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

Latvian Cycle Protest

bike carFrom Design Boom: During this year’s european week of sustainable mobility, a branch of latvian cyclists part of the “let’s bike it” community staged a creative protest, which effectively — and cleverly — showed that cars with single occupants take up way too much space.

This is by no means a new tactic of transportation protest, but it’s nice to see the spirit carried on, and hey, the frames might act as something of a crash proof carriage in case of collision. European Mobility Week is over, but you can get a recap of the proceedings here.

Miss Platinum

I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in this Warriors type of scenario, but the repeated cameo’s by some fixed gang rocking Monkey Lights on their spokes is pretty cool.

Gallant Bicycles

Gallant Bicycles (who happen to be directly below the YNOT space) have launched this kickstarter to bring their advanced customization bike frames to market. Unique from most entry level customized bikes, Gallant is offering higher quality products and more options to customize at similar price points, instead of just letting the buyer choose color schemes and bar options. Gallant is looking to get initial backer rewards out by the beginning of 2015 or Spring at the latest, some of which can entail full builds.

MOBB Weekend

PrintThe Atlanta cycling club is throwing this MOBB weekend shindig on Oct 24 – 26 consisting of various rides, parties, a checkpoint race and more. Checkpoint race participants are shooting for a Leader frame, cash and a Chrome jersey.

More specifics can be found on the MOBB Facebook page.

Arnette Anything But Video Series

Arnette interviews their athletes about the passions that are separate from their primary interests, in this case, pro skater Mark Appleyard discusses what appeals to him about cycling. I love his unpretentious approach to riding, sans brand name dropping, or over-romanticized notions of what it is to ride. He’s just a dude enjoying the bike.

Via Monster Children

The Making of the Kryptonite Messenger Collection – Part 2

The Making of the Kryptonite Messenger Collection – Part 2 from Kryptonite Lock on Vimeo.

Consider it the trickle down effect, but anything good for locking up messenger rides is going to be good for the general cycling public. Kryptonite conducts focus groups with messengers to create this new line of lock adaptations for a coming winter line.

See part one here.

Hell Ride

Hell Ride – High Noon from State Bicycle Co. on Vimeo.

Let’s pretend summer isn’t slipping away just yet.

RHC Barcelona Recap

RED HOOK CRIT BARCELONA 2014 CHAPTER 02 from POLOANDBIKE on Vimeo.

An informative and intense recap of this year’s Barcelona Red Hook Criterium

The Stolen Bike Buffet

bike-stealing_lwmmltThe Seattle Met published a good piece on the typical pathways a stolen bicycle will take, from broken lock to Craigslist, and all the hassles of effectively getting it back into your hands. Speaking from personal experience, hunting down a bike yourself is far better than going to the police, as this story also alludes.

When an SPD cruiser finally showed up “a couple cigarettes later,” police informed the dispirited blogger that the alley where he’d almost gotten screwed was technically outside city limits, in White Center. So Fucoloro called the King County Sheriff, then set up another buy using a different cellphone.

As is to be expected though, there is little recourse we have in preventing bike theft in the first place, short of purchasing the incoming technologies involving GPS tracking…which is a welcomed development.

For most though, a bicycle becomes a sunk cost the moment it goes missing. If you love your bike, write down the serial number, take some photos, register online, and buy a lock commensurate with its value.

Chrome X Cinelli

chromeChrome and Cinelli have teamed up to create a slick line of products including a standard roll top, hat, utility bag and T-shirt. I’m digging the vibrant color scheme and simplistic angular aesthetic. Launched at Interbike, you can see a full line of product photos here.

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