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by Kyle Andries

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So…

Who remembers Phonics lessons in year 1? Remember how they taught us that starting a sentence with the word ‘so’ is something that should always be avoided!? It’s a conjunction in the English language which explains that part.. But there’s apparently no historical or grammatical foundation which confirms this to be wrong.

Anyway,

I’m doing alright with this regular posting ocne again dont you think? haha. Still always thinking of stuff to write about (have 4 draft posts going atm lol). Also just finished my Deliveroo induction (December lol) and ready to actually start doing shifts. It is January (February lol) though, which means things are pretty quiet for them after the christmas binge… I’m not complaining though, I’m doing about 8 hours of overtime at Clearsky (January lol) and I’m due a trip to South Africa for the whole of February (Actually February) so work and trying to get organised is proving to be a real ball ache right now… But anyway, looks like I’ll get to hang with my buddies Jacob SmithBen Ramshaw and the rest of the Velo Domestique crew a lot more from Spring onwards. Back in September I had a chat with Jacob though about not having enough time to do everything we’d like but I’ve since been practicing mindfulness (lol) in an attempt to imporve my terrible time management. I dont think it’ll be that hard if you’re extremely disciplned and organised – though if you were, when would you find the time to have naps and watch endless amounts of netflix? If you read my posts I’m sure you’ll see my crux… I even bought this book from Urban Outfitters in November 2015 but alas I’m still rubbish!

I did start this post with a meaning though lol

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I am finding myself being drawn more and more towards the medium of art and the requirement to make a living from it. Pretty certain that I’m at the point of considering hanging up my boots (gloves? spectacles?) as a Tax Advisor/Accountant and going to work with my buddies doing Deliveroo, Bar work, etc as a full time thing. Ever since I had the idea for this blog back in 2012, I always found that maybe my chosen life path wasnt all I thought it out to be – I mean who actually knows what they want to do when they’re 16 really? No, I wasnt 16 in 2012, but it was at that age that i decided to go down the route that I have. I’ve only recently thought about this though when I met this guy who was adamant that he’d be earning £40,000 a year 2 or 3 years after he had left uni… lol… Hmmm!

I think about that Chris Brown meme every time I hear that story… Oh the ambition… oh his young innocent mind.

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Don’t get me wrong, I admire it all.. but there are certain things in life that take us by surprise as we get older. It’s all part of growing older and wiser though AMIRITE? Learning that your gas bill will be £100 instead of £30 this month because they do meter readings
quarterly and you’re not actually paying enough is priceless – it’s exactly at that moment that you know you’re fucked and you’ll be living on mung beans and love for the rest of the month lol. I guess there’s nothing you can do about that really, unless you’re fortunate (or that disiplined/organised) enough to have some spare cash either from a family member or savings. But that’s the beautiful thing really, how boring would life really be if we all had our shit figured out as soon as we left school?!

Plus I like the fact that I know of 40+ year old’s who are still fucking up on the daily. Makes me feel better about my situation personally, and reminds me often that we’re all human.

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Why did I start this post again? lol

Oh yeah, did I mention that I’ve tried my hand at the whole DJ thing? Or currently trying.

It was March 2015 when my side chick, Michael Davies, and I was hanging out at Big Tony’s place in Westbourne and I saw a pair of Technic’s 1210’s sat on the table in the main hallway… I was like “woof these are goat” and when Mike told me that he was into House music I laughed at first lol… I’d only heard it a million times over the 8 years I’ve been living here. But he actually knew his shit, or he knew the music the way that I knew it anyway.

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After a few sessions we decided to start a facebook page and nearly two years later we’re playing regular gigs and have our own radio show as the lokey collective, who are a bunch of DJ’s/artists all based in the south of England – and even a few honorary members out in South Africa.

lokey collective is very January 2017 though – like pretty much brand new, sealed, fresh out the box kind of new. We started out making monthly YouTube video’s under our yougoodthing dj moniker and next thing you know we’re playing on radio, in bars and cafe’s, and even a couple of small local fesivals. It’s definitely been a great journey so far though, and scary how quick things progress and change – we even have good friends based in Birmingham who are doing the same thing, though way more established than we are.

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I have no idea what’ll be happening by the time I post this, though head over to the page for updates on how that’s going – I’ll do my best to keep you cyclists (I think you guys reading this are cyclists?) informed.

I find I’m at a stage in my life where I really needed to take this opportunity while I have the chance. It makes sense for me given how things gone and the stuff I’ve learnt but I really wouldn’t have it any other way (going back to the whole life lessons thing I touched on before).

Grateful for every moment, for sure.
There’s some good things happening in Bournemouth right now, and the aim for our collective is really to just bring everyone together for the enjoyment of not only music, but any art form you can think of – photography, illustration, bicycles (yes I consider that an art form) etc.

I hope even one of you reading this enjoys the journey even if it’s half as much as I have.

Next time.

