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Old Stuff From My Tumblr Blog

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Before I started any of my blogs, I was keeping a Tumblr log of all the cool things that I’ve found on the internet.

I recently searched for something over here at Suburban Assault and couldn’t find it, only to discover that I had posted it over there. So, I decided to do a little merging and pull some of those posts over to this blog. Most of this is random and out-of-date, but I wanted to keep them in one place:

JUNE 21, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

Best Father’s Day EVER! (via dickdavid) Today, my daughter decided to take a ride with me. It was a bit slow and we didn’t go very far, but I don’t care. I got to share one of my favorite things with my little girl.   I’ll never forget this father’s day.

Best Father’s Day EVER! (via dickdavid)

Today (JUNE 21, 2009), my daughter decided to take a ride with me. It was a bit slow and we didn’t go very far, but I don’t care. I got to share one of my favorite things with my little girl. I’ll never forget this father’s day.

JUNE 13, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

I read about “Panda” shots on the Change Your Life, Ride A Bike Blog. I’ve seen these types of shots all the time, but never knew there was a term that was used for them. I guess these are what you would call the cycling equivalent to a “Facebook” or “MySpace” shot, where you take one of yourself from arm’s distance away. Here is the official description from the flickr group:

“Why are these called “pandas?” Well, ya see, there’s this rad chick who goes by the name faster panda kill kill. She takes rad self-portraits while riding her bike. They are so rad, in fact, that a group was formed to record similar self-portraits cuz, really, just about anyone who has a camera and rides bikes also takes these self-portraits.”

May 15, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

G-STAR RAW & Cannondale Present RAW CANNONDALE

THIS BIKE IS PERFECT! I’m such a 2-Wheel Whore.



April 14, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

February 19, 2009 / April 12, 2009 ______________________________________________________________________

I’m not sure if there will be a vote or if they just choose. Either way, here are my entries.

April 10, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

This is something I can totally get into. Bikes and Art!! I’m only sad that they’re not coming to Dallas.




Pictures from Artcrank.

March 25, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Klunkerz: A Film About Mountain Bike History (via klunkerbill)

March 4, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Saw this on Bicycle Times’ site. I’m joining to see what it’s all about.

© World Commute

February 25, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

I filled out a questionnaire about what I love about riding and it looks like it’ll be published. That’s me in the top center. I wish I had a more exciting shot or at least something fun to submit, but for now, I’ll just have to settle for this goofy pic.

© UrbanVelo

February 23, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Carnival (via dickdavid) I really dislike carnivals. They attract lower income folks and trick them into spending more money than they can afford. They are interesting to photograph.

Carnival (via dickdavid)

I really dislike carnivals. They attract lower income folks and trick them into spending more money than they can afford. They are interesting to photograph.

February 16, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

I saw this on Urban Velo this morning. These are great city bikes that are highly customizable – and at a great price. If I didn’t already get my current single speed at such a great price, I would definitely be looking into this brand.

© Republic Bike

May 12, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

My Favorite Bike Magazines

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Back in the day, when most of my riding was off-road, there were only few magazines to choose from. On the newsstand were Bicycling, Mountain Bike Action, Bike, Dirt Rag – all good but somewhat sport-cycling related. At the time I didn’t care, because that’s how I rolled.

Now that most of my riding is around town, at a much slower pace and with the general goal of relaxation, those magazines no longer appealed to me. Fortunately, there are other magazines out there that compliment my style of riding. Here are my top 15:

15) Cranked – This was a publication that’s no longer in production. It had the potential to be an awesome magazine, but couldn’t keep the momentum going.

14) Riders’ Collective – This is a relatively new magazine and I don’t know much about it. That’s why it rolls in at 14.

13) Bike Hugger – This is actually a blog and not a true magazine – which is the only reason it’s not higher up on the list. They have a really strong online presence with content that’s very interesting. If they ever published a mag (online or print) I would subscribe. You’ll probably see a reference to these guys again when I list out my top bike blogs.

12) Velo Vision – “The Practical Cycling Magazine” – Nice mag from the UK which makes the list because of the nature of its content. I’ve only downloaded a sample issue with some interesting articles about some unique bikes. The art direction is good, but a bit flat.

