In honor of this weekends Los Marcos Melee its another exciting edition of Wednesday’s Caption this photo:
These guys have some big balls:
Surviva Balls that is. Check them out on CNN
Will this survival suit from Haliburton may not solve anything but the YES MEN definitely have an effective way of getting people to think about corporate greed and the environment through there elaborate stunts.
They have a new movie coming out called: The Yes Men fix the world
It premiere today in NYC.
They also want you to get involved to help fix the planet:
Please join us on this big, crazy trip. And on the way, please see our film and learn how you too can have a riot while fixing the world.
Buying cycling clothes can be a pain. Bike shops have limited selections and besides who wants to try on bib tights in public? Then you’ve got to figure out how things are going to fit when buying form an online resource. One company that always seems to get it right for me is Pearl Izumi. They have a wide selection of gear literally from balaclava head gear to toe covers. They make practical, durable cycling gear and the designs work for multiple functions from training rides to the daily commute.
â€œLike todayâ€™s innovative swimsuits that are designed to increase a swimmersâ€™ performance in the water,â€ said Cache Mundy, Pearl Izumiâ€™s vice president of marketing, â€œour goal is to reduce drag as it relates to air to give our users the competitive edge they desire.â€
â€œIn addition to aerodynamics, weâ€™ve also strive to address the issues of moisture and body temperature, which also can have a significant impact on race-day performance,â€ added Mundy.
Available in its P.R.O. (Performance and Race Optimized) line of cycling and triathlon apparel, the four new fabric technologies bring new aerodynamic, cooling, moisture transfer and thermal regulation to cycling and triathlon apparel. Pearl Izumi tests and refines its P.R.O. products with the Garmin-Slipstream Pro Cycling team, two-time Ironman World Champion Tim DeBoom, and the Pearl Izumi/Smith Adventure Race Team, in the most rigorous races, such as the Tour de France, and under the most extreme conditions imaginable.
The new fabric technologies were developed and tested by Pearl Izumiâ€™s Advanced Development Team, also known as The Speed Shop, the â€œskunkworksâ€ of Pearl Izumiâ€™s advanced product innovation program. The mission of The Speed Shop, according to Bob Africa, Pearl Izumiâ€™s director of product management, is to create game-changing apparel and footwear for todayâ€™s serious cyclists, triathletes and runners.
â€œOur goal is simple â€“ provide the fastest, most comfortable, best fitting fabrics to enhance the performance of todayâ€™s cyclists and triathletes,â€ Africa said. â€œWeâ€™re about creating weapons of mass acceleration.â€
According to Africa, the four new fabric technologies are integrated throughout the companyâ€™s new 2010 P.R.O. product line, ranging from base-layer shirts to race-day jerseys, shorts and bibs, to jackets, which are expertly designed to fit an athleteâ€™s body like a second skin. The new fabric technologies include:
P.R.O. Transfer Aero
At the 2008 Tour De France, Pearl Izumi debuted its new P.R.O. Transfer Aero fabric in the custom speed suits worn exclusively by the Garmin-Slipstream pro cycling team. In wind tunnel tests Pearl Izumiâ€™s P.R.O. Transfer Aero fabric produced an eight percent energy savings at 25 miles per hour.
P.R.O. Transfer Aero fabric represents another leap in fabric technology. Itâ€™s the fabric equivalent of dimples on a golf ball to create optimal aerodynamic performance. Developed by a joint innovation team comprised of product engineers at Pearl Izumi Japan and Pearl Izumiâ€™s Speed Shop in Boulder, Colo., the fabric features a unique grid or checkerboard pattern that results in its optimal aerodynamic properties. When the fabric is placed over an athleteâ€™s skin, it creates a barrier layer of air next to the surface to allow the remaining air to pass smoothly over the rider or triathlete to minimize drag.
In addition to the Garmin-Slipstream team, two-time Ironman World Champion triathlete Tim DeBoom has also been racing in custom apparel featuring P.R.O. Transfer Aero fabric. The new fabric will be available in Pearl Izumiâ€™s 2010 P.R.O. Cycling Apparel and P.R.O. Triathlon lines, which are available at Pearl Izumi retailers.
P.R.O. Transfer with In-R-CoolÂ®
One of the biggest challenges that endurance athletes face when racing on days when temperatures are warm or downright hot is keeping cool. Pearl Izumi has introduced a new fabric technology that actively cools fabrics and in return cools an athleteâ€™s body temperature. Pearl Izumiâ€™s P.R.O. Transfer fabric with Inner-R-Coolâ„¢ keeps the athlete cool in two ways to help an athlete regulate his or her body. One option features an active cooling ingredient embedded within the strands of the fabric that pulls heat away from the skin when activated by perspiration, which in turn lowerâ€™s the athleteâ€™s surface temperature. The second option works to reflect the sunâ€™s rays, making dark or colored jerseys just as cool as white fabric. Pearl Izumiâ€™s In-R-Coolâ„¢ technology can be found in Pearl Izumiâ€™s menâ€™s and womenâ€™s P.R.O. cycling, run, and triathlon apparel such as the new P.R.O. Leader Jersey or the P.R.O. Ltd. Short.
