Friday, July 31, 2009

Pics For Friday

Velocity Chukker // Split Seam

Kyoichi's new Velocity Chukker split at the seam. And these were supposed to be some tough rims? Not like those exploding Chinese rims, right?

Quote from the man himself: "Fucking piece of shit!"


Just to make this more clearer and before the Velocity President Mr. John Black comes here to set me straight once again:

Everyone understands that stuff like rims can break or get damaged in certain conditions, right? One rim or whatever component breaking does not mean that every item produced by the company in question is no-good. Not even when the rim is question was marketed as a extra tough rim for 'the fixed gear tricks / bike polo community'...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

'Summer In Seattle'

SUMMER IN SEATTLE from chris clappe on Vimeo.

Pic For Sunday

"...did you make your own NJS stamp?"

"Q: Hi there, I'm bidding on this stem. Just out of curiosity...did you make your own NJS stamp? I still intend to bid on this stem regardless of your answer because frankly I need an 80mm stem and Nitto makes a nice product. Here is why I ask: I checked out some of your previous auctions and all of the stamps look the same. Good, but not quite perfect...a little large and sharp looking and then a few examples with multiple strike marks, also, the stems are not models that I recognize as having been offered as NJS approved. I'm not trying to be a jerk about this, I've actually had the idea to do the same thing on my own before and I can see why stems would be the logical choice (soft metal, flat striking surface) Like I said, just curious. I'm not trying to ruin this for you.

A: Yikes! No that would be bordering on some sort of fraud. All of the stuff we have we have pulled out of older bikes (and yes some of it seems pretty strange but it is what it is). i am a mom of 6 kids that works part time as an RN and my Husband races bikes. Neither of us have either the time, inclination, or skills to do anything of the sort, and after running through this with my Husband we concluded that if we did, it would be much simplier and smarter to stick to parts that were at least colorably recognizeable to the track community. A couple of years ago we bought out a bike shop that went out of business and a lot of this stuff comes from that inventory. There seems to be a lot of NJS stamping on older (like 1970s-early 1980s) mundane type parts as well as some unusual bikes (ie a stainless steel shiny "Kubuki Submariner"?? So the answer to your question is definately no."

Friday, July 24, 2009

At the Helsinki 'drome Again

The weekly Velodrome morning session today.

Fun times with two Italian pursuit bikes, one Keirin bike, one Steamroller, one Aerospok, way too many cargo shorts, sneakers, skateboarding helmets and spokecards... ;)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

It's ON Tomorrow !!!

Full weekend of 'alternative cycling' fun to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Bicycle Couriers Hellsinki.

Fri. 24.7.
_SuccisÄlleycat (1st chapter of the Alleycat cup) Start @ Kaisaniemen kumpu klo 19, party afterwards at Harri's place, Puksu. Remember to wear your terrible lycra outfit..5€

Sat. 25.7.
_Morning Älleycat (2nd chapter). 5€ - start 10.00 at kaisaniemen kumpu
_KingOfFixed 12->, Jätkäsaari, Ruoholahti. 5€
_Älleycat in the evening 17-18ish (3rd chapter, dispatch alleycat) and party w/ drinks and food.. propably we have grills on the place so bring the food with you. Wanha Veturihalli, Pasila (tallikatu something)..the place is ours till 02.00. 5€ (including party)

Sun. 26.7.
_Morning Älleycat (4th and final chapter). 5€. Torkkelinmäen puisto 10.00
_Breakfast (picnic type-o-thing. Be ready to storm your local grocery store) .
_Polo tournament in the afternoon/evening supposively at laivapojankatu. Remember to form a team of 3 people. 5€
_...and the awards ceremony

Weekend pass to the events costs 20 euros but of course you can choose events separately.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pic For Tuesday

Kids In Moscow

Fixed Gear Moscow from Alex Goncharenko on Vimeo.

This looks cool, first FG video I've seen from Russia.

My experience of our mighty neighboring country is only limited to couple of more or less vodka-soaked visits to St. Petersburg but the traffic there seemed just bit too crazy for cycling.

On the other hand, everyone knows that back in the day Soviet Union was always a major player in Track Cycling so there is bound to be a bunch of cool old Russian track bikes hiding in somewhere...

Shiba Friday Again

SHIBA FRIDAY 7.17 from Fixy Life on Vimeo.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cinelli Gazzeta ?

Now I'm not really digging what I'm seeing here but let's wait and see for more pics etc.

From Cinelli Facebook.

Van Homan Will Save Us..

Van Homan Will Save Us.. from james cox on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Helsinki Cup Final Battle: The Triathlon Hesa Cup Triathlon from Eki on Vimeo.

The Epic final battle of the Helsinki Cup. A Surpise Triahtlon race to finish off the series of eight fixed gear contests and races.

Well, I guess you had to be there and participate in order to fully appriate the fun-ness of all of it but it was all great and hopefully we'll do this again next year. And I'm pretty damn proud of my fifth placing, even when I missed two of the competitions.

H Plus Son // Chrome + Red + Blue

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wonka Does Paris

Gorilla in Paris from Gorilla Bicycles on Vimeo.

And after you saw once again how Wonka abuses his bike, you need to watch this. Giovanni 'CIÖCC' Pelizzoli but his soul into it when he built it.

Anima D'Acciaio Trailer Ver5.1 from Cinecycle on Vimeo.

Broken Surly Fixxer

Aki's broken Surly Fixxer.

And remember that other case with a Fixxer?

A Classic: NO BRAKES!

Oldie, but certainly a goldie. Plenty of people out there ride their phixy bikes 'brakeless'. But 'Kamikaze bicyclist and DJ Ted Shred' was always on a truly next level...

Bikes Direct Presents: 'Pro Level Track Bike'

Bikes Direct is - finally - getting out their 'Pro Level Track Bike'.

Aluminum frame from Taiwan with that magical recess for the rear wheel in the seat tube like Pista Concept and all. Carbon fork, of course, and the bike will eventually be available as a complete with some Dura-Ace Track(!) parts, or just as a frame set.

But hey, why does it look some much like the Fuji Track Comp? Or Masi Coltello? Maybe because it's basically the same bike, and made in the same factory? Ok, they're made from different AL tubing but still.

Anyhow, if you're interested, there's more info and a pre-order with a lower price going on HERE now.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Olmo Pista Rides Again

I've posted lots of pics of broken bikes and components lately.

Now here's something bit more posivite for a little change: Zjeim's Olmo Pista's broken fastback seatstay cluster brazed back to life by Santtu_T. Let's hope it holds together now, gotta remember thought that the Olmo is already second Italian vintage steel track frame Zjeim rides to ruin, and he's not even a messenger or anything like that...