Damn, while I've completely forgotten to do a review of these, in the meantime check out the video above. All I can say now is that they're mad nice if you're looking for some super sturdy real leather double straps. Obviously vegans need not apply here.
Although I didn't advertise it here, I was invited to do my first Pecha Kucha thingy last Friday at one of the events of Tampere Design Week '10. The theme of the night was Urban Cyling and Joonas Le Prince and Timo from Pelago were there with me, among some other speakers. The event was, let's say, an interesting experience... Thanks to the Tampere massive for showing up too.
Also, respect to the girl (pictured above) who rode a fixed Le Prince so smoothly with those platform shoes throughout the whole the fashion show part of the night.
"SCHWEIZER TREND MARK BANKRUPTCY Gorilla Bicycles is at the end of the beginning of July the bankruptcy of the Zurich Fixie specialists was opened.
Last Tuesday, the bankruptcy of the Gorilla AG Zurich was published in the Official Gazette of Commerce. It is clear that the district court by the company first has dissolved July 2010.
Gorilla had created rapidly as a young brand in the Fixie scene a name. The bikes from Zurich were not only in his own shop, but also offers a few selected bike shops in Switzerland and in in stores in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. affected by the bankruptcy next to the gorilla-founder Thomas Schreier are the brothers of the same Friday worship bags manufacturer. They were entered only in the past year as investors gorilla.
No influence again Friday-business Reiterates At the request of Ride.ch Markus, Friday that the failure of gorilla not exercise control over the business with the bags and fashion accessories made from recycled truck tarpaulins has. Even the free Fixie rental system "get a free fix," which has built Friday for the five brand stores in Zurich, Berlin, Hamburg and Davos in the cooperation between gorilla running, remains free."
You probably already saw this somewhere else if you follow any other blogs but I decided to post it too because I dig this much more that many other freestyle/tricks frames out there at the moment.
Basically Puncher is a new soon-to-be released frameset by the Polish MTB/DJ/BMX company Dartmoor. Silesia Fixed "leaked" the first photo above and there should be more info at the Eurobike in September.
Anyhow, Puncher looks pretty cool to my eyes due to its clean and simple lines and if you check out info on their other current frames, things like "multiple butted, seamless Japanese Cr-Mo 4130 tubes", "one-piece hydroformed chainstay tubes for better stiffness and lower weight and perfect shape" and "internal gusset under head tube", which I would image will be features also found in the Puncher frameset, sound all pretty promising. That fact that it's made in the EU is also cool and help keeping the price bit lower for us here on the Old Continent.
Walking through a maze of shrubbery, trees, tires, paint cans and logs the size of wheelbarrows, it was hard to imagine that people raced bicycles there.
"I cannot believe that this has been abandoned in time," said Tom Nardone, founder of the Mower Gang. The small group of volunteers was standing on the Dorais Velodrome in northeast Detroit on Friday. The motto on their shirts said it all, "Winning Detroit's Other Turf War."
Nardone, looking for volunteer work that was fun, started the Mower Gang to revive unkempt public land in Detroit. This was the group's first project.
The goal at the velodrome was simple: clean up the track at Outer Drive and Mound. But the task seemed daunting. Twenty-some years of abandonment had created a patchwork of flora that covered most of the concrete. With donated power tools, the team set to work under a relentless sun.
Slowly but surely, the banked oval began to resemble its former self. More volunteers showed up, many meeting for the first time. Bicycles began to appear at the track's edge and scattered under infield trees. By late afternoon, the velodrome was silent as the Mower Gang reaped its reward.
"I'm super impressed with what they've done in just a day," said Jon Hughes, owner of Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop. His grandfather helped build the velodrome in 1969 and it was the first track that he rode as a child. He remembers when it bore national and world champions. Now, with a smile on his face, Hughes was riding the oval once again. The track was ridable for the first time in years. Large cracks made it more suitable for mountain bikes than fine-tuned racing bikes, but this day was about celebrating a forgotten Detroit relic and encouraging public use.
"It's really not about getting some 45-year-old guy a better place to ride his bike," said Nardone, reflecting on the Mower Gang's mission.
"It's more about getting 10-, 12-, 13-year-old kids a better place to spend an afternoon."
The group's next project: Aug. 28 at Riverside Park, at the foot of West Grand Boulevard."
Kiddie bikes, big air, mad tricks, smack in the middle of downtown Helsinki! And no not a single fixie skidder in sight, not on the street/park anyway. Yes. Estonia's notorious BMX Jam Simpel Session hits Helsinki this Friday. Big shout-out to Risto and his boys for bringing the session in here.