Maddey

rides a Pure Fix bicycle
photographed on Myrtle Ave. and Carlton Ave., Brooklyn
en route to PS1 in Queens

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Victor

rides an unbranded fixed gear bike  photographed at 3rd Ave. and 48th St.,  Manhattan during the Women's March NYC (attempting to make a delivery)

rides an unbranded fixed gear bike
photographed at 3rd Ave. and 48th St., Manhattan
during the Women’s March NYC (attempting to make a delivery)

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Ryochi, Takahiro and Toshkazu

Ryochi rides a mamachari

Ryochi rides a mamachari Takahiro rides a Fuji Feather fixed gear Toshkazu rides a Bridgestone Cylva 18 speed

Ryochi rides a mamachari
Takahiro rides a Fuji Feather fixed gear
Toshkazu rides a Bridgestone Cylva 18-speed
photographed at Miyazaki izakaya in Nakano-fujimicho, Tokyo

 

 

 

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Special Tokyo Edition: Keirin Racing Photo Essay

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Trying something new here, folks: During recent travels I had the great fortune to get a behind-the scenes look at the Urban Bank Kawasaki keirin track in the outskirts of Tokyo. I’ll mostly let the images speak for themselves, but I will say that kierin racing is a fascinating track cycling spectacle: for instance, there are mascots who perform to a virtually empty stadium in between races, which the “spectators” mostly watch on video monitors indoors. In the racers’ waiting/training area, I found some truly beautiful track bikes with chainrings that had diameters almost as impressive as those of the athletes’ tree trunk legs. I also found it especially fascinating to learn that the racers stay onsite at the velodrome for the three days leading to the race to prevent any effect they might have over the odds-making. (If someone starts the rumor that a racer is getting over a cold, for instance…)  As far as the races themselves—which, yes, I did place at least one bet on—what can I say? Those dudes are fast.

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Alfie

rides a Bridgestone Anchor fixed gear bike  photographed at Flushing Ave. and Ryerson St., Brooklyn  going to Red Hook

Alfie Lenox rides a Bridgestone Anchor fixed gear bike
photographed at Flushing Ave. and Ryerson St., Brooklyn
going to Red Hook

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Mark

Mark rides a Vilano fixed gear bicycle photographed at Dwight St. and Beard St., Brooklyn hanging out at the Brooklyn Bike Jumble

rides a Vilano fixed gear bicycle
photographed at Dwight St. and Beard St., Brooklyn
hanging out at the Brooklyn Bike Jumble

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Jonathan (a.k.a. “Chino”)

rides a Jamis Sonic 2013 track bike  photographed at 164th St. and Jerome Ave., The Bronx before the Rumble Through the Bronx alleycat race

rides a Jamis Sonic 2013 track bike
photographed at 164th St. and Jerome Ave., The Bronx
before the Rumble Through the Bronx alleycat race

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