Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bamboo Bike


Bamboo!!

Wow, I have heard of this stuff before but slowly I an getting more interested.
Not sure about these bars though. Not aware of any Tracks locally that will let me ride like that. CUSTOMS might stop me too. http://www.calfeedesign.com/singlespeed.htm



Built by Warren Von Botbyl. Warren's been building furniture for about ten years now and had some oak leftover from his last piece. http://www.bikeforest.com/homebuild17.php

pretty impressive and definably unique. There are a few other bikes like that on the site too. The

I also found a blog by Nick Frey. I did not really look to deeply into other pages of it but this page was hoot. They built a Bamboo prototype fixie and it seems to work ok.. apparently, I might be understating . check it out here
The BFF or Bicycle Film Festival went through Sydney with a bit of a lump this year. Brent, the patron and organizer was still bleeding from his inside mouth and was still sore from being beaten up in Paris a few weeks earlier.. He did not drink and was not quite the social butterfly he usually is. He also managed to make the organizers of this years Sydney event fell rather bad. A real pity really as it was just not needed. I think what Brent really needs is some quiet time away from the needs of others and concentrate on just lying around and getting some vitamin D. Then a few weeks later perhaps take up where he left off. It was also very hard to market and promote the event with the next to zero notice we got about the program. I had the feeling that Brent wanted to take over the event for the short time he was here and disregarding the 9 months of event planning and council negotiation that went on. Sydney is not an easy place to do anything (that is just a reminder). There are many bike sub cultures in Sydney and getting them together is a chore.

The organizers this year did a great job getting the bike riders of Sydney involved from opening bike rides and parties, art galleries, fashion show that was dominated by bike messengers, nude ride, polo, the event, swap meets and a host of other side activities. Well done to the core group. team players all of them and not to mention cool too... I cant believe that was not the words of our benefactor. I am annoyed at Brent about that. My favorte movie had my mate Adam and Meg in it. Very cute very quaint. made me smile.

The Bike Valet Parking on King Street, Newtown was a great success. It was used well, set up well and was seen by lots and lots of people who went past the Dendy Cinema in Newtown.

The After party on Sunday was also a great with Paul and Fiona providing the "most excellent" food. ( I feel like a scene from Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure ( 81%) )

Last week I went to a red carpet showing of Quantum Of Solace (65%) I went with a mate of mine who often is my company at movies to the flicks. We see good movies and bad but generally we don't see drama or girly stuff. I was very disappointed with the fact that it was a Red carpet affair and We where the only ones in dinner jackets. It put us both in a bad mood and frankly I was disjointed that no one else thought it necessary to dress up to go to a James bond premier. The movie was not the normal james bond, No cars, no inventions and no panting sex scenes as corny as they are. The intro drive scene was a joke as those 250 HP alfas that might be 4WD can kick the begeeezuz outa a rear wheel drive Austin Martin on the tight dirt track that we where supposed to believe was a pit of construction. However the intital fight scene was awesome but might have been more at home in a kung-Fu movie. I reckon the best ever Kung Fu movie is this. ... not excatly a nice way to end a paragraph about a James Bond Movie but really.. it was crap...
This is a second link to The best Kung Fu movie of all time

on a more here and now...Some of you locals might have heard about the gang who are hitting ATMs in the wee hours and robbing them of money. Well 2 nights ago I woke at almost 2am from a loud bang in the night.

Going down for my morning coffee on a rare child free day. I took this photo. (cool bike on the road)

But the gas cylinders used to blast the Clovelly Road ATM destroyed the machine, the front of the bank and damaged the thieves' getaway car. from SMH

And, I can confirm that...


A police spokeswoman
could not confirm reports the car was stolen in a carjacking. (from smh) to be true.

In fact the passenger was holding her door so hard she ripped it off the inside of the door as she was wrenched out of the car. The driver whom I know to be meek and mild to be rather shattered this morning (the next day). Im just glad they are ok and I hope that the incident did not shatter the Driver of the hijacked car too much.

The car of choice seems to be an AUDI as Audi seems to pup up everywhere .. almost as much as in IronMan.

So I spent 30 minutes sitting in a borrowed chair from the cafe in the street and watching the police divert traffic and watching the media take report after report. Some detectives turned up and its true. They stood out like very sore thumbs and wore very bad ties.

