Hollywood Huggin’ Part II
by Frank Steele on Aug 20, 2006 at 8:17 PM
So I saw the masterpiece that is Snakes on a Plane this weekend. There were some very obvious product placements in the movie, including Kawasaki Motorcycles, Dell Computers (all the overhead monitors on the plane have little Dell logos), and Red Bull.
Then, in the closing credits, I noticed a familiar name, Xootr, which makes some cool folding bikes and scooters.
Thing is, I don’t remember seeing any bikes or scooters in the movie. So, did anybody else spot Xootr’s contribution to the campiest film since Road House?
Update: Steve Kovalchik from Xootr says they sent a bike, cap, and a T-shirt. Did anybody catch any of them in the movie?
Hollywood night on the Hugger
by Frank Steele on Aug 20, 2006 at 8:15 PM
TreeHugger’s search for celebrity cyclists is paying off. Interestingly, none of the submissions feature portrayals from film or TV – it’s all celebrities who ride in Real Life, including a post from G Living featuring Travis Barker (BMX frame), Elle Macpherson, Hilary Duff, and Lindsey Lohan (all on wide-whitewall cruisers), Chloe Sevigny on a folding bike, and Naomi Watts on a hybrid.
My favorite was a link to this video from Daryl Hannah on urban cycling, featuring her ride in L.A.’s Critical Mass. (If that link isn’t working, try this one.)
Move by Bike
by Byron on Aug 20, 2006 at 8:16 AM
How’d you like a herd of bike trailers to show up at your place to assist your move in a pedal-powered way? Then contact Portland’s Move By Bike, a crew that’ll move your house with bikes.
When I first started researching our sport utility bike project, I arrived at the Puppet Parade bike move and it looked way more fun than pizza, beer, and a U haul!
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb
by Byron on Aug 20, 2006 at 7:36 AM
Mark emailed this photo of This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, who played a The Vera Project gig last night. As Mark said, the band is “the origin of the infamous sticker that causes the police to crack down on bike punks with righteous fury.”
See the wikipedia entry for more on stickers that freak cops out.
Free Energy for Monkeys
by Byron on Aug 19, 2006 at 6:01 PM
If that free energy claim from Steorn is correct (and defies the basic laws of the universe), just imagine a magnetized motor assist for our sport utility bike project! Steorn claims, among other examples, that it provides five times the amount of energy a mobile phone battery generates for the same size, and does not have to be recharged. Not recharging a Stokemonkey would be fabulous or as they’d say on Wayne’s World, “monkeys might fly out my butt.”
Ditty Bops ride to Seattle
by Byron on Aug 17, 2006 at 8:34 AM
Checked in on the Ditty Bops and they’re coming to the Northwest in September. The Ditty Bops are on a national bicycle tour to promote cycling, clean air, and their new album.
NPR profiled them today with an interview that includes a discussion of their longest ride.
Super Monkey Fun
by Byron on Aug 17, 2006 at 7:00 AM
That’s Bryan Rhoads and Todd Fahrner riding a Super Monkey, a sport utility bike built with a Surly Karate Monkey, Xtracycle and Stokemonkey electric motor assist. We’re building one of these up right now, as a Bike Hugger project, and will blog the whole thing this Fall.
For the bike geek, the Super Monkey is a 29 incher with 26 inch wheels. “What the?” you ask … details here.
I shared that look on Bryan’s face, likening it to taking a kid to the fair and putting them on the tea-pot ride for the first time, when I rode the Super Monkey. Besides the utility, it was just absolutely fun.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Aug 16, 2006 at 7:37 AM
Pruebas con el movimiento II, by Payuta Louro.
Toronto gives cyclists “Quay to the City” through Sunday
by Frank Steele on Aug 15, 2006 at 7:25 PM
In preparation for a thorough reconstruction of the Toronto waterfront, the city of Toronto is in the middle of a festival taking some of the waterfront pavement back for pedestrians and cyclists. Called “Quay to the City,” it’s part preview and part dry run of the future traffic plan on the shore of Lake Ontario. It runs only through Sunday, August 20th.
Next year, the city will start on a revitalization plan that includes a maple leaf-shaped floating pontoon island and a vastly improved streetscape, along with a permanent connection between the two sections of the Martin Goodman Trail.
BikingToronto offers a rundown of the weeek’s events, while arch-enemy bikeToronto offers a project overview.
Local reaction to the experiment is mostly positive, but one respondent noted, “What I don’t like is the huge cycle archway at the foot of York St. by Queen’s Quay [above] - what an ugly thing.”
That temporary sculpture is being called “l’arc de cyclomphe,” and it’s made from unclaimed bikes recovered by the Toronto Police. It’s not part of the permanent plan.
Indeed, the success of the test has many, including Toronto Star columnist Christopher Hume, wondering why not extend the “temporary” improvements at least through Labor Day?
Flickr.com | Photos tagged “quaytothecity”
Help Treehugger identify “non-lame” media cyclist portrayals
by Frank Steele on Aug 15, 2006 at 6:57 PM
Treehugger | Hollywood Bike Patrol Wants YOU
Treehugger is on a noble quest. Depressed by Steve Carrell’s loser cyclist in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and a similar sad sack in Talladega Nights, Treehugger is looking for positive media potrayals of cyclists.
Problem is, well, I’m not sure there are any.
Unless we go back to the ’80s movies Breaking Away and (the largely laughable) American Flyers, the best I can come up with is the hot bike cops who starred in five seasons of USA Network’s Pacific Blue, a cop drama about the squad of bike cops who patrol Venice Beach.
It’s so hard to find Hollywood cycling portrayals that aren’t dorky that Treehugger fell back on pictures of Brad Pitt riding with two of the Jolie-Pitt children from Us Magazine.
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