Kyle

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Remember, remember, 24rd of September… 2016

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Happy new Yer

So everyone been bashing how 2016 was so wild and a rubbish year, my close friends in particular.

Yes, it was sad when they shot the poor gorilla – he was only trying to protect the little boy right? And yes brexit meant that I had to fork out an extra £200 when I went to purchase an iMac and now that dude with the blonde tupee might just fuck shit up entirely…

But I think 2016 was great – in fact, without sounding too sentimental or weird, it’s been one of the most important years for me. Towards the end of 2015 I ended up canoodling with Diane. It was something I always wanted to happen after we split at the end of summer 2014 and tbh I hadnt really moved on with my life. So when she started texting me again I was pretty over the moon tbh. Now I dont want to sound like a stuck record and end up writing about her or my life around that time too much, but I’d be foolish to pretend that she wasnt a big part of my life – having someone around for nearly 7 years isnt anything to sweep under a rug or something to dismiss so easily.

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Anyway, so after 7 months we admitted that we’re really clutching at straws here and actually holding each other back. So in April 2016 we seperated once again, and to be honest this time the closure was somewhat of a relief. A bit like finishing a really good book, it was nice to bring an end to that part of my life knowing that we tried as best as we could.

It then transpired that at 26 I wasnt at all ready to settle down and get married, like quite a few of my friends are these days. In fact, I actually feel younger than I ever have, in a weird midlife crisis kind of way lol. The downfall of that is that I’m out partying with students and having to tell girls that I’m two or three years younger than I am… I mean I’m not ashamed, I just can’t be bothered to explain that I’ve been there, done that, learnt how to live on my own and cook my own meals. Compared to most new people I meet I like to think I have my shit together – or together enough anyway. It’s pretty hard convincing yourself you have your shit together when you’re driving up to Birmingham Friday night, get fucked up till 6am, drive (read: be driven) back to Bournemouth and then sleeping till late afternoon while ordering something from Deliveroo!

Sounds like the life right?….. Haha, it is!

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But back to my point, I’ve done a shit load of partying in Birmingham this past year. Been reintroduced to the strange world of narcotics, started a decent vinyl collection, travelled to Barcelona and Amsterdam. And let’s not mention tinder lol…

These days it’s quite easy to get brought down by things going on around in the world. I mean it’s fooolish to be completely ignorant towards current affairs, but at the same time it’s so so much better if you don’t visit the bbc’s website, or take everything you read on Facebook as gospel. Out of site, out of mind i guess..

Surround  yourself instead with dank memes of Turkish men sprinkling salt on anything he can find, or great music instead. The world filled with corporate greed and aristocracy will still be there when you get back.

Now enough preaching, all the pics I’ve selected for this post was taken on one particular weekend. It pretty much sums up my 2016 really…. friends, vinyl, drugs, music, and a bunch of exploring.

Now I’ve pretty much written about all the above topics that made this weekend so fun, but there’s one I really want to touch on which I’ve never really thought I would three or two years ago.

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It’s always been quite a taboo subject, but after the whole #savefabric thing with two lads dying in the nightclub, and after having spent some time in Amsterdam, I really think that our mindset towards drugs need to change. Especially in the media, and general public. Yes, not all people do drugs and the general concensus is that they fuck you up more than they do good, but I really think it’s irresponsible and so thoughtless to even consider closing an establishment due to the actions of those two boys.

Yes I’m about three months late and Fabric has reopened, though one thing I’m not sure has changed is the education that is given towards drugs. Over in Amsterdam, in the toilets there are posters on the walls in nightclubs that advise on what to do should you have taken certain drugs and the ones to avoid. They even advise that you shouldnt drink too much water if you’re on pills as your water retention is crazy high due to the increase in body heat etc etc… Does Talk To Frank tell you that? That’s a genuine question as I’ve never wondered over that side of the internet yet.

Though if you’re as interested in this side of life then I’d recommend you check the documentary on Netflix about DMT, which is a hallucinogenic chemical realased by the pineal gland, with links to spirituality and the universe bla bla bla mung beans and love – you get the idea…Of course that’s the super deep side of things and prolably way more than you’d need on a decent night out. I mean, Mike and myself managed 5 nights out in a row in Amsterdam just smoking hash..

That’s another strange thing about living in a less liberal culture… We all know that Amsterdam is famous for their hookers and cafe’s with full menus that gives exact details of what you’re buying and how it’s going to make you feel. Though back here I’m asking my friends to just “grab me a ten bag”… I ave no idea if i’m going to be hungry, happy, sleepy…. so you get what you’re given basically! Unless of course maybe the London guys are a bit more savvy to these things but idk.

