Thursday, December 30, 2010

It Can Wait!

Definitely a sore spot for me, texting and driving! Just pull over or God forbid, wait until you get to your destination. People don't realize how dangerous texting and driving can be and quite frankly, if you can't be responsible enough to wait, you aren't responsible enough to be on the road. It's not fair to put everyone else at risk because of your selfishness and driving is a privilege, not a right. And I will fucking punch you if i see you do it.

Vans Vault x Brooks



As seen over at the Brooks Blog

Vans, the renowned shoemaker from California (in case you did not know), approached us earlier this year to collaborate with their Vault project, which is now finally dropping into stores worldwide.

The release is limited to:

-an edition of 500 numbered Brooks Team Pro Saddles and
-an edition of 1,000 pairs of leather Vans Era LX.

Both feature an outstanding embossed graphic artwork designed by Vans. These will only be available in Vans flagship stores and selected BROOKS DEALERS OF EXCELLENCE.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

a really good interview with Michael Morkov over at PEZ.

"We've seen the bikes of the road stars countless times, but let's take a closer look at a top bike of a different sort - the Dolan bike and parts that sits beneath one of the most feared men on the track, Denmark's Michael Morkov.


Michael Morkov, Denmark's former world madison champion and winner of the six days of Fiorenzuola, Grenoble, Gent, Berlin and Copenhagen with countryman Alex Rasmussen took delivery of a brace of new Dolan track bikes for the six days of Ghent.



Previously, his Saxo Bank team's bike sponsors, Specialized had been happy for Morkov to remain faithful to his Principia but with Specialized soon to enter the track frame market, they asked Michael to ride an 'anonymous' frame for winter 2010/11.

Michael took time to talk to PEZ about six day bikes.



PEZ: Have you always been an equipment fanatic, Michael ?
Michael Morkov: Yes, it started when I was a schoolboy, I was always looking at the equipment in bike shops and saving up my money for nice things.
My dad helped me but generally I paid for my equipment myself.


PEZ: What do you look for in a six day bike.
MM: It has to be stiff and you must have a bike you can trust.



For the Worlds I might fit some lighter wheels, but that's only for one hour; in the sixes you have to be able to trust your bike 100%. You want a bike that will last the whole season with no problems. And you want grippy tyres, maybe not the fastest but again tyres you can rely on.


PEZ: Why Dolan?
MM: That was Specialized's choice.



PEZ: And how do they compare to the Principia?
MM: They're pretty similar and built along the same principles - stiff and aero.
I think that some of the fine detailing is actually better than it was on the Principia. And what I liked was that everything fitted, there was no need to face the bottom bracket or file the ends,or anything like that.



PEZ: You used to ride aluminium Pinarellos, how does carbon compare?
MM: The Pinarello was a nice bike, aluminium is very light but carbon can be made stiffer and more aero.


PEZ: You've left the steerer projecting above the line of the top of the stem?
MM: When you get a new bike you're always better to give yourself a little room to manoeuvre as far as setting the position goes.

PEZ: How did you arrive at your position?
MM: Just by gradual changes over the years, I've tried to get the bars as low as possible - but I understand that if you go into the wind tunnel the results can surprise you; what you think is aero isn't necessarily so.



PEZ: Why Zipp wheels?
MM: They're one of our sponsors but I also think that they are the best track wheels, very reliable and stiff; I don't like 'soft' wheels. The Zipp bearings are good, they run very well.



PEZ: Continental tubulars?
MM: It's a bit annoying that the mechanics have to work so hard to get them straight on the rim; but I've used them for my whole career and I know that I can trust them.

PEZ: Why not Campag or Shimano cranks?
MM: The 'Omnium' cranks and bracket are made by SRAM, our sponsors and are the only track cranks which have the external bearing races - this keeps the distance from the bearing to the crank very close and is much stiffer.
They run ceramic bearings which are very smooth.
I use the MDT chain ring which is very stiff.



PEZ: Speedplay made the gold pedals specially for you?
MM: Yes, to honour our win in the world madison championship.
They have ceramic bearings and titanium axles.



PEZ: One eighth pitch chain?
MM: Yes, I run an Izumi chain which is the only chain approved for use by the Japanese Keirin association and last a long time.


PEZ: What crank length?
MM: I ride 170's but am thinking of going a little longer to get them closer to the crank length of my road bike.

PEZ: And gearing?
MM: I ride 50 x 15 here, but for a World Cup or World Championship that would go up to 49 x 14.

