Empire Bikes 3D Printed Frame 02/15/2014
It was only a matter of time. The 3D printing phenomenon over the last few years has been one of the more interesting technology trends. The Maker movement and the ability to acquire a printer for a pretty reasonable price has made sure the topic has got a lot of column inches. Some interesting 3D printed bike components have already been emerging like the Kappius Hub, but this is the first complete bike frame I have seen. Made by a company in the UK called Renishaw who specialize in 3D printed materials they partnered with Empire Bicycles to take one of their existing frames and see if they could 3D print it and make it lighter. The result is pretty impressive. The original frame weighed 2100g, the new 3D printed version made from heated titanium powder weighed in at 1400g, 33% lighter. The frame is broken into individual sections, printed as a block and them assembled and bonded. The frame is claimed to be just as strong as the original. Fascinating.
Cycling History Made In Belfast 02/03/2014
Northern Ireland isn’t a place that you would automatically associate with cycling history. But on May 9th when the GIRO starts in Belfast it will roll past a place that changed cycling forever. That place is now called Lavinia Square of the Ormeau Road, but back on May 18th 1889 it was called the North of Ireland Cricket Club Grounds and was the meet-up for a series of bike races. On that day Mr. “Willie” Hume of the Belfast Cruisers Cycling Club entered a race on a bike equipped for the first time with tires filled with air. Willie was the first to purchase the “Safety” bicycle fitted with the newly patented pneumatic tires made by Dunlop. The added advantage of this new technology became immediately evident as it took a below average rider who had never won a race and propelled him to the top spot on the podium, in every race he entered.
The Wellograph Smartwatch 01/26/2014
I personally don’t wear a smart watch or band. I am just not convinced of the accuracy of the data or the real daily use of it for me, I could do with looking at numbers a little less. In general I find wearbale technology an interesting space that seems to have new offerings every month. The design approach has mostly been to make products with a “high tec” or “athletic” look. The Wellograph watch is one of the few to invest more in a little style, and also to come up with a simple modern looking data display. It is basically an activity tracker, a heart rate monitor and a running monitor all wrapped up in one watch. It sends data live via Bluetooth to an App on your phone (both for iphone and Android) to be represented in some simple info-graphics for analysis. On the style side the watch is made from polished stainless steel and sapphire crystal, and comes with a choice of leather or nato style straps. It might well be the most stylish and wearable of its breed out there.
Giro Apparel 02/17/2014
The new kit from GIRO looks pretty amazing. Nice tailored fits and good use of materials, but man can I get my hands on any? Nope. All the good pieces out of stock, pretty much everywhere. It is a shame because the stuff looks really good and as spring approaches we are all back in the market for a few pieces. Seems like a massive missed opportunity especially when you have made something so nice.
The Ride Out The Cold Sale 02/03/2014
We have been behind this brand for a while because they make good quality well designed products. If you don’t know them already this is a perfect time to get yourself acquainted as they just opened up their Ride Out The Cold Sale. There are some really good deals so take advantage. The Brighton and Damen jackets are personal favorites.
The Digital 16MM Bolex 01/28/2014
It is certainly not cheap (retailing at $3299) but the quality of the images it captures puts you right back in the glory days of film and images with an organic feel. There is a trend right now (look at what VSCO is doing) that is trying to emulate the feel of traditional film stock via “filters” put over digital images. With Bolex optics the company made famous for creating 16mm film cameras that were capable of capturing images that could be projected in theaters, the need to adopt the digital output is gone. They have taken all that optics know-how and attached it to a 16mm DCC digital censor capable of capturing RAW uncompressed footage. It kind of makes it a perfect motion camera. The whole rig has been designed to fit with other film component brands so the options for your set up are pretty incredible, and you end up with some pretty stunning RAW footage. I wonder if anyone is renting this, I would love to try it.
New Year New Build 01/25/2014
The old design of Elcyclista had been with us from day one. Back then I wasn’t really sure what this was going to be other than an outlet for thoughts and some work. Since then with a lot of encouragement it has grown into creative projects, a home for photography projects from both myself and photographers kind enough to offer their images, and commentary on our sport. But the old design like a bike you have had for a few seasons, needed a freshen up. I wanted keep the feel of the original well received look, but evolve it to show off work and projects better. So here it is. There is still some production to do to get all of the photo essays back in there, they will be coming over the next week, but overall we are really happy with where it is and we hope you like it. The photo essays are now redesigned and presented in the “Journals” section. Our creative projects will be gathered together in the “Editions” section. All of our kit is available under “Team Kit” and the you can submit work ideas under “Submit“. We think the redesign is going to kick us on to the next level. Let us know what you think and if you are interested in collaborating on a project hit the submit or contact button.
A special thanks to Alex the “King Of Code” who made this a very easy process and built it so a code illiterate fool like me can use it.