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Love Sweet Love

This is truly an amazing story. If you live in Kansas City, you’ve probably seen him. We all know him as Super Jesus. The thing I’ve always admired about him, is that he doesn’t impose his beliefs on you. He’s found a unique way of delivering his message without standing on a street corner during peak bar hours with a megaphone, preaching the bible. He doesn’t slam his religion in your face. He’s simply there, to talk, listen, play catch, and run.

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I Pity The Fool

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Sometimes I find really cool stuff on my morning commute. Image from HERE.

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My Name is Matt and I Like Bikes

MEA couple days ago, I was thinking about Cyclops Fixed and what I am doing with it, where do I want it to go, and how I want my voice to be heard. I also thought it would be a good time to introduce myself, and talk about some of these things, so here it goes.

First off, my name is Matt and I’m from Kansas City, Missouri. I’m a graphic designer, illustrator, painter, fixed-gear rider, and the man behind Cyclops Fixed. I’ve been riding fixed-gear for a little over five years now and commuting for the last two years. I’m not a fixed gear snob! I’m a lover of all cycling and just happen to enjoy the challenges of fixed-gear riding. When ever someone asks me why I ride fixed or what is it about fixed that appeals to me I tell them, “Every ride is a different challenge. You can take the same route everyday for a year and it’s never the same. Traffic is different, the weather is different, you are different. I ride because of the challenge, and the occasional adrenaline rush you can get from it.”

I’m a pretty quiet and shy person until you get to know me, or want to talk bikes, or art. I ride by myself a lot and only have a few friends in the city that ride bikes. My friends that introduced me to fixed-gear have moved away and ride in other cities or countries. So, I guess you can say, I’m kind of a lone-wolf when it comes to cycling. I would like to see that change. Although, I enjoy the solitude of riding, I would like to ride with people from time to time, so I can push myself to be a better rider, share my passion of cycling with others, and to make more friends.

Cyclops Fixed came about through and illustration I did earlier this year. Within a month of drawing the illustration, I had the blog up and running. Since then, I’ve been trying to find MY slash Cyclops Fixed voice. The original idea was Bikes, Art, Beer. It’s become more bikes than anything, but I’m okay with that. I’m not in this game to try to make money, or to be the best blogger. I’m doing this because I love cycling, art, and beer, and want to share with you what I think is awesome. I have goals for Cyclops Fixed and would like to see it grow and become more than just another fixed-gear blog. My first goal is to meet more people as I mentioned above. With that said, if you are in Kansas City, or will be in Kansas City, get at me via the website, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. I’d like to meet you, talk about bikes, ask you why you ride, take a few photos of you and your bike, and post it on the blog. You don’t have to be a fixed-gear rider to do this.

I think, I have talked enough. Thank you to anyone who read this, and thank you to everyone for visiting the blog. I’d also like to give a shout-out to Atir Cycles and DZR shoes for the incredible opportunities you have given me in the past few months.

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Pedal to First Fridays at Boulevard

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I’m going to be out of town tomorrow and won’t be able to make it. So I ask all other Kansas City Cyclist to attend!

“Get Rad! Did you know Radler is the German word for cyclist? It’s the original sports drink. Come celebrate summer with us on First Friday. Start your tour of the crossroads at the brewery with pours of Ginger-Lemon Radler on the patio, or a flight in the Tasting Room. Guests who ride their bike will be entered into a raffle to win totally rad prizes! Proceeds from the sales of Ginger-Lemon Radler benefit Bike Walk KC. We’ll also debut our new Tank 7 bike jersey at the event along with other bike merchandise.”

Event Details:
–$5 -16oz. pours of Ginger-Lemon Radler
–$7 – Special First Friday Flight: Saison-Brett, Two Jokers Double-Wit, Tasting Room Ginger-Lemon Radler and Tasting Room ESB

Ride your bike to the event and receive a raffle ticket for:
–5:30pm: KC CO Bicycle Beer Holder + Love Child No. 4
–6:30pm: Limited Edition Wooden Beer Box + Mixed 6-pack

5-7pm
Boulevard Brewing Co. Tasting Room
2501 Southwest Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Permanently Close the Gates on Cliff Drive in Kessler Park

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Kansas City’s Cliff Drive has become a dump. We need to close the gates permanently to create a more safe family fun and awesome cycling area all the time!

Sign the Petition HERE!

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Kansas City Works to Become More Bike Friendly

Bike-rentaI’ve been biking in Kansas City for about five years. Within that time I have seen some improvement within the city. For example, I now have three blocks worth of bike lane on my route to work. And other areas around the city have added more bike lanes, a few dedicated bike lanes, a ton more bike route signs, and a bike share program. They have done a good job at connecting trails, but we still need more cycling support within the city. If the city is willing to spend millions on a street car system, I don’t see why they can’t advocate more for the cyclist. More and more Kansas Citians are cycling to work, and I bet we could see more, if we new we could bike safer. It can be a mad house riding through the city, especially during rush hour. Putting up over 200 miles of bike route signs isn’t going to help a motorist see a cyclist any better. How about, painting lane symbols on the road also? Anyways, You can read the article that was recently put in the Kansas City Star on the progress the city has made HERE.  We have made, progress, and we will continue to. I just had to rant a little bit.

Photo by Jill Toyoshiba/THE KANSAS CITY STAR

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First Friday’s in the Crossroads

CrossroadsNeed a list of the Crossroads art galleries for First Friday. Check out VisitKC for more information on the latest news and events in Kansas City.

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