I’ll Bring the Jam

and you bring the butter…

These beauties are for flippin’ sale here

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Just met this guy’s dad…

4 buddies, runners from college and avid cyclists, rice across Europe in the summer of ’10. Looks pretty bad-ass.

This guy’s dad stopped me outside Starbucks asking if I “liked riding fixie.” Got to talking and he told me his son loved his and that he (dad) had gotten a chance to ride it. Didn’t take the chance of riding it through Europe though, what with all the hills, mountains, cobbles, and techno clubs. You just can’t trust those techno kids.

Cool dad. Cooler kid. Coolest blog; they do a lot of good-will work around the world…and they have t-shirts!

NO SKIPSIES

IT IS IN AUSTIN; what more could you ask for? There will hardly be a better way to spend a cold-ass February weekend

Brake or Brake-less

From The Foot Down

Following on from the hemet debate from a couple of weeks ago lets shoot the shit out of the brakes vs brakeless issue. Firstly though I must say that I am very pleased with the comments on the helmet post, these things usually descend into inane name calling pretty quickly but it looks like you, my lovely readers, are a very reasonable, intelligent bunch! As expected though most commenters were helmet wearers so it would be nice to hear from some more bare heads.
brakeless fixed gear bikeBrakeless, some people see it as suicidal but I would disagree. Riding a brakeless fixed gear bike isn’t like riding with a brake, you simply don’t do things the same way. People with a brake usually go pretty fast and stop at the end whereas brakeless riders tend to start to slow down earlier and come to a stop a lot more gradually, folks don’t see that though and actually often refuse to believe that it’s a viable method of coming to a stop.

There is absolutely no denying that a front brake will bring you to a stop far more safely than locking up your legs but that doesn’t mean that fitting a brake is a must (unless you are a staunch law abider). I think in most circumstances skip and skid stops work absolutely fine but there are certainly cases where they are less than ideal. Locking up your legs at 30+mph with a mid 70GI usually results in a bit of a fucking scary wobble followed by a bunch of skips, a booming heart rate and a big “PHEW!” at the end but this is also the reason for riding brakeless isn’t it?

Being a death defying badass is what it’s all about, oh, and “the zen” that people went on about a few years back (where did the zen go?), I just can’t imagine that the thrill is the same with a brake, I suppose it’s a bit like jumping out of a plane without a backup parachute, if the main one fucks up then you are fucked but if it does work you feel like a million bucks when you gently land on your feet and don’t end up as a gross bloody puddle of guts and bones in front of your friends and family.

Maybe riding brakeless is just plain irresponsible but I’ve yet to see anyone riding without a brake crash into anything because they didn’t have a lever to pull on, at the end of the day you still need a fair distance in which to stop with a front brake. If someone opens a door right in front of you or a car pulls out of a junction right in front of you or a pedestrian walks out right in front of you then you are going down, with or without a brake. Being on the ball and paying attention to what is going on around you at all times is more important than a brake if you ask me.

Like with helmets the fixed gear scene is split right down the middle when it comes to brakes, people on both sides of the fence are very proud of their choice and are adamant that the braking method they have chosen is the best way. Lets hear your thoughts on this, have you had any accidents that a brake would have prevented? Have you pulled your brake in an emergency and gone over the bars like a human cannonball? Do you think brakeless riders are morons? Is fitting a brake for pussies???

Qtd from The Foot Down

What the f- is this???

From here

Night Polo

Found this sweet little story about bike polo. Well designed and fun to read!

Howdy folks!

The A&M atmosphere must be getting to be down here in Houston. Anyway, there are a few photos that I found while I was…er…focusing diligently on grading. …yea… Here is:

In Oregon, they just worry about birds, bikes, dollas, and drawas. Word.

Kwiky

Just a li’l guy until I can get more time to throw down a real post:

You can work out on a fixed gear. It’s a real ball-buster too. Spent the past several days doing it on South Padre Island.

On a related note, sea-water is not kind to bike mechanisms…or your face on a fast ride.

White Lightning: Clean Ride is the SH*T!

Another neck of the woods…

A member of Dub Hub (me) will be traveling around the country for the next several weeks. I will hit up Dallas, Houston, South Padre Island, and Chicago. In the meantime, I will be gettin’ the fixed scoop from Texas and the Windy City. Meanwhile our fearless progenitor will be in Lubbock workin’ from the homefront. If you have any suggestions for bike shops, shows, rides, or scenes to check out over the next few weeks let us know!

Image from here.

Culture Challenge

Arguably, the purpose of our blog is to act as a digital supplement to a burgeoning local culture–the Lubbock fixed gear/single speed culture. We take bike enthusiasts of all breeds, but we will admit that we aim at a particular audience. So as bike culture grows and develops here in town there are going to be a few mile markers that we need to take note of:

1) At least one organized event. Sure weekend rides are fun but we need to get something together where folks can meet, greet, and compete. Think Tour de Tech Terrace spirit with bike commuter/racer/mechanic enthusiasm. An event with some events like foot down, skip comps, and track stand comps would be a good place to start. Hell, even a good old fashioned ass-buster through town would be fun (aka an “alley cat,” but really, with no real messenger service/culture in town, what’s the point of stealing the name if for no reason than vanity).

2) A common ground. Where do you head to meet your bike folks? J&B? Starbucks? Bash’s or Schooner’s? Why not create a draw like what Rapha has been doing in England with their own bike-geared (no pun intended) coffee shops? Just because we live in a small-ish town doesn’t mean that we need to act like all the action is out of reach and reserved for larger metro areas. A big pull for this is the pretty vivid observation that a lot of us who ride fixed/ss or have a notable passion for it stay in town year long almost ensuring a consistent customer base.

3) Let’s see where it goes. A polo club? How about some bike soccer? Maybe a co-op or tool collective? A custom bike shop or even a fixed/ss/bmx bike shop would be pretty killer too. Who knows. All of these sounds like legitimate future possibilities.

None of these things are going to happen on their own. Someone needs to think, organize, and act. So. Get going. Let’s see what you can do Lubbock. We challenge you to give this culture some shape and direction.