Saturday, November 27, 2010

BC Cyclocross Provincial Championship

Sunday, November 28 is the last race of the season, and the provincial championship. Racing starts at 11am at Mahon Park in North Vancouver, with the elite men's final at 1pm. Get your heckle on!

The Chase

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

MTBville Bobsled Shredit

Here's a video from local bro Ross Measures of This one isn't up on mtbville yet, but there is definitely some content worth looking at. The video is also hosted ad-free on vimeo if you'd prefer to watch it there, but I will respect Ross' wishes to have embedding link back to vital so you can watch an ad.

Geoff Gulevich sure does rip it up. Next time you're up on Bobsled--which seems to be about 9/10 times on Fromme lately--it's time to start manualing those whoops! The high speed truckin' on Indian River Drive doesn't quite capture the stomach-in-throat feeling of being there, but I know the spot well!

Video: Geoff Gulevich on Home Turf - More Mountain Bike Videos

EDIT: vital embedding appears to not be working, go to vimeo to watch it...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Curved Tubes and Unique Features

I just had an interesting thought come up that falls in line with the evolution of the multi-disciplinary cyclist such as us here at Project-B. When I had my own bicycle renaissance in the realm of 700c, bikes of intrinsic value with curved tubes and unique features were high on my list of "wants". Years later, the desire for the curvy stylish bike continues, in a different way.

Exhibit A: Cyclops Time Trial bike.

Note the curved seat tube, among other oddities, and intrinsic value in the Canadian builder. This bike saw me through the three longest days I've ever done on a bike (220, 320, and 410km rides), all within a three week period. That's some history.

Since then, I have taken a beeline through an elite-level cyclocross bike and into the world of mountain bikes. Though they may at first seem unrelated, I just came to the realization that my new mountain bike also has curved tubes and unique features.

Exhibit B: The Banshee Wildcard.

The curved tubes come by way of hydroforming, and the unique features are designed on a computer, but the idea still stands and Banshee is a boutique company based in BC. My rides aren't as long these days but the fun factor is just as high.

Sure, the bikes have completely different purposes, but they can be appreciated for similarities, at least aesthetically. Let's leave that as an unfinished thought, unless someone wants to buy the Cyclops. I'm going to get back to an essay on "the imperial adventure novel" while dreaming of "the imperial adventure bike ride".

Friday, November 19, 2010

Prolly: Shoes Contest

Prolly is having a photo contest, giving away some DZR Strasse SPD sneakers. I'd love to see how they'd do on the trails, not to mention at work as a courier. The parameters of the contest: post a photo of your local bike shop.

Where do I go for wheel builds and anything I'm likely to screw up because I don't have the right tools? The Vallie Components garage. Lyle's shop is about as local as it gets, being six blocks from my house. Having just finished Matt "teen wolf" Hornland's Flite Club rack, mine is next up for the trusty TIG machine. Pretty damn stoked.

I didn't get a chance to shoot a fresh photo at the shop this week, so I'm submitting one from the torque test we did back in September.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Danny MacAskill: Way Back Home

This does not disappoint.

I'm making this a Danny superpost. Back in October 2008 we posted the first one we came across...

And then of course April 2009, when it all blew up.

Still stoked on Mr. McStokeskill?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shopping Cart Nosebonk to Barspin in the Woods

The first line in this video is rad. It's from the BC-produced film Brighter, which is worth watching in its entirety as well.

In related news, I caved and bought a full suspension bike. A deal that was too good to pass up on a well-cared for Banshee Wildcard marks the second Proj-Bike bought from Mr. Lidstone. Since it's a slopestyle bike, I'm going to have to brush up on my barspins and no-foot cans.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Macneil PNW

Matt B. pointed me to this one a few weeks ago, and I just got around to watching it. Lots of familiar spots through Vancouver, Bellingham, Seattle, and Portland. Cascadia! The flair on the barrier at 4th and Manitoba blew me away!

Monday, November 01, 2010

New Mutiny Video: Dunkerque

I've always liked what the Mutiny crew puts out, and this one doesn't disappoint. Dunkerque is on the English Channel in the north of France, almost in Belgium.