Keo Curry, a fixed-gear freestyle legend and inventor of the ‘Keo Spin,’ has passed away.
The Yellow Bike Company confirmed his death on Instagram with the following statement.
“Today, we lost a legend, a friend, a legend and an icon. It’s heartbreaking to hear that we lost the great [Keo Curry]. The statement continues “The man who revolutionized the fixed gear scene and the man who invented the Keo Spin. Thanks Keo. You’ll be badly missed. Rest in power buddy.”
Keo Curry’s cause of death has not been revealed. The fixed-gear cyclists’ community paid tribute to Curry on social media following his untimely death.
RIP Keo Curry a lot of us wouldn’t even had ridden a fixed gear if it wasn’t for you a real life legend to the game
— Han-iel (@STDeezy) September 10, 2019
Lost a legend today, RIP Keo Curry pic.twitter.com/X7UYXq9mOw
— GUCCI VUITTON (@Phutiyo666) September 10, 2019
One of the fixie legends passed away today. RIP to the one and only Keo Curry. Literally one of the reasons why I started to ride fix and trick in the first place 🚴🏽♂️. He made that shit look good.
— Jorge Navarro (@jnavthesav209) September 10, 2019
RIP to the fixed gear freestyle god. The one who really started it for all us freestylers. Was real stoked when i got to meet you. Rest easy Keo Curry, Keo Spin in peace 🚲 pic.twitter.com/N2CllsL84a
— frankie (@frankieej_) September 10, 2019
Keo Curry hails from Seattle, Washington and is credited with popularizing the sport of fixed-bike cycling. He developed numerous bike tricks in his career including the Keo Rock and Keo Spin.
In 2009, Keo Curry starred in David Rowe’s documentary Fast Friday, which explored the bike scene in his hometown of Seattle.
A year later, Keo explored rising fixed-gear cycle scene in Los Angeles in a follow-up documentary: To Live & Ride in L.A.
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I always just figured you’d get life all worked out, and then you and I would sit back as old dudes and talk about the crazy times we had back in the day when we lived together. I’m gonna miss you randomly popping up at shows when I was on the road just to give me a hug and let me know you’re doing ok. I’m gonna miss you bud. I hope you finally find what you were searching for. Love you bud. @keo_curry_the_bad_ass_one #ripkeo
Keo Curry doesn’t have much of a social media presence; however, there are numerous videos of the fixie legend on YouTube. His Instagram page, which is set to private has the following bio “Always Good on 2 Wheels, No bikes that click and ones that are faster then bullets out of a stick.”
In a 2011 interview with L.A Weekly, fixed-gear cyclist Sean Martin credits Keo as a pioneer in the fixed-gear cyclist scene.
“Keo was the first person to focus on doing tricks on the fixed-gear bike,” notes Martin. “Until then, if you were going to come out to an event, you were going to race. He brought [tricks] to the forefront.”
Keo Curry is credited with influencing the fixed gear communities of his hometown of Seattle, California, and Japan.