Murder of Couriers is a documentary about Vancouver bicycle messengers. Because apparently there is a void to fill since Triple Rush got cancelled after 1 episode.
There’s loads of trailers on their website, and if you still need your fill of watching people ride sick fixies and drink tinnies you can watch the whole thing on Vimeo (although you’ve got to pay, that beer won’t buy itself).
I’m not paying to watching someone ride a bike like an idiot, I do that first hand often enough, so if anyone has watched it let me know what you think.
Spin, who hosted a very well received cycle show during the summer, are back. This time they’ve partnered up with the London Coffee Festival, bringing the classic combination of caffeine abuse and bikes together once again. And this time, the show is free (apart from a £1.75 booking fee). The website for the event is here. There’s going to be some great exhibitors and it will definitely be a laugh.
It’s from the 29th November to 1st December. Get your tickets here
The Bicycle Film Festival is always awesome, and this year looks to be no exception. There’s loads of great films, including Moonrider (which I really want to see), Janapur, Ryokou and Soigneur. The Urban Bicycle Shorts is always a good watch too.
Find more info on what’s happening here.
As always, there’s parties too. The first of which is the opening party tonight, at The Russet, E8 2BT from 7pm. On Saturday is the LFGSS party at Iambic Bar on Pitfield Street, it’s exclusive to LFGSS and BFF people so won’t be full of dick heads like last year and will have real turntables too. Did I mention the free beer? Well there’s free beer too.
So get involved. Watch some films, get drunk, have fun and I will hopefully see you there.
Custom steel frames are just becoming more and more popular as people realise the benefits of having something built exactly how you want and having something unique. This can be seen by the increasing popularity of Bristol Bespoked and the growing number of frame builders in the country and the rising profile of the established ones. It’s also becoming more common for local bike shops to have a deal with a frame builder, like Tokyo Fixed Gear with Feather Cycles and Fiztrovia Bicycles with Woodrup.
As the company is brand new, they are doing a special offer for the first people to order frames from them. You can choose a road, track or cyclocross style frame, the exact size you need it, which is one of the best things about getting a custom frame, and they will design the geometry around that. You can even choose the tubing diameters. So if you want an incredibly stiff cross frame with a tall headtube or if you want a very skinny road frame that’s long and low, it’s no problem. All frame will be built with Reynolds 853, which is a great material (it’s what I chose my custom frame to be made of too) and the cost will be just £853.
It’s still not a small amount of money, but for a custom frame out of 853 to your exact specifications, it’s a damn good price. The best part is they can put it through your work’s Cycle Scheme too. The paint is included in the price and they can do any colour they can source.
I try not to post anything that I have seen from other blogs. But this is too good not to.
Fix It Sticks is a bicycle multi tool with a slightly different approach. As it sounds, it’s a stick with an allen or screwdriver bit at each end, that you can insert into each other for increased leverage. Because they’re separate they will store in your pocket easily and their design means you can use them for things that other, smaller, multi tools are useless at. Such as tightening the clamping bolts on hood brakes, a normal multi tool won’t reach. Or tightening your saddle clamp enough that it won’t move.
They have just reached their funding target on Kickstarter, so keep your eyes peeled for them to appear for sale. I know I’m definitely getting some.
So it’s finished. It’s finally finished. I started talking to Ryan in March last year about getting a frame built by him and now it is complete.
So here it is, my fully custom build 853 oversized road bike, with internal top tube cabling, an ovalised down tube, Paragon Machine Works dropouts and beefy tubes all round. It rides like a dream, incredibly stiff, more so than my last carbon frame, but also incredibly comfortable being steel. It was designed with tight geometry to handle like a track bike, but with a lower bottom bracket for stability at speed, but it’s more than that. The whole thing has come together to mean I can be yanking on the bars in a sprint and stays dead straight but with a small drop of the hips I can throw it round a corner at speed. The whole bike is about 8kg, so it’s not a lightweight, but that just disappears once you’re sat on it, and the steel will take dents and dings and live forever. It’s amazing.
Here’s a little built list
Frame: Oak Cycles 853 custom
Forks: Enve Road 2.0
Headset: Chris King
Stem: 3t Arx Pro
Bars: 3t Ergonova Pro
Seatpost: 3t Doric LTD
Saddle: Specialized Romin Expert
Pedals: Time ATAC XS Carbon
Wheels: Mavic Ksyruim ES Helium
Tyres: Challenge Criterium.