Title: Fixed Fest Teaser
By: Ishmail Ashland
Seen on: Prolly FixedFest is an annual event held by Rocket Company. It serves the purpose of providing a platform for the fixed gear community to socialize, interact, coach, learn, perform and unite through good spirits and vibes.
The third Fixed Fest, is really happening. Mark your calendar, it’s July 15th. Consider Fixed Fest 2012 as the last fixed gear event before we hit Ramadhan. Meet friends, deals on pop up stores, munchies at food stalls, and join the competitions and races. Register now!
Title: Hit ‘Em in the Mouth-Bike Polo Documentary-Trailer
Seen on: Prolly “Hit ‘Em In The Mouth”, a documentary exploring the culture of Seattle Bike Polo, the birthplace of the current polo craze, will enjoy a World Premiere, June 30, 2pm in NYC at Anthology Film Archives. We need your help to get as many people in the NYC area to come see our film.
The movie centers around the dominant figures of the scene, including the father of hardcourt bike polo Matt Messenger, the world champions Team Smile, and the up-and-coming players of the city. Their stories intertwine as we follow the drama through the National Championships and a battle with the city of Seattle for a permanent space to play.
For Danny MacAskill from Jack
By: Aneriek Favelle
Seen on: Urban Velo
You know that Danny MacAskill guy, who can ride his trails bike on anything…I mean anything. Here is his biggest fan starting to learn some moves, oh yeah and he’s only five.
Title: New York Bike Wars
By: 8 Ave Medium
Seen on: Urban Velo I’ve always viewed New York as being quite progressive when it comes to urban cycling and bicycle infrastructure, probably due to the heavy messenger influence, but recently I’ve come to realize they have had the same fights to establish that infrastructure every other fledgling city has. I didn’t realize a great deal of their infrastructure (200 miles worth) was put in place between 2007 and 2009, making the urban cycling boost quite new, which means they are also dealing with the same transportation battles the rest of the country engages in. This video gives a quick history of that bike infrastructure development and perspectives of urban cyclists from a variety of sources, some not favorable.
Title: Denver Cruiser Ride
Seen on: Urban Velo
Denver Cruiser Ride meets every Wednesday from May through September for sometimes large, informal riders around town. This isn’t Critical Mass, no conflict desired, just fun. See more at www.denvercruisers.com
Title: Made in England
By: Push Projects
Seen on: Tracko Made in England is a book by frame builders, about frame builders. It takes a unique look at the world of bespoke frame building by showcasing the artisans in England who craft these bicycle frames.
The authors, Matthew Sowter and Ricky Feather, travelled around the country along with talented photographer Kayti Peschke, to interview the people who are leading this industry. Each artisan shares their methods, their passion, their skills and their quirks. Through these intimate conversations they express what makes them unique in this international art. The book showcases exquisite photography of the frame builders and their working environment, contrasting the raw, rough workshops with sleek images of the beautifully finished final products.
Kayti Peschke, is responsible for putting this film together .
Face it. Manhattan is boring. You need some freaks in your life.
Ride leaves 718 Cyclery at 6:45pm. Arrive in time for the Coney Island Variety Show, sunset on the boardwalk,giant pina colada’s with bendy straws, deep fried everything and a group ride back to Brooklyn that will (maybe) get you home at a reasonable hour.
Title: Alex Singer Cycles
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Critical Mass London-May 2012
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.
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!
Road on Dirt
Seen On: www.cyclelicio.us
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.
My New York Bike Story: Squid
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.
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.
First Run Features Announces a Free Screening. One Night Only!
A Fixed Gear Documentary
7PM, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Brooklyn, NY
Larry Lawrence Bar, 295 Grand St, Williamsburg, between Roebling and Havemeyer.
Fixation brings a cutting-edge focus onto the thrilling world of fixed gear cycling. This film captures the excitement and popularity of this growing sport from all perspectives. Though technology has developed multiple speed bicycles, for faster and easier riding, both fixed and freewheel single speeds continue to have a strong following. The range of riders is vast, from professionals to the casual everyday rider.
