Innovate or Die contest closes, videos online

Specialized’s “Innovate or Die” (previously blogged here) is finished, and the submissions are up on Youtube. Entries range from useful to mundane to culinary

A couple of my favs:

  • The Aquaduct a tricycle for transporting water from a distant (3rd world?) water source and purifying it along the trip. It converts to a stationary mode to continue filtration. This solves a real problem in many parts of the world.
  • the Pedal Powered Mobile Call shop. This great little idea is not only a pedal powered application,it’s a full fledged business model.
  • a Pedal-Powered Fridge
  • . Another real-world application here, this could potentially keep vaccines cool off the grid.

I didn’t get time to review all 101 entries, what’s your fav?

Blenders, Lawnmowers…Supercomputers

<img src=”http://www.gizmag.com/pictures/hero/8503_151207124106.jpg” alt=”MIT Supercomputer” width=”400/>GizMag.com reports that MIT have announced a bicycle powered supercomputer - sort of. Sure they used a machine that only draws 8 Watts, and maybe their cycling team only powered it for 20 minutes, but it’s still sort of cool.

Dekochari: Art bikes of Japan

Check out this awesome nighttime video of Dekochari – Japanese art bikes (Deko = decorated, chari = slang for bicycle). The bikes are ‘dressed up’ to resemble Dekotora, highly stylized trucks popular in Japan in the mid 1970s. Loaded down with flashing lights, boxes, mirrors, cup holders, hi-fi systems, everything – these bikes (and their bigger truckier cousins) are particularly impressive at night. There are several active dekochari fleets in Japan to this day.

My Girlfriend’s Bike…continued

kappa%20tall.jpg So I just finished up with assembling the Kappa frame for my girlfriend. If she likes it, I’m gonna have the braze-ons for the sissy bar added to the stays and then have the frame re-powdercoated. Also, tomorrow the Redline straight seatpost will come in to replace the current layback post. Eventually, I’ll get a different banana seat and new wheels too.

How does it ride? AWESOME!!!!

Bike Advocacy at Tangletown with Patrick McGrath and David Hiller

Messrs. Hiller and McGrath (two of Cascade’s Bike Advocacy staff) will be at Tangletown pub Thursday Dec 20 starting a 7. They’ll be talking advocacy with you and anybody else who can make it. Please RSVP to Patrick if you’re planning on attending. I don’t think this’ll be your last chance, so if you’ve got another engagement (like the .83 Race of Champions ride/race) maybe you can catch them next time. Or, head down hill to Greenlake to watch the races!

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