Video: What happens when a world class trials rider tries a 700c fixed… Awesome

Chris Ackrigg's trys fixed for a week and kicks serious arse

by Tony Farrelly   August 21, 2009  

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Here's a great bike video, Chris Akrigg's first week riding a fixed bike, it's proof that good bike handlers can ride anything, and that there's nothing like spending your formative years riding trials and BMX to sharpen up your handling skills and elevate your pain threshold. Akrigg is world class trials rider and is sponsored by Mongoose to ride trials, BMX and various forms of mountain bike … now he rides fixed too.

One gear No idea from chris akrigg on Vimeo.

If Mongoose make it Akrigg will ride it for them, and he decided to give the fixed thing a go when his sponsor added the Maurice Fixie to its range. Nick Larsen from Charge has also been encouraging him to have a go.

"Chris Akrigg is my good friend... I have been telling him for a while to give the FIxed thing a go. 1 week after his feet first hit a fixed pedal and here is what we have."

We won't spoil it for you, but some of what Chris manages would be exceptional on any bike let alone a fixed gear machine with  700c wheels. We can't claim to have seen every fixed video… but from what we have seen we reckon that after a week he might already be the best. 

Enjoy! And watch it right to the very end, past the credits, for proof that pro bike riders really do have cojones of steel. Bonus surprise for us is that at one point he rides past the offices – how cool is that?!

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Bear in mind that Chris Hoy cut his racing teeth becoming a Scottish champion BMX rider, before he switched to the smoother art of riding on track.

This guy has some skill, though I wonder if the wheels were square when he'd finished. I wouldn't let him my bike, even my BMX, that's for sure.


posted by OldRidgeback [2586 posts]
21st August 2009 - 14:47


… and Craig MacLean, Jamie Staff + a bunch of others too. I'm pretty sure the entire GB sprint team a few years back were ex-BMXers

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
21st August 2009 - 15:03


ha he rode across the horse! love it. Smile

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posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
21st August 2009 - 16:19


Well, I'm going to be practising some of those moves myself, tomorrow, on my brand new Koney....I think NOT!


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posted by Gilbo Rides Again [12 posts]
22nd August 2009 - 22:54

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Another bike! The boss would only allow it if it was free......


posted by NigelR [1 posts]
22nd August 2009 - 23:20

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this is a quote from Chris Akrigg's website:
"I’d never rode a fixie before and after the first ride i wasn’t to bothered if i did again. But i must admit i really got into it, i think mainly because its just so hard especially when you try to ride anything other than flat ground"
What gets me is that he doesn't have any toe straps either. If you have ridden a fixie, you will know how hard this is. When I looked further into what Chris has been doing on a bike I found that he is doing aggressive trials riding 'brakeless'! With a freewheel!

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

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posted by TRs Blurb n Blog [270 posts]
24th August 2009 - 20:09


Check out his other videos on his website

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

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posted by TRs Blurb n Blog [270 posts]
24th August 2009 - 20:10

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cool video !! B)


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posted by bmthgil [4 posts]
1st September 2009 - 19:37

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