Google Maps Apps @ uBRDO

7 Hills of KirklandScotty over at uBRDO sent us a link to a new feature on his store site - a Google Maps Photo GeoLocator.

I did something like this a while back to associate latitude/longitude data with a Google map, then associate photos too it. The hard part? Getting Lat/Long associated with the photos in the first place. The ubiquitous iPhone. It uses triangulation software to approximate a location. I’ve used a GPS enabled camera, but again you face the limitations of line-of-sight. I’d love to build something like this for Vegas to photoblog the show, the ride, the race, and the social “ but in the mean time I’ll be checking out the adventures posted on Scott’s site.

Purple Pedals

We first noticed Flickr’s Moblogging, Geotagging Bike a few weeks ago, when I spotted it in Dunstan’s photostream. Since then, Yahoo! has launched a related site and Lifehacker details how the bikes work (PDF). The bike is an Electra and built by Uncommon Projects.


We’ve discussed bikes and mobile technology before and dig what Yahoo! and crew has built.

We hope the Purple Bikes generate even more buzz, pushing innovation. Next month, we’re back in Taipei for another Intel Developer Forum, and are looking for the latest mobile devices. Maybe we’ll see one during a Mobile Social? Also see Fritz’s post on Commute by Bike.

Office Monster at Hed Cycling

While visiting our friends at HED Cycling, we stumbled onto the office glue monster. Just before getting decals, a bead of excess glue is stripped off of each wheel. This cast off material has grown over time. One day, much like frosty the snowman, some decal eyes brought the office glue monster to life. Now he stands sentinel near the dock door. Basically, every HED wheel shipped first passes under the attentive gaze of the glue monster.

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This box won’t fly

We’re hearing that cyclists are discovering at the airline ticket counter that their bikes will not be allowed to fly because the bike box is oversize.

Readers can you confirm? Also see the photos Bill Davidson put together for us. They show measurements and what will and won’t fly per the airline rules.

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Celeste Things

celeste%20things.jpg The oldest bike in my stable is a 1996 Bianchi EL/OS. I had a lot of luck with that bike. During some hard times I sold the bike, only to buy it back a couple years later. As much as that distinctive aqua colour known as “celeste” has been associated with the Milanese company founded by Eduoardo Bianchi in 1885, so too has celeste become inextricably linked to cycling in my mind.

Bianchi the company was owned by the Piaggio company for a number of years. And Piaggio of course created the Vespa motorscooter. I don’t really have a need for a motor vehicle in my life, but I still kinda want a celeste Vespa. One of the newer models; the old 2-stroke classics are too stinky for me…

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