Friday, July 31, 2009
The Helsinki Velodrome is an outdoor velodrome and football stadium in Helsinki, Finland. It was built in 1938–1940 for the 1940 Summer Olympics which were cancelled due to World War II. After the war, it was a venue of the 1952 Summer Olympics. The protected functionalist concrete building was designed by Hilding Ekelund.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
A bike hand-made in Italy, with steel pipes Columbus "Gara", track geometry, color black, Track Novatech hubs (flip-flop), Sugino Messenger crankset, chain Pista Miche, front brake Miche Performance, dazzling combinations chosen for you from La stazione delle biciclette in San Donato Milanese.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
More than 40mm height, incredible hulk-like strenght, 32 and 36 holes, available in powder coated black, white and also in uncoated rough finish, in case you want to custom paint it or just punk ride with style, these Dodici rims look superb on every frame.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Monocle’s best bikes
“Traversing the top of the globe, what we have dubbed the Nippon Nordic alliance, there are a clutch of bike companies quietly tinkering away in their workshops and producing the highest quality two-wheelers in the world. Here we profile five of the finest”. This is the preface of an article from the British magazine Monocle, issue 03 vol.1 may 2007, which continues mentioning Skeppshult (in the picture: model Z bike), Alta Bike, Japanese Arrow, Denish Cykelmageren and Finnish Jopo.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
My e-bay shopping
The city on a human scale
Saturday, July 25, 2009
If during summer, on vacation, you are at sea and do not want to give up to a wealthy pedalling, here's the solution proposed by Yvon Le Caer, the cyclist who dared challange the sea. He is the first cyclist to ‘pedal’ the English Channel, from Normandy to France and to England, a 148 km (92-mile) journey riding Aqua Cycle.
The secret formula
Adesso anche Milano (dopo Londra, New York, Parigi, Tokio, ecc) vanta un servizio di pony express in bici: Urban Bike Messengers. Vantano affidabilità (chi fa questo mestiere lo ha scelto per pura passione), velocità (la bici è notoriamente uno dei mezzi più rapidi nelle caotiche città) e rispetto per l’ambiente (ça va sans dire! Hanno calcolato che dal primo settembre 2008 hanno già risparmiato 5,57 t di CO²). Complimenti ragazzi.
Now Milan (after London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, etc.) has a service pony express Bike: Urban Bike Messengers. They say they have reliability (who does this job has chosen it for pure passion), speed (the bike is notoriously one of the most rapid means in the chaotic city) and respect for the environment (ça va sans dire! They calculated that from the first of September 2008 they already saved 5.57 tonnes of CO²). Congratulations guys.
Friday, July 24, 2009
As shown in the very interesting blog www.vintagepista.com, the San Marco has created a special edition of Concor saddles in five different colours, for only 50 pieces each colour (total 250). To put them on display they used five wonderful fixed gears signed Dodici Cicli.
The Alta Bike was designed as a collaboration project between the Norwegian designers Bleed (Graphic Design), Norways ays (Furniture Design) and Frost Produkt (Industrial Design) in 2004. It was initially meant to be a project with a limited production of 50 bikes but Alta soon got so popular that it became the first serial production single speed bike on the market. The initial idea behind the Alta Bike was to make a light, timeless, fast and durable bicycle that was designed for the city use, in contrast to the mountain bikes mostly used in the cities at the time.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Built one at a time with time tested materials and traditional methods. “When I get on my bicycle I find inspiration and clarity in the ride. When a bicycle fits not only you, but also your everyday life, you can get the most out of your ride” says Mitch Pryor owner and builder of MAP bicycle. Located in Portland, Oregon, Mitch builds fine handmade steel bicycles one at a time and has learned the craft of framebuilding from master builder and painter Doug Fattic. This is his Touring.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Angelo Luigi Colombo, appena dodicenne, inizia a lavorare poi si mette in proprio nel 1919 e dà vita a quella che diverrà in breve la Columbus, azienda produttrice dei tubi in acciaio (e non solo) utilizzati per la fabbricazione di telai e forcelle per bici. Oggi fanno molto di più, ma la ricerca nel campo ciclistico continua ancora.