Their styles and motives are different, but their outcome seems to be the same: the freedom, the simplicity and the challenge of having one gear is what brings them back to the basics. We explore the full spectrum of this lifestyle: Messengers, Olympic Racing, City Riders, Bike Polo, Brakeless, Freestyle and more. Fixation showcases the different personalities of those involved with fixed gear cycling community, in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose.
Jamie Staff – Olympic Gold Medalist, sprint cyclist and Director of Sprints/USA Cycling
Sean Martin – Race Organizer and cyclist in Los Angeles
Marc Marino – Commuter and passion cyclist in San Francisco
John Gabriel – California State Champion fixed gear and road cyclist
Scott Horton – Freestyle cyclist in San Jose
Nick Hart – Bay area cyclist, bike mechanic and spiritual cyclist
5Fix2 – Group ride in Los Angeles
Ryan Resurreccion – San Francisco Messenger
Johnny Lee – Commuter and passion cyclist in San Francisco
Chas Christiansen – Owner of a messenger service, TCB Courier in San Francisco
Bradley Whoel – Owner of American Cyclery
Marc Cosio – Owner of iMinusd
Featuring Music by
Explosions In The Sky / Classified / Pretty Lights / HedPE / Of Shape & Sound
Praise for FIXATION
“FIXATION renewed my adoration for the bicycle through its energetic imagery and sound. I am convinced it will ignite the same passion or renew the love of cycling of all viewers. The cinematography coexists with seamless editing, leaving the viewer longing for a joy ride on two wheels.” Vanessa Wilde – Kaleidospoke
“Fixation is masterfully edited” DocUtah International Film Festival
“There’s so much drama in the documentary; you get very wrapped up in it, whether you’re learning about fixed gear cycling or watching people you know personally riding in the film.” Eric Ferguson – State Bicycle Co.
“Fixation is a beautiful, cinematic glimpse into the growing and splintering fascination with fixed gear bicycles. Alex takes an even handed approach to the subject, covering the sports history and it’s varied futures with the same reverence and respect.”
Jordan Halland – Payola
40 minutes, color, digital, English, 2011
Director/Producer – Alex Trudeau Viriato
Line Producer – Kelsie Bieser
Executive Producer – Dustin Bramell
Director Of Photography – Justin Gamboa
Editor – Alex Trudeau Viriato
That’s right, like not having a NY Driver’s license, a lot of New Yorkers don’t know how to ride a bicycle and as adults may be too embarrassed to learn. The non-profit group that puts on the 5 boro bike tour, Bike New York is hoping to change that with free bike riding lessons on an abandon pier on the Hudson River. Hey, don’t laugh. Isn’t it better to get people on bikes so they won’t need a car?
An article in the Villager:
Nonprofit group pedals ‘Biking 101’ on Hudson pier
by: Terese Loeb Kreuzer
June 14th, 2012
The day before Anuja Shrestha’s 27th birthday she and 19 other people assembled on Pier 54 at 13th St. on the Hudson River to try on bicycle helmets and get fitted with a bicycle. They were about to take Bike New York’s “Learn to Ride” class for adult beginners. Two hours later, Shrestha was euphoric.
“I was paranoid when I got here,” she said. “Now I can ride a bicycle! These guys were awesome!”
Shrestha, a nurse born in Nepal, said that when she was 8, she had had a bad fall on a bicycle that left a scar on her knee. She tried halfheartedly to learn to ride again when she was 10, but hadn’t tried since. Knowing that she wanted to ride a bicycle but was scared, her husband, Chris, brought her to Bike New York’s free class.
