This made me chuckle as just been reading a report about the Saudi women car drivers that are still fighting for their rights to drive cars.
Strava, the online network that allows you to track your rides and other athletic activity via GPS, has added routes to version 4.1 of its mobile app. The new feature allows you to import routes fromwww.strava.com into Strava’s mobile app and navigate your way around your ride.
The app also has a ‘Route Back To Start’ feature that automatically plots the most efficient path back to the beginning of your activity. That could come in handy if the weather turns against you, for example, or you have a mechanical issue and need to cut your ride short.
The Route Builder feature on www.strava.com allows you to plan rides. Strava say that it uses athlete data to recommend the roads and trails around the world that runners and cyclists use the most. The idea is that you’re getting the benefit of local knowledge wherever you happen to be. They say that millions of GPS-recorded activities uploaded to Strava inform Route Builder’s intelligence.
Once you’ve built a route, you can now follow it on the Strava mobile app (or any compatible GPS device).
It’s free to join Strava although they hope you’ll opt for Premium membership – which offers things like heart rate analysis of your rides and leaderboards that are filtered by age and weight – costing US$6 per month or $59 per year.
Designed by Mas Dolor of Madera, Spain, the Bikinibicis is a small and attractive bike storage solution. The wall mount suspends and displays one’s bicycle as part of the room. Made of wood, the design has a natural ease to it, whether simply done with raw timber or customized with lacquer, paint, holes for flower pots, or an ornamental cascade. Each personalized Bikinibicis can stand alone or be topped off with anything from books to decor. Check out the behind-the-scenes video to see this versatile design in the making.
Jamie Gallagher of Paniagua and Darron Coppin of Sven Cycles met at Bespoked Bristol in 2013 and the Angry Commuter project was born.
“I wanted to build a fast, aggressive commuter that you could jump on in jeans and nail 20 or 30-mile rides across the unforgiving Somerset landscape while still retaining the delicate balance and emotive heritage of a true classic.”—Jamie Gallagher.
They sat down with a pot of EPO coffee and a dorset apple cake and poured over Darron’s extensive library of historic cycling books and images of classic bikes. They settled on the idea that it was possible, with a little imagination and some solid fillet brazing skills, to turn the legendary Cinelli Laser into a rideable commuter that would fulfill their objective.
A design theme was needed, and the early eighties stomping ground of the Cinelli Laser model was the place to find it. They settled on a design classic from an era that compromised nothing, listened to no one, and was way ahead of its time – The Delorean.
To bring in the classic Italian heritage they chose Columbus Max tubing (as used in the original Cinelli Laser). This tube set broke with convention in its day and provided the perfect combination of lightness and strength. Add a sloping top tube and ENVE 65/45 wheel combination and a big nod was being made to the overall aggressive aesthetic of the Laser.
To ensure that Italian blood ran throughout, a Campagnolo Record TT group set was selected. Then bringing a modern, urban twist and reflecting the gull-wing doors of the Delorean, a set of Cinelli Mash bars were customized to take the Campagnolo TT shifters providing a truly unique cockpit.
Finally, it was down to the details with lightweight CNC milled brakes from EE Cycleworks that just felt Delorean, and the brushed nickel finish giving the industrial luminance that the Delorean became famous for. The handlebars and Zoncolan saddle were hand-upholstered in grey leather to bring that inimitable eighties super car trim feel. Finally, the graphics applied in reflective orange vinyl made sure the bike lit up under the headlights of evening traffic.
This blend of classic Italian heritage with US hand-built componentry, urban track bike aesthetic, and of course a stiff dose of quintessentially British design and craftsmanship should make the purists cringe and the hipsters whinge. But in reality, you have a bike that doesn’t compromise, apologizes for nothing, and fits the brief of being adored by those who created it and ride it. Really, what else matters?