The Shimano/YouTube video competition has been attracting some flak from vid-posters who were offended by my comments on the group forum. Many of the video submissions appeared to be pre-existing on YouTube rather than created for the contest. I said all the videos were pre-existing. Big mistake.
makala6 took me to task and posted a video attacking my comments. I wanted to comment but kept getting error messages on the YouTube group forum. So, in the end I had to create a video of my own to reply to makala6:
Over on BikeBiz.com I’ve been closely following the progress of Graeme Obree bio-flick The Flying Scotsman since 2002.
Very closely. I knew of its cancellation before any of the contracted actors.
I was really happy when the film was resurrected and last year was happy to report on the film scoring a distribution deal with MGM. The movie has been shown in the US in a few selected cinemas but distribution in the rest of the world is patchy. So, before you get a chance to watch the real thing, check out the MGM trailer:
I love Steven Berkoff’s character assassination of Hein Verbruggen, then president of the Union Cycliste Internationale. The blazers at the UCI didn’t like Obree’s ‘superman’ position so banned the bike. In the movie, Verbruggen – a Dutchman – is portrayed as a German and the UCI becomes the WCF, the World Cycling Federation.
That’s the glossy Hollywood version. But YouTube has also been loaded with footage of the real thing, Graeme Obree’s smashing of the World Hour Record in 1993:
Pure Sweet Hell is a class movie about the pain, stupidity and bad weather that is cyclo-cross. WeJustWorkHere is an MTB film but it’s like nothing else out there. Vernor eschews digital video, he shoots on Super 8. Thankfully, he eventually digitises it, hence the appearance on YouTube as trailers for his soon-to-be-published DVDs.
Bicycles are famously and perfectly silent, a huge benefit to the environment.
But a North American company reckons this needs a shake-up. Silence on city streets equals danger, believes Sound of Motion. Here’s the company’s promo video. Get ready for your jaw to drop.
With a motion simulator attached to your wheels, a download from the Sound of Motion website and a cellphone you can make your bike sound like a throaty motorbike or an inpatient horse, perfect for spooking joggers. According to Sound of Motion, the noise maker will make motorists take more notice of bikes. Or, of course, it could lead to even more collisions as drivers p*ss themselves giggling…
Sound of Motion’s application runs on any Java-enabled mobile phone with Bluetooth for wireless connectivity to a sensor attached to a bicycle wheel. It could also used by drivers of silent hybrid and electric cars, reckons Sound of Motion.
On the most recent The-Spokesmen podcast I banged on about how bad we Brits were at cricket and football, but how so good we were at cycling. We dominated the recent Track World Championships, Nicole Cooke can do no wrong and we have up-and-coming pros like the Isle of Man’s Mark Cavendish of the T-Mobile team who are now winning races.
In short, we rock.
And other sports are sitting up and taking notice. Check out the article I’ve written for Bikeforall.net on the English cricket boss approaching the president of British Cycling…
Lots of YouTube cycle-related videos ‘borrow’ Kraftwerk’s pulsing music from the German band’s seminal Tour de France album. Most use TV images from recent Grand Boucles. The one below is different. It’s grainy, it’s black and white…it’s a classic.
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