Sporting Wood

Now that carbon frames are ubiquitous, that super-light frame of yours just isn’t turning heads like it used to. Lucky for you, my narcissistic friend, several companies’ new high-tech composite frames are sure to turn the tables back in your favor, and there’s little danger of wide adoption. I am of course referring to wooden frames.

Concept bikes from GP Design Partners and Waldmeister use traditional layering-and-molding methods to create these beautiful frames:

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Just don’t let mom catch you using a water bottle without a coaster. Oh, and from the swedes, a wooden bike for junior:

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Via the Goat



Is nothing sacred?

Cyclingnews.com shows us that Shimano appears to have entered the carbon-crank market. Why? - I don’t know. After my initial shock when the current Dura Ace crank was introduced, I fell in love with the aesthetic. I appreciated Shimano’s decision to stay with their Hollowtech Aluminum cranks. Now it appears that market pressures have pushed them into carbon. What’s next…11speed?



Going Long



Bloggy Updates

A few bloggy updates of note

  • On the 08 Madones, added a Cyclingnews feature on Levi’s bike
  • Added a bullet to Looking for a Sport-Utility Bike that Stokemonkey sales are on hold
  • Team Bike Hugger posted about the Stillwater Crit of Destruction.


New York Bike Rides

David Byrne writes about riding bicycles in NYC for nearly 30 years, including the early years withTalking Heads (iTunes) where they made fun of him for being like Pee Wee Herman. While noting how exhilarating riding across town is

“A ride across town gets the adrenalin going as one heads to work or to the studio in the morning. By the time one arrives for a meeting one is fully awake blood pumping, on alert ” having often just had 3 near-death experiences.”

he also observes a wonderful new bike path up the Hudson and how some NYC streets now have marked bike lanes.

For more NYC rides, check this guide to NYC metro area bike paths that not only describes the ride, but tells its history.

Concluding his post, Byrne talks about the freedom of riding through a chapel in Vegas, strange looks in Instanbul, and the levees in New Orleans. He reminded me of why I take my bike with me most everywhere I travel and the cycling perspective.

In Beijing, we rode in the “flow” of the city and we’ll ride in more cities this year on the Modal, a new travel bike project.

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(photo credit Cunning Stunt)



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