Archive for the ‘Bike Porn’ Category

Choosing the Right Seat Color — More Important Than You Might Think

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Most bicycle seats are black. But black is boring and there are a lot of other choices. When thinking about your options, it is important to consider other colors on your bike. For example, I like white seats and use white bar tape as do many pro racers. Another consideration is what you’ll be wearing on the bike. It is important that the bike seat color match your outfit. Some might consider this trivial. Some might not.

Awesome Bike Video — Makes Me Wish I Was Cooler (and Had a Fixie)

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The bike messenger in this video is named Alfredo Bobe. I met him at La Vuelta. I hope to write a post about him soon. In the meantime, I wanted to get this video up on my blog because it is so friggin’ cool.

It’s Your Ride from Cinecycle on Vimeo.

Another video featuring Alfred

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Kalkhoff Store Opens Today in Portland

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Kalkhoff's retail store is now open in Portland and test rides of Kalkhoff's amazing electronic bicycles are now available

Kalkhoff's retail store is now open in Portland and test rides of Kalkhoff's amazing electric bicycles are now available

Kalkhoff is a German bicycle manufacturer that has been making bikes for the past 90 years or so.  Their specialty is city/commuting/touring bikes and they build some real beauties (what else would you expect from German engineers?). They also make some awesome electric bikes.

Electric bikes, or eBikes, use an electric motor to supplement the power the rider applies to the pedals. The more power the rider contributes, the more power the motor contributes.

The result? Riders who pedal as hard as they do on a traditional bike are rewarded with a very fast, very fluid ride. Those who choose to pedal with a little less fervor than they otherwise might are still able to maintain a respectable pace. And for all riders, hills become a lot more pleasant. Getting sweaty on your morning commute is now optional.

The whole line of Kalkhoff bikes come with everything a serious commuter needs including an awesome lighting system, a bomb-proof rack, great fenders and brakes that would stop a truck. They also use top-notch components all around. These bikes are serious transportation and seriously fun!

Kalkoff Retail Store — Test an eBike Today!

Today, Kalkhoff opened its retail store in Portland and there is a large array of new eBikes just begging to be test ridden. I got a chance to try one out very briefly a few weeks ago and I had a blast. Operating the Kalkhoff eBike is the same as any other standard bike — it just takes a lot less effort to get up to any given speed. It is something any fan of bicycles, alternative transportation or things that are just plain cool NEEDS to try. Once you do, it will take you a while to stop smiling. Just be careful — if you try one, chances are you’ll want one. I know I do. Once I get the chance to put a few more miles on a Kalkhoff eBike, I’ll post a more detailed report.

The store is located in the Pearl District at 528 NW 11th Avenue.

Disclosure: As of this week, Kalkhoff has become a client of KoiFish Communications, which is the PR and Web marketing firm I run.

MOOTS PSYCHLO-X — Titanium Cyclocross at its Finest

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
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Cyclocross at the Alpenrose Dairy sure looks fun

I’ve been going to watch cyclocross at the Alpenrose Dairy on Wednesday evenings. It sure does look fun. It also looks tough. On Cycle Oregon, I occasionally see people my size and shape. I didn’t see a single one racing cyclocross. I’m sure one of the reasons for this is the way these guys jump back onto their bikes after running over the obstacles. Being light seems like a good idea.

My plan is to continue riding, working out and eating right throughout the winter and then spend the spring and summer training for Cycle Oregon 2010. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be ready to attack the 2010 cyclocross season with vigor. Even then, I’m already sure my chances of winning such a race — even at the beginner levels — are only slightly better than my chances of winning a stage in the Tour. However, it is possible to be competitive in the “awesomest bike ever” category from day one. Here’s where I know I can win (or at least place).

MOOTS PSYCHLO-X — Titanium Cyclocross Bike Porn at Its Finest

My quest to find the sweetest cyclocross bike ever ended before it even officially started. While visiting my pals at Cyclepath the other day, a beautiful titanium MOOTS caught my gaze. I’ve already concluded that a titanium cyclocross bike is the best (and really only) choice for me. This was among the sexiest Ti bikes I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen some beauties). It was bike-lust at its most extreme. When I got home I fired up the MOOTS Website and drooled a bit more. Then I checked out the MOOTS Rider’s Forum. These guys are fanatics. They make Harley fan’s seem passive in their devotion. So, that’s it. Let the yearning begin.

"Some day it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine"

"Some day it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine"

2009 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show — Bike Porn Central!

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association’s Handmade Bicycle Show is coming. Do you like really sick bikes lovingly crafted by artisans from all across the country? Then you’re sure to love this event. As if that’s not enough, there is also beer.

