At Eurobike Orange showed prototypes of its belt-driven MTBs and city bikes. At Interbike, Spot, via Carbon Drive Systems, created waves at the demo days with a fleet of belt-drive singlespeeds.
Before Interbike I spent some time at the UK HQ of the Gates Corporation, exclusive manufacturer of the PolyChain carbon synchronous belt drive. This is in Dumfries, Scotland.
After signing non-disclosure forms and taking a tour of the factory’s pristine PolyChain manufacturing unit, I interviewed David Arthur, a senior engineer at Gates, and Michael Bonney of Orange. Some of their words made it into a double page spread magazine article on belt drives. I also produced this video:
However, at the time I didn’t do anything with the audio interviews. I’m putting that right here and now. Subscribe to get the podcast here from iTunes or get it as an MP3 download here. Bonney and Arthur spend eighteen minutes discussing the benefits of belt drives on bikes.
For the most part, belt drives will be most useful for city bikes but Bonney also discusses how DH MTBers are already finding belt drives make them go faster. And Arthur makes a plea to British Cycling: evaluate these 99.4 percent power efficient belt drives for use on track bikes. Perhaps with belt drives this chain-snap wouldn’t have occurred?:
Mind you, the chain snap – which occurred in training on the Manchester track – didn’t seem to hold the rider back. The riders, including Jody ‘Snapper’ Cundy, went on to win the world title in the Team Sprint.
The Quickrelease.tv wash’n’lube video produced for Weldtite has been placed on Bicycling Australia’s first cover-mounted DVD.
This video appeared first on YouTube and has had 27,000+ views to date. YouTube is lo-res but the DVD version is saved in a much higher resolution.
The video was placed on the Bicycling Australia DVD by Jet Black Products of Oz, Weldtite’s antipodean distributor.
The mechanic is Paul Chapman, a Geordie who just so happens to be moving to…Australia. He leaves for his new life in December. If any Oz bike businesses would like to employ one of the North of England’s most popular bike figures, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul started out as manager at Steel’s of Gosforth and later set up his own shop, Cyclelogical of Jesmond.
All of the Weldtite-sponsored maintenance videos can be accessed here.
After the end of Outdoor Demo Day Two at Interbike I hitched a lift back to Vegas with German bike designer Marcus Storck. While his SUV was getting a flat fixed, I grabbed an interview. There’s all the expected bits about high modulus carbon fibre, but I most loved Herr Storck’s family background. The Storck family have long been steeped in bike culture…
The interview is available on iTunes here, or as a direct MP3 download here.
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.
28 of the Quickrelease.tv videos are available in hi-res versions on iTunes.
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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.”
Last year the CTC Charitible Trust won a grant of £295,000 from Defra’s Tomorrow’s Climate Today’s Challenge programme to produce and distribute a cinema advert extoling the virtues of cycling as a means to tackle climage change.
The 60-second ad – with a very nice derriere – will have its premiere at a special screening at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, London on Monday 18th June. The ad will be followed by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.
‘Cycle Hero’ will be shown in cinemas across the UK from June 30th for six weeks, reaching an estimated audience of over 3 million people.
There’s lots of background info on the advert at CycleHero.com. You can watch the ad on that site or you could download it to your iPod via the Quickrelease.tv podcast on iTunes. Don’t have iTunes but have Quicktime? Here’s the link to a direct download of the .M4V file. Want it on your cellphone? Download from here and then sync in the usual way.
The advert stars American actress Genevieve Love Lake â€“ she of the very nice derriere, seen fleetingly, in Lycra, at the start of the ad â€“ as the Cycle Hero. She lives, works and cycles in London.
She said: “I am a keen cyclist and it was great to film the cycling scenes along with the other stars of the ad and the hundreds of cycling extras. As a model and actress I like to keep fit, so knowing I can count calories while counting carbon helps me feel a whole lot better. Knowing that simple – and fun – things like cycling can really make a difference in tackling global warming is so cool.”
Yesterday I uploaded a news story on BikeBiz.com about the new World Bicycle Relief distribution centre in Zambia.
“Bicycles empower individuals, their families, and their communities. Our mission is to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles.”
WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF
While poking around the World Bicycle Relief website I found some cracking video documentaries on the wonderful work this organisation is doing. They are available as Quicktime movies on the WBR site or can be watched in lo-res on YouTube, click the vids below.
As with everything on YouTube, the resolution isn’t fab. To download the Zambia documentary short to your video iPod, PC or Apple TV get the hi-res vid from iTunes.
This is the promo video shown at the official launch of the Grand Depart 2007 which took place on 9th February 2006.
The 3-minute short was produced for Transport for London.
A hi-res Quicktime version of this YouTube video is available from the Quickrelease.tv Libsyn server here. Or get it on your video iPod and Apple TV via the Quickrelease.tv podcast on iTunes.
With the Tour de France due to kick off in London in just a few weeks, I’ve decided to re-issue my first ever podcast. I recorded it at the official launch of the Grand Depart 2007. It was originally broadcast on 9th February 2006 as the first podcast from ‘Cycling: News & Views’. This podcast later morphed into Quickrelease.tv.
The podcast – available only on iTunes – features interviews of Phil Liggett; author and rock legend Johnny Green; Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman; CTC chair Kevin Mayne, and a bunch of bike journalists.
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