A fine way to waste a Saturday morning

Two weekends ago, a couple of friends came over, and we built up a bike. Over a few cups of tea, we overcame a few problems, shared a few tips and cobbled a decent fixed gear from a pile of parts.

If you’ve never done this before, I’ll let you into a little secret: it’s not as hard as it seems. Next time that something starts creaking, you upgrade a part or even want a whole new bike, consider doing it yourself.

Start small, do some research (Bicycle Tutor and Sheldon Brown are cycle-repair bibles) and see how you get on.


Fearless, brakeless and senseless

Disc BrakeI’m as pleased by the popularity of fixed-gear bikes as must be knee surgeons and the manufacturers of garish powder coat.

Anything that makes riding bikes fashionable is OK by me, and not just because I’ll be able to snap up some bargains on eBay in a couple of years time when the wave of craze recedes.

The only problem I have with the whole phixed phenomenon is the subset of riders on the streets who are simply dangerous: The Brakeless. Continue reading