"You see these guys on these huge mountain bikes with super-huge suspensions. It's like a barbarian sword. "Then you have these fixed-gears, like totally stripped down. It's like a samurai sword."
Thursday, July 24, 2008
New Times article on PHX bike riders
Here is a shot (albeit a blurry one) of Agent orange manning his stop under the 202. Textbook handoff.
The Street Kings get mentioned and have more than a few quotes in a recent New Times article about the Phoenix fixed gear scene. The article titled: Fixed Gear Fanaticism is a good read and a fairly accurate history of the alleycat scene here in Phoenix and the fixed gear culture. The reporters were at FixEd and took some pictures of the racers and the afterparty.
This was one of my favorite quotes from the story from Sammy Black:
and a couple of nice shout outs to AZfixed:
You can't buy fixed-gear bikes at chain stores like Costco, but certain bike shops offer models like the Bianchi Pista (suggested as a good starter fixie) for as little as $600. But most fixie fanatics are into building their own bikes. Gearheads on azfixed.com trade tips on where to get track cycle frames, how to convert old road bikes, and where to get parts.
O'Dell says the site's "been bigger than I thought it was going to be," with about 4,000 page views a day. Besides dispensing advice on bike parts, discussing cycling news, or talking about bikes on Craigslist or eBay, a big thing on AZfixed is setting up spontaneous group rides and hangouts around the Valley
The Streetkings get a nice tip of the hat, or beer mug as it were as well: The local fixed-gear scene is "very social," explains O'Dell, who bikes around to local bars with members of his crew, the Street Kings.
Booyah! Taking this program statewide baby!
I think this picture of Trashcan from Fixed is one of those pictures that is worth a thousand words. That is if the first three words are: "What the hell...??"
Visible in this picture: XXI, St Paul, SK,