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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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yep, it's a new fixed gear bicycle aesthetic i've just inadvertantly invented. you may already have heard of "fakenger" or even "hip-hop slave/clown bike" but "track vicar" just about covers this rather odd collection of bits i reckon.

it came about as i was crossing the bike/pedestrian crossing on the south side of westminster bridge last night. some mope on a mountain bike jumped the lights and crashed into my front wheel at sufficient speed to turn it pringle-shaped and split the rim. i was unhurt but annoyingly i'd already angrily waved him off when i realised the extent of the damage to the bike.

i ended up carrying the stricken thing back to two different shops in waterloo, checking out various wheels none of which seemed right, (cheap and nasty, absurdly expensive, daftly tech looking etc). eventually this little beaut came out of the basement at evans on the cut and the "track vicar" aesthetic was born.

had endless faff changing it with a pinch puncture on the first go, valve on the second spare tube being too short for the deep rims but i got there in the end.

i have to say that the people in evans were really cool and helpful. offered to lend tools pumps and space to do the repair myself.

eventually got home two and a half hours late with a sore arm from carrying the bike about and with a considerably lighter wallet. i wasn't best pleased to put it mildly.

i'm more philosophical today as the sun's out and i've got a working bike and a weird new look.

i like it anyway.
9th Oct 2008, 11:15   | tags:,,,,

sorry to hear about the crash, dude.

9th Oct 2008, 13:01

is the old wheel repairable?

9th Oct 2008, 13:46

dookerdoo says:

cheers para. no worries. no-one was hurt. don't think the wheel was repairable. the rim had split at the join and it was pretty sharply bent. left it in a bin on the cut.

9th Oct 2008, 13:48

oh well. nice new wheel - what make?

9th Oct 2008, 20:01

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