Bicycle San Francisco 02/23/2014


SFBDespite some brutal inclines when you visit San Francisco you will be surprised at how bicycle friendly the city actually is. With near on perfect weather (compared to the east coast) the city has embraced the bike as a way of getting around. Dwight Eschliman is a cycling loving photographer based out of the city. His studio is right on one of those routes into the city that is loved by all types of riders, this gave him the idea of documenting the riders he met along that route. Instead of portraits he tells the story of these riders by documenting their bikes. Every bike has its own story, and the details you find in the zoom in to the beautifully shot images revealing each riders personality. As the project lives on it will be an interesting anthropological study of the Bay Area riding scene and their bikes. It is amazing sometimes what people choose to get around on.

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Categories: Design / The Other Stuff

Giro Apparel 02/17/2014


giro_kitThe 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.

Categories: Design / Kit

The Digital 16MM Bolex 01/28/2014


digital_bolexIt 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.

Categories: Classic / Design

A Moulton Speed 02/23/2014


Moulton_SpeedA very slick Moulton Speed kitted out with Campy Super Record. If you are going to go “folding” there is no need to compromise. This thing will move.

Categories: Design / Rides

Empire Bikes 3D Printed Frame 02/15/2014


3DIt 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.

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Categories: Design / Rides

Cycling History Made In Belfast 02/03/2014


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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.

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Categories: Classic / Design / Rides

The Wellograph Smartwatch 01/26/2014


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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.

Categories: Design