Friday, March 27, 2009

Cycling 2.0: The Philippine Online Cycling Community

I did a short presentation in ROX's Ciclissimo workshop on the Philippine Online Cycling Community. I was surprised by the turnout of the attendees. I wasn't expecting it to be that many.

Below is the Keynote presentation that I'd like to share with you. Let me know what you guys think!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bike accessory leaves a trail of chalk behind you

Now this would be so cool if everyone has 'em for the Tour of the Fireflies!

Contrail is a tool for developing bicycle communities. As you ride, contrail leaves a faint chalk line behind your bike. The goal is to encourage a new cycle of biking participation by allowing the biking community to leave a unique mark on the road and to reclaim this crucial shared space.

The old cycle: More cars on the road --> more percieved danger for bikers --> fewer bikers on road --> even more cars on the road.

The new cycle: A few bicyclists ride with contrail a couple times per week --> faint lines on the road inspire curiosity and remind bikers where it's safe to ride --> new bikers are encouraged to ride and use contrail --> contrail lines get brighter as community grows.

We like how doobybrain.com phrased it:

By using this device, bicyclists will have a clearer path on which to ride safely and out of the way of vehicular traffic. At the same time, as more bicyclists using the Contrail go over a line created by a cyclist before them, the line gets brighter allowing drivers to clearly see a marked bike path where there might be none. It's sort of similar to what happens when a dirt path appears in a grassy field after lots of people have taken the same shortcut over a period of time.

For more info, jump over to studio gelardi now!

Lost Limited-Edition GT Zaskar. $3,000 Reward.

This fantastic limited-edition Zaskar is lost during shipping. In addition to the flashy gold paint job on the frame, the bike also features a custom gold finish on the Shimano XTR drivetrain, Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels, and Ritchey bar and stem. If you have information on the bike, you may have a chance to get the $3,000 reward.
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