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LAURENT PILI Shred

WDC HAMBURG Suicycle

BFF

London and Paris

HELLS BELLS VOL1 Tornados

DEATH OF BARCELONA Zontrac


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Those two guys pushed DEATH OF BARCELONA, Sol and Simon putting bikes together for short but crazy ride. Barcelona airport SOFB ONLINE MAG


Sol and Anto

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Chas and his Cinelli MASH. CMWC Warsaw. A couple of weeks ago the RED HOOK CRITERIUM took place in Milan. Chase finished in 6th place. SOFB ONLINE MAG


CONTENTS SOFB ONLINE MAG 6

FEATURES 14

WDC Hamburg

22

BFF London

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HELLS BELLS Vol 1

46

JAM Brussels

52

BFF

Paris

62 ROAD TRIP Barcelona 80 ATUMN Penfield

REGULARS 8

IN STRAPS.. Regrettably hypersonic!

10

RIDER INTERVIEW Laurent

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SHOP Prestine

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Bike CHECK 14 ESB

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HOT DATES Get ready for action

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TEST Lights

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CREW MBASE

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COVER info_ Simon “Gomok” Andraca. The most consistent rider i got to photograph throughout this year. My main goal when in Barcelona was to shoot a cover with Simon for SOFB Issue 6. And you know what….I shot it the first day.

CONTENTS Super Ted and his machines. If only they could speak. Coming from the time of the Industrial Revolution and now, in the hands of Ted, taking part in the Fixed Bike revolution. SOFB ONLINE MAG


IN STRAPS..

Super hypersonic! Ok Issue 6.. that’s one whole year of fixed craze done! Ahh and it was a really good one too, thanks to all of you!

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Greg Falski REDACTION TEAM Aymee Clark Anto But Ricardo Lino Saskia Haex CONTRIBUTORS

Looks like more people have some additional news for this time of year.

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FURY Magazine is following us onto Issuu.. Stoked

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Fixed Mag is coming out in a large format .. Nice

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And SOFB is going to be hypersonic.. we want to get to you faster, in better quality and with more photos, which is why we’re moving to Newstand iPad App.

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I’m super stoked about it.. and I know that you will be to!! Its Sick Soon you can check the new format

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SICK RIDER INTERVIEW

Laurent Pili Shred Geneva

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‘‘Just take pleasure in everything that you do, especially riding! I’ll look forward to seeing you at the next contest!’’ feeble grind Laurent, Paris STOKED ON FIXED BIKES


INTERVIEW with Laurent Laurent thats one of riders from Fixed Gear Geneva. I did have chance to see him in action during one of the last competitions in Paris. He took strong second place. Its nice to see that Shreding riders from Geneva like Laurent, David and Phil making big progress throug the year.

SOFB- What makes you good at riding fixed?

SOFB- How important is your crew?

L- It’s really all down to passion and just throwing yourself into it.

L- Yeah of course! Actually riding with my friends is how I got into freestyle. We’re always up for riding or meeting up to find new ways to improve! My friends and I set up the group Fixed Gear Geneva which now has over 350 members. I’m also part of another, smaller team called Shred with my friend Pepy and my brother David.

SOFB- Tell us about the last two competitions you went to. L- In the last couple of months I’ve participated in Eurobike in Hamburg and the Bicycle Film Festival contest in Paris. I didn’t really have the opportunity to show my stuff in Germany, but in Paris I really got into it and came second, with Simon Andraca in first place. Riding with both him and Nico was a great experience and of course tons of fun!

SOFB- Do you like to ride street or park more? Are you better at one more than the other? L- I suppose street and park are equally exciting but for very different reasons. They both have their own appeal.

SOFB- How do you get pumped to ride hard? L- I like to challenge myself, watching other riders’ videos drives me to push my limits.

SOFB- How do you set up your pedals before you get to an obstacle?

L- I do pedal check before bunny hopping anything so that i don’t loose too much speed yet it allows me to be always set.

SOFB- What is the next of your projects? L- I don’t have any big projects planned right now, but we are filming a new Shred edit, which should come out soon. Otherwise I’m just going to keep training throughout the winter so as to come back even better next summer!

SOFB- Tell as about your comi ng month. and where are you at the moment? L- As for future trips, I hope to participate in as many contests as I can both in Switzerland where I live and abroad. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to Barcelona later this month! I’m so gutted! But yeah, living in Geneva is great. There are some really good spots for both street and park riding!

