Snapchatting Bikes, Sure

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by Byron on Oct 03, 2014 at 10:15 AM


Last time I hung out with my daughter before she headed off to college, she was snapchatting her foot to her friends while her brother played soccer. She got a snapchat from her roomie of their dorm room and we talked about that for a while; specifically, where the fridge was gonna go. Then she snapchatted something else and I lost track of all the snaps, but yup that’s what they do. These teens today and Casey Neistat explains the trend in the video.

Teen

Between snaps

While we’re posting photos of our ride/race weekend to Facebook, and worrying about Ebola, or the damn Secret Service!, they’re snapchatting everything.

Of course, the geniuses that run Snapchat, ride bikes…

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KCE Cross

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by Byron on Oct 03, 2014 at 8:54 AM

KCE

KCE on the Stairs

As seen on Instagram and according to Robert Higdon, the best KCE mystery mailing yet, maybe ever. KCE is like the Banksy of bikes in your mailbox. We haven’t gotten one yet, perhaps not sexy enough or haven’t spent a night out drinking with the artist, whoever it is. Search for #KCE on social networks, skipping over the selfies and butts, and you’ll find more art….

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Danny Macaskill: The Ridge

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by Byron on Oct 02, 2014 at 9:09 AM


Macaskill mountain bikes the Isle of Sky in this beautiful video, while we’re writing Issue 17 of our magazine that’s dedicated to fun this fall. We’ll set aside the competition, tech, and kit for pure enjoyment of riding, and tell you all about it in about a week.

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In a West End Town

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by Byron on Oct 01, 2014 at 3:57 PM


Pointed the Sony A7R lens away from the bike and towards the people and world around me last weekend on a trip to the West End to see a Chelsea FC match with Delta. This is a slideshow from the trip – the story is on Medium and how full-frame mobile photography has changed our workflow. Also in Issue 17 of our Magazine dropping later this month.

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Reuleaux Triangle Wheels

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by Byron on Oct 01, 2014 at 9:14 AM

The patent war you had NO idea was going on between a Chinese inventor

AND

this guy at Burning Man

Now if you’d like to kickstart your own Reuleaux Wheeled Bicycle, see this Wolfram demonstration for an example.

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Closing Time

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by Byron on Sep 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Mounted

Rain Bike Mounted

Today is the last day of Elliott Bay Bicycles and on my wall, in my office, is the second bike Bill Davidson built for me. It’s a rain bike, with long-pull brakes and plenty of room for fenders. When the third D was built, the Modal, I rode the rain bike one last time, took off the parts we needed, and hung it up on the wall.

Mount

Custom mount

Later, during a remodel, had a custom wall mount made for it. That was made and mounted with the same care as the first build.

Hung

Mounted with care, like a museum piece

As I glance up occasionally at the frame, it reminds me of the great work we did there, in the shop for the past decade. Remember, between Mark and me, there are no long goodbyes. Just waiting to learn where Mark V lands and for when Bill makes us another bike….

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Huge

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by Byron on Sep 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

A huge air Monday…here and there…

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Python

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by Byron on Sep 28, 2014 at 3:27 AM

While Mark closes down the shop, I’m traveling and spotted this Python. More photos from this trip next week.

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Ello to You Too

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by Byron on Sep 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Socially awkward and building bikes

and here I am on it with David too. The press has lit up with stories about Ello and we know Paul. He’s a cyclist and the subject of our first cover story when we launched a magazine.

From Kid Robot he made another interesting turn, deciding to launch a high-end bicycle company. He’s not exactly a custom bike builder—he doesn’t weld the bikes himself or assemble them—and he’s not exactly a manufacturer either like Trek or Specialized. But he’s designed the bikes (including the sweeping curved lines of his frames), he’s spec’d the builds, selected the partners and overseen the production of the bikes.

Paul Budnitz is a socially-awkward bike builder who previously founded Kid Robot and my first follow on Ello. In the story, David J. Schloss visited with Paul, toured the factory, and rode around on a $6,000 cruiser. Then asks if a crazy, expense cruiser is worth it. Read it for free to find out and as soon as we get them, will offer our Ello invites.

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Wired’s Take on Interbike: Commuting

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by Byron on Sep 24, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Stromer

Stromer in-tube control panel

Here’s another take on Interbike from Jakob Schiller and published on Wired. While on the show floor, I spotted some trends for Jakob who rolled them up into a commuter gear story. The more interesting bikes included the Trek Lync 5, Stromer ST2 e-bike, and the Pure Fix Roosevelt. What I like about Pure Fix is these aren’t “cheap fixes,” and they’re sold by a strong company that I spent a morning with in Vegas.

I already mentioned the Lake Boot in a recap, which should arrive soon. The new messenger series from Kryptonite was also a fav.

Krytonite

Made to lock around all sorts of objects as analog parking meters disapper

Wilier

Italian bikes always about the sexy

The Wilier isn’t for commuting, well maybe a fast commute, but this bike sure popped on the floor, just like the Zero.7 did earlier this year.

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