Date Archives May 2010

Scrapertown

I thought it would be nice to transition from bikes to videos with this great piece from the folks over at California is a place. If you’re not familiar with CIAP they make videos all about my lovely home state California and all the amazing things that happen here. For this video they travelled to Oakland to document the Original Scraper Bike Team, which is a group of kids who trick out their bikes by painting them or adding colorful tape to the spokes and the riding them around Oakland.

The Team is run by Baby Champ who gets the kids to come together and give them some focus an get them away from the bad stuff that goes down in Oakland. I’m also impressed that Baybe Champ is only 20 years old yet he has a clear vision of wanting to help other people. In the video he talks about having a dream of his own bike shop where kids can come out and customize their bikes, use Apple computers and have a positive place to be, all in East Oakland. I think it would be amazing if the right person watched this and help make his dream come true. His cause seems so worthwhile and all he needs is someone or something to come by and help him achieve so much more.

The video itself is so well done like all CIAP’s videos are. It totally hit all my emotions, showing how much fun these kids are having but kind of how serious and important Scraper Bikes are to these kids. This one is a much watch.

Bobby

Assignment: Moon

While imagining the Saturn V rocket in unfamiliar settings, this delightful video explains crop circles, how to fuel billion-dollar rockets and solitary drive-in experiences of inanimate objects. Fun fact: before the Atlantis Space Shuttle was employed and recently retired, disposable rockets shot things into outer space. I say disposable because they were only used once, and most of the rocket’s stages either burned in the atmosphere or became space junk. The Saturn V rockets carried the first Americans into lunar orbit, the first men to the moon and was utilized in Apollo 17: the last of the Apollo missions.

Alex.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jennifer Daniel (Part 3)

Jennifer Daniel

View more of Daniel’s wallpapers by clicking here and here.

As I mentioned in the previous post there were two reasons for our impromptu bike day posts. The first were the crazy, beautiful handlebars by SungKug Kim and the second were these totally ridiculous bike chain wallpapers by Jennifer Daniel. I’d written Jennifer about a year ago to see if she’d like to create a wallpaper for the site and she graciously said yes and that she wouldn’t forget about me… and a year later she finally kept her promise! (Haha, sorry Jennifer, it was too funny not to mention!)

If you’ve never seen Jennifer’s work you should really stop reading this and click the link above. She’s a brilliant illustrator and designer and has one of the best senses of humor I’ve ever seen in an artist’s work. If I had to guess her body would be compromised of 50% water, 30% talent and a 20% mixture of wit and charm.

Since Jennifer is also a bike nut she sent me these awesome and abstract bike chain wallpapers with which to adorn your electronic devices. She created three different versions, one with a chain heart, one with a few random chains and then finally an orgy of bike chains. Even if you’re not a bike fan you have to appreciate the abstract beauty of something like this. Thanks for the bike chain beauties Jen!

Bobby

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jennifer Daniel (Part 2)

Jennifer Daniel

View more of Daniel’s wallpapers by clicking here and here.

As I mentioned in the previous post there were two reasons for our impromptu bike day posts. The first were the crazy, beautiful handlebars by SungKug Kim and the second were these totally ridiculous bike chain wallpapers by Jennifer Daniel. I’d written Jennifer about a year ago to see if she’d like to create a wallpaper for the site and she graciously said yes and that she wouldn’t forget about me… and a year later she finally kept her promise! (Haha, sorry Jennifer, it was too funny not to mention!)

If you’ve never seen Jennifer’s work you should really stop reading this and click the link above. She’s a brilliant illustrator and designer and has one of the best senses of humor I’ve ever seen in an artist’s work. If I had to guess her body would be compromised of 50% water, 30% talent and a 20% mixture of wit and charm.

Since Jennifer is also a bike nut she sent me these awesome and abstract bike chain wallpapers with which to adorn your electronic devices. She created three different versions, one with a chain heart, one with a few random chains and then finally an orgy of bike chains. Even if you’re not a bike fan you have to appreciate the abstract beauty of something like this. Thanks for the bike chain beauties Jen!

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jennifer Daniel (Part 1)

Jennifer Daniel

View more of Daniel’s wallpapers by clicking here and here.

As I mentioned in the previous post there were two reasons for our impromptu bike day posts. The first were the crazy, beautiful handlebars by SungKug Kim and the second were these totally ridiculous bike chain wallpapers by Jennifer Daniel. I’d written Jennifer about a year ago to see if she’d like to create a wallpaper for the site and she graciously said yes and that she wouldn’t forget about me… and a year later she finally kept her promise! (Haha, sorry Jennifer, it was too funny not to mention!)

