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

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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.

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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