Danny Macaskill riding down knife edge mountain ridges. Amazing what can be done on a bicycle.
impressive (and slightly-terrifying) first person perspective of BMX dirt trails
What is the “Tour de France”?
photos* of and by thomas woodson, joey schusler, and sam seward biking the huayhuash mountain range in the peruvian andes. with a climb to over fifteen thousand feet, the route they planned for had only been completed once before by bicycle. as woodson puts it, riding a bicycle in this terrain at that altitude is “like pushing a wheelbarrow up a staircase while trying to breath through a drinking straw.”
Is this even real?
Organizational metaphors can be helpful to think about what’s going on in work culture. Gareth Morgan’s Images of Organizationis a great compendium of metaphors: organization as a machine, organism, brain, culture, political systems, etc. I also find Joanne Martin’s analysis of contending…
As an example of the AWOL with a full load is Team AWOL’s Swiss Alp (r)adventures. Before we nailed the geometry of the AWOL, we did several long field test on our prototypes, looking for the perfect geometry for all the differed kinds of contexts the AWOL would be ridden in. Here, fully loaded on bad roads in the Swiss Alps, crossing Pragel Pass.
"Es set up for this weekend adventure was a fully loaded AWOL with all the necessities for both touring and hiking. The AWOL is dressed up with 45x700 Specialized Nimbus tires, Surly Nice Racks front and rear, a handlebar bag and a backpack in the rear for hiking. Front left low-rider carry the kitchen and appliances for two persons, for two nights. Front right low-rider is the cooler and carries all the food. Front panniers should always carry the heavy stuff, it balances the ride and makes it more stable. Left rear pannier keeps a Hilleberg Akto 3 tent, 2 sleeping bags and 2 sleeping mats. Rear right is the wardrobe. Just so that you know. The AWOL rides really well with 20 k + of gear"
Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling.
I love Rapha’s use of photography in their Spring Summer 2014 Lookbook shot on location in the Cévennes in France. You can see these and more over at Rapha http://pages.rapha.cc/products/springsummer-2014-training-racing
Technology at its cutest — The Bipedal Cycling Robot
In 2011, robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrated a robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.
Full video with more information here.
POST 002 THE AWOL CARGO ADVENTURE BIKE PROJECT
You’ve seen fancy pansy persuasive design sketches before. Let us tell You this: That is not how it usually works. Most of our design projects are born on a piece of paper, in a note book or like this, on a bumpy van ride between Morgan Hill and San Francisco, in a note book with a Sharpie.
Telephone scribble is about getting as much of Your idea onto paper, as fast as possible, making sure you don’t lose it. When You get them sweet ideas flying around your head, there is not time to go fancy on lines ore detailing. Those initial sketches are notes for yourself. Next steps includes more scribble or sketches worthy to present to others.