Like everything though, take alcohol for example, I really believe that everything in moderation is great. For example, try a bit of weed when you’re fucked up on juice and you’re probably going to have a terrible time trying not to die lol.. Even try a very strong joint on your first few times and you’ll find yourself in your bedroom tripping balls and searching for “calming video” on yourtube… not that that’s directed at anybody in particular 😉

These things take time though, just like the first few time you tried alcohol and probably ended up being really disgustingly sick everywhere at the age of 14. It’s definitely having an open mind towards this though – dont just disregard it based on hearsay!

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Going back to this goat weekend though, sorted visa details for that infamous Amsterdam trip, spent a good amount of money on vinyl records, had a few beers and great food with my brother Richard and then had one of the most incredible party’s till 5am the next day with my other brother Michael, with a nice joint to see us home while Matt drove.

As for the tinder thing? That’s probably a post for another time lol…

Stay safe out there shroom takers.

x

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kaaaaaaandries goes hiphop!

Hey guys les do a bike related post…

As I’m sure you will have guessed by now, but this blog is kind of more general lifestyle based now, as opposed to being mainly about bicycles. But as I go further into this journey, I’m hoping that I can restore that balance a bit… Anyway, the last bikes you guys really know about is the roadies that I’ve been donning for the past 3 or so years.. What you didn’t know is that in between those times there have been jaunts with fixes, two in fact.

Around Halloween 2014 I was really bummed about my break up that I really had to put my mind and attention towards other stuff, as a form of therapy or distraction if you want to think of it that way. If I hadn’t I probably would have driven myself crazy rethinking how things could have been done differently – you know the way you think of things to say in an argument once the argument is over? And start kicking yourself cus thay come back you just thought of was way better than the one you used? lol..

But back to bikes, turns out I remembered I had this steel frame which I bought late spring that year.

Graham pls was the build of winter 2014, and thinking back now it was a great time despite what I’ve described above. Yes it was rubbish experiencing a break up for the first time, but I think that focussing your mind on a project was a better way of dealing with depression than the help that is made available these days. I’m not knocking what is on offer out there, but people cope with things differently and it can probably be put down to the fact that I’m super stubborn. I feel way more accomplished having dealt with that phase of my life in my own way, but at the same time I can see that it’ll probably land me in a whole heap of trouble if help is not asked for. On a related note, I’m actually experiencing something similar right now, but I’ll write more on that once i’ve worked things out or burnt myself out from overworking and stress 🙂 Perhaps even give the Steps to Wellbeing a try..

Where was I?

The bike ended up looking like this;

It was a real interesting project for me as I bought it on a whim after seeing the Graham Weigh name thrown around on lfgss a fair few times. There was no real information on the frame but when it arrived I could tell it was a really good’n by how light the damn thing was and the zing the frame made every time I pinged it with me figner!

All the other parts for the build I pretty much already had left over from my fling with the Langster. Actually, I lie… I only used the wheels from the Langster really, but what I mean is I bought some parts to be used when I had the Langster. Things like, Brooks B17 saddle, Windsor Nutter tool to strap onto the Brooke’s, Alpine seatpost, bargain handel bar and stem combo from Amsterdam and that was pretty much it – here are the specs

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The bike itself was great to ride around on, though I’ve an ongoing thing with buying bikes that are far larger for me than they need to be. that lasted me until February when this happened;

And this is really where my slavery affair started. You can read about the whole unfinished thread here.

The Langster and Graham was really just my intro into how things should really be done and to date this luminous pink thing has been my favourite and easily the best bike I’ve had. It was a brief fling though, which carried my through the summer of 2015 and well into the autumn when my time in slavery was banished by a recovery vehicle, leaving me with a big gash in my head… …

The bike itself was great and the most fun part was really collating the parts and just the general journey it took me to get to its final stage as seen in this pic below.

Why was it my favourite?

Having spent a decent amount of time on lfgss, it became clear that just like any other hobby in the world (blog writing included I hope?), you get better as you go along.. I mean look at the very first bike I put together in 2011.. look at it haha – hideous thing!

Yves Lagalisse wasn’t a planned project. After Graham I tried out a few road bicycles, going back to me thinking that road bikes were great for winter training. I was wrong, and TBH I really missed riding fixed every day though – my commute at the time was roughly a 20 mile round trip. lol, I remember one particular ride we did (on topic of the road bikes)… it was me, Jacob, Daniel Mateus and Ben Ramshaw. I had just bought what I thought was a Concorde Aquila but it turns out it was just some fraudulent knock off that I bought from someone I know… I’ve never bought from this someone I know ever again! Anyway, that ride lol, we were only about 15 miles in and going up that hill from Ashley Cross towards Upper Parkstone and I was dead. Like properly dead. I was like wtf is happening, why do I feel drunk?! Haha the three dudes on the ride are now part of the KYCUVelo cycling team and guess who isn’t on said cycling team?! Pfff… I did remember later that night while walking drunkenly through Aldi that I had only had fish and kale for lunch earlier that day and was probably lacking in energy.. that’s what I told myself anyway!

Anyway, after the saga with the fraudulent Concorde, see link to build thread here, I called it a day… for now!

