Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Cycling to a wedding

Biker Wedding
via jensfh on flickr

I have a friend getting married in a few months and think this is how they should get to the church! Stylish and environmentally friendly. What more do you need for a wedding vehicle?

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Vintage rebuild with fantastic details

via Delightful Cycles
New post from the guys over at Delightful Cycles showing off their most recent rebuild. It's a very stylish bike with a stylish looking owner as well. I really like Delightful Cycles Dream Bikes ethos of taking a vintage frame and restoring it in line with the clients needs and ideas at the forefront. The details in this build are incredible, I love the quality in elements like the grips and cupholder. I'm not really one for drooling over Campag groupsets or ridiculously expensive wheels but these details are awesome. The photography is really impressive as well. 

If you live in Oz make sure you consider going to these guys before you spend a fortune on a Pashley. Every one of their customers looks very happy they did

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Bespoked Bristol - My favourites

These are a few of my favourite shots from Bespoked Bristol, more pics over on flickr.
Brother Cycles

Il Soigneur



Donhou Bicycles

Lee Cooper and a pair of those wooden mudguards i want!

Brum to Berlin by Bicycle by bombastic Brummies

I'm planning on a charity to ride from Birmingham to Weymouth in memory of my brother in September and the 154 miles still seems a lot to me so 900 miles sounds like a crazy distance. But a group of dedicated Brummies are doing just this by cycling from Birmingham to Berlin and only stopping in places being with B. They hope to complete the course in 11 days and are doing it in aid of Cancer Research, you can donate via their JustGiving page or check out their progess at their Facebook page.

Good luck guys and hope you enjoy that first beer in Berlin.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Bespoked Bristol

I went down to Bristol today to the first Handmade and Boutique Bicycle show, Bespoked Bristol. Had a great time, saw some very nice bikes and meet some very cool people. More pictures to come once I've sorted them all out.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Nice Trek Type

Like the look of this new Trek District, mainly for the nice type and belt drive.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Art and Bicycles - Papergirl Birmingham

PAPERGIRL 5 - Festival documentation from Papergirl on Vimeo.

A project combining Art, Bicycles and unexpected gifts which initially started in Berlin is making it's way to Birmingham. Papergirl is:

THE IDEA of the project is to open the art world to people who often don’t instinctively or actively seek it out; to surprise people and bring them into contact with art in their everyday life.

The Birmingham group is in the early stages but they have a blog and a facebook group set up to get local artists and cyclists involved. So if you've got some artistic skills or have always fancied reinacting some Paperboy antics by handing out a few surprise bundles of joy to passers by then get in touch.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Bicycle wheel of the future - The Copenhagen Wheel

I might be a bit late to this seeing as it was announced back in 2009 but I've just read about it. The picture above is of The Copenhagen Wheel developed by MIT and Ducatti. The exciting bit is in the stylish red disc you see on the rear wheel, within this hub there is whole host of tech which monitors air quality, distance travelled, calories burnt, noise level and more and it also acts as a motor to help you cycle up the hill home. The motor uses a system similar to the KERS system in Formula 1 which recaptures energy from braking and stores the electricity to give you a boost when you need it.

You can then feed all the data your hub has collected back into a central data bank to help guide policy of the future or just show the busiest, dirtiest and noisiest streets in your city. Then share all of that information will fellow citizens to show them quickest or safest route home. 

As part of MIT's SENSEable City Lab project, which aims to look at how our cities can be enhanced by technology and crowd sourcing information, The Copenhagen Wheel could be an incredible leap forward for both bicycle design as well as urban data collection. As a keen cyclist and an analyst this excites me a lot.
Photos by Max Tomasinelli