Documentary seeks to address appeal of fixed gear bikes in city that has plenty of hills

This evening sees the premiere of the much anticipated documentary BÖIKZMÖIND, which charts the Bristol fixie scene, and if you haven’t got a ticket, don’t worry – the screening is free and outdoors. The weather forecast is for light rain, though, so you might want to be prepared for that.

It’s a production whose gestation we at road.cc have followed from the earliest days, and we and many others – not least, the riders themselves who are featured – are looking forward to seeing the finished result when it is shown at Bristol’s Festival Square this evening.

Directed by Gavin Strange, who in his day job works for the Oscar-winning Aardman Animation, the film was originally meant to be a ten-minute short which Gavin planned to submit to the Bicycle Film Festival. However, as the Bristol fixie scene expanded, so too did the documentary.

Events such as film screenings and Alleycat races led to Gavin getting to know a number of local fixed-gear riders from a variety of backgrounds, and led him to develop the one of the central premises of the film – why ride a bike with no gears around a city that after all has rather a lot of hills?

BOIKZMOIND Trailer from Xynthetic on Vimeo.


As for the technical stuff, the documentary was filmed on a JVC Everio HD3 with a Century Optics Wide Angle Lens using a variety of mounts for filming on bikes plus a JVC Everio HD5 with JAG35E DOF adapter and 50mm f1.4 Canon Lens. Directed by Gavin, whose Jam Factory website you'll find here, it was filmed and edited by Jonny Clooney and Gavin himself.

The screening forms part of the Watershed’s Cyclescreen season, with other events this weekend, which are indoor and ticketed – including a talk tomorrow by cycling journalist and author William Fotheringham, followed by a screening of the revered Paris-Roubaix film A Sunday In Hell and a Q&A session with its director, Jorgen Leth.


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.