Pressure Drop

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by Byron on Apr 08, 2008 at 8:02 AM

Bring together two design houses – Cinelli and RVCA – with renowned artists to work on a new sportswear concept with an artistic sensibility and that results in Pressure

Providing a new statement on a traditional sport and furthermore imparting a fresh insight into a subculture very much responsible for a new movement in popular culture, Pressure matches RVCA’s deep roots within the arts and Cinelli’s apparent appreciation for world class design.

pressure_drop.jpg Pressure is a haute couture bike show!

Launch Date & Time World Premiere Thursday | 19th June | 2008 7pm To 10pm

Location Vasf Gallery 1485 Haight St San Francisco | Ca

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Nihon-jin at the Bike Shop

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by Mark V on Apr 07, 2008 at 11:07 PM

Nihon-jin.jpg At Elliott Bay Bikes, we had a gang of Japanese bike enthusiasts stop in. Minato Seiya-san of Depot Cycle & Recycle, a shop in Ichikawa near Tokyo and Yamamoto Atsushi-san, maker of the Gunung label of hats, chatted with me when I emerged out of my mechanic station hole. I asked them about their travels in Taiwan, and then I told them about my downhill run in Nikko. It turns out they’re friends with Morita Yohei of Cog Magazine who stopped into the shop a couple months ago. Minato-san and Yamamoto-san are on their way to Philadelphia this month for a messenger race. While in Seattle, they are visiting the Seattle wing of Reload Bags.

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Shanghai Bikes

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by Byron on Apr 07, 2008 at 10:05 PM

Bikes seen in Shanghai …

And whenever I’d see one of these bikes, I’d wonder, "what’s he doing with that big bag of ?" Also seen, but not photographed were “giant tubes” and my all-time fav was scooter-assisted cargo bike.

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That happens a lot in China, btw, you’ll see all sorts of crazy things on the street. I’ll never forget bucket-of-meat bike in Beijing.

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Alfine Hub, Drop Bars: OMG I want that!

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by Andrew Martin on Apr 07, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Alfine Drop Bar Kudos to the guys over at Hiawatha Cyclery for figuring this one out. I’ve been after this setup for a while for my On-One Pompino. It’s an Alfine internally geared hub with a convensional drop bar-end shifter. The trick is adding the Travel Agent to make up the extra cable pull necessary to shift the internal hub.

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Benefits of Bike Blogging

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by Byron on Apr 07, 2008 at 9:54 AM

fat_bloggerr.jpg Reading about the self-induced misery, woe-as-me, sad, geek, overweight bloggers, nearing an early death in the NYTimes, I thought, “get outside!” At least with bike blogging, we’re like out testing and riding bikes – traveling around and blogging about it. And for the celeb watchers, Bicycling is featuring Dr. McDreamy on the cover who lost 15 pounds by riding his bike – yippee! I see a blogger episode of the Biggest Loser already being planned. The irony of social media is how unsocial and unhealthy it is for the people glued to their computer screens, least of which is how unproductive it can become.

I get asked about posting frequency a lot and the volume you read from us is the mininum to push any sort of traffic advertisers and Google will notice. But note that more volume, like that of a Gawker Media blog, and you have no life, outside of Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, WordPress, and various other social media apps. I don’t consider that heroic, btw, even if the money is purportedly good or slashdotted as being really not that much. It’s more heroic to blog and balance your life. For us, there’s just too much riding out there to do and our posting volume shows that.

Hope you all are ok with that and are out riding as well.

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RideCivil: Aquatic April on 4/11 at Westlake Center, 5:30 PM

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by Dave R. on Apr 04, 2008 at 10:46 PM

The next Ridecivil ride is queued up for this coming Friday. The 10 day forecast looks a bit damp so I’ve themed this the Aquatic April ride. Bring your snorkel for your helmet, flippers for your cleats, swimsuit instead of your favorite woolly knickers, whatever you like. Just bring yourself on down for a fun Friday ride. As always our focus will be on promoting civility between pedestrians, motorists and ourselves.

Meet at 5:30 at Westlake Center park, we’ll depart around 6:15 for an hour plus, consensus driven ride through our fair city. Destination TBD, but generally involves food and drinks. Looking forward to seeing you there.

p.s. Don’t forget a snorkel lock. It sucks to have your snorkel stolen.

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Another Alternative Transport

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by Byron on Apr 04, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Another alternative transportation that totally f’ing rules – at least from a tourist point of view – is Maglev! We hit 301K km/h, got to the airport from downtown in 7 minutes (an hour in a cab) and you wouldn’t know you were going that fast unless you looked outside

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More on the Maglev

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Congestion Charging

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by Byron on Apr 04, 2008 at 2:37 PM

All over the news here in Shanghai, on CNN International, is NYC’s congestion charging initiative. Following London and the UK, NYC is about to implement fees to drive into the city. Woohoo we say and Dahon has already got a page up supporting the measure and expect other manufactures to follow.

We’d hope most people would just realize, “hey you can ride in,” but if we’ve got to do some hand waving to help, then ok.

Your thoughts on city’s charging to drive?

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Bike Expressways in Shanghai

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by Byron on Apr 04, 2008 at 2:34 AM

The French Concession has bike and scooter only roads that wind around and we rode them with Jonathan from the Crash Test Dummy Blog while he shot video. Yes that’s rather recursive, but so it goes in the bike blogosphere …(and I never see this angle, as I’m usually the one shooting video)

Notes:

  • We’re riding Dahons
  • That’s the Hugga Bag I’m wearing
  • Dude was roasting a shoe and some really good popcorn
  • Another dude nearly crashes looking at our bikes and admiring our awesome helmets. Jason and I are the only people in all of China wearing awesome helmets. I bet next year’s fashion will have a helmet influence; especially the 5-yr old helmets we travel with. This girl was really impressed by them.

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