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Stoopidtaller – The Making of the World’s Tallest Bicycle

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We covered Stoopidtall, Richie Trimble’s 14.5 ft tall bike that reigned supreme at CicLAvia in Urban Velo #37, and he has since followed it up with the 20 ft tall Stoopidtaller. This video gives us all a look at the building and riding of Stoopidtaller, now officially a Guinness World Record holder as the tallest rideable bicycle.

Bike Gob Mocks MacAskill

Bike Gob at the Playgirl Palace from Bike Gob Glasgow on Vimeo.

Bike Gob was not too stoked on Danny MacAskill’s video filmed with the Playboy bunnies, so they made this satirical response.

Funnell – Kickstarter

Well, this is intriguing. After an initial failed Kickstarter, Make It Happen went back to the drawing board and refined their all-in-one backpack jacket combination. Funnell is a backpack with quick pull strings that unveil a hooded rain jacket that covers both the wearer and the backpack. The advantages are obvious, but I couldn’t ignore one snag…how is the jacket washed? I couldn’t tell if the jacket is actually removable from the bag for cleaning, which would be crucial if wearing this on a bike and accumulating sweat.

Regardless, the Kickstarter is off to a powerful start and base level contributions of $139 secure you a pre-order immediately.

The Wolf Pack Hustle 2014 HP Gran Prix

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A more official take on the under-the-bridge sprints event from Wolfpack Hustle, the 2014 HP Gran Prix

Seattle Aftermass Discussion

It’s quite long at nearly an hour of panel discussion, but if this is your sort of thing, Joe Biel from Microcosm Publishing and the creator of the documentary, Aftermass, discusses the video and the changing dynamics related to cycling in a post-critical mass society.

Kickstarter – Orfos Lights


Orfos is running a Kickstarter to fund the production of their bike lights with 360 degree visibility, a unique feature for current lighting systems. They attach by, what look to be, incredibly strong magnets and rival car lights in brightness. The current funding tiers are essentially pre-orders for either a front or rear light with the option to buy both, however, at $119 each (rising to $140 after Kickstarter) I wonder what demographic will pay at this price point. Still, the 360 degree feature is an innovation most light manufacturers should consider.

Curves ‘N’ Turns

CURVES ‘N’ TURNS – Trailer from CURVES 'N' TURNS on Vimeo.

Everything´s getting faster and faster nowadays. This project was an experiment to slow down living, or rather try to find a way of going slowly and to experience travelling to the fullest. By bike from the southern part of Austria to the mediterranean sea like Liguria and Sardegna was the first part of this adventure. Another very important goal was to catch up with local people, to immerse deeper into the local culture and to find waves in a country which isn´t that famous for surfing.

I’m a sucker for bike touring and surfing (though I don’t even surf), so this movie looks rad. Coming Spring of 2015.

Indian Cyclist Problems

Indian cyclists crushed in the rush for prosperity from CHARLOTTE TURNER on Vimeo.

A quick look at cyclist issues in India. And you thought your commute was problematic.

The Cyclist Philosopher

The Cyclist Philosopher from fifty beans on Vimeo.

“My worst day on a bike is better than your best day in the office.”

Riding the Ronde

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Anyone with even a passing knowledge of road racing heritage knows of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and the epic Belgian farm roads and cobbles that make up the route. A couple of years back I had the unforgettable opportunity to ride throughout FLanders and on parts of the course — this video by Joe Baur helps bring it back.

245 kilometers? Cobbled climbs? No problem!

For reasons beyond my comprehension, BMC Switzerland graciously selected me to join five other cyclists from across the globe to join their granfondo experience, more tortuously known as the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Here I document my experience with a bit of Ronde history mixed in for flavor.

Indeed, cycling here does not suck. And someday, I hope to be back on the cobbles of Flanders.

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