From our friends at Path Less Pedaled.
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.
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.
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.