Spoke Fiend

40 Years of Riding

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Treads You’ll Love



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Eye of the Tiger

This is about as abstract a cycling posting as it gets. But, I suspect there are some, if not many cyclists who find this song motivating when they train.

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Running Down A Dream

As some of you may or may not know, I'm training for the Boston Marathon right now. It's putting a real damper on my riding. At this point, I'm nothing but a 15mile/day commuter. Even though I may not be logging as many miles on the bike that I once was, I still value every second I spend on it. It's that one place on this earth where I can simply disconnect from the world and reconnect with myself.

So while my posting may slow here on Spoke Fiend for a bit, I would love to encourage you to visit my new project WWW.MAKEMYFEETGO.COM and consider making a donation on behalf of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.




VELO premiere showing at Patagonia Boston 10/26



Patagonia Boston Presents:

Film Premiere showing of Velo

Wednesday, October 26
Patagonia Boston
Free admission

Stop by the shop on October 26, 2011, at 7:30 pm to join us for a screening of Buck Naked Visual Works’ latest film, Velo. The film transports you around the country to witness not only five distinct and beautiful styles of bicycling riding, but the stories behind them as well. The feature will be followed by two short films, Hub at Speed (a timelapse look at the city of Boston) and Alpineglow (a retrospective on the 2009/10 ski season). We’ll also be serving up apple cider graciously provided by Red Jacket Orchards.


“Man has created many noble inventions, but few as pure and mechanically sound as the bicycle. Since the inception of man’s perfect machine, the bicycle has taken many shapes and sizes, each step of the way imbedding itself deeper into the human experience. The bicycle has seen drastic transformations in the last 30 years, innovations that have fostered lasting impacts. Velo explores different lifestyles that sprung from the bicycle’s various forms, offering perspective from a multitude of saddles: that of a free rider, a professional road cyclist, a cross-country recreational rider, a community ride organizer, and an urban commuter. The film Velo was shot on location in: Jackson, WY; Ketchum, ID; Beverly, MA; Boston, MA”

The screening of Velo will be followed by the screening of two short-films:

* Hub at Speed. A short film of timelapsed visuals mixed with introspective music to see the city of Boston in a way your naked eyes couldn’t imagine.
* Alpineglow. A retrospective look at the winter season of 2009-10. Alpineglow focuses on the finer moments of a less-than-ideal snow season, an optimistic outlook on winter that any New Englander can appreciate.

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Cannondale and Junk Food Clothing

I'm loving these leather bags on this Cannondale. They'd be perfect on the back of my Raleigh.

Head over to COOLHUNTING.COM to find out the details of this collaboration between Cannondale and Junk Food Clothing.

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He’s lucky it wasn’t a Lion

Mountain biker gets taken out by a buck.

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You are not stuck in traffic. You are traffic

This billboard has been making the social rounds of late and if you haven't already seen it...you should. It's brilliant. Definitely one of those, "Damn it Why Didn't I think of That" designs. I haven't been able to track down the original location yet. If you know, I'd love to find out where it ran.

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The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge

The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge is a one-of-a-kind design/build competition, in which some of the country’s best custom bike craftsman and select student teams vie to create the ultimate modern utility bike.

The winner of this year's competition was Tony Pereira who I highlighted a while back when I caught a glimpse of his Roaring 29er.

To check out other killer builds and see more about Tony's creation head on over to the Oregon Manifest's winners list.



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I Feel Good Today

A very cool 3-dimensional wall coming by way of Hamburg, Germany.   You can find out who did it and why here.


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