Val.

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A fundraiser is underway to help out Val Kleitz. Val is a talented Seattle mechanic, staunch supporter of the cycling community, and possessor of one amazing mustache. Val is battling cancer, and through the support of Aaron’s Bicycle Repair in West Seattle and Redline Bicycles, based in Kent, raffle tickets for a Redline 9-2-5 fixed-gear commuter bike are being sold to help pay some of Val’s suddenly massive medical expenses. Because of Washington’s “gambling” laws you have to swing by Aaron’s in person to buy a ticket, but far-flung folks who want to help can also make donations through this PayPal account. The drawing will be held at Aaron’s on Sunday December 20th with Val in attendance.

Please come by and support, or donate through paypal.  Medical expenses add up quickly, and are the last thing that Val should have to worry about right now.

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Dark Days Photo contest details

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It’s on like Donkey Kong. The Dark Days photo contest has begun:

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Contest Rules:

  • You may submit a maximum of four photographs.
  • Photographs must have some bike-related content.
  • Photographs must have been taken outside, after dark.
  • The work must be your own.
  • Entries do not have to be current; go back and pick your favorites.
  • Creativity is highly and heartily encouraged.
  • Prizes can only be sent to addresses in North America. (Photos taken anywhere are welcome!)

Submit your photo(s) one of two ways:

Please do your best to keep emailed submissions under 1MB in size. Emailed images will be reposted to the contest’s Flickr group, with credit given to the photographers. Winners will be announced on both Bikejuju and GOMEANSGO the week of the winter equinox, December 21.

Now the fun part – prizes!

Bikejuju and GOMEANSGO will be selecting winners in the following categories:

  • Best overall image
  • Most creative image
  • Best Pacific Northwest image (entries for this prize must be captioned with location)

Each winner will receive a prize package including a light from Planet Bike, a Bikeglow safety light, and other fun schwag to be determined.

But wait, there’s more! There will also be a “Planet Bike Dark Days Commuter” winner – the nice folks at Planet Bike will pick one winner who receives a full “commuter package.” That’s a set of Cascadia fenders (any size), a mini pump of the winner’s choice, a Blaze 2W or Blaze Dynamo headlight, a SuperFlash rear light, and a saddle bag with tire levers and patch kit. Plus, the folks at Planet Bike have expressed interest in potentially using that winner’s image in an ad or on their website!

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Prohab helmet calendar

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Well I guess we can add another calendar featuring girls on bikes to the roster. This one is looking pretty good. I like the concept.

The events that are listed are Vancouver based, but at least they are bike events.

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They’ll be having a calendar release party in Vancouver on 11/13. Calendars will start shipping 11/12. You can pick one up for $17CAD on their blog. It comes to $24 and change (CAD), shipped Go to their BLOG to make the magic happen.

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I saw this over on Pedal Consumption

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Double the feature, double the fun.

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Last night at ART VELO- we had a little fun and played some out of print movies on the projector.  Two movies only on VHS, about bikes, and hard to find information on.

The first was called “Beasts of Burden” and it documents San Francisco bike messenger culture, circa 1992.  I must say that messengers today have much better style than they did then.  These guys looked half hessian/half Mad Max.  Leather jackets and hockey pads.  No fixed gear bikes in this one, just mountain bikes and cruisers with monster baskets on the front.  There was a snippet from Erik Zo, who started making bags and selling them to couriers.  His bags became very sought after, and from what he says, changed the way messengers carried their parcels.

At just around 30 minutes long, it was an interesting look at messengers from all angles.  From the SFPD, to people on the street, to the messengers themselves.  In the early 90’s, it seemed like messengering would never go away.  There was a much larger community even within San Fransisco.  Who knew that the internet and fax machine would be so devastating to the industry?

A pretty good movie all around, It would be great to do a “Where are they now” type thing a la Heavy Metal Parking Lot.  I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

The second movie that played.  Ahhhh.  The second movie.

Ten Speed.

