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Merckx Mondays

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Merckx Mondays

From time to time, enthusiasts, hobbyists and collectors get an itch. An itch to make a vintage “replica” bike, modeled after any number of liveries or teams. For Andy White of FYXO, he really, really wanted a replica Molteni.

A frame came up in Eddy’s exact measurements, 58cm TT, 60cm ST, but it was from the wrong era, so he filed off the front derailleur hanger and painted the seat stay caps to resemble Eddy’s team bike. From there, fresh paint and decals were applied by Sun Graphics. He’s even got a flat crown fork, instead of the sloping crown.

Then, well, life happened. He had a kid and has to let her go. The frame, not his daughter.

This Molteni replica is available and I thought it’d be a perfect Merckx Mondays post. Holler at FYXO for more info and head to the FYXO Flickr for more photos.

A Bump in the Road of Life

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A Bump in the Road of Life

I know well enough than to spark a helmet debate online and that’s not my intention here. All I want to do is share one man’s story about how a helmet saved his life. A few years back, Andy White from FYXO was on a ride, in his backyard, on a familiar road when he fell.

You’ve got to head over to FYXO for the full scoop… and ride safe out there!

FYXO: Inside Pelizolli’s World

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FYXO: Inside Pelizolli’s World

Photo by Andy White

Back in 2011, Andy from FYXO got to visit the workshop of Giovanni Pelizzoli, founder of Ciöcc and torch-bearer of the Pelizzoli brand. In an era when Ciöcc has forgotten its steel days, Giovanni continues to craft beautiful steel frames in the spirit of Italy’s golden era.

Andy did a great job documenting the space and faces inside Pelizzoli, so head over to FYXO for the full photoset.

The FYXO Allez Oop Kit and Air Jordan Shoe Covers

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The FYXO Allez Oop Kit and Air Jordan Shoe Covers

I’m a North Carolina boy, raised in Michael Jordan’s hometown and I even attended his grade and high school. I don’t think anyone will debate that Jordan is the most iconic basketball player to date and his career has influenced people for generations. Not to mention, his style. The AIR Jordan V’s are iconic, as is the original Bulls kit, both of which have inspired the latest “Allez Oop” kit from FYXO.

Head over to FYXO to see the AIR Fyxo Shoe Covers and Allez Oop kit.

Merckx Mondays

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Merckx Mondays

This is, without a doubt, the best Eddy Merckx Professional restoration I’ve ever seen. Andy really took this job above and beyond, both in final build and historical documentation. Head over to FYXO for this insane Professional photoset!

For reference, see the catalog photo below.

FYXO Presents: Back in Two – Bush Blast Day 02

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FYXO Presents: Back in Two – Bush Blast Day 02

There’s something magical about waking up to the call of the Magpie, in a dingy hotel room, with holes in the walls (wall paper peeling off) and to the stench of post-parma flatulence mixed with dirty bib shorts. Now, I know that was grotesque, but it’ll paint a vivid picture for ya.

Personally, I was stoked on our accommodations. For $30 Aussie notes, we slept like logs on a windless summer night. The sunrise looked good and best of all: it wasn’t raining. At all. Yet.

After scarfing down a “scroll” – Australian for cinnamon roll, two tangerines, a pie (meat pie), another pie (meat pie) and a breakfast croissant (ham and cheese), we were ready for mediocre coffee and yellow-tinted water for our bidons. The sun was still shining, so we went off, rain jackets strapped to our bags.

The winter in Victoria can be unforgiving. One minute, it’ll be sunny and the next, a monsoon. After losing a 5D Mkiii body to the Roobaix (R.I.P. baby), I was hesitant to shoot in the rain, so a sunny morning meant more photos and more photos means more “recovery stops.” Even, in the end, that means for hurterer legs. Bugga!

Our day would be packed with hardpack. Lots of climbing, up steep hills, over the range and back down into Healesville. On paper, it looked easy, on the legs, not so much. 65ish miles and 7,000′ of almost all dirt meant we were in for a long day and even longer descents. BRAPPPPP!

