Archive for the ‘out-there’ Category

Insane Valparaiso street DH

Slovenian BMX nut Filip Polc films his own descent of a special downhill course in Valparaiso, Chile.

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This pinstripe-wearing loon almost hits a dog…

Tears in the rain

I made only 5 commute legs last week, but on every single one I got drenched. Standing at my side gate on Thursday evening, fumbling with a set of keys, I turned to look at the rain drizzling around a street lamp, and recalled Blade Runner.

Asian bike round-up

Rickshaws in Kathmandu.

Rickshaws in Kathmandu.

Abandoned bike in Kathmandu.

Abandoned bike in Kathmandu.

I'm wondering how the fruit vendor stays upright when on the move...

I'm wondering how the fruit vendor stays upright when on the move...

A brief bike-related retrospective from my trip to Nepal. Please enjoy the full photo set.

Extreme favela DH

via Millsy.

Chris Gilmour – cardboard bike

BIKES (installation view) cardboard and glue life size 2003 by Chris Gilmour.

BIKES (installation view) cardboard and glue life size 2003 by Chris Gilmour.

Artist Chris Gilmour has created a bike out of cardboard. Rendered in fascinating detail, Gilmour’s Blue Peter rig brings a new frame material to the age-old carbon-steel-alu-ti debate. The question is, how does it handle in the wet?

Via Hello Bauldoff.

Damien Hirst Madone

Damien Hirst styles the Trek Madone.

Damien Hirst styles the Trek Madone.

Trek has commissioned a number of high-profile designers to design new paint schemes for its range of Madone road bikes. Check out the Damien Hirst gallery and lots more via the Trek Flickr stream

Via @lancearmstrong.

World’s Most Dangerous Road

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My workmate Felipe sent me a link to an article about biking the ‘World’s Most Dangerous Road’ – which turns out to be in Bolivia, not at Elephant & Castle, as I previously thought. It’s added to the ‘I will ride this before I’m 60′ list.

Girls on bikes

'Bicycle bling for geared up girls'.

'Bicycle bling for geared up girls'.

Finally, fashion gets interesting. 

Cyclodelic is a fashion label for girls who ride bikes. Read more on the LCF website, then buy some bling.

Danny Macaskill trials

Great Edinburgh street scenes on this video. Huge trials skills as well, clearly.

By the way this video is turning into a big viral hit, even Lance Armstrong tweeted it. Massive bonus for Band of Horses.

The Ride of the Living Dead

Poster design by Cricket Press.

Poster design by Cricket Press.

Another bike-related find courtesy of Christian‘s Colourschool blog. The poster is hand-printed by Cricket Press, and you can buy direct from their website (although, sadly, this particular poster is no longer available).

I like the mention of ‘Al’s Bar’ at the finish.

Do zombies’ legs feel pressure or do they ride without pain? I’m thinking of Tom Simpson’s final moments on the Ventoux during the 1967 Tour de France. Ripped on amphetamine and half a bottle of brandy, he demanded to be put back on his bike when he fell off the first time. The second time he fell off he was probably already dead from heart failure, his hands gripping the bars so hard his fingers had to be prised off by the Tour doctor. My guess is Simpson had long since stopped feeling pain on that brutal mountainside – his ascent was indeed the Ride of the Living Dead.