In a nutshell, it was based in a big wig advertising firm in San Francisco.  And in the opening sequence you see the womanizing hunky lead riding to work in his white suit, being all 1976 and stuff.  On his way to work he foils a purse snatcher, and skitches up the hill on a cable car that his coworker is riding on.  He flips her some lip, just to let you know that he knows how awesome he is, and beats her to the office.  His coworker is promoting a bike race from San Francisco to Malibu.  400 miles.  She doesn’t want him to race for the company, but he wants to.  So the boss makes them race together.  There are a pair guys that are always getting into trouble, one of whom is portrayed as though he might be slightly retarded.  The good guy wins in the end.  And no it isn’t the dude in the white suit.

Throughout the movie it seemed as though each scene could turn into a really messed up slasher flick, or a really bad porn.  The dubbing was horrible, and the voices didn’t match the mouths.  If you are a fan of horrible movies, this might be right up your alley.  To put it into perspective, you have Quicksilver and BMX Bandits, both released to dvd.  Rad is apparently getting released to dvd at some point.  All with horrible acting. But Ten Speed…. nope.  Out of print.  Only available on VHS.  And when you rent it from Scarecrow Video, they don’t require a  deposit, as they do with many out of print movies.  You can tell right off that it’s not going to be very good.

I will say that I can watch just about anything that has to do with bicycles.  This one was hard.  I’m glad I sat through watching the Night rider take it all the way home, but man.  It was a little painful.  A couple people left halfway through.

I’d give it a 1 out of 5 stars.

Well, if you missed the double feature, stay tuned for more this winter.  We’ll get some more going.  No promises on the quality of the films, but hey, it’s about bikes.

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Dark Days photo contest. Take pictures. Win stuff.

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Tom over at Bikejuju and GO MEANS GO are combining forces to bring you a photo contest that will put a smile on your face, even in these dark days.

An official call for entries will be posted soon, but this is a little heads up.  Folks are invited to submit bike related photos taken outside after dark.  The submissions will be taken until December 20th, the darkest day of the year.  (On a side note, that means it’s only 6 months away from the 9 to 5 Solstice Scavenger hunt that was so much this June.)

Two sponsors of the highest caliber were found in Planet Bike and Bikeglow. They will be providing bike lights as prizes for the winners of the contest.  Everyone needs lights.  Planet Bike stepped it up a notch and will be giving a full “commuter package” including lights, fenders and more, to one winner.

If you aren’t familiar with Tom’s blog, BIKEJUJU you should definitely check it out.  He lives in West Seattle, and likes bikes as much as I do.  That’s actually a little scary.

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Griffin

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If you ride enough, you will get caught in the rain. If you’re smart, you were watching the weather and brought a jacket with you. A good jacket, that will keep you dry from the weather outside, but that is ventilated enough that you won’t be soaked from sweat when you get to your destination.

Of course cycling jackets aren’t new. But they are generally bright colors, and may fit pretty snug. That’s great and good if you are going on a long ride, and not going out to dinner, or the bar or club. I won’t argue their effectiveness, but I will say that with the materials available today, a jacket that makes you look like crossing guard more than a fashionable man (or woman) about town isn’t necessary. There are a few companies that have brought products to the market that seem to offer the protection we need, the comfort we desire, and a look we prefer.

Griffin is based in the UK, and has worked on a number of different collaborations with some of the world’s biggest brands and manufacturers, they even one with Charge Bikes.

Here is the

Griffin X Berghaus Fortitude Jacket

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And the Griffin Fixed Jacket:

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Griffin also makes trousers, and shirts that look good and are built for action. Much of their clothing is made in either the UK, or Italy. Top notch. Check em out.

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Swift Industries

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Great video put together by The Path Less Pedaled about local craftspeople Swift Industries. Jason and Martina are rad people and have supported some of our races before. Their bags are top notch, and above all local!

We interview Martina of Swift Industries, an independent maker of panniers in Seattle. She tells us about the bag making process. She also shares with us the conflicts she has with doing businesses in the current economy.

www.pathlesspedaled.com

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