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Broadway Bombing happens almost every year in NYC. This year it was planned last minute so not a huge turn out, but still a competitive race. Enjoy.

Filmed with a Go Pro @ 720p 60fps Z( setting r3).

My love of the Gates belt drive … even though I don’t have one


My love of belt drives … don’t have one myself but make so much sense for hub gears like Alfine and Rohloff as well as singlespeeds ….

How Belt Drive will Break the Chain (photo courtesy of James Huang at Cyclingnews.com)The Gates Carbon Belt Drive.The belt drive bring brings some fantastic features to your bicycle while killing off quite a few short comings of the chain drive system. The largest simplification is the lack of moving parts in chain links that require lubrication. Goodbye greasy pants! Two, the polyurethane belt draped over aluminum teeth is claimed to last twice as long as a chain while running smo … Read More

via I Am One

Who is fastest on the Water?


Not speed overall but over a race course windward leeward racing. A 49’er (olympic dinghy derived from Australian Skiffs) A foiling moth or a kite/raceboard.

Here is the video plucked from the Sailing Anarchy site – showing the races.

Bike Design going forward by going back


 

wheelie good

 

 

Design firm jruiter + studio concept bike that they recently developed to “simplify inner city personal transportation”. The stripped down 29” and 36″ wheeled concept bike has very few parts overall.

“Our project, simplicity in inner city bicycling, was at first glance a fun aesthetic opportunity in new trends, color, and materials. Our target lived / worked in an inner city environment with minimal space. Bicycling at this level is more about fashion and culture than speed and performance.”

It is about simplicity in design. The Inner City Bike is the ultimate stripped away piece. So stripped even the chain is gone. Its a statement on bare essential transportation and new ways of thinking about materials, scale, manufacturing processes and function.

“After the first few brainstorm sessions we knew there where bigger opportunities. The project ended up rethinking what a “frame” meant, getting ride of basic key components, and creating a new type of compact bicycling.

The final design came down to a frame system and a really difficult rear hub. Everything else is rider preference.”

“Before all of the bike fanatics get all fired up, we know this bike doesn’t solve everyone’s personal transportation dreams. Performance wise, the bike is on the slow side, quirky, and fatiguing over longer distances. Consider it a cafe racer with the performance of a beach cruiser. The positives are easy quick turns, huge power to the rear wheel to go over curbs and other cityscape structures, and great start / stopping / sitting situations.

For me, the art of design happens when you change the way things are perceived, when a new word is coined to express what you’ve done. It challenges conventionality and creates new stories, interactions and rarity we strive for.“