Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Triumph of Design

Having just returned from the amazing Velorama bicycle museum in Nijmegen, Netherlands, I thought I had seen pretty much every weird idea in cycling. Apparently not as up until now I have never come across deer antlers turned into bicycle handlebars.  These come from Taylor Simpson, a designer in New York and you can check out his M-O-N-I-K-E-R handlebars here, although there is not much information about them.

For several reasons, I can imagine as dramatic as they look there are some drawbacks to this idea.  I am sure the first pedestrian you pierce will point these out but I also think in the event of an accident you are going to risk getting pierced yourself as the rider if they shatter.  They do look cool, though.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

1959 Tour de France

On July 14, 1959, a helicopter was used for the first time to provide television coverage of the Tour de France.  Wobbly live images were broadcast to nine different countries.  The Franco-German broadcaster ARTE has been digging out old television treasures and here is a preview of their program of the Tour from fifty-four years ago.  Although covered by journalists since its inception in 1903, from this date the Tour moved from being a national event to one reaching across borders and eventually around the world.

There is a DVD of the complete program available.  Narration is available in either German or French but just looking at the black-and-white images is rewarding