Vintage Bar Design 02/16/2014
It is that time again of year again – thank god because I am so over the winter and Olympic Ice Skating. While us mere mortals spin away the hours on indoor trainers watching re-runs of The Tour, the gods of cycling are coming off their winter “break” (do they actually even stop these days) and showing their early season form. Those riders hoping for a good classics showing and a GIRO start in Belfast are already starting to show. The old and new generations of cycling are getting themselves ready for their Classics assault. Read on for the six that have impressed us so far.
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.
You ever get tired of munching on power bars when riding? Then spending the next five miles picking them from your teeth. These bars from Epic might be a very good alternative for an easy and good tasting protein infusion. They are a combination of lightly smoked animal protein (Beef, Bison, Turkey and Lamb) with added savory nuts and dehydrated fruits. Don’t make the mistake of putting these bars in the “Jerky” category, they have a much stronger flavor and the overall taste is a bit more savory. But get this, they are also low on sugar, low on carbs, Gluten free, Diary free, and no added Nitrates. Basically it is health in a wrapper. On longer rides I personally find an infusion of protein really helps, but if it is hot I find it hard to eat actual food. These bars just might be the solution. The Beef, Habanero and Cherry tastes is our favorite.
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.
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.
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.