SOFB- Last question; any shout outs? L- I’d like to thank you Greg, for the photos and this interview. Also big up to my sponsors at Onegear, and Soundtrack for the BFF contest!

SOFB- Could you describe the. frame? It seems like it can take a beating. L- Well my frame is a prototype, which I and the other members of Shred had made specially. It’s has BMX tubing, so it’s really resistant and also very light which makes it perfect for freestyle!

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WDCHamburg Photos: Greg Falski Text: Saskia Haex

One by one riders from Paris, Geneva, Cologne and Rotterdam arrived at the Suicycle store, the headquarters for fixed cycle culture in Hamburg (HH). It was a get-together of familiar friendly faces: Jason Sellers, Ruben Bauer, Manuel Schürholz, Simon Gomok & Cerise Goia, David Pili, Greg Falski and of course Gianni Suicycle. And some new faces too: Bastien Raoux and locals Hinricht Schimanski & Philip Schleier. It was already quite late when our small group went to bunk their stuff at a nearby sleeping place; A beautiful ‘innenhof’ with adorable one stock houses a shared community garden and a guesthouse. Hinricht’s neighbors were still outside and were so kind to share their food with us. Red potatoes and grilled fish!!! Great food for riding! So that was the next mission... SOFB ONLINE MAG


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Bastien hop to fakie Anto x-up slider table

The day before the contest I already got a glimpse of the iPunkt Skateland. The park is a combination of a wooden inside & outside park. The inside park includes big obstacles, like a vert & bowl but also banks, rails a spine and good possibilities for riding lines for skateboarders, BMXers as well as bigger bicycles. The outside park included sunshine! and well built obstacles fit for skateboarding.

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David free tap

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Nelson wall tap

The day started where we left off yesterday: With more chilling. This time in the sun & inside the skatepark. Because the group of riders was quite small (London where the hell where you!?) the contest started as a 90 minute jam. This was quite a long & intense session for such a hot day. As always the eyes were on Gomok, but Ruben was also on a roll as well as David, Bastien & a surprise rider (Nelson Bell) from Seattle who turned up just in time to take part in the comp. After the jam session BMXers were anxious to ride in their park again so the bunnyhop contest was mixed: fixed & bmx. It was no surprise Gomok striked again and took the 1st prize. The finals showed some good riding but no real surprises. It was already obvious who would win this one. When it was time for the best trick the riders were pretty much exhausted and squeezed out some last but brutal tricks; vert to quarter transfer by Gomok, double peg grind by Pili and 端ber high wallride by Nelson, which was very well appreciated by the audience SOFB ONLINE MAG


Finalists

Simon transfer

Special thanks to David & Hinricht that guided us through the city. And big up to Gianni Suicycle for organizing this event. Hopefully WDC will be back & bigger next year! suicycle4life wdc4ever Jordan barspin STOKED ON FIXED BIKES


Simon double peg rail

As the competition ended US Dollars & sweet prices were handed out to the winners and it was time to party! 1.Simon “Gomok” Andraca (FR) (The UGH’s, Radio Bombtrack, Eastpack, O’Pignon, Zontrac) 2.David Pili (CH) (Shred, Fixed Gear Geneva, One Gear) [3.Bastien Raoux (CH) (Shred, Fixed Gear Geneva, One Gear)] 4.Hinricht Schimanski (DE) (Suicycle Bike Co.) Bunny Hop: 1.Simon “Gomok” Andraca - 80cm 2.Nelson Bell (USA) , Bastian Raoux, Gianni Suicycle - 70cm Best Trick: Simon “Gomok” Andraca Best Bail: Nelson Bell All in all it was a well organized event. Much appreciated were the 100 liters of free beer at the Landgang afterparty, the tunes from the lady dj that played at the event and the positive vibe of all the trick & local fixed riders.

