16 December 2009

no sausages here

no mud, no rain, no trails. that's right, no off road. unless you count the overgrown bmx track and the park. town is covered in lights and christmasy treats and obstacles for the boys on their fixie bikes.

steps and slopes, skids and whoops and backwards riding. i pretty much just tagged along for the ride, with the promise of sausage for later. encouraged by their patient tuition i did try a few steps.

(thanks to chris for the evidence)

our ride of road and street was to end at the christmas market with sausages and mulled wine. by the time we got there, all the sausages were gone and i got asked for id (which i didn't have), so couldn't even have some booze! a fun alternative to our usual mudfest and maybe, just maybe i might try fixed...

20 comments:

Groover said...

So coooool! You got asked for ID! Wow! :-) That's a Xmas wish come true early - hey? Sorry you missed out on the booze though! Awesome ride. Yes, go fixed! If you do it, I'll do it, too!

Thunder In The Night said...

Stair gap! Nice one Kate! Your photo reminded me of one of my most favourite posters I had on my wall almost a decade ago...

http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3524589/

Red Bike said...

Congratulations on looking under 18. :)

I now love riding fixed on the road. I still think you'd have to be a complete nutter to want to ride it off-road though.

jumbly said...

Urban hipster stylee riding, clearing steps, and you got asked for ID. How old are you? Nice one! I am very jealous as I currently feel about 102.

Red Bike said...

I've just realised that can't see any tinsel on that bike!

kate said...

groover- fixed in the new year....?

thunder- wow! of course i was just warming up ;)

red- yeh, i think i'll try it on the road first. the tinsel's red so it's showing up too well, but it is there, honest!

jumbly- despite being asked for id, i felt positively granny like compared to the cool kids doing skids ;)

Richard said...

Steps fixed, just don'y stop pedalling. :)

chris said...

Loads of tinsel on the bike red!

Fixed riding eh!

This might be easiest way:

http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/VeloSolo-Bikes_Fixed-Wheel-Bolt-on-Cogs_W0QQ_fsubZ183283919QQ_sidZ13131059QQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em322

It's the one simon runs

Have a nice run in the rain :-)

chris said...

Moulin Rouge - BCSITW!

kate said...

rich- easier said than done!

chris- that's what i was thinking- wouldn't have to worry about the 'new brakes' then! and rain, what rain, i run so fast it dosen't catch me ;)

Pedalling Polarcherry said...
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Pedalling Polarcherry said...

its always a good day when you get asked for id. well done for the lack of wrinkles.

Red Bike said...

On the fixie I still find it very hard to get my bum off the saddle and my weight back while going downhill. I also find it harder to balance while pedalling like the clappers than I do freewheeling.

If possible I would keep the rear brake on for your first ride.
Can you not just screw a sprocket onto your existing hub and use a bottom bracket lockring to keep it in place?

trio said...

The only times I have been asked for id is when I am in bike kit - must keep us young. Did you not send one of the boys to the bar for you?

Sounds great fun, you can give me lessons when I get my fixie!

Oh and steps is one thing, but at an angle!!!!

kate said...

ppc- as smooth as a baby's bottom ;)

red- it's still a maybe!!

trio- promised the bouncer that i'd not drink so that i could get in! and the steps look much bigger in the photo than in reality and had to be taken at an angle

Simon said...

Just borrow my rear wheel for a ride sometime soon and see how you get on!

Just take your brake pads out (so they can't fall out) and turn the lever nackwards/skyward.

Then you'll be really jumping down those steps ;-)

Simon Lewis said...

Asked for ID! Lucky thing. I was asked for ID in America a few years ago but they ask everyone.

Sounds like a good night.

kate said...

simon- i might just do that, as long as you don't mind me going even slower!

simon l- i went to america when i 18 and didn't get id-ed at all! but i wasn't wearing a strange lycra outfit at the time

Groover said...

Deal! 2010 Fixed!

bettymountaingirl said...

Great photos! Like the stairs- way to go!