Hi Dennis,

Here are some pictures of my fixed that I completed about a month ago. The frame was picked up cheaply from a bicycle recycling scheme operating in the London borough of Waltham Forest. It is a Dawes frame that seems to have all the features of the 1962 Red Feather model shown in an advert posted on classicredevous.com. I had the frame re-sprayed at Mercian bikes and built it up with mainly new parts. Only the stem and GB bars remain. There is a Miche chain set running on 46/17. The rest of the spec. includes Shimano pedals, Mavic CXP33 rims on Miche hubs and Alongha caliper brakes to replace the Weimann center pulls that I tried preserving but really didn't like.

I've taken it out a few times and realize there's lots to learn. Compared to the geared bike I've been riding, I can understand straight away that fixed is all about connection and modulation. There is a complexity of sensation on a fixed as you pedal to accelerate and slow down, as if you've been allowed to mix colours for the first time or are finding the flats and sharps in scales other than C.

Thanks to Waltham Forest Council for their admirable recycling scheme and the good folks at Cycle Surgery, Spitalfields London for their help and genuine interest in getting this bike built.

Thanks also for your site, It has been an inspiration.




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