New Charge Bikes Track Bike
Charge Bikes are well known for their iconic Plug single speed bikes, which back when fixed gear was booming helped spark a cycling revolution in cities such as London. Alongside the original Plug, Charge counted the Plug ‘Freestyler’ amongst it’s number – a chunky fixed gear ‘trick bike’ – and it was on that bicycle that I used to leap around and do barspins and wheelies. Since then, Charge have gone on to focus on more than fixed gear cycling, releasing a series of stylish and friendly machines for the road and the hills.
These days I prefer to ride my BMX or mountain bike if I’m looking to get airborne and my interest in fixed gear bikes has matured into a love of track cycling and after trying my hand at racing in the first ever Rad Race in Germany last year, I decided to try some fixed gear criteriums this year.
Charge kindly sent over a bike for me to ride at the velodrome and in the criteriums such as this weekend’s Red Hook Crit, and as I’ve only had the chance to ride it a few times, I’m very much looking forward to giving it a good go.
As mentioned over on the Bespoke Cycling blog, I’ve tried to in some ways replicate the set up I have on my road bike, which was the result of a special bike fitting session over in Bespoke’s Farringdon store. So I’ve lengthened the stem, put much narrower bars on and I’m sticking with the new lower saddle height to try and stabilise my back and hips. Big thanks to Charge for hooking me up!