Impetus Momenta – 6 December at the Southbank

A massive thank you to all of you who braved the freezing cold to come to Impetus Momenta and make it such a success

A huge thank you to Andy Ellis for getting together a fantastic line up and all those who spoke and contributed to the event. The first event of it’s kind, a whole evening given over to the history and culture of Fixed Gear bikes, it is the first of a series of BIkeVDesign events looking at specific areas of bike culture and design. As the purest, oldest and simplest form of bicycle the fixed gear bike was the best place to start – the perfect balance of form and function.

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The space was set up with a fantastic range of bespoke bikes from the speakers and 14BikeCo There was a photographic gallery from Fixed Mag. Indoor cycle parking was provided by Cyclehoop and was host to amazing selection of rides. There was beer, Redbull, vodka and limited edition T-shirts.

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Andy Ellis took us through the history of fixed gear, CMWC races, the start of Andy and Ted’s work with 14Bike Co and the explosion of fixed culture in Brick Lane. Right up to Fixed Magazine now and the international Fixed Gear scene.

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Ty Francis from the Footdown took us through the skate and DIY influences that gave birth to the fixed scene in Wales and how that has lead him to where he is now.

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Ted James gave us a detailed history of the evolution of the design of Fixed bikes in London as the riders constantly pushed tricks further and further. JW’s stunning photography took us through the Fixed scene from TNT and 5th Floor through to the many shoots he has done for Fixed Magazine.

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After a brief intermission to fill our glasses and warm up we then got to watch Patrick Seabase’s films and hear about his riding and what motivates him to take it to such epic proportions.

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Massive thank you to Angus and George for manning the bar, Stuart Kay for the photos and everybody for all their help and support – David Kitchen and the LFGSS forum, Southbank Centre, Sambrook’s Brewery, Jamm Print, Mark Bloom, Illustrated People, Ed Woodhouse, the 5th Floor, Red Bull, Cycle Love, the Cyclr, Bikeworks and everybody else!

_MG_8112Quote of the night

‘it’s alright I’ve cycled with a crate of beer before. Although last time when I got home I had lost my bike and drunk all the beer’ – Super Ted

hmmmm.

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