take off both brakes). Scrap all but one chainring. Derailleur and chain tensioner? History. Shorten up that chain. Rebuild the rear wheel with a new hub and a cog. Align the chain and then lift the bike and feel how much lighter it is. Going titanium will surely save you some weight, but if weight is a major factor, it is easier and much more economical to just start dropping parts.

On an abundantly geared bike, there are a number of things that can go wrong. Adjustments are often necessary. New parts are frequently needed. Every little part needs to be in harmony with every other little part. Little clicks, big clanks. All kinds of clunking and clanking going on down there. Fixed bikes have a need for a bit of oil on the chain every once in a while, and when something does go wrong, which is rare, spotting the culprit is instantaneous because there are only a couple of things that could possibly be amiss.

As the name implies, the rear wheel and the cranks are fixed together in their movement, which means no coasting. The bike is also fixed in the sense that there is obviously no shifting of gears. As long as the bike is moving, the cranks are moving. This gives the rider an intuitive sense of the speed at which the bike is moving because the cranks will inevitably be spinning at a speed in direct proportion to the rear wheel. On a bike that is able to coast, the rider can simply stop pedaling and when it comes time to start again, there is no guarantee that the gear the bike is in will be the right gear. This leads to a sort of tentative game of catch up and disorientation. Granted, the experienced rider will be able to adjust without much effort, but it is never as direct a connection as on a fixie.

For those who ride a bike primarily to exercise or train, there is another advantage. It is far more likely to get a damn good workout and get into good shape on a fixed gear bike than on its more popular counterpart. Because you cannot stop pedaling, it is like having a coach with you every time you venture out. If you try to stop pedaling and take a little breather, there is an immediate (and for the inexperienced fixie rider) sometimes startling reminder that no pauses in pedaling will be permitted. This is why at first it seems like you have an obnoxious drill-sargent on your heels, but after some getting used to, it becomes more like having a good-natured coach that you know is ultimately on your side. Fixed gear riders never have to think about how much or little they are coasting because it is quite literally not an option. Because your feet can be pushed off the pedals on the upswing of the cranks, straps or clipless pedals are a must.

When shifting from one gear to another, oftentimes there must be a tiny, sometimes imperceptible hiatus in pedaling so the gear can work itself into place, which of course detracts from the power of your pedaling. Once again, as with other aspects, this is an impossibility on a fixed gear bike. Because the chain never leaves the single chainring and cog, there is never a lapse, and pedaling can be continuous and without the slightest pause.

The mental and physical energy used up in operating an abundantly geared bike is often overlooked. Think about the steps. Say you approach a moderate hill. You assess the terrain, you think of what gear you need to be in, reach out and change gears, make sure the gears change smoothly by the time you get to the hill, start up the hill and think about if the gear is working well, change it if it's not thereby slowing down a bit while doing so, keep pedaling, reach the crest and then go through the same steps more or less to go down the other side of the hill and on and on. Granted, many of these steps become almost reflexes for an experienced rider, yet there is a significant amount of effort whether you realize it or not.

Now look at the same situation on a fixed gear bike. You come to a hill and you pedal the bike. That's it. Inevitably you are forcing your legs to become stronger because you've got no choice but to make the gear work, and the hills will become more and more fun because they will seem easier and easier as your legs get stronger.

Without a doubt, though, the most desirable thing about the fixed gear bike is the intimate feeling of being at one with the bike, as if it is an extension of your own body. It would kind of be like the difference between playing tennis with your bare hands or playing while wearing oven mitts. With fixed, you can feel every nuance of speed, balance, acceleration and deceleration, giving you that mystical connection that so many fixed gear riders speak of.

