That’s it. Done. My last ride completed for 2015, with a grand total of 4,542 kilometres ridden. It is fitting that my last ride for the year was on my Cell Bikes fixie.
While I have several bikes — five fixies, a singlespeed, a beaten-up mountain bike, and NO drop bar road bike — my Cell Bikes fixie has been my go-to bike. I have fancier bikes, including a Wabi Special and a Dolan track bike, but my Cell Bikes fixie has been my reliable riding companion.
I first purchased my Cell Bikes fixie in 2011. Early on I put Halo Aerorage wheels on the bike (the original wheels are still in use on my roller bike, regularly being spun up to 80+ km/h on the rollers) and Vittoria Rubino Pro clincher tyres. Since then, my Cell Bikes fixie has had a new saddle (I wrecked the original one in a crash), had various handlebars including risers and drop bars, a new 144 BCD set of cranks, and various gear ratios including freehubs and fixed gears.
The bike has been ridden relentlessly since purchase, including being ridden on the Brisbane to Gold Coast charity ride, riding 102 km at an average speed of 31 km/h. With the ride to the start and from the finish, I put in more than 125 km in the saddle that day. I regularly ride the Brisbane River loop, and have ridden the bike up Mt Coot-tha. Late last year, I also stripped the brakes and accessories off the bike, fitted drop bars and short 165 mm 144 BCD cranks, and rode it on Chandler Velodrome — my introduction to track racing!
Now, with the Halo Aerorage wheels, Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres, Shimano PRO drop bars, a Selle Italia saddle, and Genetic 170 mm 144 BCD cranks, my Cell fixie is my regular riding companion — I often spend more than 130 km on this bike each week. I am currently riding a 48 tooth chainring and 18 tooth sprocket, giving me a super sweet 72.0 gear inches. I can cruise at 30 km/h spinning at 90 rpm, climb hills, and spin out to more than 50 km/h in this gear.
In 2016, my goal is to ride more than 5,000 km, and I am sure a large part of it will be ridden on my Cell Bikes fixie.