What to do if your Car won't Start

Fixers: a bicycle does not mean that there was not enough money for a car

Fixed weight bicycles have long ceased to be just bicycles, much more is tied to their appearance - philosophy, movement, the ability to find friends and like-minded people, to make an informed choice in favor of a two-wheeled friend. You can talk long and tediously about the behavior of fixers on the road. The main thing that I realized during the interview is that the fixer will never harm himself. These guys have long made cycling culture a part of their lives, they have their own driving ethics and a desire to make cycling a safe, comfortable and completely normal daily ritual for all people.

Not so long ago I managed to meet Lina and Maxim from the Moskovstyle team, who returned from a trip to the most prestigious Red Hook fix race in Milan. Especially for our material, Lina Nevskaya and Maxim Karginov told the Championship how the Moscow fixers live, what needs to be done to get to Red Hook, and how to choose the most fashionable merch for city trips.

Fixers: a bicycle does not mean that there was not enough money for a car

Photo: From the personal archive of the Moskovstyle team

- Guys, tell us why you chose a bike with a fixed gear?

Lina : Like most of those who ride on fixed gears, I originally naturally rode another bike. all that I remember about him, he was very heavy and something was constantly breaking in him. In the year 2012, more and more track bikes were seen on the Internet, which were ridden by guys in Japan, the states and Europe, their device seemed to be the solution to the problem: fewer parts - less repairs. frames were searched for in those cities of Russia where there were sports schools, so the first fixes for all were collected on the basis of Soviet and Ukrainian frames.

Maxim : I learned about this from a friend with whom we worked together. He assembled a bike for himself in 2008 from some ordinary Soviet frame and invited me to go to some of the night races. We went, rode, and at that time I was not particularly impressed. Then after a few years I tried it, assembled the bike and started to ride about four years ago.

- In addition to the fixed gear, what other parameters does your bike differ in?

Maxim
: It is maximum lightweight. Basically, such bicycles are used for cycling, so it is shorter and more maneuverable than usual by design. Because of this, it was once loved by bike couriers, it is convenient to ride in the city, due to the fact that it is maneuverable and does not break.

Help : The fixer movement originated in Japan in the 1970s, when Tokyo couriers began using track bikes to deliver goods. Fixed gear bike - a bike that does not have free play and pedals constantly if the rear wheel is spinning... There are no hand brakes on the classic track fixture

- How did your participation in the competition start?

Lina
: The guys in Moscow, in the manner of foreign founders, began to do events , compete with each other. Races are always held in a very friendly mode, no one proves anything to anyone, everyone is racing together for prizes from sponsors who are found by the race organizer. We take part in all the events that take place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk, Lvov, we go to races in Europe.

Fixers: a bicycle does not mean that there was not enough money for a car

Photo: From the personal archive of the Moskovstyle team

- How often do competitions take place?

Maxim
: If we talk about competitions on the street, they usually independent of each other. There are certain people who wanted to organize something, wrote on social networks, everyone got together and started a race. There are larger Moscow competitions organized by Dima Kunst - this is a race on the Moscow Raceway in Volokolamsk, a race on a track in the city of Tula. In general, we made a common calendar with the guys from St. Petersburg, Ukraine, Belarus, we adjust the events so that they do not overlap, so that we can visit each other. It is very convenient, therefore, for example, in August, every weekend we had a competition.

Lina : Plus, in every city there are such sacred events as the opening and closing of the season. They are the largest in terms of the number of participants. Everyone is always happy to rush in when the season is just beginning, and a little upset when it’s over. There are actually enough races. It's great that there are people who take responsibility for the organization, we really appreciate that. Dima, thank you.

- How many people are in your team?

Lina
: Maxim, Lina, Edik, Fedya, Artik and Kolya are in the army. It turns out that six.

- Tell us about your recent trip to Red Hook.

Maxim
: We got together as a team last year and decided to go to Barcelona for Red Hook ... This is the most prestigious race and a very cool competition in the crowd of fixed gear bikes. Barcelona is warm all the time and the atmosphere is very cool: all the people during the competition represent one big family. Then we were a little shocked by the atmosphere, the organization and decided that we definitely need to go again.

Fixers: a bicycle does not mean that there was not enough money for a car

Photo: From personal archive Moskovstyle teams

Lina : This year we also started with finances and visas. Because the other two cities where the stages of the race are held besides Barcelona and Milan are London and Brooklyn. We planned the trip in advance, because we had to decide on the final composition of the team.

We also needed to agree on sponsors, our idea of ​​promoting cycling appeals to many and some are ready to support us in this. This year we were assisted by reguys from the Black Cooperative. We did a series of races with them on weekends in spring and summer.

