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The intersection of art and fashion with sport is always fascinating to me. The collision of state of the art cycling shoes wrapped with vintage images exploring the sport’s rich history is a great example. Clearly cycling is a passion for U.K. based artist James Straffon who has exactingly decoupaged cycling shoes with historic racing memorabilia. Most recently Straffon collaborated with cycling brand Rapha to create a shoe to commemorate the introduction of their new yak leather shoe, the Grand Tour.

When speaking about creating the shoe Straffon claims, “Working on the Rapha Grand Tour shoe was a daunting task. The decoupage needed to sit well with the company ethos. It also had to exist as an embellishment to the already apparent ‘beauty’ of the raw object, and not speak a different aesthetic language. In addition, much trepidation arose when my usual working method introduced resin-coated sanding papers to fine Yak leather. Not a moment for the faint-hearted. Grand Tour was a journey in itself.”

Straffon chose his images carefully. One flank features the line-up of the very first ‘Grand Départ’ in 1903, outside the Café Reveil-Matin, Montgeron, France. Eventual inaugural Tour de France winner Maurice Garin can be seen poised at the far right. The fated 1967 Tour is also honoured, with reference to Stage 13, Marseille to Carpentras, where Tom Simpson died the slopes of the Ventoux. Barry Hoban’s consequent Stage 14 victory is also represented. Merckx, Rivière, and Géminiani are also featured in the subtle interlocking of images.

Straffon has also collaged shoes donated by cycling stars David Millar and Bradley Wiggins. The shoes will be part of a solo exhibit of Straffon’s cycling based works LE TOUR – from maillot jaune to lanterne rouge opening June 30th at Snap Galleries in London.

David Millar’s re-envisioned shoe

Bradley Wiggin’s wonderfully modified shoe

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This intricately detailed badge adorns the head tube of a snow bike from Black Sheep Bikes. I’ve never seen snowflakes grace a bicycle before – except the kind  that melt – and am dazzled by the design and workmanship of this badge. It’s like a little piece of jewelry for the bike.

Spotted at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show by BikeRadar.com.

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Don’t you love this card designed by my creative cycling friend, Ann? Have a wonderful weekend everyone. My studio is closed today. I’m taking a few ski runs, decorating my tree and starting my wrapping!

© Ann Howard 2011

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Enjoy your weekend!

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By Jan Balet

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Instead of using a standard address marker to point the way to their Vermont home, an avid cycling couple transformed this old bicycle into a welcoming and playful sign, which they placed at the end of their long dirt driveway. What a great idea!

To see another cool use for old bike parts click here.

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This poster was created by Allan Peters for ARTCRANK Minneapolis – a poster show for people who love biking. When Allan got this project, he and his wife had just found out that they were going to have a baby. He wanted to do something that mixed that joy with his joy of biking.

Click here to see more interesting photos of Peters’ poster printing process.

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My photographer friend Mary spent a few days poking around Copenhagen last weekend while visiting with her daughter. It’s no surprise that bicycles caught her eye and were captured by her camera lens,  as Copenhagen has a booming bicycle culture that has reached worldwide recognition via the Copenhagen Cycle Chic blog.

The grit, graffiti and rust in Mary’s photos portrays a laid back urban environment. Enhanced by sensational colors and textures, they are very powerful pictures. Thanks so much Mary for sharing these radiant photos with us!

1-copyright 2010 Mary K. Noyes

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Photos: Mary K. Noyes copyright 2010

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Someone with ingenuity and skill with a welding torch created this fanciful flower (or sun?) made from discarded bicycle forks.  A friend snapped this photo and sent it to me knowing how I love bicycle art and rusty objects. She spotted it in East Burke, Vermont while exploring the amazing Kingdom Trails mountain biking system.

Bicycle Fork Flower

photo: Ann Howard (thanks!)

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I heard about The London Transport Museum’s exhibit of bicycle posters on the Bikejuju blog a few weeks ago. I apologize for being a little “off the back” in sharing the news with you, but if you get a chance to pedal down to Covent Garden in the next few days to see the show I should think it would be worth it!

The museum asked illustrators to draw the links between cycling in London, environmental issues, health and fun. Fifty of the 1,000-plus entries are now on display at the museum until August 22. Here’s a sampling of the posters…

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Spokes and Leaves Full by Mia Nilsson

Spokes and Leaves by Mia Nilsson

Cycle Revolution by Frances Castle

Cycle Revolution by Frances Castle

Good for You, Green For London by Rachel Lillie

Good for You, Green For London by Rachel Lillie

Bicycle Belle by David Hughes

Bicycle Belle by David Hughes

Life Cycles by Kevin Ward

Life Cycles by Kevin Ward

London Cloud Ride by Julien Decaudin

London Cloud Ride by Julien Decaudin

Go Green by Galia Bernstein

Go Green by Galia Bernstein

Super-Super Highways by Maddalena Cauraro

Super-Super Highways by Maddalena Cauraro

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As my regular readers know, I’m a sucker for The New Yorker magazine covers. This weeks cover, a painting by J.J. Sempe, is wonderfully titled “The Joys and Torments of Solitude”.

Next week I will be in Salt Lake City at the Outdoor Retailer trade show meeting with clients, visiting with old friends and checking out the latest and greatest new outdoor gear. I’ll be back to blogging the following week.

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Kevin Cyr’s habitable fusion of bicycle and camper, titled Camper Bike, is a functioning sculptural piece that has influenced his series of paintings. To see more of Cyr’s works click here.
Kevin Cyr’s habitable fusion of bicycle and camper is a functioning sculptural piece and has influenced a series of paintings. Camper Bike certainly puts a new spin on bicycle camping!
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of Kevin Cyr ©2010. Via Cold Splinters

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As a lover of bicycles and an entrepreneur, this impactful screen-printed poster resonates with me. It would look great in my new, soon-to-be-completed, studio!

