Handlebar Wrap Style

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by Mark V on May 05, 2008 at 10:06 AM

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I mentioned this before, there are few things as classy as a leather-stitched handlebar. Soooo much more style than shellac’ed Tressostar finished with twine…..

Saw this on sun break this Friday past in Capitol Hill.

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Fixed from San Francisco

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by Byron on May 05, 2008 at 5:20 AM

Simplifying a bike even further, Mission builds fixies with no visible branding. They sell, “a blank canvas for design.” This one was built for Joi Ito.

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Of course, we’d ask for hugga green for ours with the hugga badge on the head tube.

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Millennium Park Ride

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by Byron on May 05, 2008 at 5:07 AM

I’m in Chicago for a quick trip, speaking at Web Design World, and rode through Millennium Park. First attraction I saw was a bicycle rental station.

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I asked and on a good day all of those get rented. Good thing they’ve got fat tires to avoid all the broken concrete.

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A Blog Smackdown

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by Byron on May 01, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I think blogs are dedicated to cruelty, they’re dedicated to dishonesty, they’re dedicated to speed

I don’t disagree with that rant from the Bissinger, the author of Friday Night Lights, on Costas Now and also see the counter argument. Textura Design publishes Bike Hugger and is in the blog business (social media). Over the past 2 years, I’ve seen lots of changes and the exponential growth of the bikesphere. The bike community is one of the most active out there with no shortage of bike blogs, including this one. For every positive thing about blogging like keeping us updated on Masiguy’s status, there’s a celebrity-stalker blog posting photos of Hanna Montana’s underwear.

It’s also interesting to see a vibrant bike community while the industry itself is rather old-school, with traditional, in-the-box marketing. On a ride yesterday I talked with a designer from a Seattle-based 100-yr old company that is “aware” of blogging and social media, but not yet ready.

So the question is whether or not the bike industry is benefiting from social media? Or is it just the dumbing down of society and a massive time suck.

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Surly Mustache

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by Jason Swihart on May 01, 2008 at 7:28 AM

Note the attention to details with the downtube shifters and mustache bars. That’s a commuter that’ll last forever. There’s a story to the bike as well. It was stolen and retrieved via graigslist.

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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Soon to be seen on a Fixie rider near you - Tight/Baggy Jeans

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by andrew_f_martin on Apr 30, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Tight-Baggy

Wow. I’m not sure anything I can write can help with this one.

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Robotic Bike Parking

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by Byron on Apr 30, 2008 at 6:51 AM

I’d like a robot that’d make me a sandwich. Maybe read my email aloud in the voice of Data and degrease/lube a chain in one fast operation. A robot that parks bikes is good as well …

Noted elsewhere

But I think I’d rather have a hardass bike valet carefully keep all the bikes inline and monitor them, then a darn robot. Robots are prone to growing into giants and taking over the world.

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Bridgestone Derivate No 47

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by Byron on Apr 29, 2008 at 7:26 PM

Will the bike industry ever stop re-launching Bridgestones? Bike Radar spotted the Mellow Johnny commuter and an astute commenter noted

I’m intrigued by this chainless design …

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No chain! It’s a dandy horse!! Now that’s way old school.

(Photo Credit: Trek)

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