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Wacky Bikes from around the World

Posted in Funky Bike by Colin Hennessy

May 18, 2016

Passion about Bikes Our passion lies with building custom fixed gear and single speed bikes that make people happy as soon as they hit the road! Being a bicycle manufacturer we do have a soft spot for bike designs and builds that are a little further afield and don't adhere to the cycling norm.  So without further ado; introducing our favourite wacky, crazy bike designs from around the world. Dizzy Source[/caption] This would seem at home at a funfair. Although the lack of brakes are worrying. And moving in...
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Red Hook Crit 2016

Posted in Events by Graham White

April 28, 2016

2016 crit season It's that time of the year again, when the world's best urban track bike riders come together to take on the now legendary Red Hook Crit series. 2016 sees the series take place over 4 races in Brooklyn, London, Barcelona and Milan with nearly 100 women and 300 men registered to compete. This weekend the first race of the 2016 series take place in Brooklyn, marking the 9th year of an event that started back in 2008, when race director David Trimble organised a low-key race...
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The Financial Benefits of Commuting by Bike

Posted in Cycling by Graham White

April 15, 2016

Financial Benefits of Cycling People often complain about the initial cost involved in buying a bike; “Sure I could buy a car for that money!” is a well-worn phrase. In reality, however, the cost of buying a decent commuter bike is negligible in comparison to to the costs of buying and running a car, and even to public transport costs, and the savings that can be gained from the minute you start commuting will add up in no time. How you can save Fuel  Petrol doesn’t come cheap, in...
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Test Ride a Funked Up Bike Before You Buy

Posted in Cycling by Colin Hennessy

March 8, 2016

Fancy a Test Ride? Test Ride a FunkedUp Bike Before You Buy. We're launching FunkedUp Test Rides, giving you the option to try out one or all of the FunkedUp Series' to find the bike that's perfect for you. If you're based in Dublin or just visiting for a few days, you can now book an appointment to stop by our base in Dublin 8, just outside the city center (a 15 minute walk from St. Stephens Green and very close to our friends in the Teeling Whiskey Distillery), and our expert...
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FunkedUp Bicycles Eye Candy: Part II

Posted in Funky Bike by Colin Hennessy

March 20, 2015

24 Billion Flavours We were recently informed by Urban Cyclist Magazine, that there are over 24 billion variations of FunkedUp's you can design. It's insane! It really shows what an awesome and creative bunch our customers are because we can't remember the last time we built 2 identical bikes. To show you what we mean, and as a follow up to last years Eye Candy blog, we want to share some of our favourite FunkedUp Family shots we've been sent over the last few months. Check 'em out and we'd love...
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Bike Messengers and Fixed Gear - A Love Affair

Posted in Cycling by Graham White

January 20, 2015

It’s an oft-told story that fixed gear riding among bike messengers began with an influx of Jamaicans at some point in the 1970’s to San Francisco or New York (depending on who’s telling the story). So impoverished were these immigrants that they couldn’t afford geared bikes and got jobs as messengers riding single-gear fixed wheel bicycles. Thus began a trend which took 30 years or so to reach critical mass and be firmly accepted into mainstream culture. Bike Parking CMWC NYC 2005[/caption] Whatever the truth of this...
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Are Fixed Gear Bikes Dangerous?

Posted in Fixie Stunts by Graham White

December 10, 2014

How do you stop that thing??? It’s probably the first question that gets asked about fixed gear bikes, and the our answer is generally the same. Fixed gear bikes don’t kill people, people kill people. Here are some do’s and don’t when it comes to fixed gear safety. DO: Learn to skid stop to modulate your speed Just a little tweak... golden  DON’T: Get cocky "Check out this awesome skiiiiiii....shiiiiiiiiittttttttt"  DON’T: Cycle too close to traffic, especially if you’re riding brakeless  What did you think...
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Funked Up's Top Ten Cycling Blogs

Posted in Cycling by Graham White

November 20, 2014

Awesome bike blogs Here at Funked Up we love reading about bikes almost as much as we like riding them. There are so many beautiful and informative blogs out there we thought it would be nice to share our top ten with you. These are the blogs that keep us coming back for more, whether it be for beautiful images, great video clips or just a wealth of content. Check them out! (Click on the blog logos to visit the blogs!) The Radavist Formerly known as Prolly Is...
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Winter is coming... let's keep riding!

Posted in Bike Maintenance by Graham White

October 15, 2014

As the evenings draw in and you begin to feel that distinctive chill in the air, it’s time to step back, take stock, and make sure you’re prepared for the months ahead. You want to keep cycling through the winter, right? Well read on for some top tips to make sure you keep rolling till you see those snowdrops start to blossom again. Your Bike Autumn and winter can be tough times for bikes. Rain, sleet, snow and salt, all combine to take their toll on components. An unloved bike...
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Fixed Gear Freestyle - a brief history

Posted in Fixie Stunts by Graham White

September 23, 2014

Aside from hardcourt bike polo, bored bike messengers also helped birth freestyle fixed gear riding, or FGFS as it is now known. The internet, and YouTube in particular, helped spread the idea that riding fixed gear bikes wasn’t limited to the velodrome, or cruising around town. One of the first standout videos was 2004’s NYC Drag Race, filmed by alleycat junkie, Lucas Brunelle. This video shows the extreme side of urban racing that bike messengers have been using to blow off steam since 1989.  Drag Race NYC From the alleycat...
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