I know you’ll all watching the Sochi Olympics waiting for something like this to happen:
There’s nothing like watching an opening ceremony of an Olympic event and see a host countries history depicted through Cirque du Soleil looking performers in unitards.
Perhaps we will feel the unity and the world coming together with Russian Police hoping to “Get Lucky.
I dunno, seems a little flamboyant to me…especially with Russia so particular about sexual preference.
We did get introduced to this year’s Olympic mascots:
(left to right) Fabulous Bunny, Stray(f) the Dog and Pussy Cat Tiger Riot.
In case you’ve missed the action here is a 2 hour special of pre-event coverage by Russian TV.
I know, poor Russia is getting picked on, but I really like the take on Gawker’s sports site Deadspin:
Ok, the bike videos:
Title: State Bicycle Shockwave Video
Seen on: Urban Velo.
Description: Fixed gear freestyle isn’t as visible as it was just a few years back, but there are still plenty of riders out there getting rad. State Bicycle has long had one of the more affordable FGFS complete bikes out there, with this being the latest incarnation, the $579 Shockwave. We reviewed the similar Massacre from State back in May 2012.
Title:CX Hairs: #SVENNESS 2.17
Seen on: Prolly
Description: This is it, the final race of the year for #SVENNESS. This one takes place in Hoogerheide, Netherlands for the 2014 UCI Cyclocross World Championship. Surely by now you’ve seen how brutal this course was, so sit back and enjoy!
Excellent job this year, CX Hairs!
Joe The Ripper Fixed Gear Freestyle Edit
Seen on: Urban Cyclist Worldwide.
Description: Fixed Gear Freestyle Rider Joseph Montano
Aka Joe The Ripper
Two Strap Krew NYC
Song-Ten Cent Pistol- The Black Keys
Joey M Rojas
Title: Pure Fix in the City
Featuring our X-RAY, this video takes you through Washington Square Park, SoHo, and the LES in NYC. It wasn’t easy to shoot, either, as our fingers nearly broke off in the cold.
Title: Heavy Pedal “Flying Tiger”
For the launch of their new “Flying Tiger” kit from Heavy Pedal
Title:This is Marin
Seen on: Prolly
From Prolly: I’ve only ridden in Marin county a handful of times and from what I can tell, I’ve only scratched the surface. Marin Bikes were developed there and here’s their new brand intro video.
Title:San Marco: We Ride with You Trailer
Seen on: Prolly
From Prolly: Here’s a new campaign from one of the best saddle manufacturers of all time, San Marco:
“We want to share with you the emotions, that inspired us every time we create our products. To achieve this we realized a short film and we will soon have the pleasure to show it to you in its full length.
An emotional video to tell the spirit of our brand and to show a preview of the new products. To describe the history of the company, to talk about activities and tell through images, music and words the different cycling cultures and worlds, we ride with.
We Ride with You!”
Title:Welcome to the Hold Fast Kareem Shehab
Seen on: Prolly
Kareem is now riding for Hold Fast, the makers of made in the USA components and frames. That’s a decision I can get behind. Here’s his welcoming edit to the team. Check it out as he rips with the 26″ Subverter frame.
Title:Les Alpes – Trailer
Seen on: Prolly
Every rider is unique in his motivations. The inspiration to escape the everyday routine, find new experience, and push limits comes from deep within. Imagery in this film acts like a window into the soul of a person seeking to live at the heart of the mountains. He’s driven to explore deeper and ride farther than most people, as a personal challenge coming in August 2013.
Title: Pure Fix in NYC Pure Fix cycles makes a durable, affordable urban commuter. They even make bikes that glow in the dark…But let’s talk about the light, it’s starting to warm up here in NYC. More from Pure Fix: Weather’s warming in New York, and you know what that means…bring out the bikes! The Oscar, X-Ray, and a little custom color cruising through our favorite city east of the Mississipp’. Check it!
Title: Chrome and Crosby Press
Seen on: Urban Velo It’s not that Chrome needs OUR help, but I really enjoy this interview video and the straightforward, no crap style of Chrome president Steve McCallion. There aren’t too many companies that have been around so long, are so successful, and appeal to such a broad audience, yet have retained the spirit of their humble beginnings. Steve seems to embody the Chrome brand as if it’s an extension of his personality. And we all know they don’t make crappy bags either. I have yet to visit a Chrome storefront, but I’ll certainly make the trip should I be close enough. Or, hey Steve, wanna open one in Indianapolis?
