INTRODUCING ELF RIDER BRETT SMITH

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Hi my names Brett, I’m 23 years old, born and raised in South London, now living in the East End. I’ve been riding fixed for about 4/5 years. I got my first track bike on a complete whim when I was looking for a new bike to commute to work on and someone suggested riding fixed gear. So, I tried out his track bike and being the first time I’d ever ridden a fixed gear before and without brakes. I crapped my pants… I was instantly in love! The same week I went out and bought a Fuji track classic.

I got involved with East London Fixed almost a year ago and it was by complete chance as well. I shredded my rear tyre to bits one day and walked about 3 miles to the closest bike shop. BLB happened to be the one I stumbled across, where, on the day Jack was working. He let me use the back of the shop to change my tyre and told me about the group. I came along to one of the rides and the rest was history.

At the moment I have a couple of bikes.
My first, is my Cinelli Mash Histogram. Had this bike for a few years now and it’s one tough cookie. This bike has been chucked around like nothing else and it’s my favourite bike to ride. One day I had the urge to respray the frame, so I stripped it down to the bone.

My second bike, is my Leader Kagero. I use this pretty much only for the track.
This bike has currently needs a bit of TLC and may be looking to replace it.

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I love cycling, when I’m on my bike, there’s no troubles in my life, my head is clear. I’m taking in what’s around me, pedalling hard, going as fast as I can. Riding on the velodrome is one of my favourite things and I’m currently training to be a sprinter. There’s an amazing rush when you get to push yourself to your absolute limit riding around a 40 degrees slope. But then nothing can compare to training on the road with some of your closest friends, pushing each other to go harder, faster, then relaxing after, grabbing a couple of beers and some wicked conversation. That’s really what East London Fixed is about.

A few more things about me:
I have absolutely no problem with singing in public. On the tube, at work or in Tesco.
I’m pretty accident prone. My body is pretty mashed up at the moment. I’m working on it.
If there’s some kind of adventure going on, you can count me in ☺
Love cats…and dogs. I’m Just an animal person in general.
I’m learning to play the ukulele. I’m pretty useless, but it’s fun.
You can follow me on Instagram @smithybb

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Bank holiday!

So I hope everyone had an awesome bank holiday! The weather was amazing and from the looks of it everyone was out riding, big shout out to “cycle ps” for their anniversary party down at the camberwell store yesterday evening and for “fixed gear london’s” ramen ride, saw lots of riders on social media out for that :)

I’m heading out for some sun, works finished im gonna throw the 650c on and go for a spin around East London, if you see me say hello.

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LE COQ SPORTIF X EASTLONDONFIXED

The video from our shoot with Le Coq Sportif for the Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook is now live. We had a great time on the day and we’re very happy it comes through in the final edit. See the full write up at:

http://www.selectism.com/2015/03/31/le-coq-sportif-spring-2015-film/

Le Coq have also very kindly provided us with the performance line so check back with us soon for a full product review.

LE COQ SPORTIF X EASTLONDONFIXED RIDE

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This coming Sunday 29th March, we’ll be celebrating the launch of Le Coq Sportif’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection by hosting a ride from the store. We want to welcome everyone along for the ride and hope you’re all up for a bit of a challenge as we take in some of London’s best hills and roads.

We’ll be at the shop from 10am to warm up with coffee and cake before heading off. It’s recommended to wear kit as we’re hoping to keep a decent pace going. We are aiming to get back at 1pm for beers and a viewing of the ss15 lookbook featuring Charles, Jack, Rob and Brett.

Please RSVP to cernicholson@gmail.com so we know numbers

Light photography shoot

Hey folks,

A couple of weeks ago myself aka Lina B. and my talented friend Ricky (also known as A Boy Called Ric in the UK hip hop music scene) decided to do a mini shoot and try out some light photography. We grabbed our bikes, camera equipment and ventured out to the Olympic Park to get a few interesting shots in the dark.

Equipped with a bunch of different lights (some looked like the weapons from Star Wars) we tried out a few different settings with myself riding the bike in circles mostly 😄 and a couple of stationary shots with flash light falling on me and the bike. We soon froze our feet and hands off and had to call it a day.

So here are a couple of shots that turned out decent for you all to have a look at. Let me know what you think and also check out Ricky’s work ✌️

http://www.diaghe.com
Instagram @aboycalledric

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We’re back

So things have been a little quiet recently… To be honest we’ve all been incredibly busy doing a number of things but now we’re back.

Firstly, we’d sincerely like to thank everyone who has made 2014 such an incredible year. When Jack, Ben and Charles (me) started EastLondonFixed almost exactly a year ago, our initial aims were to get people back out riding together, re-kindle a sense of community among riders in London, and to start training properly so as to be ready for the velodrome. Jevi and Lina came on board soon after for being such devoted riders and sharing our hopes for progressing. As our numbers began to swell on the weekly training rides and socials, we were almost overwhelmed with the great response from people in London and in many other countries. Community became a very strong aspect of everything we were doing leading out groups of 30 odd people into the depths of Epping forest and running rings around Regents Park.

