Posts Tagged 'prague'

Hot Dog cycles + Pedal Project + Okolo = Headquarters

For those who don’t know, there’s a new bike shop in town. Hot Dog cycles (the 2 man tiny bike shop that was building bikes in Namesti Republiky), Pedal Project (designers, bike enthusiasts and magazine producers) and OKOLO (designers, bike enthusiasts and magazine producers) joined forces to create HEADQUARTERS. The new shop is now open for service and sales. Eventually, there will be a cycle cafe (coffee, beer and snacks) and a studio space / art gallery.
For more info, check out: www.headquarters.cz and www.hotdog-cycles.com

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Three Way Street: Douchecrime in New York City

Crime-fucking-riders beware – New Dorkers regularly give the fuckfinger to police! To each other! To common sense! Seriously, are people in New York all retarded? Apparently so, judging from this insanely mesmerizing video, which proves that driving, cycling and even walking ought to be 1st period subjects at the giant re-education camp for selfish twats that is America.

They try to kill you just for riding according to the law here, after all – I can’t imagine how one of the Audi-driving manchildren of Prague would react if I dared to cut them off in traffic… Anyway, check it out:

UAC Dráhový pohár 2011 / UAC Track Cup 2011

Velodrom Třebešín (333,33m)

Velodrom Třebešín, © PedalProject

Po ročnej pauze, keď sa organizátori z UAC (Unie Amaterských Cyklistů) nedohodli so správcami Třebešínskeho velodrómu na podmienkach prenájmu, je tu v roku 2011 opäť dráhový pohár, nazvaný ČMSS a.s. velodrom Cup, a pretekári sa môžu tešiť na 6 dielov. Dva z nich sa uskutočnia na velodróme v Lounech (dĺžka 440m), a tieto podujatia sú určené aj pre cestné bicykle. Zvyšné 4 diely sa budú konať v Prahe na Třebešíne (dĺžka 333m) a sú určené iba pre dráhové bicykle s pevným prevodom, bez bŕzd.

Na každý diel su pripravené rôzne dráhové disciplíny, zoradené do tematických celkov, napr. sprint omnium (200m s letmým štartom, časovka na 1km, šprinty). Všetky preteky sú vypísané aj pre príchodzích, nielen pre členov UAC. Štartovné je 70 Kč a začína sa neskoré popoludnia. Ak si chceš vyskúšať aké to je pretekať na dráhe, teraz máš možnosť!

Kalendár celého seriálu vyzerá nasledovne:

  • 25. máj (st), Louny, 500m šprint + časovka na 3km
  • 8. jún (st), Třebešín, Sprint Omnium (200m s letmým štartom, časovka na 1km, šprinty)
  • 29. jún (st), Třebešín, Omnium (200m, časovka na 3km, hladký pretek, vyraďovací pretek)
  • 13. júl (st), Třebešín, časovka jednotlivcov na 3km
  • 25. aug (št), Louny, 500m šprint + časovka na 3km
  • 07. sep (st), Třebešín, Omnium (200m, časovka na 3km, hladký pretek, vyraďovací pretek)

Ďalšie informácie nájdete na stránkach UAC.

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After a quiet last year due to disagreement between the organizers from UAC (Union of Amateur Cyclists) and managers of the Třebešín velodrome about reasonable rent, the track cup, called ČMSS a.s. velodrom Cup is back in 2011 with 6 sessions. Two of them take place at the velodrome in Louny (440m), which are open for people on road bikes, too, due to milder sloping of the track there. The remaining 4 are planned to happen in Prague at Třebešín (333m) and only track bikes with fixed gear and no brakes are allowed on the track.

A different set of track disciplines are scheduled for each session, with a common theme, e.g., sprint omnium (200m with flying start, kilo, sprints). All the races are open for everybody, not just UAC members, with a starting fee of 70 CZK and start in late afternoons. If you always wanted to try racing on the track, this is a great opportunity!

