Happy Holidays! Tis’ the season…to sue? Unless you’ve been snuggled under a rock somewhere, you’ve probably heard all about Specialized’s scrooge-y ways when they initiated a lawsuit against the owner of Cafe Roubaix bike shop. Just like in Dicken’s classic tale, the ghosts of trademarks past swayed the bicycle company to have a change of heart.
- In some more cheery news, we’ve got a killer gallery from SSCXWC in Philly last weekend, and another from one of the most fun and freaky races around, Bilenky Junkyard ‘Cross.
- Bern introduces the Morrison, a lighter, more ventilated helmet designed with mountain biking in mind, and Xlerad answers the call for an auto-adjusting light.
- If you thought FGFS was cool, check out what these cats are doing on road bikes in Road Bike Party 2; and for those motorists in your life who may need a bit of humanizing, share this video: Dear Motorist.
The weekend is here, layer up and roll out!
Growing up Silca pumps were one of those revered cycling pieces that the old heads would talk about as the gold standard, and something that separated the lifers from the rookies. They are simple and rebuildable, not changing much over the years with readily available parts. More modern designs may be more convenient, but there are lots of decade(s) old Silca pumps in service around the world. Replace the leather washer every now and again and you’re good to go. In recent years that cachet of the brand has waned, unbeknownst to me because the third generation Italian owner was fighting cancer, and a changing market. The framepump market is all but gone and floor pump designs have changed as worldwide manufacturing costs have gone down.
Bicycle Retailer has a great article posted about the recent purchase of Silca by former Zipp engineer Josh Poertner, and his plans for the rebirth of the company.
“There is so much opportunity to bring technology to this category, but there also needs to be time spent and real thought brought to bear around the realization that we exist to create heirloom quality products you will pass on to your children,” Poertner said.
“That was the vision of the brand 100 years ago, and it absolutely has to stay in there today. There are a ton of people making tools or pumps to hit a price point. you know, ‘we need a pump at $59, $79 and $99, make it happen.’ Well, number one, there’s no opportunity in that space, and number two, there’s not a lot of enjoyment in that for me. The point is to sort of merge old world craftsmanship with new world technology.”
Learn a bit about the nearly 100-year old company and the plans to continue the tradition with a new design, while continuing to service the pumps already out there with ongoing replacement parts at www.bicycleretailer.com
Postmates is a phone platform that allows users to ship any item within a given city within an hour, basically allowing consumers and businesses alike to hire a courier for a one-off pickup/delivery run. Via their Get It Now service you can order up most anything you want to have delivered starting at just $5 over the cost of the purchased goods. Currently the app is available for iOS, with a beta Android app newly available for download and real world testing. The service is available in San Francisco, Brooklyn, London and now Washington DC with more cities on the way. I’ve not used it, but it seems to be a pretty slick and well thought out system. Kozmo for a new era? Let’s hope.