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London Fields session

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ndon

Thursday night of the London BFF was planned as a sort of stunt show with Oscar, Gus, Chris, Anto, Saskia and bunch of friends having good time in the space of the Barbican Centre. An area of residential and public concrete ramps and walkways ideal for riding that, under normal circumstances, security would evict anyone on a bike after 5 minutes.  A couple of small kickers give us lots of fun and the session lasted two hours before the cold and darkness forced us inside for sprints - Rollerpaluza series. SOFB ONLINE MAG


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Gus 360

We had expected the events to be cut short and moved the jam to local skate parks at victoria park and london fields for Saturday morning. The Amsterdam based Pristine crew came along with Sol and Ninja Cats and Fury Bikes crew, have fun just trying stuff..  London fields was a one man show by Hector who was killing with his new moves including foot plant cancans and bar hops. I knew that less and less riders were going to screenings of the movies available at BFF so we tried to encourage everyone to take part and attend the movie screenings. SOFB ONLINE MAG


Dave tree ride to fakie slider

Some sick and varied movies were showing at the Barbican and WOLFPACK CRASH RACE 2 was this years favourite.  Time for the after-party where Anto with his beautiful assistant Aymee make sure that everyone has a beer to hold on to. Thanks a lot to BFF and all the people who came to London that weekend. special thanks to Oakley, Gumball3000, 14 Bike co and BLB STOKED ON FIXED BIKES


Hecta candybar

Hector rock tyre grab 180 SOFB ONLINE MAG


Hecta canfootplant

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Pristine Fixed Gear Photos and Text: Anto But

nkerstraat 14 53 DV Amsterdam

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I love that fixed gear can be so diverse and they can all just exist next to each other.

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Tell me how was Pristine Amsterdam born & how did you and sammy,keng & crew meet, tell us about the store and few brands you like and the mission workshop section etc. Pristine started at the end of 2009. I had been riding fixed for a few years and met the Amsterdam Fixed Gear crew (which was 9 kids that hung out around the Olympic Stadium). That scene grew within a year to a whole bunch of people meeting up, doing tricks, playing polo against the messengers (broken ribs) and organizing events and alleycats. Sammy had just moved to Amsterdam and wanted to do something else, I was just finished with art school and we thought it was crazy that there were over 300 bike shops in Amsterdam and no one sold any track or fixed gear stuff... so we opened a shop ourselves. Keng has been around since the very beginning and we're all good friends. And here we are two years later. We just expanded the shop upstairs and moved all our complete bikes up there so we have more room for parts and stuff. Since the very beginning we were in touch with Bart, Mark and Lyle of Mission Workshop and when we expanded the shop they jumped at the opportunity to have their European showroom in our shop. So that's where we are right now. We all love riding our bikes, we love working on custom projects for our customers, or doing collaborations with other shops, crews and brands. We've done races with MASH, our own FTYC caps with Cinelli and a vegan Concor saddle with San Marco called the Concor X. Those are the things that get us really excited. Future projects. There are a few things coming up. This December is our two year anniversary of the shop which we’re celebrating with another collaboration we’re doing with Mr. Lacy..

we’re making a limited run of a 100 laces that are reinforced with kevlar and have reflective detailing. Just a fun little thing, but I think it turned out really nice. We’re also working on a new steel Pristine pursuit frame and an aluminium track frame, so keep your eyes out for that. As far as events, we did the whole Faster Than You Crew tournament this past summer, that will be back as soon as the sun starts shining again. And we’re planning another long distance ride in the spring (this time to Copenhagen) so if anyone feels like they want to join... holla! The last time we did such a long ride we rode to Paris and had a blast, not in the last place because of the great people we rode with and the nice weather. So fingers crossed this year will be no different.

Where do you think fixed gear bike will in a year from now? Meaning classic/modern fix & trick fix freestyle. That's a tough one since it's been evolving so fast over the last year. FGFS grew super big, and I think that's probably going to evolve even further. With bikes and wheelsizes becoming smaller, but no idea where it will end. Personally I like it when FGFS tries to do it's own thing and not just tries to copy BMX.. because there's no way to win that game. 20" wheels and a freewheel will always be able to go bigger than a fixed drivetrain. So I love seeing riders like Keo Curry and Michael Chacon that bring their very own style to the table & that have more fixed gear specific tricks up their sleeves. That said, I love to see where the Grime boys and Tom LaMarche are pushing it... it's evolving so fast and people are going bigger every week. Keng just finished the drawings for our 2nd prototype freestyle frame. He's been abusing the first prototype over the last 6