Thankfully, the morning light and afternoon landscapes kept my mind off the lactic acid fermentation forming in my quads… See for yourself in the Gallery!

FYXO Presents: Back in Two – Bush Blast Day 01

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FYXO Presents: Back in Two – Bush Blast Day 01

A few years back, Andy from FYXO and Dan from Shifter took a 220lb blogger from America on a ride in the Yarra Ranges to which the bloke barely came out alive. That ride broke me and in the process, jump-started my path to personal fitness. If I was going to keep documenting rides like that, I needed to be in shape.

Each time I visit OZ, we do another ride and while they’re not necessarily as difficult, they end up being special in their own regards.

This trip, UpDave planned a route that would take us from Healesville to Alexandra, skirting along the Yarra Ranges and through the Cathedral mountains. There were going to be eight of us in total but as the ride neared, one by one, the riders dropped out, including Dave, leaving Andy, Tom from Rapha, Daniel from Soigneur and myself.

From eight to four? Sounds good to me. I looked forward to the peace, the sun, the solitude, the gum trees, the wildlife and that silence you find in the ‘bush. You know, the only noise you’ll hear all day is the cyclocross tires spitting sand off as you ride along and eventually the word “cunnnnnnt” echoing as the pitch steepened.

That and the cockatoos… Even the giant black red-tailed beauties!

Since it was winter, we had very little daylight and totaled only 66 miles and 5,600′ after Andy’s morning mechanical set us back a few hours. Fine with me. More time to shoot photos… Read on in the Gallery!

Andy’s Concorde Squadra PDM Road with Campagnolo

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Andy’s Concorde Squadra PDM Road with Campagnolo

Andy White of FYXO has a pretty decent bicycle collection, ranging from some Australian pedigree, to classic Italian, carbon madness and bikes like this immaculate Concorde Squadra with a mix of Campagnolo.

Most of Andy’s bikes are obvious choices but this one stood out as being a bit different…

So I asked him why, out of all the bikes on this Earth, did he spend so much time building up a Concorde Squadra PDM? Nothing against these frames, they’re immaculate! His answer “Because I wanted to do Concorde PDM FYXO bidons.”

That’s dedication to the cause…

FYXO Carrera Pantani Denim Kit Ensemble

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FYXO Carrera Pantani Denim Kit Ensemble

FYXO has literally been Since Forever. Watching Andy and Melodie push the FYXO to new boundaries and limits, both in their products and their events, like the Roobaix, is impressive to watch.

When I first met FYXO, he was riding around Japan with a Nikon, shooting photos of bikes and people at CMWC. He may not be aware, but guys like me (and Tracko for that matter) were so stoked on what he was doing in OZ.

I don’t know why I have this long-winded introduction for his new Carrera Pantani kits. Sure, they’re rad but the context is a killer. One of the first photos I ever saw of Andy, he was wearing the vintage version of this design, sitting at a payphone, in Sydney at CMWC.

Why did it take FYXO so long to make the homage kit? I have no idea, but the timing couldn’t be better. It was a pleasure to photograph this kit, in the overcast, Wintery skies on Andy’s local climb, Humevale – where he broke his neck many moons ago…

See some more shots below and scoop up one of the limited edition Carrera Pantani kits at FYXO.

Return to the Bush

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Return to the Bush

For the next 48 hours, I’ll be riding in the outer reaches of civilization deep in the Yarra Ranges with a handful of mates. As per the norm when it comes to these rides, there will be ample documentation upon my return.

This trip will be atypical from previous treks, since it’s winter and the weather can change in the blink of an eye…

See you soon!

FYXO: Ride On Kit Ensemble

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FYXO: Ride On Kit Ensemble

As per “mates” do down here in OZ, you shoot my kit, I’ll shoot yours. FYXO’s latest “Ride On” kit ensemble is now in stock, including the very popular Ride On beanie. Now, I know it’s blazing hot in the US right now, but you can still pick one up and sit on it until winter comes around.

