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Slimm Buick at Sac Swing Fest ’12

Celebrated artist and music aficionado Slimm Buick, who recently relocated to the Sacramento area, will present a competitive showcase of custom-designed bicycles at the 2012 Sacramento Swing Time Festival. The event, called The Kustom Bike Show, will be curated by Buick at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Buick is legendary for his bicycle creations, which often embrace historic Americana themes, and feature classic bikes with sumptuous and eclectic adornments. His celebrated and much-photographed piece Rawhide is a whimsical re-imagining of the cowboy aesthetic, translated to West Coast beach culture. The cruiser is decked out in calfskin, with embossed leather wheel arches, rhinestones and a sheriff’s badge. The Wild West caricature is subverted by the the large basket on the handlebars.

The Kustom Bike Show competition is open to all entries for a $7 fee, and Buick will be judging the best bikes on show. The artist will also indulge his other passion, spinning 45s from the era of Swing to conjure up a mood of early 20th Century American automobile and bike culture.

The fourth annual Sacramento Swing Time Festival will be held on June 23rd, 2012. Tickets are $20.

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Adrienne pretty much nails it:

Just before I took this picture, this woman was passed by a frustrated bus driver. I am not convinced she heard the bus next to her as she flinched and swerved as it passed her. I am not sure how anyone would be comfortable not knowing a 60 foot long bus weighing 31,500 lbs (unloaded!!) with a frustrated driver who is late is coming up behind them.

When I first started riding I would often pop my earbuds in as part of my standard equipment and head out on the road. It seemed the natural thing to do. Then I stopped.

It wasn’t like I had a close call that I attributed to my not being able to hear. I just stopped, probably because I started riding with Sam and we would chat instead. What I noticed once I took out my earbuds was that I was a better cyclist. Riding on the American River Parkway I could actually hear other cyclists approaching or squirrels in the bushes preparing to attack.

Now I get pretty annoyed when I come up next to someone and say “hi” and they either have to remove an earbud to hear me or they only respond by “jumping” when I get too close to ignore. My absolute favorite is when I call out, “on your left,” and then get yelled at by an earbud wearing cyclist for not calling out before I passed – it’s not my fault you can’t hear me.

In addition to being more aware of dangers on the road, riding without headphones also makes you more aware of yourself. Without the music in my ears, I’m better able to assess how I feel and if my pedal stroke is fluid and gauge if I’ve been drinking enough water. Basically it’s better to be “there” when you ride.

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Puncture Kit!

Hat tip Boneshaker Magazine.

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The Schwinn Bell Choir

The punchline: Send an e-carol and a kid gets a bike (and helmet).

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Keep Your Helmet On

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Belle Epoch

Rather usual and “vintage” trick footage seat to music by SBTRKT

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I’ll Go Easy | Pickering Pick

Oh, sure, it’s not about cycling, but it’s by two of ours (Sam sings and Sera films and edits). Also, I know for a fact there’s a bike on the other side of that wall.

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The Bike Song


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