I’m going on a lone-geek crusade to banish these poxy stands from bicycle photography everywhere. I mean for heaven’s sake sneaky methods have been around for years to hold a bike invisibly (and level, damn it) without resorting to these hideous and distracting lumps of cheap material. Some poor artisan (in this case the lovely Eric featured last by me winning at Bespoked 2012 here) has poured blood and tears over weeks to braze and fettle a fine machine into being and at the final instant before immortalisation for the internet some jobsworth thinks, “Mm, hang on, this won’t stand up on its own. I know, I’ll use this old piece of scrap metal to support it a bit.” Nice bike though.
For many of us, bikes are a way of life and not simply a budget substitute for the automobile…something Experian doesn’t seem to get unfortunately. Found on BikePortland’s Twitter stream
I think they’re making an even stronger point and one that goes to the very heart of our Audi-aspiring culture: “On a bike? You must be too poor to own a car.” Or your credit rating is too bad to hock yourself up to the eyes in debt, more like. Either way, that and not just lack of infrastructure and hills is what divides us from The Netherlands and Denmark, attitude-to-cycling wise. Talk about missing the point seeing as even a half-wit would have noticed the bicycles proliferating on the roof racks of the poshest cars these days.
With a headline of ‘Then and Now’ over on Twitter @hopetech are asking whether papal purple is up for a revival or should be left to moulder in the past along with Girvin Flexstems. I actually owned a set of those lovely Hope hubs in purple, built by Bob Arnold into an early pair of Zipp rims. Nearly got blown off the mountainside in Lanzarote but my goodness they were lovely. OF COURSE purple should make a comeback not least because it looks great with Titanium.