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penny farthing wallpaper

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this saddle is vegan

Mine isn’t.

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chic safety

The Hövding is an airbag for your head. Hövding means “chieftain” in Swedish, and the air-helmet was designed by Swedes Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin as a university thesis project. The Hövding collar contains gyroscopes and accelerometers which constantly monitor your movements, releasing the airbag hidden within only when you’re in danger.

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bike craiglist reading

I remember as a kid hearing ‘play it by “year”‘ and never got what it meant, until I learned the actual saying. For our craigslist reading, maybe the same issue arose.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

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for kelsey

I know it’s a little late, but happy birthday!


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I for one am getting excited about the new season of Revolution at the Manchester velodrome this autumn/winter. Should be going to quite a few of these with work again hopefully. Here’s something I put together last year when we treated a bunch of our clients to a hospitality day at the velodrome: a track taster session with a few Olympic medal winners, and inside seats for the racing… good times.

Dair / FACE hospitality at the Revolution series from Sera Pickering Pick on Vimeo.

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Clean-up after yourselves, you filthbags

More on the Great American River Clean-up (with thanks to Michael)

This weekend, the American River Trail in Sacramento will host a regional gathering of conservation-minded volunteers for a day of trash-collection. The annual event, which aims to rid the parkway of refuse accumulated over the summer months, brings hundreds of bag-wielding helpers to the popular cycling destination for a morning of picking up garbage.

The American River and its upstream lakes, which flank the bike trails for thirty-two miles from Sacramento to Folsom, features many tranquil and secluded beaches which are popular gathering spots for summer-time revellers. While most come primarily to swim or sunbathe, unfortunately some leave large quantities of food waste, packaging, cigarette butts and damaged water-sports devices. The holiday weekends which bookend the summer see large influxes of visitors to the trail and river, many of whom have little respect or regard for keeping the park clean. Additionally, cyclists may unexpectedly come across large items of furniture: chairs, mattresses, even household appliances, which block the trail and cause a cycling hazard.

River clean-up events are held all over Northern California, from the coast to the remote inland waterways. The Great Sierra River Clean-up and the Coastal Clean-up will take place simultaneously with the American River Clean Clean-up, marking this Saturday as a major California conservation event, with potentially thousands of volunteers.

Aside from beautifying the American River Trail for visitors, the Great American River Clean-up has a vital environmental impact upon the waterways. Refuse which is discarded on beaches and in the river itself causes pollution, which harms mammals, birds and fish in the riparian ecosystem, as well as the regions down river, and ultimately the San Francisco Bay and beyond. Non-biodegradable trash can exist for decades, snaring and poisoning wildlife, while leaching toxic chemicals into the ground and water.

Locals interested in participating in the Great American River Clean-up are invited to visit the website of the American River Foundation. There they can find a list of sites requiring volunteers, as well as instructions and tips for safe trash-collection.

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chainless bike

I can’t quite get my brain around how, exactly, the new Stringbike works.

The Stringbike creators, at bike manufacturing company Schwinn Csepel Zrt, write that “asymmetry has been the source of lots of problems”. However, other than slipping chains and oily jeans, they’re mostly “unnoticeable” problems, until you’ve tried a symmetrical system first hand.

The system seems pretty complicated to me but I can see the appeal of a bike without grease.

via thuntnet

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Park(ing) Day

Today is Park(ing) Day. As far as I know the only Park in Sacramento is in front of the MARRS building in Midtown Sacramento (20th between J and K):

Come out for a “Stone Soup” style Park(ing) day 2010 in front of the MARRS
building in Midtown Sacramento! Informally ‘hosted’ by The HLA Group, Landscape
Architects and Planners, Inc. Bring something to add!

Find a Park in your town.

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“Yumeya” might also mean “sucker”

If you’ve purchased the full Shimano Dura Ace 7900 groupset, you might be feeling quite smug, if a little light in the wallet. But amazingly, you could spend more, and you could be smugger. And I’m not talking about the Di2 Electronic Dura Ace, although that does sound really cool when you’re shifting into the big ring. No, I’m talking about Shimano’s Yumeya range of… well not components, but component components.

Yumeya is apparently Japanese for ‘dream workshop’. I like the idea, but this is literally some gold-coloured bolts to replace the titanium-coloured bolts your 7900 groupset came with, plus a couple of other goodies. Total weight saving across the whole groupset if you buy this kit: 35 grams. The same as a packet of Walker’s crisps. The list price: £300.

Ooo look, wiggle is selling the kit for £269.99. Bloody bargain.

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