Millennium Park Ride

I’m in Chicago for a quick trip, speaking at Web Design World, and rode through Millennium Park. First attraction I saw was a bicycle rental station.

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I asked and on a good day all of those get rented. Good thing they’ve got fat tires to avoid all the broken concrete.



Bike Spotting

Random Flickr photo of a birthday party and I’m sure that’s a Brompton over there in the corner. Also see Bike Warning and Bicycle on Wall Street.

Uploaded by dtpix | from the Bike Hugger Photostream.



Crumpler Cartons

The Crumpler Cartons arrived today and that means schwag for the Mobile Social in Portland @ Webvisions.

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and lots of it.



A Blog Smackdown

I think blogs are dedicated to cruelty, they’re dedicated to dishonesty, they’re dedicated to speed

I don’t disagree with that rant from the Bissinger, the author of Friday Night Lights, on Costas Now and also see the counter argument. Textura Design publishes Bike Hugger and is in the blog business (social media). Over the past 2 years, I’ve seen lots of changes and the exponential growth of the bikesphere. The bike community is one of the most active out there with no shortage of bike blogs, including this one. For every positive thing about blogging like keeping us updated on Masiguy’s status, there’s a celebrity-stalker blog posting photos of Hanna Montana’s underwear.

It’s also interesting to see a vibrant bike community while the industry itself is rather old-school, with traditional, in-the-box marketing. On a ride yesterday I talked with a designer from a Seattle-based 100-yr old company that is “aware” of blogging and social media, but not yet ready.

So the question is whether or not the bike industry is benefiting from social media? Or is it just the dumbing down of society and a massive time suck.



Surly Mustache

Note the attention to details with the downtube shifters and mustache bars. That’s a commuter that’ll last forever. There’s a story to the bike as well. It was stolen and retrieved via graigslist.

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.



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