A recent post at Streetsblog mentioned that quite a few bike related products were nominated this year in the People’s Design Awards, an online competition sponsored by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Over 276 products were nominated and, as Streetsblog points out, “five were folding bicycles, and four others were related to cycling.”
In particular, I want to mention the Strida 5.0, which was the 8th most popular product based on online votes. The People’s Design Award website just lists the designer as “STRiDA”, but most readers of this blog are probably familiar with the name Mark Sanders. Mark is not only the designer of the Strida but he is responsible for many other very interesting bikes and consumer products. You may also remember that Mark happens to be one of the judges in the commuter bike competition that is currently running on my blog. Anyway, congratulations to Mark on this distinction and also to the other designers whose bike related products were nominated by visitors to the website.
Changing subjects a bit, Fat Cyclist is one of the bike blogs that I read on a regular basis. This morning, I noticed that Elden (aka Fatty) had posted something somewhat design related. Good post, but that is not the real reason why I want to link to his site today. Those of you who read his blog regularly know that his wife Susan is battling cancer and that her condition has deteriorated lately. After reading a recent post (one that I found to be very sad but also inspirational), I decided that I should help in a small way by placing a link to the Fat Cyclist store in my sidebar. If you haven’t noticed the link, it will take you to this page on the Twin Six site where you can buy Fat Cyclist jerseys and other merchandise. Even though the new designs just came out last week, many of the jersey sizes are already sold out. Still, some jersey sizes are available, so take a look. There are also other items like t-shirts, socks, shorts, bottles etc. that you can still pick up to support the cause. You will notice on the Fat Cyclist gear page that 100% percent of the proceeds from certain items go directly to the family to help with medical expenses. On top of that, as Fatty himself pointed out, last week Twin Six donated half the purchase price of ANY Men’s XL-and-larger and Women’s L-and-larger jersey directly to Elden and Susan. Pretty amazing.
On top of the fact that they are obviously very generous, the guys at Twin Six design some really nice looking jerseys. I encourage you all to support them as they are supporting a member of the bike blogging community. Personally, I am as impressed with their graphic design skills as I am with their generosity, so I can assure you that I will be placing my own order very soon.