Now that the weather’s nice we’re also making sure to get out and ride more. Most importantly we’re exercising the golden rule of our guide to getting in shape for summer: being social.
This past December everybody’s favorite Swede, Fa(s)t Freddie paid us a visit. He spent a few weeks kicking around Chengdu ripping up the city streets on our Bamboo 1 demo bike. Needless to say he had a fine old time of it.
We’d been on Jon’s radar for a little while before he finally decided to go for it and see to getting his own custom frame built. 27.5″ wheels give is decent handling on technical climbs but are large enough to suck up rough terrain on a fast and loose downhill.
Towering at nearly two meters tall (6 foot and a few inches!), Jon is built like a linebacker and his frame was done up to match the punishment he’d be dishing out. Not to mention he picked out a smooth components package to complement the ride. Keep an eye out for this whip tearing up trails in the Bay Area!
This bike looks like it’d be best suited for short trips around town. Maybe you could toss some light groceries in the basket and breezily wheel the short trips between errands. It’s best not to judge a book by it’s cover, though. With the svelte style of a European city bike, this mixte has all the accoutrements of a long distance bike.
I finally got around to building up a bike that suits my recent riding style. I haven’t been inspired to do long grinds on the road bike, nor have I wanted to throw myself into the thrum of city traffic. Instead I’ve taken to searching for those backroads, broken and muddy, to find a little solace on the bike.
Introducing Bambu, a foreign-owned company in eastern China that produces a wide array of tastefully designed bamboo products for home use. They make everything from coasters and sporks to cutlery and fly swatters.
There’s always more room in the world for companies that emphasize sustainability, good design and taking pride in the products they make, no matter where they make them.
For more information on where you can find retailers of their products, their story, or order up a bulk batch of sporks and bicycle coasters then swing by their site and check it out!
You may have caught yourself oogling at the pictures of the tall bike and wondering why exactly it was so striking.
The answer is straightforward: we tried a new trick with the finishing. Beyond just prepping the surface for a clear coat, we stripped the bamboo of it’s cuticle exposing the grain beneath.
This not only highlights the grain of the bamboo but makes the natural tones of the bamboo really pop when given a clear coat. So we decided to play nice and share a few more photos of its finish!
The most recent contraption to make the ranks is a custom tall bike. Designed around elevating the rider to put their riding height above the roof of your ordinary sedan, it definitely makes for quite the eye-catcher.
This ain’t your ordinary tiki torch. These lamps and lanterns use weaving and other techniques to blend the space between material and light.