Monday, April 30, 2007

Hal Grades Your Bike Locking

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New York City - In honor of Bike Month, Clarence Eckerson, Jr. of SteetFilms resurrects this 2003 bikeTV classic. It was his first work to gain worldwide noterity in the alternative transportation world.

They hit the streets of Soho with the help of Bicycle Habitat’s most famous mechanic Hal Ruzal - who humorously grades the bike locking ability of New Yorkers. Sure he’s harsh, but also damn funny while dispensing useful anecdotes from his many decades in the biz. Hopefully you’ll learn how to keep your bike safe and avoid a failing grade.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

The Bicycle Ride

WARNING: The subject matter of the following video may be objectionable to some viewers and is not intended for children.

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BASEL, Switzerland - David Normal's short animation is not a ride. It's a trip, a fanciful depiction of Albert Hofmann's chemical discovery and subsequent commute.

This 3D cartoon was debuted at a LSD Symposium that was held in in honor of Albert Hofmann's 100th Birthday.

Music By Pink Floyd from the Atomheart Mother Suite, 1970.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Cheating Doesn't pay for this Racer

Here is a little gem from the early days of internet video. Perhaps you remember it. I happen to think it's real but there is a good argument for it being staged.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hi-Rise Unicycle Antics

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PORTLAND, OR - Things got a bit dodgy at Miz Kitty's Parlour last Saturday when the Vanillatown Vaudvillians brought out the super-ultra extended unicycle and juggling clubs.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Love Your Bike... Seriously

MANCHESTER, England, England*. From across the Atlantic Sea, Carlton Reid of finds us this naughty little gem. It's not for children. Perhaps it's not for adults either - but I laughed out loud. Plus, it's all intented to get more folks on their bikes... and that's a good thing.



Monday, February 05, 2007

Maintenance Video Responses and 'Bicycle Repairman'

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Big thanks to all the folks who responded with pointers for our first maintenance video on chain lubrication. We also really appreciate the ideas for future shows.

Buzz from Newton, MA, reminds beginners to avoid getting lubricant on tires or wheel rims. Good point, Buzz. It's a safety issue. Brakes and lube don't mix.

Jeff from Boston, MA, finds that he likes to remove the chain every 1 to 2 weeks. He finds that is the only way to get the grit out. Personally, I like to use a wax based lubricant that sheds the grit. The downside is that I have to refresh often during the rainy season.

Tom from BicycleXC in Crofton, MD asks for more tips for chain set up and maintenance for fixed gear bikes. Hey, Tom I know you have the camera and the know how. Any chance you can make us a video?

We had some great ideas for future shows including wheel truing, pre-ride safety check, and advanced topics such as repacking hubs. I plan to get to all of those ideas. Thanks again for your input especially from the folks at

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Amsterdam Canal Jump

I got a kick out of this video of a young dutchman jumping a canal on his bike. It ends in a cliff hanger, though. You can follow the links on the video and see the conclusion(s) or you can watch my hacked quicktime version below.

Are we not men?

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New CMC Sponsor: Preparation HH

Clarence Eckerson, Jr. of BikeTV showers with Preparation HH and so should YOU!


Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas - Santa is Walking the Plank

Yo, ho, ho ,ho! Hide the kids.

From the PDXK.TV vault with permission from Captain Bogg and Salty comes a rare live performance of this Buccaneer's Christmas carol live from Miz Kitty’s Parlour. Be merry, be amused, be warned!

PS don't tell Virginia.

PPS This ain't got nuthin' to do with bikes.