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In the 3rd quarter of 2010, Marc Sison (TR Clothing) introduced the fixed gear bicycle also known as track bike to his friend, Tuts Olazo. Tuts became interested on fixed gear and got in touch with his schoolmates from college, Vermont Coronel, Jzn Palma (Bisiktela) and I Palma, who were one of the pioneer members of Manila Fixed Gear, a group of people around Metro Manila sharing the same passion for fixed gear bikes. Around the same time, Tuts together with his other college friends who are also living in San Pedro, Laguna, namely Franco Evangelista and James Gaffud, started having weekend rides but were then using different bicycles such as MTB, road bike and single speed. They have invited more friends to join their regular weekend rides and have then formed a group called ABC (Assorted Bikers Collective) in the early part of 2011.










Over time, some of the members of ABC developed interest in fixed gear and have switched from then on. New acquaintances who were into fixed gear, Jepren Solis, Michael Torio, Marc Edig, Ewat Ang as well as Tuts’ brother, Jut Olazo joined their group which grew not just in numbers but also in their passion and enthusiasm on fixed gear. In 2013, they founded a new group, the San Pedro Crew, because most of its members lived in San Pedro, Laguna. As they were extending their reach outside San Pedro, the group continuously expanded and decided to call themselves the Laguna Fixed Gear. They created a Facebook page that serves as a venue for them to share their love and interest on fixed gear and at the same time widen their network, which has now reached 300+ members.

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The Fixed and the Furious

Despite the obviously foolhardy bravado of riding a brakeless fixed-gear bicycle through Manila, the kid exhibited an undeniable grace in the way he breezed past the chaos on what was evidently a “ghetto” bike, cobbled together from old and cheap parts, like it was no sweat.

Crazy fool had style.


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