Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lusting For Your Own Bike Is A Good Thing!

Even after 7ish years I know this is the best bike I've ever ridden in my entire history of bicycle ownership and riding (and test riding).  It's a pretty nice feeling to know that you've found exactly the right custom fit for you.   That being said, I can't help but lust a little over the stylin' new chainstays to be had on a new Della Santa.  Seriously sexy!  Of course, it would be just one more nook and cranny to clean.  But, damn, it's so hot it might just be worth it!

More about the chainstays here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Night Pick Me Up - Tristen

Coming to Sacramento!   The mix on this version of Eager For Your Love is a little weird but the song really gets rolling after the first verse.   Love it!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Morning Music - The Cars

I saw these guys in concert years ago with Wang Chung as the opening act (remember them?).   They sounded great but weren't particularly animated on stage.  Ric Ocasek is probably a better producer/songwriter than showman.  But the new song from the band is worth listening too almost as much because you can hear just how much their sound has influenced a host of bands that have become popular in the last few years.  Tight, melodic, pop songs, and I'm a goner...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Apocalypse will be Bicycled!

I in no way want to make light of the tragedies playing out in Japan with the earthquake, tsunami, devastation, and now, nuclear catastrophe in that region of the world.  But this article about the rising use of bicycles, or, people reverting back to bicycles due to the shortage of fuel, and damaged infrastructure is a reminder of what a simple and useful tool the bicycle can be in tough times.
Instead of renting its 120 bicycles to visitors, the city-run tourist office now lends them for free to locals forced to keep cars parked due to the sudden shortage of fuel.
Petrol stations on the main street are roped off.
Not even emergency vehicles can obtain fuel without a special permit by the regional government, and even then sometimes only five litres at a time, says an attendant.
 No doubt it will be years before any sense of normalcy returns to this little town in Japan known for attracting tourists.  Perhaps the new sense of "normalcy" as they rebuild will include more emphasis on bicycling as a first option for getting around the area.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bike Ride to the Moon!

Would have loved to have seen last night's amazing moon but alas mother nature didn't want to cooperate.  It put in mind of the Dukes of Stratosphere track, Bike Ride to the Moon.  No performances are available on Youtube.   I don't think XTC's little pet project band ever actually performed live.  But their were a couple of amateur videos and I'm opting for the one made from Andy Partridge's Fuzzy Warbles demo just because it features some great examples of bicycle boom era poster art:

And the video with the final audio used on The Dukes album in all it's psychedelic glory:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Killer Sprint!

Honestly I'm not sure there is really a story here beyond the already horrific one of the earthquake/tsunami that we've heard.  Somebody at CNN probably just thought it was so "quaint" that this old rice farmer got on her bike to get out of the way of the tsunami's path.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I'm Not Buying It!

I don't care if you weigh 300 pounds.  I'm not convinced this is going to work on snow deeper than 2 inches.  Especially if you don't have studded tires.  On the other hand, if it did work think of the enormous savings to city budgets if they adopted these for snow removal.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Feeling Like Death Warmed Over

It's a real drag being sick during one of the busiest times of the year at my job.  Nothing like standardized test proctoring to keep you thoroughly worn out.  And make me antsy to get back on the bike.  I literally spent all of last weekend on the couch incapable of doing anything productive.  No grading, no blogging, nothing.  The best I could do was get through the 2nd season of Dexter but I'm not sure that was particularly good for my mental state.  I've been living off of caffeine and cold medicine so far this week.

Speaking of caffeine, this bike related coffee item came through my mailbox.  Using a bike pump to generate pressure and thus espresso seems like a pretty good idea.  But I already have the best espresso maker bar none that is totally capable of being transported easily on your next bike tour.  A hearty thumbs up for the Aeropress.

Monday, March 07, 2011

NAHBS in Sacramento Next Year

I've always had to live vicariously through photo galleries and stories on the web about the North American Handmade Bicycle Show over the last few years.  Even when it was in the bay area a few years back.  Luckily it looks like I'll get another chance in March, 2012, to check out the best of the best bicycle makers out there.

Here are a few links to enjoy some of the coverage from this past year's worth of bicycle artistry:
Bilenky Cycle Works won the award for Best Lugged Frame this year at theNorth American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS).

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Sunday Morning Music - Tristen

"Baby don't you want me to bring you those drugs?"

I've been gushing about this album all week so it's only natural I'm going to post one of my favorite tracks from Tristen's, Charlatans at the Garden Gate.   There have been a lot of great albums released in the last few weeks but this one is so full of pop melody delights that I can't stop playing it.  Below is the old video for Baby Drugs (you'll have to get through the silly intro to the actual song) and below that the link for the audio for version on the album.  Worth it to note the differences.

TRISTEN: "Baby Drugs!" from Tristen on Vimeo.

Audio link.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Bridgestone XO-1 in Action

Bonus points in this Rapha ad for the bstone xo-1.  The first bicycle I lusted over back in the day.

Rapha + Paul Smith SS11 from RAPHA on Vimeo.

Critical Mass Begins This Friday

I love that the new flyer includes rules for the ride!  I suppose to some it is counter Critical Mass to have rules but I think it is great.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Wednesday Night Pick Me Up - XTC

I saw this painting on the side of a business in Albuquerque this past weekend and it reminded me of the (at least somewhat) famous album cover for English Settlement from the band XTC.   That the business that decided to use the Uffington Horse as their logo is some sort of new age spiritual store is kind of gross in my book.  But that doesn't diminish one of the greatest albums from the 80s in any way.  Here is XTC "performing" the unbelievably catchy and yet rather odd single, Senses Working Overtime.  The first time I heard this song I flipped.