Back on topic though, I took a trip up to Bethnal Green to pick up the frame from a guy called Patrick who was riding a super nice Cannondale Track bicycle, in like a deep oak green colour. It was the weekend of valentines and I thought what better way to start a new love affair?! Only £160 as well… That same weekend I also bought an iPad Mini, so I was feeling proper pampered and loved lol.

The history of the frame is unknown, with links to French heritage but not a lot else can be found on the web. All I know is that it was custom made for a French cyclist named Yves Lagalisse, who I think turned into one of those guys who rides the motorcycle in front of the pack round the velodrome!

Because it was my first proper steel track frame, I was dead set on the components being nothing but approving of the infamous Hip Hop Slave Bikes / Hipster Sleds thread. I mean realistically it was nowhere near worthy of that thread, even reading page 2201 as I type this, but to me it had the basics and was good enough for my own hip hop needs. The spec was as follows;

The fling came to an abrupt end though on the eve of 12 December 2016 when a recovery lorry turned into my path, leaving me with no option but to hit it head first at approx 25mph – no helmet either… I consider myself very lucky and now cycle everywhere with a helmet on my head – that same one we used https://flic.kr/p/QRiijn to stick the relay stickers to when racing at the Pier to Pier Relay. Currently, I’ve taken to stealing my partner in crimes Cinelli Gazetta, which was initially owned by Cardboard Coffee Gorge. lol, he hates me for it but I start Deliveroo in a few weeks, so I best get bribing him either with marijuana or perhaps even offer to cook for him to allow it to continue, until I find a suitable replacement of course…

But really I’m just waiting for the court case with said lorry driver to be finalised so I can receive the compensation for the replacement of Yves.

Perhaps that’ll be the time I go that next step further and build something actually worthy of donning the pages of the lfgss chat page.

Until then…

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Diary of a Taxi Driver

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I meant, diary of a Tax Advisor.

The taxi driver thing is a little running joke I had with an ex-colleague, Ellen – I can’t remember how it came about now really, probably on a drunken debauchery we had together one time. Dont worry though, I wont bore you with what Tax Code you should be on if you have five different employments or Capital Gains Tax computations for selling your second property – do you even have a second property? Hit me up if you do..

Anyway, I’ve practiced in the world of Tax for 5 whole years now, FIVE. And for some reason I still cant seem to get the hang of maintaining the work life balance that would be perfect for me, or what I think would be the prefect balance. This is;

  • Cycle to work for 7am or just get up early in general
  • Gym at least twice a week
  • Eat healthy
  • Maintaining a decent social circle
  • Get enough sleep
  • Watch enough netflix or at least a few hours of “me time”

Now I’ll explain why all of the above is hard and this is where I guess work/life balance comes into play, or even just general time management. I’ve got tons of admiration or people who are high achievers (on the face of things anyway), are in peak physical condition, are genuinely down to earth (or not a considered a dickhead at he very least), and make all of the above look effortless. I can only really think of one person who fits this description, his name is William Cook lol… look him up – the man’s in great shape!

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But real talk, that’s what we all work towards right?

I can only think of a handful of people I know personally who seem to have this down, but if you need more extreme examples then take our boy Harvey Specter from the TV series, Suits… Good looking gentleman, raking it in for a top law firm, socially superior and also does really well with the ladies! I mean if he’s not on your man crush list then I don’t know.

My point though, is that doing all of the above is relatively easy if it’s only for a week or so. But maintaining all of that over the period of months or years is nearly impossible, or for me it is anyway.

I am a fucking cluts though lol… My brain is always all over the place, thinking of the next thing to do – be it a hobby, creative idea, social event etc etc. My mind keeps churning out these things so much  that I tend to forget half the damn stuff I need to be doing in order for what I’m doing at that very moment to actually work. Which means in the end I taking twice as long to do anything… am I making sense? For example, record a radio show and edit everything in Logic, transfer to USB for upload the next day at work. Now that sounds relatively simple as you can easily do that on your iMac at home, so where’s the problem? Get to work the next day, what did I forget to bring? My USB and a pair of socks… Now not only can I not upload the damn radio show, but I now also have to keep walking round the office to a minimum because I look fucking silly. Lose lose.

I guess that’s just how my brain is wired, and we all have our weakenesses I guess?

Going back to the whole Taxi Driver thing, I’m at a stage where I think it’s time to move on from the corporate world. It doesn’t seem to fill me with the life satisfaction that I need right now, though I’m finally at a stage where the money is great. Being able to afford your bills, still have money left over to go on holiday, gigs, get fucked up and still have some money spare at the end of the month for that extra record or bicycle part is actually really really nice and I’m really grateful for all of it. I guess what I’m battling with right now, and the whole point of this initial Tax post, is deciding whether being able to live comfortably and afford lots of things I wasnt in the positing to afford five years ago is worth the sacrifice in life fulfilment. It’s a definite catch 22 though, I go to work in order to afford all these nice things that make me happy, and without work I’d probably not be able to do live as frivolously (lol) as I do.