Several of the adult beginners who, that day, ranged in age from their early 20s to their late 60s, said they were scared. The Bike New York instructors were encouraging and supportive. They insisted that anyone can learn to ride a bicycle — maybe not in two hours or on the first try, but eventually. With bike paths proliferating in New York City and with a bike-sharing program about to start in July, more and more people want to try.
One of the common complaints I hear about people biking to work, which can often hinder them from even attempting this kind of commute, is what to do about being all hot and sweaty when arriving at work, especially in a more dressy work environment. Well there may be a solution thanks to Ministry of Supply who have designed a work shirt that regulates body temperature, based on similar technology used in NASA space suits. That’s right, it’s the TANG of dress shirts.
Introducing the new APOLLO Shirt.
They also make a base layer with the same technology:
Innovating the Dress Shirt: Ministry of Supply
by: Abigail Tracy | Inc.com staff
Several MIT students have engineered apparel that makes sweating through your dress shirt a thing of the past.
March 4th, 2012
(from left) Aman Advani, Kevin Rustagi, Kit Hickey, Gihan Amarasiriwardena)
Sweat stains on dress shirts from perspiration is a nightmare for every professional working today. A handful of young MIT students believe they have engineered a shirt that will make this embarrasing mishap a thing of the past. Their company, Ministry of Supply, is bringing the qualities of athletic gear and marrying them to business apparel—Under Armour meets Polo.
Founded in December of 2010 and a launched this past October, Ministry of Supply’s six founders Kevin Rustagi, Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Eddie Obropta, Jr., Eric Khatchadourian, Kit Hickey and Aman Advani have already seen over $13,000 in revenue since its fall launch.
Lucas Brunelle has a unique hobby. He is the only human being who can properly cover the experience of an alleycat race, a bicycle race in live traffic. With front and rear mounted HD helmet cameras, Lucas has traveled the world recording this most hair raising and cycling sport phenomenon. Oh yeah, he’s also done it on frozen rivers, on the great wall of China and underwater too.
But the covering an alleycat race is where the true magic comes alive. I’ve known Lucas from many years and had the pleasure of interviewing him in person while working on a pilot documentary project, a true professional always with a warm smile and a great story to tell. I’ve also been involved with him as a film maker strategizing on how to cover these type of alleycat events. One of his biggest advantages is being able to keep pace with most riders, especially the leaders and maintaining proper coverage, keeping the rider in perspective even when they are narrowly sliding through a jam packed intersection or skitching a moving vehicle at 40-50 m.p.h. Something only Lucas Brunelle can do. After a race, Lucas was always the guy you wanted to go to see footage and it always left you wanting more. Well finally, it looks as if he has his own DVD set to come out, which you can pre-order a copy. Often featured at the Bicycle Film Festival, introducing:
If you get a chance, spend some time on the website to find some hidden gems about the whole alleycat culture. I especially like the gallery section and Lucas’s ten years plus of collecting spokecards from around the world of the races he’s done.
What’s the hottest accessory for your bike these days? Children.
Well maybe not for everyone, but if you are someone who may have traded beer bottles for milk bottles and Alleycat races for playdates, you may have noticed a serious change in your biking proclivities. Of course there’s no need to completely curtail your on-the-go biker lifestyle just because kids are in the picture now. You’ve still got to maintain you street cred, after all. However this new lifestyle will have you starting to reflect on the things you’ve learned as a cyclist, especially when it comes to packing gear.
One thing cyclists and parents can easily ponder is “how to carry all your stuff around?” Cyclists are generally gear heads who through trial and error have figured out the best way to pack for the road…where to keep the extra tubes, the pump, how to keep the laptop secure. Well getting around with baby starts to create parallels like where to put the baby bottles, how to pack the wipes so they are readily accessible. Start to see similar patterns here?
If the quintessential bag for the cyclist is the messenger bag, then the most necessary bag for Mom and Dad is the diaper bag. Who to better combine the two then San Francisco’s own pioneer messenger bag company… Timbuk2.
They took their vast knowledge of bag making for couriers and created their own diaper bag. Mom and Dad, presenting the Stork.
