a taste of my tokyo

I went to Tokyo last week. I checked out lots of bike shops. I saw lots of weird stuff. Here is a preview:

goldbiek

I don’t know who would ride such a thing, or why it would need disc brakes, or even how it really steers. I don’t quite even fathom the purpose of such a bike, but it did look pretty boss in shiny gold and the owner didn’t mind me snapping a pic of it.

much much MUCH more coming later this week…

As a side note: I never heard back from John Prolly. You totally missed out on a good time man. I’ll have photos on the epic radness which John Prolly missed out on :p

Cycling 2.0: The lengths we go through to be lazy?

M.I.T introduced this clever little gadget in Copenhagen touting it as the next big thing in cycling. Allegedly the functioning of the unit is to store kinetic energy from braking and allow you to release it later in a “burst of speed.” You might remember a similar idea being utilized in Formula One car racing.

Aside from the devices function sounding cool, I always thought the beauty of cycling was in the simplicity of the invention. M.I.T however, seems to disagree. I do appreciate that they seem to have put their device on a hipster friendly “track” bike (“tarck” is more appropriate) and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before it is available in every color scheme to match your Velocity Deep V or B43 wheelset.

Is this invention going to be as prominent as indexed shifting(where your shifter clicks with each gear change),which was met with some resistance, and even today some still prefer friction shifting, or will this invention go the way of  the recumbent bicycle, once said to be the next evolution, but shrank to now a small eccentric niche of the cycling world. (sorry, bent riders, don’t get too “bent” out of shape on this one!)

My take on it is that anything that takes away from the simplicity of cycling or has a complex operating method will detract people away from it. I have non cycling friends who are afraid to ride a bike with multiple gears, and cannot comprehend when or  how to know the “right” gear. I think this would only make matters worse and end up with people pressing the boost button right into intersection traffic.

However, my message to M.I.T is this: If you make it in lots of pretty fluorescent colors, they will buy it. Well, at least this guy will (and probably also press the boost button right into oncoming traffic)

original article and photo sourced from Gizmodo

Houston, We have a (bike) problem: Highflange

The cycling scene depends upon a few key community organizers. If only these few people really knew how crucial they were to the fate of the cycling hobby in the city. Still, each of these organizers represent different disciplines in cycling: Road, Track, Mountain, Fixed, BMX. They are often unknown outside of their discipline and area of expertise. To a Mountain rider, the Road racing star is just another leg shaver in spandex. To the Roadie, the Fixed gear freestyle master, featured in videos internationally is just another kid with technicolor wheels and no helmet.

Stop. Wait. Step back for a moment: Each of these riders is different, but to the outsider, they all together represent cycling. They are all members of a two-wheeling, human-powered collective. But to each member, they are practiced disciples of their trade, separated by canyons. Out of these islands, Highflange was born.

What is Highflange? A type of bicycle part. A hub. A device from which spokes are laced to the rim. Though each spoke laces far away from the opposite spoke at the edges of the flanges, and reaches even farther away to hold the rim, the fringe, they are all connected at the hub. Highflange will cover all aspects of bike life, starting from its birth city in Houston, TX and radiating outwards through collaboration efforts in the cycling community. We are all members of the same sport. We are all connected at the hub of bicycle life: High Flange.

bike