Posts Tagged ‘alleycat’


September 28, 2010

This looks very good, slick! I believe I also have one in the post. Thanks Sam and big up.


May 28, 2010

In Birmingham tonight?
Got a bicycle?
Fancy a little race?
Get yourself involved!

Birth of the Alleycat.

November 11, 2009

Really digging these photies found on my daily perusement of the interweb.

From what I gather they were all taken between the 1960 and 1963 at what the French quite fittingly called ‘Courier’ races. However at the source you will find photographic examples of the races from as early as 1890!

The photograph underneath is pure greatness. These guys must be the most stylish newspaper delivery boys I ever saw.






The French in the 20s and 30s and beyond, it seems, had races for just about everything – from cars to bicycles to childrens pedal-cars and scooters, just about every means of transport was represented with its own “championship”. Bicycle couriers of various descriptions, common throughout Paris, were no exception. In the years prior to World War II, and even during the war (and perhaps even after), several events occurred annually which gave the couriers their chance to shine – and shine they did.

Source – You may also like this video from 1942 of one of the aforementioned ‘courier’ races.


July 8, 2009

So I have managed to keep Kev awake long enough to squeeze a few pics out of him from last weekends Bikezilla event.

wedding (7 of 7)

wedding (3 of 7)

wedding (1 of 7)

wedding (7 of 7)

Gutted I missed this one as I hear that it was great and I can also see from various other pics flying around the net that the turn out was good too so a very well done goes out to Fin.

Kevin… if you are reading this, get on the rest pal, these are some fine pics and we need to see more!

Also Keep em peeled for Bikezilla Round 2.

Birmingham Summer of Rage.

June 9, 2009

Big up Fin!

This looks like it is going to be a biggun.


16:00 meet outside ideal skate shop.
16:30-18:00 bike polo mash-up. Bring your shin-pads. 3v3 – 3 goals wins or high score after 5 mins.

18:00 Points Race – 10 Check-points across the city centre.
From the start point you will be given a map and one location to go to.
Once you arrive at the first location collect a token. On the back of the token the location of the next checkpoint will be marked.
This continues until you return with all tokens to the start point.
There will be tasks to complete at checkpoint 5 and 10.

19:00 Footdown – Using any means at your disposal, be the last one pedalling.

[Break For drinking etc]

19:30 Grand Prix – Lap race not for the faint of heart.
Start Digbeth high street (just before Milk street) race all the way up and around Camp Hill circus, then bomb it down back to the finish line – Rea street junction.

19:45 Car Park Climb – Moat Lane car park. HTFU. Groups of 4 race to the top. 2 qualify from each stage.

20:15 Pub/Park drinking

Boom! Good looking out for the Points race and the Grand Prix.

Keep up to date with the happenings of Bikezilla… here.

Critical Thrash part deux.

March 26, 2009


Right – this time let’s meet round the side of the library, by the bike racks at, erm, let’s say 4pm, but that’s subject to change. Feel free to bring a bit of booze if you wish, but remember street drinking is banned in Brum, and it’s better to leave the drinking until after the ride…

This one will be a points race. You do not have to visit all of the checkpoints but there will be a time limit. Some checkpoints will be worth more points than others. Penalty for being late, extra points for coming back first, second and third.

The race is also a race for points in teh Brum alleycat league. The points you earn in the race will also count as your points on the league table. Hence, you don’t have to come in the top three to get on the table.

Since there is no prize there is no entry fee, however, entrants may pay an optional pound towards a mystery prize. Obviously, only those who have paid will be eligible to win the prize…

Via Birmingham Fixed Gear Formerly Fix Up Look Sharp.

Regarding the picture: Lee what is wrong with the dudes head? Is it the dayglo nature of the flyer that is giving the poor chap a headache?

Critical Thrash results

March 22, 2009


I am wounded. I could not enter due to work commitments, so you guys are lucky or you would have been dealing with the winner right here! Joke. Next time though seriously, I am absolutely burning to race… so much so that when I do manage to get to an event we could end up with another “too fast and too close” episode. Christ! I hope not. I need to calm my ass down.


For those who love to rip.

March 8, 2009

More details here.

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