Yup, damn good
Yesterday SXSW announced their 2015 programming, including a mentor session with yours truly… you can ask me anything during that time in Austin, like the tire pressure I run with tubulars or how to publish independent content, for more than a decade.
Bikes lots of them
Of course we’re ride another Mobile Social, and assemble a panel of mobile photographers in the Create space. We’re working that all out and for now, booking our trip back to Austin and it’s gonna be damn good.
Have a look at our photos from earlier this year, on G+. We ate a lot of great food.
Seeing Bullitts on The Amazing Race this weekend, reminded me of Mark’s take on cargo bikes from our archives – he had so much to say, it was written in 4 parts. If we had out magazine back then, that could’ve been a whole issue…
- Cargo Bikes and Stone Tablets, Pt1
- Cargo Bikes and Stone Tablets Pt2
- Cargo Bikes and Stone Tablets Pt3
- Cargo Bikes and Stone Tablets Pt4
and he noticed the Bullitts too in 09.
What sets this bike apart from many other long-wheelbase cargo bikes is the use of aluminium in large diameter tubes as opposed to steel. Much as I like the ride of a good steel bike, a cargo bike is a great opportunity to allow aluminium to shine, especially when a manufacturer can really engineer the shapes and diameters of tubing. A lot of cargo bikes are begging for some extra rigidity. The Bullitt comes in 13 versions, with disc brakes and choice of internally geared rear hubs or derailleurs. The lightest version weighs 48lbs.
Kym & Alli rode well to win Episode 4, comparing the ride to a fixed-gear, and did their share of annoying the locals on the path.
We did our share of that too, this one time in Amsterdam… Great to see cyclists doing well – it seems every season Phil adds more bikes into the mix, and now cyclists are winning.October 18, 2014
Get to know Kym more in this interview from Well+Good. I was confused at first as to what competitive street cycling is from the intro to the season. That’s racing fixed gears, Phil replied and Kym is a SoulCycle instructor while Alli is a personal trainer.October 18, 2014
Fat on the beach
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The huge four and five inch tires rolled effortlessly down the street. I jumped off a curb, I darted through traffic, I popped a wheelie. However much this bike tipped the scales, it felt like any random 20lb hardtail mountain bike, and it was wickedly maneuverable, which surprised me even more. I fell instantly in love with this giant overgrown BMX bike underneath me.
A while ago, when I wrote about Fat Bikes, my take wasn’t quite that enthusiastic. I didn’t ride on the beach though, but in the snow.
A cold Winter’s Bone out there on a Fat Bike
The rest of the issue includes
- In a West End Town
- Sandwich, Where We Rode Together
- Stutter Bumps
- Bro’d Out? Sure, But that Was Good Fun
Remains of the Day
The recent closing of Elliott Bay Bicycles is a bellwether for the larger concerns facing retailers throughout the sport. EBB had been around for decades, had attracted not just the best in mechanics, but was the home to one of the Pacific Northwest’s best-respected frame builders, Bill Davidson.
Also from 07, see Mark V’s popular post about the bro deal and the customers that asked him for it.
Hi. Thanks for coming into my shop and taking part of the consumer experience. Your disposable income is the sole source of our meager profit margins that support the shop’s overhead and indirectly my income.
West End Bicycle Rickshaws
Since the late 1990s the number of rickshaws in London has swelled. As they are unregulated, with no set fare or formal licensing structure, precise figures are hard to come by. The London Pedicab Operators Association, which represents 300 drivers, estimates that around 700 pedal the capital’s streets. Disgruntled taxi drivers suggest the figure is far higher.
It seems cab companies and traditional transportation businesses, have more to worry about than Uber and bike shares.
Convoy CoffeeOctober 15, 2014
Well badged, head tube
My kinda place, of course, where the bike and tech meet. I didn’t stick around to see if any beer arrived by bike too, but that wouldn’t surprise me. KK+ was there too and bunch of other people I know.October 15, 2014
Good to see them all and ride around downtown.
KK’s taken that bag around the world
Rapha’s hooded top
Well I had this reveal planned of my new, fav fall/winter jacket, but getting spotted in public wearing it will work just as well.October 15, 2014
The reason I’m wearing a Rapha hooded top so much, besides the merino blend, style and cut, is that it’s just like another fav jacket of mine, from the 70s or early 80s (I think). The Moa Sport jacket is so tattered and torn, I don’t wear it anymore, but refuse to part with it. Bought the Moa from a vintage cloth store in Seattle long ago that had a shipment of wool kit from Italy arrive.
Thick merino and a plastic panel front
Wore that jacket before Gore and later eVENT and all the modern fabrics we have now. Showing its age, most of the teeth have fallen out of the zipper, and seams are coming apart, but at the time this jacket was “the one.” The wool moderated temperatures, even when wet, while the plastic front panel blocked the wind.
Misshaped, may just fall off the hanger one day, into a tired lump on the floor
Rapha’s Merino Hooded Top has all that too, with a storable hood, pink reflective accents, and a sport wool blend. I traveled to London wearing it and rode to and from the Seattle Interactive conference yesterday.