The rest of the day was a hoot. Managed to organize a blind date for Lane, Take a few pictures of very nice bike with ladies hang in the sun for a few hours also. A great day really
Also got this great shirt from KINGKOG


I would like to correct a mistake on my last post. I was talking about some stand out games from the past where I mentioned Soul Caliber. What I really meant to say was SOUL BLADE It came out on the PS1.


Thursday, November 20, 2008


I find myself being less of a Troll or Space Pilot or Conqueror on line and tend to contact a friend or invite them to smirsh ideas.
Games at one stage used to take up a lot of my days and some might even say I needed an intervention at some stage. However I managed to pull out rather well in retrospect.
Also I find that once I was keen to overclock a intel 90 CPU (released 7th March 1994) to 130 mghz. The 300a and the pent 3 700e was running 1.3 for almost 5 years b4 it just went no further. Now I just get yesterdays top of the line so I get performance at a discount, Parts are expendable for a basic coputer. So now my tomato computing habit have long gone. I find myself searching news feeds and the weather.

Times have changed. Wizardry on the apple ][E where on the bottom level if you stayed Left at every junction you would live. Little clues on the walls "ANDREW" was the creator of the game and "WERDNA" was written on the walls. It was written in Pascal and if you opend the bat file all you had to do was go to find roll values... and add some kinda exrta bit like (strength (roll value)*3.3). Keeping the cheat values low meant you could still play the game without playing GOD mode. And the spell Titawait actually was described as a radio active blast

When it came out. Soul Calibur on the playstation really was a gaming benchmark. It had every aspect of a complete game experience. So did lylat Wars on the Nintendo. A very stand out game for its release in game timelines. They actually made the experience GAMELY, fun and mostly playable. I mean Original Sonic with the mega Pad joystick was awesome.

The Atari was a neat unit. but finaly decided it was the best music creation machines. Playing on the Amiga 64 was really just trying to mimic the arcade. It was a bad comparison.

Computers today... well we are about to hit a networking revolution.

I feed we are about to become cold and constantly in need of more and more. EEEpc is 550 bucks. its able to connect to 'hot spots' but some are not3G compatible. They should be. women can carry on in a small handbag whilst guys can fit them in their thigh pocket of their cargo pants. Anyone cna op't for a small back pack. The IPhone is under threat of actually having to de- regulate itself to keep up. Multi Media and the phone is about to become a very very thin and winding line. Android gains momentum. Its a free mobile phone platform or Opperating Sydtem.

Meanwhile over here, people drink coffee in their caffe's wondering if the bill can be paid with their credit card. Our telcos scoffle over the way they are going to release technology to us to make the most money. A lot how Sony as a game Vendor service. The Playstation 3 and PSP have features that are fantastic making every bit worth the money you spend, Whilst here is the land of Sweeping planes and grand blue mountains these features are released as net get or "to look forward to".

If your not up to speed with computers and want to learn, I rate Sci-Fi Neuromancer by William Gibson and if you like an book of short stories called Burning Chrome.
I tell ya this guy is almost a prophet

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


ok, A few weeks ago I posted a pic of a nice looking ... bike frame. (A lot like the one above It was about 6 grand US. I thought that it was a tad outa my league but then I saw this and I cant figure a single thing that made me smile about the bike frame any more.

I don't care if BonJovi puked on it, I don't care if it was used in James Bond or on the set of 10 000 BC. I dont care is full of cocaine.
WHO ARE YOU KIDDING !!!

on the lighter side. Tonight My main man OhOhtwo is takin me as a date to Quantum Of Solace. I've gotta wear a zoot. Looking forward to it.

Found a shirt that made me feel cool. It keeps on making me feel cool everytime I think about it. Thanks Kig Kog. Delivery of this baby was less than a week from OS. thats better than local times. This little self portariat is cool for me. I wonder if I wear it to work, will my boss say "NO COMPLY" or not... Last weekend the BFF came to town. Brent, well done mate. Also Elaena from Bike Sydney did a great job in building the whole Sydney project. There where a bunch of groovy things other than the film festival propper. here is the menu and it was really a good time from the opening bike ride and party to the post party at Pyrmont Park.
I have never really been keen on Vego food as i am the kinda guy who things of vegies as optional. Paul.. Your a legend. I have no idea about Vego "only" food. BUT THAT WAS FANTASTIC.

I also managed to Take/Get Given this great cap from Brent B. (see right)

Also, saw a crap movie but I had to see it as I commented on the Jessica Simpson forums about bike messengers. This movie rates ok for a basic movie about small town girl gets ahead in big town noo yourrrk. crap really.