The soul of cycling
Quei “ragazzi” di Riding in Circle annunciano finalmente una ripartenza: la nuova sede dovrebbe essere pronta a breve, per ricominciare a diffondere a modo loro il loro “concept”: “amicizia, libertà, onestà e vivere per ottenere il meglio da ogni minuto della vita.... cercando di agire e pensare in modo intelligente, ma godendo delle cose semplici, come le nostre bici”. E intanto ti fanno cosette deliziose come queste…
The way you ride is the way you are
Those "guys" of Riding in Circle finally announced a restart, the new headquarters should be ready soon, so to spread their way of thinking: “friendship, freedom, honesty and living to get the best out of each minute of life .... trying to act and think in a smart way, but enjoying the simple things, like our bikes”. Meanwhile they produce delicious things like these ...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Søren Sögreni has devoloped a nice and elegant way of parking bicycles in the streets. The stand will soon be tested in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Elegance in motion
“Its history traces back to the times when granddad Guglielmo Bernardi would get on his bike armed with saddles and tyres and head off to seek his fortune travelling through the towns of Romagna in search of new customers and good deals. Later on, his son Natalino transformed this small activity into a solid and organized business by opening a laboratory in the town of Forlimpopoli. The third generation, represented by his two sons Marco and Gianluca Bernardi, have given life to a well-structured entrepreneurial reality which produces and trades high - quality bike components for more than 1000 customers in Italy. So, in 2007 they gave life to Cigno La Bicicletta, the result of a sophisticated design, combining the chrome frame elegance of the ‘50s with the technical reliability of modern materials and parts”.
Monday, July 13, 2009
From the heart of Romagna comes this new Messenger. Alpina, it’s a matter of fact, produces different types of bicycles since 1976 and the new line, named Anita, is remarkable for its simplicity, taste and elegance. This Messenger, however, does not seems to be either fixed or single speed, besides having a chain guard and two fenders too, even if the design reminds unmistakably an urban bike courier.
No need to roll up your pants to protect them from your greasy chain; simply fasten this denim cuff around your jeans. The cuff comes in three colors and is made by Parisian denim doyens APC. The extra leg is a garment accessory that allows you to really protect your pants when you ride your bike without looking like an idiot. Just wrap them around your pants, they self attach with Velcro, and leave your trousers untouched and protected from your bike.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The effect is curious, that’s why the Finnish Santtu Mustonen who currently lives in Amsterdam, thought to replicate it with many other forms and create a unique artistic style. This is titled Slightly moving, but you must see it on his website.
Product & industrial designer based in London, Kai Malte Röver is currently studying a masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London. He graduated in 2006 with a degree in industrial/product design from the htw-dresden, studied in Finland at the lahti university of applied sciences institute of design. This little Bike pump is a project created for bicycles lovers.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
"The perfect pair pants for life on and off the bike. Crisply professional looking in the office but you can rock them like Dickies with sneakers or boots. They stretch, breathe and are abrasion resistant for comfort in motion. Self cleaning, water and grease resistant to handle the elements. Tailored in New York City for style and quality, these pants are designed for the ultimate in versatility, both socially and technologically. This is the best technical fabric around, you'll stay cool and dry no matter how hard you ride. It's water resistant and quick drying, so no worries if the sky turns against you. It stretches as you ride, but drapes beautifully off the bike. You could rock it with a sport coat and oxfords or a hoodie with sneakers. More importantly you can wear it without thinking, wear it like a second skin, wear it like a classic that works in any occasion". Outlier.
