Happy New Year

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Hard to believe it is already 2009. It seems like 2008 just flew by. I closed out the year yesterday with an early morning ride on my road bike using the My Tach GPS Cyclocomputer/Training device that I am currently trying out. I will talk more about it in a future post, but for now I will just say that it was pretty cool to be able to download the data and see my ride mapped out in Google Earth. After the ride, I had to get back to work on installing wood flooring in my house. That is what I have been doing all week and today will be no exception, so I had better get on with this post. To start out the year, I am going to pass along a few links that I bookmarked over the holidays, so here they are:

Pictured here is a 36 inch wheeled mountain bike from Black Sheep Cycles. There is nothing like a 36er to make a 29er look like a small wheeled bike.

Bike Radar had a good article recently about form vs. function in the world of bicycle design. It features quotes from a “few industry players/designers” in response to the question “Is form becoming more important than function these days?”

Thanks to MasiGuy for pointing out the “weird bike stuff” pages on Charlie Kelly’s website. Yikes! I remember many of these designs from the 80s. Make sure that you don’t miss page 2.

The Core blog recently posted a reflective backpack for cyclists. Along those same lines, they posted a reader’s bike that was wrapped in Retroreflective Vinyl.

Ron posted recently about carbon fiber construction at Time. Take a look; the post is definitely worth a read.

I forgot to mention it, but Urban Velo mentioned this little bike design program a couple of months ago.

I can’t read Dutch, but I recently stumbled across this webpage with a quote from me at the top. I will keep watching to see if new content is added.

Finally, I feel compelled to point out this White Industry hub that Eric posted. If you change cogs often on a fixed gear wheel, you will appreciate this design.

OK, it is back to work on the floor for me. Happy New Year to all of you and thanks for reading in 2008.

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7 Comments

  1. Agung Cahyadi January 2, 2009 at 9:25 am -  Reply

    Happy new year.
    oh god, that weird bike makes me weird enough..

  2. GenghisKhan January 4, 2009 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    36 inch wheels?! Interesting. I wonder where one gets tubes for that or tires, for that matter. Still, I’d take it for a spin!

    Peace and Happy New Year!

    http://www.singlespeedrevolution.com
    Ride One or Ride None!

  3. Charlie January 5, 2009 at 8:47 am -  Reply

    Google reader put an add for leather motorcycle jackets at the end of that post. Maybe “weird bike stuff” was s keyword.

  4. Major Shubaltz January 5, 2009 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    Miche has actually had a more affordable and more easily used quick change cog system for awhile now. I don’t know when they came out with it, but I’ve seen it for sale at Harris Cyclery for at least a year.
    http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/fixed-sprockets.html
    As pretty as the White industries parts look, theres no sense in making more things more proprietary.

  5. erik k January 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    James, thanks for the shout out. Always appreciated. Also I’m eagerly anticipating the contest results.
    Happy new year

  6. James January 6, 2009 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Thanks for the comments all.

    Erik, it has taken a long time, but the contest finalists will be posted later this week.

  7. Angelo January 6, 2009 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Happy new year, James.

    Excellent bike blog! Keep up the good spirit.

    Angelo

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