cyclist of the week: Patrick Thames
There's only a few fixed gear blogs out there that truly represent the community. Luckily for us, we got the chance to speak with one of the leaders of the community, Patrick Thames. Patrick founded PedalConsumption almost a decade ago before the height of the fixed gear movement.
We caught up with him to see how he got into the sport and where he thinks it's headed.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California. In 2007, I moved to Portland, Oregon and I’ve been here ever since.
When did you get into cycling and how has it shaped your life?
It all started on Christmas day of 1978 in the form of a Huffy Thunder Road bicycle. It was a piece of crap, but it was a blast to ride around in my cul-de- sac. A year later, I was upgraded to a Huffy Pro Thunder BMX bicycle and that’s when I knew I was hooked. Riding a bicycle has given me the best adventures of my life. Without it, I would never have traveled, or met so many wonderful people… like my amazing girlfriend. There is not a single day that goes by that I don’t think about cycling. It truly is my life’s blood.
Pedal Consumption is definitely a go-to blog for news within the cycling community. How did that idea come to fruition?
During my first fall/winter in Portland, I didn’t know how to cope with the constant rain and cold weather due to inexperience. So I stayed indoors and looked at Fixed Gear blogs to fill in the gap. Eventually I became real bored with the handful of blogs that catered to Fixed Gear cycling and decided to start my own blog. It’s been almost 10 years and I still love doing it!
What's your go-to bicycle?
When riding Fixed Gear my go-to bicycle is my 1993 Cannondale Track. For road riding it’s a tie between my Colnago and Parlee. At the moment, I have way too many bicycles.
Describe your daily morning ritual.
I’m an early bird, so I wake up in the AM. It’s all about making coffee, checking emails, posting a few entries, walking the dog, and riding the hills.
What's your take on the current cycling community/industry?
The Fixed Gear community is still thriving, but the industry side of it seems to be dying off. It’s a hard industry to tackle, especially when you have companies overseas who are flooding the market with inexpensive cookie-cutter frames and components. There’s way too much shit out there.
How do you take your coffee, if any?
I only like light to medium roasts with flavored cream - no sugar!
What type of music do you listen to? And what’s your favorite song right now?
I mostly listen to 80s metal. My favorite song right now is “Vorel” by Russian Circles.
As a founder, we understand how stressful it can be starting something on your own. Do you have any advice to the fans trying to pave their own path?
My advice would be to NOT let yourself be too consumed with your projects.
Thanks to Patrick for taking the time to talk with us. For more with him, check out Pedal Consumption.