FIXIEGIRL / Gail Aviles
Most of her friends and followers describes her as the "Queen of Track Stand".
I initially thought of doing a long bike ride from my place going to Clark, Pampanga to meet Gail. But then I realized that Angeles City is quite far from Manila. So I have no choice but to take a bus, carry my camera equipment and my bike with me.
It was a nice experience exploring Mabalacat with my bike alone as my mode of transportation. I knew it’ll be a fun ride.
When I arrived at Mabalacat bus terminal station, I first went to the nearest convenience store where I could lock my bike and eat breakfast, before heading for a 9km bike ride at Manuel A. Roxas highway going to Clark, Freeport.
"Don't practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong."
Gail is a 19-year-old student who is currently taking up Bachelor of Arts in History. She’s been riding a fixed-gear bike for almost four years now. During her free time, she helps her parents in their small business.
When she’s not in the mood riding her bike, she would just stay at home, chill, surf the internet and spend time with her family rather than going out with friends.
During our shoot, she told me that she started riding a bike at a very young age.
As far as I can remember, I was four or five years old when I started riding a bike that only has a foot brake. My father taught me how to ride that bike, but eventually had to stop riding it because as I grew up the bike no longer fits me.
She had used several bikes throughout her childhood and only got interested in a fixed-gear bike when her older brother got one.
At first, I was not really into it. But out of curiosity that time, I was eventually hooked and asked my father to buy me one even though he initially refused because of safety issues and also thought that fixed-gear bikes are for boys only.
I wanted to show my Father that I can also ride a fixed-gear bike so I pushed myself to learn riding one.
Come June 2014, I finally got my first fixed-gear bike (SGM).
Prism in White and Black frame-set is the newest addition to the Throne Cycles Collection. It features 7005 double butted Aluminum with hydroformed tubing for a stiffer support, finished with polished smooth hand welds. Its geometry design will conquer any criterium race and perform equally impressive on the track. – Throne Cycles
- Frame: 7005 Aluminum Track Frame
- Headset: TC Sealed Bearing
- Welds: Polished smooth welds
- Tire Clearance: 25mm
- Weight: 4.5lbs (Frame,Fork,Headset,Seatclamp)
- Seat Post Diameter: 27.2mm
- BB type: 68mm English Thread
On that same year, I was able to attend several events and witnessed so many skilled fixed-gear bike riders and they all made a huge impact on me. I also want to learn some tricks using my own bike.
So I started practicing tricks such as bar spin, long skid, macaframa skid and reverse pedalling. But track standing is where I really excelled, and I can do a lot of things with it.
Pag mas marami kang tricks na alam, mas sikat ka, mas magaling ka at mas angat ka.
It took me months to master different variations of the track stand. It was a bit hard but it all paid off in the end because I can proudly do it myself.
Now, who says fixed-gear bikes are only for boys? Well Gail proved you wrong. Gail proved her Dad, wrong. 😉
"Like a Boss"
"The Reverse Trackstand"
Overall, masasabi kong mahirap talaga mag balance sa trackstand, may point pa na ma-out of balance ka, matutumba, magagasgasan at mabubugbog. Pero sabi nga nila “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Walang mangyayare kung susuko agad. Isa rin sa motto ko noon pag nagpa-practice is “Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong.”
"Fall seven times, stand up eight. Walang mangyayare kung susuko agad."
Where to Buy
Throne Prism Frame
Enemy Headset / Enemy x Splvrk bartape
Kinesis Fork / Shimano cleats pedals
H Plus Son Rims / Novatec Hubs
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