Which brings me to the cult mentality aspect. Upon seeing that other rider with that unmistakable chainline, there is an immediate knowledge that he or she understands. This is strikingly similar to the way, for example, that two hare krishnas might greet if they happened upon one another on the street. There would be an immediate and unspoken connection and bond. To the layman, a fixed gear bike and a traditional road bike look to be the same breed, so there is even more of an underground connection. Fixed gear riders don’t even need to have little pigtails and peach colored togas to spot one another. It’s just that single gear that’s needed. To be fair, too, I haven’t ever had anyone try to convert me to fixed gear in the airport, so, granted, the analogy has its flaws. Nevertheless, the cult mentality remains.

Another not to be underestimated aspect of fixed is the ability to slow the bike down without using brakes. You can rely on your own power to slow the bike down as well as speed it up. Subtle pressure on the pedals in a reverse direction slows the bike down, of course, because the cranks and the rear wheel are fixed together (this is why some ride brakeless, giving their legs total control over speeding up and slowing down).

(Fixed gear bikes do have cousins called single speeds, which are basically fixed gear bikes with a freewheel instead of a fixed cog. They possess all the weight and mechanical advantages of fixed gears, but they lack the continuous pedaling, breaking with your legs and of course that intimate feel.)

Walking in downtown San Francisco several years ago, before I’d ever even ridden a fixed gear bike, I remember seeing a messenger riding through slow traffic, weaving in and out, looking like a needle stitching all the cars together. This memory sticks with me for some reason, and I suspect it was because of the utter grace of seeing him work his way through the cars, unintentionally making a mockery of the drivers sitting in traffic. I’m positive that it was a fixed gear bike he was riding, not only because they are more often than not the choice of messengers, but also because I remember seeing him pedaling when he sped up and when he slowed down, which took me by surprise. the subtle adjustments he made in his speed and direction were like the subtle adjustments a bird makes in flight. If my niece ever asks me what grace means, I will take her downtown and wait for a messenger on a fixie to pass.

I realize that I’ve romanticized fixed gear to an extent. Needless to say, they are not the best bikes for all types of riding. If you plan on doing some major uphill and downhill on the same ride, it would be thoroughly impractical. For certain types of riding, though, like city streets and around town with moderate climbing and descents, now that I’ve tried it I would never think of riding anything other than a fixed gear.

By Scott Larkin
Reprinted with permission from

Monday, November 10, 2008

Saturday, November 08, 2008

MiyataFixed ferdig (nesten)

Da nærmer det seg at MiyataFixie'n er ferdig.
The MiyataFixie is almost done...

Ribba en ProFlex MTB for styre. Et matt sort CrowBar som jeg kappet ca. 8 cm.
Funket bra sammen med den orginale sorte stem'n.
Stole a CrowBar handlebar from my ProFlex. Flattblack was pretty nice with the original black stem

Ville ikke montere de lange blå håndtaka ennå siden dette ikke er det styret jeg skal ha, defor så brukte jeg litt carbon-look styretape jeg hadde liggende.
Det fungerte egentlig ganske bra.
Did'nt want to use the long blue grips yet since this is'nt the bar I want to use.
Used a carbon-look griptape. That was actually pretty cool...

Friday, October 31, 2008

New parts in tha' house!

Blå lange Origin8 håndtak. Blue long Origin8 grips.

Sølv farget Weinmann hjulsett med 15T drev og låsering. Silver Weinmann wheels with 15T cog and lockring.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Who's got more street cred?

Copenhagen Guns teaser


Sjekk hva denne karen gjør!! Check out this dude!!

FIX HI from YU KU$UMOTOh! on Vimeo.

Se også de andre filmene! View them all...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New wheels are commin'...

Jeg vant disse på eBay nå. I just won this set of wheels on eBay.

Planen var å bruke dem på Miyata'n. The plan is to use them on the Miyata fixie project...

Fixed Gear Clothing Co.

The webshop is up and running!
Shop til ya' drop...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Fixed Miyata Team

The 1990 Miyata Team is next to be fixed...


This is a nice video from Japan!

