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  • #32558
    Mr. KlinkMr. Klink
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    The comments in that Guardian article are hilarious.  Stark difference between the West and East in terms of cycling “culture”.  You’ll notice there’s a bunch of louts that run around calling people “twunts” (haha great word really), and razzing on hipsters.

    I’ve been riding these hipster wagons for a while and that’s always been the basic argument: pretentious attitudes, disregard for existing cycling norms, etc.

    Regardless, I noticed a good many of the remarks were more positive than not regarding fixed gear.  You could really see the Englishness come through with certain commentators remarking on fixed gears’ suitability for winter training and how it has a profound impact on one’s “souplesse”.

    Don’t feel like you get all this conflict here in China and Chengdu in particular.  There’s just too small a community and a lot of shit gets mixed up in translation so you get generally positive vibes (save from us).

    #33167
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster

    I finally took possession of my new bike the other day, built by Natooke Chengdu. To anyone who hasn’t visited Natooke yet, definitely pay them a visit!

    Some info on the bike:

    • Aluminum frame, super light
    • 62mm frame, large
    • Fixed gear, front brake
    • Brooks seat and handlebar grips
    #33169
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    I finally took possession of my new bike the other day, built by Natooke Chengdu.

    Definitely prefer the look of this to your previous set up, this is a nice mix of old/new school.

    Another tasty looking bike from Natooke!

    #33185
    Brian #10
    Participant
    • handlebar grips

     

    Flip those babies around! But props for avoiding neon pink n’ green…

    #33188
    Ian
    Participant

    My first bike was a Raleigh Chopper MK2 this bike was da bomb.  A bit painfull if you fell on the gear stick.

    #33194
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    Oh my, one of my mates who lived next door had a Chopper while I made do with the Raleigh ‘Strika’ my parents bought for me. I loved the Strika and rode it to death (though it never died!), but the Chopper was a thing of beauty to a wide eyed 8 year old. Then my mate went and got himself a Raleigh ‘Burner’, the envy of any kid with legs. Later that year for Christmas my parents bought me a hideous knock off BMX clone I can’t even remember the name of.

    Burner…
    Mag Wheels!!!

    #33232
    Mr. KlinkMr. Klink
    Participant

    Sascha's Bike

    Homeboy’s (Sascha M, writer of many a fine Chengdu Living article) bike got swooped earlier this afternoon around 1:30 in Huayang.  Please keep an eye out for it.  It’s one of a kind and can’t be missed.  If you happen to spot it, contact our shop at 8504 2450 and we can get you in touch with the owner and police report information to return it to its proper owner.

    #33234
    Ian
    Participant

    Oh my, one of my mates who lived next door had a Chopper while I made do with the Raleigh ‘Strika’ my parents bought for me. I loved the Strika and rode it to death (though it never died!), but the Chopper was a thing of beauty to a wide eyed 8 year old. Then my mate went and got himself a Raleigh ‘Burner’, the envy of any kid with legs. Later that year for Christmas my parents bought me a hideous knock off BMX clone I can’t even remember the name of. Burner…
    Mag Wheels!!!

    I had the red with yellow mag wheels BMX Burner, but my rich cousin had the chrome framed Mongoose.  Reminds me of that song by  The Undertones, My perfect cousin.

    She’s Hot!!!!

    #33250
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    Bummer to hear about another bike being teefed, hope Sascha gets that back sometime soon.

    Here’s some old school BMX memories porn to take away a little grief…

    Porn

    Mongoose was the Holy Grail of BMX’s when I was a pavement tearin’ nipper!

    #33253
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster

    Homeboy’s (Sascha M, writer of many a fine Chengdu Living article) bike got swooped earlier this afternoon around 1:30 in Huayang. Please keep an eye out for it. It’s one of a kind and can’t be missed. If you happen to spot it, contact our shop at 8504 2450 and we can get you in touch with the owner and police report information to return it to its proper owner.

    Man! This is a real shame. Hopefully a miracle occurs and the bike gets found. He had such a nice setup with the kids seat.

    #33256
    Ian
    Participant

    The Japanese way of protecting bikes

    #33321
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    Anyone planning a ride out anywhere this weekend? Weather looks good tomorrow and I wouldn’t mind hacking it out for half a day somewhere scenic.

    #33381
    Ian
    Participant
    #38404
    mflaherty37
    Participant

    Hi everybody, does anyone know if there is a place to rent a geared road or mountain bicycle in Chengdu?

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