Friday, February 27, 2009

Street Fixed Hub from Vallie Components

Vallie Componenents look set to drop these burly look track hubs. I saw em over at CyclingWMD and according to Alan: "The hubs are easily the strongest, most solid ones I've ever seen for built for tracks bikes. Sitting one of them down next to a Phil Wood hub really shows you just how brutal they are. The flanges are taller, thicker and the bolts are HUGE! Bearings are wicked smooth too! I sincerely doubt there's any other track hub out there right now that's anywhere near as durable as this one"
Because of my utilitarianist in me appreciates such a beefy strong hub, and the high flange and simple design is esthetically pleasing as well.

Alan over at CyclingWMD posted these (prototype) track hubs from Vallie Components Also note that badass 15t cog.

ISO disc cog mounting eliminates stripped lock ring threads.
Dual sided for multiple ratios
Thick symmetric flanges for a strong dishless build
Massive 15mm hollow female axle can take any abuse you can throw at it.
Oversize 6902 bearings to keep you rolling smoothly.
Stainless Hardware to last through those salty winters
Beefy M10 x 1.00 axle bolts
Slide on bearing collars
Accepts 44mm ISO disc cogs
120mm spacing
Approx 450 grams

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Track Frame?

I'm curious about getting a track frame in replace of my conversion road frame. Curious what people might recommend, or if anyone is looking to sell. Let me know if anyone has any recommendations. Im looking at a Bianchi Pista and an Iro frame right now to get an idea of budget.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Henri Cartier-Bresson

I wish I was in Paris right now, but alas I will live vicariously through James and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I am a real big fan of Whyred's design. Influenced by classic, wearable designs and postmodern aesthetics, Whyred provides classic appeal while utilizing "clean lines, neat shapes and quirky details".

According to Whyred, this season's Men's: "With a carefree attitude, the young at heart Whyred boys are out to woo the girls in a big city life manner. With the intellectual art and music scene of New York in the early 80’s as a starting point, the inspiration this season is a young David Byrne whose geeky and dry stance is shaped by his bold pop culture statements."

Although 80's inspired fashion is not rare, Whyred does an exceptional job at mixing the old while remaining at the forefront of modern design with bright colours, clean cuts and very wearable looks.

Excuse all the pictures, but I am loving every look. There is even more here!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Acne Coated Cotton Relaxed Duffle Coat

Bright colours are the perfect solution for the transition to Spring and the coated cotton duffle from Acne is definitely colourful. Besides my socks, I tend to wear mostly muted colours and lots of greys but a jacket like this is very alluring to break me out of my colour shell (maybe a bit too far away from my comfort zone).

Available from Asos.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bright Gram

I read about the bright new looks over at Refinery 29 a few weeks ago and was hesitant to post anything. But considering bright colours, especially blue, seem to be a major trend this spring I decided to post a couple of my favourite bright designs from Gram. The Gram 321g Triple Combo Plimsoles are a great mix of colour while maintain the classic lines associated with plimsoles and the 385g Canvas Plimsoles in all blue is another great offering in the blue shoe department that is become pretty saturated this spring, eg Kitsuné x Pierre Hardy, Rachel Comey etc. These Gram shoes offer some great standout shoe options that would work with either an otherwise muted outfit, or a multi-coloured look that is liberal with different hues, patterns and pieces.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Diatech Gold Finger

My Diatech Gold Finger brake lever came today in the mail. It was a pleasant surprise.

Kanye West VH1 Storytellers

I thought that this picture of Kanye West from his blog was good enough to be worthy of a repost:

The jacket, the shirt, the contrast, everything is spot on.


Yesterday I enjoyed a beautiful day off riding around Fairfield. The coast was such a nice little ride, I stopped and took some pictures near the water, and then wandered through Ross Bay cemetary.
More pictures are on my Flickr.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sasquatch 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Decemberists
Fleet Foxes
TV On The Radio
Animal Collective
Bon Iver
Of Montreal
Grizzly Bear
Zach Galifinakas and much much more


Royal Enfield Bullet

Royal Enfield is a motorcycle company based out of Chenai, India and offer up some great bikes, with classic styling at a great price. "The Royal Enfield Bullet, in its present form, was first introduced in Britain in 1949 as a 350cc bike. It incorporated an innovative design element: swing arm suspension. This feature along with its extremely strong single cylinder engine allowed it to excel as a trials bike. The 500cc model was introduced in Britain during the 1950's, winning hundreds of races. This brought the Bullet international recognition and orders came into the factory in Redditch, England from all over the world."
The classic styling is amazing, and the Cafe kit easily converts the bullet into the perfect bike for racing from cafe to cafe. Below is the Bullet 350 and the Bullet GT500 Cafe Racer.
The Bullet 350 -Royal Enfield India

The GT500 Cafe Racer Royal Enfield U.S. site.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Top of Tyrol / astearchitecture

Stubai Glacier in Tyrol, Austria
One hour’s drive from Innsbruck, the Stubai Glacier offers a large variety of mountain climbs and hikes. The aim of the newly erected platform is therefore mainly the revival of seasonal and summer tourism.
During the winter season the platform can be accessed the weather conditions permitting. The mountain station Schaufeljoch at 3180 metres above sea level is reached via the mountain station.The path to the mountain peak platform starts from the funicular. One climbs up a number of steps to the ridge leading to the Great Isidor. After another 70 meters walk through natural landscape one arrives at the platform. The platform is a steel construction made from weather resistant steel.

