The See.Sense Intelligent Light 10/16/2013


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Just over a year ago I was lucky enough to sit in on a meeting at HP/Labs and have them demonstrate their expertise in sensor technologies. It was pretty amazing what they were able to detect, and at the time I wondered how some of this type of tech would trickle down to the consumer (and rider). See.Sense is a great example of sensors being applied to an every day use, and making it better in the process. The See. Sense light first off doesn’t have a switch, it just detects your movement and switches on. It tracks you as you ride increasing its use and intensity when you need it most. It does this by sensing you in situations like approaching a road junction or passing through a tunnel, and increasing the lights intensity and blink rate to make you more visible. This increases the lights run-time by only putting it at full strength when you need it most, allowing the design to stay in a relatively small package.

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See.Sense has also added a couple of design features that I think take this light further again. Most of the lights we use have a narrow single direction beam, which is great if you need to be visible from that direction. See.Sense introduced a Fresnel lens to the product that opens up the beam allowing it to be seen from the sides as well, illuminating the rider and the road around them. They are getting a 12 hour runtime (it is USB rechargeable) with a front light giving off 150 lumens and the rear light 90. See.Sense is currently raising funds via Kickstarter and have a very detailed production and business plan put together. Check out their site for more details at seesense.cc , and you can contribute to their Kickstarter here. This is a very cool project that makes technology affordable and impactful for everyone.

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The Moulton Bicycle Company by Wellplastic Films 07/16/2013


Loving this film from WELLPLASTIC Films on the Moulton Bicycle Company. Beautifully put together, it tells the story around one of Britain’s most iconic brands and still to this day one of the most architecturally beautiful bikes ever made. Watch it in full screen with headphones on, it is well worth it. I love the quote from from the founder and designer Alex Moulton “We have to get your face out of the computer“, while he designs with a Sharpie and a notebook.

 

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Support For Thousands Of Miles 02/23/2013


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I want to give this project as much tailwind as possible. It looks and sounds like such an incredible piece of work capturing someone living in the saddle on an amazing voyage of discovery across America. For Thousands Of Miles is a documentary film directed by Mike Ambs as he follows Larry McKurtis as he cycles forty-two hundred miles across the Northern route of the USA. It took him 64 days to reach the Atlantic. The film is in its final stages of production and is still currently totally independent. Mike needs Kickstarter funds to finish out the sound design and final production to make a Spring release. If you can afford to give anything you can contribute here on KICKSTARTER. Watch the trailer, it is beautiful.

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02/21/2013


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It is a good day for cycling.  Good things are happening. 1: Martin Irvine took two medals at the World Track Championships. Ireland has a World Champion. That is pretty incredible as Ireland doesn’t have a single Velodrome or an “Institute Of Sport” to build around Martin in the way that Team GB or Australia has. For the last few weeks I have been following tweets of him killing team mates in training in Mallorca and raving about his form. It is nice to see hard work pay off and Ireland pick up their first medal since 1986. 2: NetApp Endura got a wildcard invitation to Paris Roubaix. This is good because we might get to see riders like Russ Downing and Alex Wetterhall grace one of the biggest races of pot luck around. These guys will have been training in the hope of something like this and with a little luck on the day… What I wouldn’t give to see one of them make the split. 3: The GIRO is coming to Ireland, and starting in Belfast. There were not many things that could bridge the divide between North and South and Catholic and Protestant when I grew up there, but cycling was one of them (ironically boxing was the other). This is a huge honor for the local community. I can only imagine that the Belfast stage will head up the Antrim coast and over the Glens Of Antrim. Lets pray for a little rain and a sea breeze and have some proper Irish style racing.

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The Most Beautiful Tools From The Swiss 07/09/2013


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No reason for your workbench to not look as good as your bike now. Some beautiful tools created by Swiss company Swiss Tools that add a nice touch of design to the things we just take for granted. They certainly are not cheap at $100, but damn they look good. If you are up for the splurge you can get them online here.

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I Remember Toeclips And Straps 03/29/2013


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Black leather uppers, with punched holes for ventilation. Black cotton laces. Leather soles, with metal plates nailed to the bottom. Metal toe clips and leather straps locking you in. Being that attached to your bike could sometimes be terrifying.

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The Scars Of Battle 02/18/2013


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Johan Van Summeren enters the team bus after the 2011 Milan San Remo, carrying the scars of taking one of the many bends in the finale on on his back.

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