Don't try this at home! Ted Shred on the streets of San Francisco

by Tony Farrelly   June 30, 2009  

Here's a man with an interesting take on bike handling, San Francisco DJ Fred Shred. I like the music, but I'm not sure his braking technique is quite as sound, basically he rides freewheel with no brakes and uses his foot as a brake on the back wheel. And If he isn't sponsored by Vans he should be. On the other hand he is probably responsible for a fair chunk of their turnover.

This film was shot for the 2005 Bicycle Film Festival and features his music and his bike riding exploits (more of the latter) on the steep hills of San Francisco. Enjoy. And you'll be pleased to know that as far as the interweb is concerned at least Ted's still Shredding - which if he still rides his bike the way he did back in '05 is a remarkable achievement in itself. Thanks to Jack at the Bike Show for putting us on to it.

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Wonder how quickly he goes through his tyres… fairly quickly by the looks of it

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posted by Denzil Dexter [141 posts]
1st July 2009 - 8:37


good job the streets aren't bumpy

It's not just about the size of your cog.

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posted by TRs Blurb n Blog [270 posts]
1st July 2009 - 11:17


I've had an idea for a ground-breaking mechanical contrivance that should ease the wear on this guy's tyres and Vans. It involves pressing small, replacable chunks of rubber against a hard-wearing surface to slow the wheels' rotation. It should be possible to use some kind of lever to achieve a mechanical advantage, allowing significant pressure to be applied with only the strength of, say, a single hand. Furthermore, I anticipate that further development (and if someone can come up with a way of making long, strong, lightweight cables) will allow the contrivance to be operated by a secondary device attached to the handlebars, a remote control if you will. Anyone think such a thing would catch on? Any snappy ideas for a name?

posted by effemm [99 posts]
1st July 2009 - 11:25


lol Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7856 posts]
1st July 2009 - 11:27


effemm - sounds far too comlicated to me, will never catch on.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
1st July 2009 - 11:35


The B.R.A.K.F.E - Bicycle Retarding Acceleration & Kinetic Force Eliminator - something tells me it's not quite right yet, but I'm sure with the right marketing investment we can knock it into something snappy and easy to remember which will turn your cunning invention in to a 'must have' for cyclists everywhere… can I have a percentage?

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posted by Denzil Dexter [141 posts]
1st July 2009 - 11:41


Saw a woman the other day on a bike with non-functioning brakes slowing herself by sliding her feet along the ground. She was wearing flip-flops.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1448 posts]
2nd July 2009 - 15:53


Plenty of people seem to think riding a fixie with no brakes is fine for urban commuting - I think they've a screw loose myself.

I'll ride my BMX for short distances (wouldn't want to go on it too far anyway) as it's only got one brake but I wouldn't risk riding it in heavy traffic.

I think the subject of brakes/no brakes might be a good one for a poll myself. What say the masses?


posted by OldRidgeback [2581 posts]
2nd July 2009 - 16:16