End of the year retrospective: 2010. First off: Big ups to Keith Teket. for getting on Prolly’s top 10 fixed gear photographers list for 2010. Keith has been putting in work all year in the freezing cold, the dreary rain, and the scorching heat producing 50 flickr sets each an improvement upon the one before it. I wanted to look back and delve further in to 5 of the more monumental sets in the 2010 history of Bmore Fixed in chronological order, here they are…
01. Blue Tops
Definitely one of the most fun murder sessions to go down ever. It was early March, one of the first nice Sundays of the year. Nate and I had recently gone to the Midwest Mayhem trick competition in Milwaukee where we we really saw the direction riding was going and realized we needed to catch up. Something clicked in Nate and he started hucking so hard. The Ledge pictured here he did twice and you can see it’s well over my Large Bruiser. As well as hopkins plaza, this session also visited the state building sets, 1st mariner banks, mica, the lyric ledge, and some weird school where I wish i had a trials bike. There was also a really cool turn out including, good ol’ Mitch, Maggie, Ben, and Paul, this marked one of the first days riding street with Jeremiah. All in all a quintessential Murder Sessions that really set an amazing tone for the rest of the year. Oh yeah and I got a flat…
In mid June the fixed freestylers of the US flocked to NY city for the Bicycle Film Festival and surrounding events. I made a couple trips up that weekend and had a great time riding with Christina, Jeremiah and other friends from the scene. Although Keith wasn’t there to capture Peel Sessions, it was another notable event in fixed freestyle history producing this photo. We did a lot of filming for Christina’s edit here and I wont forget the chills I got when she rode fakie down the 4set while Brian was blasting Metallica from the party bus. I didn’t see a single film and I don’t regret it, I had a blast just Riding in New York.
03. 6 Pack Rides
Every Wednesday the Six Pack ride would meet up at 10pm(ha) on the corner of Charles and Read in Mt Vernon. These rides are always low key, sometimes slow, sometimes fast, anybody, and any bike. They have no set routes and no set leader, if that’s something you’re into check it. Keith was able to squeeze in a few rides into his work schedule this year and the shots he took are a refreshing look at cycling culture in Baltimore.
So somewhere in the woods of Baltimore hides a secret spot, and while currently it still has more potential then it does ramps. Jeremiah, Colin, and I put a lot of shovel time in to make it rideable, and ride it we did. Danny came out to ride with us for the first time this day and he has become an awesome addition to our group, always down to ride. This photo is one of my favorite life style shots that Keith took and I know he suffered multiple mosquito bites to get it.
For a few months this year I obsessed over a little idea which eventually turned in to the Halloween the Alley Cat race. The goal was to throw a race that would be really fun and I believe that was achieved. There was a great turnout, great prizes, a great party, and great racers. This was our first race and we learned a lot. We’re going to take what we learned and improve our next race which will be going down Sunday May 1st 2011