Am I turning into a hippy? Can I live only on mung beans and love? Idk, I got back from Amsterdam recently and I’m feeling very philosophical, so please just bear with my ramblings 🙂

It’s most definitely not just me though – tons of people I know say that the work life balance these days is such a ball ache, compared to what we’d ideally like it to be. Idk if that’s to do with all the technology and social media we have available to us which has a knock on effect causing the pace of life to increase by the amount it has, but compared to what though? How do you address something like that without sounding old and grumpy as fuck? Or like someone who smokes a shit load of marijuana? – Idris Elba said in some promotional video that as adults we have somehow lost our ability to dream. He even asked a gentleman, who must have been in his 60’s, what he’d like to be when he grew up… It’s a very nice sentiment and moving video/campaign, but of course that doesn’t mean you need to be fucking irresponsible. Not all of us were born into a situation where that decision is easy for us to make… Perhaps that video is only aimed at the people who perhaps do have the resource but not the courage and belief in themselves to carry out those dreams. Life’s taken over, you have 3 kids and there’s just not enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done. That’s of course a completely different take on the whole time management thing – I don’t have those responsibilities like kids or pets, so why am I moaning? I guess it’s all relevant to your situation and (that knock on effect of social media I mentioned) makes me want to ride all the track bikes in the world by day while DJ’ing alongside Motor City Drum Ensemble till 5am…  I fucking wish!

I’ve posted that video I mentioned below actually… I think it’s really worth a watch if you’re struggling for motivation.

Anyway, what I do next is up in the air right now. I do feel like I’ve neglected this blog and my initial idea behind the whole Fiets Cyclery thing. I promise though that I will try to post more regularly 🙂

In future I might even provide some general tax advice articles – it’s not as boring as you think I promise 😛 but first I need to find out if I’ll be sacked if I did offer advice outside the firm I work for.

Here’s to working on that perfect work/life balance!

 

 

Amsterdam

So apparently my surname is Dutch… I’m not Dutch though, but I’d love to one day find out how I manage to come from Dutch heritage. (Is your surname even heritage?!). My mum’s maiden name is Dierdericks, which is German… but that’s another mystery !

Anyway so for a week in October, I visited Amsterdam for the Amsterdam Dance Event 2016 (ADE) with my compadre Michael Davies.

On the eclectics fb group I posted that I’d like to go out there and post a “track of the night” as the ting out there was predominantly a nightclub culture, music festival, underground electronic drug fest. So naturally we were out till 8am every morning having partied for 8+ hours.

I’ve done that in the fb group but now lemme share it with you all in a bit more detail…. from what I can remember!

Before I start though, I will just say that Amsterdam is a very special place. I’m not sure if it’s a spiritual thing (someone clearly smonked too much) that draws me to the place, and perhaps each and every one of us have that place somewhere in the world where we just feel at home. Not just in the sense of feeling comfortable in an area – the people are great, one of the nicest and most open minded I’ve met, the music is great, EVERYONE CYCLES… I could go on but I started this post with a different intention lol – hopefully you stay here long enough even to just listen to the song below. If you do that I don’t really mind if you skim the rest of what I have to say 🙂 enjoy!

Wednesday 19 October 2016

First day out here and we arrived at 13:00 which gave us enough time to explore and settle into our surroundings. First impressions is that there’s a shit ton of cyclists lol and it puts you on edge having to check left and right at each intersection… Our first stop that evening was Four Tet & Floating Points which was in this really cool abandoned school turned nightclub. Really dark, misty and the sound system was incredible. There were some really cool art installations too which told me we were definitely in for a goat time.

Highlight of the night was this 15 minute live style set but with all the damn mist I couldn’t really make out whether it was live or nah, and shazam didn’t pick any of the songs up. Four Tet & Floating Points are incredible musicians and while I recognised tons of the songs played, I was still really impressed with their versatility and ability to switch between such a broad set of genres so effortlessly.

A really cool start to the trip, though I lost our hostel key card lol which forced us to stay out till the end. Blessing in disguise perhaps…

Thursday 20 October 2016

Second day really picked up where the previous night ended… We ventured down the road from our hostel to Rush Hour Records and we were greeted with a really nice modern store with a real clean setup and easy to navigate layout, and not to mention vinyl everywhere – new and old.

I really enjoyed crate digging here compared to Red Light Records the day before, which was really small in comparison which made bending over to find those gems really uncomfortable on my old man knees lol. The guy’s at Red Light didnt seem as enthused about the whole ADE thing either… that or they just didnt get involved in the whole tourists coming to party and get fucked up thing. That’s not to say they werent knowledgable or a good store by the way, just differing approaches and unique selling points. I mean, Red Light Radio hosts fantastic shows – I guess they are where Rush Hour was a good few or more years ago.

