I just listened to this video while I was packing to leave NYC. Talk about an inspirational story. It’s a shame that he has to resort to a human-powered land speed record because the UCI has it out for him. Here’s the background:
“Meet Graeme Obree. “When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.”
These words of wisdom from Jonathan Swift certainly apply to Graeme Obree and his treatment in the world of cycling. A man castigated for triumphing innovation. The Flying Scotsman broke the World Hour record twice and won the World Championships on two occasions, combining ruthless ambition and a unique investigative engineering nous that propelled him ahead of his peers.
We visit him in Saltcoats, Scotland, 45 minutes outside Glasgow where we find Obree preparing for another World Record attempt – the human-powered land speed record.
One of my favorite projects at the 2012 NAHBS was this Ira Ryan-fabricated Ned Ludd Market Bike. I met Jason in Sacramento and heard most of what he says here in this video over tacos at Steve Rex‘s spot one night. Jason’s a passionate individual and seeing this project get some much-deserved attention has got to be inspirational. Exceptional!
No one can deny that the NYC bike messenger is responsible for the recent boom in the track bike. Check out this video, called Get the Message, featuring Kid, Squid and others. It’s great to see these guys are still cranking away and this is from 2000. I can’t wait to be back in New York next week.
Seagull Bags has been on the scene for many years now. Daniel makes all his bags in Columbus, Ohio and this video highlights what makes Seagull Bags unique. If you like their work, show them your support.
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Prolly is not Probably started in 2006 in Brooklyn, New York. For over 6 years it has thrived as John Watson, the sole author, documents multiple facets of cycling. With the boom of urban cycling, Prolly is Not Probably has grown to be the number one blog for the culture surrounding it. In recent years, a large push for original content has spawned a steady flow of photosets, profiles and portraits.
Known for his A Day in 10 Photos, Merckx Mondays, Recent Roll, Shop Visits, and Beautiful Bicycles features, John continues to document bicycles of all kinds and his daily life through photos. Over the years, Prolly is Not Probably has been cited in the New York Times, COG Magazine, Urban Velo and other notable publications. In March of 2011, John moved to Austin, Texas where he continues to cover a cross section of cultural influences.