Below is a photograph of me, not so much your average 'fixie kid'. Or should I say I'm not so much now after a whole bunch of years riding and being apart of cycling.
So around 5 years ago I caught wind of a video called 'Pedal' on youtube, based around NYC messenger riders an from there as we all do I delved in to find 'Line of Sight'. Which if you haven't seen I would definitely recommend watching both at some point if you're going to be a 'Fixie' rider.
I bought my first fixed gear bike 2 days later, I was a total cliche. Tight short shorts, lock in the back pocket, usually a cool pull over jacket or no top at all in the sun and stupidly no helmet. Oh they was the days...
Right lets get back to it, I don't want this to be a reminiscing piece!
Lets keep this short and sharp,
10 Do's and Don'ts here we go....
1. First and foremost DON'T call it a 'Fixie'. Its a Fixed gear or Track bike.
2.Make sure you're comfortable on your ride, DO purchase cycling shorts and read abou...
So I am sure you've all heard, seen or spoke to me personally about the accident, injuries and recovery over the past month which has been heart warming knowing how many of you care! Big love to all of you...
I want to talk about some real shit that I am sure you will all be able to relate with, well I hope so because if you don't this will just be me rambling as always.
Lets get down to it then,
Here is 2 photographs of me, we can all see that I'm sure... The first shot I can indefinitely say was the peak of my 27 years on this beautiful planet of ours! Out in New York City, God damn all because of cycling, I always look back over the images from NYC to remind myself how far I have come since a very low time only a year previous (2016) all because of the support and care of others in the cycling world, which I will always be so thankful for!
I've highlighted main points of the last paragraph because they are all points of interest, just incase you...
Not to sure how this one is going to pan out guys so just stick with me and I shall do my best to get you all shooting great shots, hopefully.
I've been shooting since around 2003 / 2004 when I was handed a bunch of 35mm cameras from a family member who had sadly passed on. My mum used to load cameras up for me, then just send me on my merry way, you know sometimes I think she faked it just to get me out of her hair you know? I mean here is the super crazy part I must have seen maybe 2 or 3 rolls of filmed processed, screw it my imagination grew extensively as did my love for having a camera at hand.
Lets get started then you budding creatives!
Okay so lets break this right down gang. Shooting is a huge part of everyday life now for all of you, technology has blessed us with the camera phone which in my opinion is a great start for any of you.
So when you feel that need to shoot pull out your phone and shoot, becoming used to having that camera in your hand is second nature...
The amount of people who tag me in videos of Luca's through Facebook is wild crazy, its all good though because who doesn't like watching others have fun doing what they love?
Above is one of my favourite videos of Luca's, definitely watch it in HD!
Now start scrolling down, read the interview and enjoy.
Tell me about your first experience with fixed gear an was you hooked on the feeling?
Luca : I started riding fixed gears around 3 years ago as someone stole my city bike I used for commuting to work, I was forced to build the bike up with recycled parts 'home made'. I started to love the feeling of riding fixed gear, no brakes or gears just me and my legs in between the traffic and people everywhere! If you ride this the of bike, you understand!
I couldn't agree more with you bro, we're cut from a different cloth for sure.
Has cycling always been a part of your life? I know Italians love cycling, right!?
Kind of, me and the bike are 2 different things I on...
So I am finally back to writing, I've had quite the period off if I'm honest! Hey its quality over quantity right?? This blog is neither, but if you love fast bikes and smiles stick around!
Lets get one thing off my chest real quick, Fuck London its a poor mans NYC full of people who think they're something new.
Momma always told me honesty is the best policy so there we have it.
Glad I've cleared that up, off we go then!
RHC London No.3 another amazing time surrounded with some of my biggest inspirations and influences, lets just say the weather did not dampen our moods in the slightest! We battled around 10 hours of down poor, screamed, drank beer, rang our bells until our arms fell off and finally partied as if Lance Armstrong wasn't actually doping! You feel me?
As for shooting and videos I really felt pretty negative about the whole experience, as you'll see most of the images are in monochrome, very dark and bland because I feel as if I'd be lying if they was shared in bright colours...
I'm Daniel Peter Hutchinson, born on the 23rd of April 1990 in a small fishing town called Grimsby (UK).
My parents are Rosalie Hutchinson and Peter Alfred Hutchinson (deceased)
I have 4 sisters, Karen, Jacqui, Paula and Katie.
Karen and Jacqui married two of the greatest role models I'd ever need in my life.
Right thats the family background basically laid out for you. I don't really want to delve to deep but I love an respect everything they've done for me over my 27 rollercoaster years.
So I was always referred to as 'Damien' by my Nanna, she was a great lady to be fair always fought my corner and knew from day one that I wasn't just a 'normal kid' which i'll never forget! 'Don't change son, now do you want a fruit cake for your ride home' Classic line from Nanna.
Okay so the photographs above, number uno is me and my hero... Anytime someone claims 'My dad..' I say well I have to shout pretty loud for my dad to hear me, bit dark but he always loved a good joke. That poor guy...
Have you ever shared a conversation with another human and thought back to yourselves 'Fuck, they've stepped up' well after one afternoon / evening with Malcolm I could already tell he deserved to be exactly where he was right now in his life!
Malcolm with the big apple.
Always down for the crew! (cheapest beer around!)
Raddest room, EVER.
Fresh Paria.CC threads!
Reflecting after Red Hook Crit, with a timeless view!
Calm before the storm, cheeky devil.
This is my favourite shot of Malcolm, this says more then a 1000 words to me!
When I hear 'These social media sites are swallowing up our actual social skills' I can't help but to think, well you're doing something wrong.... Because I ended up in NYC hanging out with some of the greatest people I have ever met just from using social media along side my social skills, well and riding bikes obviously helped!
Paria.CC, without Sam (the boss man) myself and Malcolm would have never met, so I have to throw a big thank yo...
I know most of you are going to open this and be all like 'woo video'....
which is all fine and dandy BUT I want you to read because its something I never did, an to be honest I wish I had!
Here we go then,
So I've been over in the greatest city on the planet we call earth, now i know i haven't been to every country, city or town on the earth but I'm telling you right now that "new York will forever be the place i am happiest".
Being back in NYC after a year or so of not being there was so uplifting! Instantly my creativity was buzzing, I literally couldn't control myself so I built the bike up, loaded my back pack and hit the NYC streets for my first experience of real traffic riding... I was not disappointed, maybe 5 blocks in and i had figured out the way the traffic flowed and how the junctions worked. Slipping through super tight gaps, high 5's for people calling waving down cabs (luckily they smiled after id stolen the high 5) riding...