Thursday, April 29, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Our first frame made at Bicidoc, Sampa, San Vito (TN, Italy). Thanks to all the guys of the workshop, to the organizers and especially to Gianni Pegoretti.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
With the arrival of the spring in my place, Milano Marittima, there is a great ferment of life guards who are starting to restore their cabins on the beach. All around it’s a sparkling of colors with bright backgrounds of sand, without the big umbrellas, and the deep blue sea. One of my favorites is called Amarissimo and its dominant colors are white, red with a bit of gray. This bike was born in spring, and I wanted to dedicate it to that place that reminds me of relax and pleasure, and to which it is inspired in terms of combinations of colors.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Every Fissa-azione bicycle is a unique design object that you won't find anywhere else. Every part is assembled, finished and fine-tuned by hand, in Milano Marittima, Italy. All the Fissa-azione bikes are fixed gear only (with the exception of some vintage restoration). The final result is that every Fissa-azione bicycle will be different from the other and will be a unique design object. Fissa-azione bikes are made only with the best components and is a design project that can be made together with the customer. Every Fissa-azione bicycle is tested, run in and ridden by us for 5/10 km before been given to the customer, therefore there will never be a bike with loose bolts or wrong settings.
The new frontier of urban mobility on two wheels is called "fixed gear", as to say a bike with a fixed gear. Its ancestor is the first bicycle ever built, simple, essential, functional: a steel frame, two wheels, pedals and handlebars. The brakes and everything else came later. In sport it is used on the track, the velodrome, but is now back in vogue thanks to the North American "messengers" who, back in the '80s, began to ride around in large cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, where they were doing their job as pony express. Soon the new trend has spread to the other great cities like London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo and now also in Milan, Turin, Rome and Bologna, and so now the fixed are no longer prerogative only for "messengers." The primary technical feature sets is simple: the hub of the rear wheel is screwed to a cog that moves along the hub, just fixed, so that riding the wheel it will go ahead, but the wheel goes back riding backward, and stopping the pedals, the wheel stops, thus functioning as the only brake available. According to Italian laws, you need brakes on both wheels of the bike, so some fixed is also equipped with small brakes on the front wheel (a little ugly and rather useless on a fixed). Riders challenge each other in ability, not just dashing in the city traffic, but also gathering in places where they challenge in "tricks" or skills that you may see otherwise only in a circus. Even bike polo has spread rapidly thanks to fixed aficionados. The basic rules of this game follow the main one that says: "there are no rules, but fair play”. Riding a fixed gear is a unique experience and emotion, as well as a challenge to ourselve: who tries it does not turn back anymore.
Starting from craftship, passing through technology and ending to art: that's how you can define Bauhaus. Walter Gropius (photo) is considered the father of this movement, he codified it and reinterpreted the classic tradition of building techniques, changing it in a new "art of building" whose basic idea was the search of essence through a process of reduction of the redundant. With him, the various "masters" such as Mies Van Der Rohe, Lecorbusier (pseudonym of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret), Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, Eric Mendelsohn and others, as in the visual arts, Vasilij Kandinsky or Paul Klee. Gropius was fond of saying that we needed to simplify and have great attention to detail, its famous mottoes were "less is more" and "God is in the details."Fixed gears get also inspiration from these principles, reducing to essential the components of the simple steel frame, but with most attention to good taste and design.
SALVARE LE CITTA’ DALLO SMOG RIMETTENDOSI IN FORMA - TO SAVE THE CITY FROM SMOG GETTING BACK IN SHAPE
Many people tried to face the ecological items through the healthy habit of cycling in our cities crowded with cars and smog. This also allows us to keep in good shape, riding every day for a few kilometers. The bikes do not use fuel, do not pollute, occupy very little space in the streets and in parking lots and move quickly in any urban area, sometimes even faster than cars, considering the rush-hour traffic jams. Not mentioning the unnecessary stress of being closed for hours in the narrow space of a car. Many fashionists are dedicating beautiful clothes specially designed for urban cyclists, so as not to have to give up the pleasure of dressing in style but also in a practical and functional way. There is no excuse: we need to change things, starting from ourselves. Paraphrasing a famous J.F. Kennedy’s motto we could say: ask not what your city can do to improve the quality of your life, ask what you can do to improve the quality of life in your cities.