Hang out with the Osaka "TSUCCO-MI" crew:
Nao, Nari, Yossyy+, KaNGo

DAY OUT WITH THE OSAKA CREW from hc100 on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Avisen B.T. i Danmark

Sakset fra avisen B.T. i Danmark!

Livsfarlige cykler i København

Cykler uden bremser er kommet på mode. Politiet bekræfter tendensen og har allerede uddelt flere bøder til de dristige og bremseløse cyklister.

Det er gået hen og blevet moderne at køre på en banecykel uden bremser. I modsætning til almindelige cykler har den i stedet fast narv på baghjulet, der kun tillader at bremse med kræften fra cyklistens egne ben. Der er altså ingen hjælp fra lovpligtige bremser.

På hjemmesiden Fixie-king.dk udveksler cykelbude og andre tilhængere af de bremseløse cykler erfaringer. Hjemmesiden har næsten 20.000 registrerede brugere fra hele verden heriblandt mange danskere.

- Når du kører på cykel med fast narv, så skubber den dig igennem lyskryds. Du har ikke lyst til at stoppe. Når du først kommer op på cyklen og kommer i gang, så holder du op med at tænke på at stoppe, skriver en entusiatisk bruger på sitet.

Politiet uddeler bøder

Knap så begejstret er de hos færdselspolitiet i København, der har oplevet en mærkbar stigning af de ulovlige cykler i det københavnske bybillede. Inden for det seneste år har politiet uddelt 25 bøder.

Men ifølge vagthavende hos færdselspolitiet i København, Axel Sørensen, så er det ikke nemt for politiet at få has på alle de ulovlige cykler, som han mener, er den seneste mode inden for cykelverdenen.

- Det er svært at spotte de her cykler, for de ligner altså almindelige cykler, siger Axel Sørensen til Nyhedsbureauet Newspaq. Han fornemmer, at cyklerne er kommet på mode

Hos Rådet for Større Færdselssikkerhed er man rystet over cyklerne uden bremser.

- Det er jo dødsensfarligt at cykle rundt i byen på en cykel uden bremser. Det er fuldstændig galemandsværk, og det er kun et spørgsmål om tid før nogen bliver kørt ned, siger en oprørt vicedirektør Mogens Wilbert til Newspaq.

Han gør samtidig opmærksom på, at Rådet hidtil ikke har været opmærksom på cyklerne med de manglende bremser.

Fin kontrol

En af dem der kører på de bremseløse cykler er Benny Møller Petersen fra København. Han forklarer, hvad det er, der gør det fedt at køre med fast narv.

- Du er hele tiden i kontakt med cykel og asfalten - al den energi, du putter ind i cyklen, kommer nemlig tilbage, når du skal bremse. Men jeg er ikke nervøs, siger Benny Møller Andersen til Newspaq.

- Jeg synes, jeg har fin kontrol over cyklen. Man er nemlig tvunget til at være mere opmærksom på, hvad de andre trafikkanter mon kunne tænkes at gøre, siger han

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Links! The list...

Chicago Fixed Gear
Aloha Fixed
DC Fixed Gear
Las Vegas Fixed Gear
Los Angeles Fixed Gear
Minneapolis Bike Love
NYC Fixed Gear
Portland Fixed Gear and Singlespeed
SF Fixed
Toronto Fixed
Fixed Vancouver
Fixie King Denmark
London Fixed Gear Singlespeed
Fixed Australia
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San Jose Fixed Gear
Orange County Fixed
Bicycling.com Fixed Gear Forum
Fixed Gear Fever Forums
Florida Fixed
Bike Forums Singlespeed and Fixed Gear
Bike Forums Track Cycling
Movimento (fisso)
Road Bike Review Fixed/Singlespeed
Cycling Forums Singlespeed
Singapore Fixed Gear
Fixed Gear Listserve
Fixed Gear Austria/
Fixed Gear Berlin
Fahrradkurier Forum
Chained Revolution Vintage Track Forum & Blog


