American movie star cycles to sex show

It’s hard to tell which revelation Now Magazine finds the most shocking: movie star Owen Wilson visiting a strip club, or the fact he rode there on his mountain bike. Probably the latter.

Cycling to red light zones must be reasonably normal for, say, Amsterdam. But Wilson – star of Night at the Museum and other popular flicks – wasn’t paying for peeks in the Netherlands he was having a “wheelie good idea for a night out” (© Now) in New York.

The Now scribe made a mistake common to many mainstream pieces on cycling. Instead of writing ‘pedalling’, the tabloid hack wrote ‘peddling’. Ho hum.

Anyway, this is a good excuse to re-run a YouTube video of Wilson in action. By that I mean ‘inaction’ because most of what follows in this video is verbal gymnastics from Robin Williams. Warning: it’s rude and involves a Jewish orangutan, a de-bunking of Intelligent Design and other very funny ad-libs. Williams even gets in a gag about cycling.

Wood is good

In the July print edition of BikeBiz there’s going to be a page and a half on wooden bikes. The sector is not about to set the world alight but there are a surprising number of functional, fashionable wooden bikes out there.

Last week I talked about Craig Calfree’s top-end bamboo road bike (91 have been made to date). Today there’s a piece in the Los Angeles Times about Calfree’s dream to kick-start bamboo bike production in Africa.

Here’s a YouTube movie of Calfree’s road bike:

And this is a pic of an American bamboo bike, c. 1896.

Obree movie trailer now on iTunes

The official MGM movie trailer for The Flying Scotsman has been on YouTube for some time, but it’s lo-res. The hi-res version is now available for your iPod and Apple TV from the podcast site on iTunes.

More movie snippets could be coming our way soon so subscribe to the podcast in iTunes to get the snippets downloading to your Mac or PC the moment they arrive.

The review of the movie can be found here.

Get ‘Cycle Hero’ cinema ad on your iPod or phone

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 You can watch the ad on that site or you could download it to your iPod via the 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 – she of the very nice derriere, seen fleetingly, in Lycra, at the start of the ad – 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.”

Resins to be cheerful, pt 3

The Guardian‘s cycling correspondent Matt Seaton plugged bicycles made out of ‘black gold’ in yesterday’s Two Wheels column. Specifically, he plugged an event which I am lucky enough to be chairing, Materials in Bicycles.

He reckons it’s going to be of historical importance:

“Amid the hullabaloo of the Tour de France coming to London, there is one event that will hardly register in most people’s book, but it is conceivable that we will look back on it as the more significant event in cycling’s history. On Friday July 6, the day before the Tour prologue in the Mall, a conference is taking place next door at Carlton House Terrace, at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, entitled Materials in Bicycles.”

The day before this conference, the Royal College of Art is promoting a linked event for design students. It’s significant that an art college is staging the event not a design college. Bicycles are beautiful, art icons.

And carbon fibre bicycles are perhaps some of the most beautiful bikes of all? Here’s a video on how carbon fibre is made. It’s low on tech details, is mostly about aircraft manufacture but it lovingly lingers on close-ups of some Giant bikes.

And if you can bear to ignore the atrocious sound and picture quality on this video, you’ll pick up a few nuggets of carbon fibre wisdom from a lecture to a bike club given by Craig Calfee of Calfree Bicycles, the US company that also makes a bamboo bike. This is a scrummy (to pandas?) road bike that is an update of 19th century bamboo bikes such as this American one from 1896.

All Gore plugs cycling

No, not the tubby former US presidential hopeful. The video below is an unofficial comedy short plugging the Sustrans Change Your World campaign. It’s by ‘Midnight Beast’, “a creative organisation that organises cool fun stuff, from office lunchtime treasure hunts, to silly books, to virals, to festival events.”

I found the video on the Shimano/ YouTube video competition. It’s an inspired entry.

WARNING: the video features exploding birds, armless traffic wardens and a male MP in red knickers.

How to equip a home workshop

Here’s the latest in the series of how to videos on cycle maintenance, sponsored by Weldtite. It’s a short on what tools you need to equip a home workshop.
Maintaining your bike in a home workshop can add to the enjoyment of owning it. It can also save you money but the main benefit of having a home workshop is to keep your bike running smoothly.

The expanding series of ‘how to’ vids can be found on YouTube.

For this we lost the kilo?

What does cycling gain to benefit from championing the fast tracking of skateboarding into the Olympics, probably by 2012?

IOC kudos for the UCI bigwigs, that’s what.

The mass media is reporting that the International Olympic Committee said Friday it has held discussions with the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, about introducing skateboarding as a discipline for the London programme.

BMXing was introduced for Beijing but out had to go classic disciplines like the kilo. The kilo had been in the modern Olympics since they were re-started in 1896.

At the time of the kilo cull, 2005, I ran an online petition calling for the UCI to come clean and admit it had rigged the voting from the national governing bodies of cycling. 10,679 folks signed this petition, including many top track stars, presidents of national cycle federations, Phil Liggett, and many cycle magazine editors from around the world.

Along with Julie Dominguez, a Scottish track rider, I presented the petition to the then UCI second-in-command, Pat McQuaid (he’s now the boss). We’d flown in especially for the presentation and McQuaid talked about helping other “wheeled sports” gain entry Continue reading “For this we lost the kilo?”

1 Thirsty Al = 4 cans of Boddingtons

Crumpler bags of Australia was started in 1995 by three bike messengers. This weekend sees the US and Australian Crumpler stores exchanging softgoods for hard liquor. The Crumpler founders say bartering is commonplace in bike messenger circles.

The Beer for Bags promotion garners lots of publicity, such as coverage in the New York Times and this news clip from CNN:

This year’s B4B promotion in New York is being flagged by four Oz riders cycling the streets of Manhattan attached to billboards that read “Bring Us Your Beer.”