City of Lights brings French twist to fixie culture

Proof that fixie culture is a truly international phenomenon, and that hipsters or bicycle messengers look pretty much the same in Paris as they do, say in London, reaches us via a rather charming short film from France called Le vélo de Papi fait de la résistance.

The film, by Coline Madec, charts the fixie movement, Parisan-style, in all its versions, including bike polo, riders pulling tricks, bike couriers or simply people who love the purity of the riding experience.

The subtitles may be a little ropey at times - the chap in the rather nice 60s egg chair may be quoting Sartre, for all we know - but the film is beautifully shot, so go make yourself a cup of tea, pull up a chair and sit back and enjoy it for the next 20 minutes.

It is vendredi après-midi, after all.

Le vélo de papi fait de la résistance by bobwhiteprod


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


crunch61 [31 posts] 7 years ago

Worth 20 minutes of anyones time!  16

antonio [1168 posts] 6 years ago

Being a died in the wool seventy three year old fixed gear fanatic, ( stil doing track league in Manchester) I found this to be just brilliant, just wish I was young enough to master the tricks of some of these guys.

JonT [2 posts] 6 years ago

These guys could have been transported directly from London to Paris! Uncanny! Some sweet rides there: love the silver Bianchi. Dying to get a fixie for my commute, but there's a huge hill in the way....I'd never get the gearing right...