Photograph by Andy Ellis - Æ
Ted James also known as SuperTed, was one of the riders at the forefront of the fixed gear trick movement. As the scene evolved Ted helped with the progression and in particular the progression of riding and bike design.
“Over my many years of riding i have enjoyed all kinds of cycling including road and track but my main enjoyment has come from Mountain biking and BMX this is where i found i could get more creative and have fun too. My fixed gear riding has incorporated all disciplines from doing long trips to off road and even tricks. I was sponsored by Charge bikes and helped develop a bike with them, i started to build frames myself which is something i had been wanting to do for years, this lead me to design frames for the kind of fixed riding i and many others were doing.”
“I’d ridden some track in my early teens so i knew the feeling of riding fixed, years later when i started seeing people (mainly couriers) riding fixed on the streets i thought that’s got to be interesting, so i built up a bike. It was a rigid mountain bike with brakes and a flip flop hub to swap between freewheel and fixed. I used the bike to go everywhere on and off road. It was a new feeling to ride fixed in this way and proved to be a lot of fun. Whatever bike i ride, i like to play on and do a few tricks so riding fixed didn’t stop this. There was quite a few years of riding track bikes on the streets with friends while numbers grew and people started to play around before a trick scene started to develop.”
Photograph by Greg Falski
At Impetus Momenta Ted will be talking about how he saw a fixed gear community grow and develop a trick scene. From early car park meets with skidding till tires were worn through to the building of bikes to suit the more aggressive riding people were doing. He will take you through his experience of the movement involving the progression of tricks and bike design, from the beginning until now.