A huge air Monday…here and there…
While Mark closes down the shop, I’m traveling and spotted this Python. More photos from this trip next week.
Socially awkward and building bikes
From Kid Robot he made another interesting turn, deciding to launch a high-end bicycle company. He’s not exactly a custom bike builder—he doesn’t weld the bikes himself or assemble them—and he’s not exactly a manufacturer either like Trek or Specialized. But he’s designed the bikes (including the sweeping curved lines of his frames), he’s spec’d the builds, selected the partners and overseen the production of the bikes.
Paul Budnitz is a socially-awkward bike builder who previously founded Kid Robot and my first follow on Ello. In the story, David J. Schloss visited with Paul, toured the factory, and rode around on a $6,000 cruiser. Then asks if a crazy, expense cruiser is worth it. Read it for free to find out and as soon as we get them, will offer our Ello invites.
Stromer in-tube control panel
Here’s another take on Interbike from Jakob Schiller and published on Wired. While on the show floor, I spotted some trends for Jakob who rolled them up into a commuter gear story. The more interesting bikes included the Trek Lync 5, Stromer ST2 e-bike, and the Pure Fix Roosevelt. What I like about Pure Fix is these aren’t “cheap fixes,” and they’re sold by a strong company that I spent a morning with in Vegas.
I already mentioned the Lake Boot in a recap, which should arrive soon. The new messenger series from Kryptonite was also a fav.
Made to lock around all sorts of objects as analog parking meters disapper
Italian bikes always about the sexy
The Wilier isn’t for commuting, well maybe a fast commute, but this bike sure popped on the floor, just like the Zero.7 did earlier this year.
From a Dwell shoot and in the shop located between Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Photo: Andy Reynolds
A still from a Dwell magazine shoot years ago and inside Elliott Bay Bicycles. EBB is closing and I shared a coda to the shop in the Medium Bicycles Collection last weekend, titled, “Cheap Talk with Mark V.”
It’s shared there in my off-channel place, because it’s time to move on. Having said what needed to be said and dedicated an issue of our magazine to the closure, there’s no long goodbye. Just waiting to learn where Mark V lands and for when Bill makes for us another bike….