Organising #BikeFilmNight in #Exeter

For the ones who never heard or been to BikeFilmNight – here is a short definition:

It is a casual and relaxed evening where films – mainly about fixed gear – are screened. It is about getting the Exeter cycling community (on fixed gear or not) under one roof for a couple of hours or so. The cost of a seat is generally a few Pounds (usually less than a fiver). The money taken goes to a charity not to One Gear Exeter.

In the past (since November 2012), the event took place at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre in the cosy Blackbox space. 40 seats would receive the audience.


There were also a handful of local businesses able to show their products/services before and after the projection such as:

  • No Guts No Glory,
  • Bikelands,
  • Magic Bike Mike,
  • Alistair Cope (Velo Vintage),

as well as Dave Noakes and Juliet Elliott representing Coven Magazine and ready to interact about various things linked to fixies as both have been bike messengers in London.

Now it is time to change venue just because it is time to change venue. Always good to find different places – which doesn’t mean that it won’t happen again at The Phoenix.

This is where the real venture, battle actually starts.

Exeter can be difficult… Emails have been sent, meetings and chats happened to find a free space with projection equipment (projector, screen, computer…) and 40+ seats. Exeter has offices/boardrooms and other spaces with such installations! Just thinking of the new Exeter Library Rougemont Room with all facilities needed. However, the price for this room is a daily rate which can reach around £180! And well, it is not exactly open after 7pm anyway…

Having had various discussions with local theatres, pubs and other places, it seems that there is a rate to pay to have this type of evening! However, why having to pay a fee when 100 percent (and not only the benefits) of the money taken is going to a charity – all cash taken at the bar is in fact kept by the actually place hosting that evening! Exeter can be difficult to get the point of BikeFilmNight. Once again, One Gear Exeter is not a business and doesn’t make money but in fact drags 40+ people into their space. The winner is the host and it is great and free advertising too.

You would think that a local business would be more than happy to shelter such cycling event where everyone is welcome to watch short films/documentaries about fixed gear culture without being pretentious.

All this to explain why Exeter hasn’t had a BikeFilmNight meetup since September 2014.

Fear not, as there are a couple of quirky venues which are rather interested to receive BikeFilmNight. Date, time, address will be revealed in due course… just be patient (or try).

Thank you and follow #BikeFilmNight on Twitter for the updates.

Cycle and Films

Cycle and Films


#BikeFilmNight 16th September 2014 – 7pm #Exeter

BikeFilmNight is becoming a regular meetup for cycling fans.

It is still taking place at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre in the BlackBox with around 40 seats. So it is rather intimate and allows people to interact easily before and after the films.

What’s on?

Five films – 90 minutes approx duration.

Without revealing too much, there are first 3 shorts films (a kind of morning routine for a fixed gear rider and a follow-up of Macaframa and then it is off to Scotland for a quick ride with two avid cyclists named Dave Hall & James Wright for a notorious climb that starts in Lennoxtown and twists it’s way 7 miles towards Gonachan Cottage).

The featured film (56 minutes) is about a student cycling – on a fixie – from Madrid to Budapest which takes him through France, Italy…etc – where he meets other riders/friends. A fantastic road trip full of surprises and fun.

BIkeFilmNight September 2014 - Road Trip

BIkeFilmNight September 2014 – Road Trip

But this is not all. Last but not least is about speed and being fast on a handmade bespoke fixed gear.

BikeFilmNight September 2014 - Fixed Gear

BikeFilmNight September 2014 – Fixed Gear

For this social cycling evening the flat rate is just £3.00. The ticket price will pay for the cost of the room and use of equipment. All leftover will go to a local charity. As a reminder OneGearExeter is not a business and making money is not on the list.

If you wish to attend this special evening contact directly Exeter Phoenix Box Office in order to book your ticket (01392 667080).

BikeFilmNight September 2014

#BikeFilmNight 15th July 2014 – 7pm #Exeter – @ep_digital

This will be the 5th Edition of Exeter’s own and unique #BikeFilmNight.

The previous evening was more dedicated to road cyclists and racers, but this time it will focus on more action and…fixed gear in the urban landscape.

No panic though…there will be the usual mix bag of films:

  • Moutain bike short documentary about an incredible challenge
  • Fixed gear film with various portraits of riders
  • Vintage documentary (1955) about the fun & joy of cycling
BikeFilmNight July 2014 poster

BikeFilmNight July 2014 poster

If you wish to attend this screening, the procedure is as usual. Get in touch with Exeter Phoenix Box Office (01392 667080). The event is free but it is essential to get your ticket(s) to access the Blackbox (limited to 40 seats due to fire regulations).

It will start at 7pm sharp. About 90 minutes of films on the programme.

Mountain bike challenge

Mountain bike challenge

Fixed gear rider

Fixed gear rider

Cycling in Britain (1955)

Cycling in Britain (1955)

The past editions also had some local businesses/retailers displaying their products (No Guts No Glory, Bikelands, Magic Bike Mike) –  available to answer queries and give guidance about spare parts or other good deals.

Juliet Elliott and Dave Noakes also gave their time to be part of some screenings and brought copies of Coven Magazine.

BikeFilmNight Exeter

BikeFilmNight Exeter

Everyone likes freebies, but it is not that easy these days to get something from manufacturers, because even it is seen as a kind of advertising,  there is still a cost behind it. Chapeau supplied badges, chamois cream and a couple of cycling caps too.

Recently, Alistair Cope gave away a couple of tickets for the 15th June 2014 Velo Vintage event.

Trying and asking for one (just one) item to be given for a prize draw after the films is often about sending a few emails & hoping for a positive reply. Most of the time not even a “sorry, but no“. This won’t stop us asking! Promotional products do exist and are just doing the right job – a question of patience & time to organize/outreach potential brands.

However, there is still the ambition to push Exeter fixed gear and single speed community by hopefully being able to have group rides and other urban gathering.

But be reassured there won’t be bingo evenings with awkward prizes that no one wants.

Anyway… enjoy the British Summer…if there is one!


For info: Forthcoming #BikeFilmNight events won’t be free anymore. The reason is simple. Until now the space and use of equipment were free of charge – courtesy of Exeter Phoenix Digital Department.

OneGearExeter is not a business. The aim is not to make money but to cover some costs (projector, time given by Phoenix staff…etc). Part of the fee will also go to a Charity. Maximum price per ticket will be £5.00 for an evening of cycling dedicated films – something rather affordable for this regular social meetup & also keep Exeter on the cycling map. It is in a way important to show/know that not just London has good events.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.