This is a lovely little video piece. You must spare 3 minutes for this quirky character study about bike history.

The Spokesman from dean saffron on Vimeo.

Via the ever-awesome Gurldoggie.

Major bonus points if you can name that bike he is riding in the last shots.

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USA Today has posted this neat interactive map graphic showing League of American Bicyclists list of bike-friendly states (go Washington!), with the ability to change between the last few years, giving a nice visual of the change over time.


(Not being a USA Today reader, I learned about this from Artcrank. Thanks!)

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This video makes me a little dizzy. Wow. Check out that shadow at 2:48 in the video (and the photos at the end!)

As the YouTube video says,

14.5ft at the Seat
Built in 12 work hours
One Huffy beach cruiser, 2″ square tubing, 3/4″ round tubing, and 1″ round tubing
26″ single speed coaster brake wheelset
6 1/2 single speed bicycle chains (32.5ft of chain)

To bend the pipe i used an upside down shopping cart and a split log. Ghetto, i know, but hey – IT WORKS.

My last tallbike was just under 10ft tall at the seat and you can see us featured in 30 Seconds to Mars’ music video, “Kings and Queens” –
STOOPIDTALL, is the inbetween from that one (Kafourki) and the world record tallest bike that i’ll be building next this year.

Thank you to all the Angelopes who guided STOOPIDTALL through the sea of fellow cyclists!

And thanks to all the photographers and videographers who documented STOOPIDTALL’s Maiden Voyage!

Much love, Richie

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Amazing Bike Part Kinetic Fish Sculpture

January 6, 2013

Amazing new kinetic fish sculpture “Delmar” constructed from bicycle parts by Oregon artist Chris Cole (@ChrisColeArt) Chris Cole creates moving creatures and surreal images of avian and aquatic life that are inseparable from the industrialized and mechanical world we live in. Smooth plant-like shapes are connected with heavy bolts; tendons, seed-pods, and seaweed seem to [...]

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Recycle Those Election Signs! (Into Panniers and Fenders)

November 7, 2012

Ready to put the election behind you? Kent Peterson has a great blog post on how to recycle all those political signs made of coroplast into functional bike fenders and even panniers! Learn more on Kent’s Bike Blog here.

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Special Election Day Juju

November 5, 2012

Need I say more?  

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Life Magazine 1948: Chicago Family’s Mutant Bikes

June 23, 2012

I love this Life Magazine gallery of mutant bikes built by members of the Steinlauf family in their Chicago bicycle shop more than 60 years ago! (Yes, look closer. Caption from LIFE: “Only springs connect rear of Maurice Steinlauf’s bike with roving front wheel.”) What a wonderfully wacky family! According to Life Magazine, December 27, [...]

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French Freak Bike Friday

April 19, 2012

Freak Bike Friday: Continuing the recent Bikejuju trend of vintage images, here’s one from the Linus Bikes Facebook page (cough cough sorry I guess I mean “Timeline.”)

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Seattle: Inaugural Pedaler’s Fair This Weekend

April 17, 2012

My friend Ryan at GoMeansGo is co-sponsoring (with Swift Industries) a new Seattle cycling event, happening this coming weekend: the Pedaler’s Fair. Just like the poster says, there will be cycling arts and crafts. And if I know Ryan, there will also be beer, and good times. The kind of good times you hope don’t [...]

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Seattle Western Union Messengers, 1937

April 8, 2012

Love this photo from Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. This 1937 photo shows six Western Union messengers and their bicycles in downtown Seattle. They are standing on the sidewalk in front of the telegraph office at 113 Cherry Street. The messengers are Tom Chaffee, Abbott Van Hise, William Riley, Ralph Weller, Everett Olds, and [...]

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