Check out the entire Ride On Ensemble (jersey, bibs, vest and beanie) at FYXO. Also, see a few more photos below. I hear he’s even doing a promotion via his Instagram for orders over $100…

The 2014 Melburn Roobaix

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The 2014 Melburn Roobaix

There are enough competitive races, or rides that look like races in the world and the Melburn Roobaix is not one of those events. Instead, Andy and Melody White from FYXO aim to bring people together, from all “rolls of life” to take a leisurely spin around Melbourne’s many cobbled back-alleys and bike paths. I.e. off the beaten bike path…

With over 2,000 registrants this year, planning was essential. Rider registration the day of was streamlined, there were now two route options, with over 40 variations for completion and yes, plenty of prizes, all of which were drawn from a lottery. It didn’t matter how fast or slow you completed your manifest, as long as you did so, you were eligible for prizes.

So… what is the Melburn Roobaix all about? I don’t know how to answer that, other than it’s all about the participants. There’s no overwhelming demographic, not one specific type of bike reigned supreme. Rather, a broad sampling of the Melbourne cycling community attends each year. Commuters, ex-racers, current racers, weekend bike path warriors, enthusiasts, cool kids, kinda cool kids, first-timers, partygoers, costumed freaks, costumed geeks, and yes, even people on Melbourne’s rentable city bikes.

I have to say, after spending over six hours in the rain, following meandering packs of people wearing soaking wet costumes, looking for cobbled alleys, I’m convinced this is truly one of the most down to Earth events in the world. Everyone was more than stoked to ride around in the pissing rain, into headwinds and without a care in the world. The people are what make it so much fun and this Gallery is dedicated to just that: the people of the 2014 Melburn Roobaix.

Many, many, many thanks to the people of Melbourne (particularly the patient drivers), the crew from Brisbane / Queensland I rolled with, the volunteers, vendors, and FYXO for making this such an enjoyable event!

Now if I can just figure out why all “Roubaix-themed” events wreak havoc on my camera gear!

Splatter Somec Road with Dura Ace 7400

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Splatter Somec Road with Dura Ace 7400

Man, the Italians knew how to paint a bike. Rides like this will forever have a soft spot in any cyclist’s heart. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to bikes, or a seasoned, life-long rider. There’s something about a splatter paint job, a neon palette and vintage Dura Ace that just screams style.

I’m in Melbourne and staying with FYXO during the Melburn Roobaix, which is like having a museum of classic steeds at your disposal to ride and photograph.

Since the Eroica Britannia, I’ve been hankering for a classic steel road bike, scouring forums, eBay and the local Craigslist. Once I arrived at the FYXO HQ, I saw this bike and asked one question: you selling this? To which Andy replied “mate, everything has a price.”

It’s tempting… Columbus Extra Legger tubing, Dura Ace 7400, clearance for a 28c tire and yes, that paint job. It might be the vintage bike I’ve been looking for. What do you think?

I’m in Melbourne

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I’m in Melbourne

… for the Melburn Roobaix. That means I’ll be shooting the event and bikes, as well as doing some rides. I’ll be fairly busy while I’m in OZ, but am looking forward to the event.

Today, after landing at the airport, FYXO picked me up and we dropped off a customer’s vintage De Rosa road bike. Coincidentally, this will be ridden at the Roobaix. While Andy was shooting photos in a cobbled alleyway, I took a few of him doing his thing.

This is totally random but the bike looks great! See a few more below.

See You at the Melburn Roobaix

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See You at the Melburn Roobaix

Tomorrow I’m heading out for another dose of Australia to document the Melburn Roobaix for FYXO. I know there are a bunch of events happening while I’m there, like this party and other rides, so if you’re planning on being in Melbourne, I’ll see ya there.

I’ll have plenty of products with me to hand out, so don’t be shy (of course you won’t be, you’re Australian)…