Justin works for traffick and loves riding, heres some insight...thanks Justin, its a privilege to hear from you. We are here to get a little insight into fixed gear cycling in NZ, give us a real simple explanation of fixed gear cycling for those who are a little confused about it all.
A street fixed gear bike is basically a track bike made to ride in a
velodrome. It's like a road bike frame but it usually has steeper geometry and
horizontal dropouts. It has one gear and has a fixed rear cog, no freewheel, i.e. if the bike is rolling the pedals are moving, if you pedal faster the bike goes faster, if you slow the pedals down, the bike slows down. In a velodrome they have no brakes, some people put brakes on when they ride them in the street some leave them brakeless. People think having no brakes is crazy but you have a lot of control just using the pedals to slow down or skid. Brakes are probably a pretty good idea though. The only real difference between a Velodrome bike and a street bike is the tires and the pedals, in the velodrome they ride tubular tyres which are pretty impractical for the street, they take a lot longer to change and cost more. Most guys ride clip in pedals on the track but on the street it's mostly flat pedals with toe cages. The other difference is a lot of guys run cut down riser bars off mountain bike's instead of the traditional drops - this is also more fashionable.
> Give us your take on the scene in NZ at present, whats happening?
I got this bike from Sweeney, Which I thought was broken. There were no
brakes and only had one gear. To be honest, I had never heard of it before
I heard him yarp on about it. As it turns out the bike matched my IPOD
shuffle, which was blue and I had this belt bag that I get mocked for
wearing. So I kinda had the whole thing in right in front of me and didn't
know it. "The scene" is the guys who are actually riding the bikes and not just
talking about it. Track bikes seem to have this mystery and coolness amongst the cycling world but they dont actually ride them. They should just get a bike and ride it. its not actually as unattainable as they make out, you can convert a $50 ten speed for about another $200 - $300 less if you already have some parts or know about
bikes. Most of the guys riding fixed come from other backgrounds that are
the polar opposite of road cycling, they're skateboarders, BMXers, people
who have never ridin a real road bike. It's also not as fashionable as
people think, it's just that the people riding them make it look cool, its
just riding a bike, it's fun.
As far as the scene goes.... I was crossing the road on my bike and this
westie stopped and turned his window down. I was like" Here we go"!! The
guy yelled at me, " Sick fixed gear bro". That sumed it up to me. Everyone
rides a bike, with or without brakes. Most bike look sick. Fixed/ Freewheel look
amazing, even if they suck. I guess it is like wearing shoes. We all do it,
some of us just look epic in them....and some don't.
> How can the beginner get involved?
Trade me. Who ever the ozzy cobber is buying up all the 10 speeds, leave it
Get on the net, get a $40 bike, stripe it and build it up. GO to a sick
bike shop that will have the parts you might need. Otherwise Talk to Sweeney, he
will point you in the right direction. I don't do any of that stuff. I just
get my bike dogs to do that.
The bike shop on Khyber has 2nd hand bikes all the time. They build em, I
test them then they sell em before I get a chance to scam them off them.
When you find a bike, whether you build it yourself or get something
already to go, get a good bike mechanic to check it out (although most bike shops don't have a clue about fixed gear bikes on the street, ask them if they ride
themselves or have at least worked on these bikes before - remember,they're
cyclists, they usually talk about it, not actually ride fixed!) especially
if you are riding it brakeless.
Don't use ghetto tricks you got off the internet to convert your road bike,
use a proper track hub, fixed cog and lock ring, otherwise you will end up
spending the money you saved at the dentist, when you should be spending it
on making your bike better!
> Would you say you have the freshest cycle in NZ?
No but Like you didn't know. Sweeney has both of them!
> You have recently travelled to San Fran, a big hub for fixed gear. Has it only fuelled the fixed gear flame within you?
Shit man. If I had some bolt cutters I would have the other 2 freshest
bikes in NZ.
> Do you have a girl to ride with?
I have 2 girls. One doesn't bikes. The other one just got her Trainers
> Favourite label at the mo?
Hmmm. Comme Des Garson and Traffick.
To all the roadies, bike shop guys, and messengers talking down on fixed
gear bikes, like "the hills are too steep to ride one here" and "its just a
trend" blah blah blah - its just a bike you can ride them anywhere, when
little kids get their first bike with the pedals on the front wheel, that's
fixed. Ride one its fun.
> Thanks alot
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
So it was mega party action in the weekend. Insight held a party at 'The Birdcage' in Auckland. Was super fun, loads of free drinks / people / installments / rad props , made for a good time. Here is a few pics thanks to Estrada.
Friday, October 26, 2007
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Monday, October 22, 2007
This aint anything very close to home but it's gotta be peeped. thank God people are getting outside the box on fashion runways. On Friday, Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi held a monumental fashion show — atop the Great Wall of China. The 500 guests — including Zhang Ziyi, Kate Bosworth, Thandie Newton, Amanda Hearst and Tinsley Mortimer — climbed the steep steps to witness the extravagant display said to have cost upward of $10 million.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
So where i'm crashing in London at the mo just reconcreted heaps of the street. It began with writing of the name but thought the air max 90 sole imprint looked a whole lot better, its the new form of stencils, get on it...
