I’ve been a fan of Ezra Caldwell’s work for about five years. The bikes he builds as Fast Boy Cycles are beautiful and always meticulously documented with well made photographs. When he was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, Ezra turned outward and used his blog to share his wide-ranging experiences with treatment, his continued work as a bike builder and more. The latest short documentary from the Made by Hand series is about Ezra. In it he talks about his origins as a builder and his struggles with cancer with the same sincerity and openness that make his writing so powerful. It is beautifully shot and produced and well worth a watch.
My parents recently moved to Doha, Qatar. They happened to arrive just before the start of the Tour of Qatar and were able to catch the final stage of the race this morning. Stage 6 began a little over 100 km outside of Doha and ended with a few laps around the Corniche, a waterfront promenade in the capital city. All photos by Jeremy Cohen. Enjoy.
If the Internet (or perhaps all of human history) has taught us anything, it’s that trends are very important to follow. And there is no more prevalent year-end trend than Top 10 lists. Newspapers give you their most popular stories of the year. Buzzfeed gives you the 40 most influential corgis of 2012 (it was probably difficult to narrow it to 10 influential pups). And on the final day of 2012, The Bicycle Story gives you its top 10 most read posts of 2012.
2) Tom Hopper: Rapha-Focus’ Master Mechanic: Tom is personal mechanic to America’s best cyclocross racer. Learn about his road to the professional pits and what it takes to succeed at the highest level of the job.
3) Presidents on Bicycles: A collection of photos from Presidents Day 2012 highlighting the long history of our Commanders in Chief riding (or at least posing) on bikes!
Tom Simpson is a British cycling legend. He was the first Brit to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, first to win the World Championship rode race, and won several Spring Classics and Vuelta a España stages. He died in 1967 on the 13th stage of the Tour de France, while climbing the Mont Ventoux. A potent combination of amphetamines and alcohol in his system allowed him to literally ride himself to death.
In 2010, BBC produced an hour long documentary about Simpson called Death on the Mountain. It not only looks at the fateful 1967 tour, but Simpson’s escape from poverty through cycling, his rise to fame, and the circumstances that lead to his unfortunate death. The program is filled with interviews with Simpson’s teammates and competitors and excellent footage of professional races from that era.
Graeme Obree likely needs no introduction among cyclists who’ve been involved in the sport for any length of time. The Scotsman is famous for his world hour records and the unorthodox “superman” position he used on his custom built track bike, Old Faithful. Nearly two decades after beating the UCI hour record, Obree is chasing a new world record, the human powered vehicle land speed record. Given that the only rule for the HPV record is that the vehicle must not have an engine, Obree is free to play to his creative strengths and build any wild bike he can dream up.
Humans Invent–a British website focused on inventions, design, and innovation–produced a series of video interviews with Obree as he built his bike and prepares for the speed record. They’re well done and provide terrific insight into Obree’s unique way of thinking about bikes, design, passion, and more.