Davidson S&S BMX

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I saw this thing around in Vegas, and was impressed with it. As I stated in my Interbike posts, I am very interested in the portability of bicycles, mainly due to the new restrictions that the big bad airlines are putting on baggage. I’m not quite sure that I would be so into a bmx for travel, especially since the S&S couplers add $800+ to whatever the frame cost is. Either way, it is a beautiful bike. I saw this up on Bike Hugger, and now I bring it to you.

Bill Davidson is a Seattle builder and craftsman. He has been building frames in Seattle for over 35 years. He has a strong belief that there is always a better way, and is always moving ahead with a new concept or idea…. like a titanium bmx bike with S&S couplers. Check out Davidson Handbuilt Bicycles here

Here are the first shots of the S&S BMX from Davidson Handbuilt Bicycles. This is a titanium frame with chromoly steel fork, S&S couplings, a rear derailleur, and disc brakes. The concept is that a BMX is the most fun way to get around short distances and in the cramped quarters of the urban environment, where cars, pedestrians, and random infrastructure hamper the freedom of a road bike or fixed gear. The only thing about a BMX bike is that once you can get a straight shot at open pavement, you spin out of the low-ish single speed gear. But if you add a derailleur…well, then it’s like adding booster rockets to get you to orbital altitude. And if such a bike would be fun in on the streets that my front opens onto, then they would really be fun when I explore other cities.

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The bike has SLX disc hubs, an XTR 140mm disc rotor, Shimano mechanical disc brake, right side XT M770 dual control lever, Saint short cage rear derailleur, Thomson stem, Snafu Sissybar handlebar, DA 7700 cranks, and a modified Drive Lite fork

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You can check back with Bike Hugger for more reviews, the photos above were taken in Seattle.

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Oh Milan. You are alright in my book.

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Saw this up on Prolly a while back, but I love it.  Street art with a message.  Even if the message is:

“If my bike was big enough, I would ride over your parking lots and crush your cars, like so many leaves”

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Something like this on the Burke Gilman would be wonderful…

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Mark your Calendar to purchase a calendar

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It’s coming around the corner. I know it’s only October 1st, but soon enough, winter will be here, and then, before you know it, January 1, 2010 comes. If you are like most people I know, and sometimes myself, you spend a bit of time without a calendar. Whether you forgot to pick one up, or you are waiting till they are cheaper, a couple months into the year, you don’t have anything except for the GMG events calendar. That is really all you need for bike events in the Northwest, but if you want to add Aunt Lily’s birthday, or when your child support payments are due, then a wall calendar is what you need.

Where do you go from there? You’ve got lots of options. Personally, I don’t remember the last year that I didn’t have a bicycle calendar.

The 11″x17″ Cycle-And-Recycle calendar will run you $13 from the International Bicycle Fund

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The 12″x12″ BICYCLES calendar might be better if you like the old ads, like most people with good taste do.

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Or if you like really bad art, maybe the 12 months of bicycles is up your alley.

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Myself… I like bicycles and ladies sharing the page together. I know I’m not the only one. As with the calendars above though, there are some differences in quality and content between the different calendars. I have 3 different calendars with bike girls on them. I like them all, for different reasons:

The Seattle calendar: Lovely Ladies on Beautiful Bicycles- which WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR 2010

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The good cause calendar: TyK: Thought you knew

The Proceeds from the TyK Project go directly to the Chicago Women’s Health Center [CWHC]. Providing health care and health education to women in Chicago, they have long filled a gap in the US health care system. TyK is proud to give CWHC a leg up. (And so you know- 2010 will bring a Men’s Calendar to the wall as well)

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The Team Calendar: Team Pegasus

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These calendars are all good for different reasons. My favorite at the moment is the TyK calendar, which I picked up at Interbike. But then I found another one. Not in print form, but on the world wide web. It costs a very pretty penny, but if you’ve got money to burn and appreciate things like the Pirelli calendar (NSFW), you should check out the

Cycle Passion Calendar

It’s bigger at 16″x20″, doesn’t have much room to write down events, but it looks very beautiful. The models are professional riders, from different disciplines, and by the looks of it, shot well. It’s expensive: 36 Euros, about $45 US. But they are selling. And if you are trying to hold out and get them later for cheaper, in Europe apparently they do things the other way. They get more expensive the older they are. The 2006 calendar is being sold at 55Euros!

