FYXO was started by Andy White in 2003 and Fyxomatosis was the name he gave to something he’d been doing ‘since forever’.  Creating.  Making.  Doing.  Travelling.  Documenting.

The name was a play on fixed and myxomatosis –  an infectious cycling disease, consuming and controlling each and every thought which centres around cycling culture.

From humble beginnings, it spread worldwide, and FYXO continues to have it’s finger on the pulse of what’s relevant and rad in bikes.  FYXO confidently treads its own path, creating trends with each pedal stroke that often include hat tips to traditions past.

The FYXO story

2000

Andy quits his marketing role at Hewlett Packard to travel the world.

Travels to South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia) including a MTB trip in Bolivia and solo cycle tour in Ecuador.

The first geocities website for sharing travel exploits with friends is born!

2001

Andy moves to London, UK and gets first job as bike courier.

Works weekends at Evans Cycles (The Cut).

MTB trips to Les Gets & Morzine, France. Gets first Track Bike!

Starts racing Alleycats and Roller Races. Races track at Herne Hill and Newport, Wales.

2002

Attends first Cycle Messenger World Championship, Copenhagen. Only Australian / Londoner in the final of main race.

More MTB adventures to Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil VTT, France.

Always carries a camera!

2003

Andy moves back to Melbourne.

Starts Ciao! Melbourne photographic series // photos of strangers on the street posing with his track bike between deliveries.

Starts using fyxomatosis as a brand name inspired by the infectious nature of cycling culture spreading from friend to friend.

Attends SSWC in Castlemaine, AU – Only competitor riding brakeless track bike.

Mean Streets, Melbourne, AU – 1st Place.

2004

Ciao! Photographic Exhibition at Kent St Gallery, Melbourne // 100 photos.

Leaves for Vancouver, Canada to work as a bike courier.

Travels to USA. Works for Pelican Delivery, San Francisco / A to Z Couriers, New York City.

Starts making fyxomatosis t-shirts and selling online.

 

2005

Works for Phantom Couriers, Vancouver.

Organizes Seven Deadly Sins Alleycat, Vancouver.

Ciao! Vancouver photographic series & Exhibition / First job as a Wedding Photographer.

Works for Dragonfly Courier, NYC.

St Valentine’s Massacre Alleycat, Vancouver – 1st place.

Monstertrack Alleycat, NYC – 2nd place.

Cranksgiving Alleycat, NYC- 1st Place.

Halloween Alleycat, NYC- 1st Track & 1st Out of Town.

2006

Organizes St Valentine’s Massacre, Vancouver – first alleycat open to entry by non-bike couriers and biggest field ever.

Monstertrack, NYC – 2nd place.

Cranksgiving, NYC – 1st place.

Organised Roller Racing series with Brunswick CC at Royal Derby Hotel, Melbourne.  Raising this once great event from decades of hiberation.

Attended first L’Eroica Australia, Beechworth.

Organises C.O.P. alleycat, Melbourne as part of the CMWC Prequel.

Organises St.Francis fun ride, Melbourne.

First Melburn Roobaix – 100 riders conquer the cobbles.

First Eddy Merckx road bike restoration.

2007

Travels to San Francisco for NACCC.

VeloCity Track Event, SF – Overall Winner.

Races the Northern Combine road season / A-Grade, Melbourne.

2nd Melburn Roobaix – 200 riders.

Andy breaks neck while training on the road.  Fractures C1, C5 & C6 and must wear a halo for 3 months.

2008

Cannonball Run – Sydney to Melbourne // 1200km in 6 days on a fixed gear.

Starts to host regular Bicycle Swap Meets in Melbourne.

Attends CMWC, Japan.  Races Keirin Velodrome, Japan // Qualifies 2nd fastest.

3rd Melburn Roobaix – 300 riders.

2009

Andy rides to Adelaide for Tour Down Under // 3 days, 700km.

