I’ll admit I have never ridden a mountain bike on real trails a day in my life. Let alone a trials bike. But every time I see a Danny MacAskill video I am blown away at how much talent he has. A new video from Lezyne shows some behind the scenes of what goes though his mind and how he works. His skill, paired up with great video, editing, and music is always enjoyable to watch.
Danny MacAskill 2012: Presented by Lezyne
Here are some older videos from Danny that are still great. You can find more videos of him riding on his site. (HERE)
Inspired Bicycles – Danny MacAskill April 2009
Danny MacAskill – “Way Back Home”
Danny Macaskill – Industrial Revolutions
Collin’s Cycle Shop held Eugene’s first bicycle job fair on Sunday February 26th. This might even be Oregon’s first bicycle job fair altogether. This was a great opportunity for people who could make it out to the fair to meet and great with some great company representatives looking for talented people to fill all sorts of positions. I don’t have the numbers, but a lot of people came to the job fair today. With gas prices going up, green culture is growing, and the over-all popularity of bicycling is increasing. Portland, Eugene, and other cities across the US are growing their bicycle industries from small bikes to big name companies. Hopefully there will be more events like this across Oregon and the US in the future.
Castelli Cycling Clothing (Portland, OR)
Collin’s Cycle Shop (Eugene, OR)
Cyclone Bicycle Supply (Portland, OR)
Garmin (Salem, OR)
Giant Bicycles (Newbury Park, CA)
KoKi Bags (Hood River, OR)
Seattle Bicycle Supply (Seattle, WA)
Specialized Bicycles (Morgan Hill, CA)
Rolf Prima (Eugene, OR)
Thank you to all the companies for this opportunity for so many people.
Photos from the Bicycle Job Fair
360 Degree Photo
My mother sent Angel an reflective vest from IKEA after coming across one there on a trip a couple weeks ago. Yes, IKEA, the Swedish company known for affordable flat pack furniture with obscure names that no one knows how to put together. It turns out IKEA carries a reflective vest called the PATRULL.
Most other vests come only in a M, L, XL, & XXL. It’s normally hard to find a Medium, and they all seem to be one size up, so they never seem to fit right. The IKEA PATRULL is the first vest I have ever seen that comes in a full range of sizes, 5 different sizes to fit almost anyone.
• PATRULL 3 Adult Sizes: S/M, L, XL
• PATRULL 2 Child Sizes: 3-6 years, 7-12 years
They are also the most affordable vest out there, retailing for $4.99. They are not sold online, so if you want one you must brave the IKEA maze or just ask a friend or family member to send you one. It might be worth it if you are a smaller person that doesn’t want a bulky vest, or have kids that you want to wear them. A normal 3M reflective vest you would pick up at your average hardware store will cost on average $15-20, and be of really low quality. Dickie’s Reflective are $27. My reflective vest I wear is a Work n’ Sport, only sold at Blain’s Farm and Fleet in central Illinois (oh, how I miss F&F), but it retails for $20, which is cheap for how amazing it is. (I will write more about the Wn’S in the future maybe)
I have some nice patches on my reflective vest to add some style and flair, and Angel wanted some style and flair as well. We added a nice patch on the front which doubles as a front pocket because I hemmed the top and only sewed the bottom and two sides to the vest, leaving the top open. Making a nice little front pocket for Angel if she ever needs it, and making the vest a little cooler. Overall the IKEA PATRULL is really nice, and you can’t really beat the cost and size options.
Everyone should remember, Reflective is Cool.
I received my Yehuda Moon & The Kickstand Cyclery comic books in the mail today. They had great success with the Kickstarter Campaign that raised money to get volumes 3, 4, and 5 printed, as well as help Rick and Brian bring the comic back from a long hiatus. Rick Smith and Brian Griggs have been working hard to keep the comic going. Right now they offer the comic as a $1 a month paid membership, with the occasional free comic for the public.
Like I said, I received volume 3, 4, and 5 along with the patch today in the mail (a great addition to my collection). I bought volume 1 a while back. I also got the burnt piece of the Kickstand Cyclery (yes, a burnt piece of a fictional building) along with a signed drawing of Yehuda from a previous offering by Rick. I’m not a big comic geek, but I really like these comics. Obviously because they are bike related, and I really like the style and storyline of the comic. Even if you are an occasional bicyclist or don’t ride bikes at all they are still great comics and great stories. You can still buy all 4 volumes and some other merchandise in the Kickstand Cyclery Shop.