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Some people don’t like these kind of calendars. That’s ok. I think that the images are tasteful, and I appreciate that these women are riders. In the Cycle Passion Calendar for 2010, you will find Sabine Spitz, Anna Sanchis, Lene Byberg, Steffi Marth, Julie Krasniak, Solveig Lindgren, Nikki Harris, Monia Baccaille. They are National Champions in road, track, mountain biking… They look amazing, and will outride you any day of the week.

This can be said about many of the women in any one of the “Bike Girl” calendars. The Thought You Knew crew says it well:

The TyK Project was created to address modern day stereotypes of women. Frustrated with being pegged as either mechanically savvy but asexual, or cute but inept with their bikes, these PinUps showcase the dual nature that women cyclists embody. The Ladies of TyK are everyday cyclists. They are not models. These women ride the streets of Chicago for a living, for transportation, or just for fun. But once in the photo studio, they’re given a chance to show off their femininity. The Ladies who participate in the TyK Project learn to embrace their sexy side, too often crushed down in favor of being taken seriously. The PinUp Calendar forces people to look at the women they see every day, dirty and greasy, riding their bikes out on the street, as feminine and sexual beings. It forces people to realize that just because a woman is wearing a dress doesn’t mean she’s unable to fix a flat.

Of course there are calendars that have dudes on bikes in them too- I just don’t know what they are. If anybody out there wants to do a guest post recapping what’s available- get at me.

Other calendars of mention:

  • Feminine Frames featured nude female mountain bikers
  • Bold Beautiful Biathalon- put together with the Canadian Women’s Biathalon Team
  • Apparently Tara Gins, an aspiring Belgium pro is working on a calendar featuring female pro racers from Europe. Not sure on the status of that one though.
  • South Bay Wheelmen Elite Women’s 2007 Calendar

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Bicycle vs. Helicoptor

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I saw this on a friends Facebook page. Crazy.

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Being the business hub of South America and one of the largest cities in the world has its bitter side: São Paulo has been drowning in a sea of automobiles (6 million and counting) for quite some time, and the future doesn’t show any signs of improvement. Insufficient buses and subway lines, together with private vehicles mostly with single occupants, compose a scenario of daily chaos, with frequently over 80kms (50mi) of traffic jams in the main avenues.

This car-centric urban transport model is showing signs of exhaustion. The average São Paulo inhabitant spends almost three hours a day stuck in traffic jams. That’s about 15 hours a week – or almost 2 working days. Apart from the economic and psychological damages, let alone the carbon footprint, this situation is a true hindrance for the city’s development and for the well-being of the people who live in it.

It was in this scenario that the São Paulo Intermodal Challenge was held. The challenge was simple: to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible – during rush hour – using the mode of transportation of your choice. The goal was to raise awareness regarding a number of alternatives to cars, and to promote the World Carless Day, by proving that avoiding traffic – and its consequences – might just be a matter of choice.

The means of transportation chosen ranged from cars, bikes, motorbikes, and a helicopter to buses, metro, their own feet and even a wheelchair. Contrary to all forecasts, a biker won the challenge, with a total time of 22 minutes – more than 10 minutes faster than the person on the helicopter, who spent a total of 33 minutes and 30 seconds between going to the heliport, waiting for takeoff clearance, flying and landing.
The car came way behind, with a total time of 1:22– slower than the runner, who took 1:06, the bus (1:11) and just 10 minutes faster than the person who chose to walk the whole path (1:32).

To move beyond the car paradigm is a necessity, one that gains an even greater importance due to São Paulo’s size and economic relevance. The Intermodal Challenge may not present any real solution to the problem, but at least it brings some attention towards a fundamental question that is urban mobility and how it impacts the ecosystem we live in every way.

Contributed by Mauricio Soares (@mausoares)
Image Credits: Marcelo Pereira / Terra

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