Anyway, we didnt plan on staying long at Rush Hour, and even ventured down the road to meet a few friends. But we soon head back as we’d been informed that Louie Vega himself was doing an in store livestream for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide.FM. I thought it was really strange that Gilles himself and Thristian from Boiler Room were both lurking through the store when we’d been there earlier.

Louie Vega’s set was incredible though, it even reduced our surrogate mum Sam Jagger to tears… Really grateful I had the chance to see him play as I’d always been a fan of his work since MAW.

Damn this post just got long… hmm maybe I’ll do it in two parts lol.

In the evening we hadnt booked anything on the advice that it’d be nice to just be spontaneous and stumble upon nights that you hear of by chatting to locals/people you meet. Besides, we wanted to avoid spending money on parties to see artists we could readily see in the UK, bar the expense of travelling of course. For example, we’re seeing Gilles himself to play in Birmingham in December…

We did manage to find a free party at a place called, Hunters, The Bar where a small group of guys called Theatre Records on a showcase of artists signed to their lable. All was well apart from a really steep staircase to the Gents which, after a bit of devils lettuce, made the place seem like it was constantly at the wrong angle…

Music was incredible though – there was a nice b2b take on Italian Techno, and also a live set from dudes called Earthlife.

Track of the day though was this, which Mr Vega played – I was particularly impressed as it is very difference from his happy swingy jazzy production work. Not sure why though, I’m sure the guy knows his shit and then some..

Anyway, I’ve decided to do this write up in two parts lol. I’ve arleady written 800 words and we’ve not even broke the ice yet…

Two days in Amsterdam was enough to convince me of my revelations earlier in this post, and we hadnt even scratched the surface just yet.

More soon.

Kyle

Death before Dérailleur!

 

In my initial post I told you about my first few years with gears, and how I learnt that vintage road bikes are magical summertime machines not to be messed with…

Well two years have passed since then and I won’t lie I did buy and sell at least 3 roadies in that time.. In fact thinking about it, I actually went through 8… Tehe!

Despite that though, I’m 26 now and I’ve come to the conclusion that I no longer enjoy geared bikes…
Whilst I wrote at the time that I enjoy them for training and spinning etc and ease of option (I didn’t actually say all those things by I was thinking them at the time lol), you just can’t beat the feeling of riding a fix geared bicycle… You just can’t!

Not only do they look tons cooler if done correctly, but the way the bike communicates with your every movement is just priceless… Without sounding like a fucking hipster cunt, but it’s true!

Anyway, that’s not the point of this post… What have I been through? Well, I’ll post all the bikes, what they were, the timeline they fell within, and also because I enjoy music I’ll post the soundtrack that reminds me of the time I had them… Enjoy;


Dawes Impulse 531

lol, so those of you who know me will be very familiar with this statement… but I really shouldnt have sold this bike.

Fixed gear bikes aside, this was easily the best fitting bike I had and so so so very smooth. Why did I sell?

Well I bought it in August 2014, the month I also split from my now ex girlfriend.

After that I had to move house, to a smaller place, where I no longer had the luxury of the n+1 rule. I got rid of this, a Roberts frame I had plans for, and many other parts which caused me a real big sad, more sad than I was already in. In fact, I had a pretty shitty attitude at the time (which explains alot) where I was so obsessed with money making lol and there were times I was so hell bent on just buying a load of bike stuff just to pawn off for a profit. I had a real deep hate for the world to be honest, thinking nothing was fair etc etc.

Whilst it’s nice to find a hobby that’s self-sustaining, I started doing it for the wrong reasons. I guess, like I’ve said in my most recent post, I’m a bit older and wiser now (insert old man emoji) and sooon realised that it’s not enjoyable to exploit others for the sake of something that’s not really worth the effort i.e. selling “vintage” bikes and parts for really not much profit. I allowed my anger to taint one of the things I love the most… Besides, I’m sure whatever trade you’re in you can always relate to this as there’s always one douchebag doing something similar.

Anyway, I digress.

I sold this bike to a guy on lfgss (Pablo, or Paulo perhaps?) and even got in contact with him in 2015 to ask whether his cousin, who came from Italy, was still using it. I never ended up getting it back, the all too familiar feeling I had when I sold the Langster.

Although upon further reflection, and where I am right now, its probably a good thing I sold it. I wouldn’t be where I am if I didnt AMIRITE??!

Moving on…

Dawes Imperial 531c

 
No such connection with this one. Boguht from a chap in Poole, also in August 2014. I remember it was during a week off and I cycled it back to Southbourne and even stopped by the office with some donuts and muffins for my colleagues.. Arent I nice?!

I wont lie, this is a bike I bought purely because it was hella cheap on ebay, having 531c tubing and the absolute deal maker? A mint pair of Campagnolo Atlanta 96 wheelset!

