Sunday, February 28, 2010

North American Handmade Bicycle Show!

A bunch of us took a little trip down to Richmond and spent a day of beautiful geekiness checking out some incredible design details from some of the best frame builders in the country and beyond.

Pictured above is the Best In Show bike made by Cherubim from Japan. The shiniest bike ever!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dirt Mulholland

Taking a last ride before I fly out of LA back to Brooklyn tonight.
If you follow Mulholland Dr, it eventually turns into a dirt and gravel fire road that's a pretty awesome dirt ride in the middle of LA. We only had two hours to ride out and back, but according to the Epicurean Cyclist, you can camp if you ride far enough.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

San Francisco Plus Archery

Golden Gate Park. Ridin' bikes to the range!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Traveling With Your Bike

Surly Travelers Check and vintage Trek 520

My girlfriend and I braved a terrible day for travel on Thursday, arriving at Laguardia at 5am only to find out that our flight and hundreds of others had been cancelled across the country. About 14 to 17 hours later we finally arrived in LA, lucky us.
The real bonus out of the whole debacle is that the wonderful ticket agents only charged my girlfriend $35 to check her bike instead of the standard $100, a rare exception I'm sure.
My Travelers Check breaks down just small enough so that I don't have to pay extra for my bike on pretty much any airline.
Double bonus.

Friday, February 12, 2010

2010 Red Hook Criterium

From the man himself, Daveaugust:

March 20th, 2010

The Red Hook Criterium enters it’s 3rd year in 2010.

As my birthday tradition this race is “fixed” and brakeless only. The format remains the same. 20 fast laps around a tight, twisty, and dangerous circuit through the desolate Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn.

The racing circuit follows last year’s route including the now infamous “Otsego Chicane” and the “Beard Street Cobbles”.

Race Information:

Date: Saturday, March 20th
Registration: 9:00pm-10:45pm
Start Time: 11:00 pm
Race Length: 20 Laps (approx 35 minutes)
Equipment: 1. Fixed-gear brakeless required
2. Helmets required
3. 49x15 recommend gearing
4. Puncture resistant tires highly recommended

Entry Fee: $15

Primes: 1. End of the first lap
2. End of the halfway point lap.

Last year's winner Neil Bezdek is now Cat 1, so take that as an indicator of the level of competition - come correct if you want to make an appearance on the podium! Check out those sponsors!! This race has been getting bigger every year and is fast becoming an annual Brooklyn tradition. Wish I could be there, but I'll have to watch from Vancouver...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Fresh Riding Photos Teaser

Just processed about six rolls from my ride camera. Its been a while since I've shot 35mm, but I'm really excited to start scanning.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

11 Speed Internal Geared Hub from Shimano

This just in!

From the wonderful hub geeks over at

"Shimano announces a 11 gear hub. The range will be 409% (Alfine 8 gear 307%). The hub runs in a oil bath like the Rohloff Speddhub. This should result a higher efficiency and longer lifetime. The price will be 300,- Euro release data is September 2010."

Can't afford a Rohloff? This is as close as you're gonna get.

I've had the Alfine 8 speed since July and I love it. Hopefully the 11 will be another step in the right direction.

Fingers crossed that it will be beefy enough for mountain biking.