Video Fridays-6/15/12

Title: Alex Singer Cycles
By: hanckxlife
Seem On: Urban Velo
From Filmmaker: On Saturday the 29th of October 2011, I had the privilege to spend some time in the workshop of Alex Singer Cycles, in Paris France.
Unfortunately, no active frame building could be documented -as Saturdays are being dedicated to the customers who randomly “drop by”. Olivier Csuka and his crew were wonderfully hospitable and generous.
Thanks a lot, for the time we could spend together!
It was really a pleasure, and I’m looking forward to meet again.

Title: For Those Who Suffer, We Ride
By: Chris Cairns
Seem On: Urban Velo
From the Filmmaker: The Fireflies are committed to raising money for Leuka, a charity formed to support Research & Treatment of Leukaemia at Hammersmith Hospital, London, renowned as a world leader in treatment of Cancers of the Blood.
1 in 3 of us will be diagnosed with some type of Cancer in our lifetime. It is believed that Leukaemia is the model of all Cancers and a greater understanding of this disease will help in the fight against all other forms of Cancer.
Inspired by the courage it takes to fight Cancer, the Fireflies annually tackle the most gruelling climbs of the Tour de France.

Please donate here:

If you are interested in sponsoring or riding please email

FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER WE RIDE from Chris Cairns on Vimeo.

Title: Brompton U.S. Championships 2012
Seen On: Urban Velo
From Urban Velo: On Sunday, June 10th, the U.S. Brompton Championships were held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since 2010, disciples of the famed brand of English folding bikes have gathered in Japan, the U.S. and Spain for bragging rights and the chance to win a trip to the Brompton World Championships.

The best part about the whole thing: the sound of live bagpipes mingling with the cheers of the crowd.

Okay, maybe that was the second best part. As with Brompton Championship events in other parts of the world, competitors wore jackets and ties! There were even awards for best-dressed man and best-dressed woman, with the prize of a tailored shirt from a local clothier.

The Mini Bike
Seem On: Urban Velo
A short video of Mini Bike and this bike it’s 90% made in Bandung – Indonesia.
Rider : Ega Febrian, Rai Febrian, Very KH
Editing by Jujun

Bike to Work Week-Chicago
By: Justin Teichen
Seem On: Urban Velo
From the Filmmaker: “Why do we bike? It’s ongoing question we’re asking all Chicago bicyclists from hardcore commuters to recreational riders. This short film shows the beauty of the bike, the emotion of the rider, and the connection found between the two. Watch, find out all the reasons why we ride and maybe discover some of your own.”

BIKE TO WORK WEEK – CHICAGO from Justin Teichen on Vimeo.

Title: DNA Rides
By: Edward Clynes
Seem On: Urban Velo
From the Filmmaker: Lifestyle video I produced for our creative team based in Santa Barbara, CA.
Music by: Nick Ramirez

DNA Rides from Edward Clynes on Vimeo.

Cycling Cap Tuturiol
By: Paul Overton
Seem On: Urban Velo
Pretty long, 23 minutes, but shows you how to make your own cycling cap.

Cycling Cap Tutorial from Paul Overton on Vimeo.

Happy Fun Time Alleycat Teaser
Seem On: Urban Velo
There will be another one of these in NYC, July 1st, 2012. Find out more: Lock Foot Posi.

Die Antwoord-Baby’s on Fire–Music Video
Seen On: Urban Velo
There really isn’t any hip-hop on the plant more bizare and innovative than South Africa’s own Die Antwoord. Why is on these video picks? Well there is some BMX footage in it…and it’s fricken hilarious.

Bicycle Sounds
By: Stephen Meierding
Seen On: Urban Velo
A short film created using bicycle parts.

Created by Stephen Meierding
Opening Title Design: Mark Mccormick
Camera Assistants: Shelly Rangsiyakl, Johnny Huttenberger, Jesalee Go

Bicycle Sounds from Stephen Meierding on Vimeo.

The Hunt
By: TokyoFixed
Seen On: Tracko

The Hunt from Tokyo Fixed on Vimeo.

Rise Above: Robert Gesink’s climb to Victory
By: Chris Milliman
Seen On: Tracko

Rise Above: Robert Gesink’s Climb to Victory from Chris Milliman on Vimeo.

Rockville Trailer
Seen On: Tracko

Graeme Obree: Hand-building the fastest bicycle in the world
By: Human’s Invent
Seen On: Tracko
In early February 2012 Humans Invent visited the ‘Flying Scotsman’ Graeme Obree at his home in Saltcoats, Scotland. The 46-year old maverick was embarking on hand-building a bicycle in his kitchen capable of breaking the human powered land speed record this September in America. A man with a history of being marginalised for his innovation, Obree had returned to once again challenge conventional engineering and bike design by using his unique investigative mind to create a blueprint for a hand-built bicycle that could reach speeds up to 100 mph.

