A new Kickstarter project - “The Flashy” – a lightning-powered recumbent e-bike, with built in crash bars.
As we have noted on these pages before, with the help of Web 2.0 it’s never been easier to get in on the Venture Capitalism game. This holds equally for those who seek investors as much as those seeking to invest.
Online Crowdfunding is based around the entirely reasonable proposition that it’s easier to get ten thousand people to give you a pound each than one person shouldering the entire sum.
Glibly regarded by many as a discipline developed for brief converts from the Locked Cog to Proper Mucky Cyclocross (who as it turned out didn’t really want to spend their entire weekend cold, dirty and/or tired), Urban Cyclocross™ is, like… so hot right now? Lately it is drawing enthusiastic followers, as well as race organizers, at a rate of knots.
Readers may recall that we had a story on the blog earlier this year about three Tasmanians Scott, Craig and Gavin, and their highly entertaining attempt to ride Paris Brest Paris on vintage bicycles from the era of their compatriot Sir Hubert Opperman. It would seem that the experience has left them none the less hungry for heavy mileage on European roads…
That bike was a pale pink color only two hours ago. Suncream, people!
Of course, at the Brooks Blog we try to stay on top of all the important bike stuff. Purely, you’ll understand, in order that our subscribers can go out into the Conversational World, secure in the knowledge that they won’t be trumped by anybody on Bike Talk. Obscure fashion labels, bespoke frame builders, technological breakthroughs… it’s all here, right?
Paris Brest Paris is one of the toughest races, perhaps THE toughest if ridden on antique machinery.
The 1931 Paris-Brest-Paris is remembered as one of the most remarkable, from an era when the event occurred in the professional racing calendar once every ten years. After nearly 750 Miles, 49 hours of continuous racing, and numerous attempts to break away from a field that included Tour de France champions, the young Australian, Hubert Opperman ( Oppy ) won a frantic sprint from four competitors, swooping off the high bank of the Parc de Princess velodrome.
Just behind our cyclist, a Naked Puncture Repair is in progress. Attention grabbing stuff.
The clothes, the accessories, and even the gear ratios which bike messengers opt to use while working can be a famously popular port-of-call for the rookie urban cyclist in search of street-credible guidance.
Almost equally famous, perhaps, is the courier penchant for getting recreationally naked. And judging by last weekend’s events in the English capital, it would seem that partying without many clothes on at all could be the next adornment of the messenger sub-culture to go mainstream. Well, that’s our theory anyway…