Chicago’s Bicycle Film Festival runs through Saturday

Bicycle Film Festival

The Chicago edition of the Bicycle Film Festival runs through Saturday, with dates still scheduled in London, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, and Milan.

Highlights for Saturday include a 32-minute preview of M.A.S.H., an upcoming film about the San Francisco fixie scene by Michael Martin and Gabe Morford (1:30 preview), and a big-screen presentation of the 1976 classic A Sunday in Hell.

Here’s a PDF of the Chicago program, and a link to a PDF version of the LA Bicycle Film Festival Poster.

Don’t call them “bumper” stickers

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Stickers

Bike Lane HottieThe Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is offering three different “fender stickers,” 2” x 5.25” each.

There’s “Use your head, wear a helmet,” “I AM TRAFFIC,” and (at left) “Bike Lane Hottie.” Get two of each for $5, which includes shipping.

Specialized launches ride-in movies minisite

Specialized Movies Presents

Specialized has launched a new promo site for its Stumpjumper mountain bike and Roubaix road bike. It’s presented as a “ride-in movies” site, with short video clips on both bikes.

And it’s really beautiful. I know I’m being sold to, but I couldn’t resist clicking around to see what else I could make happen, and the rendering and Flash work are really top-notch.

The Stumpjumper video owes a lot to “Itchy and Scratchy,” and didn’t do much for me, but the Roubaix video, where you can barely even see the bike, has a chance of going viral – before I was sent this link, I had already seen the video, by itself, linked at How to Avoid the Bummer Life, and it’s also up at YouTube.

Miles in Mazama

Pam and I are off on vacation and riding miles in Mazama, Wa. We haven’t planned anything specific, but will ride some combination of these roads, and a stage or two from the Methow Valley Tour, which was earlier this year. I’ll post on the “awe-inspiring scenery and challenging courses” while recovering from the rides at the Freestone Inn.

In the Fall, the Methow Valley Sports Trails Association puts on the 20th Annual Fall Bike Festival with road rides, mountain, cyclocross, and much more.

Bra on Hydrant

bra on hydrant.jpg Mark and I were downtown, on an errand ride, stopped at an intersection, and both spotted the bra on a hydrant. He snapped it while I recited all the possible ways that went down: “a drunken night, did someone lose this bra, did they take it off, where are the matching panties?”

The photo is also a great example of all the interesting things that can happen on rides. This one time, I was riding along with Marcus and by accident we found ourselves at the front of an AIDS ride finish. So, what did we do? Rode right through the finish, like we’d done the whole ride, and celebrated with everyone else!

What interesting things have happened to you when riding? Met a pro, a star, found a garden gnome, met your lover?

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