Posts tagged fixed gear
Posts tagged fixed gear
New Movie: “Premium Rush” - Thriller movie + Joseph Gordon-Levitt + fixie bikes = Awesome
“Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day’s work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie — super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic.
But a guy who’s used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him.”
Daddy-Daughter Bike Project
So my birthday is coming up in a month and half and I was thinking that it would be a really cool present from my dad if he would help me fix up my old commuter bike and convert it into a sweet fixed gear.
My Dad and I are not super close like my Mom and I are but I know that he is proud of me and loves me even if he doesn’t express it as often or as emphatically as my Mom does.
My Dad loves to build things, fix things, modify things, design things, etc. He’s really quite talented. He can build furniture, he has helped build the two houses we’ve had and he can fix nearly any household problem. He originally fixed up my bike when I went to college. It was my older sister’s bike so it’s about 15 years old.
I think this bike project could be a good way for us to bond. :D I will ask him soon, maybe this weekend.
01. Realizing that the hill isn’t in the way; it is the way.
02. You go from one pair of shorts to a dedicated drawerful.
03. When “thanks for the ride” goes from something you overhear to part of your lexicon.
04. Discovering how a banana can resurrect the dead.
05. Starting and finishing a ride—the same one—in pouring rain.
06. When you hang out at the bike shop and no one expects you to buy anything.
07. You stop riding beside and behind the pack and instead ride inside of it—with no claustrophobia.
08. You blow a snot rocket without hitting your shoulder or leg—or the rider behind you.
09. You notice that someone else has the chain grease on his right calf.
10. You get stuck in your pedals and topple over at a stoplight.
11. Riding a bike through a big, congested city and feeling smarter than everyone else because you’re moving.
12. You wake up to find the sheets stuck to your road rash—and still feel excited about riding that day.
13. You fix up your old bike to get someone into the sport.
14. Wearing out your first set of tires.
15. You ride through a pothole, and it’s no big deal.
16. You realize you’re driving your car as if it’s a bike—drafting, looking for holes, getting away from the squirrelly guy.
17. When you no longer have to stop to take off your jacket.
18. Feeling confident about taking off your jacket while riding—then catching the trailing sleeve in the rear wheel.
19. You got dropped, you flatted, bonked, got turned around—and when you got home you said you had a great ride.
20. A rider you respect says, “You were flying today.”
21. Rolling through a stop sign—and knowing it was the right thing to do.
22. Rubbing wheels—and staying up.
23. Telling someone which bike to buy.
24. Figuring out how to layer without overdressing.
25. Deciding which car to buy in part based on how it will carry your bikes.
26. Riding on a day so cold the water in your bottle freezes.
27. Though you’re not clear on exactly how to do it and unsure of the outcome, you manage to fix your first flat.
28. Walking home in your cleats.
29. Naming a route.
30. Bumping elbows, then being relaxed enough to make a joke about it with the person next to you.
31. Developing that “V” of muscle definition on the back of your calf.
32. Crashing and immediately asking, “How’s my bike?”
33. Figuring out that training advice doesn’t get much better than “Ride lots.”
34. Waving at a cyclist coming the other way and being ignored.
35. Getting so fast you’re confident enough to ride slow.
36. Wondering if cycling matters too much.
37. Not caring if it does.
38. Sitting up, taking your hands off the bar on a downhill.
39. Passing someone whose bike costs twice as much as yours.
40. Feeling superstrong, then turning around for the ride back and realizing you had a tailwind.
41. Getting to the top of a hill, turning round and doing it again just because you enjoyed it.
42. Squeezing rides in between lectures/work/lessons just because you have the urge to ride.
43. You have more cycling related books on your shelf than study related books.
All so true.