A Red Kite Prayer for the First Time
by Byron on Oct 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Patrick talks about his first time
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It’s moments like that first rolled tubular that get me to thinking. Some firsts, you don’t really want to repeat. You don’t want to be a member of the club and knowing the secret handshake makes you an initiate into something that just shouldn’t be a brotherhood.
Riding Boris Bikes To Get There
by Byron on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM
The London Landscape shot through Glass
I had a post in mind about our trip to London and how Boris Bikes are just another thread in the fabric of the city now. They’re as remarkable as the skyline, a taxi, or a double-decker bus. Then I found this shot…
Riding Boris Bikes To Get There
Remembering it, the tinfoil cape caught my eye, and I snapped it as fast as I could. Face mask, tights, pointy shoes - no idea where this cyclist was coming from or going to. In London, he or she was just riding a Boris Bike to get there, past Selfridges where a bike served as a prop to sell towels.
Selling towels with bikes
The Business Case for Being Bike Friendly
by Byron on Oct 15, 2013 at 8:28 AM
From our friends at Path Less Pedaled.
SPOKE - A Short Film About Bikes
by Byron on Oct 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM
SPOKE is about NYC bikes – the good, the bad, and the needs improvement. Featuring interviews with reporters, city workers, sanitation workers, lawyers, and people who love bikes but not bike lanes, love bikes but not CitiBikes, people who want to scrap the whole thing altogether, and people who wouldn’t change a thing. Also featuring fast and furious footage shot with Google Glass.
Interesting for the coverage of bikes in NYC and shooting it with Glass.
Seattle CX: Tall Chief Mud Grass
by Byron on Oct 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM
Derailer Eating Mud Grass
The grassy mud cemented to my CX bike could’ve been knocked off and formed into bricks to build a shame hut for me to crawl into yesterday. My drivetrain survived, others didn’t, including one that locked up and bucked the racer off like a bronco nearly into me with I think 3 to go. Hope that racer was ok, he slid left, then right, and skidded to a stop. The grassy mud at Tall Chief Golf Course took a toll. Like a kite-eating tree eats kites, it ate derailleurs.
Weave a basket with this grass and collect all the derailleurs into it
Dropping the bike and weaving a mud-grass basket to puke in or gather up all the lost gear on the course maybe would’ve been more productive than finishing, but I did. It wasn’t cold or silty like Looville, but gooey and sticky. Also, so much for coming back into a race after CrossVegas where I could ride my own pace, get into a groove, and find a flow and my legs.
I wasn’t feeling the flow yesterday.
This morning, the pedals barely turned as I cleaned up the bike and I was reminded again of the Grass-Mud Horse, a mythical creature whose name in Chinese sounds like F your mother. Next weekend, who knows what to expect, but I’ll be out there. In the mud, grass, or whatever.
Grass photo by our friends at Woodinville Bicycles.
by Byron on Oct 13, 2013 at 7:59 AM
While in London as proper tourists, did see a few bikes, of course. Fixie, pedicabs, high-end road in aluminum and carbon. More photos from London are on G+.
Inside Issue 05: Shinola Detroit
by Byron on Oct 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM
In Issue 05 of our Magazine, I share a story about reactions to a Runwell at Schooner Exact and listening in on Shinola’s President Jacques Panis pitch at Interbike. Here’s video, shot with Glass, of the Detroit pitch and Sky Yeager explaining the bike build. Shinola is about Detroit and identifying with an American brand. If you meet the owners, you know it’s what they’re living and believe in. It’s also their initial bike run in a magazine issue about firsts. Note the reactions to Jacques in the video, maybe his story will fire up more bike companies to make bikes in the States.
Issue 05 is available to download now from iTunes and costs $1.99 a month. You can find Runwells online or at a shop near you, in the Seattle area Cascade Bike Studio carries them.
Issue 05: My First Time
by Byron on Oct 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM
From a story in Issue 05 of our magazine, dropping this weekend
In Issue 05 of our Magazine, our contributors talk about the first time with stories about a race, tour, trade show, bike shops, and being a rock ‘n rolla. Download this issue now from the iTunes store for $1.99 a month or $3.99 an issue.
Quotes pulled from the articles by Patrick Brady, Guitar Ted, Zannestar, Shawn O’Keefe, Clive, and Mike McGuffin include
The sweet sticky smell of stale beer was in the air, carried on the wisps of SFO fog. It lured me back, like cheap brothel perfume reminding a John about the good times he had. It was my first time.
Ozzy got in the back and laid down. That wasn’t even the weirdest part of the day. That afternoon, just before the catered dinner showed up for the bands, I got to talking with Tommy Lee. I figured, he’s a drummer, I’m a drummer, what could go wrong? – Patrick
Berden looked very strong throughout the race and was flying over the barriers each lap with a bunny hop. With nine laps to go Berden wiped out in the barriers. National champion Jonathan Page bumped him, intentionally it turns out.
It’s very apparent there are two kinds of companies in the bike industry. Those who are truly innovating, and those who are simply rebranding and reselling the work of others.
It was about wanderlust, the story about going for an adventure that led to the Iron Man, the Tour de France, the rebellion against racing, and back to a rural Minnesota road again
And much more, including an adventure ride that cheated death across a highway bridge with no shoulders. They lit flares before riding as hard as they could ahead of the roaring semis.
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Groningen: The World’s Cycling City
by Byron on Oct 10, 2013 at 6:19 AM
As Henry from Workcycles put it
Moving from Silicon Valley to Groningen in 2000 and suddenly becoming part of the incredible flow of bike riders is what eventually inspired me to begin Workcycles. Have a look this film by my friend Clarence Eckerson Jr. to understand just how bike oriented a city can become. Even for an Amsterdammer the number of cyclists in Groningen is staggering.
It is staggering with 50% of the citizens riding bikes. If you’re not familiar with Henry, get to know him in this post and in this interview at his shop in Amsterdam. Also see what’s going on in Uppsala, where cyclists have colonized the road.
An Xtracycle, Mobile Social Edit
by Byron on Oct 09, 2013 at 6:49 AM
Every year they get better and for our third and finale Mobile Social of 2013, we rode the Strip during Interbike. Check the edit Xtracycle made about the ride.
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