Archive for November, 2007

Where’s the polo?

I haven’t had much to say about it recently, but thats because I have been lazy and haven’t really been down. I’ve heard though that despite the not so summery weather its still going strong and lots of people still go down on Sunday. Wednesday sessions seem to have died off for now. But if you are female check out Tuesday night Trixie Chicks who often find time for an all girl polo game or two.

Help a guy out…

A link to something posted on MT. Ryan is in a nasty financial/life spot after a run in with a Mercedes, read the details here. I’ve only run into Ryan maybe once or twice and wouldn’t say I know him but he always came across as cool. I’d like to think that if I was in a similar position to him people would help me out as everyone gets into tight spots sometimes so I’ll be grabbing a t-shirt when I get a chance…

Bike polo meet in Oxford

This Sunday 2nd of December the Oxford polo crew are hosting a bit of a get together-tournament thing and you are invited.Details are really sparse right now, but Londoners can jump on the Oxford Tube coach and get up there pretty cheap and quick. Check back for latest info on times and venue.

MASH – London Premiere this Saturday

Saturday 1st December – somewhere around Brick Lane. Fixed Gear London and Roxy are throwing a party and screening the much talked about film MASH. This has been in making for a couple of years now and if the trailers/hype is anything to go by should feature everything you would normally expect in a film about fixed gears but with fancier photography and a better soundtrack. Ok that’s not selling it that well but its meant to be really good. Check out http://www.mashsf.com/ for more on the film.

Details are scarce about the Saturday showing but drop Andy an email at andyfgldn – gmail.com if you want to know more and find out how to get in. Word is there will be film, beer, some sort of competition (think tricks) and maybe even popcorn.

On the subject of films – check MT’s post about messenger films which didn’t make it to London’s BFF this year…

FT article on riding fixed in London

Financial Times had this to say today, no mention of the coolest thing to do in London on a bike though ;)

Given £1,000 ($2,000) to spend on a bicycle, most sensible people would select one with 30 smooth gears, lightweight suspension for the bumps, and disc brakes that stop on a sixpence. Yet a rapidly growing number of urban riders are rejecting a century of innovation and spending large sums of money on bikes without gears, without suspension, with only one brake and not even a freewheel.

The choice of buying a fixed-wheel bike or “track bike” for city use appears to defy common sense, convenience and considerations of personal safety. Non-initiates to the so-called “fixie” consider their owners to have a few screws loose as well as missing a few gears. The disadvantages of fixed-wheel bikes are obvious – you can’t freewheel down hills, you can’t change gear going uphill, you have to time stopping to perfection otherwise you land on your rear and, without mudguards, you get soaked every time it rains.

Full story after the jump. Continue reading ‘FT article on riding fixed in London’

Nasty polo weather & reports from Rapha’s roller race

The windy, rainy, freezing, damp and generally nasty weather was too much for me today, and I only passed by the polo court. I guess around 20 very brave people were down there playing though – looked like you were having fun and just managing to stay warm. Haven’t seen any photos and don’t think the BBQ made it this week!

I also managed to miss the Rapha Roller Race on Old Street on Saturday night by turning up fashionably late only to find out everyone was going home at around 12:30AM. From chatting to people afterwards it seems like it was great fun but as I wasn’t there I’m unable to pass judgement (bitch) about the music. Well done to everyone who took part and especially the winners! Male couriers managed to make up for losing last time back in February by battling off the competition while the Fireflies got revenge on the female couriers and won this time round.

Check out Moving Target for full results and check out the comments for photos and video links. Rollapaluza’s site has a full report. Check out their flickr photo pool for lots of photos and add yours if you have any!

Roller racing this Saturday!

Rapha are hosting a roller racing competiton this Saturday, 17th November on Old Street. According to them themselves:

The evening will feature a four-way clash between teams of bicycle couriers, cycle journalists, media folk and a ‘dark horse’ Dutch team made up of unnamed riders. The 500 metre sprints will be staged in a boxing ring, pitching rider against rider for added intensity and drama. The night also includes a ‘Have-a-Go’ Race: the chance for anyone to test their skills on the rollers with the best times going through to a final on the main stage.

Last time, back in February, this took place at Shoreditch Town Hall and was great fun. I liked what they were aspiring too, it was just a shame the music sucked – where was the big band?

Anyway this time round its at The Classic Car Club (what’s Rapha’s thing with classic cars?!), 250 Old Street EC1. Tickets are £10 on the door or £8 in advance from the Rapha site. Apparently some of the money is for charity. See you there!

For more (and cheaper) roller racing check out Rollapaluza.



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