Concrete River
Belgium Knee Warmers
Aloha Fixed
Barrie Bloor
Bike Snob
Bangkok Fixed
MessengerBag Blog
Bootleg Sessions
Cle Fix
Council of Doom
Cycle Jerks
Cycling WMD
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Fixed Gear Blog
Fixed Gear Cycling
Fixed Gear London
Fixed Gear World
HK Fixed
Tomity San
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KL Fixed
Masi Guy
Messenger of Doom
NJS Frames
NJS Keirin
NJS Supermarket
No Brakes ATL
Sayacafes Blog
Southsea Fixed Gear Fight Club
Straight Chain
The Crank Doze
The Rotten Club
Visionary Tokyo: Pisto
Super Makuri
Track Cats
The Village Velodrome Society
Vintage Pista
Viva La Bici
Chicago Track Racing
Dispatch 101
Dublin Messengers
Hipster Nascar
House of Pistard
Jan Market
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Origin8 cranks!

New cranc arms "in tha' house"!

And a 38T Rocket sprocket...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Nytt norskt Fixed Gear forum!

Nytt norskt forum startet!

Vær med å snakk om den nye sykkeltrenden...

Check it out!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Meg og mine

Mitt navn er Halgeir, og jeg er bosatt i Oslo. Sykkel har vært den store interessen i mange år nå, men fast-nav sykler ble jeg først introdusert for i København i mai 2008. Det som tiltalte meg mest ved dette i første omgang var enkelheten med det hele. Mangelen på forstyrrende elementer som girspaker, bremser, flaskeholdere, skjermer, vaiere, girarm og andre remedier som strengt tatt ikke er nødvendige på en sykkel. (mangelen på bevegelige deler kutter også vedlikeholdet kraftig i tillegg til vekten).

Mange vil kanskje skrike opp i fistel og si at "Det er jo galskap å sykle uten bremser!". Og jo, det er kanskje ikke heldig hvis man sykler som en villmann og ikke tar hensyn til noen som helst, men om man planlegger sine bevegelser og viser hensyn, så fungerer dette ypperlig.
Jeg bruker faktisk min fast-nav sykkel til og fra jobben hver eneste dag, og må da gjennom Oslo sentrum. De av dere som har vært der vet at det til tider kan være noe kaotisk i trafikken...
Mitt første bygg ble på en 90` Peugot Tourmalet, som hadde gått tur-retur Trondheim-Oslo, og etter dette blitt plassert på en låve. Dette skulle være et prøvebyggm og derfor ble kstnadene holdt på et minimum. Den var absolutt ikke strøken, men et godt utgangspunkt. Research ble gjort, og deler innhentet fra Ebay. Rammen ble strippet for unødige komponenter og sprayet matt svart.
Dette var utgangspunktet, etter en grundig vask:

Og det ferdige resultatet kan beskues under:

Jeg har rett og slett blitt hekta, og begynner i disse dager å bygge en retro-inspirert fast-nav sykkel med utgangspunkt i en Gitane av foreløpig ukjent årsmodell.

Det anbefales på sterkeste på prøve dette! Men, du står i fare for å bli hekta...

Seen in Oslo!

Outide the Bikes and Boards shop

A Kona fixed for under 4 thousand kroner!!

The great Cannondale Fixed/Single

Halgeirs Peugeot!

I was visiting my Scraper friend Halgeir in Oslo last weekend.
He had fixed up a wrecked Peugeot...

Friday, September 19, 2008

The daccordi fixie

First of all let me introduce myself. The name is Anders.

It all started when my brother handed me an old daccordi road frame (dont know the year) some years ago. It stood in my garage and collected dust until one day I decided to make it into a fixed gear.

Then this summer I was on holiday in Los Angeles and visited some nice bike shops DrifLA, Hollywood pro bicycles, Orange 20 bicycles and so on and so on. After some part harvesting the frame was painted and assembly could begin. I run on 44/16 sugino crank, mks pedals, alexrims r450.

