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Friday, April 26, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
The stars have aligned in Philadelphia and the Oracle of Delphi, currently residing at the offices of the Philadelphia Bicycle Journal, has declared that Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 will be the official Spring 2013 Bicycle Weekend. What does it take for a Bicycle Weekend to be declared I hear you ask? It takes a perfect storm, a combination of social rides and friendly competition.
On Saturday, May 18th the Annual Kennsington Kinectic Sculpture Derby at will commence at 12pm. The KKSD is not a race; it’s a parade with a human-powered vehicle that has an artistic theme. It’s about fun and ingenuity, making the most unique vehicle is the goal. Think of parade floats on bicycles, or mummers on hand crank driven pirate ships, or anything you can dream up. Award Categories include- Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People's Choice, Best Breakdown and a special secret judge award. People get to vote for their favorite entry at the event. Last year there was even a webcast option if you couldn't be there in person, hopefully it will be available this year.
The second half of the Philadelphia Bicycle Weekend will be on Sunday, May 19. The organizers of the Philadelphia Tweed Ride are organizing a spring ride. While they have not announced the details, they are most likely planning a Seersucker Social. Similar to a Tweed Ride a Seersucker Social has an American feel to it with a look that goes back to the 1920's to the 1930's. With a fashion style reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby”. All you need is clothing that looks vintage, it doesn’t have to be vintage. Watch for updates on their Facebook page or their website. There will be a follow up article on Philadelphia Bicycle Journal once the details are made available.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
With the return of warm weather, at least for cyclists, some of may be considering upgrading your current collection of cycling jerseys. Or for those of you who are starting to cycling seriously and riding significant distances you may be thinking about investing some clothing more suited for cycling. After many years of cycling for transportation I started riding recreationally and bought some shorts and jerseys.
As a rule I stay away from cycling team jerseys and full kits: shorts and a jersey. Lets face it unless you are a paid rider for the team its kind of a pointless jersey. The same goes for jerseys that are nothing more than billboards for companies. Are you being paid to do this? If the answer is no, then don’t provide free advertising. Personally I tend to stick with solid colors and or something with a truly unique graphic design.
However in a somewhat snarky article I found on Gizmodo; Nine Cycling Jerseys that are Totally Unacceptable, that introduced me to the concept of novelty cycling jerseys. There were definitely several that caught me eye and I hope to purchase in the future.
The Star Trek jersey spoke out to the Science Fiction and Star Trek fan in me. I’d love to see some sort of group ride with a few of the lead riders in the blue(science) and gold (command) jerseys with the main bulk of the riders wearing the ever expendable red jerseys of security.
As a child I loved to watch the Speed Racer cartoons, the Mach 5 was capable of doing amazing things in races that were beyond all imagination. As well as the mystery of Racer X. The Speed Racer jersey is a great way to let your inner child have a voice.
For those of you who are a budget conscious or looking for something more iconic. Then all you need is a white cotton t-shirt and some iron on letters to make your “Cutters” jersey from the film classic “Breaking Away”.
With a little imagination and an Internet search you’ll be amazed what you can find. Amazon and E-bay have some very unique designs available if you spend a few minutes searching. Let your jersey speak for your personality instead of a team or corporation.