Brass teeth have fallen out
So sure, for the longer days, big miles, and hard riding this winter, I’ll wear a Gabba or something new from Showers Pass or Novara. For total comfort around town though, it WAS the Moa Sport and now this exceptionally nice piece from Rapha.
The Hooded Top is on clearance for $122.50 with smalls, larges, and XLs left in stock.
And if you ever see a Moa Sport jacket in a vintage clothe store near you, get it!
I’ve been borrowing a fatbike off a friend for the last couple weeks and had a fun time riding the sand dunes near Pacific City. Then I realized my friend Kenji was getting really good at his drone video work and asked him to join me on a day at the beach. I climbed and descended the dunes a few times, then just rode around and he flew around me the whole time. It came out better than I imagined, but I hope to do it again in the spring after I’ve ridden those dunes a bunch more and figured out the right lines, tire pressures, etc.
More drone videos are available on Dronescape.tv too. What I’d like about Matt’s dune ride is there were no big-air ramps, no energy drinks, just a couple cyclists doing what they love.
Music: MDK, Shinespark.
German tourists at Seacrest Park
After an errand for more beekeeping supplies at Home Depot and asking Santa Yoda career advice, we rode around Alki Beach. Stopped at a bike shop to adjust a derailer, and watched kayakers paddle around Elliott Bay. Then stopped for lunch at Marination at Seacrest park. That was part of our #2daysinseattle with folding bikes. The visual story was shared on G+.
The Element.ly assignment during Interbike was to find and shoot the “The People You Need To Know In The Bike Industry” for a portrait gallery with a few Qs and As. The people are players, industry insiders, and colleagues we’ve known for years. This is who we’re drinking beer and swapping stories with, and catching up from the last time we rode together. After dragging these people off the show floor to a nearby (and very nice) set of palm trees, they were asked the same few questions.
Zellmann from SRAM
- Chris DiStefano, Rapha
- Nic Sims, Scott
- Josh Hon, Tern
- Lance Camisasca, Lifeboat
- Jasen Thorpe, Thorpe Marketing
- Eric Richter, Giro
- Chris Mahan, REI
- Steve Gluckman, REI
The assignment also marks my first set of portraits. I’m normally shooting street scenes, bikes, and gear. Credit to Jim for the photo editing and Jakob the wordsmithing and thanks to those that participated.
As Kona said in the intro to this edit, “For us, it’s not only about creating bikes for future champions, but also inspiring a love for cycling that lasts a lifetime.” And Mark V just dug one of their old bikes out of the back of the closed shop and is restoring it.
Maybe he’ll race it cross one day too…
Lars van der Haar shows you how it’s done
Watching the elites at Gieten today, I was reminded of how well they ride the sand and we do not. Racers in the Seattle area are at Silver Lake today and reaching the beach, hopefully finding a good line. In the 3rd issue of our magazine, Matt Hill explained how Wellens rides the sand. For anyone that’s face planted into a sand pit or just stalled after a bike length, it’s a mandatory read.
So how the heck do those Euro guys blast through the sand sections with such grace and style? Well, Matt breaks down footage of archetypal Euro Cross star Bart Wellens, showing the US peons just how to get things done.
Wellens in the sand
First the men
Like Meyerson said, “Can you believe this flyover?! Oh wait, that’s just a hill, you say? ‘Cross is sometimes hard, you say?” Huh and this was way before the “hard flow” favored by today’s course designers by race promoters, like McClung from MFG.
And the women
While racers lost lots of time on that muddy run up topped with a barrier, at the time the course was the anti-jungle ‘cross. Look how wide those lanes are for passing. Not too long ago, here in Seattle at North Seatac we had a drop off into a fire pit (not lit, of course, just the burned out logs), followed by a singletrack through brick and bramble. Part of the skill required was not crashing out.
Sliver Lake in 11
This weekend, racers are lining up at Silver Lake, arguably the hardest course in the area. It’s situated next to a lake and each lap a beach is stormed, before an ascent up the banks, into the trees, and back down…
Of all the in-house content being produced, the brand storytelling in the bike biz, Scott stands out for the presentation and photography. Like this piece from the Red Bull Rampage. And as Jakob said, Arcteryx tooApril 25, 2014
Last time I hung out with my daughter before she headed off to college, she was snapchatting her foot to her friends while her brother played soccer. She got a snapchat from her roomie of their dorm room and we talked about that for a while; specifically, where the fridge was gonna go. Then she snapchatted something else and I lost track of all the snaps, but yup that’s what they do. These teens today and Casey Neistat explains the trend in the video.
While we’re posting photos of our ride/race weekend to Facebook, and worrying about Ebola, or the damn Secret Service!, they’re snapchatting everything.
Of course, the geniuses that run Snapchat, ride bikes…
Awesome new Snapchat bikes!!! pic.twitter.com/DTw21S3doX— Evan Spiegel (@evanspiegel) June 19, 2014
KCE on the Stairs
As seen on Instagram and according to Robert Higdon, the best KCE mystery mailing yet, maybe ever. KCE is like the Banksy of bikes in your mailbox. We haven’t gotten one yet, perhaps not sexy enough or haven’t spent a night out drinking with the artist, whoever it is. Search for #KCE on social networks, skipping over the selfies and butts, and you’ll find more art….June 17, 2014