Retro Steel from Kona

Kona%20Kapu.jpg You know, I totally missed this one at Interbike, and I don’t think I’ve seen much ink about this either. But I saw this Kona Kapu prominently featured in a Japanese bike mag. Japan seems to have a big retro steel road trend. What I find significant about this bike is that it is a full-on retro steel bike, chromed lugs and chainstay, from a mainstream bicycle manufacturer. I can’t help but wonder if this will be part of a wider trend that will also be visible in the US market.

Extra points to Kona for the rack mounts and fender clearance. Minus one for the vertical dropouts (no fixie mods for this frame).



Waiting at the Swing Bridge

The Ammon Ace, the biggest ship I’ve ever seen, passed under the West Seattle Freeway and the Swing Bridge. I waited in this quiet spot.

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The Rolling Canvas

Fuji bikes, Jinxed Philadelphia, and R.E. Load Baggage are collaborating with artists to

celebrate the union of the art and urban bicycle cultures, the Rolling Canvas Art Collective will highlight and encourage the use of bicycles as a means of artistic expression.

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More art coverage



Steampunk Recumbent

Seeing this Steampunk Recumbent got me thinking about a Steampunk cargo bike!

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This trike is called the Brass Lion and also noticed by

Full overview at the Steampunk Workshop.

Note: Steampunk as a genre and subculture includes object that have been modded into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical Steampunk style.

Mark posted about retro style and spotted another Steampunk bike in this post.



Freitag Bags in Zurich

053008-1.jpg One of my best friends sent me some pix from his trip to Europe to see the Giro d’Italia last month. One of the cool things was the Freitag Bag store in Zurich. Freitag is a Swiss company that makes bags out of recycled materials, not unlike Alchemy Goods here in Seattle. But what’s really cool is their store: it’s made out of big-ass shipping containers stacked on top of each other. Check it out!

053008-2.jpg Pretty wild, but I bet that place is freaking cold in the winter. Those containers probably weren’t built with a whole lot of insulation. 053008-3.jpg



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