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?

Bike Hugger Shirts Update

The shirts have arrived, are being printed, and should be ready to ship on Monday of next week (8/14/06). Those that have pre-ordered are in the queue first and we’re excited here to start wearing them ourselves!

You can purchase the shirts from Paypal or our Amazon store. If neither of those work, you can also contact us directly and we’ll take your order over the phone.

Photo of the day

A celebri-bike today, as one New Yorker’s ride keeps turning up on Flickr:

MetroCard bike

metrocard recycling, by nanaenay.

Apparently, this bike belongs to Andy Padre, who has commented on some of the bike’s Flickr pages. He mentioned a photoshoot with an AP photographer, so you might see this bike turn up as a feature photo in your local paper soon. Here are a few more:

By SantiJose, with Andy on board

By mdumlao98

By ultrasparky

By S.D.

By notsleepy

Expired MetroCards are often used creatively.

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