PEZ: Aluminium bars and stem?
MM: I ride the classic FSA bend, 40 cm alloy, for getting through gaps - again it's about trusting your equipment. The stem is aluminium too, 130 mm - there's just something in my mind about clamping carbon bars and stem, I don't like the thought of it.

With the next session on the boards approaching, it was time for Michael to saddle up; but to complete the picture - the Morkov posteria sits on a Specialized saddle, supported by an Alpina aero 'Wing' carbon seat post, which complements the aero seat tube on the bike and is a favourite of many riders looking for the ultimate in slipperiness - including the GB team 'stealth' machines.

Unfortunately, the new bike didn't make the podium at Gent - but watch for it at Berlin and Copenhagen."

shelter

Tuesday, November 30, 2010



via Bello:
Saturday Dec 4th is the Christmas Parade and we are hoping for a big turnout so decorate your bike and yourself and join us @ 11:30am at the parking lot K across form the Clinton Street Post Office. The ride will be less than 3 miles so bundle up.

sickness.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gap Goes PUBLIC with Pop-Up Bike Shop at San Francisco Flagship



(Courtesy PUBLIC and James Mueller Photography)

Since resolving its brand identity crisis, Gap has been busy expanding its horizons. In recent weeks, the mega-retailer has opened its first wholly-owned stores in China (two in Beijing, two in Shanghai) and Italy (on Milan’s Corso Vittorio Emanuele) and announced plans to enter South America next fall. But the Gap store we’re most excited about is a temporary outlet right down the road from the company’s San Francisco HQ. It’s a seasonal pop-up shop (above) that features the covetable steel-framed bikes and gear of PUBLIC, the enterprise started in May by Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes.

“I’ve been watching the growth of city bikes in Europe for almost ten years and seeing the changes here, such as the Bloomberg initiatives in New York,” Forbes told us. “I’m passionate about urban design and mobility, and want to help us get over our car addiction.” And so PUBLIC was born. The San Francisco-based company specializes in practical bikes designed for cities. Its classically styled models come in a growing range of gorgeous hues—a tangerine inspired by the ’68 Vespa that is a fixture in the PUBLIC offices, a pale blue purloined from a vintage Porsche—and boast frames that are guaranteed for life and “ride like butter.”

Word of snazzy urban bikes travels fast in the Bay Area, so it was only a matter of time before Gap came calling. “Their team visited our South Park space, liked our vibe, and asked if we’d work with them on the pop-up,” explained Forbes. “They are developing a bike share program with their staff also, and we align with their internal mission.” The deal was sealed by PUBLIC’s new more affordable models (the recently launched Public A7 and J7 each sell for $495, compared to the $550 to $890 price range of other models) and its quirky assortment of non-bike merchandise, including pretty air pumps, art, antimicrobial striped socks, and wooden deer heads.

Forbes describes the pop-up shop, which will be open through the end of January at Gap’s San Francisco flagship on Market Street, as a mix of “rustic wood floors and clean walls and bikes of lickable colors.” And for customers who’d rather not ride their purchases home, there are desks imbedded with iPads for ordering PUBLIC products online. With the holidays around the corner, we asked Forbes for advice on what to put under the tree for the design-savvy bike enthusiast. “Definitely a Belgian Moose Bust,” he said, before offering another stimulating option. “Actually, we’re now selling the best espresso machine in the world. There is not a biker alive that does not have a serious coffee habit.”

original story here: Media Bistro

Monday, November 22, 2010

Geek

I was talking with an old friend about a custom bike project coming up and a lot of the features he wants kept reminding me of Geekhouse. This video is not brand new but it's so well done (Marty is awesome) that I had to share (possibly reshare) it:

Geekhouse Movie from Geekhouse Bikes on Vimeo.


Also, because of the holiday craziness, we are going to do a Weds Night Ride instead of Thursday and then a few of us are going to the Daikaiju show after 'rita's. The ride will be short and sweet - hitting up the bulk of downtown's parking garages. Get up!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Czech Mix

bored? check out this and other pics of pro cyclist Lucie Macikova over at Pro Cycling Women. Photos by Michal Pudich, courtesy of Michal Frantik

270 Miles

Miles from Pietro Malegori on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We're All Equal But Some Are More Equal


as seen at the NY Times (and Anthony)

Cyclists Condemn Prosecutor’s Decision
By JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF

Last week The Vail Daily News reported that an Eagle County, Colo., prosecutor had declined to press felony charges against Martin Joel Erzinger, a financial manager who allegedly fled the site of a crash with a cyclist in July.

“Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger’s profession, and that entered into it,” Mark Hurlbert, the prosecutor, said of the manager, told the paper. “When you’re talking about restitution, you don’t want to take away his ability to pay.”

Mr. Erzinger, a money manager for wealthy clients at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, has $1 billion in assets under management, according to his Web site. He now faces two misdemeanor traffic charges related to the incident, which left the victim with brain and spinal cord injuries.

Cycling advocates around the country have decried the ruling.

“Even with an appreciation of the legal complexities, what Erzinger is accused of absolutely warrants a felony charge and it’s shocking that his profession and net worth has even entered into the equation,” wrote Jonathan Maus, the editor of BikePortland.org, a cycling blog.

Bob Mionske, an attorney who specializes in representing injured bikers, said the district attorney’s decision not to press felony charges was unusual given the circumstances. According to court records, Mr. Erzinger did not stop after the accident, but drove several miles to a nearby town and called a roadside assistance service to request a tow for his Mercedes. He did not call law enforcement, the records say.

When the local police arrested Mr. Erzinger, he was allegedly placing a broken side mirror and a damaged bumper in his trunk, the records add.

“He doesn’t really seem to have a defense,” said Mr. Mionske, a former Olympian who writes a column on cycling and legal matters for Bicycling magazine. “This guy is clearly fleeing the scene. All the elements of the crime are present.”

But Mr. Erzinger’s lawyers say that he may suffer from sleep apnea that affected his actions at the time of the accident, the Vail newspaper said.

The victim, Dr. Steven Milo, a transplant surgeon who according to his attorney suffered brain and spinal cord injuries in the collision, has objected to the prosecutor’s decision.

“Mr. Erzinger struck me, fled and left me for dead on the highway,” Dr. Milo wrote to the judge overseeing the case, according to The Vail Daily News. “Neither his financial prominence nor my financial situation should be factors in your prosecution of this case.”

In an interview with a local news station, Mr. Hurlbert, the prosecutor, denied that Mr. Erzinger’s financial prominence played a role in his decision, and said that if convicted of the misdemeanor charges, he would face up to a year in a county jail.

Mr. Mionske, the cyclist’s rights attorney, called the case a particularly striking example of the difficulties cyclists face when seeking justice after being struck by a vehicle. For example, after many bike-car collisions, the injured cyclist is taken to the hospital, while the statement from the driver is to be an authoritative account of the incident, he argues.

“The police, they show up at the hospital and hand the guy a ticket without ever asking him for his version of the accident,” he said.

“Over all, there’s an amazing amount of injustice that occurs to cyclists,” he added.


Another article here.

And another here.

P.O.T.D.






Monday, November 8, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Alleycat This Weekend

A few of us went to flo-town this summer and did their first alleycat. Well they're back for Halloween with what i'm sure will be another great event.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Polo

We played polo today. It was fun. There's been some guys playing every sunday at 4 downtown at Holmes and Lincoln if you want to join.





Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bambooyah!

There seems to be more and more bamboo bike companies popping up and this one actually seems pretty awesome.







Sunday, September 19, 2010

Justin's Edit

Art & Snaps

Woof x Arfx x Cyclo bike.co from Woof Jakarta on Vimeo.



360 and 360 to fork snap from 010fixedgear on Vimeo.

Cycling Fashion Ehh

INteresting article seen over at the Business Of Fashion

VANCOUVER, Canada — Take a walk through the streets of Vancouver and it’s likely that the local style won’t be what catches your attention at first. This is, of course, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, nestled in the North Shore mountains and perched on the edge of the great Pacific ocean. The city’s vast vistas are more the stuff of postcards than fashion spreads. But look more carefully and you’ll see that a mini fashion revolution is taking place in Vancouver — on bicycles.

“Vancouver is a city of cyclists, criss-crossed by tens of thousands of cyclists of different types who are united by their passion for the simple joy of pedaling and bicycling,” declares the website for Velo-City, an exhibit curated by three life-long bicycle lovers who noticed a recent surge in the popularity of cycling and the first bicycle traffic jams on Vancouver’s extensive network of bike lanes.

