The newest installment of Urban Velo is available for download online.
I saw this over on Urban Velo.
I have a Cetma 5 rail rack on my rain bike- and love it for hauling stuff rain or shine. This is a cleaner looking mounting system, that is supposed to be super strong as well. It retails for $120 powdercoated, or $100 if you want bare metal. I like the little knob things that you can mount lights onto as well. More info and pictures at the Cetma Cargo site.
Buy theme HERE
When you visit a website or read a blog like GO MEANS GO- you do so because you like what you see. You receive a snapshot into the mind of the contributors and you come back to their site because a connection has been made. With so many things on the internet to see, read and waste your precious time that could be spent out riding on- many people visit blogs to get a taste of what the contributors have found since they last visited the site.
Blogging is a sometimes frustrating task. For many bloggers much of it is posting things they like. Through the advent of readers and bots that will collect posts from numerous sites- it has now become a race for bloggers to post content first. Searching for content that is original can be difficult and in reality- unless you are posting personal experiences or projects- it has likely been done before. Twitter has also become a blog in it’s own right- for the super ADD. You get 145 characters to say how your day is going, or to link to the next best thing that you discovered. A blessing and a curse- Twitter has likely forever changed the way social networking interacts with blogs and our day to day life.
I was recently discussing blogging with a friend of mine and he was saying that he is torn between what seems to be the two main types of blogging: A) the many times a day, photo bomb/link dump of everything new that comes across one’s path relating to their subject or B) the sometimes wordy, usually lengthy post of one- more in depth topic on a less frequent basis.
What is more entertaining/intriguing for the common reader?
I strive for a blend of the two. I grew up reading zines, having had my own bike zine in the late nineties called “Behind Bars.” I enjoy reading articles and stories that are interesting and relevant to my interests- but am ADD enough to be sucked into the photos, flashy videos and product shots that can be found uploaded onto the internet in such quantity it makes my head spin.
There are many blogs that I’ve been reading for a while- and some that I have just come across. I thought I would take this opportunity to share them with you. You can of course go to the LINKS page and see a larger list, but this is a small taste if you are looking to expand your horizons. Not intended to be the end-all-be-all list of blogs, these folks are doing good things for the online cycling community. A big shout out to any body that writes or contributes to a blog. Your words and pictures make the internet a better place. Keep riding – keep writing.
Candy Cranks: Chicks that spin across the globe
Candy Cranks is written by women who ride. The authors and contributors are located around the world and you can read up on what cycling cultures are like in their respective cities. From Shanghai to Nashville- Amsterdam to Boston: Art, advocacy, bikes, and fashion- from a women’s perspective. Please note: if you visit this site looking for nude women straddling show bikes, you will be disappointed. If what you seek is a look at global cycling culture from a women’s perspective- you will enjoy Candy Cranks. They also have things for sale that are quite nice. I’m a fan of their shirts and the new Skelington chainrings.
Le Pista Resistance: Underground cycling culture in Sydney, Australia.
Australia has a great cycling culture. I’ve never been, so I am only going on the fact that it appears that way on the internet (which means it must be true, right?) I recently stumbled across Le Pista Resistance and I loved the logo, as well as the localized content. They have fun and love their bikes.
Momentum Magazine: The magazine for self propelled people
This is not a shameless plug. I work doing ad sales for the Seattle Edition of Momentum Magazine so it may seem as though I am biased. On the contrary, I am working with them because I am such a fan. A print magazine, many of the articles can be read online. I enjoy the diversity of articles, and the perspective with which it’s written.
I don’t know how Patrick does it. His site is so packed with things that just hit the market, or aren’t even available yet, that I feel like he either knows anyone that does anything in the street/fixed gear world, or he is really slacking on his day job. Either way, I am impressed with the layout, content, and clean feel of Pedal Consumption. I met Mr. PC when I traveled down to Portland to help in their Rose City Fixed event in 2009.
Urban Velo: Bicycle Culture on the Skids
The good people at Urban Velo have done much to bring fixed gear culture to the level that it is now. The folks involved with Urban Velo were involved with Dirt Rag way back- the only Mt. Bike magazine I have ever subscribed to. They have kept it real so to speak- and started Urban Velo to build the community that they have found themselves immersed in. Polo, fixed gear, tricks, and urban riding with a little rougher edge. An interesting section to read is the “I love riding in the city”- which profiles riders around the world. Also a print magazine, available at your LBS, or available for free download online.
All hail the black market: “putting the ‘cult’ back in bicycle culture”
Stevil Kinevil consistently brings entertaining content to the table on AHTBM. With a lengthy history in the bike community; Stevil’s humor as well as the photos that he finds either on his camera or in some lost and forgotten corner of the internet- is fun to read and often informative. I have been at the same events as Stevil on multiple occasions, but we have yet to meet. One of these days it will happen- beer will be consumed, and a shit show will likely ensue. From what I can tell- he comes from the darker side of cycling. The side that sees cut off Carhartt pants and wool jerseys perfectly acceptable attire for a day spent riding in the mud. He doesn’t hate fun like some people that consider themselves “cyclists”, and we share the opinion that the occasional drunken nap in a bush only makes you a stronger person. If AHTBM were a drink- which it should be- it would be “Thug Passion.” If you don’t know what’s in a “Thug Passion” or the result it brings when consumed, then you should listen to more Tupac.
The efficiency of a bicycle is hard to argue. It works well and the design hasn’t changed much since the diamond frame was invented way back when. The beauty of the bicycle however, is subject to interpretation. Whereas one person may find a prototype full carbon Time Trial bike to be the bike all others are compared to- others will see much more beauty in a Dutch Bike complete with skirt guards and chain wheel covers. I for one would align myself with the latter. I appreciate technological advancements, but am impressed when we take that technology and apply it to a bike with what I view as nice lines, and utilitarian design. Alan and Michael, the husband and wife team behind Eco Velo have this same appreciation of the bicycle and their blog is always full of great reviews, products, and just photos of the beautiful bicycles that come across their path.
Hipster Nascar: “Go fast – turn left”
Not only do I love the tongue in cheek name that Hipster Nascar uses, the content posted is unique and well written. Simon and Aaron post a lot about Six day racing and track racing as a whole. A blend of urban riding and bike racing- they are good writers with an appreciation of beautiful bikes both old and new as well as the rich history of competitive cycling.
Saw it on Urban Velo
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:
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:
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?
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.
You can read it online HERE.
We will also have copies at the Seattle Bicycle Film Festival 9/11, 9/12.
You can see Karl from Partybots.org grabbing his naughty parts on page 18, and Coomer is on page 30!
The fine folks at Urban Velo continue to bring you “Bicycle Culture on the skids” on a regular basis. Big thanks to the Urban Velo crew for the stack of issues they send out with each new release. They are always appreciated at the events we do here in Seattle. You can download a copy of issue #14 by clicking the image, or visit them online at http://urbanvelo.org/