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Take your mind off work and all that rain with this nice vid

What's the weather like round your way? It's chucking it down here in Bath. And it's all muggy. So, if you put on a jacket you'll get sweaty and if you don't you'll get soaked. Who'd be a cyclist, eh?

Plus there's all that work to do. Life's tough sometimes. Tell you what, take three and a half minutes out of your day and watch this nice video of trackdropouts riders Ed, Christian and Tim getting all scenic in Cheddar Gorge. Shot and edited by Brad Bishop, it's guaranteed* to cheer you up. It features fixed bikes, lycra, cows, caps, interesting rock formations and Ed's moustache, so there's literally something for everyone. Enjoy.

*unless you're a right grumpy old sod

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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michophull [133 posts] 4 years ago
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Quite charming. And the music sounds like Durutti Column too.  1

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Jonathan Reeves [47 posts] 4 years ago
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What were the three fixies? one looked like a charge?

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timwilkey [3 posts] 4 years ago
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1 x Cinelli Mash
1 x 14BikeCo custom
1 x Bob Jackson Vigorelli

Hope that helps!

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bikeylikey [204 posts] 4 years ago
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There are two very steep bends near the bottom of Cheddar Gorge: if they went up those on fixed, respect. I'd like to have seen it though. We mainly see them spinning their little legs off going down the Gorge. Are we being bamboozled with fixie propaganda here? Is someone trying to impress a girl? Did they fly down and then do a hundred metres upwards, on a shallow bit, for the camera? We should be told.

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antonio [1122 posts] 4 years ago
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As a dedicated fixed gear man I say this is a great little video but they don't seem to twiddle as fast as I do going downhill, but then again, they do spin faster than me going up.

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timwilkey [3 posts] 4 years ago
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Hi there.

Haha, yes we rode all the way up it. Its not an irregular occurrence for us to ride the gorge. Its not too difficult on 67 GI which is what the majority of us ride (75 has also been done at Cheddar). If you ride any distance fixed in the Bristol area you best be used to hills!

You may notice the guy with the moustache in full on grimace mode, that's during the bottom ramp (about 5 corners up?) where you go through the narrow bit between the rocks.

I am not sure why I am trying to legitimise this. It's not that steep a hill barring the ramp at the bottom. Is it really that mind boggling?

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 4 years ago
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I've managed it on 67" after two pints of thatcher's gold on an evening jaunt and i can confirm that tim did too, and christian and ed were off up the hill like a shot. we didn't see them again for about 5 miles...

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elloabarbour [1 post] 4 years ago
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Very 'Chasing Legends'-esque; really like this! We've got tentative plans to holiday there again this year having ridden it three times last year; you've just made me definitely want to go there again.

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MalcolmBinns [115 posts] 4 years ago
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Like the locked wheel skid at 03:12. You have to have some confidence in your rubber to do that at speed...

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Argy [138 posts] 4 years ago
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Nice vid, impressive to do those climbs on fixed bikes!  13