18 February 2008: Hanging with the Trixie Chix

Trixie ChixJack Thurston is away and in his place Amy Cooper presents a show devoted to the swashbuckling Trixie Chix, London’s female fixed wheel freestylers. Will Amy and her sit-up-and-beg town bike cut the mustard with the trackstanding, bike polo playing, long skidding, backwards circling Trixies? Find out…

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Pay tribute to the mighty Sheldon Brown

Sheldon BrownEarlier this evening I learned with great sadness that Sheldon Brown, the mighty, generous and wonderfully eccentric cyclist and repository of so much bicycle knowledge, has died. On behalf of everyone who helps to make The Bike Show, I extend our deepest sympathies to Sheldon’s family and friends.

Despite being a regular visitor to his encyclopedic website, I never had the pleasure of meeting the man, although he did twice appear on The Bike Show. Kieron Yates met and interviewed him for the show on the joys of fixed wheel touring and I made a rather primitive remix of Sheldon’s own homage to classic English three speed bicycles. Sheldon was usually quick on the uptake with new technologies and back in 2005 he made a few podcasts of his own.

In the fullness of time, The Bike Show will produce a proper tribute to Sheldon. If you want to your own memories and thoughts about the great man to be part of that show, then you can leave a video, audio or written tribute using the Comment link at the bottom of this post. It should work with any computer webcam/microphone and there is a preview available before you press ‘send’. Tell the listeners of The Bike Show what Sheldon meant to you and to your life on two wheels.

Image from John Prolly

10 December 2007: How to Win at Roller-Racing

Roller racingReigning Rollapaluza champion and two-time ‘Raphapaluza’ winner Simon Jackson gives his tips on how to win at the frenzied sport of static bike racing. Plus a preview of the upcoming ITV comedy-drama series Bike Squad (aka “The Bill on bikes”) with Robert Collins of the Daily Telegraph.

Get down to the Bicycology film night on Thursday 13 December at the RampArt Social Centre, London E1 and of course to Rollapaluza IX-mas at the Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Road, London SE1.

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3 December 2007: Fixed Fever

Insane fixed wheel bicycleOver the past five years a craze for riding bicycles with only one gear and no freewheel has taken off, in New York, London, Sydney and cities all around the world. We take a long hard look at the merits and excesses of the scene. Featuring an extended interview with the mystery man behind the Bike Snob NYC blog, Roxy Erickson of London’s Trixie Chix and Gabriel Nogueira, one of the prime movers in the small but growing fixed wheel crowd in Curitiba, southern Brazil.

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This week’s show also features the soundtrack of the fantastic short film Bicycle Samba, by Sophie Clements and John Hendicott.

Fixed Links:

London Fixed Gear Forum
Fixed Gear Gallery
Sheldon “Coasting is bad for you” Brown
Fixed Wheel UK
London Bike Polo

Update (5 December):

‘DVD extras’ from the Bike Snob NYC for podium finishers:

On why he came to write the blog (MP3: 1’44”)
On his true identity(MP3: 2’18”)

12 March 2007: The word from San Francisco and a singing bicycle prototype

Singing bicycleWe test out Andy Cox’s prototype singing bicycle, for use in the performance of Godfried Willem Raes’s Second Symphony. Down the line from San Francisco, Jon Winston fills us in on Bay Area cycle culture and his own Bikescape bicycling podcast.

This is the last in the current season of the Bike Show. Thanks to everyone who made it happen, and to everyone who’s tuned in. We’ll be back in the early summer.

Update (November 2007): The Symphony was performed in July 2007. You can hear a recording in this show.

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26 February 2007: Calling All Bicycle Filmmakers!

Bicycle Film Festival call for entriesLooking ahead to the 2007 Bicycle Film Festival, which has plans for screenings in 15 countries including a third year in London. In the studio is the BFF’s London coordinator Roxy Erickson. We discuss how to make a great bicycle film, even if you’re not an experienced filmmaker. We also tap our feet to the all time grooviest soundtrack of a cycling film: a half hour film about the London-Holyhead road race, at the time the world’s longest single day race.

Two great British-made bicycling short films that ought to be featured in this year’s Bicycle Film Festival are:

Four Minute Tour, a stunning look at the Tour de France, featuring audio from The Bike Show.

Country Commute, a hilarious and charming ride across the Cornish countryside, featuring plenty-o-helmet camera.

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9 October 2006 – Mississippi Tales (part two)

Second half of Kieron Yates’s ride down the Mississippi. He crosses the Mason-Dixon line and enters the realm of the South. On the way he encounters juke joints, folk art, learns about the role of bicycles in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and has an fascinating encounter with The Voice.

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