Psychology states that one's behavior is greatly influenced by the environment. This fact also applies with cyclists: locality influences the riding style.
Started two years ago by Uno Cruz and Giancarlo Maglanque, the North Side Fixed is composed of fixed gear riders who resides in the North of the Metro, mostly coming from Malabon, Valenzuela, and Bulacan.
Bulacan is home to the Meycauayan Sports Complex, where regular road criterium races are held during Saturdays. The weekend race organizers initially frowned-upon the idea of letting fixed-gear riders join the races, deeming them hazardous for other competitors. Uno and Gian eventually met Richard Galvez who also rides fixed-gear bikes. Richard happened to be affiliated with the administration of the property, making it possible for them to use the complex to train and compete alongside the roadies.
For two years now, the North Side Fixed (or NSF) has considered the complex as their home; meeting here everyday to train, hangout, and meet-up before heading-out on night rides. They express that this place has brought NSF together, and it continues to grow both in number and in experience. Their access to the complex has greatly influenced their riding style. These riders are built for criteriums. And to celebrate their 2nd anniversary on April, NSF has plans on organizing a fixed-gear criterium at home court.
NSF has built its name in 2014. Uno took the top spot in the Rekta Propaganda Criterium, and seventh place in Nuvali Dirt Weekend Fixed Gear Criterium. NSF also took fourth place in Lagarista Dos, a 40-kilometer team trial fixed gear race, and are looking to improve this 2015.
All ages are welcome to the said group. The youngest member is thirteen years-old, and gets along easily with the rest. If you happen to be a fixed gear rider or trying to start riding, and you reside at the North of the Metro, head over to the Meycauayan Sports Complex and you'll be sure to catch the North Side Fixed.