I wasn't aware this was a "myth" that needed busting/confirming, but if ever you needed a dramatic demonstration of why drafting works…
Just the thing
Who wants a "flappy paddle"?
Chris d'Aluisio, director of advanced research and development for Specialized, likens the difference between mechanical and electric shifting to the difference between driving a race car with a manual transmission and one with F-1 style paddle shifters. "You can stay on the gas and flip through the gears with no hesitation," said d'Aluisio. "It's seamless power."
Which indicates to me that it's amazing technology that most of us will never use—I think cables will be with us for some time yet. Flappy paddles have been in F1 cars for yonks, but do you see them in any road cars (except for poseur-mobiles of the kind that are reviewed, often disparagingly, on Top Gear)? But as Wired rightly observes:
Road-bike aficionados are much like trout: simultaneously enthralled and mortified by anything shiny and new that enters their environment.
Undoubtedly, there will be a market for it among the cashed-up cafe-cruiser set.
I'm told that
Your answers to the BikeScope survey will help us better understand the cycling environment of the City of Melbourne. The results of this survey will be presented to the City of Melbourne and will help inform their future planning.
No doubt if you've ever had any dealings with BV, you'll have been told the same thing. Bicycle Victoria's BikeScope survey closes on 22 August, and you could win one of them iPhone thingamajiggies. Knock yerself out.
Dipstick of the week
Cr Mark O'Brien of Moreland is advocating user-pays for bicycle-specific infrastructure. There's a creative new disincentive to cycling. Congratulations Cr O'Brien, you are dipstick of the week. (OK, dipstick of a few weeks ago.) [via Moreland BUG]
This bicycle prototype is aimed at improving and solving multiple issues involved in production. Particular attention was paid to maximize the potential utilization of automated processes and more cost efficient materials (IE: plastics).
The bicycle consists entirely of reinforced and unreinforced recyclable polypropylene.
Family on a bike
Camera angles and perspective
Ah, it's a digital age we live in, isn't it? Further to the dickhead police officer who assaulted a cyclist on Critical Mass in New York City, here's a compilation from several cameras of a number of arrests that took place on 30 March 2007. Sure it's edited to present a particular view, but several of the police reports really don't seem to match the events as recorded…
Dave Mouton's comments on the topic of Critical Mass are thought-provoking, as usual.
Helmet or not?
Wallace and Gromit ride again
Check out these cool sidecars. Dead sexy.