If you’ve never seen Jennifer’s work you should really stop reading this and click the link above. She’s a brilliant illustrator and designer and has one of the best senses of humor I’ve ever seen in an artist’s work. If I had to guess her body would be compromised of 50% water, 30% talent and a 20% mixture of wit and charm.

Since Jennifer is also a bike nut she sent me these awesome and abstract bike chain wallpapers with which to adorn your electronic devices. She created three different versions, one with a chain heart, one with a few random chains and then finally an orgy of bike chains. Even if you’re not a bike fan you have to appreciate the abstract beauty of something like this. Thanks for the bike chain beauties Jen!

Bobby

Bi-King by SungKug Kim







The motivation for our bike day posts actually started back in New York and were inspired by two different things. The first was actually the bike handles you see above called Bi-King (HA! Get it?) by Korean designer SungKug Kim. Now I’m not any kind of professional bike kinda’ guy, and such I think these are amazing looking. It’s almost like incorporating pieces of art into your bike, giving them a whole new dimension. Would handlebars like these make your bike a theft magnet? Hell yes, but that’s not what we’re talking about, we’re talking about sheer awesome looking.

I totally love the mixture of wood with the steel, it’s a beautiful combination that looks both industrial and natural all at once. I know that the antler ones are a bit more impractical, but c’mon, you’d definitely take a second (or third) look if someone passed you on the street with something like these.

Bobby

The Bicycle Safari







Continuing our day of bike related posts we’ve got a charming little photoblog called The Bicycle Safari which is run by a fella’ named Lawrence. Based out of Lund, Sweden the goal of the blog is document the bikes that occupy the streets. as well as the small details that make them so special. So far his collection of images is really great, made up of bike plaques, interesting type and even a bell with a vibrant color wheel.

He hasn’t updated the blog in a little while but I certainly hope he keeps up with it since there isn’t anywhere in Los Angeles where you could appreciate stuff like this. Maybeeee Venice, but still, those are mostly boring beach cruisers.

Bobby

Eight from Etsy: Bike Edition

Did you know that if you enter the keyword “bicycle” into an Etsy search that you will receive over 200 pages of results? In amongst slogans informing shoppers that “bike is the new black”, that you should “keep calm and ride on” and that, ahem, you should “put the fun between your legs” is a super collection of bicycle-themed wares. I have trawled through the huge selection like a crazy scavenger to pick out what I believe is the top eight. I hope you like them.

Further and better particulars can be found after the jump.

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Safety First

This is what I remember about my seventh birthday: 1) My friends and I went to see Batman Returns; 2) my twin sister insisted that I wait 12 minutes to blow out the candles on my half of the cake since she was born 12 minutes before me and 3) I gladly received a Sega Genesis. I didn’t spend as much time outside that summer; my bike collected dust in the garage while I navigated Sonic the Hedgehog toward elusive golden hoops on the TV screen.

So why do the most popular bike helmets look like they were designed for Sonic the Hedgehog? Does an exaggerated aerodynamic form really improve your time biking to the office? Do golden coins appear only to folks who wear this style of helmets?

Wearing a helmet is not optional, both from a safety standpoint and in states where laws require cyclists to wear them; this is a good thing. So I wanted to share with you folks a helmet that costs as much, or less, than most bike helmets and will not make you look like a 16-bit video game character. (First of, as an aside, it’s hard to beat the Bell Faction helmet in terms of simplicity, but I don’t like how low the front of the helmet is because some folks wear glasses. Secondly, I know there are fancier bike helmets like those from the Danish company Yakkay, but I don’t share their impulse to disguise my helmet as a hat.)

Which bring us to Nutcase Helmets. Nutcase helmets are (mostly) simple and colorful. It’s hard to go wrong with one from the Super Solids group, but I would steer folks toward the brighter helmets with higher visibility. If you know of a better-looking bike helmet, please share. Bike safety is no joke, and the more hip helmets there are, the more heads will be protected from unexpected encounters with concrete, cars, branches, rocks, license plates, golden coins and angry siblings.

Alex.

Amandine Alessandra

The portfolio of London-based photographer and graphic designer Amandine Alessandra is a typography lover’s wonderland. Using language as the raw material for her art, Alessandra skilfully transforms words into embodied forms composed of varying shapes and textures. Moving beyond ideas of language as something that is simply heard or read off a page, the communicative possibilities of text are rendered multi-sensory, whereby words are highly visual and tactile objects.

My favourite pieces in her extensive body of work are the typographic installations that display Alessandra’s deft hand at physically embedding language into the urban landscape. The words that she creates – whether constructed through handwoven embroidery, the sprinkling of birdseed, or via bodies – work to construct an alternative architecture that literalises the fleeting nature of language. Her pieces are like secret messages that leave a trace on urban space, waiting to be deciphered before they disappear.

Danica