months and it’s going to be tweaked a bit. So look forward to a Pristine trick frame, along side a new track frame we’re working on.  So, to answer your question, as long as kids keep pushing it (and I know the London boys always are) it will just get better and better. I feel it’s kind of it’s own thing that doesn’t have too much to do with classic fixed gear bicycles. And that’s fine, I love that fixed gear can be so diverse and they can all just exist next to each other. There’s no need to pick one over the other, as long as people are having fun on their bikes than that’s all that matters. Any last word's,shout out,peeps,thanks to all your friends,dealers ect Thanks to all of our close friends here in Amsterdam and everyone we met through our shop, the entire FTYC crew, anyone's that helped out over the last two years, or just dropped by for a cup of coffee. We're doing this at least as much for the community as for the commodity. There are too many people to thank, but you know who you are.. people that have been super good to us include Manuel and Traffic, Feya and the BigMomma crew, Laura and the BFF, Frank the Tank and Rapha, Lyle, Bart & Mission Workshop, Mike and MASH SF, the Mashterdam crew, Rudy & 5th Floor, Jan Suicycle & Florian Fixed Gear Geneva for looking out for Keng at Westfixed when he broke his collarbone (for the 2nd time), I'm sure I'm forgetting a whole bunch of people. Thanks Anto for the interview!

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Hells Be Newington Gardens, London. October 15th and 16th, 2011.

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ells Vol 1

is Flytrap v L’Equeef

The London Ladies’ Hardcourt Bikepolo Club is pleased to present: Hell’s Belles, Vol 1 – London’s first ladies (majority) bike polo tournament. Sponsored by Brooks, Rapha, Chunk Clothing Co and Rollapaluza and organised with the help of the LHBPALHBPA. SOFB ONLINE MAG


Tornadoes Nik, Erin and Jo

Everyone knows that Bike Polo its a big part of whole urban bike community as well as the  fixed gear scene. Some riders move from using fixed to freewheel for polo as it allows more dynamism. The Hells Bells competition took place this time at Milano Red Hook criterium. I decided to stay in London and hang out with the teams for this exiting weekend of girls close contact action. You can imagine my surprise when I turn up to the game and see some beared ladies.. wtf - apparenlty it’s actually allowed to have a mixed team. 

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Moving to the competition. The whole tournament took 2 days, giving a chance to all the teams to play each other. It was a really good idea as the majority of teams had travelled  long distances to be there. Some teams pushed a bit to much on first day and little energy left to give on the second one. Still the strongest teams kept it going hard. There were many good teams but I need to mention both my private and the crowds favourites The Tornados.  Niki, Erin and .. give us all a good show by playing hard and dirty

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1st: Fish & Chippies (Leslie / Valley / Seabass) 2nd: Penis Flytrap (Agata / Sabrina / Todd) 3rd: The Shotguns (1st all girl team) (Anna Synthese / Johanna / Elena) 4th place: Cat’s Meow (Ceci / Cata / Alejandro) 5th place tie: Faster Pussy Cat, Polo Polo! (Anouk / Steffie / Max) // Tornadoes (Nik / Jo / Erin) (2nd all girls team) Congrats!!

Great Event looking forward to Hells Bells Vol 2

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SNAP SHOT

Sol tyre grab


Sol drop in


On a sunny sunday in October, we jampacked Johns car with 4 bikes and set sail to Brussels to meet up wIth the Ketjes & Thomas from Soundtrack who was also in town. Again we had some trouble finding our way through the city so we were running late and almost missed our meet & greet with the locals. Luckily they found us at a spot called Mont des Arts. This spot has the smoothest marble ledges imaginable, some stairs and more rideable objects. STOKED ON FIXED BIKES


Jam Brussels Photos: Oli Komorowski

Partialpixel Photography Text: Saskia Haex

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After exploring Mont des Arts and after John grinded almost every object in sight we went to another spot next to the European Parliament to grind even more ledges with different levels. There was also a wooden box to play with. John hit some high ledges as JayJay was showing off Ines Brunn-style, standing on his bike and going downhill on his new Goat.

