A Holiday Whip from St-Germain

St. Germaine

An Elderberry Booze Bike

It’s the romance and story St-Germain is telling with this bike that has us clicking “fav” on it and like. It’s spec’d with Jesse’s Bicycle Wine Rack. Where we’d like to see this bike, besides on a bike path heading to a holiday party? In a quiet, local restaurant, away from the tourists, along the coast somewhere like La Rustica near us. Feature it with a special drink, catch of the day, and a bread basket too.

Paused at that 1K, limited edition price? Sure you could make your own Holiday Whip with any old single speed and grocery bag dangling from the top tube with a six pack in it. On the other side of the party bike spectrum is the Hodala crew and what Raleigh’s Sally did with single speed cross bikes.

The bike is connector in a Martha Stewart gourmet kitchen or dive bar. Pick your poison.

Giro Road Apparel

no lycra for this bro

No Lycra for this Bro

When asked what this line was about, heard back that, “Most cyclists look like dorks that think they can win the Tour. They’d be better served with different apparel. “

Along the coast or an innercity

Along the coast or an innercity

Fair enough and so this is a line for the cyclist that doesn’t want to look like a roadie – shaving their legs is optional. We’ll have a selection of the new Giro Road Apparel in on test next year and also asking, why not embrace roadie culture? If you don’t want to look like one, maybe the sport isn’t for you?

Shorts inside shorts

Shorts inside shorts

More photos in high-rez on Flickr or G+.

C’mon Let Me Ride Video


“I get to ride this bicycle around that has deer antlers attached to the handlebars in a tank top, hunting vest, and daisy dukes.”


Eminem has a bike too, a lowrider, and rides it in Skylar Grey’s new video.

NSFW and cheers to more bike references in pop culture.

Timbuk2 Informant Camera Sling

Timbuk2 Informant Camera Sling

I want to talk about Timbuk2’s new camera bag called the Informant Sling, but let’s take a quick test to see if you are in the target demographic. If your idea of serious photography is taking a phone snapshot of your dinner plate so you can post it on your Facebook status, you can stop right here. If you are a full-time professional tog who always shows up with 3 camera bodies and 25-lbs of glass plus screens/reflectors, this one probably isn’t for you either. If you are a paparazzi walking the fine line between getting the moneyshot of LiLo and getting run over by her Mercedes as she searches for another bandwagon to fall off….hey, actually this might be the bag for you. Rather, if you want to bring a good quality SLR and some extra lenses with you by foot or bike through the urban landscape and amongst its denizens, then you definitely want to take a look at the Informant Sling.

The Informant looks like a smallish, typical messenger bag; that is, it looks like a Timbuk2 or one of their countless imitators. But what at first glance appears to be a flap to the main compartment really just opens for a couple slim pockets. The discreet two-way zipper on the back upper edge of the Informant gives access to a soft-padded camera compartment, and re-positionable velcro dividers keep lenses, flashes, and bodies from bumping uglies. My test sample (size medium, 11-L volume)) will fit 3 lens plus a flash tower with the camera, though with a battery grip, the body is a little awkward fitting into the bag while mated with anything longer than a prime lens. This medium size Informant also has a discrete pocket for iPad or other tablet, which is becoming a common tool for serious digital shooters. There is also zippered mesh pockets for things like memory cards or filters, and there’re straps on the bottom of the bag for lashing on a tripod.

Since the camera compartment opens towards the sling wearer, access is optimal, especially when I need to swap lenses. No seriously, I had totally outgrown my old camera bag. Once your photography moves to the stage where you’re juggling lenses in between exposure bursts, you’ll need a bag with well-thought ergonomics. And while no one is claiming that Timbuk2 is the first and only to make a handy camera bag, the Informant is remarkably well-suited to the two-wheeled community. It’s an ambidextrous sling, going over either shoulder with a “shorty cam” at either end to one-handedly adjust strap length and a re-positionable cross-strap. After having years ago converted from single-strap shoulder bags to backpack-style bags, I notice that the Informant Sling is a little less stable on my back since I ride in somewhat long/low position, but ultimately the Informant wins because it’s so easy to swing the bag into a different position. In front of you to get a lens, beside you for security within a crowd, on your back for high mobility. And you’re never more than a few seconds away from whipping out that camera for a shot.

Timbuk2 Informant Camera Sling

Flickr is Back | We Never Left

It took a new, redesigned app for Flickr to get its mojo back. Day of the app dropping, my inbox lit up with new contacts and activity. Maybe it’s that people remember how great a community Flickr was or they’re super into all the new filters the app has. Whatever the renewed interest is, been there since 06 and have published almost daily with 13K photos uploaded. Of those, the most popular are never what you think. Like this joke brake set up Amber did during the Globe launch.

Globe with brake

Awesome front brake setup on a fixed gear

or Drunk, No Makeup, Riding to work


Asked before taking that photo

and the Bettie


For reasons I don’t understand, men in tights is popular too. We’ll keep right on publishing to Flickr, never left, but did notice the decline. At times it drove crazy traffic and had a very strong community. We hope it’s back for good.

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