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Fixies have arrived in Japan

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by Byron on Jun 27, 2007 at 6:30 AM

A bit worried and wondering where in Japan Mark V is (we haven’t heard in a week and it wasn’t sounding too good for his knee), I’ve been checking a few Japanese blogs for any mention and found a Message to Fixie Riders: You Are Not Alone from Neomarxisme that laments hipster fixies and sarcastically acknowledges that

“this is the single most important change in the way we think about mobility and there will be no turning back.”

Check all the comments on that post for the lively discussion. In regards to an important change in mobility, note that that latest issue of Bicycle Quarterly is chock full of old bikes that were either fixed, single-speed or used flip-flop hubs. Example is the 1950 René Herse fixed-gear winter training bike.

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Sporting Wood

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by Jason Swihart on Jun 27, 2007 at 1:12 AM

Now that carbon frames are ubiquitous, that super-light frame of yours just isn’t turning heads like it used to. Lucky for you, my narcissistic friend, several companies’ new high-tech composite frames are sure to turn the tables back in your favor, and there’s little danger of wide adoption. I am of course referring to wooden frames.

Concept bikes from GP Design Partners and Waldmeister use traditional layering-and-molding methods to create these beautiful frames:

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waldmeister-bike-full.jpg (First spotted by Frank last September.)

Just don’t let mom catch you using a water bottle without a coaster. Oh, and from the swedes, a wooden bike for junior:

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Via the Goat

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Is nothing sacred?

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by andrew_f_martin on Jun 26, 2007 at 1:43 PM

Cyclingnews.com shows us that Shimano appears to have entered the carbon-crank market. Why? - I don’t know. After my initial shock when the current Dura Ace crank was introduced, I fell in love with the aesthetic. I appreciated Shimano’s decision to stay with their Hollowtech Aluminum cranks. Now it appears that market pressures have pushed them into carbon. What’s next…11speed?

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Bloggy Updates

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by Byron on Jun 26, 2007 at 7:45 AM

A few bloggy updates of note

  • On the 08 Madones, added a Cyclingnews feature on Levi’s bike
  • Added a bullet to Looking for a Sport-Utility Bike that Stokemonkey sales are on hold
  • Team Bike Hugger posted about the Stillwater Crit of Destruction.

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New York Bike Rides

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by Byron on Jun 26, 2007 at 6:56 AM

David Byrne writes about riding bicycles in NYC for nearly 30 years, including the early years withTalking Heads (iTunes) where they made fun of him for being like Pee Wee Herman. While noting how exhilarating riding across town is

“A ride across town gets the adrenalin going as one heads to work or to the studio in the morning. By the time one arrives for a meeting one is fully awake blood pumping, on alert ” having often just had 3 near-death experiences.”

he also observes a wonderful new bike path up the Hudson and how some NYC streets now have marked bike lanes.

For more NYC rides, check this guide to NYC metro area bike paths that not only describes the ride, but tells its history.

Concluding his post, Byrne talks about the freedom of riding through a chapel in Vegas, strange looks in Instanbul, and the levees in New Orleans. He reminded me of why I take my bike with me most everywhere I travel and the cycling perspective.

In Beijing, we rode in the “flow” of the city and we’ll ride in more cities this year on the Modal, a new travel bike project.

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(photo credit Cunning Stunt)

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In the bike shop: Schwinn Girl

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by Byron on Jun 25, 2007 at 8:40 AM

Schwinn Girl popped into the bike shop with a loose shifter cable. We all agreed the bike was way older than her and it was a 50s or 60s era Varsity. She was convinced it was from the 80s, but loved the bike just the same and for her it seemed like a fashion statement.

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Tour de Blast

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by Byron on Jun 24, 2007 at 8:32 AM

Pam and I rode the Tour de Blast on Saturday. Still not feeling well, we backed the pace off after I blew on the first climb and rolled it recreationally with the thousands of cyclists.

Tour de Blast is a well-ran, fun event with stunning scenery of Mt. St Helens.

Tour de Blast photos in the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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