The construction principle of the girder grate is an unstructured grid. The twisted, excrescent swords of Corten sheet steel are box section beams with a triangular cross-section. The standing girders to the rear of the foundations are supported by reinforcement strips. Between the 50 cm tall supports there is the floor of grating.The arched railing is monolithic. The handrail and bench are made of larch wood and the filling consists of a stainless steel net.(via Arch Daily).

Android G2: HTC Magic

Vodafone has dropped some teaser pics of the mach 2 of the Android phone: the G2
specs from Gizmodo are below.
Qualcomm® MSM7201a™, 528 MHz
Operating System
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 192 MB
Dimensions 113 x 55 x 13.65 mm ( 4.45 x 2.17 x 0.54 inches)
Weight 118.5 grams ( 4.18 ounces) with battery
Display 3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 320x480 HVGA resolution
Network HSDPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz, Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)
Device Control Trackball with Enter button
GPS Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Audio supported formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC-LC, MIDI, OGG
Video supported formats MP4, 3GP
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1340 mAh
Talk time:
Up to 400 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 450 minutes for GSM
Standby time:
Up to 660 hours for WCDMA
Up to 420 hours for GSM
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)
Expansion Slot microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 47/63 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
Special Features G-sensor
Digital Compass

Corpus Fall/Winter '09

I don't usally post runway shoes that are not for current seasons but I like Corpus enough to make an exception. Although it is nothing overly exceptional, this line shows the nice progression that Corpus has been making and highlights some good looks to anticipate for the fall.

sorry Kevin, looks can be found at Men.Style.

Raf Simons/Fred Perry loafers

Tres Bien Shop is relaunching its spring campaign tomorrow. And becuase of this I thought it to be necessary to post these pretty sick Raf Simons/Fred Perry collabo's.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Villa Old Oaks / OFIS arhitekti

Architect: OFIS arhitekti
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
The house is a private residence positioned in the neighborhood of 6 larger villas. The quality of the site is a beautiful view to the existing common park with oaks over 100 years old. Therefore the aim of the building was to open view from all main spaces of the house towards these trees. The building was to provide ideal daylight conditions combined with efficient indoor and outdoor climate concept. In Slovenia there are extreme climate conditions; with hot summer, when temperatures rise up to 35C and cold winter when they drop below -10C or more. In addition there is rain in spring and autumn. (via Arch Daily).

Wins and Losses

Recently went on a bit of an ebay bender and came up with some great wins and came short on a couple losses. I missed out on a couple decent track bike frames that I could not justify; altough I really regret not bidding on a NJS Bridgestone keirin frame, with NJS headset, bottom bracket, stem, crank and bars included that only went for $550, and another Easter European track frame that could of been nice. Alas I decided right now was not the right time to drop 500+ bucks on a new bike frame. Also lost out on a pair of Velocity Deep V rims for a little over a hundred was disappointing loss that would of been perfect for a wheelset build that I want to do soon. Another loss was a awesome pair of Schmoove "Charlie Boots" that could of been a great steal had it not been for the reserve price placed too high. In the win section is a couple bow ties, some leather double toe straps, a Diatech Gold Finger brake lever for my bike, and a Viktor & Rolf (for H&M) Tweed blazer for a steal. Hopefully mailman santa will come soon and I can post some of the great pieces that I won!

Bergdorf Goodman private label polo

This polo from Bergdorf Goodman would be perfect for a tennis match or game of golf in the summer breeze. match with khaki shorts, canvas tennis shoes, tortois way-farers and maybe a straw fedora and game on!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hof Residence / Studio Granda

Another reason to want to visit Iceland. The Hof residence was designed Studio Granda. Hof is a country residence in the Skagafjörður fjord, less than 100km from the Arctic Circle. The existing assemblage of buildings on the estate included a house, church, barn and cowshed clustered on a riverbank. Further inland are recently constructed horse stables. The wide fjörd has a mountainous rim punctuated with long valleys embracing the cliff islands of Drangey, Málmey and the graphic foreland Þórðarhöfði. The new residence is slightly removed from the old cluster on raised ground, with each room and space orientated to capture this magnificent panorama. Externally the house rises from the tufted site as a series of sheer cedar and concrete walls that will weather according to the vagaries of the elements. The displaced grass of the field is reinstated on the roof and the surrounding meadow is cut and folded in earthworks of turf and stone that open ways to the entrance and terraces. Telegraph poles salvaged from the site were used as a sun/privacy screen to south-facing windows.
Most internal walls are of raw or painted concrete and the ceilings, doors and other carpentry are predominately of oiled sawn oak with steel details; a rustic palette offset by smooth painted planes.
The house is highly insulated and thermally stable due to the massive concrete walls, stone floors and balanced fenestration. Geothermal water is used for the floor heating and radiators as well as for all domestic use. Electricity use is minimised by design and the little that is required is sourced from hydroelectric and geothermal sources. (via Arch Daily


