“Hi mum, I’m at Interbike”

The US trade show has announced the ‘Return of The Media Center’ so those not able to get into the show – the public – will be able to watch footage on a variety of bike industry websites.

The 30-x 40-foot Interbike Media Center with TV studio and working news room is designed to help journalists cover news of the show, which runs from September 24-28 in Las Vegas.

It includes a TV studio interview area for media companies or exhibiting manufacturers interested in conducting, recording or broadcasting news about new products, celebrities, panel discussions, advocacy and so on. Quickrelease.tv will pop up now and again, as will members of The Spokesmen podcast. There will be an Interbike-special recording of the Spokesmen podcast which will Continue reading ““Hi mum, I’m at Interbike””

Quickrelease.tv kids on tour in the Netherlands

1 ferry. 3 Islabikes. 6 kiddie pannier bags. 1 tent. 2 adults. 10 days. 0 punctures.
On the path to Spakenburg
Josh Reid is nine. His sisters Hanna and Ellie are seven. All three are now accomplished cycle camping tourists. Last year they cycled, bag-less, 40+ miles a day through the wilds of Northumberland, close to the QR.tv HQ in Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Bicycle NirvannaThis year, as discussed at length on The Spokesmen podcast, the Reidlets were equipped with touring-specced Islabikes and cycled from home to the DFDS ferry at North Shields and disembarked on to the pristine cycle paths of the Netherlands. The kids decided to carry their own gear this year and did so with Ortlieb’s brightly-coloured waterproof front pannier bags.

Mum had two ancient rear pannier bags. Dad had even more ancient front and rear Karrimor panniers and also lugged a Burley trailer stuffed with camping gear.

Dad = mule
Carlton Reid’s bar-bag also contained on-the-fly video equipment and the ’07 tour will soon be available on YouTube and embedded on this site. Why? To demonstrate that kids can do serious distances on bikes, and still not be puffed by the end of the day.

Josh also carried food shopping
Kids get a thrill from the sense of achievement, get to see wildlife up close whenever they feel like stopping, and had masses of fun cycling and when camping. Got active kids? Start cycle touring.

More tour pix here. Click on ‘slideshow’.

Pix include this one of an electric leg, as seen on a campsite near Amsterdam.
Electric leg, as seen on campsite nr Amsterdam

Rapha to host expo nr Earls Court show

Top togs maker Rapha, publisher of über-trendy road mag Rouleur, is staging a photography exhibition, evening events and organised rides from the Host Gallery in London, 11th-21st October. The Rouleur Exhibition will also have a Rapha boutique.

The photography exhibition will feature 40 grainy, atmospheric photographs by Rouleur photographers.

The Rapha boutique will be stocked with the new Rapha Autumn/Winter collection.

Also launched at the expo is the Rouleur Annual, a £35 250-page book of 2007 Rouleur photographs.

There will also be organised evening and day rides

The Rouleur Exhibition is being held at the Host Gallery in central London. With the Cycle Show at Earls Court and the Bicycle Film Festival in Bethnal Green, the Rouleur Exhibition adds to an active month of cycling events in the capital.

www.rouleur.cc (site live 31st August)

Host Gallery
1 Honduras Street
London, EC1Y 0TH

Bicycology is part of Heathrow squat

The British cyclists’ collective Bicycology is promoting cycling at the Camp for Climate Action, which officially started today. The Heathrow squat ends on August 21st. It’s being closely monitored by the police, who will likely stamp on any runway invasions, citing anti-terrorism laws.

Bicycology is “an open but focussed community of cyclists run on a non-hierarchical basis through regular meetings that rotate around the country.”

It “uses creative methods to encourage environmental responsibility. Its aim is to promoting cycling as a healthy, practical and enjoyable alternative to high-carbon lifestyles, and to challenge the politics and economics that have led us down the road to environmental destruction and massive global injustice.”

The Camp for Climate Action is:

Eight days of low-impact living, debates, learning skills, and high-impact direct action tackling the root causes of climate change. Why?

The science is clear: global emissions of carbon dioxide must go into rapid decline within the next decade. If they don’t, humanity faces a bleak future.

To achieve this in a way that respects global justice means 90% cuts in developed countries like the UK. How will we cut emissions and end inequality? How will we achieve this in the face of an economic system intent on expanding at any cost, with corporations stealing the language of change to disguise business as usual? Ordinary people will have to join together to create real solutions and take direct action against the root causes of the problem.

This year the Camp for Climate Action will be at Heathrow, the world’s busiest airport and a bigger source of CO2 emissions than most countries. It’s sheer lunacy in this time of ecological crisis, but the aviation industry are pushing to almost double the airport’s capacity by increasing flights and building a third runway. The battle to stop them will be one of the most important environmental battles in Western Europe.

