Bike Love

I never saw Momentum magazine before a friend dropped a copy on my desk the other day, but it was hard not to immediately like a publication that, in its latest issue, manages to strike several hugeass chords: my neighborhood bike shop, 2020 Cycles; architect David Baker, one of my personal favorites and juror at the Seattle AIA Honor Awards; and there’s even a geeky article on LEED.

I love being reminded that urban cycling is such a growing trend.

On the back cover was an ad for Trek’s new singlespeed that dumps the traditional bike chain and replaces it with a carbon composite belt. Who cares if it’s fixie counterculture commodified by one of the corporate behemoths of bike companies. Because more bikes = good.

Not to be outdone, the Biomega Copenhagen uses a drive shift in lieu of a chain.

6 Responses to “Bike Love”

  1. Dave

    The main issue with the corporate fix gears like that trek is the insistence on including really ugly chain guards. Jeez if you’re going to ride that bike getting a matching pair of hipster skinny jeans.

  2. tres_arboles

    It’s a belt drive, not a chain FWIW. It might need that type of coverage.

    At any rate Dan, you’re correct on commodification. More bikes=better city in many ways. The only folks who’ll grimace at the commodification are the one’s who were there “first” and want to pull up the ‘drawbridge of cool’ behind themselves.

    Of course, I say this as someone who just built up my fixed on a Kona (ewww, corporate!) frame.

    David, Burien

  3. Matt the Engineer

    Do I see brakes?! Shoot, they probably come with matching helmets.

  4. zilfondel

    Rage against brakes… *yawn*

  5. Abbie

    I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case. WoW :)

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