Got to come up with a name for this technique, the stair pump hop perhaps? Been around this sport for a long time, seen barriers hopped and stairs ridden, but not like this without pedaling at CX Natz.
As I planned CES 2014 activities for Nokia, the idea of a bike ride sounded like a nice escape from the madness of casinos and regular Vegas activities. As we cruised the Strip on amazing Tern Bicycles, I felt my stress and anxiety about the week melt away. It was so amazing to get fresh air and see a side of Vegas you can’t see on foot or from a car.
The ride flowed perfectly – it was long enough to provide an escape yet short enough that our more novice riders felt right at home. Also, local Vegas cyclists join us to help shepherd our little flock and give insight into Vegas landmarks and cycling culture.
Mobile Social CES 2014 was perfect and I wouldn’t have done anything differently. The stop/turn-around point featuring tacos and beers outdoors provided solace for our the Nokia influencers I brought to Vegas.
Fabulous Downtown Vegas
We expect to ride with Jason and Nokia again soon, taking photos in Austin for our annual Mobile Social SXSW.
Everybody had fun
On the Strip with camers and bikes
In a city built to take your money during CES, the electronics industry’s Super Bowl, I wondered further why we rode out of the Aria valet lot into a Zen-like calm and happiness. A dozen people that had not met or ridden with each other before arrived on the Strip, started taking photos, and became fast friends.
Maybe it’s what Edwin Land said about the first Polaroid camera, the SX-70
… it turns out that buried within all of us–God knows beneath how many pregenital and Freudian and Calvinistic strata–there is latent interest in each other; there is tenderness, curiosity, excitement, affection, companionability and humor; it turns out that in this cold world where man grows distant from man, and even lovers can reach each other only briefly, that we have a yen for and a primordial competence for a quiet good-humored delight in each other: we have a prehistoric tribal competence for a non-physical, non-emotional, non-sexual satisfaction in being partners in the lonely exploration of a once empty planet.
Assembling for the ride in the Aria
Vegas can be a lonely place for me, unless I’m fortunate enough to have like-minded friends with cameras and bikes. Instead of shaking our Polaroid pictures until they developed, we instantly uploaded, and shared them on social networks. Same as it ever was, really, and the magic is just simply that bikes are fun.
Cervezas in the Winter Sun
This weekend the US National Cyclocross Championships are taking place in Colorado. With the snow lining the course continuing to melt, it looks as though the course will remain muddy and slick. The safest bet for racers is going to be a mud tyre to cut into the rutted corners and grab hold of the tricky off-camber sections. In the endless chatter this past year about hydraulic disc brake systems for cyclocross, tyres have oft been overlooked. And just as cyclocross brake development had seemed to be stagnant until the very recent past, so too have tyre tread designs evolved rapidly as of late.
Arguably the archetypal cyclocross tread is the Grifo. For several decades, the Grifo has carried champions to the filthiest victories in cycling. First made by the original Clément Pneumatici, the tread has remained visually unchanged since around the 1960s. In 1990 parent company Pirelli moved tyre production to Thailand before eventually leaving the cycling market entirely in 1998. The manufacturing assets were acquired by another Italian company but not the brand Clement. That company is now known as Challenge but the Grifo is almost unchanged in name and appearance.
The Grifo’s mélange of narrow & broad arrowheads, long knobs, and circular knobs has truly stood the test of time, all the more impressive considering that tread was originally created for 24-27mm casings. Over the years others have had similar designs (Wolber Cross), if not virtual clones (Dugast Typhoon). Vittoria’s all-circular knob Tigre was a noted departure, but that was eventually replace by the XG which is again a virtual Grifo clone. Czech brand Barum also had a circular knob design. Eventually the company came to be known as Tufo, and their design evolved into something like a Grifo with more squared knobs, no circular ones at all.
We rolled out of City Center
If I could package up moments like this on the Mobile Social, and sell them, a bike blogging gig would really pay off. Here we are in traffic, on the Strip, having fun during the Mobile Social CES. I think the magic maybe because you’re upright, instead of slouched in a car or stuck in a pedestrian maze being directed to a casino. Riding a bike and looking around, you’re moving with a sense of freedom. You can go fast too if you want, faster than traffic.
Whatever it is, moments like this are why we started with one Mobile Social in Vegas a year and are now scheduling three with Tern Bicycles and new partners like Nokia and others we’ll announce soon during SXSW.