Monthly Archives: May 2010

photos from around the shop by Francesco Rachello

I saw these photos while surfing flickr and thought they were lovely. Be sure to check the rest of Francesco’s flickr for more great compositions and colours

Francesco Rachello

macniel stems in stock

there isn’t much to say here except that these are strong light, and look bangin’

like it

today’s trick roundup

or is it yesterday’s? sorry I was not very with it yesterday and didn’t get round to updating the blog, but don’t worry, I don’t think I’ve missed what went on. Anyway, first up check out Matt Lingo‘s photos from Michael Chacon’s recent trip to San Diego – that bunnyhop barspin looks big and scary

NEXT up is a great little edit from one of my favourite japanese riders YU. this guy has progressed loads, and I always enjoy his edits for his interesting style and unusual approach to obstacles – creativity is everything!

and finally for this little nugget we have a little update from Miles Mathia. He’s riding a new prototype frame from Villin Cycles, which seems to include a more compact, BMX style geometry, short rear stays and a higher bottom bracket to accommodate for 26″ wheels. All of these things seem to make sense, and it’s an interesting experiment, although personally (and I don’t know if it’s partly to do with the components or the lack of paint or whatever) I think it is pretty ugly. not that it matters any more, as 700CMX / 26 fixed seems to pride itself on ugliness.
check this Elevated Engineering edit below which showcases some of his riding

dope edit, with 180s and 3taps, a strangely comfortable looking but brief nose manual, and some bunnyhop barspins thrown in for good measure, (but control that right arm dude haha!)

on a different note someone was asking me what sort of bike my trick bike was yesterday, and it brought up that old and unresolved discussion of a name for the trick fixed sport. I’ll go through what I think of a couple of the suggestions first
700CMX – sounds like we’re begging BMX, serisously, doesnt account for 26″
26 fixed – doesn’t account for 700c riders, though I do think it sounds better
fixed freestyle – personally I would interpret this as pointing towards flatground tricks, though as I said it’s a purely personal response

so what about FTB – Fixed Trick Bikes. I know normally T would stand for terrain as in MTB and ATB, though seeing as the trick bikes we ride seem to be moving towards a compromise between MTB and BMX with a fixed drivetrain that’s probably okay? I don’t know of anything that’s already taken up the name so what do you think? anyway, just a thought

Romain’s repainted ESB

Romain has been with us from the start, helping to test ride the ESB though it’s evolution and helping in setting up the shop itself. Now Romain is also a member of the 14bikeco staff as well, a huge driving force in our organisation, website (which will be revealed shortly) and shop management. Be sure to stay tuned for a huge update in the 14bikeco online presence of which Romain has played a crucialpart. oh did I mention that this guy is totally sick on a bike too?
check out his ESB which he decided to partially repaint recently, I like it!

two nice photos from brenton salo

Brenton Salo has been heavily involved in the fixed gear bike scene for a while now, and whether it is action, portraits or lanscapes, he always seems to capture a characteristic peacefulness in his photos that is super interesting. definitely a hugely positive and productive member of the community.
check out these two recent photographs spied on his flickr

Brenton Salo

empire begins again

so Empire is a project that started a couple of years ago that I got super excited about, but then it seemed nothing became of it. then just very recently prolly posted that it would be premiering at this years NYC Bicycle Film Festival, and that he’d only just finished off some clips for his part, which got me really excited. As the trailer shows, there is a healthy mix of fast city riding and tricks, with some heavy duty NYC traffic making things interesting. One reason I’m excited to see the film is that perhaps unintentionally, it will track the changes and evolution of the fixed gear community particularly in the tricks side of things, with all the steps taken forward with equipment and such, and seeing as Tom Lamarche has a section (and he was years ahead back then) we’re bound to see some truly progressive riding. hype


MIO pop-up basket

saw this on FGGT and thought it was an interesting design from design company MIO – a fully flat collapsible basket. I’m not sure what great advantages this design has apart from storing flat, as it has no quick release mechanism (which would make it way better) but it’s still an interesting design. only other thing I don’t like much about it is the curvy metal, it just looks messy and unappealing to me, but the functionality may well be great so I reserve my full judgement

and on the subject of FGGT, check out these great new portrait shots of the crew, much nicer than the usual nighttime flash photos. really dig it

good stuff


OPEN FROM 11 – 6

can’t wait for some aerobie fun

I was getting jealous of this nice kid’s aerobie frisbee. Today’s weather may not be ideal, though later this bank holiday i think there will definitely be some aerobie action. check out this old-school aerobie video, the world champion has definitely got the technique. wow

bicycle troops

During World War I in particular, cycle-mounted infantry, scouts, messengers and ambulance carriers were used extensively by all combatants

Italian Bersaglieri during WWI with bicycles strapped to their backs c.1917

“Bersaglieri were high mobility unit who fought French and Austro-Hungarian troops along the trenches and ridge lines of the Alps. They were known for their high morale and aggressive spirit. During that war, 50,000 lost their lives”

German bicycle infantry on the northern Russian front in 1941

“German light infantry battalions each had a bicycle company at the outbreak of the war, and additional companies were raised during the war bringing the total to 80 companies, a number of which were formed into eight bicycle battalions”

Danish soldiers cycling to the front during the Battle of Denmark, 1940

Bicycle Corps at Fort Missoula in 1897

Even today in a modern warfare situation bicycles have been employed, such as with the US government’s use of bikes in Afghanistan and Iraq

there’s something definitely eerie about the use of something that most of us use for recreational purposes (along with commuting) in a military context. It makes sense to use them, as they are compact, quiet and efficient, though it still makes for very unusual photographs