Laek House makes casual clothing inspired by cycling’s rich history and the realities of urban riding; like getting doored, brushed by a pink-haired-lady on her way to Bingo, and f’ing SUVs. Visibility drove Laek to develop ELVS, a retro-reflective ink that appears grey in ambient light but blasts bright white in focused light. Nice, but wearing a super-reflecto hat doesn’t show too much under a helmet, so Laek also offers a limited edition black ELVS Deep-V.
It looks like the P. I.’s stumbled on one of Seattle’s little secrets – R.E. Load bags. I’m still shocked at the number of people in Seattle riding around with bags made elsewhere when we have great bag makers right here in town. Out in Philly, where R.E. Load originated and still has the original branch, it sounds like the bags are endemic. R.E. Load makes the most unique, most stylish bags I’ve ever seen. Not good enough? Tell ‘em what colors you want and they’ll run you a custom anything. Bags range from huge, professional courier bags to more manageable sizes for those not hauling boxes of medical records around.
Amazingly, you can only see these bags in person at a few locations world wide, so I encourage you to drop by the E. Pike St (I haven’t checked out the Philly Store yet, please let us know if you have!). There’s plenty beyond bags inside – lots of clothing, art and culture that you can’t find on their site. R. E. Load’s just turned 10 years old. Personally I’m looking forward to seeing their bags for many more.
I’ve got my own bit of R.E. Load Baggage – the quality is great, and the customer service was very good. I definitely like the creative designs I see on their bags. However, the thing that impresses me the most about R.E.Load is how they’re growing market for other artists. It’s great to see so much hand made stuff in the store front. It looks like quite a bit of it comes from ‘friends of friends’ (or maybe just friends), but I’m not sure how else you’d grow a network of custom goods. Sadly only a fraction of it is on the site.
The other interesting thing about R.E.Load is how they’re scaling their business – slowly. It looks like they’re keeping things sustainable by staying away from high production/low quality deals. Sustainable’s smart if you love what you do, and it looks to me like a lot of love and labor goes into the bags. Good on ya, R.E. Load, keep it up!
We wouldn’t expect much to blog about during the Super Bowl, but the Amp Human Energy spot got our attention. Like the human-powered, Mion booth we covered earlier, but on a much larger scale, Amp Energy is uploading 30 minutes of power for the Fox Pre-Game show.
I’m thinking that spin classes across the country could get plugged in and offset some carbon or just recharge cell phones. Joking aside, the Amp Energy site has all the background videos and more. There’s a drill sergeant yelling at the cyclist to pedal harder and a Monkey game.
There probably hasn’t been stronger evidence that cycling is ubiquitous in pop culture (like the cycling mom Volvo commercial) than a monkey-pedaling game. Well, ok, a DKNY Neon Orange Bike is pretty good as well.
A reader tipped me to the Crossbeed, a folding bicycle wheel. As our readers know, I’ve traveled extensively with both little-wheel folding bikes and regular-wheeled, S&S-coupled road bikes. There’s also MTB folders, but we’ve yet to try those (we really need to add a MTB blogger). In all those travel miles, I’ve never really thought of a need to fold a wheel; I’ve wished for a carbon-folding bike, just to get the weight down, wished that Brompton was slightly less industrial-age influenced, and that Dahon made a better travel case. But the Crossbreed is certainly interesting and innovative, check the video
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And coincidentally, Halfbakery a site for various, half-baked ideas, posted on this topic way back in 06.
Not at the level of difficulty required to reinvent the wheel, but a recent innovation that has made my travel by bike easier, is the Keyhole Bottle Cage available from SBS and at your local Independent Bike Dealer
3 turns of an allen wrench, and boom, it’s on/off. Small innovations like that really add up when traveling. The SRAM power link is a thing of beauty as well.
Now, I really wish that mini-pumps actually pumped air. Someone should invent that.