I actually still have the wheels today and the best thing (or worst) is that after I sold the frame, the wheels were technically free!

Now I know that’s not exactly 8 bikes, but how else am I gonna fill this blog (where I post on average once every two months) with content if I give it to you all in one hit?

Besides, you prolly havent even bothered reading this far.

Why have I chosen the above song? Well it’s what I was listening to pretty much every day until mid-September 2014. Plus music is like a timeline, so everytime I listen to the track above it just takes me to that place… So i dont listen to it anymore lol.

But yeah I’m pretty much done with Road bikes I think. I’m itching for another fixed bike after crashing my pink whip in December just gone… Cardboard George cant ride fixies anymore though, so i’ll enjoy fixed riding until I turn into an OAP like him.

His knees are fucked.

Laters. x

 

 

Secondment / Hiatus

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lol

So what do you write about more than a year after your last post? A lot can, and has, happened since my last post and tbh I could dedicate a whole blog itself to the just that. And, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, I just dont have the fucking time anymore.

I’m 25 now and times, and my outlook on things, have changed.

Even reading back on this blog i kind of cringe a little. I’m no longer 22 where the idea of a written blog and a tumblr account was all the hype. I’m a bit tired of taking arty pictures and uploading 2 a day to my Instagram account – whilst it’s nice to have that landmark 11 likes on a photo every now and again, it kind of becomes a bit draining and the novelty wears off.

Going back to cringing, that Facebook Memories thing does a great job of that too. Everyday you’re reminded of how immature and silly you were back in 2009. Although I must say I do crack myself up when the meme’s I shared in 2013 are still in circulation today. I kind of feel that meme hipster ego boost, much like the Instagram 11 like boost – especially if more than 4 of my friends liked it!

Continuing with the ego boost theme, the second most important thing I’ve done over the past year, is to become a superstar DJ with my one and only Michael x Davies.

We started out roughly in April 2015 pissing about on Big T’s Technics 1210’s and a Serato box once we found out we were both deep into the vibe of House (I’ll probably cringe at that when I read this in 2018 – in face, I’m cringing right now!!! lols)

I wont bother begging you with all the nitty gritty and selling you our mixtape but it is something that I’ve always wanted to do, having grown up and being surrounded by that scene in South Africa. Here’s a link for those who also enjoy repetitive electronic music….

Anyway, going back to cringing about past blog posts and stuff, I think it’s prolly just all a part of growing up. Outlooks change, plans change and you tend to just drift away from daily activities you consider normal and people you use to see everyday – just finding a different path in life I guess. It’s all good though, as long as you keep moving forward 🙂

Cyling related, I built a fluorescent pink track bike which was made in France atleast 20 years ago. It was the best but I also crashed it and I’m now sat here with a 10 inch scar across my head as I type this…

More on that in 2017…

 

 

 

 

 

All Together

What would the world look like without beauty?

What would life be if art no longer existed? What if we stripped society of something it took for granted; if we went dark, only to turn on the lights to a new day?

The Commute – Intro

As the title suggest, I will be writing about commuting to and from work on the daily grind.

I thought it would be a good idea to document stuff for those perhaps interested in doing so themselves and just give my take on it really. Things like how to prepare for shit weather, how far is too far to commute by biek and most importantly to rant and tell you my opinion on all things cycling – this is my blog after all and that’s what we create them for right?

There’ll be a series of these posts, much like my “Story of my situation” ones, as there’s waaay to much to cover in just one single post. Plus it gives you and I something to look forward to.

I’ve been commuting by biek most days for just over three years now. Started out on my heap of shit conversion (which I absolutely loved by the way!!) and was doing about 15 miles a day working two jobs, setting off to Highcliffe from Christchurch at 7am, then back and onto Bournemouth and back in the evening. This continued until I landed myself a job at an accountancy firm mid to late 2011. That’s beside the point though – for this post I’ll list general things to consider and take into account.

I wish I had something to refer to when I started and I think I learned the hard way really. Whilst at first I just thought, oh yeah lets get on my bike it’s only 4 miles down the road, how hard can it be? It was in the Spring of 2012 that it first went into full effect and to be honest I only really did it cus insuring a 20 year old car at the age of 21 wasn’t particularly easy. I really enjoyed pootering into work once the weather was on the up, plus in the evenings it was quite pleasant to take your time going along the beach in the sunset, headphones in listening to *Realise – Floating Points* (some of you wont understand – most of you actually), seeing people eating ice cream, walking dogs, etc. It was actually really relaxing and a way of de-stressing too!

I was saving a shit ton of money too, which would have usually have spent on road tax, insurance, petrol… However this was offset though against rent as I’d just moved out of the mother hub so something had to give really!

So surely you’d rather choose that over rush hour traffic, surely?