The full schedule of the track cup is as follows:

  • May 25 (Wed) at Louny, 500m sprint + 3km TT
  • Jun 08 (Wed) at Třebešín, Sprint Omnium (200m flying start, kilo, match sprints)
  • Jun 29 (Wed) at Třebešín, Omnium (200m, 3km TT, scratch, elimination)
  • Jul 13 (Wed) at Třebešín, 3km individual pursuit
  • Aug 25 (Thu) at Louny, 500m sprint + 3km TT
  • Sep 07 (Wed) at Třebešín, Omnium (200m, 3km TT, scratch, elimination)

More details at the UAC website.

Volvo = douche bag

News update:
a new study conducted by scientists (A.S.W.H.O.L.E), shows that Volvo has now surpassed Audi as the car of choice for assholes. a comprehensive, long-term examination of the social status of over 4,500 assholes(a.k.a douche bags) from across the EU, indicates that assholes are now upgrading their burnt orange A4s to the new C70 cabriolet.

“In 2010, in Prague’s city center, there were only a handful of assholes driving Volvos,” said Patrik Arslanian, from Hot Dog cycles. “In the past six months, however, i’ve been in ten fist fights with assholes driving Volvos as compared to only one driving an Audi.”

because of this alarming new information, many cyclists have added Volvo to their list of cars (that normally consists of Mercedes, Audi and Maserati) to look out for while cycling.

-beware my friends…. beware.

 

UPDATE!!

This disturbing trend has been independently corroborated by peer review. Even more disturbing is the fact that, while Audi drivers display predictable signs of aggression consistent with male impotence, Volvo drivers may actually be physically and mentally too feeble to operate their vehicles correctly.

Volvo Owners - Too Frail to Live?

Bastogne nad Vltavou

It’s been said many time, many ways, but still:

 

Makes me giggle.

Salo noted the fact that it is face-freezing cold, and I’d just like to take a few pixels to point out that I agree. What he OUGHT to do about it is to post some pictures of his luxurious tour de Marin County here so we can all dream up novel curses to share with him next time we see him. Not to worry, though, spring is on the way… Right? I’ve actually seen more and more commuters out these days despite the cold. Even the messenger with the cargo bike is back on the streets. It gets to feeling as though Prague is warming to cyclists, until I get home and find the “no bicycles” sign the fat bastard owner installed in the lift especially for me.

One little thing that I do in cold like this is to loosen each spoke a quarter turn, then draw it back in again. It lets me know which ones are stressed and where to expect problems.  That and keeping the chain clean. I’m not sure if it helps anything, but it makes me feel better 🙂

Cycling = Golf 2.0?

I’ve had a sneaking suspicion for some time now that cycling, specifically that lycra-clad, carbon fibered corner of the sporting garage, is steadily becoming the new golf. It starts slow, with the Bike Snob’s oft-mentioned, recondite Serotta/Dentist symbiosis, working its way through the professions until love of the sport snowballs to the point where, one day, we can all enjoy the cliche cycling to work will have become. Seriously, it’ll be a happy day, once it’s all growed up. It’s the meantime that’s the scary bit. We’re just one or two client service directors away from the critical adolescent mass of professional acceptance, and the video produced for the new bike line from Mario Cippolini speaks directly to the blandly-articulated desires of the wanky horde that is us. Mark my words. Next step: Caddyshack for bikes. Watch for it.

Witness the continental breakfast, the Tuscan wheat, the barely sublimated musical fratboy, straining at the bonds that keep him from performing the Helmet Dance… Things are gonna get weird – can’t wait for the damned snow to melt.

Boldog karácsonyt, ty vole…

As some of you might have noticed in the comments of our “Buy/Sell” section, the Herce-Hurca guys in Budapest have opened up a shop! They have a nice online assortment of bits and pieces and the prices are reasonable, so leave your wives/girlfriends/husbands/boyfriends/parents/dogsandcats a nice, subtle hint to check it out Christmas style 😉 It’s about as close to local as fixie shops get!