Humans Invent returned to Obree’s flat in May to see what progress had been made and how his restless inquisitiveness and curious nature had impacted the design and build process. Still working from his kitchen table, with bags of nuts and bolts, dust filling up his flat and still with a solitary jar of coffee as his fellow engineer, Obree has finished the main frame of the bike and is a matter of weeks away from officially unveiling the design of the bike.

Graeme Obree: Hand-building the fastest bicycle in the world from Humans Invent on Vimeo.

La Carrera de un País
By: Echar Pa’lante
Seen on: Urban Cyclist Worldwide

La Carrera de un País from Echar Pa'lante on Vimeo.

Critical Mass London-May 2012
By: Truphtooph
Seen On: Urban Cyclist Worldwide
From the Filmmaker: Shot on my iphone 3GS. It was because I shot this on my phone that I felt free to edit like a teenager again. With the DSLR it’s possible, expected even, that you get a crisp and beautiful shot. When the resolution of your footage is 640 x 480 that ain’t going to happen. Low-res and square, an amateur-looking vid is inevitable.

So I embraced that. I edited quick and dirty. I chose brutal pragmatism over elegance. For example, the single shot of Whitehall ending with a glimpse of Nelson’s Column was too long in real time to fit in. But the merit of the one-take shot was it captured the variety of people on the ride, and also shows the unique way Critical Mass allows you to see the city. So the question was: How do I keep those messages without hacking the clip into an anonymous montage? The most simple solution was to selectively speed up the footage. Not slick but definitely effective.

The amateur ethos continued as I kept in poor framing, camera wobbles, low lighting, grainy and noisy images. And while I was at it, I chose to chop it up to a shamelessly joyless track with what would now become pedantic lyrics. It was liberating. By the end I decided to go for broke and edit every clip with different colour correction to complete the rough and ready nature of it.

The affordability of broadcast quality cameras that can create beautiful images have seen most people aspire to and value highly, professional looking aesthetics. Usually I’m with that crowd, and I’ll be back with them tomorrow, but it was good to regress to the skill-less enthusiast who cares more about the energy and sentiment than the slickness.

Critical Mass London – May 2012 from Truphtooph on Vimeo.

An Afternoon with Vesper
By: Vesper Shreve
Seen On: Urban Cyclist Worldwide
It started off with our first ride bike ride in the iBert, on a single speed. Then we hit up the Koret park, had a mini-picnic and rode home!

An Afternoon with Vesper from Vesper Shreve on Vimeo.

JBall: Welcome to the Workshop
By: JBall
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JBall: Welcome to The Workshop from JBall on Vimeo.

TRAILER: Una vida en dos ruedas
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TRAILER: Una vida en dos ruedas from Puerto Rico Indie on Vimeo.

Music Video: I’m in Oakland and I’m Riding My Bike
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Road on Dirt
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Mountain bike freestyler Mike Montgomery plays road pro Matthew Busche in this video ad fro Spy eyewear. A slightly modified Specialized road bike plays Busche’s team Trek bike.

Velo Cult: May 2012 Video Blog
Seen On: Prolly

The 2012 CMWC Commando Gears Up
Seen On: Prolly
Who’s ready for the 2012 CMWC in Chicago? This guy is!

My New York Bike Story: Squid
By: Streetfilms
Seen On: Prolly
Our “My NYC Biking Story” series is back in action this week with a profile of Kevin Bolger, a.k.a. Squid. For 20 years Squid has worked as a commercial cyclist. He has done cargo delivery and food delivery, and at one point he co-owned a messenger company. From his position as a fixture of the NYC messenger community, he has also helped evolve New York’s bike messenger culture.

Squid was a pioneering organizer of alley cat races and track bike competitions to bring messengers together. Recently, he has devoted himself to mainstreaming cycling as a mode of transportation in NYC, serving as a Bicycle Ambassador for Transportation Alternatives and educating working cyclists on bike safety. In our profile, he discusses how city streets have become more bike-friendly and how he has changed his own riding habits to be a role model for young cyclists.

Many thanks to attorney Adam White for sponsoring this Streetfilm. In this short clip, Adam explains why he wanted to sponsor this video and why it is important to support Streetfilms.

MY NYC Biking Story: Squid from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Just wanted to throw in this last one. It’s a skate video, but…it shows off the new GoPro wifi which seems to offer some pretty amazing features, all controlled by a smart phone…WHA? Definitely endless possibilities for bikes.

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