F#@king airlines, and a folding fixed gear.

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Last night I spent quite a while trying to break down my bike to a size small enough that US Airways wouldn’t charge me $100 each way to get my bike to vegas. The size that I have to work with: 62″ – which is the total of the length + width + height of the box. It’s impossible.

What I don’t understand is why they don’t like bikes so much. It’s not a weight issue, or a cubic inch issue. What they have done, from what I can tell, is get dimensions that no full size bike that doesn’t come apart can shrink to. I have been considering bringing a mini-bike- as it’s only 5 miles from my hotel to the Sands, but it won’t be very much fun if I’m riding with big bikes too.

The airline industry is one that I don’t understand at all. Golf clubs fly free. So do snowboard bags. my little ol’ bike box packs well, is lighter than either, and takes up fewer cubic inches. All this, and still, $100 each way. It is almost cheaper to buy a separate seat for my bike. Unbelievable.

This frustration has got me thinking of a folding bike. I don’t travel enough to warrant shelling out over $2000 for one of the gorgeous, and sold out Freeman Transport “Gravel Racer” bikes:

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So maybe a full size folder is too much? What are my other options? There are of course lots of possibilities out there. How about a Strida? I have a soft spot for concept bikes, which, honestly is what I thought the Strida was when I first saw it. It surprised me even more to find out that not only were they not make believe, but they also didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Having never straddled a Strida, I can only assume that it would feel a little weird. Riding aggressively doesn’t seem like a great idea. But if what you want to do is get from point A to point B, then this may be your ticket:

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No, the Strida may not be for everyone.

Today, on my meanderings through the interwebs, I was over on Urban Velo, and saw that Montague is mixing it up a little bit. Though it’s not available now, when I really could use it, January 2010 will see this little guy come out with a price tag of about $700. That’s not bad. I’d be really curious to see how this thing rides. Maybe they’ll be at Interbike and I can take it for a spin?

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In the mean time, I’ll be on the phone with US Airways, frustrated, trying to figure out how I can bring my bike to Vegas. Cross your fingers for me.

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A blast from the past.

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I’m not interested in seeing images of most modern day celebrities riding their screwed up department store bikes.  I like old pictures anyhow, so here are a few from back when your folks were kids.

Rita Hayworth (second from the right):

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And this guy, who I’ve been assured IS NOT Paul McCartney- likes girls on bikes too:

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Ginger Rogers:

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And this is somebody famous, I’m almost sure of it.  Any help?

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And though not a movie star, this comes image comes from 1915, and is an invention that was designed to take flight once the vehicle reaches 35 mph.  Once the vehicle reaches 88 mph, through the aid of a flux capacitor (not seen in image) the pilot/rider has the ability to travel through time, which is how the image came to me.  Pretty neat, huh?

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Princely Musings- Bicycle

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I saw it at Riding Pretty

Who saw it at Sydney Body Art Ride

Where I also saw this:

The Cycologists are a three man bicycle band from Australia fronted by acclaimed instrument maker Linsey Pollak and also featuring Ric Halstead and Brendan Hook. For their impromptu, outdoor live performances, the band ride up on their bikes and remove the seats in unison to reveal modified clarinets made entirely of bicycle parts. After they’ve finished performing, they take a bow before hopping back on their clarinets and riding off into the sunset.

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Las Vegas: Interbike Crit

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I’ll be headed to Las Vegas for Interbike next week, and I’m really looking forward to it.  It’s going to be overwhelming I’m sure, but I’m looking forward to meeting the people that have supported our races in the paast, and hoping get to know more folks in the industry (maybe getting a job in the process?)

Anyway, if my legs can hang with it, this looks like a killer race.  And it’s near my hotel.

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For the whole Emerald Sprints thing, “Spin it to win it” has been my mantra.

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Bicycle Film Festival Seattle recap

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The Bicycle Film Festival just swept through Seattle in it’s first visit here, and was a great success. The diversity of those that attended speaks volumes as to the diversity of Seattle’s bicycle community. Commuters, messengers, racers, randonneurs, bmx riders, polo players, bicycle historians, and weekend warriors came out to share in movies made from these camps, as well as others. It was really great to see all the people there, and the valet bike racks were full of 75+ bikes most of the time.

Friday Night brought the much anticipated Seattle premiere of “Where are you go”, and all that attended left with a strong feeling to, as one moviegoer put it-

“Do something epic.”

After Friday’s programs, the crowd picked up their bikes from the valet bike parking attendants (Thanks to Cascade Bicycle Club for supplying the bike parking racks), went to Flowers and packed the house to take part in Goldsprints. Many people hadn’t seen this bar room roller coaster, and once we got the wheels rolling people that were hesitant before had grins from ear to ear, and signed up to spin their legs faster than they’ve gone before. $3 42BELOW vodka specials kept people refreshed, and the shouting from the crowd kept their legs spinning fast.

Saturday was packed with movies, the first program starting at 1pm (a repeat of “Where are you go”), and finishing up at 11pm. The “Urban Bike Shorts” program consists of 14 short films, and encompasses more of the gritty films of the festival. Films that had people on the edge of their seats watching an alley cat race, or laughing at news reporters, or bobbing their heads to the sounds of the “Scraper Bike King”. The BFF team alley cat wore out the racers, not only because it was a race of over 30 miles, but the weather was quite warm… maybe a little too warm. The winning team walked away with $100, so they were well rewarded for their efforts. After the movies, we went back to Flowers for more party time, where we closed the bar with some good music, and made some good memories.

Also a big thank you goes to the volunteers that helped make the BFF go well. Many volunteers are needed for an event like the BFF. Ticket takers, the box office, the merchandise table, alley cat checkpoints, A/V techs, BFF promotion/street team, and valet bike parking (9 years, and never a bike stolen!) The BFF is largely volunteer run, and through the help and support of the local cycling community, it will continue to bring this broad range of movies to cities around the world. It’s through the efforts of these folks that events like the BFF run smoothly, and next year, we’ll be doing it all again.

Thanks to Chris, and Ortlieb USA for taking care of the volunteers as well. I hope you liked Road to Roubaix Chris!

If you have any photos of the Film Festival, please put keywords such as “BFF Seattle”, and post a link in the comments section. Thanks!

9/11 Sprints Results

Men’s Bracket

  1. Pavel C 23.443
  2. Patrick M 24.799
  3. Kevin K. 25.756

Women’s Bracket

  1. Ali M 30.779
  2. Monica G 32.021

9/12 BFF Race results:

  1. Daniel V and Ponch
  2. Tall Bryan and Felix
  3. Pavel and Kevin K

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