I think I've somehow missed this whenever the trailer first came out. Or maybe it's because I've never been the biggest fan of Nike or Lance. Looks good anyhow.
"AllOrNothingproductions.com present 'London to Paris', directed by Grace Ladoja, documents 10 riders from all over the world making the track bike journey from London to Paris to meet Lance Armstrong as the Tour De France 2009 comes to a close. Made in association with Nike Sportswear's CTRS project, the film's NYC premiere is set for late October 2009"
Recycled 'green' product of the day: Retired Belts, made out of skidded-out Vittoria Randonneurs by Dylan Bigby.
"As you can imagine, the tires go much quicker when you must rely on them as brakes. So in an attempt to offset the guilt I felt for burning through tires twice a month, I started thinking of ways I could reuse them. I had seen tire phone holsters at bike shops. But I wanted to make something that could be worn by almost anyone that served a useful purpose and had style. The most obvious thing that came to mind, given the shape of tires, was a belt. Given the nature of using repurposed materials, I wanted to use as little virgin materials as possible. So, after a few prototypes and mistakes, I have found the right process. I hand make all the belts individually from tires ridden in San Francisco."
"While driving down the road one day, Charles Diaz grew upset at seeing a man riding his bike on a busy street with his 3 year-old son. So he shot him in the head. Thankfully, the bullet narrowly missed his skull, instead getting lodged in the cyclists' helmet. Well, Diaz has just been sentenced for admitting to nearly murdering a man by firing a gun towards his head--and he's received a paltry 4 months in jail.
120 days. For coming as close to killing someone in cold blood as you possibly can without actually doing so."
Virtual visit to Matsuda-san's famous framebuilding studio in Tokyo.
"Sumio Matsuda has been the president of the Keirin Framebuilder's Association for quite some time. Matsuda joined Matsuda bicycle factory in 1968, began building competition track frames in 1975, and received NJS endorsement in 1980. The frames produced by Matsuda Bicycle initially branded "La Velo," but this was changed to "LEVEL" shortly thereafter. The factory is based in Tokyo, and has recently been relocated to the Arakawa-Ku ward. ... LEVEL framesets have changed very little in appearance over the years. The simple and somewhat demure appearance is matched with the absolute highest caliber of construction and finish. Each LEVEL is designed specifically for the rider and the events and tracks being raced, and as such can not be limited to a single tubeset. The current base price for a frame and fork is 136,500 JPY (headset and bottom bracket not included)."
Tuukka's trusty old Rossin Ghibli road frame finally died sometime ago when the seat tube broke for the second time. The frame was handed over to ChopperOlli, some time passed and this is what it looks like now, in the last pic below. Looking forward to seeing how it ends up finally.
A cone broken off somebodys' Profile Fixed Hub. And these were supposed to be some burly American-made hubs from a respected BMX brand, yeah? Ok, of course stuff sometimes breaks, especially if abused, but still this makes me wonder a bit about their design...
Model 155 from 1970s. Sure, the crest design is ripped right off from Cinelli but I'll give credit just because of the rarity. Everyone and their mother has Cinelli Criterium bars but not everyone has these.
T-Shirts with nice reflective design from Berlin. From HERE.
"Let’s glow in the dark ! We want to offer handlebar freaks a possibility to make themselves visible in aggressive urban traffic without having to look like a christmas tree. All t-shirts are produced by labels known for their high standards quality of materials and a care for the environment."
Here it is finally. A cheap sealed bottom bracket with ISO taper 109mm axle for your Sugino 75s, Suntour Superbe Pros, Dura-Ace 7600s, Campagnolo Pistas, Miche Advanced or other ISO square taper track cranks.
"The number one question/email we get is..."Does anyone offer a reasonably priced sealed cartridge bottom bracket for the Sugino 75 track crankset, a true 109mm ISO taper bottom bracket?". The answer for a very long time was unfortunately "no". Well, after searching high and low (for what seems like a millennium)we found a manufacturer!
We have a few local messengers riding the first samples and they have been holding up superbly well. Granted it's no White Industries or Phil Wood with replaceable bearings; but it's also a fraction of the price."