11) five five nine – With only two issues (only one downloadable) under its belt, it’s hard to make a judgement on this. The content is mostly mountain bike, but the attitude and design are incredible and worth a taking a look.

10) dandyhorse – “Toronto on Two Wheels” – From what I’ve seen, nice design with good content. However, as you’ll see with some other well-produced magazines, it’s very expensive and not published very often.

9 ) COG – From what I’ve seen on their site, this is a nicely designed publication with some great content. These guys really love bikes. Unfortunately, the subscription is expensive and there isn’t a downloadable sample to make me want to invest in it for a year.

Great products cost a lot of money to produce, making each issue expensive. Expensive issue subscriptions lower the readership. Lower readership reduces advertising income. Less advertising income can’t help offset the cost to produce a great product. This is the unfortunate cycle (pardon the pun) of magazine publication revenue that kills some great products out there. I hope it doesn’t happen to them.

8 ) The Ride Journal – This is an awesome magazine published out of the UK. The design and content are top notch. Unfortunately, as with the previous three pubs, it’s very expensive. The great thing is, if you’re willing to wait, you can download a previous issue. That alone, pushes it up higher on my list. Because of that, I’m temped to subscribe.

7 ) City Cycling – Nice online magazine from the UK with good content. However, being all built in html, the design is understandably a bit flat. They get a huge plus from me because the content is free. There’s a subscription link on their site, but it’s just an email address.

6 ) Practical Pedal – This is another great publication “for anyone who thinks bikes make great transportation”. Like many others, the design and content is really nice. You can view each issue for free on the digital magazine site called issuu. There’s an option to “subscribe to the print edition for any price you’d like”, but it isn’t clear on how to do that.

5 ) Kickstand – Nothing says casual riding better than a cruiser. This is a magazine about beach cruiser style bikes and the cruiser bike culture. Nice, but it’s a little too much of a niche for me. I enjoy reading it, but not enough to subscribe.

4 ) Momentum – “The Magazine For Self-Propelled People” – This is a really nice publication that’s free if you happen to have one of their Community Partners near you. If not, you can subscribe for a small fee. They also have a downloadable version as well – although the issuu viewer app is a bit quirky. I prefer a good ol’ fashioned, self-contained pdf.

To be quite honest, I really haven’t given this publication a proper chance and it would probably move up the list if I did.

3 ) Bike Monkey – Although this is mostly a mountain bike magazine, I still enjoy it. It is probably one of the better designed publications with some of the most well written articles out there. I’ll read this magazine from cover to cover if I get time. They also have a good online presence that keeps me informed as well as a way to view old issues through issuu.

The only drawback for me is that it isn’t geared for the type of riding that I currently enjoy.

2 ) Urban Velo – “Bicycling Culture On The Skids” This came close to being number one for me. I’m a huge fan of the “I Love Riding In The City” series because it shares a wide variety rider perspectives from all over the world. The design of the magazine has a nice urban feel and it’s scaled smaller to fit nicely in my bag. Like with, Bike Monkey, I enjoy reading each issue from cover to cover.

They have a great online presence with news updates that keep my RSS feed well stocked with good bike information. Plus, they offer up a FREE downloadable version of each issue as well. This is a publication done right.

The only drawback for me is that it feels a bit too urban. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – but at my age, I fall a bit out of their demographic.

1 ) Bicycle Times – For “Your Everyday Cycling Adventure.” From the guys who publish Dirt Rag, this is a quarterly magazine that caters to everybody who doesn’t ride for sport. You get a quality product, backed by years of cycle publication experience – all with a fresh spin that I can relate to. The design might not be cutting-edge, but the content more than makes up for it.

There are only a few drawbacks: I wish they would publish more issues per year, their online presence isn’t as strong as some of the others and I wouldn’t mind free downloadable issues to go along with my print subscription.

That covers a few of my favorite bike magazines. If I missed any of your favorites, please post a link in the comments. I would love to check them out.

Urban Velo introduces the Redline Urbis

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Just saw this Redline goodness on my Urban Velo RSS feed! Being a big fan of Redline, you’ve got to understand how exciting this is for me. From the looks of the pic, the frame looks similar to my Monocog. I’ll be watching the web for this one.

Read more and see a pic on Urban Velo.

UPDATE: Here are more pics from Redline.

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September 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm

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