It was bliss for about two weeks to a month when we had one of those heat waves. Then, all of a sudden you realise:

1. Rain – weather is not always on your side.
2. Bike maintenance – things break
3. Smelly Kyle – I learnt that we have showers at work which turned into my very own #DisabledWetRoom™. Result!
4. As a result of 3. How am I going to pack clothes, towel, shower gel etc, lunch, gym stuff (Yes, gym stuff!!) all in one bag?
5. Rain – chafing bollocks
6. Soreness – I ached like a mother fucked every weekend. and my legs swole’d – I now have trouser problems.
7. Rain – I lost count of the amount of times my arse crack was wet – Mudguards? What is mudguards I asked my fine 21 year old self.
8. Food – I now eat alot. Which isnt bad at all, but it costs me more to fuel myself lol. I actually use this as an excuse to eat what I want. Another Result AIMIRITE?!
9. Rush hour – whilst it’s great sweeping past traffic in the morning, some drivers, and cyclists, are just dangerous. I’ve crashed 3 times so far, lol some funny stories to tell you…
10. Rain – Waterproof coat, waterproof gloves, waterproof overshoes? Which as I’m writing this I still don’t have – the overshoes that is!
11. Did I mention rain? Dont even get me started on the winter months FFS. Lights, Merino wool, bib shorts, Helmet, Warm gloves – but don’t let these things fool you – cus your body warms up after ten or so minutes and if you overdress, guess what happens then?
12 – MTB, Road biek, Fixie, Hybrid (lol) – What bike is best?

See what I mean? I cant fucking cover all those things in one post.

Lucky for you then I’ll cover a topic a month, or I hope so anyway.

What shall it be first?

Just know that it’s all good. I decided to take the plunge of cycling to work, and still do for various reasons.

Hopefully it will help you decide 🙂

Kyle

iPhotography

How am I doing?

Meh.

As I’m sure you can understand, I’m not really in the mood to write anything too wordy lately but I do still want to keep posting new content. It’s a nice way to keep focussed on positive things! Otherwise I could probably write my biggest post to date on how the past few months have been. LOL, I’m making that sound proper dramatic.. It isnt!

Anyway.

I’ve wanted to write a photography related post as I’ve only really ever done two – one, two!

I recently bought a book solely dedicated to this particular photography movement – haven’t got round to reading it yet though lol. But I think it’s pretty interesting altogether and makes it so much easier for anyone to get into photography…

The movement is one more in keeping with the new Apple releases recently – I thought I might as well wute about using your iPhone (or any other lesser phone, Android users!!) and what I think on it. Actually, I’ve been using mine alot more over the past year or so and genuinely cant remember the last time I got my DSLR out – probably the last Velo Sur Mer race I attended back in the summer. It’s quite clearly becoming more popular if you frequent Instagram a lot, which makes sense as technology keeps improving. Yeah you’ll find alot of people on there taking selfies 10 times a day but if you look hard enough you’ll find some really inspiring work too. I suppose not everyone uses it purely for highly composed images which is fair enough but the point I’m trying to make is that you dont really need to lug a DSLR (or your favourite vintage Nikon FE – Jacob) around anymore to capture good images. It’s massively convenient too as you can take these good images but also stalk your crush on FB a few minutes later. How elegant!

I suppose DSLR and film camera’s do have that cool element to them though, if you’re into that fixie hipster type of stuff.

As a result of me using my iPhone alot more and given everything I mention above, I cant help but feel that my Tumblr has suffered as a result. Bear in mind that this is meant to be my “portfolio”. Will future prospective clients take me seriously if they knew most of my pics over the last year or so was taken on my iPhone? It is quite easy to lose track of the standard/quality of pics when using your phone, I suppose that’s why I feel like my work can sometimes be shoddy.

Going back to Instagram though, loads and loads of inspiration on there and I try and use that to improve my images daily. I dont tend to use the standard filters anymore after discovering the VSCOcam app – so much better and if like me your 7 year old computer dies and you no longer have access to Photoshop it makes life so much easier/convenient!

Anyway, take a look if you wish, a few I’ve taken this summer are included below and above, and everywhere. I’d love to get feedback from other photographers as I’d be interested to know if I have what it takes to work in that field, probably freelance, as that seems quite appealing.

Funny enough Stretch Armstrong has asked me to exhibit some of my work at an upcoming event, which I’m fairly chuffed about to be honest. Havent ever done anything like that so will be good to have a bit more exposure, opinions and feedback. On the subject of iPhone photography, some of the iPhone prints I had done are way better looking that ones I’ve taken with my Canon 1000D. Now I make two things of this, I’m either not very good at setting my DSLR up properly, or using my iPhone to take pictures just takes away all that hassle of shutter speed, ISO, aperture etc etc. So basically making it easier to produce better pictures altogether – I dont know!

Email me at kyleandries@aol.com if you happen to read this. Would love to know what you think!

So yeah, in conclusion, use your iPhone and fuck anyone who tells you you need a fancy DSLR. You dont need that kind of negativity in your life!

lol.