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Armstrong on a fixed bike

06 Nov 2015 12:46

Don't know if any of you have seen this but its a old but goodie film that's pretty cool.
KB you should enjoy this
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=armstrong+riding+a+fixed+bike&FORM=VIRE2#view=detail&mid=E55FB6179221B4EB0924E55FB6179221B4EB0924
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Re: Armstrong on a fixed bike

09 Nov 2015 01:26

Well that was certainly a surprise.

How "old" could that footage really be though?

I never expected to see something like that. Those guys are reckless and crazy, and they're doing nothing to improve relations between cars and bikes. They make it worse for all of us. But to see Lance mixing it up like that—helmet-less, cargo shorts, fixie, etc—was quite intriguing.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Armstrong on a fixed bike

09 Nov 2015 15:14

Jacques de Molay wrote:Well that was certainly a surprise.

How "old" could that footage really be though?

I never expected to see something like that. Those guys are reckless and crazy, and they're doing nothing to improve relations between cars and bikes. They make it worse for all of us. But to see Lance mixing it up like that—helmet-less, cargo shorts, fixie, etc—was quite intriguing.

Thanks for sharing.


Exactly my reaction when I saw the vid. Armstrong loves riding bikes.
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10 Nov 2015 10:07

About the only thing I approve of is the front brake on Lance's bike :D Can't deny the skill most fixed riders show though, some of the messengers are unbelievable, that's why I won't race Alley Cats!

Say what you want about Lance, but he obviously enjoys being out on a bike.
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10 Nov 2015 12:27

King Boonen wrote:About the only thing I approve of is the front brake on Lance's bike :D Can't deny the skill most fixed riders show though, some of the messengers are unbelievable, that's why I won't race Alley Cats!

Say what you want about Lance, but he obviously enjoys being out on a bike.


We used to have alley cat racing when I was a cycle courier. It can get bonkers but not has bonkers as making delivery's.
I have cold sweats thinking about the lunatic on a bike I used to be. Near miss after near miss after crash .it was insane.
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12 Nov 2015 17:56

ray j willings wrote:
King Boonen wrote:About the only thing I approve of is the front brake on Lance's bike :D Can't deny the skill most fixed riders show though, some of the messengers are unbelievable, that's why I won't race Alley Cats!

Say what you want about Lance, but he obviously enjoys being out on a bike.


We used to have alley cat racing when I was a cycle courier. It can get bonkers but not has bonkers as making delivery's.
I have cold sweats thinking about the lunatic on a bike I used to be. Near miss after near miss after crash .it was insane.


There is a movie about a bike messenger: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1547234/ you might enjoy that though the movie is not great but it has some good parts in it.

Still what they do in the video posted in the OP is totally insane and it creates very dangerous situations, though I do enjoy watching the bike handling I would still to have those people off the road.
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Re: Armstrong on a fixed bike

12 Nov 2015 19:06

I'm genuinely pleased that Lance still likes riding, it makes his ban from competition at all levels all the more valuable.
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Re: Armstrong on a fixed bike

12 Nov 2015 19:56

AJ101 wrote:I'm genuinely pleased that Lance still likes riding, it makes his ban from competition at all levels all the more valuable.


But all the other dopers you don't mind watching :rolleyes:


In response to Ruudz0r , I can understand "get them off the road " but you don't even realize how crazy your riding ,you just take more risks to get more jobs to earn more money. To be honest most of the accidents/crashes I had, I got hurt. Only on the odd occasion did I hit a "civilian" and that was them walking straight into the road without looking " I got some stories I can tell ya, really crazy and funny" It was a buzz like most risky things but funny enough the most money I earnt was sitting around in a bank just in case a cheque needed delivering, £30 an hour which was shed loads back in the day. Still good now. It was for 2 hours of the day. The rest of the time I was bombing around earning between £2 - £5 a drop.
No idea what the pay is now but I can tell you 90% of riders don't last a day or two. Nice comradeship though.
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Re: Armstrong on a fixed bike

12 Nov 2015 22:26

I read a very intriguing book some years ago on the subject of bike messengers.

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It's a firsthand account of a Chicago bike messenger. Come to think of it, I lent to a very close friend who lives in Chicago. And never got it back! :mad:

http://www.salon.com/2001/04/10/culley/
A suburban lad tells how he found guts, glory and a sustainable transit option in the renegade world of bike messengers.
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