This year we will be mixing things up a bit. Instead of hosting TNT Sessions as rides leaving from Brick Lane Bikes, we are instead inviting everyone to come along to Regents Park and train. We understand many people work different hours so by removing the “meeting time” hopefully more people will be able to make it along, then come and go as they please. For us as an aspiring team, we will be training together but we welcome people along as we always have. A number of us are already accredited at Lee Valley and Herne Hill and this year we aim to be more active on the track so these sessions will become very important to us.

Howl At The Moon socials will still be going ahead and are set for quite a change. We want to bring back some racing and competitions to the mean streets of East London so keep posted for future events.

Towards the end of last year, we were fortunate enough to be contacted by Le Coq Sportif and Jocks & Nerds Magazine to be part of the Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook. This resulted in a phenomenal day of filming around London with a professional crew, all culminating with a night time private session at Herne Hill velodrome. Needless to say it’s an experience myself, Jack, Rob and Brett will never forget. Some of the content is now being released and we will be announcing further details of an event with Le Coq Sportif on Sunday March 29th, and have the video up soon after.

We’re all really looking forward to this year and the many things we have planned. We especially look forward to seeing all the familiar faces and hopefully many new ones.

Here’s to a great 2015!

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HOWLOWEEN: FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER

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We hope you will join us on Friday for HOWLOWEEN We’re taking you on a dark tour of select spots in London.

We’re going to be hosting competitions with prizes throughout the evening.

Follow the link below to the facebook event. If you are not already part of the group, we may need to add you first/

https://www.facebook.com/events/371340193013371/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

It looks like we’re set for good weather so no excuses. We’re meeting opposite Brick Lane Bikes at 8pm.

After party is yet to be decided

 

We hope to see you there!

 

Track side 85 exhibition @ look mum no hands tonight

So Saturday we teamed up with Ass Savers and saved their Ass for a change and helped throw up some posters around the city for their collab photography exhibition “Track side 85″

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Both mysef and Lina ELF Team rides paired up with Matt and Ryan of the community and split off for the day and hit as many bike shops, restaurants and cafes as we could to try help get these posters out onto the streets. We had a good day bombing about and we managed to stay dry and shift all the posters. We hope you saw them pinned up around the East End and most of all we hope we see you their tonight.

All the details can be found here http://trackside85.com/ or the ass saver website http://ass-savers.com/

6pm @Mare Street Look Mum No Hands Tonight!

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FRANCE DAY 3: COL DE PIERRE CARRÉE

After a decent rest day I fancied a bit more of a challenge. Morzine was great fun but I now wanted to really test how far I can push my bike…so I decided to climb 1,400m up to the Col de Pierre Carrée and back, totalling 84km.

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For a start, the original route I had planned a bit misleading as GoogleMaps said this was a suitable bike path…IMG_4073

Adding an extra 7km to my journey, I turned back and began the climb up the main road leading to Flaine. The road started on a 6% incline and it soon became clear that it wouldn’t get any easier other than going through the two towns en route to the summit. About 15 minutes in and already looking out over the valley from a decent height, I started to doubt whether this would be possible. The maps showed that I had barely begun and I was already shattered.

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I continued on the relentless climb with the Black Angels as my soundtrack and found my second wind. I was soon up in Arâche-la-Frasse where I stopped for a break of electrolytes and belgian waffles. The road continued uphill from here shifting between a 6 and 8% gradient but I was motivated by the route signs indicating the altitude constantly increasing.

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I’d soon cleared the majority of hairpin corners and was on the final ascent up to the summit. The weather took a slight turn for the worse with rain putting doubt in my mind whether it would be safe to eventually descend the roads. By this point my body was screaming with pain but all I could do was soldier on.

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The roads continued to get worse but at least the rain had stopped and the roads dried just enough by the time I reached the top of the mountain at 1884m. The total climb was 1400m over 20km and I was ecstatic.

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I’ve never experienced such a rush of looking out over the valley of mountains. I’ve only ever been so high up with a snowboard and the Alpes had a dreamfully eery air to them.

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The descent down was a hell of a lot more intimidating than I imagined it would be. Having to contend with cracked and rough roads I had to hold back on my speed maintaining a speed of about 25mph and constantly speed checking but it was a huge rush nonetheless.

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After a number of hairy turns I was back at Arâche-la-Frasse and I needed a rest to catch my breath and ease out a motherfucker of a cramp. A quick cigarette and pint later and I was feeling right as rain for the final descent back down to ground level.

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Now things became a little more fun with intense hairpin corners, super narrow straights, terrifying cliff drops a lot more speed…skiddy skiddy!!

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Finally at the bottom, I counted my blessings and headed back home.

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It’s always a perfect end to a day riding off into the sunset, with a little rain shower to keep you cool.

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Needless to say, I have paid the price of such a ridiculous climb. I’m now on my third day of recovery and my legs are just about back to normal.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking it easy now that my brother has joined me and we’ll be heading out for a long 100km odd ride to Annecy, around the stunning Lac d’Annecy to take in some sights, and back.