Below is Fraag's Bike. It' customized with Manga. EXCELLENT job.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


How Funny or what?????

Very hello kitty. but softer.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Movember - Sponsor MeOne for the men.
and the Bike film Festival is on in Sydney this Friday and Saturday. King St. Newtown. Ssydney
Thanks yellow brick road for the bike placard poster pic.
wanna find the menu of the shows.
hit ME HERE . Just look for the poster link.

Bike

Sunday, November 09, 2008

no pics.

Newtown Festival

HUGE

From a very un-assuming start in Mary St. The bike Valet ran all day and once aging remained triumphant.

I would like to thank Ash and Adrian for starting a gun set.
Adrian and Chris for carrying on from them.
And Chris and Craig in the afternoon.

We had lots of bikes through at random times. Well what I mean is we could be staring at the passing parade for 10 minutes then suddenly 6 bikes and then 4 more.. then 2 more than stop for a while... it was just random, then 2 groups of 3... was fun.


A lot of 70s bikes and townie types. Even had some up scale euro transport lookers too. About a dozen fixies or singles from non messengers, but looked the beeswax.
lots of nice bikes...


We all had fun. Everyone was happy with the comfort of the service.
One guy came and quizzed me, and I said "All care, no duty"and he blatantly said no thanks. Well there is a first for everything. One guy locked his bike in the racks too.

Thanks Crumpler and Bike Sydney. who made it possible

Was a great day.


need more volunteers for BFF
gimmie a yell if your up for it.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I can't figure out what makes me angrier: my habit of anonymously trolling web. forums, or my video game playing.

this statement is kinda the ultimate bored web user.. somehow I empathize TOTALLY. grab a visual here full story here

.A new Bike Messenger photographic slash artistic site.

I have serious travel plans for 2009, culminating with the World Championships in September. Big dreams that need real funds. To help finance my trips, I will be launching a series of online raffles. I’ve organized lotteries before and they have always proven to be highly successful.

Not only will I be giving away large format limited edition prints, I also have some sponsors who are joining in and donating some products and gift certificates. I think there will be some really sweet prizes up for grabs.

stay tuned, all the official info will be online by this weekend.

Now when couriers complain about the weather in Sydney. Hmmm. You know not to listen.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Fixie Specific Crash
I met some of my friends on Federation Way and we rode towards St. Peters to the Art Show RODE,EDGE. We where late and we where not in a huge rush and we just took our lane and went along the Wilson St highway (a local road that is shared by cars and bikes).

I was out of the saddle and pumping a little when I felt my legs fly free with no friction like my chain had come off. At the time I was standing out of the pedals. Down I went. hitting the ground hard and rolling only my elbow and onto my back. I noticed a car right there on right (behind me), still clipped in, I managed to throw my bike away from the cars towards the side of the road as I was still clipped in.

The guys I was cycling with thought I really know how to fall, but the look on my face of knowing my bike was in harms way was apparently "golden" I threw with my legs my bike with deliberate actions to put my bike out of harms way.

My slide stops, I'm stinging on my elbow and hands and knee. The car occupants asked if I was OK, my friends on bikes asked if I was OK... Ohhhh the humility.. I'm OK.

my lock ring had somehow un-wound a thread or 2 and my cog had jammed tight up aginst it in a slightly unwond possition. when peddaling the cog wanted to "tighten" on its spline, when i did tighten I had a no fricion against the weight I was putting into the cranks. The cog tightened back into a secure position but it was enough for me to "bin it" in front of Adam for his Birthday.

Happy birthday mate

We ride to the Art show , we are late. It looks like everyone was having a great time. Bikes and bike art and fashion is everywhere .

We where there for about 1 hour and a Police Man came and shut the party down. No seriously Sydney really needs to re-evaluate it's police force. to explain what was going on was a medium sized group and very not drunk or disorderly. The public where a very tame group and the music was not loud and people where talking and not yelling. So the crowd was very under control and there was no dangerous things happening. Things where tame. The police shut down the group for no reason other than they must have been super bored. after all most yobbos where inside watching the football. Sydney Police really are not very community friendly. The Art/ fashion show was a community event that was soft as flowers. Cops just need to stop treating us all like a communist state or like we are ALL CRIMINALS prior to being one.

Probably a knee jerk reaction to being a penal colony 200 years ago.. the rum coat and rum rebellion vibe is still alive in Sydney.

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