Top Left: Patch and Books
Top Right: Books, Patch, Burnt piece of the Kickstand, and a drawing a Yehuda
Bottom Left: Inside Covers of Books
Bottom Right: Drawing of Yehuda that came with burnt piece of the Kickstand, and the all books signed, newest 3 have drawings.
And again, just like my previous post about Yehuda Moon: If you haven’t heard of Yehuda Moon you can still get started reading them; they are all online still. Here is a link to the first strip. Yehuda Moon 01-22-2008
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Most people know what Instagram is by now, whether they use it themselves with their iPhone, or are bombarded by their friends’ photos being posted on their social media of choice. It’s a nice way to take photos with some style and post them quickly. StickyGram is a company that will take your Instagram photos and make them into magnets. There are a growing number of other companies out there that do similar services, but I decided to go with StickyGram magnets as a Valentine’s gift for Angel. I ordered them on the 13th and got them the 21st, just over a week to get them, which is great, especially since they came from London, England. The overall quality of the magnets are really nice. The magnets are strong and the image quality is great (although I assumed they would be glossy, and they are matte). The image has a white border around the image. It would be nice if the image had a full bleed (image goes to the edge) so there would be no added white, or an option for a black border. I will say one of the magnets dropped and hit its corner. In that corner the image is slightly peeling back. 😦 Other than that, they are great. When I get more nice photos, I will probably make some more.
You can purchase the StickyGrams for $14.99, with free shipping, for a sheet of 9 photos.
You can see all my Instagrams in my Flicker Album.
Posted in BIKE, Day Ride, Videos
Tagged bicycle, bike, camera, eugene, GoPro, LHT, Long Haul Trucker, Oregon, Surly, video
Over my years of cycling I have accumulated many different bicycle lights. Everything from the small little blinkies to some heavy duty, from wheel side lights to rechargeable lights. I would recommend almost all of these, especially the Planet Bike Superflash and Turbo rear lights. Angel has recently gotten a new front light to replace her clunky Light & Motion Vega 120. She got the CygoLite Expilion 400. First thoughts: it looks to be really well built and extremely powerful, I might get one myself. Everyone needs a good bicycle light if they plan to ride at night. It’s nice to have extras to pair lights for the best setup, or as backups and lend them to friends. Stay safe when you ride your bike, use good lights. These are the bicycle lights I have, but there are many more lights out there to choose from.
What bicycle lights do you have, like, or would like to use?
I will write review for most of these coming soon.
List of My Current Bike Lights:
Cateye HL-EL120 (discontinued, came in set with TL-LD170)
Cateye TL-LD170 (discontinued, came in set with HL-EL120)
Cateye Loop SL-LD110 Set (bounge mounted front and rear lights)
Cateye Orbit SL-LD120 Set (spoke mounted orange lights for side viability)
Knog Frog – first gen (great helmet, it works well in rear facing helmet vents)
VistaLite 300 Series (unknown manufacturer)
*Light & Motion Stella 200 (discontinued, replaced by new Multi-Sport models)
*Light & Motion Vega 120 (discontinued, replaced by smaller Commuter models)
Planet Bike Superflash Stealth (best rear light, highly recommended)
Planet Bike Superflash Turbo (if the SF is the best, this is even better)
*CygoLite Expilion 400 (Angel’s newest light)
* Indicates the lights are to help you see the roadway, not just to be seen.
Ride the Divide is a movie that documents a group of riders racing from Banff, Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, USA (Mexican border) on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route – 2745 miles. It greatly shows the riders struggles emotionally, physically and mechanically along the way. It’s hard enough for the film crew to catch up and find the cyclists.
It’s a great movie and if you like any sort of cycling you would probably enjoy watching this movie.
It’s on Netflix Streaming right now, or you can request a screening or buy the DVD on the Ride the Divide Site.
Angel made a video of the hike we did up Spencer Butte in January after the first good snow. It was our first hike on the butte and a great time. We can’t wait to get to go hike up it again.
Photos from the hike are in this older post: Snow on Spencer Butte