Category: Fixed Gear

swobo sanchez
I rode my Swobo Sanchez to work for the first time. Last time I rode a fixed gear bike to work was back in January, getting into the fixie groove took me a couple of miles but I then “became one” with my bike.

swobo sanchez

First impression of my bike: I LOVE IT. I need to do a couple of saddle/seatpost adjustments, but this bike rides really smooth. I really like my flat handlebar setup, I may keep it.

I also rode with the knickers that Randy made for us awhile back, Randy did an awesome job and I really dig the knickers. I’m really looking forward to the ride back home.

This morning at 1:30am I hopped on my Redline 925 and headed to work. This is the first time that I actually would ride the whole distance from my home in Fullerton to my office in Irvine. I think the total distance one way would have been around 23+ miles. I made sure I was going to be visible to the motorist out there so I set my bike up with a rear blinkie, my Down Low Glow from Fossil Fool and my Fox Fury Head light. Oh and I wore my Velo Tees yellow T shirt to be extra visible. Ofcourse I used the new Banjo Brothers Commuter Back Pack.

The whole trip took me about an hour and a half. At one point I started questioning my self asking…”why am I doing this?” Reason being…I could still be in bed, it only takes me 30 minutes by car and I don’t have to deal with weirdos out there.

So after I told the voices to shut up, I got to my office. Luckily the security guard that is normally asleep when I get there, was actually on his patrol. With that said, I rolled my bike into the building. Heck I wasn’t going to leave it at the bike racks for someone to steal.

Elevator shot.

Here’s the 925 in its nightie (lights and all)

I did bring my lock, but I just didn’t want to leave it alone outside. So I decided to hide my bike under my desk. All I had to do was remove my seat post and front tire and it fits perfectly!

After work will be another story since Priscilla and the girls will be at the beach this afternoon. I figured I’ll head over there on the 925 and meet them at Newport Pier.

All in all, a good ride. I did get quite a bit of people yelling how cool my neon light was…but all that did was freak me out. I know they meant well, but at 1:30am I just don’t trust anyone!

Russ Roca's CETMA rack

Russ Roca installed a CETMA 6 Rail rack on his Fixie, why a front rack?

So why the front rack? Sometimes I want/need a normal size bike instead of the Xtracycle to do a shoot. This front rack lets me carry a bigger load than a bolt on seatpost rack on my fixed gear in a supposedly more stable manner.

Click here to read his entire post and to view more pictures.

Swobo Sanchez

I got a sweet Swobo Sanchez frame as a father’s day gift. I picked up the frame from Banning’s Bikes in Fullerton CA.

Banning's Bikes

This was my first purchase experience at Banning’s, and let me say that everyone that works there is super cool. Banning himself helped me out with my frame by basically dismantling a complete bike and selling me the frame and fork at a very competitive price. If you live around the Fullerton Area, check out Banning’s bikes and tell them that you read about them on this site.

Swobo Sanchez

Back to the bike… I quickly assembled the bike with rims, crankset, stem, seatpost and chain courtesy of the Raleigh One Way. The saddle came from my F20-R and the flat bars from the KHS Tandem. I’m not so sure about the bars, I’m thinking On-One Mary bars… Anyhow, I will be riding this bike to work as soon as I install a front brake, I’m not that good at riding a brake-less fixed gear bike… yet.