The most expensive gold bike in the world

As of 7 September, the world will never be quite the same again. That is when the Scandinavian design company AURUMANIA will be launching the world’s most lavish and expensive bike.
But it will only be a tiny, exclusive group of people who can become the proud owners of these gold bikes, which each bear a price tag of € 80,000. That’s because only 10 will ever be made, all numbered.

A work of art

These 10 limited-edition bikes represent a cornucopia of delights for any feinschmecker. The designers have employed all the classic principles in their overall appearance, and every detail has been under careful consideration.
Each bike is hand-built, and then plated with 24-carat gold and generously adorned with more than 600 fine Swarovski crystals. The handlebar grips are made of hand-sewn, chocolate-brown leather, and a moulded Brooks leather saddle provides exactly the right nostalgic touch.
The AURUMANIA logo appear stylishly and enticingly on the crossbar, begging to be touched. The crowning glory is the limited-edition number discreetly embossed with gold leaf and set into a leather badge, placed prominently on the front of the bike. No one is left in any doubt that these bikes are unique – one of a kind for one of the very few.
To ensure potential buyers the greatest possible degree of discretion, these gold bikes are exclusively available via www.aurumania.com. They are delivered to the buyer personally using a White Glove Service, in a specially designed packaging that exudes extreme luxury on a par with the golden bike inside.
The first bike in the series has already been sold to a customer in London – a man who wants it to decorate one of the walls in his home. AURUMANIA therefore also designed a special mount for this bike – also made of 24-carat gold, of course. The bike will then be on display, as a work of art in itself.

The brains behind this exclusive gold bike is the Scandinavian design company AURUMANIA. They work solely with the design of visibly extravagant luxury products made using gold, for an exclusive clientele who cannot get enough of this precious metal that really keeps its value. Hence the company name – AURUMANIA also means “pre-occupied with gold”, in the most positive sense imaginable.
This golden ultra-bike is the company’s very first product to hit the market. Before the year is out, it will be followed by several more exclusive, attention-grabbing products. These, too, will only be available via www.aurumania.com.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

S3X Fixed Gear 3 Speed

The first batch of prototype Fixed Gear 3 speeds is finished. The new hub will be called the S3X. The hub will be made using a much stronger aluminum hubshell. Overall gear range will be 160%.

1st Gear -37.5%

2nd Gear - -25%

3rd Gear - Direct Drive

Gear step gear 1 to gear 2: 20%

Gear step gear two to gear 3: 33%

Shifters are still up in the air but we have had many requests for a bar end style shifter. Also they are still planning on the possibility of doing some anodized colors with laser etching instead of screen printed graphics. Please comment on what you would like to see in the way of shifters or color choices.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Buying your first Fixed Gear

You’ve decided you want a fixed gear and you want a new bike. Well your lucky most of the bicycle manufacturers now offer at least one fixed gear model in their line. Most prices range from $569 to $1000. Things you want to look at Frame size find out your correct size. Frame material Steel, Aluminum or Carbon Fiber. Everything else can be changed or upgrated.

Frame material- I recommend steel.
1) it offers a better ride than aluminum. More shock absorbing.
2) Holds up better in a crash than aluminum or carbon.
3) Usually a better price than aluminum or carbon.
Only negative which is not really a negative - it weighs more.

Weight on fixed gear bikes is not that crucial since they usually weigh less than most Road Bikes. Remember Fixed Gears have no shifters, derailleurs, freewheel or cassette thus lighter. If your racing on the track then get an aluminum or carbon fiber race frame. For the street go steel or aluminum. The only advantage an aluminum frame has over steel is weight. With aluminum you have a harsher ride and in a crash it doesn’t hold up as well as steel. Also steel can be bent back in shape and welded. Not usually the case with aluminum. It’s your money so ride both and see what you like. Here is a list of new model fixed gear bikes. Bianchi- Pista, Cannondale- Capo, Giant- Bowery, KHS- Flite 100, Raleigh- Rush Hour, Schwinn- Madison, Specialized- Langster, Surly-Steam Roller a couple others worth looking at Dolan and Felt also have models. These are just a few of the better known bikes available.


