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About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

Survival Bike

I’m not sure if the engine can be turned off in the event of apocalyptic gas shortages, enabling straight drivetrain engagement…but let’s just pretend.
surival bike

From their disclaimer:

Operating this motorized bicycle or bicycle engine kit involves some risk of bodily injury…We are not responsible for injuries and/or damages resulting from operating this motorized bicycle or bicycle engine kit…Obey all traffic regulations. Always wear a helmet while riding. Remember that you are riding a motorized bicycle and other traffic may not be able to see you. Never operate your motorized bicycle on a pedestrian through way or sidewalk while the engine is running.

In the event of apocalypse…all disclaimer advice is irrelevant.

Via Motopeds

Bikeable Zoo

zoo2Let’s be real here…this is NOT going to happen, but sometimes design firms have too many workers and need to keep them occupied, so they pitch ideas that tend to be a little far-fetched. Maybe I’m being overly cynical here, but let’s entertain the idea of this project regardless. The Danish design firm BIG pitched a concept for overhauling the current zoo in Givskund, Denmark. In this redesign, they have spectators viewing the animals in a more direct manner, but with less perceived intrusion. One way they do this is by having people riding in, what look like, bubble bikes, with a mirrored surface so the people can’t be seen by the animals.

My first thought when I saw this design was, “Have you ever seen an animal look at itself in the mirror?” That never turns out good. I can imagine a primate or other predator animal feeling threatened by the reflection and attacking the bubble bikes, knocking them over and pounding the crap out of them. But hey, that will be an animal encounter a young child will never forget.

Then there are the mechanical issues. What happens with flat tires, broken chains, operators ignoring the red lights of the jungle and speeding through a herd’s attempt at an enclosed stampede?

Ok, I kid. Let’s look at the pictures of the Jetson’s bikes we’ll be riding in the future.
zoo3zoo1

Via AnimalNewYork

BikeTrails

BikeTrails by STOPNOWHERE™ from STOPNOWHERE on Vimeo.

BikeTrails is a ride diary by STOPNOWHERE, but instead of just being a traditional log, it’s also a way to engage with a larger BikeTrails community online, challenging each other in a Strava-like way, but with a more analog approach.

BikeTrails can be purchased for approximately $26 here.

Idaho to Oregon: The Final Days

IDAHO TO OREGON : THE FINAL DAYS from Kate Dougherty on Vimeo.

Ben Towill and friends rode from Colorado to Oregon, documenting the trip along the way. I’m digging the 70s surf movie feel of their videos, this final piece being the last leg of the trip, concentrating more on the details of riding rather than the journey itself. Towill explains the reason behind this ride along parts of the TransAmerican Bike Trail,

I am riding for a New York charity called Just Food, an organization working to make NYC a healthier place to live and eat, and will be working with them on their Youth Community Chefs program.These inspiring young people are participating in urban farming and gardening initiatives and then sharing their knowledge of and passion for good food with their neighbors.

Johnathan Ball – Bombtrack

Johnathan Ball | Bombtrack Welcome from JBall on Vimeo.

Johnathan Ball keeps you dizzy with an edit from the last year of FGFS for Bombtrack.

Hardbrakers – Live Fast Ride Faster

HARDBRAKERS – Live fast ride faster from Hardbrakers on Vimeo.

Nothing more than beautifully shot eye candy ride porn…and that’s ok with me. The dudes from Hardbrakers cruising around the streets of Hamburg.

YNOT Pan-Yay!


YNOT have been making solid bags for years now, and their new line is only an advancement on previous designs. They are launching the line on August 21st, through a Kickstarter campaign, and your pre-order contribution starts at $100 for Early Backers. As the video shows, the bags have a clever rack attachment system that is incredibly adjustable so that almost every style of rack is accommodated. They allow for easy attachment, removal and carrying, without needing to buy a brand specific rack system. Let’s hope the delivery on pre-orders is by the October 2014 date they have established.

If you’re in the Toronto area, they will be showcasing the line at a launch party on August 21st.

Bicycle Part Thumb Piano


Hey, sometimes you can’t even GIVE away your old bicycle parts, so why not repurpose them into musical instruments? This dude will show you how.

FLUX by Torch Update


Disclosure: I pre-ordered one of these FLUX packs through their initial Kickstarter campaign and have been anticipating it’s release for almost 1 year and a half now. Torch recently let backers know that after the release of the T1 helmet, the FLUX pack is almost ready to follow, but first they are pushing forward with a stretch campaign to grow their line of products. The pack will still be available to initial backers first, but you can also get a first production release through helping fund this stretch campaign as well. I’m really looking forward to putting this bag through it’s paces and reporting back with a review.

Torch Fundable Campaign

Bicycle Chain Cufflinks

photo 3Is there anything bike chains can’t be turned into? Hand-made one at a time by craft artists, Linda and Ann, in Oregon, these beautiful cufflinks are made out of reclaimed bicycle chains. Each cufflink starts as a used bicycle chain, before they go through a rigorous cleaning process in order to be hand brazed into these cycling inspired cufflinks. The four links are then brazed onto the brass base plate before they are given one final clean.

You can purchase these cufflinks through the online bicycle boutique, BicycleAge, out of Sydney Australia, for around $50 each. They come packed in a synthetic-leather case and are ready for wrapping and gifting.

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