Tuesday, April 28, 2009
'You who do not appreciate this bike, or the looks of it, does not understand
the core of motorcycling, motorcycle technology or design of motorcycles.
Get a Harley engine and follow the given path of what is already in fashion
of bike builders and you are "home safe". Stellan does not follow any design
standards, he is breaking new grounds where no one thought possible.'
"Paul Crowe, The Kneeslider"
Posted by shaun at Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
One of the more interesting US custom builders is Falcon Motorcycles. This embryonic company has already established its credentials: it won the ‘Best Custom’ trophy at the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours last year. And now it’s announced a series of ten custom British motorcycles, named after varieties of the genus Falco. These bikes will be based on classic marques such as Velocette, Vincent, Ariel, BSA, Rudge, Norton and AJS. Probably not coming to a reality TV chopper show any time soon, and all the better for it.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The 100 metre long bicycle flat at the Central Station was built to temporarily store thousands of bikes during the period that old bicycle-stands had to be removed during the large renovation of the surroundings at Central Station. The building was built over water to maximise land-use.
'There are a lot of Californian ‘beach bikes’ around these days. Exotic low riders in metallic paint. I used the rich Dutch cycling history to interpret the low-rider bicycle. The tubing, angular joints and black paint were used in a frame which is a loosely derived from chopper motorcycles. It is both a classic Dutch bicycle and a low-rider.' Marijn van der Poll
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
phtography: David N. Seelig/NYT
There's an encouraging article at The New York Times about bicycle tourism in Portland. The writer doesn't mention any special cycling equipment outside of raingear and he mitigates any trepidation about riding in the rain by mentioning how easy it is to do several times. Here are some more gems from the article:
There is a lot of energy around cycling right now and it’s not just 20-year-old men racing. I see average people out biking.
Roger Geller, Portland Bicycle Coordinator
It’s not unusual to see women riding through the winter in skirts and knee-high boots, followed by athletes training in winter riding clothing
Molly Shultz, Portland cyclist
Go ahead on, Portland with your smart growth and your cycling citizens! I wish all the other sprawling U.S. metro's had just a little bit of what you've got.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Leigh Ledare is an artist who has gained an edgy, provocative reputation over the last couple of years. With his thought provocative works often capturing the sublime, the underground and life on the flipside, Leigh splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. On a recent visit to Europe, he shot these strangely evocative images of Russian biker gangs on the outskirts on Moscow, some even way out to the Ukrainian border.