Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
'Who really makes your bike? It is a simple enough question. Country of origin has traditionally been a touchy subject for brands that rely on Asia-based ‘manufacturing partners’, let alone revealing who the partners are. Discovering the factory behind the brand is a stubbornly topical pastime amongst bicycle consumers. What’s all the fuss about?'
Posted by shaun at Tuesday, February 21, 2012
French designer Philippe Starck in collaboration with French car brand Peugeot has developed a bike for the city of Bordeaux, France's bike sharing program. The new two-wheelers are set for production as part of the mu by peugeot program.
[images © peugeot] [via designboom ]
Check out the video here
Monday, February 20, 2012
'Thirty Century Man
Antony Crook Shoots Record-Breaking Cyclist James Bowthorpe On the Road in Norway
James Bowthorpe is the round-the-world champion cyclist who beat the previous record by an epic 20 days. This summer he found himself in the isolated Norwegian countryside in the middle of a “white” night with director Antony Crook and stylist Glenn Kitson for Crook's film 30 Century Man. "We were so far north the sun never set. I wanted the film to somehow give a sense of what James had achieved and the idea of him being alone, somewhere wild and isolated,” says Crook, who was carrying new demos by Scottish alt-rockers Mogwai at the time of filming. Listening to “How to Be a Werewolf” on repeat while driving around looking for shoot locations, he says, seemed to fit perfectly with the landscape. When Mogwai saw the footage, the group decided to remix the song, tailor-making a version exclusively for the film. The result spectacularly captures the notion of circumnavigating the earth. “We found the perfect backdrop to tell this story of somebody who points his bike at the horizon and then doesn't stop pedaling. It's a film about never giving up,” says Crook. Bowthorpe shares the details of his latest feats here. '
Saturday, February 18, 2012
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What you need
A bike (preferably a fixed-gear bike, or ‘fixie’, as it has less parts and is much easier to paint), bike assembly/disassembly tools, a Y Allen wrench, nylon string, masking tape, paint brush, spray paint primer (2 bottles), spray paint white flat (3 bottles), phosphorescent paint (4 ounces for frame, 4 ounces for tires), spraypaint high-gloss overcoat, and helmet.
1. Disassemble your bike
2. Then, tape up all the parts that you don’t want painted, as well as the bike chain.
3. Prime the parts with a layer of paint (doesn’t have to be a thick layer to cover the previous paint), and let it dry for 24 hours in a place with good ventilation.
4. Then spray paint it white—with as many light coats to make the bike really white (as that the phosphorescent paint glows better on a very white background). But with each layer, let it dry.
5. Use a paintbrush to apply the phosphorescent paint in even coats (uneven coats causes uneven glowing). Apply more coats for a brighter glow—but allow each layer plenty of time to dry.
6. After letting the last coat dry for 72 hours, apply the clear protecting coat.
7. Now ‘charge’ the bike’s glow by exposing the paint to bright light or black light.
[more on Instructables and DesignTaxi]
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
'My Bike' is a 72-bulb chandelier installed within Paris' concept design store Merci until February 18, 2012. Conceived by British designer Tom Dixon, the technical and formal aspects of the sculptural lighting piece are derived from the engineered efficiency of a standard bicycle wheel, whereby the bulbs are arranged around a large spoke-like structure.
[text and photo: Designboom]
Sunday, February 5, 2012
'‘Like Riding a Bike’ is a campaign designed to try and change the way non-cyclists view cycling. The campaign references those carefree, happy days of childhood cycling, free-wheeling downhill with the wind in your hair moments.
This film is about how we captured the images - by stopping passing cyclists and getting them to agree to take part, be photographed and tell us the story of their journey.
A lot of people who may be considering the bike as an option see people out there on bikes that are really sports orientated, wear a lot of lycra with loads of technical gear, and they don’t associate themselves with that.
This campaign is trying to change that image and show that anyone can ride a bike.'
by Dominic Latham-Koenig