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As if you haven’t done enough bike socialising already this week…

Heel Wheel Fasion Show

This is also tomorrow, there was a flyer but I cant find it, so there’s the press release below. Basically Columbia Road E2, in the evening….

Wheels & Heels: The New Season’s Accessories

Columbia Road boutiques to open for one exciting night of high fashion as the East London Flower Market transforms into a catwalk for cycle style as part of London Fashion Week.

On Thursday, 14 February at 6pm, local independent talent and established designers will shine a new light on cycle fashion, with the designs on the catwalk just as at home on the high street as on a bike. Brands on show will include established talent such as Dashing Tweeds and Saville Row’s, Jan Cicmanec, alongside up and coming designers such as Smeear and Archies Gro Bags.

The show, which will feature tricks and bicycle ballet by the likes of Paddy Waters alongside glamorous models on beautiful bikes, choreographed by Robyn Simpson, promises to wow the expected crowd of around 2,000 people including London’s fashion pack.

Emily Fleuriot, Editor of Fashion Monitor says in response to the event:

‘There’s definitely a common misperception that you can’t be stylish and cycle. You can – but it’s a challenge. As one of fashion’s bicycle enthusiasts I welcome all pioneers of functional, style-conscious clothes, which mean I can cycle AND look the part, whether at a hot showbiz party or a business meeting.’

The event is the brain child of Hackney Council and Tower Hamlets Council who aim to achieve a greater uptake of cycling by women by demonstrating how cycling can influence a girl’s wardrobe in a positively un-lycra but completely runway fashion.

For further information about the designers and the event, please contact Amy Fleuriot, Cyclodelic, on 078 8293 9905 or or Louisa Clarke, Hackney Council, on 020 8356 8189 or 

Fixed Gear London T-shirt launch at Gloria’s, Brick Lane

If you like bikes and no gears and tshirts and east london you might like this….

Gloria’s Loves Fixedgearlondon!

14th Feb
@ Gloria’s – 6 Dray Walk, 91-95 Bricklane, London, E1 6QL

This exhibition (the first of it’s kind) features 9 London-based illustrators and photographers. Each have worked with Fixedgearlondon to produce a series of limited edition t-shirt’s which will be sold exclusively through Gloria’s. The t-shirt’s will be limited to 25 pieces per design. You can view all of the different t-shirt’s on the launch night, but you will only be able to buy one design per week depending on who the featured artist is on that particular week.

On the launch night 3 photographers will be showcasing a selection featuring Fixedgearlondon’s activity over the previous 6 month’s.

Also on show will be a selection of the types of bikes that Fixedgearlondon have been building and riding (including a new bike from Charge).

On the day of the launch 2 of the illustrators,(Word To Mother & Jacob) will be drawing live on the store front of Gloria’s.

Refreshments will be available, arrive early to avoid dissapointment!

Hope to see you there,
Andy & Odge

Gloria’s Tel: 020 77706222

While you are at it, check out this clip from French TV shot in London a couple of months ago featuring some of the FGL people and more…

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…

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 for more on the film.

Details are scarce about the Saturday showing but drop Andy an email at andyfgldn – 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.


London’s Halloween Alleycat


Writing of alleycats – check out this archive of ye olde London alleycat fliers. I like old stuff.



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