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This year’s event happens Halloween weekend and will be held in the Staver Locomotive building. For more information, check out the OBCA Website.

New Titus Bikes for 2010

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

As many of you know from my previous posts about my custom titanium bicycles, I’m a big Titus fan. They recently posted a video of their 2010 mountain bike line on Facebook. Pretty sweet looking stuff if you ask me. BTW, if you dig the Peter Frampton Mashup they use for the soundtrack in the video, visit the ATOM Website. I thought I didn’t like it at first, but I was wrong. If you like you can right click on any of the hyperlinks and choose “save link as” and you can download MP3s of the songs.

If you are in Portland and want to see what Titus has to offer, check out Cyclepath. Cyclepath is one of my two favorite Portland bike shops. They have great customer service and only deal in high-end bikes, making it a top Bike Porn destination.

Cycle Oregon Daily Route Maps & GPX Files Online

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Putting these maps online -- particularly in GPX format -- is a majorly cool thing

Putting these maps online -- particularly in GPX format -- is a majorly cool thing

This is really cool. VLMK Consulting Engineers, the company that does the really bitchin’ maps of the Cycle Oregon daily routes, has put maps from 2005 to present on its Website. Even cooler is that, starting in 2009, they also have made GPX files available.

These files are made with a surveyor’s GPS, which is more accurate than a recreational GPS. Great news for anyone who wants to load up their GPS bike computers in advance of the ride. This is so awesome, I’m categorizing this post under Bike Porn.

For non-GPS users, it is still worth checking out the route maps here instead of the C.O. site. They are PDFs and are in much, much better resolution.

Note: These maps are subject to slight tweaks and I have gotten word that they have, in fact, been tweaked just a tad. No big thing, but if the signs on the road conflict with your GPS, I’d recommend following the signs and the herd. You have to be a pretty big imbecile to get lost on C.O. You’d be an even bigger imbecile if you get lost because you are geeking out with a GPS.

Kris and his badass new Madone

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Kris and Dean arguing about whose bike is the most badass. It might be a tie, but don't tell him I said so.

Kris and Dean arguing about whose bike is cooler. It might be a tie, but don't tell him I said so.

We finally got a chance to see Kris’ super-sick new bike. He didn’t want to do a full reveal until he had the right wheels on there, but whatever. This bike is sick. The only downside is it makes him even harder to keep up with. This is the same bike Alberto, Lance and Levi rode in the Tour. It is the bike Chris Horner would have ridden if he had been in the Tour.

Actually, this bike is a little sweeter than the model Team Astana rides because it has the electric Dura-Ace shifters. The blacked out paint job also looks pretty slick — I would have probably gotten one in custom colors with flames and stuff (Trek does that you know) but this was most probably the better choice. Either one would have looked much nicer than than the paint job Lance’s bike was sporting at the Giro.

This electronic shifting is sweet. Almost enough to make me want to give up Campy hotness -- almost.

This electronic shifting is sweet. Almost enough to make me want to give up Campy hotness -- almost.

It would have been REALLY trick if Trek had made a special frame just for the electric shifter guys. Perhaps this hole can be used for smuggling the performance-enhancing drugs that Kris might have taken today. It sure was hard keeping up.

It would have been REALLY trick if Trek had made a special frame just for the electric shifter guys. Perhaps this hole can be used for smuggling the performance-enhancing drugs that Kris might have taken today. It sure was hard keeping up.


Joel admires a backside

Joel checking out the rear end

Lance might have ridden better in the Giro had it not been for this nauseating paint job. Kris' rig is much cooler.

Lance might have ridden better in the Giro had it not been for this nauseating paint job. Kris' rig is much cooler.

Vagina-shaped Bike Taxi — Taking the “Bike Porn” Category to New Heights

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Bicycle taxi "at your cervix"

Bicycle taxi "at your cervix"

I really like Google. More often than not, you put in a decent search query and it gives you highly-relevant results. But sometimes Google can throw you a real curve ball. And sometimes the curve ball is MUCH better than whatever it was you were looking for in the first place.

In this case, it steered me to a blog post about an artist in Helsinki who thinks the world is to penis-centric. In protest she built a bicycle taxi shaped like her mysterious lady parts. Be sure to read the comments to the original post. People trying to out-clever each other with observations. Talk about low-hanging fruit.

Building this bike was a labia of love

Building this bike was a labia of love

Professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates on His Tri-bike

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Victim of Cambridge police prejudice, professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates shows Martha’s Vineyard Magazine how he blows off steam — by riding his tri-bike.

Skip on a tricycle

I'll talk to your momma outside -- then I'll go for a quick spin on my tricycle.