Woods Point ‘Gravel Grind’ 3 day Adventure Ride with Shifterbikes on Singlespeed CX bikes.

4th Melburn Roobaix – 400 riders.

Andy officially retires from bike couriering – full time FYXO.

2010

Melodie commences working full time for FYXO // Previously instrumental in a part-time role.

5th Melburn Roobaix – 800 riders.

Double Warrnambool Ride // 2 days – 600km.

fyxomatosis shortened to FYXO.

First of many articles published in Ride Magazine.

// Retro Review – Gary Neiwand’s World Championship Track Bike

// Retro Review – Phil Anderson’s Eddy Merckx Motorola

// Retro Review – Billy-Joe Shearby’s commemorative Track Bike for breaking Team Pursuit World Record

2011

Great(est) Victorian Bike Ride // 6 day – 1300km self supported tour around Victoria.

First FYXO cycling kit available.

First release of FYXO ‘King Bright Lights.

Thrones saddle collaboration for Melburn Roobaix.

6th Melburn Roobaix – 1500 riders.

En Masse Event at Liaison Cafe, Melbourne // Record set for most Bikeshare Bikes in same place at the same time!

FYXO open’s experimental ‘FYXO Hub” retail space in South Yarra, VIC.

2012

Product photography for Bike Technologies, BT Blade for London Olympics.

Orica Green Edge Cycling Team launch // Andy is Team Portrait photographer.

7th Melburn Roobaix – 2000+ riders.

En Masse II, Melbourne.

Travels to Tuscany to ride L’Eroica with Peloton Cycling Tours.

FYXO organises first Australian Custom Bicycle Show, Melbourne featuring the likes of Baum Cycles, Busyman Bicycles, Fikas, Gellie Custom,Kenevans, KUMO, Llewellyn, Primate and more.

2013

Photographer for Team Honda at Bay Crits, Melbourne.

Photographer for Avanti at Herald Sun Tour, Melbourne.

FYXO relaunches website and online store to fyxo.co.

FYXO wins Best High Powered Front Light in RideOn Magazine for ‘King Bright.

8th Melburn Roobaix // Entry capped at 2000 riders and sells out in two weeks.

Andy travels to Tuscany to ride L’Eroica with Peloton Cycling Tours.

Rescues an injured Wedgetail Eagle with TheRadavist.

Member of Urban Cycling Hall of Fame selection panel.

Starts the #lifeistooshorttoridshitbikes #baaw hashtags.

2014

Second ride to Adelaide for Tour Down Under via the Great Ocean Road // 4 days, 1000km.

Worked with Madman films for release of Pantani Movie.

First #FAUXNAGO made for Melburn Roobaix prize.

FYXO releases AIR FYXO shoe covers, headset caps and baby onesies.

Custom builds of the year include Colnago 50th Anniversary | Cinelli Super Corsa | Colnago C40 Mapei | Trek ‘General Lee’ | Ken Evans Professional | Eddy Merckx balance bike | Paint design for Gellie Custom Bikes ‘Rough Diamond’ disc road bike

9th Melburn Roobaix // sells out one week.

2015

Photographer for Condor Cycles at Bay Crits, Melbourne.

FYXO commisioned by Campagnolo SRL, Italy to build a show bike using the Athena 11s gruppo.

FYXO organises first Melburn Custom Bicycle Show.

Custom builds for the year include: Eddy Mercxk Pista | Moser Donna | Grandis Ladies Bike | Concorde PDM Aquila | Olmo | Pinarello Asolo | Hazzard County ‘Generally’ | Eddy Merckx Team Weinmann

Two day epic to Bright via the Dargo High Plains Road.

Engaged to document the Speedvagen Fit Tour, Melbourne for The Vanilla Worshop.

10th Melburn Roobaix // Stuart O’Grady and Phil Anderson among those celebrating the ride.

2016

Better living through bikes.

Follow the ride.