I love a good surprise in the post. This week brought these wonderful prints from the illustrator Otto Von beach. They are a series called 100 revolutions that celebrate The Tour. They are lithographic prints on 350 gm silk board, 210mm x 285mm and printed by Spiegl Press of Stamford in an edition of 500 (unsigned). In his own words and ones that I could never hope to better:
“REGRETTABLY I was already entombed in my icy berth when those sixty savages of the road set forth on the first Tour de France in 1903. However, I did have the dubious pleasure of meeting the eventual winner, Maurice Garin, at the inaugural Paris-Roubaix in 1896. To commemorate the 100th edition of the Tour—and to recover the five guineas Garin charged me for his autograph—I am delighted to offer a set of six prints illustrating each of the six stages from that first race.”
These are well worth getting, very unique and beautifully executed, I don’t doubt that down the line they could become collectable. You can get them here.
One of the best things to happen in the last decade is the freedom we have been given by digital tools and computing power to open up old publishing models to all. I would never say print is dead, I love printed media, but the formats it was previously delivered in are being reinvented. The latest of these, and one that we hope gets a great tailwind is Conquista.cc. Like a lot of us they wanted more than what we were being offered and decided to see what they could come up with. At first glance it looks like an interesting model. They will follow a quarterly format, delivered free online, and a limited run of 1000 printed issues. They are an advertising supported model, but want to look at how those adverts appear throughout the publication. Advertising and content will be kept separate – no paid content or “cleverly” placed ads dropped into the middle of articles. It has been a advertising model that served well, and probably will continue for a while yet – it is just nice to see someone try something else and see if they can make it work. We wish Benjamin and all at Conquista the best of luck and good legs and look forward to seeing what they do in the future.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.