Vélo à pignon fixe
There is an Italian cycling champion from the 50s, originary from Rovetta, who finished racing in 1965 went to Canada, while in 1975 opened near Montreal Cycle Marinoni, where they build every day about 2000 bikes: he is called Giuseppe Marinoni. This is his vélo à pignon fixe.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
From Milan comes this fixed of quality and great taste, with the track geometry and affordable price (€ 650, without saddle) called Acciaio (Steel). Frame in steel with junctions made in Italy, perforated fork, the wheels, the rims, the pipe and the handlebars are made by Ciclistica; crank Lasco track teeth 46, hubs Novatec, pinion JoyTech, knobs OuryGrip, tires Vittoria Rubino, VP MTB pedals . Color only black and ... steel.
Il marchio d'abbigliamento RVCA in collaborazione con la rinomata azienda ciclistica Cinelli ha annunciato un progetto di collaborazione ciclismo-arte, "Pressione". Caratterizzato da una serie di biciclette Cinelli costruite e progettate da artisti moderni come Barry McGee, Ashley Macomber, Clare Rojas, CR Stecyk III, Dan Murphy, DMOTE, Jesse Geller, Josh Lazcano, KAWS, Madsaki, Phil Frost, PM Tenore e Stephen Powers, il partenariato è stato intrapreso per rendere omaggio alla passione di entrambe le società per il design e l'eccellenza nei rispettivi campi e attesta l'indiscutibile legame sotterraneo tfra l'arte e la cultura della bici solidificatasi nel corso degli ultimi anni.
Clothing company RVCA in conjunction with renowned cycling company Cinelli have announced a collaborative cycling art project, “Pressure.” Featuring an array of Cinelli bikes built and designed by such modern artists as Barry McGee, Ashley Macomber, Clare Rojas, C.R. Stecyk III, Dan Murphy, DMOTE, Jesse Geller, Josh Lazcano, KAWS, Madsaki, Phil Frost, PM Tenore and Stephen Powers, the partnership has been undertaken to pay tribute to both companies’ passion for design and excellence in their respective fields and attests to the undeniable link between underground art and track bike culture that has solidified in recent years.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Pietro Battistello was a bike craft producer for the major retailers in North-Italy. In 1967 he founded Cicli Blume snc where afterword went to work his son Nico. Some generation-gap but soon the family harmony was back and with it the idea of a wonderful Vintage, whose Naked version is the bare essential and minimalist as a real fixed (or single speed) has to be.
To solve the problem of your bike pants, in addition to the above-mentioned Trouser Clip, Bicyclefixation proposes these classic wool knickers. Elegance returns to bicycling with the Classic Wool Knickers. You no longer need to look like a freak or a slob to use your bicycle for commuting, shopping, visiting, dining, or any other two-wheeled travel that lands you in destinations frequented by non-cyclists. Knickers have been tested in rush hour, on Critical Mass, at the office, and in restaurants and malls, and they have proven themselves every time.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Bikes are great modes of transportation. They are easy, pretty care-free and, as a form of urban mobility, really quite efficient. And with better awareness of the challenges of climate change, it´s no surprise that cycling is booming. Bikes are no longer a poor relation to the car but an active lifestyle choice. More than ever, your choice of bike says a lot about you, whether your style is classic, cruiser or fixie. But very few bike parts manufacturers have adapted to this change. Most bike parts have been developed for performance markets – road, track, mountain bike. Or they are so generic that it is hard for consumers to choose parts which reflect their style and identity.Danish design company Goodmorning Technology offers the answers with The bike porter.
Polnago polo mallet
Did you recognize this logo? Right, this is indeed Colnago’s one. A bizarre British bike polo player has thought of this brand for his bike polo mallet.
Bike as a design project
Since graduating from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, Dominic Hargreaves has chosen to go on to the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art (RCA). Folding bike
is a project that will facilitate the commuters who want to avoid hours of traffic in the city, while iQ bike lock will avoid surprises to bike owners.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Made in the best way
Sunday, July 05, 2009
The wooden bycyle two
Even the brilliant Søren Sögreni does not avoid the temptation to draw a wooden bike, by defining his idea "a development project for the future."
