Pete aka Dividenthal has started a tumblr blog using his great shots of Birmingham cyclists and their bikes. I urge you to go check it out both for the great photography but also the fact almost everybody featured is bathed in Birmingham sunshine.
Would you fancy cycling on a steel wire above the traffic? That was Martin Angelov's idea, Kolelina, which he presented to the TEDx conference in Sofia. The Kolelina site is dedicated to being a 'lab for alternative transportation, crazy ideas and bicycle lifestyle' which is an understatement. The concept involves cyclists riding on a grooved track with a harness attaching them to the guide wire to keep you locked in. Touted as an option for navigating busy junctions it could be an exciting way to spice up your cycle to work in the morning.
I found a fantastic blog today on tumblr called rides a bike, it's a collection of vintage photographs of a whole host of Hollywood stars rolling along. Some beautiful shots and some fantastic outfits abound.
If the coolest man ever rides a bike, why not you?
Cyclists already know this and many other studies have shown that cycling helps to boost levels of seratonin and the extra sunlight will help vitamin D intake which both make you happier. The infographic above shows the correlation between bicycle sales in a country and the Satisfaction with Life score for that nation too. With the exception of the French, who never seemed to be satisfied, the more bicycles sold makes for a happier nation.
Now it could be Denmark's strong social values, progressive tax model, fantastic welfare system and beautiful residents but I reckon it's probably all the cycling they do.
After reading a piece in Boneshaker about Brother Cycles I was intrigued to check out their site. The two brothers, Will and James, decided to set up a business three years ago making frames for fixed gear and track bikes. They make some beautiful lugged frames and encourage their fans to get in contact and show them how they've built up the bike, including the one above from Jonesy in London and this lovely example. The gallery is incredible but unfortunately leads to a lot of envy.
I hope business flourishes and I'm sure it will with quality like that, shall be back on the site in the summer once I've saved up for a new ride. They also have a great blog talking about all things cycling related.
Monocle, a great magazine based out of London has got a video on their site talking about the importance of great design in bicycle culture and the manufacture of bikes. Its a great little video and mentions a firm called Biomega who approach the design of a cycle from the viewpoint of 'furniture for locomotion'. They have a great range of bikes including the Bamboo shown above. Based in Copenhagen, where else?, they aim to make urban-landscape-changing bikes. With a goal of 'creating a paradigm shift in the way society imagines transportation'.