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.
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