Friday, October 19, 2007
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
So a while earlier I put out the invitation for readers to send us a pic of their good looking dogs. So far this has got to be the best pic. This nice shot of Ruben's (GAG) dog was taken by David Read. Feel free to send us more pics of your good looking dogs.
Monday, October 8, 2007
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Thursday, October 4, 2007
OK so as alot of you may know it's bnet award time. That means it's time to get online and vote. Auckland ill kids "The Unscene" have been nominated for best hip hop track you can listen to them here. Go vote for them here, and while your at it vote for all the other killer bands that often don't get too much recognition at your 'corporate lame' type awards. It's up to the people... people
Melbourne based label Schwipe keep up the radness with there new line "The Eyes Don't Lies". Funn print madness thet will totally eff with your eyes, each garment also comes with a snazzy pair of 3D glasses (just the cardboard ones) to get super in. Go get it at Thanks in the Mount, Good as Gold in Wellington, Qubic and Storeroom in Auckland, Native Soup in Palmy, Embassy in Chch, Amen in Oamaru, Slick Willys in Dunedin, and the Good Room in Wanaka.
Stones Throw Records have teamed up with 2K Sports, the trendsetting sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. to release Peanut Butter Wolf Presents 2K8: B-Ball Zombie War, a 20-song compilation album. This collection, compiled by Stones Throw’s founder and president, features new collaborations by Talib Kweli, Q-Tip and MF DOOM over beats by the late J Dilla, as well as new tracks by Madlib, Guilty Simpson, Percee P, Koushik, and J.Rocc, amongst others. It also introduces new artists, including Karriem Riggins and Madlib's group Supreme Team and Peanut Butter Wolf’s latest signing to the label, James Pants.
Check the clip..
Monday, October 1, 2007
Yeah, it's that time of year already! madness! The first anouncement for the 08 Big Day Out lineup was released thismorning. So here it goes.... Rage Against The Machine, Bjork, Grinspoon, Arcade Fire, Hilltop Hoods, Billy Brag, Paul Kelly, LCD Soundsystem, Dizzee Rascal, Battles, Cut Off Your Hands, The Clean, Katchafire, The Phoenix Foundation, Shihad, SJD, Young Sid, Antagonist, Motocade, White Birds And Lemons. Heck theres some sweet bands there. Personally i'm super exited about RATM, Bjork, Hilltop Hoods, Dizzee Rascal, Battles, and Arcade Fire. Tickets go on sale Friday Oct 12th. SUPER!
Speaking of super this song / video makes my day at the moment... blad
So here's an interview with Ruben who owns Good as Gold in Wellington. In case you didn't know, he's the man and he has been rocking it in NZ for a good while now. Enjoy the insight.
If you could have a job description, what would it be, tell us what you do?
I’m the buyer, seller, manager, handy man, dog walker, toilet scrubber, designer, friendly Boss guy who’s always working at GAG, or on GAG in someway… never not working.
What inspired you to birth good as gold?
Just traveling the globe, Surface 2 Air a rad shop in Paris, friends and family and just wanting to run shit my way to give the best shopping fun times around.
What is your take on the street wear, fashion culture of New Zealand at present?
Its kinda average on the street-wear front, I don’t see a lot of young people getting out there and getting stuck in, our cuzzies over in Aussie are killing it!! I’d like to see some younger NZ cats get off their lazy asses and do some dope shit! On the fashion front, we have some sick fashion labels that are killing it, like Cybele and Salasai but I still think we are lagging a lot, designers and renegades need to stop making excuses and start producing
Can you give us a sneak peak of any future plans?
Just getting better at what we do, more focus on bringing the best products and service around. I’m working on a web shop, but damn its taking a while, and maybe some big parties with dancing monkeys and blow up castles???
What do you usually have for breakfast?
A flat white or two usually ties me over till lunch, but if I had the choice id have Eggs benny / Florentine, (half ham, half spinach).
Are you single?
Na, I have a super fly girl Ashlee who helps a lot with the shop. I work too much and she’s gonna head butt me.
Whats your favourite music this week?
I’ve been listing to Ratatat re mixes a lot, Justice, some rad A-Trak mixes, I also love old school punk, crunk southern shit and just stuff that bumps.
If you could live anywhere but wellington, where would it be?
That’s a trick question!!!! The only place to be is Wellington!
But if I had to choose maybe Vancouver Canada, or with my homies in Copenhagen Denmark.
Any advice you would give to similar stores, seeing as a lot have begun lately.
Work real hard, and eat lots of fruit.
Favourite shoe of 2007?
Alife / Puma 1st round’s (fire!) and Keep, Benton’s
Thanks alot man
Thank you!!! GOOD AS GOLD