In a past post I mentioned China and the car fascination that has struck the country in recent years. I've addressed the social role of the bicycle in several countries, but China is fairly fascinating. As many urbanized countries seem to be moving towards alternative transport, China's car culture is growing relentlessly.…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on January 16, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
I've just gotten a chance to take my brand new fillet-brazed fixed gear bike I made out for a longer ride around Portland. I built the wheels myself as well. Since this picture, I've managed to wrap the handlebars and attach a brake lever. It cuts the corners like a hot knife through butter, and it's like a race horse out of the starting gate from a stop light.…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on December 27, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Photocredit: Cycle Me Home Facebook
Cycle Me Home is a film nearing completion.
"In the summer of 2011, a few film students and bike lovers decided to make a documentary movie. The original idea came from Levi, a Hungarian film student, who went to Madrid for 5 months to study, and after finishing school there, he decided to go back to Budapest…
Added by Joe Paisley on December 4, 2012 at 11:25pm — No Comments
Criteriums are not for the faint at heart, both literally and metaphorically. If you want to feel like your heart might explode either because of the physical exertion you're engaging in, or because of the fraction of an inch your pedal came from striking the pavement in a pack of…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on November 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
In my brief visit to Kuala Lumpur, I didn't have a bike with me. Yet it seems like Malaysia is an excellent place to bike, am I right?
This video was for promoting an event held this past September, I'm not sure if any of the Pedal Collective members made it out. If so, tell us how it was! Check out their website at Yellow Bike Company.
Dalam lawatan singkat saya ke Kuala Lumpur, saya tidak mempunyai basikal dengan…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on October 15, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments
Here's some fixed gear climbing outside Glasgow. Pretty right?
Added by Joe Paisley on September 21, 2012 at 9:32pm — No Comments
Getting around Saigon with a bike? Sign me up.
Added by Joe Paisley on September 12, 2012 at 10:50am — No Comments
Tom and I did a beautiful ride yesterday. We went all up through the Great Falls area on our fixed gear bikes. It felt good to get away from the cars, as I'm so used to them when I ride my Mercier. There were some formidable rollers, especially with a fixed gear bike, and one hill I recall us having to "zig-zag" just to ascend. I call it the ride through Castleville because of the huge houses along the way. I didn't record the whole ride, as we stopped for coffee and some mechanical…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on June 6, 2012 at 9:47am — No Comments
Red Bull set up this event as a course. It looks like a lot of fun. There are some nasty spills in it, but a lot of smiles too. Enjoy!
Added by Joe Paisley on June 5, 2012 at 8:45pm — No Comments
Don't let me forget to post the second one. I love the color the filmmaker uses, it look so good! This is for those of you who need a fixed gear fix. Enjoy!
Added by Joe Paisley on May 8, 2012 at 1:14pm — No Comments
I missed the Redbull Ride N' Style in San Francisco, and so I have to vicariously view it through these videos. It's an annual event they hold which features all the various types of fixed gear riding. They say it grows every year, and I can't say I'm surprised. This is supposed to be a "rough edit," but I think it looks pretty good.
Some extra info and…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on May 2, 2012 at 5:58pm — No Comments
The Alleycat Race is a understated race type. More people ought to give it a try. It's like insane field hockey on steroids. It's anarchistic and revolutionary (a bad pun). Don't forget, it's also charitable. Post your race today. Organize a race and benefit a cause of your…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on April 29, 2012 at 11:06pm — No Comments
In a lot of ways, riding a bike is like going through life, sometimes the smallest difference makes all the difference. That's exhibited here, in the Melbourne world track championships. Chris Hoy just gave it that slight extra effort in this sprint, and it made the difference. The incredible power and effort he put forth in that instant is astounding. It wasn't just brute force, it was careful thought and a lot of…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on April 20, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
The Mark of the Beast Alleycat was a success! Neil told me I missed a great time, and there's no doubt that's the case. Check out some pictures here.
Photos courtesy of Kevin…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on April 16, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
If you're in the DC area, you can't miss this one. Even if riding isn't your thing, the party will be grand. My friend Jonni just made this video to help promote the ride. He always turns out great work. Not only does the ride money go towards the NACCCs, my…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on April 11, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Although I'd like to do this someday, I'm not looking to do the amount of mileage these guys did in two days. They rode from Grand Rapids Michigan to Mackinac Island. Fixed gear touring looks like it would be a totally different experience. I really dig the black and white too. Who wants to do one of these?
Added by Joe Paisley on March 27, 2012 at 10:15am — No Comments
These streets look interesting. I haven't made it to Norway yet, and it looks pretty cool to me. The track bike Rapha did this little bit of city riding with is the Condor Lavoro. Check it out:
Added by Joe Paisley on March 18, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
There's a certain quality of freedom that comes with being a bike messenger. It's not a conventional job by any means, the hours are long, the job is rough, and you're not exactly rolling in cash. Yet the independence and freedom that comes along with it isn't all too bad. This Nada Surf song "Whose Authority" expresses that. They're from NYC and have just come out with a new album "The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy," with the…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on March 16, 2012 at 6:45pm — No Comments
I took a short ride to the bank and the grocery store today. It's unnaturally nice outside, so I couldn't waste the weather. I strolled into the store and thought it was a good idea to get a mini keg. It fit right into my bag, and so I took off back to my place. I never knew downhill could be so strenuous. After a mile or two, my beer burden was weighing on me. I could feel its glory in its resistance to gravity on the way up the hills. Feast your eyes:…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on March 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
I got the chance to ride a little today. Perfect day for riding. I even did a few trackstands just for fun in between classes. I can barely wait until summer rolls around, and it can be more like Barcelona. These guys know the spots, and how to have a good time. Definitely jealous of this excursion. Where would you ride if given the opportunity?…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on March 8, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments