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2012 Redline Conquest Carbon

Mathowie spotted the new 2012 Redline Conquest Carbon at Sea Otter a couple weeks ago.

and said to me, “it’s cool.” It is cool! And while admittedly too early for Cross, we’ll get one on test as soon as we can. I learned from Tim Rutledge that they’ve been working on a carbon frame for five years and continue to innovate with this model: internal cable routing, 1.5 tapered steerer, integrated disc mounts with carbon dropouts.

Last year’s Conquest was the most refined Cross bike I’ve ridden and raced on. I wrote:

The Team passes all these (nonscientific) tests and also rides right down the road without hands on the bar. That’s another test not done in a lab, but a good indicator of how a bike performs.

You could consider this bike Tim’s body of work. He’s been obsessed with building the best Cross bike he can since 1994. I expect to find more Tim-type, obsessive details on the Conquest carbon when we get it on test. Like a removable plate on the BB.

Intergalactic Critical Mass

We visited Rome in 2008 and didn’t see that many cyclists, but cyclists ride there and next month they’re gathering for a massive critical mass.

With pleasure we inform you that for 2011, May 27 to 29, will be held in Rome, the eighth edition of The Ciemmona! The Interplanetary Critical Mass that year after year attracts more people and which brings together thousands of bikes all over the world! During a weekend bicycles will become traffic, with joy and good mood! It will also be the occasion to denounce a system completely based on the use of motorized vehicles.

They’ve got a kooky song too.

Ciemmona 2011 - Stiamo arrivando ! from Saverio Proto on Vimeo.

Messenger Pug

Back from Cabo and set our bags against the sliding-glass window, somehow Cappy got herself into the straps of one. She then stumbled around for a while until I freed her.

Uploaded by Hugger Industries | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

A Schwinn-Riding Cultural Anthropologist

@BCNYthemovie tweeted Retweet that Bill Cunningham New York is in Seattle this week. BCNY is a documentary about a fashion photographer for The New York Times, known for his candid street photography, and riding his bike.

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirees for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller–who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

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Previous posts about Bill include Style on the Street and Hunting Birds of Paradise.

There are 5 showings of the film this Friday at the Harvard Exit Theatre and tickets are $10.00.

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