Been meaning to make a post like this for a while, it’ll be photo heavy but also should be revealing/interesting. I found a cache of my old bike photos and they are pretty priceless in their documentation of the sports progress.
Without further delay, here is one of my first fixed gear conversions, I think this was the third one and around when I started getting a little more serious about tricks. And remember, FGFS wasn’t a “thing” for a year or two more.
May 14 2007:
August 10 2007:
My next conversion was a garage sale find, basically new old stock that a lady had just kept and not used, a Raleigh Super Grand Prix. I got the pink Deep V’s off craigslist and they were technically a birthday present from my parents, thanks guys! These wheels lasted incredibly long, espcially given that the front was radial and the rear was radial on one side.
April 11 2008:
So this was my first “track” frame, a local shop called Cyclemania has these made in Lithuania or something. This was the frame I filmed my first Bootleg Sessions stuff on and it took a lot of abuse!
Before anyone would utter the word pegs I grinded the shit out of my frame! I guess it was just the grind I saw LaMarche doing and it made the most sense. All my pre-peg frames have this groove ground in them.
April 25 2008:
I finally got my Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta Track fork!! I waited forever and put Bootleg Sessions behind schedule but I got it and loved it, what a piece of work, I wish I never sold it when I was hard up for cash years ago! This is what my bike looked like when I went to the BFF in NYC three years ago, whoa!
Sept. 14 2008:
More later, gotta go to YNOT and make shit!