232,011 reasons to link with Quickrelease.tv

The 68 Quickrelease.tv videos on YouTube.com have been downloaded 335,163 times.). Bike brands and shops which want to feature on future vids and podcasts – or place banners on this site – can now access a PDF ratecard.

The YouTube video library of Quickrelease.tv is here. One of the vids has had 27,415 views.

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Eurosport to televise Women’s World Cup

With the current mess in men’s pro-cycling it will be a refreshing change to watch women’s cycling instead. Eurosport is to televise the final two hours of the next round the Women’s World Cup series.

Welsh wonderwoman Nicole Cooke, last year’s winner of the series, is in the lead of this year’s event, too. She races for the Raleigh Lifeforce squad. Here’s a quick view of her on the Muur of Geraardsbergen, leading the Women’s Tour of Flanders, 2007:

The next race in the World Cup series takes place on 1st September in northwest France, at the GP de Plouay. More details on Womenscycling.net.

QR.tv: a bit like Heinz

While Heinz, famously but not quite accurately, has 57 varieties of foodstuffs, Quickrelease.tv now has 57 videos in its YouTube library.

Go watch a few of them here. One of them has had 27,000+ views. All in, the videos have had a whopping 230,896 views on YouTube. Some have been sponsored videos, such as the Silverfish-supported videos on the Nissan Qashqai Challenge MTB event. These videos have had 13,397 and 16,526 views, an excellent payback for the UK Raceface importer.

And, talking about Heinz, viral videographer Nalts is the 1,965th entry in the Heinz ‘make us a cheap ad’ YouTube video contest. His video is way funnier than anybody else’s.

The Heinz Top This TV Challenge may have had 1,965 entries but, hey, it’s backed with a top-prize of $57,000 and is a paid-for contest on YouTube.

All you get in the Shimano/YouTube contest is a huge bag of bike bits schwag – but it’s had 120 entries. More are needed. Remember, the videos will be judged at Interbike Las Vegas by Tour de France commentators Phil Liggett and Bob Roll, see yesterday’s story.

Most of the Quickrelease.tv YouTube videos are available in hi-res versions on the Quickrelease.tv video podcast site on iTunes. And, there are some videos that are only placed on the podcast site so subscribe to make sure you get ’em all. It’s free, and the videos play on PCs, Macs, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPods. And some play on cellphones, too.

Know thine enemy

In 2006, the design competition Reinventing the Bike Shed commissioned a video short on how bike thieves operate. This animated short was placed on the competition website in Real format but you can now download it as a video podcast from Quickrelease.tv.

The short was produced by design and research company Bold Creative of London.

Greg Villalobos, Creative Director of Bold Creative, said: “We managed to track down a thief willing to spill the beans and set an animated illustration to his words.”

The video is available as direct download MP4 file via Libsyn or subscribe, for free, to all of the many Quickrelease.tv video podcasts on iTunes.

Liggett and Roll to judge Shimano/New Belgium YouTube video comp

The Quickrelease.tv bicycle short video competition will be judged at Interbike by Tour de France TV commentators Phil Liggett and Bob Roll.

The other judges are the illustrious members of The-Spokesmen podcast, including David Bernstein of the Fredcast, Tim ‘Masiguy’ Jackson, Donna Tocci of Kryptonite and Tim Grahl of the Crooked Cog Network.

Get your vids in quick, the deadline is August 30th.

The rules for the Shimano/YouTube/QR comp are here. 120 videos have been submitted to date.

Not all comply to the competition’s requests for the videos to be like “TV adverts extoling the virtues of bicycling to a mainstream audience. So, go light on the Lycra. No techie stuff. No Critical Mass protest vids. No art installations. Just great images of cycling that could make Joe and Joanna Public get out there and ride…for the sheer fun of cycling.”

Submit your own video via YouTube.

The competition winners get Shimano schwag, including top-end components. The competition is also sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Co. of the US, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale. A video of a New Belgium TV ad featuring cycling was used in the Shimano/YouTube competition video:

If you can get your bike film down to one minute then consider also submitting it to the Film Minute competition and the Friends of the Earth YouTube competition for video shorts.

Learn how to plan, shoot, edit and compress your film here.

Out for a cushy spin: Cyclists Special, 1955

In May 2007, a report from the European Cyclists Federation said “The United Kingdom offers the best conditions for bicycle carriage on long-distance trains.”

Bicycle Carriage on Long Distance Trains in the European Union may paint a picture we Brits don’t recognise but for an even rosier view of bicycle carriage on trains check out this classic movie short from May 1955. It’s available as a hi-res video available for playing and storing on iPods etc here.
Or click on the picture below to make it play in lo-res via YouTube.

CTC members no longer go on group rides via ‘cyclists’ special’ trains. Shame.