are sometimes smooth and silky, and other times tired and tight.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

1,001 words about my first race of 2010



Monday, February 22, 2010

Updated Homage

Scan art history, and you'll see plenty of works inspired by bicycles and cyclists, from Boccioni, Calder, Hopper, Picasso, Hirst, and on, and on.

Perhaps the most famous work of 'bicycle art' is Marcel Duchamp's assisted readymade Bicycle Wheel. Even your average philistine racer/cycling enthusiast knows this work, even if they don't know it's art.

The piece is simple: it's a an upside down steel fork, with wheel (sans tire), inserted into the seat of a wooden stool. Give the wheel a turn, and enjoy. Duchamp likened it to looking watching the flames of a fire. These days, if you attempt to turn the wheel of the 1951 recreation of the original 1913 original, you'll get a reprimand from the guards at MOMA.

Never fear, you can now spin without worry. An artist (whose name I failed to discover, perhaps the media sensation of the fair?) has updated Duchamp's wheel. This time it's an aluminum stool, a carbon fiber fork (made by Pro), with a disc wheel, and a tubular tire. My initial impression was that it was a clever update, but the details (like the choice of an Ultegra hub) took some of the shine away. I won't even comment on what looks to be inspired by early Kieth Haring subway ad drawings graphic on the disc).

In case you didn't find yourself in Madrid last week, and want to look at the 'flames', here's hoping this suffices.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Winter Training Distilled to One Image


Monday, February 1, 2010

Commercial Appeal (Man Power)

OK. It's true. This commercial may not wuite be un to the standards of last years Stella ad. Nor is it as on the mark as the Hapklaar spot. It definitely surpasses Keanu's Coca-Cola plug.

But.. but, considering what the weather has been like recently, and the fact that I've picked up a few, probably more, off season souvenir kilos thanks to the type of product it endorses, I had to include it.

Thanks goes to a certain grumpy cyclist in Binghampton for the tip.