Tom La Marche has taken the Charge shilling and will ride a Plug and test samples of a new prototype frame the Scissor, a production prototype will be heading his way later this month.
La Marche is a long-time member of the US-fixed gear scene although he is based in Philadelphia where riding fixed remains more of an underground activity than it does in cities like New York or San Francisco. You can read a mini interview with their new recruit on the Charge website in which among other things he reveals that he does know all the words to the theme tune of Fresh Prince of Bel Air although he seems slightly incredulous that we got it over here too. He also talks about his upcoming road trip to Europe in January. Here's his take on the vexed question of whether fixed gear bikes are a cultural and social expression of individuality or a fashion trend?
“Some people love riding, some people like fashion. Track bikes are very aesthetically pleasing and can be customised pretty easily by people that don't have a ton of knowledge about bikes, so it draws in the fashion crowd. a lot of people on fixed gears don't realise how fun other forms of cycling can be and limit themselves. When it comes down to it, we're all just another person on a bike at the end of the day.”
Sound bloke. You can read more of the interview with Tom La Marche here.
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.