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Month: January 2011

Cricket Press

Cricket Press

Cricket Press is based in Lexington, KY and has been doing some amazing artwork, prints, and posters for quite a while now.  Brian and Sara Turner are the brains and hands behind the work- and they have a lot of it.  I’ve had a Cricket Press t-shirt for a couple years and Melissa sewed some pockets on the back of it.

They’ve got lots more on their website, and you can also check out their Etsy Store as well.

Bike Thievery and Madonna…

Bike Thievery and Madonna…

Via Seattlecrime.com

A pack of bike thieves attacked a man after he caught them stealing his ride in Lake City last week.

At about 4:30pm on January 17th, the man saw three young men across the street, making off with his bicycle, which he’d left locked up on the street at NE 30th and 125th NE.

The man yelled at the three young bike thieves, who then approached the victim.

The man wrestled his bike away from the three suspects, who walked off.

A few moments later, the three suspects came back, exchanged words with the man, and attacked him.

One of the suspects punched the victim in the face, breaking his nose, and leaving him swelling on his face, and a bloody ear.

A bystander broke up the fight and chased the suspects down the street.

The victim rode his bike home, and had has mother drive him to a shopping complex, where he contacted police.

Police didn’t make any arrests, but a report indicates they were going to try to check footage from a security camera near the scene to identify the suspects.

Thanks to Stickney for passing that along.

True Story:

I was in Queen Anne one night last year with two female friends for the premiere of Man Zou.  The film was great, we went to a little restaurant around the corner for a reception, had some food and began walking back to our car.  From across the street I saw a man huddled over a bicycle, presumably unlocking it.  It was taking longer than it should so I walked over, suspicion aroused.  That’s when I noticed he had a small pair of diagonal cutters trying to cut through a cable lock (which is quite easy to do, for those of you that think your bike is safe with one…)

“What are you doing?”

“It’s my bike.”

At this point I realize it’s a crappy bike.  The man is older, doesn’t speak english very well, and it looks like his clothes had seen better days.  Now I ask myself if it is his bike.  Am I being an asshole?- maybe he lost the key…. WAIT!  It’s a combo lock!  Fucker.

“That’s not your bike!”

“It’s my bike!”

“Why are you cutting the lock then?  Just open it.  You are stealing a bike and I’m not going to let you do that.”

“It’s my bike!  No combination- fuck you!  It’s my bike!”

I observe that he’s clearly drunk, and consider that he could possibly become violent.  He has diagonal cutters, that would work very well as a blunt object with which to dig out an eye.  I also take into consideration that I have my girlfriend and her friend with me. Though I’m quite confident that they could hold it down if things got ugly, it would have been me that put them in that situation by confronting the guy.  I’m now reconsidering my effort to thwart what I view as one of the lowest criminals around- bike theives.

“NO!  Walk away.  Right now.  We are calling the police.  You are stealing a bike- get out of here right now.”

He looks up at me- I stand a few inches taller, am sober- and I think he realizes that he may have picked the wrong time to steal a bike.  He teeters for a minute, and begins to walk off, partially cut cable lock keeping a crappy bike locked to a rack, and his diagonal cutters in hand.

“Fuck you.  You are— Republican!  You are George Bush lover! Fuck you!”

Really?  Did he just call me a Bush loving republican?  Really!?!  I didn’t know what to say.  I fought back the effort to laugh, or maybe to explain to him that I was not, in fact, a republican.  George Bush was far from who I supported in the last presidential election… but I bit my tongue- knowing that I should keep focused.  I didn’t want to get into a political discussion with a bike thief.

After he walked off, we shouted up to the apartment compound that the bike owner presumably inside of, saying that there was somebody stealing bikes.  No reply, no word on whether they came and retrieved it.

He stumbled off into the night- to either find another poorly defended victim, or to return to the scene of the crime and finish this one off after we left.  As we walked by Dick’s Burgers I saw two cops standing in front of the restaurant.  I gave a quick replay, describing the man, and saying that it was highly likely that he would return to get the bike after we left.  They then told me that I should NEVER confront a perpetrator, and I should just call the police.  But then they said that they would not be leaving Dick’s Burgers- as that was their post.  Ummmm.  OK.  They didn’t even call it in.

What does all this mean?

What happens when you see someone stealing your or someone else’s bike?  What do you do?  Confronting someone that is committing a crime, or doing something that is fucked up is always a gamble- you never know what is going to happen.  The perp could be carrying a weapon, or in the case in Lake City- his friends.  We’ve seen videos or heard stories of bike thieves being thwarted- maybe even getting their asses kicked.  The fact is, that you are really putting yourself at risk by confronting a bike thief.  I wouldn’t suggest it.  In fact, I would advise AGAINST it.

