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Quicksilver Messenger Service is an American psychedelic rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco. Wikipedia
And you? DO you have ORDER SYSTEM??
The bicycle as cultural agent. Fantastic book and a great post about it here. Read more. National Geographic‘s Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) tells the riveting story of how the two-wheel wonder pedaled forward the emancipation of women in late-nineteenth-century America and radically redefined the normative conventions of femininity.
One rather unusual use of a bike part.
Who’s gonna do this on their bike?
Just got a bottle of their Pinot Noir at Sainsbury’s today to go with some black truffle pasta tonight. Cono Sur has teamed up with susTrans to celebrate 15 years of the National Cycle Network. The bottle comes with a raffle ticket that, among other things, informs us about the ‘phenomenal growth of cycling’. Well… nice methinks. Even though I will probably not bother to win one of 25 Ridgeback bikes over at: http://www.southamericanwines-coinks.co.uk/competitions/44/detail/
I suppose you can see where this is going?
flat tire, this pump, parking car… ;)
Check out this credit card sized bike tool. Looks handy hey? More pics after the jump: http://www.sutkutusu.com/post/1215794199/brokebikealley (sent by Matti)
Jamie Fouss: China’s recent economic growth has been impressive, giving the normal Chinese person the opportunity to buy luxury goods that they only could have dreamed of a short while ago. It is estimated that in Beijing alone, more than 1,000 new cars are added to the road every day. The ubiquitous bicycle is still king of the road, however, enabling riders to breeze pass traffic jams with ease.
My goal was to photograph typical Chinese life and scenes, using a bicycle as the unifying thread. I followed the following guidelines: 1) There had to be a single, unaccompanied bike. The bike could be parked or walked, but not ridden. 2) I couldn’t touch or move the bike in order to place it into a picturesque scene. 3) The background had to be more visually interesting than the bike itself.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Randonneuring is a type of organised long distance bicycle riding, with rides typically covering between 100 and 1,200 kilometres (60-750 miles). A participant is known as a randonneur, and an event is a randonnée. The term brevet may be used interchangeably with randonnée, although strictly speaking, a brevet is one specific type of event. Randonneuring is not a competitive sport. It is a test of endurance, self-sufficiency and bicycle touring skills. All riders who complete the task are congratulated, and no prizes are given to those with the fastest times.
Riders are expected to carry clothing for inclement weather, spare parts and tools. Rides in excess of 300 kilometers frequently involve night riding and require lights, spare bulbs and reflective gear. The term brevet may also refer to the certificate of completion given to riders who complete a brevet.
To ensure that the correct route is followed and no short cuts are taken, the rider must pass through a series of locations known as “controls”. The rider carries a “brevet card”, onto which information is added at each control, and this card is presented to the organisers at the end of the ride as proof that the route was followed. There are two types of controls. The first is a “manned control”, usually at a village hall or cafe, at which someone waits to stamp the riders cards as they pass through. On longer rides a manned control may be a shop, where the rider must obtain a till receipt showing the date and time. The second type of control is an “information control”, more commonly called an “info control”, where the rider must answer a question. For example, if the card asks, “From the signpost at the T-Junction, how far is it to Oadby?”, the rider must find the signpost and write the answer on the brevet card.
Also check out this link: http://www.veloweb.ca/randopage.html
also here: http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1936094
Lance Armstrong, isolated after flatting, rides in a cloud of dust on a cobblestone section during the third stage July 6. (AP Photo/Fred Mons, POOL)
–> Fantastic shots on boston.com
This urban bicycle-rental dispenser was developed by industrial design agency Springtime and engineer consultants Post&Dekker—both located in Amsterdam. The system allows for one-way trips; an interested rider can rent the bike at one machine and drop it off at another. For tracking purposes, the bikes are equipped with RFID chips, so if “misplaced,” they’re easy to find. In 2007, the first bike vending machines were installed near two different Dutch train stations, the same year the company won a Spark Design & Architecture award. Photo courtesy of Bikedispenser.com