They want to convey to people, the culture of coffee, and we tell you that a bicycle is cool. A bicycle does not mean that you did not have enough money for a car. This is a deliberate choice. We did joint races with the Cooperative, came up with scenic routes, invited people to ride with us. Thanks to these events, we met a huge number of people from different spheres. You can and should come on any bike that makes you smile. Through it you can start your Saturday in a different way, find new friends, stop being afraid to ride a bike around the city.

We managed to gather around us an audience of people who support us. We always made sure that no one broke the rules, because we don't need it. So we recruited sponsors, announced that we would go to Red Hook and finally went there.

Milan is one of those cities where the authorities are going to pay their residents to refuse a car in favor of cycling. Milan is one of Italy's cycling centers, which has allowed it to host for the eighth time the most prestigious fixed-gear bike race, the Red Hook Crit.

- What do you need to do to get to Red Hook?

Maxim
: registering for Red Hook is a very exciting event, because everyone wants to get there. Everyone is waiting for the news of registration to be posted on Instagram. It's like Supreme you want to buy. It is important to register there, as long as the team has time, and as many will go. The rules of the race are such that you don't necessarily end up in one qualification group. Ideally, at least two people from the team can help each other on the track, that is, they fall into the same group.

Fixers: a bicycle does not mean that there was not enough money for a car

Photo: From the personal archive of the Moskovstyle team

Lina : Red Hook organizes a huge headquarters of very cool and experienced people. They understand that if they do not limit us by rules and assign us to different groups, we will gather in eight people and will take each other out. In this way they create a competitive environment, this is very correct.

- How to prepare for the race?

Maxim
: You need to prepare for the Red Hook in a certain way, because it is very a kind of discipline. Even not all professionals who come there can show cool results. For example, this year Rio's Olympic track cycling champion competed in Brooklyn. As a result, he didn't even qualify for the final. This is a very unpredictable race.

- How often do you train? And how does this happen in general?

Maxim
: In winter, this is a cycle track. Now two or three times a week on the cycle track. In the summer we actually meet when there is time.

Lina : Everyone has a job, so I'm happyIt is difficult to train together. But everyone has a bike rack at home, and we train ourselves. Everyone understands that if he doesn't train, he will let the team down, and why is it necessary.

Fixers: a bicycle does not mean that there was not enough money for a car

Photo: From the personal archive of the Moskovstyle team

- How to choose the right equipment for your bike? Are there any features, can you advise something?

Maxim
: There are quite a lot of resources on the Internet. The market is growing now, it is becoming beautiful. There are already brands and projects that are thinking not only about making it practical, but also beautiful. For example, designer Wood Wood has launched his cycling line in Denmark. It is as cool, beautiful and functional as possible.

Lina : Red Hook has its own requirements. You should definitely wear cycling shoes, only contact pedals, a bike uniform and a helmet. When you enter the track area, the bike must be checked. If there are some flashlights or something else, then in the event of a collision, they can injure another participant. Participants are also checked. In general, no one will allow you to race in jeans.

Maxim : As for equipment and cycling, cycling shoes, cycling shorts, helmet, goggles, bike and contact pedals are standard cyclist set. Almost all of this can be bought in Moscow. If you're a beginner, you can find everything in stores. If you are experienced and understand that the quality of the equipment does not suit you, then you can order special professional equipment.

Lina : Indeed, many manufacturers make beautiful cycling uniforms. All guys who ride fixes live this culture inside and out. Teams make their equipment and merchandise so that you can see their own in the crowd ( smiling ).

Many people produce collabs with brands. Everything has taken on a huge scale. But the most important thing is the helmet. Better to ride in an ugly jumpsuit, but a better helmet. This is what is needed, and all of us in the team, unfortunately, were convinced of this.

- Where is the paradise for cyclists? Which countries or cities are best suited for cycling?

Maxim
: I think this is Europe and the States. Bicycles are loved everywhere in Europe. This is a normal choice of an ordinary person.

Fixers: a bicycle does not mean that there was not enough money for a car

Photo: From the personal archive of the Moskovstyle team

Lina : I agree, they love it from the start. I just got back from Berlin. There you feel like you have a voice on the bike. The bike path in this city is defining, not a single child will run out there by chance. You can see bicycle traffic jams of people hurrying from work in suits and dresses, with long scarves and coats, no special bicycle uniforms. This is what we want to change in our country. We think that the bicycle should become an important part of life, so that you do not think thatand you are wearing it and where are you going so that it becomes a part of you.

Thank you for your help in organizing the interview with DRoP! store and our correspondent Yana Trandafilova.

I Replaced my Car with an Electric Bike for One Week... Here's What I Learned

Previous Post Superheroes of our time. A new era of parkour
Next Post His Air is Michael Jordan. 5 rules of a basketball legend