P.R.O. Transfer with Mineralâ„¢
Pearl Izumiâ€™s P.R.O. Transfer fabric with Mineralâ„¢ and Mineralâ„¢ Lite are featured exclusively in Pearl Izumi P.R.O. base-layer products. This new fabric technology is designed to help athletes transfer moisture away from their skin during competition and to reduce odor. P.R.O. Transfer fabric with Mineral features natural, carbon-based minerals integrated into the fabric, which has been designed with a porous yarn structure to increase moisture transfer and odor absorption. Pearl Izumiâ€™s Mineral and Mineral Lite fabrics dry 50 percent faster than other performance polyester materials, increasing moisture movement for dry comfort and overall increased life of an athleteâ€™s athletic apparel. This new fabric technology is available in base-layer products such as Pearl Izumiâ€™s P.R.O. Transfer Sleeveless Baselayer and P.R.O. Transfer Short-Sleeve Baselayer.
P.R.O. Barrier WxB Technology
Designed to keep the athlete dry and comfortable, Pearl Izumiâ€™s Barrier WxB technology combines a wind and waterproof shell to keep water out in a highly stretchable fabric thatâ€™s ideal for endurance sports. In addition, the fabric is contoured to the curves of the body to prevent flapping in the wind. Barrier WxB also features an interior titanium laminate that disperses body heat throughout the jacket to eliminate temperature spikes and hot spots, effectively spreading the heat out through the jacket for consistent comfort. This new fabric technology is available in outerwear products such as the P.R.O. Barrier WxB Jacket and the Womenâ€™s ELITE Barrier WxB jacket, and has been tested by proven athletes in foul weather events such as the 2009 Tour of California and the Paris-Nice race by the Garmin-Slipstream pro cycling team.
About Pearl Izumi
Pearl Izumi (www.pearlizumi.com
Here is a quick report from last weeks opening night of Boogie Nights, track bike race series in Prospect Park.
from event organizer: Al,
I was really surprised and happy with the turnout. We had a bit of rain which discouraged a few racers, but all in all it worked out really well.
The 3 lap B finish was:
The 4 lap A Field finish was:
Next week is the 3 person Team Time Trial
Rules: Time will be stopped when the 3rd racer of the team crosses the finish line. If one racer flats during the race (which happened last year) the two remaining members will be allowed to complete the course and their time stands.
some photos of the event from Andrew Nicholas of www.thecityismine.com
Nowhere Fast: A Morrissey Ride
Calling all sweet and tender hooligans, charming men, and handsome devils…
Wear: 1. pompadour 2. glasses 3. Smiths t shirt (sharpie version ok) 4. anorak 5. pins/badges
Fans of all levels are welcome to attend. Best pompadour, best Moz costume, and winning trivia team get a prize.
Maybe the Morrissey of the future will be there:
There will be an alleycat this weekend in conjunction with the Los Marcos Melee
According to their Facebook page, Time’s Up just had their 22nd birthday. Here is some old art from back in 1988
Lots of Upcoming events:
1. BROOKLYN CRITICAL MASS
Critical Mass is a monthly celebration of bicycles and other nonpolluting means of transportation, exercising our right to the road. Critical Mass is a movement, not an organization; no two riders participate for exactly the same reason. New York City’s first Critical Mass was in 1993.
The air is crisp, the leaves are changing colors, and the farmers’ markets are on the cusp of Fall. Work up an appetite as we bike the Saturday Brooklyn Greenmarkets and eat Fall’s bounty. The tour begins at the Greenpoint Rooftop Farm, where farmer Annie Novak will give us a tour of this stunning 6,000 sq. foot farm sitting atop a warehouse in industrial Brooklyn. Afterward, we’ll head to McCarren Park market for coffee and breakfast, Brooklyn Borough Hall market for some cider pressing and cider doughnut eating, and Ft. Greene market for a worm composting demonstration. We’ll end at Grand Army Plaza market with a cooking demonstration hosted by Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo and market-inspired lunch in the park with a couple of Greenmarket farmers.
**This is not a Time’s Up!-led event, but we loved it so much we had to list it!
Join us for a totally safe, auto-free ride as we explore Prospect Park at night. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the fields, woods and ponds. Bike guides in the front and back. Bring your favorite bike: the one with the lights! The park is dark at night.
Time’s Up! needs your help to keep our environmental and bicycling events and workshops growing. The fundraising committee meets once a month to brainstorm and implement creative ideas for sources of funding, including grants, individual donations, parties, membership drives, etc. We’re also looking for funding/in-kind donations for continuing in our present spaces or finding a new space. Please join us for this strategizing meeting with your ideas, energy, and willingness to take concrete action to start raising money.
Dress up like a pirate, hop on your bike and bring a battery powered boom box. We’ll be having a roving pirate radio dance party. Get ready to rock the plank!
Birds, bats, garbage, and plants! Come help Time’s Up! green the Gowanus Canal with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.
In conjunction with the International Day of Climate Action happening around the country, this bike ride will predict local impacts of climate change and highlight meaningful responses.
For more info: www.350.org
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
Bring your bike and share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
Come learn how to fix bikes from 2-4, and then work on your own bike from 4-6.
Not bike powered, but RAD non the less.