And while perhaps not quite like their counterparts in Amsterdam or Copenhagen, it’s true that Vancouverites have taken to their bikes in great numbers. Everywhere you look, there are cyclists. This has been made easier in part by recent civic programs to make it safer and more efficient for cyclists to take to the streets.
The street in front of my sister’s house in Kitsilano has been designated a bike path and a constant stream of cyclists make their way down the leafy streets at all day long. The Burrard Bridge, one of the major arteries into downtown Vancouver’s district of sparkling condo and office towers, now has designated bike lanes too. All of this is much to the chagrin of Vancouver’s car lovers, who are still in the large majority, lest you imagine that the city has forgone with the automobile altogether.

But more interesting than the sheer number of cyclists in Vancouver is the redefinition of the bicycle here “as a vehicle for artistic self-expression, a provocative symbol of counter-culture and as a tool for social change,” as the museum exhibit put it. And if past experience has anything to teach us, around such a lifestyle, is usually a business opportunity. In a way, this city is a petrie dish for new lifestyle businesses.
Vancouver is home to Lululemon, a recent blockbuster in the sports lifestyle category. The purveyor of yoga pants made of comfortable, hi-tech materials now has annual revenues of more than $350m. The business continues to grow, even with the economic crisis putting the brakes on growth just about everywhere else in the fashion business.
So, could the same thing happen with cycling?

Late one evening on Granville Street, which is being cleaned up for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games, I spotted a trio of cool cats posing on their bikes, in the same way one imagines young men posed with their motorbikes in the 1950s. These were no ordinary bicycles, mind you. Long and low with big handlebars, they brought to mind the style of a Harley Davidson.
After chatting with them a bit, I decided to investigate further. In the following days, I started asking locals about fashion and cycling, and everyone had something to say. In Vancouver, everyone has an opinion on bicycles.
“You wanted a fashion story about Vancouver? Why didn’t you ask me earlier? Write about bikes,” said my cousin Almeera Jiwa, a budding actress in the local theatre scene. “The fashion bike scene started with the artists and it spread from there,” she explained. “Now it’s cool to have a bike, and if you don’t have one, you’re seen as kind of behind-the-times.”
So while the popularity of cycling in Vancouver may have originated as a functional form of travel and a statement of environmental principles, cycling here has now taken on a stylish angle too. Forty-two different tribes and sub-cultures of Vancouver cyclists were identified by the curators of the museum exhibit.

Ulrike Rodrigues, a local writer who passionately documents her own cycling and pens a column called The Adventures of Mitey Miss in Momentum magazine told me: “If you think about it, rather than being a new phenomenon, bicycles have been used as a symbol of lifestyle for a long time! It’s always represented freedom, and here in Vancouver (and elsewhere in North America, I’ve noticed) the bicycle has been used in media and advertising to symbolize health, the good life, and yes — style.”
Indeed, Rodrigues believes there is a more pragmatic reason for the style shift in bicycle culture. “The bicycle industry had flattened out and needed a new way to package and sell more bikes… they could only sell so many mountain bikes to the general public, and mountainbiking enthusiasts already have about as many bikes as they need.”
She cites a survey conducted by Shimano exploring how to increase market demand:
“The subjects in the study connected cycling with simple pleasure and enjoyment, but got a wake-up when they walked into the gear-and-performance environment of a bike shop. Writes Fredman, “these people were just turned off by cycling. They weren’t seeing a way to enjoy a bike the way they used to.” In response, Shimano has captained a fleet of simple but modern Coasting bikes, ordered training videos for bike shop staff, and partnered with the bike industry and communities to promote cycling…”
“The Coasting line,” she says, “marks a dramatic movement away from sporty bikes. Built in collaboration with major bike manufacturers, the bikes are elegant, easy to use and allow cyclists to actually wear what I call “civilian” clothes! Goodbye spandex shorts, hello pleated skirts!”

In addition to the market for the bikes themselves, there are also increasing numbers of people who are looking for clothes that are bike-friendly. The good news for high-heel shoe brands is that they fit the bill. Apparently a pair of stylish heels is more comfortable to pedal with, than walk with. And, in case you’re wondering how stylish bikers deal with helmet head, many are just forgoing helmets altogether. But for the law-abiding fashion cycl-ista, there are even hairstylists in Vancouver who specialise in creating helmet-proof hair.

In the end, while perhaps it is too early to declare a new fashion cycling revolution, the early signs of opportunity are already there and Vancouver is at its epicentre.

Imran Amed is Editor of The Business of Fashion

Saturday, September 18, 2010





A friend of ours is currently on sabbatical and has been riding the southern tier route from coast to coast. Anyhow, he blogs about each day, its currently underway, and it's a pretty cool look into the daily experiences of such an epic trip. Check him out here