Proof that fixie culture is a truly international phenomenon, and that hipsters or bicycle messengers look pretty much the same in Paris as they do, say in London, reaches us via a rather charming short film from France called Le vélo de Papi fait de la résistance.
The film, by Coline Madec, charts the fixie movement, Parisan-style, in all its versions, including bike polo, riders pulling tricks, bike couriers or simply people who love the purity of the riding experience.
The subtitles may be a little ropey at times - the chap in the rather nice 60s egg chair may be quoting Sartre, for all we know - but the film is beautifully shot, so go make yourself a cup of tea, pull up a chair and sit back and enjoy it for the next 20 minutes.
It is vendredi après-midi, after all.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.