Categories: sport, bike, climb, kayak, ski

Let's go fly a kite...

posted by collin on 09.03.22 at 16:33, null, null, boston, sport, Leave a comment Permalink

Lawyers make the world more boring.

posted by collin on 07.09.17 at 12:24, null, nonsense, random, sport, ski, 3 comments Permalink

video on this page.

Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
I tried to click on the video.
Permalink 09/17/07 @ 13:21
Comment from: collin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php
That's because the video is a saveable but not linkable streaming wmv. And it's mostly how to assemble/use it.
Permalink 09/17/07 @ 13:33

Functional art retro-grouch-ery

posted by collin on 07.04.23 at 11:38, null, art, visual, art, sport, 4 comments Permalink

I somehow came across this blog, and was looking around at some pretty sexy frames from small builders... In the order: Ant, Clockwork, and Pereira.

There's a lot of cool stuff on the Clockwork site. I especially like the build pictorial, check out the homemade frame jig and kick ass beltsander/tube miterer.

Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/graham.php
I like the Pereira BlingleSpeed. Fillet brazed steel with a relatively low-gloss clearcoat. It's like Ti, only cooler.

In other news: I've completely burned out on fixed gears. Anyone know if I can put a freewheel on my chub?
Permalink 04/26/07 @ 12:15
Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/graham.php
Come on, where's the outrage?
Permalink 04/27/07 @ 09:39
Comment from: collin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php
No outrage from me. I don't have a freewheel, but looking at my chub it looks like it might work. Didn't we have a flip-flop chub at one point? Frame clearance might be an issue.

You could always keep the cog and put on a front free wheel trials crank. But I don't know if those can take normal rings, and you'd probly need an isis bb.
Permalink 04/27/07 @ 10:21
Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
I am outraged. I've just been really busy. I'll try to keep my rage more up to date in the future.
Permalink 05/03/07 @ 15:02

I found a boogie board...

posted by collin on 06.12.04 at 12:01, null, null, sport, 1 comment Permalink

I will now proceed to boogie.

Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/graham.php
Hay guise, no dancing in this thread, Ok thx bye.
Permalink 12/04/06 @ 15:14

Honorary BLF member fighting the man.

posted by collin on 06.09.26 at 14:30, null, nonsense, random, sport, Leave a comment Permalink

I so decree it. And no embedded video.

Huck your meat. (youtube test)

posted by collin on 06.07.18 at 12:03, null, nonsense, random, sport, Leave a comment Permalink

I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates.

Unicycling across America.

posted by collin on 06.07.13 at 16:18, null, null, random, sport, Leave a comment Permalink

yeah yeah, I shouldn't have hot-linked a huge picture... I'll fix it later...

Why do I read Cool Hunting?

posted by collin on 06.07.12 at 16:51, null, rant, random, rant, sport, Leave a comment Permalink

I mean I've never understood fetishizing Nikes for one. And then this pops up again:

To quote:

In honor of the recent publication of Red Dot's annual compendium of contemporary design, here are a few more off-the-radar picks from the most recent crop of designers that have the Red Dot seal of approval. Order your own copy from Red Dot for €78.

Aeroblade Bicycle
Designed to complement Spyker cars, the limited edition Aeroblade features a titanium frame, a Rohloff gear system that minimizes maintainance, and €12,500 pricetag. To get your hands on one of the 50 made, find a Koga dealer.

So an obscenely expensive bicycle that weighs 28.2 pounds gets a design award? But not a Seven, or a Calfee, or a bamboo Calfee. And apparently these things are being distributed by Koga-Miyata. Hmm Miyata, I think we've chopped a few of those. Looks like they make slightly less overpriced bikes, like this thing. Or I could buy a fucking Yeti for less.

Reminds me of when Cool Hunting had a post about a Puma brand bike that was basically a non-suspension Slingshot. Yeah, really innovative. I saw one of these in Berlin. It sucked. Though not as much as the "Mercedes" bikes I saw once in Paris.

Go back to blogging about sneakers and $100 "designer" t-shirts.

In happier news, Frank "The Welder" [the guy that built my Yeti Ultimate] now runs Sinister Cycles. I guess Spooky died long ago. I like the DNA.

Ok, rant over.

LeVel Components

posted by collin on 05.10.02 at 21:12, technology, sport, Leave a comment Permalink

An actual splined, no lock ring, fixed hub.



Though it looks a tad heavy, it makes a lot more sense than the splined Miche cogs with adapters. Combine the LeVel and the Chub and you'd have the world's most bitch'n fixey hub. [Except for nonstandard parts...]

I'm building a boat.

posted by collin on 05.09.25 at 20:12, nonsense, art, null, sport, Leave a comment Permalink

I've been meaning to get around to posting some pics of the canoe I'm building. It's a really interesting design by Platt Monfort that uses a frame made from very thin strips of wood, kevlar string as tension bearing members, and then it's all covered in a heat shrink dacron. The model I'm building is called the Sweet Pea Mark 2 [name's a little silly] and is supposed to weigh about 10 lbs when finished. Two things I've been wondering about: I've been thinking of staining the frame a darker color to increase the contrast between the frame and the translucent dacron, and I haven't thought of a name for the boat. Since it's the first boat I've built I figure it should have a name. Thoughts?