Raleigh Record Ace Moderne For Sale

>> Sunday, 28 June 2009

Julian from Schmoos is selling his Raleigh Record Ace Moderne, it's a real beauty and in nice condition. It's rocking a 56cm, Reynolds 653 frame, sweet Mavic MA 40 rims, a double ring crankset that can be taken down to one ring for fixed use, an awesome saddle with gold accents and full Shimano doodads. He's looking for £200 and will chuck in new tyres and bar tape for that price. If you are interested give him a ring on 01792 467070.

raleigh record ace moderne mavic white schmoos

raleigh record ace moderne mavic white schmoos

raleigh record ace moderne mavic white schmoos

raleigh record ace moderne mavic white schmoos


New (old) Drops

>> Tuesday, 23 June 2009

I got myself a bangin' set of drops today from Re-Cycle, it took a fair amount of scavenging through the bar box (see pic) to find a super shiny, rust-free, wide (I've been watching all the old 70's documentaries), nice shaped drops. A bit more looking around for a long stem and I was in business. Now my bike feels like a rocket :-D

fixed gear fixie swansea wales drop handlebar re-cycle charity

fixed gear fixie swansea wales drop handlebar re-cycle charity


Swansea, Llanelli, Cross Hands, Carmarthen Done!

>> Thursday, 18 June 2009

Yesterday I decided that today I would get on the bike and just ride, no plans, no messing about just me, my bike and the open road. So I left the house with my phone, a 15mm, puncture kit, an airstik and some cash money. First stops were Lidl and Tesco looking for a saddle bag, Lidl didn't have any and the one in Tesco is so wacky that I couldn't figure out how it would attach so I left it.

Next stop was Parc Trostre for a TK Maxx visit, they had some killer jeans for 8 squids but I had nowhere to put them :'-( when I came out it was pissing down, luckily it only lasted for a minute, I went into Tesco again to try and figure out the saddle bag but it still didn't make any sense, I bought some tyre levers cause I'd forgotten mine (didn't even need them!). Using the GPS on my iPhone I tried to find County Cycles with no luck cause it wasn't there anymore, heart broken I hit the A476 to their other shop in Cross Hands, this was quite a trip! It was only about 10 miles but pretty bloody hilly at times, I really enjoyed the country views but not the stink of shit. I won't say much about County Cycles cause there'll be a post on them tomorrow, they gave me a free energy gel and a map to Carmarthen drawn on a bit of till roll which was very nice of them.

Another 10 or so miles of hills and getting blown all over the place by HGV's and I was doing laps at Carmarthen Velodrome. (A quick note on the energy gel: I'd never had one before so I probably imagined this but a few mins after popping it I was off my tits, I couldn't stop singing Totally Wired and was flying up the A48 like a bolt of skinny lightening.) The velodrome is in pretty bad condition but still really fun, I didn't stay long cause I was on my own but another trip soon is on the cards, anyone up for it???

I got lost 3 times trying to find the city centre but I got myself a cola Slush Puppy so it wasn't that bad. I went to TK Maxx, it sucked. I then got the train home cause it was getting late and I was hungry. Half way through a packet of salt & vinegar Walkers I discovered that they are no longer vegan, twats!

5 More miles from town and I was home proper, 40 miles in total, smashing my previous longest days ride of 22 miles. Check out the cool map below and some pix from the day.

Bike route 218667 - powered by Bikemap
Hover over the graph to see the killer hills.

carmarthen a48 sign energy gel
6 Miles to go...

carmarthen velodrome sign

carmarthen velodrom large big panorama wales welsh
Click the pic for a great big version

disabled grafitti
Classic grafitti

carmarthen slush puppy wales
Mmmmmm, Slush Puppy

Sexy mannequin

carmarthen tk maxx
Last stop: TK Maxx


Knee Cap -vs- Bar Stem

>> Saturday, 13 June 2009

Me getting my ass kicked (and I don't mean by 'Ginger Balls, 'Jenny' or the 'spit by me again and I'll kick your fucking teeth in' kid from the skate park today)...

Knee Cap -vs- Bar Stem from FixedGearWales on Vimeo.


Fixed Gear Wales Spoke Cards

>> Thursday, 11 June 2009

Sion very kindly designed these awesome spoke cards for us. If you want one send me a message through the contact page with your name, address and what colour you want an'd I'll cut one out, laminate it and post it out to you asap :-)

spoke card design


Cycling with music - Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket Earphones

>> Wednesday, 10 June 2009

I've never ridden with earphones in cause it seems pretty dangerous if you wear both and can't hear traffic, a lot of people do but personally I think its plain crazy riding and not being totally aware of your surroundings. I've tried riding with only one earphone in and it's ok but so much of the music is lost that it's hardly worth it most of the time, until now...

...Skullcandy hooked me up with a set of the Full Metal Jacket for iPhone earbuds a few weeks ago and they kick ass! The sound is great and they come with 3 different ear buds as well as foam ones so they fit so snuggly that even with only 1 side in your earhole the music stays nice and clear whilst you listen for police cars coming up behind you to bust your fun-loving ass for not having reflectors on your peddles. The best thing about the iPhone model is that they have a built in mic on the cable so I can safely and easily answer the phone and chat whilst trackstanding at the lights which I have not had the need to do yet but one day it's going to happen and I will look flipping amazing, haha. The mic has a play/pause/skip button too which turns the iPhone into a usable iPod when you are on the bike.

Another great point about the Full Metal Jackets is that they are fully metal so they are really tough, the cable is real strong too which makes a change, it's also nice and long so the buds don't get yanked out every time you peddle like the pile of crap Sennheiser cx300's did which I had before these.

If you have an iPhone (or a Blackberry) then buy yourself a set of these if you wanna listen to music and talk whilst riding cause I don't think you'll find anything better out there. You can get them from nucleus-online.com cheaper than anywhere else. Be warned though that I do work there so if you phone up you'll have to talk to me :-p (Note: we stock the whole Skullcandy range at great prices, hehe).

If you do actually order something from Nucleus send an e-mail along with your order saying you came from here and I'll stick a Fixed Gear Wales spoke card in the package for you.


7-Week Cycling for Fitness (and alleycat winning)

>> Tuesday, 9 June 2009

7 week cycling for fitness book

I got this book from the library today, my training regime for the Bristol Alleycat starts tomorrow. Unfortunately I don't have 7 full weeks before I attempt take the gold medal from the Bristol locals so hopefully cramming the 7 weeks into 4 weeks will be enough to teach those Englishmen a lesson, haha.