just received a package from pedros, usa. they supplied some of their fabulous tools for my ride.

the new trixie is an integrated lockring and 15mm axle-nut wrench.
all you need to fix your fixie.

critical mass is a super light multitool.

and some other useful stuff for the trip.


with the kind support from bike syndikat my bike is now ready to roll.
changed the flat bars to bullhorns, attached the rack for the carradice bag and put the new tyres on. the schwalbe durano plus are comfy but still fast. the bag changed the balance of the bike a bit but you can still do trackstands and stuff like this. it's harder to do skid-stops due to increased weight on the backwheel, so it's a good decision to have a front brake..
I'll test the setup this and the following week to make sure everything is working.

edit: here are some pictures:

before leaving for the trip I'll be off to berlin for the ecmc'09, so expect to see some pictures next week.


fixed city | Trailer from fixed city on Vimeo.

first documentary on fixed gear riding in germany:

"fixed city | german fixed gear culture captured in 2009

Riding fixed – a phenomenon. A close up in Germany, summer 2009. Switching between velodrome and trafficlights, messengers and fakengers, inspiration and revolution, trickriding and speed addiction, pragmatism and passion, purism and a very own poetry.
Screened August 2009."

more infos here


here are some pictures I snapped on the first "fahrradfahren" group ride in cologne.
the response was very good, twenty people showed up at the bike syndikat shop to ride 20km along the river rhine. we finished at a basketball court to have some refreshing beers. it was lot's of fun, thank you to everyone who came out.
check this blog regularly to get info on the next ride in june.


a good friend of mine from amrum visited cologne over the weekend and we took the chance to ride across town and snap a few pictures. luckily we could get access to an industrial harbour north of cologne to ride between containers and rail cars.
that was a lot of fun, here are some pics. enjoy!


next wednesday there is going to be the first group ride in cologne.
every rider is welcome, fixed or singlespeed, dutch-style bike or montainbike.
meet up at 20.00 at bike syndikat shop, we are leaving at 20.30 sharp for a short and enjoyable ride along the rhine and end up at the suedstadion.
since we are riding into the dawn, please make sure to bring your lights!
you can also find more information here.

so join us for the first group ride in cologne and meet with fellow cyclists

here's the route


did a short training ride with the lady today. rode with my heavy loaded messenger bag and I'm really happy with my decision to take the carradice bag on tour instead.


received a package from carradice today, they handcraft saddlebags and panniers from sustainable material such as waxed canvas cotton and leather. they hooked me up with a nelson saddlebag, can't wait to put it on my bike. big thank you to the guys at carradice!
haven't done a lot of training rides on my fixed gear, but I was on my road bikes a lot. now that have the bag, I'll get into planning the gear for the tour and do some training rides with the fully loaded bike, so stay tuned for more.


the guys at SCHWALBE hooked me up with a set of tyres for my trip.
thank you!
I chose the Durano Plus folding tyres in 700x25c for a little comfort on the rough belgian roads. I hope they hold up well, they are supposed to have excellent puncture resistance and high mileage. I'll post a review about the tyres after my trip.