"and everybody's got to live their life
And God knows I've got to live mine"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Impossible Project

The Impossible Project aim to re-start production of analog INTEGRAL FILM for vintage Polaroid cameras in 2010. They have acquired Polaroid's old equipment, factory and seek your support. The Impossible Project.

Review: Animal Collective - "Merriweather Post Pavillion"

I was a little bit hesitant writing a review for the new Animal Collective. Partially, because I still feel as though Strawberry Jam and Panda Bear's Person Pitch are still pretty high in my rotation and wasn't yearning for a new AC record as much as everyone else. Because of this I was a bit hesitant giving it a fair listen; I was dumb to do it. Obviously "My Girls" had circulated through the interweb for a while, and I was and still am a big fan of that song. But i was very hesitant that the whole album would be as strong. I don't really know why I doubted it, because ever since AC has moved towards pop music, I have pretty much loved everything they have put out. I was especially fond of Panda Bear's Person Pitch because I felt that it really captured the wall of sound, reminiscent of 60's baroque pop, ala Pet Sounds etc. I think I was partially expecting this album to go a little bit away from the pop sensibilities that AC has been developing, back to their earlier albums that are much more challenging to listen to, and not my favourite stuff. With Merriweather Post Pavillion, Animal Collective is able to refine the pop style of their music without sacrificing the interesting blend that makes their music unique. To say that any Animal Collective album is "pop" is by far oversimplifying, but MPP is some of the most accessible AC out there, but still begs to be listened to on repeat to catch everything that's happening.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Akkerwinde Bridge by OAK Architects

Spanning 105 feet and rising more than 50 feet in the air, the structure serves as entrance to the city of Sneek. It is the world’s first heavy traffic road bridge made from Accoya wood. Designed by OAK Architects (a collaboration between Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix architects) and constructed by German firm Schaffitzel Holzindustrie. The design team utilized an extensively researched and proven “new wood species” with performance properties that match or exceed those of the very best tropical hardwoods. Accoya® wood features many benefits, including high strength to weight ratio, enhanced durability and dimensional stability, non-toxicity and aesthetics. Accoya® wood also has superior UV resistance, is non-toxic and made from sustainably grown timber, making the perfect choice for the project. (via Contemporist).

Monday, February 9, 2009

Timex Expedition WS4

Although I prefer my time pieces to be classic, the utilitarian side of me values functionality. Because of this, I am pretty impressed by Timex's Expedition WS4. Besides telling time, this watch also features an altimeter, barometer, thermometer, chronograph, alarm and compass.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Oscar Review: The Wrestler

Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" is a film that is widely touted as resurrecting Mickey Rourke's career. What is often overlooked is the manner in which Rourke's performance so perfectly showcases the plight of a desperate man. The reason Rourke's role as Randy "The Ram" Robinson is so interesting because it is easy to draw the similarities between the "has been" Robinson and the "has been" Rourke. When you watch the life that "The Ram" has crumbled into; that of a joke, a loser, a failure - it is easy to believe that this is all too familiar for boxer-turned Actor-turned boxer- turned actor, Rourke. What is surprising is how likeable The Ram is. For all intents and purposes, it would be easy to watch this movie and find The Ram to be a sad, pathetic, loser; and he is: He is also someone you want to cheer for. Maybe it is the close parallels between Rourke; a once promising young actor, considered by many to an actor that would follow the path paved by the likes of Brando and De Niro, but failed to live up to the expectations cast upon him. Although the life of Randy the Ram is far from traditional, it comes apparent in as the film moves forward that he is not as easy to vilify and dismiss as it seemed. Although the life of a former wrestler is hyperbolic, it maintains an air of truth in humanity. What makes the Wrestler the most interesting is not the freak show effect of watching the backstage life of a modern day court jester, it is the fact that Aronofsky is able to paint a picture in which we can all relate to. That of a man that has tried his best at life, but came up short.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Michael J. Krell

All Michael J Krell apparel is designed, cut & sewn in-house, in Boone, IA by Colby Backous and two assistants. The business and procurement side of the operation is performed by Michael Krell in Omaha, NE. More info about the brand can be found on their site, and their blog. I am especially fond of their light grey chambray shirt and skinny cut khakis. Both of which would suit the transition from winter to spring to summer nicely. The chambray could be a nice substitute for the grey oxford that I am waiting for from h(y)r, and the skinny khakis would be perfect rolled up with some low top chucks with no socks for warmer days.

Sunday, February 1, 2009