Sean Martin outside the Chrome store in downtown Portland.(Photo © Alex Milan Tracy) If you think urban fixed-gear riding was just some fad that has been played out, you couldn’t be more wrong. In cities all over America, urban fixed gear riding has gone from a death-defying, extreme sport dominated by messengers, to a more … Read more
Nope.(Photo © J. Maus) Scientific American has unearthed an amazing bit of bike history from their archives that shows the popularity of fixed-gear freestyle is nothing new. In a blog post on Friday, the magazine shared images from an article they ran in 1899 featuring “two well-known trick riders,” N.C. Kaufman of Rochester, NY and … Read more
Tommy Lee works on tricks under the Morrison Bridge.– Full gallery – (Photos © J. Maus) Portland’s bike scene is always taking new turns. Allow me to introduce you to Tommy Lee, Ramon Antonio, and Clay Caldwell. These guys are part of a growing group of Portlanders that like to do tricks on their fixed-gear … Read more
Apparently it takes much more than a freak snowstorm to prevent Portlanders for participating an alleycat race. Last Sunday, local fixed-gear aficionado Jennifer Carroll organized an alleycat to coincide with the Portland premiere of the urban biking/stunt film Macaframa.
Event poster– Trailer below – Macaframa, a movie about the culture around urban fixed-gear/track bike riding, will premiere in Portland on Sunday. Prior to the event, organizers will host an alleycat race that begins in Southeast Portland at Colonel Summers Park (20th and Belmont) and ends with the screening at Backspace (115 NW 5th). I … Read more
Ben Ficklin practices tricks on the Eastbank Esplanade.(Photos © J. Maus) Portland’s urban fixed-gear scene is on a roll. A new fixed-gear website has been launched and two upcoming events are testament to the growing community of riders who enjoy the challenges and thrills of riding track bikes in the city. Alex Kroman announced the … Read more