People Flying – I love it


Like Kitesurfing but better … now if only i was hollow and had a motor attached ….

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Masi Prestige Reynolds 753 eBay NICE


Masi Prestige in rare Reynolds 753 tubing – restored by Alberto Masi

1977 Masi Prestige. 1977 first version in rare Reynolds 753 tubing. Campagnolo Super Record.

Very nice Masi Prestige from November 1977. The bike has been recently repainted by Masi and completely checked and reassembled. The color is the original Coppi-Carpano grey (the color of the bikes from the Carpano team). The Masi decals are the original ones from the ’70s, not replicas.The code “0” punched on the bottom bracket shell (please see picture) indicates that this bicycle has been built using Reynolds 753 tubing. Masi built very few bicycles using this material and this bike is a rare example. The tubing is lighter than regular 531. The chainstays are thicker and more rigid.

Please note the “heart-shaped” motives on the seat lugs, under the seat pin lock, and on the cable routers on top of the bottom bracket shell. These are all signs of a custom preparation.

The collar of the front derailleur has been drilled personally by Alberto Masi in the ’70s and the original retaining screw has been upgraded to a stainless steel one (also in the ’70s).

The groupset is a complete Campagnolo Super Record. The crankset is from 1978 and the crank arms are 170mm long.

The rear derailleur has been upgraded in 1981 and the freewheel is a NOS Regina Extra.

 

A set of NOS Clément Criterium Servizio Corse tubular tires have just been installed. These are extremely hard to find. They haven’t been glued to the rim.

 

The bike comes with the original Silca Impero air pump, engraved Masi. The pump has an original Campagnolo metallic valve.

 

The original Alfredo Binda pedal straps have not been replaced, because they are still perfectly fine to use. An extra set of Alfredo Binda straps will be included. These are NOS and they are the hard to find buffalo skin version.

 

Two original NOS Masi Gran Criterium water bottles will be included. A yellow and a white one.
The bicycle size is 54cm top tube center to center and 54cm seat tube center to center.
The winner of the auction will receive a printed certificate of originality from Mr.Alberto Masi

Youri Zoon Kitesurf Champ


A very sweet video with old style VO man as an extra touch ….

This is the story of new world champion in kitesurfing; Youri Zoon.
EyEFORcE productions has followed Brunotti rider Youri Zoon over the last couple of years, filming him on locations across the globe.
This video documents his career.

-PKRA footage courtesy of Extreme Elements
-OLD footage courtesey of Kaaps.nl

from his website

Year of Birth : 14/12/1989

Size: 175

Weight: 72

Years of Xperience : 7

Lives in : Dirksland, NL

Favorite spot: Brouwersdam

Has been riding : Netherlands, France, Brazil, , Italy, Belgium, Spain, Cabarete, Portugal,japan, mexico, venezuela, canada, USA, , vietnam, Germany, austria ,thailand,egypte,mexico, south africa,  probely more that i forget heheh

Why kiteboarding: I was a windsurfer before but I wanted to do more than that and then I discovered kitesurfing. Afther the first lesson i was hooked!

Dislikes: Sand in my bed. If i get sand in my bed i am gonne freak out…

Listens to: hardstyele and just chilling music. I like a lot of music but it has to have a good rithem.

Occupation: Pro kiteboarder

My Kiteboarding gear:

What brands of kites are u flying?

Slingshot kites

Why are you flying Slingshot kites kites?

The first time i felt the kite i was like woow this definetly my kite. And i am still very happy with it.

Whats you’r favorite kitesize?

This year i am riding with the RPM, i helped develope this kite and testing it.Til i was statisfied with it.

What brand of boards are u riding?

Brunotti boards(youri zoon pro)

Why are u riding Brunotti boards(youri zoon pro) boards?

The boards are just everything i want, if i want to have something in it, i will get it from Jinne Sietsma the shaper of brunotti boards.

What’s your favorite boardsize/style?

My favorite board is 133*40

The Geek in me like this: Social Running Geekiness


It’s one thing to look at your own personal-fitness data and identify trends and tendencies. But what about crunching the numbers of 1,000 New Yorkers over a nearly four-month period? That’s the kind of project that requires some serious know-how.

Graphic designer Nicholas Felton enlisted 14 of his students at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts to analyze the metadata aggregated by 1,000 Nike+ runs conducted from Sept. 7 to Dec. 21 of last year. The result is an incredibly detailed representation of New Yorkers’ running habits, where the most popular routes are, what time of day Nike+ runners are more likely to be outside, and more.