Title: Red Hook Crit Art Installation
Seen on: Urban Velo Artist, Eric Corriel, was asked to create an installation for this year’s Red Hook Crit that just went down in Brooklyn. Last year he projected an animation onto a warehouse wall, but this year wanted to combine the projection with the riders themselves. As Corriel describes his piece,
“I was first asked to participate in the Red Hook Crit in 2012 and for that iteration I projected an animated abstraction of a bicycle race onto a warehouse. For 2013 I removed all elements of abstraction and put my art in direct contact with the race participants and projected onto (them and) the track itself. Instead of the art being about its subject, now it’s an inseparable part of it.”
It’s spring right? But those morning rides feel like winter still…time to blow up the snowman…(warning–this video has nothing to do with bikes)
Title: Southern Safari Trailer
Seen on: PROLLY While I’m in the middle of packing for, flying to and getting settled in Taiwan / China, check out the long-awaited Southern Safari video. Embedded above is the trailer and here’s the information:
“Southern Safari is the latestLoose Nuts Cycles team video starring fixed gear freestyle riders Miles Mathia, Kareem Shehab, Torey Thornton, and Tom Lamarche. Watch as this group brings fixed gear bikes into uncharted territory across the southern United States. Ledges, rails, stairsets and more all get destroyed by this four man army. Sit back, crack a cold one, and see what life is like on tour with the Loose Nuts Team.” Buy it now on Vimeo for $8
Title: Larry Edgar Winter 2013 So Cal Edit
Seen on: coolbikevideos.com Larry Edgar Winter 2013 So Cal Edit
from SE Bikes
SE Bike’s all-around BMX and drifting shredder Larry Edgar kicks off the 2013 year right with this brand new web edit. Larry keeps it exciting the whole way through by shutting down a bunch of southern California skateparks, street spots, and wraps it up at BMX legend Stephen Murray’s backyard trails. You don’t want to miss this one.
Film/Edit: Dylan Pfohl
Song: Rod Stewart – Maggie May
Videos! Yeah. To help with the doldrums of Friday.
Title: Crosstown Couriers
Seen on: Urban Velo Rudy Gonzalez of Cowtown Couriers was featured in Urban Velo #33′s feature story, Pushing Beyond The Envelope about the changing face of the bicycle courier industry. This video was shot to show the Cowtown Courier direct to consumer food delivery service in action, adding some video context to the story and looking nothing like the typical image of legal documents being rushed here and there in downtown traffic.
Title: Taliah Lempert
Seen on: Urban Velo If you’ve been in the urban cycling scene for any time at all, you’ve undoubtedly stumbled across some of Taliah Lempert’s bicycle paintings. Her work has adorned magazine and book covers, gallery walls and more. Lempert is commissioned to paint people’s individual rides, which she keeps in her studio as she works on them instead of painting from photos. She says a painting might take her a couple weeks to finish as she painstakingly reproduces the rides in her style.
Title: Lance Armstrong Nike Parody
Seen on: Urban Velo
I guess Radioshack won’t be asking me to donate a dollar to livestrong any more when I buy cheap electronics. Looks like sponsors like the shack and Nike have pulled the plug on their now disgraced hero, Lance Armstrong, since the recent US Anti-doping Agency has labeled him a “cheater.” Urban Velo reminds us of this parody video that rings more true than ever.
Title: Rising From Ashes
Seen on: Urban Velo “Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.
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Title: Biketoberfest in Buffalo
Seen on: Urban Velo Bikes, Beer, Music, Party. That about sums it up. In case it’s not clear from the video, “Rusty Chain” is a beer specifically designed/brewed by local brewer Flying Bison to raise money and awareness for local cycling. Check out gobikebuffalo.org.
Title: Poleriders from Above Seen on: Youtube.com/PoleRiders Andrew Katzander is the creator of Poleriders, a mobile dance pole on a trike complete with soundsytem and lights. What’s the best way to see this traveling spectacle, besides in person? From above. Here is a high angle shot from this year’s NYC Pride parade. *Note. Due [...]
Here are some news bits from the local bike shops here in NYC:
Affinitycycles.com Will be hosting a pre-party for this year’s Monster Track: ************ Charlie McCorkell, owner of Bicycle Habitat, (which has a sweet new website btw) will be in Washington at the National Bike Summit which starts today. (March 8th)