Wednesday, September 19, 2012

bikekitchen, bikerowave, bikeoven

This video by Streetfilms is a couple of years old now, but its worth watching. Simple idea, a bike coop, where people can go and learn to fix their bikes for free. Its great because knowledge of how to maintain a bike is a limiting factor for many people when considering cycling on a regular basis.

Cooking Up Bike Co-Ops in Los Angeles from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Apart from being a learning experience for people, it's also great because people can save money. Paying for a bike service can be pretty expensive now days.

Looking at this, makes me feel like all my tools are going to waste, they mainly repair my bikes, they could be repairing lots of peoples bikes.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

London Drive to work day

Here's a novel idea, instead of bike to work day, Drive to work day.  David Dansky, I assume a Londoner, and cycling advocate has taken upon himself to creed the 11th Of December as "Drive to work day". Whilst cycle to work days are organised to highlight the benefits of cycling to work. Drive to work day aims to highlight cycling detracts from the motoring experience.

From his facebook page, I grabbed the official poster.

I love it, and can only hope that everyone who cycles, and takes public transport decides to drive, and the streets are in chaos, as if the Daleks have landed. As of my writing, 136 people have indicated they will drive. Well, I hope more people take it up.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

For The Love Of Cycling - SubCultures

I like this short film/documentory, "For The Love Of Cycling - SubCultures". Simply several cyclists sharing their love of cycling, and their specific genre of cycling. I love the fact that cycling can exist in so many forms, and the fact that cycling can be anything from sport and transport, to art and expression.

The film is from SoulPancake, a youtube channel by Rainn Wilson, where he invites you to open your heart without feeling like an idiot.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Infinite Fuel by Italiux

Over at redbubble I saw this graphic, very cool.

Its by Italiux, a Peruvian graphic designer. Seems to be their first cycling related work.

By the way there are lots of cool cycling T's to be found at redbubble.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Two locks and stolen - update

Last week I wrote about two wheels I saw, of which I assumed that there was a bike stolen from between them.

 Today I saw the two wheels again, but they had been locked up again, but arranged in a different fashion.

I was quite happy to see the wheels there, rearranged, as it assured me the owner probably still wanted them. What was more reassuring is that he or she obviously feels that they are safe. Two locks have still been utilised, but it would have been better to pass the U-Lock through the rim.

I do like that one of the wheels was put on the roadside of the fence, I am sure this was a courtesy to pedestrians.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bike Doctor App

I came across this app today, Bike Doctor. Its a neat idea, lots of people have no idea where to start if there is a mechanical issue with their bike. Bike Doctor App was built with the bare hands of Andreas Kambanis of London Cyclist Blog, Ron Forrester of Cychosis App and Ian Fuller of Cycle Hire App. They have the aim of crushing "the fear of bike maintenance and make it something anybody can do."

Its great because a lot of common problems are easy to fix, and this app could save one an expensive stop at a bike shop.  And there is nothing like being independent on the road.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bond - Famboyant Bicyle Advertising

Here is an add, or short movie, about a new road bike from Cipollini.

I really love this, its cheesy, very cheesy, but its great to see a cycling product being advertised on a more mainstream level. This sort of advertising can only elevate the status of cycling in the eyes of the masses. The film puts a bicycle alongside performance cars, motorboats, and sexy people.  I'm really all for it, cycling is sexy, and the more people who perceive it that way, the more people will be on bikes.

Cipollini is only a small brand, it would be great to see some of the "giant" bike brands take up this style of advertising. It could really help the momentum of cycling advocacy, and further enhance cycling's image.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Two locks and stolen

Saw these two lonely wheels locked up today. I'm assuming they used to be part of a complete bike. The owner of the bike was doing the right thing by using two locks, and two different types of locks. But sadly they forgot to lock the frame as well. I'm sure they will know better next time.