Some of you may have noticed the yellow fixie with “DEVO” on the top tube hanging above a desk in one of the Trek design studio pictures that I posted not long ago. For those of you who wondered about that bike, yes the logo on the top tube actually does refer to the band that many of you remember from the 1980 single “Whip It”. This bike was built up with custom graphics as a Devo tribute bike by a couple of the designers at Trek. Michael explained the idea actual started with the ‘flower pot’ headset spacers. He was talking with another Trek designer, Chad, about the headset spacers and, to quote Michael, “BAM! I decided to make the whole bike.”
As it turns out, Devo is playing this Friday at SXSW, and they are going to sign the bike while they are in Austin. The one-off signed bike will then be auctioned to raise money for LiveStrong… pretty cool for a spur of the moment idea. You can check out the website for the auction here and bid if you happen to be a big Devo fan in need of a new fixie. The money certainly goes to a good cause, so I hope it goes for a good amount.
As I mentioned earlier, the Taipei Cycle show is happening this week. A reader, Eric, is going to share his impressions from the show, so check back for that sometime next week. For now, if you are interested, you can download the show daily pdfs for the first two days from the website.