The above graphic (done by Cooper Smith) shows where the most popular running paths are in Central Park. The red lines indicate the highest trafficked areas, and as Smith notes on his blog, the lighter green and blue entrails extending from the east side of the park show that more people tend to enter the park from the Upper East Side. The same lines don’t show up nearly as often along the Upper West Side entrance points.

Felton’s team did more than just static graphical overlays. The video below (also done by Smith) puts the Nike+ into motion, illustrating where people are running during what time of day. (The actual date of the run is irrelevant in this analysis.)

Teammate Erin Moore opted for a more traditional day-by-day analysis of New Yorkers’ running habits.

In all, there were more than 500,000 data points to wade through, and you can see the rest of Felton’s students’ work at their SVA page. And although the visualizations end up highlighting shortcomings in the data collection, this effort and new fitness-tracking features being developed by the likes of Boston-based startup RunKeeper prove that the future of personal data tracking has never been more rife with potential.

 

—– even more info

check out his site here 

where you can find his London Nike+ stuff … was apparently in Wired UK

London pretty

Monday Bike Style – nautical looking


Monday Bike Style

This week we are killing the Bike portrait side of things and going all summer and nautical with a preppy, billowing spinnaker type of style outing.

rugger bugger Tory swagger (well in this case probably RI prep) and a big woody (boat)

barefoot running: latest evidence says good?


From wired mag

If you’re a runner, start striking with your forefoot. And wear those goofy minimalist shoes while you’re at it. Your body will thank you.

Those are the findings of a pair of studies by Daniel Lieberman, a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University. He found runners who use a forefoot strike face a significantly lower risk of repetitive stress injuries, and barely there running shoes produce more efficient movement than conventional kicks.

The two studies, published this month in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, come less than two years after Lieberman’s earlier work found runners wearing minimalist shoes put less force into the ground, therefore less force on their bodies, when striking the ground with their forefoot versus their rearfoot.

 

The findings add to a small but growing body of research that suggests the best way to run is the way our forebears did: sans shoes. It’s a controversial notion, one that has prompted no end of debate as many runners complain minimalist shoes led to injuries and problems.

First, to the rearfoot/forefoot breakdown. In “Foot Strike and Injury Rates in Endurance Runners: A Retrospective Study,” Lieberman analyzed 52 collegiate cross-country runners to compare rearfoot (heel-first) versus forefoot (ball-first) strikes.

Of those, 36 runners (59 percent) used a rearfoot strike. Lieberman considered the injury history of each runner — examining the severity of past injuries and rate of mild, moderate and severe injuries per mile — and found rearfoot strikers twice as likely to experience a repetitive stress injury.

“Competitive cross country runners on a college team incur high injury rates,” the report concludes, “but runners who habitually rearfoot strike have significantly higher rates of repetitive stress injury than those who mostly forefoot strike.”

Neither type of foot strike was more likely to produce a traumatic injury, the study concluded, and Lieberman did not examine causal reasons why rearfoot striking proved more harmful. But he did develop an hypothesis for the results.

“The absence of a marked impact peak in the ground reaction force during a forefoot strike compared to a rearfoot strike may contribute to lower rates of injuries in habitual forefoot strikers,” the report states.

The study, “Effects of Footwear and Strike Type on Running Economy,” lends further credence to the benefits of minimalist shoes.

Runners wearing minimalist shoes were 2.41 percent more economical in their movements when forefoot striking than those wearing conventional shoes and 3.32 percent more economical when rearfoot striking. All data was controlled for stride frequency and shoe mass.

It was not clear if the two studies used the same runners as test subjects.

In determining these stats, researchers measured the cost of transport (milliliters of oxygen over kilograms over meters, or mlO2/kg/m) in people who typically wear minimalist shoes or run barefoot as they ran 3.0 meters per second on a treadmill. Force and kinematic data were collected in minimal and traditional running shoes to quantify differences in knee flexion, arch strain, plantarflexor force production and Achilles tendon-triceps surae strain.

The cost of forefoot and rearfoot striking was not significantly different for either minimal or standard shoe running. However, arch strain was much greater during forefoot striking than rearfoot among those wearing minimalist shoes. The same held true for plantarflexor force; Achilles tendon-triceps surae strain and knee flexion were lower in minimalist shoes.

Despite evidence supporting minimalist footwear, there are vocal critics of the trend. Lieberman’s latest studies are sure to renew the debate.