No Singlespeed Worlds Trip for Me

On the day that they have announced a rise in alcohol related deaths it seems only fitting to say something about bikes and booze…

Cycling on steep mountain trails will beat you up and wear you down. Through a long day of such activity, there is no better medicine than water to keep the athlete’s body functioning at its optimum level. Yet, wine has its rightful place in the realm of trail-riding… More at Dirtrag

Three weeks to go and I’m moving house. Reality is starting to take hold. It’s not going to be pretty! There are various implications, not least having to move several years of accumulated deliveries from Amazon. Fortunately however the new flat is well equipped with book cases. I wonder if I will find any hidden trails?

So over the last few months I’ve been a little bit busy on the website front and not content to be doing it all day at work, I’ve been roped into doing a bit of extra coding. The result went live last week and is the Independent Fabrication on-line store. Check it out here.

Not going to make it to Pennsylvania and to be honest I’m a bit disappointed…

Bikeage ’05
Prime the pump for the SSWC’05

As promised, there will be a loosely organized, unrelated-to-the-official-event, low-key, pre-SSWC05 ride/beer drinking event for those coming through, and/or living in and around Philadelphia. Even if you don’t plan on attending the big event, come out and join us in Philly.

Bikeage ’05 will meet on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (you know…where Rocky ran up the steps in all his steroid-induced glory) at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 19th. From the Art Museum steps, we’ll head to the local trails for a rally-style ride and a sampling of some of the Keystone State’s finest beer. Afterwards, the festivities will continue at Tattooed Mom’s [530 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, ph# (215) 238-9880)], a bike-friendly watering hole on the much over-hyped South Street. That’s right…more beer (and food) at one of the finest establishments on the “hippest street in town.”

The folks at Tattooed Mom’s will be offering us one-geared folks a $3 Yards ESA special, as well as 50 cents off of any food and drink. If that’s not enough to get you to the bar, we’ll also have some fabulous door prizes…even for the Canadians.

After that, you’re on your own. We’re doing this event early in the day to allow you (us) enough time to head out to State College on Friday night. Aren’t we thoughtful? It’s only about a three and a half hour drive from Philly, but we encourage you to stick around Philly until Saturday morning if you’re out sampling the sauce on Friday.

If you do stick around on Friday night, we suggest checking out a cool punk rock show with Del Cielo / True If Destroyed / Belaghost at Space 1026 (1026 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA) put on by the ultra-righteous R5 Productions. See here for more info

There’s been a spate of tagging wars going on recently and the walk into work is a fairly interesting gallery at the moment. Check some more urban artwork here.

This is a great website for people looking for new fonts for making stuff. Why has it taken so long to find larabiefonts?

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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