Tomorrow night, Friday May 1st,Beryl Fine’s San Francisco Bicycle Messengers Book release party will be at Bender’s. Come through and hangout. It’s a great book- 75pp, with Portraits of SF Messengers and cover by Mike Giant. If you remember, Beryl did the messenger calendar last year- so you know it will be good. Come by and I will get a picture of you and Rob Salimo at his best.
I was so excited to find this Schwinn Paramount… I don’t think I have ever been this excited about a bicycle. I would trade what’s left of my liver for it. I just asked the owner for it’s story and I’m still waiting for the reply- Stay tuned.
However, I was super stoked to find it and wanted to share…
Maybe one day if I ever have a child.. this will be the bike for him (or her).
Come out with the SFBC and the Independent for a special screening of Macaframa. Macaframa is a beautiful film by Colin Arlen and Colby Elrick about track bike riding on the streets of San Francisco. Raffle prizes include tickets to Outside Lands Music Festival and Treasure Island Music Festival! Raffle sales benefit the SFBC. Free valet bicycle parking will be provided. For information, or to volunteer as a bike valet, contact Kate@sfbike.org. 21+.
I admit that recently I’ve been working a lot and so I haven’t really had much time for bike-related goodness all together. My life is very work-eat-sleep, work-eat-sleep. I really like to build bikes, so recently I’ve been working on my latest project – an Ebisu 700c all-purpose.
If you don’t know what Ebisus are, head over to Jitensha Studio to have a look-see at what types of bike components and frames they deal. Hiroshi Imura is the owner and mastermind behind the shop. He designs the shop brand frame “Ebisu”, but they can also get their hands on custom Toei frames and Shula (a little more high end than Ebisu). Honjo fenders, LED flashlights, Crane bells, custom stems, randonneuring bags and wool knickers are just a few items in the grand selection you may find at Jitensha.
My main ride, the Bridgestone XO-1 is a wonderful bike. I often wish the top-tube was shorter (I’m already using just a 70mm stem) and I wish it had 700c wheels instead of 26″. I’ve wanted an Ebisu all-purpose for a while ever since my junior year at Berkeley, I would walk pass the store to gawk at the Molteni orange frames hanging in the window. The build just seems so practical – low trail to accommodate a little more load on the front, cantilever brakes for wider tire clearance, eyelet galore, flatbars for comfort and handling, front generator hub and hammered Honjo fenders. The ultimate practical bike for all types of terrain.
Since this is about the only big bike event going on in my life, I’m going to share the build process with all of you while I acquire more parts for it and as the days wind down till the frame arrives!
(and yes, that TA crankset is the one that has been sitting on the shelf at BoxDog for the past year!) I finally broke down and bought it!
Erik emailed me this last Sunday to see if I was down to drive to the swap meet. I was glad I made it down there. Probably one of the best swap meets in the Bay Area. The energy was at full force. There was tons of bike stuff that would make any enthusiast’s jaw Drop- from road racing, to track racing, to dirt riding, to BMX to folder or even cargo bike. There were lines of people around the block to get in- we had to wait in line for thirty minutes. I definitely felt it has gotten much better than when I was there for the first time in 2005.
Here is a fine example of older Cinelli Super Corsa that I would love to hang on my wall.
It was so good that there was even a 1969 Schwinn Paramount P13 road bike chained outside for sale for $2,400…
It was a good Sunday. Back to Cupertino in a week for the BMX show. I will post info later this week. More photos from the swap Here!!!
This morning I read a report from Mikael at the always-awesome Copenhagenize site about the Danish Cargo Bike Championships. Yet another wonderful event that brings together bicycles and community. Tons of Bakfiets and similar racing; it looks like so much fun. Please do hop over to the site and read the full article. AND while you at it, next year the event will be held again on April 10th 2010. Who knows, you might see me there.
By the way, I would love to see Erik Zo win this, or has he been there? 5 time world cargo champ apparently…, gonna give him a ring and ask in a tic…
Filmed over the period of a few months in and around Edinburgh by Dave Sowerby, this video of Inspired Bicycles team rider Danny MacAskill features probably the best collection of street/street tricks…
I stumbled across this photoset while day-dreaming about how life is a long learning process – I am, and will be forever a student: to learn, to understand, and to implement.
This photoset is taken on a North Star Bicycle Tour Group which was organized by Bikecentennial on June 11th , 1982.
Amazing journey. I am inspired.
Short caption from the photo by Larry Hammar:
“The one-of-a-kind U.S.S. Titanic passes by Bear Glacier in British Columbia. This state-of-the-art touring bicycle was created by disassembling a Schwinn Paramount, stripping it of paint, sending it to Sam Braxton who added braze-ons for cantilever brakes, 3 water bottle cages, etc. Then the frame was completely chromed before being re-assembled with Braxton wheels (40 front, 48 rear spokes,Phil Wood hubs). The bottom bracket was a Phil, too. A triple crankset gave a low gear of 21 inches and high of 88 making possible assents of all hills encountered on the way from Missoula, MT to Anchorage, AK. Fenders, with a front mud flap were added, too. Expedition rear carrier & low riders in front completed my ultimate touring machine. This bike never, ever let me down!”
View more photos of the North Star Flickr Photoset here!!!!
Hope everyone remembers that it's Earth Day everyday.