Full Disclaimer : Legs & Lungs is a project of mine that is meant to act as a motivational force for “the culture of superhumans”, namely runners and cyclists. The entire stock of L&L apparel has recently been diverted to a benefit event so nothing is for sale at this point, but the videos, Facebook page and Instagram feed are still alive and kicking.
This latest video is an interview with ex-Haste The Day singer, Jimmy Ryan, touching on many facets of his life and character, but namely addressing his foray into the world of cycling both as a new passion and a way to drop weight and turn his health around for the better. It’s not for those of short attention span, but I believe it’s worth it.
The Statement bike rack varies little in function from most wall mounted bike racks on the market today, but the style and manufacturing offer something a little out of the ordinary. Instead of a piece of wood or plastic protruding from the wall when not in use, the Statement rack folds up flat to mimic a piece of modern art. The manufacturing is accomplished through sourcing USA wood, which is bended, sanded and laminated by hand in the Statement workshop.
Keeping to the simplicity of the piece itself, the incentives for funding are a Thank You, a branded beanie, and the rack itself. No more, no less. With 17 days to go they are just over halfway to the ultimate funding goal.
We’ve come a long way from large, gaudy, cumbersome bicycle accessories, whether they be pumps, lights, bags, etc., and the fitness tracker, Shine, is another step in the right direction. Aesthetically speaking, Shine is an unashamedly Apple inspired design in it’s sleek, brushed aluminum casing, merely the size of a couple stacked quarters.
The fitness tracking capabilities of the Shine App seem to be pretty standard, but the aesthetics, wearability, and transfer of data process really sets it apart from the rest of the field. The device can be clasped on various parts of your apparel through a simple magnetic clasp or it can be worn my stylistically in watch bands and necklaces that are sold on the Shine website.
The information transfer process simply involves touching the Shine to your smartphone screen, using already established syncing capabilities.
For cyclists, there is the added benefit of the device being completely waterproof (suitable even for swimmers), so riding in the rain poses no malfunction or deterioration issues. And hey, if you’re a triathlete, you can track your entire workout or race from the swim to the bike to the run.
The Shine can be pre-ordered for $99 and is scheduled to ship in July. Wearable accessories range from $19 to $79 and can also be ordered now.
Animal NYC reports that although the full roll-out of the New York Citi Bike Share program is being met with great enthusiasm, it does have it’s detractors…or at least one. A Tribeca bistro owner is quite unhappy that one of the stations is partially blocking his service entrance and will potentially take away automobile parking in the area, so he has staged a sit-in where the stations are to be built.
There is no word if the owner was officially arrested and taken away or if he plans on some further sabotage down the line, but it’s safe to say not everyone is happy about more bikes in NYC. Hater gonna hate, right?
But hey, as this article mentions, the bike share program sold out of it’s first 5000 memberships in the first 30 hours, so sit all you want old man….but you’re probably only going to end butt hurt…like, literally.
Fast Company filmed this short interview on “Managing Chaos” with Kym Perfetto, a bike messenger in NYC for 5 years. Perfetto now leads spin classes at SoulCycle and hosts her own video series, but she also held a part in Premium Rush while acting as the lead double for the ride scenes.