  1. The best thing that you can do is to lock your bike well- so yours isn’t stolen.  Good locks cost money, but nice bikes cost much more.  Even more important than a good lock is locking your bike properly.
  2. If you see something happening, call the police immediately.  Sure, they might not do anything, but it’s a step that should be taken in the event that the perp is caught.
  3. Alert others that there is bad shit going down.  These are possible witnesses.
  4. Make mental notes about the perp.  Most bike thieves are repeat offenders, and being able to identify them can help in building a case.

All that being said- to the bike thieves out there- if I catch you trying to steal even a light off my bike, I WILL HURT YOU.  I will smack you across the face in front of your friend like the punk you are and take my shit back.  Real talk.

On a lighter note- A little Madonna action from Travis:

Happy Tuesday.

Christauf Wright

Christauf Wright

Those in Seattle will likely remember Emerald City Bike Bloc.  A small group of friends putting races together 4 years ago because there wasn’t much going on at the time, at least that we knew of.  Though some of us are no longer in Seattle, those of us that are still come together each year to put it on.  This year will be the 4th annual Resurrection Race- Easter Saturday. Be there.

Seattle was lucky to be home to Christauf Wright for a spell after he moved from NYC.  He made a number of designs for ECBB including two t-shirt designs and a ton of fliers and spoke cards.  One design he was playing around with for a while was the “Death Rider”.  I’m super happy to see that he made it happen.  And in a screenprint poster!  Of course, Christauf has also done just about all the art that has been used for Go Means Go.  You can get his Baphomet design at the GMG Webstorething HERE

Christauf is still doing great stuff (now in San Francisco) including having his work in Artcrank SF.

He’s doing a limited screen print run of 31 for Artcrank, but if you aren’t going to be able to make it, get yours at his Etsy site HERE.  Only $30- and I guarantee that they’ll sell out.

You can also check out his work at www.Behance.net/christauf

A big thanks to Christauf for everything.  I’m sure that we’ve had people come out to races and events just because the flier was so bad ass.

Something old, something new

Something old, something new

First, a video that Jonathan sent along.  I don’t understand what they are saying, but it has Jens Voigt racing a 200m sprint against a guy on an old Swiss military bicycle…

Next we have a new bike, that looks old.  Carbon isn’t always a svelte piece of work like the SSCXWC frames are:

Tjeerd Veenhoven has been building bikes from strands of carbon, drenched in epoxy resin.  The result is something that looks, well, old. It reminds me of Slim Goodbody‘s muscles.

Taken from Tjeerd Veenhoven’s WEBSITE

This bike is made by mounting parts of a bike into a jig and running carbon wires drenched in epoxy resin between them. After a while the resin sets and the parts are united again. This all in an attempt to come up with new forms and shapes. Carbon in itself is not a very complicated material, often it is the weave that makes it high tech. Many of these wovens are used in high tech products, to provide a better strength vs weight ratio. Of course this brings much joy to engineers and provides consumers with many more options. However in this case the carbon is not perse intended as an high tech material, but more as a material that is real easy to apply giving more freedom to create. Never the less, the carbon has some very specific qualities that need to be considered while using. In this frame you can see that the parts where pressure is applied the carbon is denser. In the parts where there is a lot of pulling the carbon is used thinly because that is the true quality of carbon, it can handle tensile strength really well.

Mind the beautiful muscle-like structures that surround the rear axle, and the way the seat is integrated in the frame.
This project was partly conceived to react on the so many bautiful bikes that are designed and produced at this moment. They all are real pretty but some or most lack any innovation. Of course, aspecially when it comes to bike design, a lot is happening and prices are rocketing, but with this bike I at least made myself think about redesigning the basics, regardless of the endresult. A few editions of this bike will follow in the coming months.

“The Compliment Bicycle”

“The Compliment Bicycle”

The Compliment Bicycle from Tom Marshman on Vimeo.

I tried this, but I think I may have missed the mark by a little.

  • “You’re parking job is very creative”
  • “You have a talent for applying makeup while driving”
  • “You must be a great driver to not need to use your blinker”
  • “I love the challenge of trying to cross the street as traffic speeds by”
  • “I love the sound of you honking at me”
Brooks rucksack

Brooks rucksack

A interesting looking rucksack from Brooks.  It looks well built which isn’t surprising being Brooks… Also being Brooks it’s likely to cost more than the Jansport you got at Big 5.

No word on price.

Seen at Bikereviews.