We’ve featured Josh Estey’s videos before, and now we share his latest. Fixed Gear California follows an ill-advised tour along the coast on a two-speed fixed/free build. No maps, an overly ambitious goal and a blown out hub cut the trip short, but the video sure is nice.
BikeTags are kind of like the personalized bike license plates that kids love, but for kid-like adults. At just $4 each they’re a low commitment purchase, good for flying your freak flag every day or for that particular group ride. All sorts of messages are available, or submit your own, though I don’t know how wise it would be to ride around with a tag that screams “Beer!” or “Weed!”, though maybe you live in Colorado or Washington where at least the latter won’t get you searched by an observant officer. Tie one on at www.mybiketag.com
In Italy there are more than 4,000 miles of highways and nearly 50 million vehicles but in 2012 — for the first time since the 50′s — more bikes than cars had been sold. This films aims to document a 500 mile cycling route along the river Po through norhtern Italy, hitting the sights and countryside of Italy that provide the backdrop to so many cycling dreams. If you like what you see and what to help fund the film production, check out their Indiegogo campaign.
Most people have no business trying to rattle can their bike — it usually just ends up a drippy mess. Put some high quality automotive quality Plutonium Paint in the right hands and you can end up with a pro, custom paint job even if artist Ryan Humphrey didn’t even fully disassemble the Pure Fix bike.
Barbumps are small add-ons to drop bars that give a customizeable platform on either the front or back of the bar to relieve hand pressure. People have been double wrapping bars or adding gel layers under the bar tape for ages, but Barbumps change the shape of the bar to better suit your hands, reminding me of the ergonomic flat bar grips that people either love or hate. By using either two or four Barbumps you can add a significant amount of surface area with an insignificant weight penalty, perfect for folks that suffer numb hands on long rides. Put them on top of the tape at first until you find the position you like, and lock it in under the tape once you’ve figured the positioning out. A $20 pledge on their Kickstarter gets you a single pair, a $30 pledge gets two pairs. Designed and made in the USA, even the packaging is local to Grand Rapids MI.