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Merlin 180 flyout

Last spot we hit was a simple jump set up (but a lot of fun) in the Parc du Cinquantenaire. Laurent nailed superstylish 180 to sliders but Merlin was king of the hill hopping 180s higher and higher. After having the best milkshakes in town Merlin showed us the impressive view of the city from the Palace of Justice. And then it was already time to pack up our bikes and go home. What a sweet day.  Yes Brussels, we are definetely coming back again!    Special thanks to the John the Pirate for driving us, The Ketjes, Thomas Poignant SOFB ONLINE MAG


BIKE CHECK

14 BIKE CO ESB

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14 Bike Co ESB Extra Strong Bike design by TED James

FFrom the beginning the frame design worked both as a great commuter and trick bike. I used it on the street, at skateparks and, my personal favourite, off road. And this bike proved himself exceptional in all above!!! Greg Falski

FRAME: ESB FORK: ESB HANDLEBAR: SUN LINE V2 HEADSET: Cult STEM: RENTHAL (139g) GRIPS: ODI SEAT: FLITE San Marco CRANKS: Profile BB: Cult SPROCKET: Profile COG/LOCKRING: Profile CHAIN: KMC Hallow PEDALS: NS Arial STRAPS: Zontrac TYRES: SCWALBE Marathon XR (save my life couple times) FRONT WHEEL: Halo/ BLB KING REAR WHEEL: Halo/ BLB KING 11.4 KG aaa 14 BIKE CO having sale on those! Get some!

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BFF Paris Photos: Greg Falski Text: Saskia Haex

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BFF Paris. Besides the dozens of films the three day festival-programme was filled with: some parties, a photo expo opening and a good mix of cycling activities for different styles of riding: Goldsprints, BMX freestyle & flatland demo’s, bikepolo & FGFS contests and a P.A.M.E. messenger Alleycat. Saturday and Sunday evening we (the out of towners) visited some very nice street spots with our Parisien guides. Which meant coming home completely wrecked, tired beyond belief and/or soaked to the bone every night. A good sleep + French breakfast (that french bread and cheese taste better every time you eat it, really) + decent coffee worked like a charm to get our days started.

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transfer over coping, last trick before unfortunate bail

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We visited spots like the Bercy BMX park, Palais Omnisports de Bercy, Gare d’Austerlitz and some other spots along the way. The FGFS contest was bigger and better then last years’ with riders from Paris (Soundtrack, The UGH’s, Geometrick), Geneva (Shred), Lille (Nucult), London (Greg!) and Rotterdam! It was nice to see that since last year riders like Laurent Pili, Nicolas Zanoni, Romain Tromss and Simon Gomok improved a lot and gave away quite a show for the audience at Espace des Blanc Manteaux, together with the other riders. Not only the better known boys were riding the contest though. Lil’ Felix (11 yrs?) was reppin’ for the young ones and myself and Eliza were reppin’ for the girls. STOKED ON FIXED BIKES


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After two days of full on competition the results were as following: FGFS Guys 1. Simon 'Gomok' Andraca 2. Laurent Pili 3. Nicolas Zanoni FGFS Girls 1. Saskia Haex 2. Eliza Struthers-Jobin P.A.M.E. Messenger alleycat 1. Houssine Goldsprint 1. Simon 'Gomok' Andraca 2. Houssine Most flat tyres 1. Enzo Savarino 2. Thomas Poignant 3. Laurent Pili Congratulations! STOKED ON FIXED BIKES


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HOT DATES

SOFB 6 EVENTS CALENDAR Updates on comps, jams, race venues and all crazy fixed bikes events happening near you. If you are running kind of events then let SOFB know as soon as possible and we will put it here.

10.12.2011 REDBULL MINI DROME PARIS 19-21.01.2012 BRIGHT Trade Show Berlin

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13-15.02.2012 MAGIC Show Las Vegas 23 - 25. 03.2012 BESPOKE Bristol 03.2012 Death Or Glory 2 2012 Grime Street Circut

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Simon double peg to barspin out

During the last week of November Zontrac organised the legendary "Death of Barcelona" trip. It was a gathering of some well-known FGFS heads including riders from Paris, Geneva, London, Lisbon and LA who were all there to represent and shred the beautiful city, spot by spot. Getting hyped up On a late november night prior to flying out to Barcelona, Sol and I investigated some of the recommended spots on the Internet to piece together an itinerary of locations we needed to ride. Whilst doing this we already found ourselves discussing the prospective nasty bails we were going to see. We know too well what happens when a group of riders accumulate in one location! STOKED ON FIXED BIKES


Simon 180 wall ride to barspin

DEATH OF BARCELONA ZONTRAC Photos: Greg Falski and Diogo Mayone Text: Greg Falski and Saskia Haex

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ED double pe over rail

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The comforts of flying I could remember, we just materialised there - in Barcelona    After momentary disorientation, realisation set in when we walked through the exit. Right there we are welcomed by the Spanish autumn sun and by Simon Gomok, who shows up as we're unpacking our bikes. Sol and Simon, hyped as they are, give away a little trick show at the airport, but after that it's time to grab our bags and hit the road and find our way to the city centre.  SOFB ONLINE MAG


