After a short delay at the printer, paper copies of Urban Velo #38 are now available. Pick one up at your local shop next week, or order one direct for a few dollars and have it delivered to your door. As always, you can view the entire magazine online for free at urbanvelo.org/download, no catch.
Contents include: I Love Riding in the City, Product Spotlight, Alleycat Explosion, Gallery: The Bike Messengers, Product Reviews, The Cheetah: Nelson Vails, Denver’s ReCyclery Café, Cycling Legalese, Rim Brake Maintenance, Fixed Without Dix.
They say that track racing is one of the most addictive types of bike racing. Over and over people say once you take a lap on the velodrome you’ll be hooked forever. Fixed gear culture has exploded over the past 10 years, and much of this popularity can be attributed to things like the allure of the bike messenger, the aesthetic of the fixed gear bike and the ability to customize it. Most riders aren’t familiar with the roots of the track bike and racing on the velodrome, and St. Louis is no different. Until now.
Stepping out of the lobby and into the parking lot at Kisumu International Airport, I got my first glimpse of Kenya. The sun dangled behind an umbrella tree, creating a silhouette almost synonymous with an African sunrise. I could already see workers tilling the fields as I looked out beyond the roadway. Small buses, pedestrians, and of course bicycle riders hurried by. There was no diluted big city entrance for me. No prefabricated or framed perspective. I had been dropped straight into the heart of Africa.