New to Fixed Gear?

Well let me take you in to the dark seductive world of ridding fixed gear. Not for the weak and faint of heart and Warning: Once you go in you may not go back…..Ha, Ha, Ha

Ok so what is a fixed gear bike? Basically bicycles that were originally designed to race on a track or Velodrome. These bike had only one gear and no brakes. Why no brakes? Well these bikes were being ridden fast on oval tracks. Riders are drafting inches from each others wheels. Touching a brake would not give the riders in the back time to react which would result in lots of crashes. Track riders were conditioned to go around problems and obstacles to avoid trouble.
So how did these bikes become popular on the streets? We can thank the New York Bicycle Messengers. If you don’t know what a messenger is get your hands on the movie Quicksilver with Kevin Bacon. What’s different about a fixed gear? 1) As long as the bike is moving the cranks are turning. There is no coasting on a fixed gear. You have one gear solidly fixed to your rear wheel if you pedal backwards the bike moves back if you pedal forward the bike moves forward. Kind of like that tricycle you had when you were a kid. 2) The bikes are lighter than similar road bikes, because you don’t have the extra weight of gears,derailleurs and shifters. 3)The crank arms are shorter to allow you to keep pedaling through a curve.
So…..Why would you want to ride one of these bikes? 1) They are great fun! 2) You have control on these bikes that you don’t get on any other type of bike. 3) Since you are direct drive you feel at one with the road a truly Zen like experience. 4) Simplicity nothing complicated the true essence of biking.

So if I peaked your interest continue on...
If not then you don’t belong here and get the hell out!

Fixed Gear on Eurobike 08

Is Singlespeed an Fixed Gear about to take the step from underground to mainstream?
Many of the big brands have jumped on the thrend and they displayed different models on this years show.

Here's a Specialized Langster

Check this swedish site happymtb.org

What year are they?

I found a great site for old racers in Sweden.

I asked Kjell Ahlqvist, th guy who runs the site if he could tell me what year the bikes are. Here the answer:

När det gäller dina frågor så hade jag lite tur för jag har katalogbilder på alla tre.
DBS Internazionale är från 1987, den fanns i två varianter R med tubdäck och DS med kanttrådsdäck.
Den på bilden verrkar vara i fint originalskick, till och med Turbo-sdeln finns kvar fast lutningen är lite oroväckande.
Den andra DBSen är från 1984. Modellen hade inget speciellt namn, men är det en 61 cm ram så kallades den i katalogen 104 61-8.
Moton är en Super Mirage, troligen från 88 eller 89 (katalogen är inte daterad)
Den har tappat sin bruna "Mundialita" mocka-sadel och vevpartiet var som original Nervar.
Ramrören är Columbus 999 oreducerade 0,8 mm vilket ger en vikt totalt på cykeln på 10,2 kg - inte så illa.

That's pretty cool.

Thanx much Kjell

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Two new projects!

I got two old DBS (Norwegian) racers from a shop in Sandefjord.
The DBS Internazionale was a great bike back in the 80's.
Thanx to Thor Arne at Sandefjord sykkel!

Maybe I'll start a new project pretty soon or maybe I'll find a "wanna be" that I'll help start a project...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Broken Campa'

Guess what!? The crank "gave up" this afternoon (read the previous story).
I got a new 39 tooth Campagnolo chainring in the mail today. When I was out testriding the 39/16 set-up the left arm cracked...
I think the combination of beeing from the 80's and the fact that we give it a lot of stress is the reason. And of course the fact that I tried to tighten it "some more". It just made a "crack" sound and I knew that this was not a good sound...

Yellow tape...

I changed the handlebar tape a few days ago.

Unfortunately the color was way to "lemon yellow". I think I liked the old Carbon fiber look better. But now it's done...