Being an aging hipster bike nerd…I was really into trying to get my hands on one of these. The main reason was because most diaper bags look like big puffy purses and the only other option (the company will go unnamed) has limitations…mainly size.
I approached the Timbuk2 booth at this year’s Bike New York’s expo before the 5 borough bike tour.
I went right up to one of their sales reps and asked if I could try this bag out and within a few days…they sent me one in the mail. SCORE!
I’m not a new parent, our son Max is 3 and a half, and we’d been using the other guy’s diaper bag since day one…but…one amazing thing right off the bat, Timbuk2’s stork is perfect for toddlers and beyond, especially when you go through potty training. So this bag has longevity…and can easily convert into a straight up messenger bag for later down the road, which is what attracted me to this product.
Timbuk2’s tag line for the bag is: “The diaper bag for people who don’t want to carry a diaper bag.” Which although wordy, sums it up. A diaper bag that looks and feels like a stylish messenger bag…because it is.
But, in addition, this bag is loaded with innovative features for parents on the go.
First of all the bag itself is roomy. This space inside the bag can easily hold multiple milk/water bottles, snacks, spare diapers, wipes holder, toys, blanket, spare clothes, pacifier, pacifier holder, portable potty, manual on parenting (ok, I’m teasing here). It’s 20 inches wide by 10″ high, which makes it about a medium size messenger bag. But it is also very deep at almost 8 inches. It’s subtle, but the bag is slightly taller then most bags so it’s kind of narrow and stout, which means it holds a lot, but doesn’t feel too bulky. Standard messenger bags tend to be wider.
The next best feature is the changing pad,
which nicely fits into one of the two main compartments. It feels like a laptop bag, but then transforms like Optimus Prime into a gigantic cushy changing surface (easily cleanable and machine washable) and it’s covered in lots of cute pockets for stashing stuff. It can also easily be folded and unfolded with one hand so as to get placed with a screaming wet child. The pad is a big bonus, because most diaper bags have insufficient, small changing pads and are sometimes bought separately.
This has been a great feature even for toddlers…that’s right the potty experience only gets more…well…challenging, especially when you are carrying around, diapers and underwear and the portable potty and bags for it and bags for the wet clothes and…get the idea. Yes…more stuff.
The bag has two compartments for separating water/juice/milk bottles and one is made out of neoprene so it keeps drinks insolated, the other side is a ventilated mesh, great for storing a bottle, well, maybe for you…just in case you have the audacity to hydrate yourself as well. It also does well for keeping bottles upright and not spilling. The bag has tons of pockets for keeping things divided, like that favorite chew toy or all the rocks and sticks your kid has collected on a 2 block trip to the park…when not biking there of course. Another cute baby friendly feature, is two short fabric pieces that can cover the main Velcro, so as not to wake a sleeping baby with that familiar ripping sound. Timbuk2, you thought of everything.
The rest of the bag has all the great features that have made this company legendary, adjustable closing straps, an easy quick release lock for adjusting the shoulder strap, padded shoulder strap and grab handle. There is an extra strap hidden in the front pocket to attach keys and an extra removable strap to help stabilize the one-sided shoulder strap when riding or maybe you can use it as a leash for a wandering toddler just learning to walk.
The bag is made of durable ballistic nylon fabric and a cute tricycle design, waterproof TPU liner in case things get messy inside-which they will or you’re caught in the rain. Like all their bags at Timbuk2 it comes with a lifetime guarantee and they really stand behind their products.
I even liked the bag that the bag came in: a waterproof map of San Francisco…what a great idea.
The $139.00 price tag is a little steep, but welcome to the world of parenting. Honestly, I think this is a great product and worth the price because your are getting a bag that will grow with your kid(s). Think of this bag as one you will use from front-rider baby bike seat all the way til junior is riding their own bike to school.
Seriously, this will be the only diaper bag you will need.