I was so happy to have my bike on display for the BGC Father’s Day Out exhibit which consisted of cars, motorcycles and then some! I’m always up for promoting bikes and their use in the metro, as well as the creativity expressed in the riders’ bike builds.
I was pretty happy to make it to Firefly Brigade’s Critical Mass Ride earlier this morning, nothing like riding your bike with like-minded individuals pursuing a common goal -that is to use bikes as an alternative means of transportation and as well as reducing pollution in the metro.
I brought out “ol’ faithful” for a spin, I was surprised that upon inspection I didn’t need to tighten or grease any parts. Having a fixed gear bike truly is a low maintenance and reliable type of bicycle. (now if only us fixed gear riders could resist the urge to replace parts every fortnight)
It was a really nice crowd, groups of riders from all over joined in and kept a steady pace while being courteous and sharing the road (somewhat) One rider noticed I was really thirsty due to the heat and offered her sports drink, talk about camaraderie!
A few Ms. Earth guest riders showed their support, all donning helmets as per policy. It was a nice ride and great way to spend an early Sunday morning. Looking forward to the bigger and more Critical Mass ride this coming November.
Check out the facebook page of Firefly Brigade Philippines here:
It’s been a while since I expressed my love for the increasingly popular sport and culture we’ve come to know as fixed gear. It’s basically a bicycle that doesn’t coast, meaning if the wheels are spinning then so are you cranks. Some say it’s the purest form of cycling. I remember the labor of love the early adaptors had to go through sourcing their parts, scouring possible places that had track bicycle parts and sometimes even having to go to Quiapo and eventually Cainta to visit the Filipino master framemaker himself Ave Maldea.
Here’s a collection of photos I found on my hard drive and I hope they pique your interest into joining in the fray known as Manila Fixed Gear – FB Page.