Lance Armstrong unveiled his bike shop today and it’s focused on commuting, including
Showers and a locker room will allow commuters who don’t have facilities at their offices to ride downtown, store their bikes at the shop, bathe and catch a ride on a pedicab or walk the rest of the way to work.
Lance said in the Austin360 article that he wants Mellow Johnny’s to be, “the coolest bike shop in the world … it’s all about bike culture and he wants to see Austin evolve into a place like Portland, Ore.”
While not a political blog, here at Hugga HQ, the Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle site is worth noting.
Barak Obama reminded me it was Valentine’s Day. Barak Obama pumped up your tires before a big race. Barak Obama pinned your race number for you. Barak Obama paced you all the way to work.
Photographer Yohei Morita stopped by my shop last week and dropped off a copy of COG magazine, a magazine devoted to the machines and culture of fixed gear, with a authentic Japanese influence. The current issue featured an article about pro keirin racers and the online edition features a collection of Tokyo messenger portraits.
I swear to God I remember seeing some of these riders last summer when I was in Tokyo. My friends lived in Akasaka, so I’d get food and groceries from Roppongi which was rife with messengers.
The article in COG talks about the address system in Tokyo, which I assure you is just as confusing as the author suggests. I didn’t know that bike messengers as an institution are rather recent in Tokyo.
Restoring a 1969 AMF Discoverer Roadmaster is some good bike loving … or the thought that went into a belt drive with a Rohloff and a mini S&S coupling. There’s also the time spent teaching a child about her bike and the danger of loving a bike too much. My bike love photo is this one from our trip to Maui.