Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
How a sewing machine works. I love stuff like this!
A brief aside (also learned/stolen from driverchris):
"A small nugget that I wasn't aware of; The word countach is an exclamation of astonishment in the Piedmontese language — generally used by men on seeing an extremely beautiful woman. While the term is often considered untranslatable into English, it is essentially equivalent to the British verbalization "Phwoar". Or, it can also be considered the verbal equivalent of a wolf-whistle. Seems appropriate."
We had a huge turnout for Tuesdays ride, I think the head count reached around 22 at one point.
*legal disclaimer: the gate was open, we just felt like a challenge
We found ourselves among the wool stores at the port, where the trick kids did tricks, the sprinters had a flex, and those bent on tyre destruction took part in a couple of impromptu skid competitions. The 5.0 rolled up while this was going on, basically said the universal call of "do a skid" and left us to it. Occasionally you get a good one.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
With the combination of forgotten survival kit, pinch flat, borrowed tube with short stem, and deep rims I could have used one of these the other night.
Still, I was better off than the guy I found stranded at 1am last night having been harassed and had his tyre slashed. Gave him my spare tube, some glue and patches and went on my way, I hope he made it the 30 odd km's he had to cover.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Inspired by this Merc post over on Speed Seekers I had to go through my archive and pull out a few images. My 280CE is currently in about 5 shades of paint and primer with all it's trim stuffed into the boot. Still deciding on colour, I think matte black is still the front runner, or matte charcoal at least.
[ohoh2 beat me to posting my own photos!]
Here are a few shots from the Wheaty at the end of the run . I was hoping to get some footage during the race but there's no time for that when dodging buses, pedestrians and fellow riders!
[That's Rick's winning bike against the pole, I can't remember what it was, but I loved it, so tight!]
[The man in charge doing the all important checkpoint check]
That was my first alleycat, and I loved it! Huge thanks to Jamie for organising it, all the checkpoint volunteers, and all the sponsors for supporting this group of delinquents.
[Rick with his loot]
Oh yeah, I got third! Chuffed with that!
Yeah I stole the title from PB, but it is the only term that springs to mind when considering this XS650. A cursory glance at the shot above will give away some clues about the modifications performed even to those unfamiliar with the breed, but it belies the extent of the work involved. Go to XS650.org to read the whole tale, I'll just leave you with this string of words to give a little idea of the level of obsession: frame, turbo, 6 speed, R1, 4 valve, etc etc.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Zipper porn on Secret Forts
More from Secret Forts, I love the solitary red button on this Engineered Garments work shirt.
Pink inside from EKGM Collective.
2011 Fuji Pursuit (maybe, maybe not) on Fixed Gear Blog, check the black stays and legs, perfectly aligned with the tyres
Great stringing in 'camping in hideous luxury' by Dennis Parren found on Designboom
NO STEP, a time to get
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I first stumbled upon this shot on The Shame of it All and I couldn't help but track down some more info on them. It turns out they were built in '71 for car show promoter
In this era building full scale versions of popular toys was all the rage, and this trend spawned the Zingers. The following images are out takes from a story in Hotrod from July '71:
An early Suzuki Carry would make a good base for a slightly more realistic version of this.
The dune buggy is currently being recreated by Moriarity on the Jalopy Journal
The Bicycle Film Festival reaches Melbourne on November 26-29th and there are a veritable cornucopia of events taking place around that central focus:
Pony Bikes are presenting the Ring of Fire alleycay Saturday night. With a great poster in Ohoh2's signature style.
The Death Becomes Her, all-girl alleycat, will tear up the streets on the 30th
And the First Australian National Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships are taking place on the 28-29th. (they still need a poster so I pulled an image from my archive via hard court bike polo)
I'll be over for the polo and to see what else it to be found over what should be a crazy weekend/week/fortnight...