So I am sitting here having consumed a modest yet adequate amount of Guinness and a couple of cheeky shots of Bourbon and feel the urge to post in my blog, namely that I feel the need to discuss cycling again
Cycling has been a passion of mine since i was a child and along with my kid it is the one thing I enjoy dearly in life. So as per my last blog post about bikes I talked about how my last rig was stolen. It was not the first bike I have had nicked (That is english slang for stolen for those of you not familiar with the rich tapestry that is the British variations of the English tongue) but I had grown to love that bike, my son experienced his first bike rides on that rig from the safety of a suspension equipped kid seat and he was as upset as I was that some thief had taken it.
But life goes on and I purchased a new bike, and this rig was a real departure from my previous rides in the fact that it lacked gears. Yep I surrendered to the Hipster trend and opted for a fixed-gear bike...well it has a flip flop hub but I thought whats the point in going single=speed (all or nothing right!). Anyway I have not cruised on a fixed-gear since I was a kid (yep I am old enough that geared-bikes where not really available for kids back then) and it was quite a shock, getting use to not be being able to coast (freewheel) was terrifying at first, but after the first week communting I began to feel alot more confident.
Now with a number of months under my belt I am hooked, the whole direct transfer of power thing and sheer connection with the bike is awesome. For me living in a city like London, which is for the most part flat, the speed and control I can execute without the aid of gears is infectious and I cannot help but feel wtf I was doing riding geared rigs for so long. Mind you it is physically tougher but that makes it all the more enjoyable . Any other Fixie riders in CN who want to share their feelings on riding fixed and the thrill of the wind in your face?