Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Spotlight on Sponsors: Cyclezine, SFFixed

International Jet-setter, trend-setter, and go-getter - all of these things describe Puck. All of these types of things can also be found in his website, Cyclezine. While the focus is on bicycles, the topics covered are quite varied. The site is also host to posts by Sean, a collector with the most prestigious taste around. His "Seen on eBay" segments are not to be missed, and when he starts digging around his archives for things to scan - watch out. Brian, another infrequent contributor, writes long-winded articles about the most useless aspects of cycling though there is usually a pretty photo or two to make up for things. With these three different viewpoints combine, the point of convergence is a wonderful thing and it is called CycleZine. Spotlighting the lost, highlighting the unprolific, discussions about safety as well as fashion advice - all can be find within. Puck has graciously donated an inCase photo-bag, which was accidentally left at home when he travelled to Japan recently for the giant CMWC race - thus, it is an unused and totally amazing prize for some lucky racer to win!

From the ashes of the Single-Speed-Fixed-Gear section of BikeForums rose a mighty phoenix - SF Fixed. Years back, there was only one small place on the internet for those of us with track bikes and no velodromes. The numbers grew as the trend increased in popularity to the point of critical mass, and the national Forum could not handle our numbers. SF Fixed was started by Adam, Judah, Galen, and Fabian - four friends in San Francisco who wanted to start a more specific, more local forum that was specific to the Bay Area where it seemed like the pulse of the fixed-gear scene was emanating from. In just a year, the membership skyrocketed from five or ten members to well over 500 and now, four years into the forum, there are over 8,000. While it began as more of an encyclopedia hobbled together from the endless knowledge of a few key members, it is now a full blown hub for anything relating to any sort of bike. There is not much that is San Francisco, or Fixed Gear, about SF Fixed - and that is a wonderful and far-reaching testament to the growing community of cyclists. At SF Fixed you can have any mechanical question answered (though usually with a bit of comedy), you can find the best bicycle in the world (the sales section is deeper than eBay and Craigslist combined), or just socialize with people in your area. There are group rides announced almost daily, and race announcements weekly - if you want to be informed about what is going on in San Francisco and the greater bay area, you'd best become a member. SF Fixed has helped with ever SMSW race for the past four years, and is a proud sponsor yet again this year. Where would we be without them?

(Text courtesy of Brian Raymond.)
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