A Bike From Davey Jones’ Locker


Bike crusty

Artist Sollars created a waterfront studio in the Bayview and repurposed a series of barnacle-encrusted objects pulled in from the bay for use back in town, including this bike. A bike from Davey Jones locker with a crusty, patinaed finish has us wondering what bikes are at the bottom of Elliott Bay in Seattle or the canals in Amsterdam.

Barnacle Bike 1

What steel survives the bay?

In 2010, FITC commissioned art bikes we rode them around Amsterdam, and left them behind in a bike rack.

Art bikes

Art bikes in a rack

Wonder where those are now?

Thule Round Trip Transition

Thule Round Trip Transition

The Transition is available later this month for $599.00

First saw this new travel case from Thule at Interbike and was very impressed then. This is the second unit to ship out of Thule’s Chicago factory and I’ll leave it in the dining room as long as the family allows. It’s a travel case sculpted so well, it looks like art. It also combines, style, protection, and convenience with its integrated work stand. So what the industrial designers at Thule did is take their roof rack tech, put it into a bike case, and then attached a bike stand to it.

Brilliant and we’ll try it next month on our next trip. We normally travel with S&S bikes, but for this case, we’re making an exception.

177 MPH on a Rocket Propelled Bike

With some exotic thermo engineering, using hydrogen peroxide as fuel, a new world speed record was set for a rocket-propelled bicycle. Watchmaker Hublot sponsored the effort. While not as dramatic as Van Damme’s epic split, the rocket bicycle does spew out a massive plume like a dungeon dragon AND, as the exotic thermo engineer tells us,

If you were to pour it (the fuel) on your hair, it’d catch fire.

Lance Meets Emma Drops Bombs

Lance Emma

Screen capture from Daily Mail video

Lance is spending the only currency he has left and that’s to tell all. The bomb he dropped in the Daily Mail isn’t surprising for those that follow doping in the sport. What the explosiveness also reveals is how bike industry media still doesn’t tell the story. 2 weeks ago, and what prompted an editorial in our Magazine and a post on Medium, is Lance’s interview with Bike Radar. In a 2 part exclusive, he said he was ready to talk and didn’t say anything substantially more than what he told Oprah.

As the conspiracy blows apart, it’s time for a what did you know and when did you know it moment in the sport and to follow the money. Meanwhile, the old-schoolers in the sport still marvel and sell Horner’s “amazing win.” We hope he’s present too at the UCI’s impending Truth and Reconciliation committee meetings.

Those meetings may play out with the same irony as this interview being done in Celebration, Florida, developed by Disney and where The Truman Show was filmed.

The Roulette Wheel of a Race


Results don’t show it, but that was my ride of the season. Photo: Kevin Tamura

In a season that’s included CX Worlds and CrossVegas, I’ve written about the importance of starting the race, finishing it, and breathing. Last weekend at MFG Woodland, those topics combined with blowing up. Lap one went like, I’m in, I’m in, and then boom. That I finally have the fitness again to go that hard is great, to blow on lap one of the biggest race in Seattle well; it’s what Jacques Anquetil said, “There are no races, only lotteries.” And in that lottery, it takes lots of luck to not crash, as many did in the elite fields.

You know in a techno song, there’s always some kinda high-pitched noise like a siren? That shrill sound syncopated with my pedaling after a warp-speed start. It indicated a system failure was approaching, but I kept pushing towards the max, hanging on at the back. As the pack rode away from me, I got angry, because the space that separated us was just a gap that I couldn’t close. Damn gap.

Concentrated now on finishing, I eased up, settled into a manageable rhythm, and regrouped. When the leaders lapped me, I went into the race zone again, and a few laps later crossed the finished line with nothing left.

After the race, Anthony Dickson who recently upgraded to the elites and raced with me said

“Damn, racing with the 1/2s is hard. Why did I ever upgrade and subject myself to this pain? Cross is anticipation, exasperation and elation, all in that order. Can’t wait to do it again next week!”

Yup and later he also said, “it helps to train if you want to race cross (and do well) - learning that this year.”

I’ll add to that advice something Matt Hill would say, “In training, you push to learn where your max is, so in racing you know when to back off, lest you blow at the worst time.” On the same intense lap, Matt blacked out in the pits from an acute asthma attack. Had that randomness not happened, he would’ve likely podiumed.

Ed. note: Date night has turned into a date weekend with the Seahawks today. Mark V raced with a report to follow.

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