From The Saddle: Beaver Dam Road 08/13/2013
Categories: The Other Stuff
That hill. We all have one. You might ride it every week, or maybe just once a season. It is the place that lets you know where you are at. Ahead or behind where you need to be, or should be. Some days you ride it like you have no chain, with the wind in your back and fresh legs. Fluid. On other days it is like riding through glue, your legs refusing to turn and feeling heavy. The burn. But that hill is your test ground, you go back because you know it will make you suffer, the only debate is how much. There is no fooling anyone but yourself on this hill. It will always give you an honest and blunt opinion. It won’t cushion the feedback, it will just tell it like it is. Yes, you are better than last time, last season, you are making progress, keep doing what you are doing. Or, come back in a few weeks and try again son and maybe then we will see. Drop a few more pounds that might help. We all have that hill where we go by ourselves some days. Today when I got to the top of my hill I found this mitt (My hill is Mt Washington CT, up from Egremont to Bash Bish Falls – down to Copake Falls and back up to Bash Bish). Looks like someone dropped the gauntlet or tossed it aside in disgust at themselves, but it seemed like a fitting marker for the top. Today was a good day on the hill. The legs felt good and the drizzle kept me cool.
I have watching an incredible amount of people riding around Brooklyn on the new Citibike program without helmets, and starting to get a little concerned for their livelihood. With no protection offered by Citibike, and most people don’t happen to carry a helmet with them, there is an obvious problem to solve. Thankfully some people are starting to think of options. In the UK the Paper Pulp Helmet project has surfaced, a low cost recyclable bicycle helmet for use with London’s Bicycle Hire Scheme. The hemet is manufactured from recycling waste newspapers that circulate the London transport network. They pulp the paper and through an Organic additive they make sure the helmet is water resistant for up to 6 hours. They make the helmets in a number of sizes and add food coloring to allow color to be associated to size. Everything is fully recyclable, so when the helmet starts to reach the end of its life it can be put right into your recycling program. All round it is a really nice and thoughtful project.
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.
Categories: The Other Stuff
Here is a really interesting idea, combining a lot of things we already carry, the backpack, the tablet and the phone. A custom designed backpack has a transparent window that allows you to place your tablet facing out to the public. Using your phone on your bar-top (which I assumes all connects together via Bluetooth) you can send turn signals and messages to the table. Turn left? Just swipe the phone left and the tablet in the backpack signals to traffic you are turning left. “Have a nice day” messages to nice drivers, and “Asshole” messages to the not so nice ones. I imagine it could also be used as a light at night as well. All I can find on this project presents it as a concept or prototype so I have no idea if it is making it into production. It also looks like there is a world of patents already registered against wearable technology and backpacks, again no idea if any of them are heading towards manufacturing. It is a great idea, especially now with so many city bike programs running.
Here at last! Our Ardennes Book Project for Elcyclista Editions. The book is a collection of images captured at the 2012 Ardennes week (Amstel, Fleché and L-B-L). No passes, no “Moto’s”, no access to hotels, the images are all from the perspective of the fan, and being surrounded by the ambience of these three amazing races. We have done the book in a first edition of /50 with each book individually numbered on the special editions page inside the book. This project took some time to finish as during its making my father unfortunately passed away from cancer. It was one of the last things I showed him that I was working on, so the project holds a special place for us. We are offering the book at two prices. We always appreciate the support we get and we try to keep our prices as affordable as possible, the first price is $65 which is the cost of production and packaging. The second price if you can afford to is $70 where we will donate $5 to the Hospice that helped him through his last days. As always we are grateful for whatever support you can give us. Lets see if we can get this fella to a second editon!
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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.
“Do what you love, and love what you do” – is the motto of the Pave Culture Cycliste shop tucked away in a suburb just outside of Barcelona. It is something Javier the owner has really taken to heart. Every inch of their space is a considered design decision with no compromises, a true labor of love. From the on-brand purples flowers that great you at the door, to the collection of classic rides, everything that is there fits with Javier’s unique taste. All of these things together have created one of the best bike retail experiences I have had the pleasure to visit. The shop has a lot of the usual suspects, Rapha, Assos, BMC, Parlee, and Time but it is how they have been laid out in the Pave space that makes the difference. It is a big space, in fact they could double their stock and they would still have more space left over than most shops. But instead they carefully curate what they bring to the shop and lay the products out with room to breath, like their special anniversary Tour display by Le Coq Sportif. They also carry a few brands hard to see in the US, like frame makers Pasculli and Milani. Like all good bike shops they become a magnet for the local ride scene. Every day at noon a lunchtime ride rolls out, down the coast towards Sitges, up into the hills at the back of the shop, or towards Barcelona. Demo bikes are taken out and tried, and the in-shop showers and lockers are usually pretty full from the local ride scene stealing a few hours off work in the afternoon. If you are lucky enough (or unlucky, depending on how the legs are feeling) you will see friends of the shop like Juan Antonio Fleche or Johnny Hoogerland roll out as well. Although I have a feeling that by the looks of Javier he might put a few people in the red on the way back to the shop. If you are ever in Barcelona it is a must visit. You will be greeted warmly by Javier, get a coffee, and I guarantee you will spend money.
Note: Thank you for the bottle of wine Javier, currently half way through.