It’s available from Aesthetic Apparatus for $25.

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Book Review – Bike Snob; Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning The World Of Cycling
In my family it’s acceptable to read books before you give them as gifts, but last minute planning on my part made it impossible for me to read blogger Eben Weiss’ new book “Bike Snob; Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning The World Of Cycling” before wrapping it and giving it to my husband for his birthday. I finally wrested it out of his hands and have read it myself.
This crazy little hardback volume (has the heft of an old-time Latin primer) lampoons roadies and messengers, urban cyclists and triathletes, cyclocrossers and mountain bikers. No cycling discipline is sacred in Weiss’, more widely known as the Bike Snob, view. His witty anecdotal tales are interspersed with fantastic illustrations by Christopher Koelle.
http://www.bikejuju.com/2010/chris-koelle-profile-bike-snob/
Tackling a variety of subjects ranging from “Fear, And How to Survive on A Bike” to “Rules vs. Fashion” and “What is a Cyclist and Why Would Anyone Want to Be One?” The Bike Snob intersperses his chapters with tales of his personal and humorous experiences.
I learned about the urban and messenger bike cultures in New York City, The Bike Snob’s home turf. As a country gal, this was an amusing eye-opener for me and made me better understand what’s behind all those bikes without brakes that I see when I’m in Manhattan. Bike Snob thinks that brakes are good and that messenger bags are stupid. (I thought I was alone here!)
The chapter “A Brief Guide to Etiquette For Non-Cyclists” with sub-chapters such as “Let Bikes Inside”, “Don’t Ask Us If We’re Going To Ride in The Tour de France” and “Don’t Mention Impotence”, tackles subjects that other cycling books don’t go near.
What I really like about this little book is that it captures the essence of why cyclists love to ride their bikes and that once you pare away the superfluous (equipment, clothing, attitude) it’s all about the joy of riding your bike. It will make you laugh out loud.
Visit BikeSnobNYC for your daily dose of sharp-witted cycling commentary.
http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/

In my family it’s acceptable to read books before you give them as gifts, but last minute planning on my part made it impossible for me to read blogger Eben Weiss’ new book “Bike Snob; Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning The World Of Cycling” before wrapping it and giving it to my husband for his birthday. I finally wrested it out of his hands and have read it myself.

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This crazy little hardback volume (has the heft of an old-time Latin primer) lampoons roadies and messengers, urban cyclists and triathletes, cyclocrossers and mountain bikers. No cycling discipline is sacred in Weiss’ (more widely known as the Bike Snob) view. His witty anecdotal tales are interspersed with fantastic illustrations by Christopher Koelle.

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Tackling a variety of subjects ranging from “Fear, And How to Survive On A Bike” to “Rules vs. Fashion” and “What Is A Cyclist and Why Would Anyone Want to Be One?”, the Bike Snob intersperses his chapters with tales of his personal and humorous experiences.

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I learned about the urban and messenger bike cultures in New York City, The Bike Snob’s home turf. As a country gal, this was an amusing eye-opener for me and made me better understand what’s behind all those brakeless bikes that I see when I’m in Manhattan. Bike Snob thinks that brakes are good and that messenger bags are stupid. (I thought I was alone here!)

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The chapter “A Brief Guide to Etiquette For Non-Cyclists” with sub-chapters such as “Let Bikes Inside”, “Don’t Ask Us If We’re Going To Ride in The Tour de France” and “Don’t Mention Impotence”, tackles subjects that other cycling books don’t go near.

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What I really like about this little book is that it captures the essence of why cyclists love to ride their bikes and that once you pare away the superfluous (equipment, clothing, attitude) it’s all about the joy of riding your bike. It will make you laugh out loud.

Visit BikeSnobNYC for your daily dose of sharp-witted cycling commentary.

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Thanks to Bikejuju for turning me on to BikeSnobNYC!

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Who can’t resist the silly songs and the cheerful and colorful illustrations in the 1964 children’s book “Bicycle Songs of Safety” written by Jill and Lawrence Grossman and illustrated by Herb McClure? (Holt, Rinehart & Winston) It takes you back to a time when kids actually rode bikes around town and there was respect for bicyclists. Below are some excerpts; good advice for any age.

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“Keep to the Right!” I’m always amazed when I see kids AND adults pedaling against traffic! Besides being dangerous it must be pretty scary to have cars coming at you while riding.

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“When You Ride at Night”

When you ride at night,

you will be alright,

with a rear danger signal and a front white light.

And to be extra safe,

be sure to wear clothes that are white,

at night!

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“Never Carry Big Things”

Never carry great big things when you’re on your bike.

Great big things are hard to carry,

that means things like:

people, packages, penguins, polar bears, pumpkins, pandas and such!

You won’t be able to see a thing,

and they weigh too much!

I don’t think this song would be a top hit in Asia!

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“Do Not Swerve or Weave in Traffic”

Do not swerve from side to side.

Do not weave in and out of traffic.

Let a straight line be your guide and you will be

terrific, terrific, terrific!

You will be terrific in traffic!

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Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores, I love the twist of new and vintage that is infused into their clothing and housewares. They always have fantastic windows displays, most objects are made from used materials. Naturally I fell in love with their current spring windows full of shiny bicycle wheels adorned with garlands of colorful flowers made from used plastic soda bottles. Once lured inside, I couldn’t help making a little purchase!

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