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Jakob 180 gap

We manage to get lost almost instantly amongst the one-way street traffic. Maybe it had something to do with the hostel sign being the size of a space invader artwork, who knows? But anyway, we found it. And we even met some friends along the way, Nelson Bell and his girl Erica who were in a similar situation: looking for the hostel. As we were so absorbed in unpacking our belongings we failed to notice the extraordinary surroundings, the hostel was built in 1847 and was pretty impressive with its original feature, sick!  OK. Time to get ourselves sorted, and try to find the rest of the gang. We got tipped off they would be at the Forum, a famous wallriding spot. So seduced by the sun we got our shorts and smiles on and headed out On a mission The whole crew was already at the Forum when we arrived and was good to see all of them together: riders, photographers & filmmakers. They got to Barcelona two (rainy) days before us but luckily for them, we brought the sun with us.   I was super stoked to shoot some photos and ride some spots. When I saw the wall-ride at the Forum I desperately wanted to hit it and thanks to Jakob Santos I found the right line. My heart was pumping like a techno track when I did it…A bumpy ride up…stopped in time to turn.…spin down…and done! 

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foot jam double rear tyre grab

On one side of the Forum Santos, Sol and Oscar started doing some foot plants and on the other side Ed and Simon did some barrier hops to wheelie to grind. We decided to take a swim in the cold sea as Simon, Oscar and Santos were doing a rail to gap session. Simon nailed a nice drop. Oscar did a Toboggan and Santos topped that with an impressive 180 gap. It was a shock difference to the grey streets of London with the inviting sea so close to hand, can't imagine doing that in the Thames!  After that activity we were inevitably hungry to explore the city more and see what else was on offer. Riding through the city it seemed every bit of architecture was just screaming: RIDE ME! We found this amazing piece of steel architecture perfect for the next shoot. Oscar hit it first with a wall-ride to 180. Then Simon took over with a massive wall-ride to barspin dropping off the last bit of the structure. That was the moment i was waiting for: the perfect shot. I had it! The one I came to Barcelona for. The cover shot. It's big and Simon Gomok is in it.  STOKED ON FIXED BIKES

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Oh Snap! On the next day we all followed Diogo Maymone, who's currently living in Barcalona, as he had a couple of spots in mind. First he guides us to this famous spot at the end of the harbour, close to some crazy sculptures. Ruben Bauer and Bastian Raoux join us, while most riders are waiting for Sol to shows off some infamous Ninja Cats moves. He delivers double-handed grabs and crazy kicks.  SOFB ONLINE MAG


Diogo then took us to a new spot where we are, again, amazed by the architecture & art that is spread throughout the city of Barcelona. The new spot has loads of crazy sculptures and rails. Ed Wonka is immediately on it. Trying a rail to grind and hop over. Some crazy bails follow and Simon wants to have a go… another tough bail. But it's good to see that Ed is pushing Simon to try more and more. In the end Ed helps Simon to nail a double peg rail to bar spin. Nice!  We move to next spot, spotted by Ed. It's a nice rail with stairs shaped like a cheese grinder. Nice one! Ed is the first to try it and he nailed a legit double peg grind on it. After that he took it up a notch by trying hangovers and crazy nose pivots. Santos found another rail closeby… But on the first try he bails and finds himself falling straight into the stairs, snapping his foot on the way down. Damn! Everyone just freezes. His foot looks really bad. It's obviously broken. A big lump appeared instantly and Diogo calls for an ambulance straight away…This doesn't look good at all. In 5 minutes the ambulance arrives and takes Santos to hospital.  We try some more things after Santos was swept away by the ambulance but everyone is really out of it because of the crash. You can't really enjoy yourself when something like that happens to a friend. The whole groups decides to ride to the hospital where we find another spot close by. While Ed and Santos are in the hospital we ride this amazing sculpture shaped like a dragon. Simon tries an amazing 180 wall-ride to barspin about a 100 times smashing himself so hard try after try. 

