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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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sorry about the crap pic. it's the only one i've got at the moment. i'll try and replace it with something better later this week.

I got a bit of cash from some nefarious musical dealings and decided to invest in some new wheels for my new longer commute. also i've been into doing longer leisure rides athe weekend lately and it was becoming apparent that my old (hybrid) bike frame was too short for me.

so here's my new wheels! it's a genesis flyer fixed wheel road bike. it's a nice light steel frame with carbon frames and post. it feels really super quick and responsive. of course top speed (especially on down-hills) is somewhat limited by the "egg-whisk effect" of fixed wheel fame but it accelerates like a dream and climbing hills is actually a pleasure rather than a chore.

it's the first time i've ridden fixed in about eight years and the first time i've ridden with cleats ever so it was a little scary at first. i've gone from being a bolshy little nutter cutting between traffic and whizzing all over the place to careful plodding politeness. i've even been hanging back at traffic lights to avoid the terror of attempting track stands while clipped in! i'm getting there though. it's all psychological. i can usually track stand for as long as i need to and i can get out of the spds in a hurry if needs be... i'm just paranoid about forgetting i'm attached and toppling over at the lights in a comical fashion! it's nearly happened a couple of times already.

tell you what though, i'm not sure if it's the fact that you never stop pedalling, the fact that i'm in cleats or the whole new sensation of braking with the legs but even after a couple of short rides my quads were on fire! it's whole different set of muscles being worked out with that technique.

going for a big night ride in the city with another fixed wheel buddy tonight. can't wait!

11th Mar 2008, 13:25  

nice ride dude! yes, you are using a lot of different muscles on a fixie, but you MUST blog the inevitable slow fall at the lights which WILL happen (it's a law of SPD nature) and make sure you do it in the MOST conspicuous place (perhaps during Shoot London) to ensure maximum publicity and humiliation, which ensures you don't do it again! enjoy your ride my man!

11th Mar 2008, 13:56

nige says:

looks sweet.

11th Mar 2008, 14:01

dookerdoo says:

hehe. thanks para. yeah i can't wait. hopefully i'll fall into scary looking brakeless messenger knocking him into a priceless sports car and in full view of 200 people waiting to cross the road outside a busy station. ideally i'd land in a puddle and have my trousers fall down just as my ex-girlfriend walked past too.

11th Mar 2008, 14:03

all your ex girlfriends, but apart from that, you're on the money there! always look on the bright side of life!

13th Mar 2008, 11:03

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