We always try to encourage people to go out and ride more and further. Explore your cities and your surroundings. Few of us got together some time ago and did a little trip to St. Albans.
Get some friends, pick a day and just explore
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we know numbers
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 ✌️
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!
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/
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!
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″
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.
6pm @Mare Street Look Mum No Hands Tonight!
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.
For a start, the original route I had planned a bit misleading as GoogleMaps said this was a suitable bike path…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now things became a little more fun with intense hairpin corners, super narrow straights, terrifying cliff drops a lot more speed…skiddy skiddy!!
Finally at the bottom, I counted my blessings and headed back home.
It’s always a perfect end to a day riding off into the sunset, with a little rain shower to keep you cool.
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.
After a pretty relaxed first day I wanted a bit more of a challenge so decided to ride to Les Gets. Morzine was potentially on the cards depending on how the first major climb went.
The start would be going back over the same flat bike path as before through Marignier before the first hill heading through Thyez. The incline was about 6% and consistent which didn’t stop me from cruising past a couple of riders on road bikes on the way up. There was then a great descent down to Taninges in the valley before the main climb began for 11km up to Les Gets. I was treated to some incredible views of the valley and mountain rivers. The roads on the whole were pretty rough but a good mix of winding bends and straights.
Before long I was at Les Gets, and decided to push on the extra 7km to Morzine as the resort looked a bit dead and I was craving a beer and a view.
Fortunately there was a perfect descent down to Morzine with nice wide roads and stunning views.
Needless to say, I was pretty stoked by the time I got to Morzine, especially having never been to a ski resort in the summer time.
After a couple of beers I decided to head back home with a nice “warm up” up hill to Les Gets before the main descent started. Having already ridden up the same route, I pretty much knew what to expect. There were no major turn offs the main route and hardly any dangers other than dodgy roads so I could tear it back down the mountain.
After one last climb out of Tanignes my legs were pretty knackered so I mixed things up a little attacking the corners and cruising the straights.
I arrived back in Bonneville feeling surprisingly alright. The flat bike path on the return leg definitely helped me wind down. This had to be my best days riding to date. Nothing quite beats mountain roads!
I decided to plan a trip out to my parents’ place in East France, near enough at the foot of the Alpes, bringing my Condor with the aim of doing as many Alpes climbs as my legs would allow on 49x17t. Arriving on Thursday 27th September, I gave myself a day to chill and set up the bike before a warm up ride on the Friday. The first day would be a relatively short 360m climb up La Mole, the small mountain opposite my parents’ house.
In spite of starting on the hill almost immediately, the climb was pretty easy and I got up no problems, and was greeted with a great view out over the valley. The descent was exactly what I was hoping for, quite gradual at about 6% with a number of nice bends and small areas of flat. I didn’t expect to come across a dirt path (thanks google maps!) but soldiered on nonetheless.
On the route back, after taking a slight wrong turn onto a major D road allowing me less than a shoulders width of room between trucks and a gravel hard shoulder, I found my way onto a bike path. It has to be said, the French really know how to do bike paths! So many interesting tight turns and features…such as narrow tunnels with blind corners.
I soon arrived back at the house feeling good and warmed up. (Cue gratuitous shot of the house which I love)
On Friday night Tokyo Bike hosted the launch of Plume Mudguards, an innovative and beautifully designed piece of kit harking back to the days of slap bracelets. Patrick, inventor of the Plume, had set up a brilliant Puddle Dash contest where you played along to a virtual ride through either London, New York or Tokyo. The course was strewn with virtual puddles where you had to extend the mudguard or get sprayed in the arse with water, duck flying objects, fight off Godzilla and sing along to Mariah Carey. It’s probably the most fun you can have stationary on two wheels!! Here’s Jack approaching his first puddle and extending the mudguard
Charles was stoked to get the top score which remained undefeated for the remainder of the night
Sadly Charles will be away cycling his Condor in the around the Alpes come Friday but we strongly encourage you to get down to the Protein Magazine Block Party happening in Shoreditch this coming Friday 28th and we’ll see who can knock him off the top spot.
A huge congratulations again to Patrick on a super successful launch and all the best for the future of Plume!