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Oscar table top

Oscar table top Photo: Diogo Mayone

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We get back to the hotel where everyone is trying to make [painless harmfully to Santos.] We leave the hostel for a night ride as it's the last night in Barcelona for me and Sol and we try to get the most out of it. Oscar is on it as well. You can see he is in the mood to destroy some spots. We ride from spot to spot and take over a square with big banks and metal sculptures. Everyone is doing their thing. Oscar set his mind on a gap to road and ended up landing a couple of nice 180's over the gap…launching himself straight into oncoming traffic. Sol is landing pivots at the same time and everyone else finds a thing or two to hit and try out.  We head on over to another spot and yet again it an urban landscape that promotes  inventive riding. It was sandwiched next to an imposing bridge with massive slopping banks, providing the perfect take off for anything you want to try. Again Oscar is going for it full speed and Ricardo, Nelson, Sol and the rest of the gang followed his lead. After a couple more spots everyone splits up to meet back at the hostel later. Time to go over todays hits and bails by looking through the footage and photos. It was definitely a day with great highs and a great low. 

Ricardo gap

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Last day. The next day starts early as we only have a half a day left. Oscar, Ed and Santos decide to stay home as they need to recover and still have a couple more days than us to ride. Everyone else behaves like it's D-day – and get totally crazy! Sol's going big and hurts his wrist after a big drop but he ignores it and pushes himself during the last couple of hours of riding. Ricardo takes over and throws in some constant tricks. Simon, Bastian, Ruben and Nelson as well. It's a great day for the Zontrac guys to get some more photos of their team and we hit a couple more spots before the rain sets in. It's finally and regretfully time say goodbye.

On the way back we are on autopilot again. Tired to the bone. While we're waiting for our delayed flight we flip through the photos and video shot during this short but intense trip. Back in London we are welcomed by the freezing cold but our hearts are still warm and filled with excitement from the last couple days. Good times with good friends.  Thanks to all the people involved in this trip: Zontrac, Traffic, Steel mag, Diogo (for his help and knowledge), West fixed, bmx crew with Jotta on their side, Ed and Santos (who are at the top of the game and a great inspiration for all of us)… And everyone else, you know who you are. This trip will stay in our hearts. STOKED ON FIXED BIKES


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"Ray off Lights" After testing so many lights here are the best of the bunch. With the u.k winter weather kicking in, the nights darkness sets in at 4 and the morning ride to work before sunrise at 8, we need some rays of lights for the busy roads & alley's of london city to see us to our desination and back. infini have a great range of lights for all season, our man G.F put these baby's to the test on and of road, rain, mud or shine all thumbs up. i like the amuse and wukong, super lights perfect for going out on the town as they fit right into your pocket,super bright come's in a-ray of colour's. The chien lights are badass too super slick front light. check out the" infini lights animation 2011" on youtube. The Knog boomer usb lights. These badboys are super nice super solid for all weather condition, waterproof, silicone boob jobs, usb 3/4 hrs charge up, around about 36hrs of ray's, lm still using these baby's and like a duracell bunny they still going hahah. will fill you in more on these in the next issue. STOKED ON FIXED BIKES


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Autumn leaves with Penfiled Photos: Greg Falski Text: Anto But

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Nick Mahoney recently set up a local fixed gear shop, Saint Cloud, which forms the HQ of the crew. It is the usually meeting spot, the hang out and the parts store. The shop has solidified the standing of fixed freestyle within the local community and now they are even selling complete trick bikes to younger kids keen to try out the new style. The crew is still growing and we hope to see big things for fixed freestyle in Australia in the future. it’s likely that you’ll spot the local fixed freestyle crew ‘MBASE’ meeting up for a regular trick session. As you would expect the rigid track frames and components began to fall apart, the boys began looking for better parts to suit their new style. They found what they were looking for, after a lot of trial and error, in a BMX / MTB hybrid. They stole parts from each and began to put together a big fixed geared trick bike. STOKED ON FIXED BIKES


Introducing the MBASE Crew By James Jordan When the Melbourne weather finally clears up the MBASE crew inevitably heads down to the local Museum for a regular Wednesday night ride. A group of about 10 guys roll up after work, uni or a hard day of doing nothing and get down to the real business of riding Trick. The crew started about three years ago with a few guy’s doing skids and mono’s on their old track bikes. The crew slowly got bigger as did the tricks, first to backwards circles, keo spins and nowbarspins. Now the crew is super progressive, with everyone trying the latest trick from Jensen or trying to hop as high as LaMarche and pushing their own limits all the time. It creates a really hyped environment that is always exciting to ride in.

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