Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Trails Today Were...

JDM Allstars - Wembley 2009 - The Drift Festival from JDM Allstars on Vimeo.

Icy muddy and fun.




** tuesdays don't work for the fixed ride anymore. anyone wanna suggest another day?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Rednecks Are Fu#king Crazy!

I saw this on Craigslist tonight and about sh*t myself. This guy has lost his mind! He is asking $2000 for a 20 year old BMX bike. I meet guys who get all teary eyed and nostalgic about some mythical white unicorn, i mean BMX bike they had as a kid and all the crazy tricks they could pull and the time they rode allllll the way down to the mall once to meet a girl. Well, time has served as a good buffer for the reality that will soon unfold for many of them as they throw a leg over another twenty inch beast and try a pitiful bunny hop up the curb. Stand back and have your cell phone ready for you are about to hear two sounds. One will be the sound of multiple forty-year-old vertebra popping and the other will be the sound of a fairy tale of similar vintage crashing to an abrupt halt. Daddy, what's wrong, why can't you stand up straight? Enter crazy birmingham country dude stage right with this beautiful steed just waiting for you to hand him a pot of gold and pedal off into the promise land. What I want to know is why this guy still has this bike and who in their right mind is going to pay that much money for something that is subpar by todays standards. Im not joking on his bike because its actually pretty cool but you cant do anything on it that people are using 20"ers for these days. I guess what i'm saying is nostalgia is expensive and dumb IMHO. BY the way, this is an active ad so if u are seriously interested in the bike give him a call. Then bring it by so i can ride it.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tour De Tuscaloosa

It's that time of year again. Well, almost. Go on down to t-town for one of the better organized races in the state. Not to mention NIck Saban will be announcing the during 3-2-1 crit.


*NIck Saban not guaranteed to be present or even aware of event

Black Is The New Green

Trek has launched a new environmentally friendly line for 2010 dubbed ECO. Pretty crazy huh. I have to give them credit as this is one of the most complete and earnest attempts at being green that I have seen from any of the top five. The line ranges from a tube recycling program, to a clothing and accessory line, all the way to a complete bike who's entire lifespan has been accounted for from inception to end (aka: its frame and components are designed to be easily recycled). Long story longer, I really like this recycled hip pouch they created.

Heartbrakes

so now we have an official poster. A few local guys are going to this so if you need a ride, speak up now.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mmmmmm Victoria

I got nothin today so please enjy this video borrowed from tracko (and whoever he got it from)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Midwest Mayhem

mayhem abound. from Kris *lockedcog* on Vimeo.



Wonka Wall from John Prolly on Vimeo.

We Are Very In Tune With The Sexy Time Arts

Will We Have WC Stripes In Some Blue Grass?

If 'cross is the new alleycat (and lets be real, it is among those who actually want to ride their bikes versus those just wanting to be seen riding their bikes), you guys better start training. The US is positioning itself to bring the traditionally european race stateside and it's actually not going to be in the pacific northwest.

UCI vote will decide if Kentucky hosts the 2013 ’cross world championships
January 25, 2010 By Jason Sumner VeloNews

"The fate of the much-talked-about Louisville, Kentucky, cyclocross world championships bid will be decided Friday by a vote when the UCI management board comes together in Tabor, Czech Republic. And while UCI ’cross coordinator Peter Van Den Abelee has made it clear he supports bringing worlds across the Atlantic in 2013, he says nothing is assured. “We’ve studied all the applications and then submitted our comments to the UCI management board,” Van Den Abelee told VeloNews at Sunday’s World Cup finals in Hoogerheide, Holland. “We all hope for the U.S. because it would be good for the development of the sport, but we won’t know until Friday.” This year, Van Den Abelee made several visits to U.S. races, and said he was impressed with what he saw. “It was quite enthusiastic with good atmosphere,” he said. “There are a lot of riders, good fans, everything is there. Good courses, good course marking, security. Now we just cross our fingers.”

One of the primary hurdles to clear is the need for a test event. Typically new venues must first hold a World Cup to assure world championship readiness. But the prospect of bringing the World Cup to the U.S. is unlikely.

Unlike world championship events where athletes are usually supported by their national federations, World Cup events often pay start money to top riders to assure their presence. That extra cost, plus the complications and expense of international travel during the season mean an alternative solution must be found. If Louisville is chosen, it will mark the first time ’cross worlds has been held outside Europe, and be the first major international cyclocross race held in the United States. Van Den Abelee, who would not reveal which other locales were under consideration for 2013, explained that the UCI director of events would present each of the bids to the 16-member management board. “Then he will say, ‘This is our conclusion. Now it is up to you to decide,’” Van Den Abelee said. “Normally we would need to do a World Cup first, but that would be difficult. So for right now we will just have to wait and see on Friday. Then everything will be clear.”
A portion of Van Den Abelee’s unwillingness to speculate is attributable to last year’s 2012 worlds announcement. In the lead-up, many expected the approval of a U.S. bid, but instead it went to Koksijde, Belgium, a traditional World Cup venue.
“Last year everybody thought it would be another one, but then it was announced as Belgium,” he said. “Nobody expected it, so you never know.”
If worlds does come to Kentucky, count Belgian great Sven Nys among those who will enthusiastically attend. Earlier this week, he told the Belgian news agency Sporza that he would postpone retirement for a year just for the chance to race in the U.S."

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cat In The Ham

We haven't had an alleycat or really any bike event in particular around here in a while besides just riding. For those of you looking to get your spin on, make the short trip to bham for the 2nd Annual Heartbrakes Prom which benefits Bici Cooperative. "It’s going to be just as much fun as last year – racing around downtown Birmingham, killer prizes, beer, music, and a photo booth – all in a brilliant old warehouse."


Who: Birmingham Bici Coop
What: 2nd Annual Heartbrakes Prom
When: February 13, 2010 7pm
Where: Magic City Wholesale
Why: It's fun and for a good cause


$10 gets you racing, partying, and beering!

So far, they have prizes from Chrome, Rickshaw Bags, Knog, Higher Ground Roasters, and Good People Brewing Company. Hell Yes!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Man driving in fatal hit and run was texting; gets five years

Nice, the rare occasion when someone actually gets punished for their negligence. I hope this catches on. Another great article by Jonathan Maus over at Bikeportland:


Image from Oregon Live

"The Columbian was at the sentencing hearing for Antonio Cellestine at the Clark County Courthouse in Vancouver today. According to their report, Cellestine was sentenced to 5 years in prison for driving his car into 50-year old Gordon Patterson back in September. A commenter who was at the hearing today, said Cellestine’s attorney plea bargained with the judge to not have the offense become his client’s first strike.

The Columbian also reports that court documents reveal Cellestine was texting at the time of the collision. According to KGW, Cellestine, who was 18 when the crash occurred, was driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash and his record includes two instances of driving with a suspended license, as well as driving without insurance.

In court today, Cellestine was quoted in The Columbian as saying:
"I feel no one knows how I really feel deep down inside and how I feel about things… This was not intentional; this was an accident…He (Patterson) will always have a special place in my heart.”

This tragic chain of events comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation has ratcheted up their focus on distracted driving and one week after The Oprah Winfrey Show featured victims of distracted driving on her show. It will take a lot more than snazzy slogans and some PR to deal with the issues this case so readily illustrates.

On that note, here’s a comment left below by a former transportation planner for the City of Vancouver that I felt was worth more attention:

“Sadly … this is a case influenced by what must be the very low regard that our law enforcement authorities and political leadership place on motor vehicle operators being certified and insured. There is a too common problem – motor vehicle operation on public streets is not a right but a responsibility…

… A plea to our state legislators this session…please make it less easy to buy insurance in order to get license tags and then cancel the account…

Another related legislative issue would be to strengthen the state law about cell phone/texting use [aka distracted driving].

As a bicyclist who has not owned a car for 22 years – this case and many too similar makes me wonder if I need to start driving again for more protection.”

Wonka Wonka

KILROY from Gorilla Bicycles on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Livergy Cogs





7075-T6 Heat Treated Cogs

"Our 1/8″ CNC’d cogs are completely machined front and back for a nice finish out of 7075-T6 Aluminum Alloy. These cogs are extremely light and durable. Available in different teeth sizes and anodized finishes.

For those that wish for steel cogs, we have Stainless & Chromoly cogs to be released in the next month. Our stainless cogs will have a special coating to reduce chain friction and promote lubricity." Livery

Get Your Dangle On

I <3 Kinfolk

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tuesday

We did a really short ride tuesday night so we could hang out with some friends that were in town for the holidays. It was fun but i wouldnt have complained if it had been a few degrees warmer than 32. Thanks to Chris for coming through with the gloves and lights for some of the other less prepared folks.

Ant

Mawk