The icon of cycling blues
In Smethwick, West Midlands, about 125 miles northwest of London, in Downing Street you can find the Brooks England Ltd. Mr. J.B. Brooks founded the company in 1866 and they still make saddles with the same techniques and materials used at that time, only improved in some detail. This Swift Titanium is perhaps one of the more elegant, traditional, racing, luxurious and lightweight (370 gr.) saddle among the many that Brooks produces since one and a half century, confirming itself, without any doubt, the leading company in the bike saddle making.
Wood fiber as a modern material
This beautiful bike with the frame entirely made of wood comes from the sophisticated pen of Arndt Menke-Zumbrägel. The young German designer, graduated in Berlin, built it in 2008 calling it Holzweg (literally: woodenway) and starting from the conceptual research subject: "Wood fiber as a modern material. The development of a new pipe material from layers of wood fiber. The development of a new system of damping from layers of ash."
Saturday, July 04, 2009
White chocolate mint mousse
I already talked about the guys from London of 14bikeco that made me fond of fixed. Here's a recent example of what they can do. In this work of art, White chocolate mint mousse, for example, I appreciate the sober style, the softness of the colors, the elegance, the magnificent proportions. And they are also true masters in making the photos of their "bike of the day". Follow their blog, you will not be disappointed, guaranteed!
Bike Polo Tournament
Today will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a friendly round robin bike polo tournament, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh showing of the Bicycle Film Festival. The bike polo is just a transposition of the traditional polo played on horseback. In the U.S. there is an association (USBPA) that rules the play and helps beginners to make their first steps (indeed, the first cycling).
Sometimes one speed is all you need, says the motto of Robert Egger, designer of Specialized Industrial Design Group, a company vocated to technological innovation. Among the countless products, you can get a stylish fixed gear / single speed by pleasing shapes and with excellent technical specifications: Langster, made in several versions (Las Vegas, Seattle, San Francisco and chrome, as in the photo), is characterized by extreme lightness and flexibility, thanks to its high performance carbon fiber fork. Langster assembled an excellent crankset Sugino Zen Messenger. I saw it and tried it yesterday. I would only change the handlebars, I do not like short drops, and the saddle, too aggressive, for the rest ii looks perfect.
Friday, July 03, 2009
Problems with your pants on the bike? I suggest to wear - bike or not - only those very tight, especially at the bottom and kind of short (in McQueens’ style). I hate those too large. But if you want to protect your trousers and even the chain of your bike, this idea from Danish genius designer Søren Sögreni will be of great help. Only costs 149 Danish Crowns (about € 20) and you will be free to ride and ... a masters of fashion.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
The Italian company that places greater emphasis on fixed-gears, it is undoubtedly the Cinelli and this Bootleg is in my opinion the most elegant and aggressive. In their catalog you can find three race models: Vigorelli, Supercorsa Pista and this bootleg Mystic Rats. Single but also fixed for unforgettable mystic emotions on road and track, with a unique flip flop hub 18 tooth reversible, and Sugino RD2 Messenger. Alloy frame super compact and Columbus carbon fork with 35mm rake. Handlebars Cromolly Track Special. Price above 700 € (but someone has managed to find it cheaper). Ideal for a first approach to fixed, thanks to the hub with a dual function, fixed and free, and the brakes, but with an unmistakable style and with high quality components.
In the mountain biking “Mecca” of the U.S., on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan, in Marquette, established Andy Gregg, a designer who has spent many years among bikes and bike shops. Bike Furniture Design was founded in 1990 and produces items of furniture manufactured exclusively by parts of bicycles and components in disarmament, in the style of 'modern classic'. The fans are invited to consult the extensive catalog and especially to send materials(as to say it) to "re-cycle", in exchange for generous discounts on collectible items handmade by the eccentric Andy.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
P.S. per gli intenditori: manopole e sella Brooks, ovviamente...