Thursday, April 07, 2011

Where Bicycles and Beauty (and Money) Intersect

Charlie Kristine models a KGS/Passoni custom bicycle,
(c) Kevin Saunders
KGS bikes shared with us their latest promotional shots for the hand-made Passoni frames that they sell.

These shots are the tamest of the bunch, too beautiful to pass up. So we ask you dear reader, which is more beautiful, the model, the frame, or you can't say--they both win?

If there was anything better to sell a high end bicycle--these go for between $25,000 and $30,000 each--I am not sure what it is. Other than having Lance Armstrong's sweat all over it, or perhaps the bike he rode to glory on in any of the seven Tour de France wins.

Kevin Saunders, owner of KGS Bikes (who has not provided any incentive to this website to publish this information,) said the photos show the first of the four custom KGS/ Passoni bicycles to come into the United States since he became the stateside dealer.

The owners of the four bikes, two couples, flew to San Antonio, TX, where KGS is based, "found their true bicycle positions, and then [we] used that data to design bicycles specifically for use in the Colorado Rockies," said Saunders.

Saunders said these bikes are built to suit the riders' preferences, in this case to be ridden in the mountains.  Therefore they have more stable steering and longer wheelbases. All of the bikes have Campagnolo Super Record 11 components and Lightweight wheels (by CarbonSports), with tubular tires.

But of course, you're not looking at the model, 29-year-old Charlie Kristine, you're looking at the frame, right?

Charlie Kristine models a KGS/Passoni custom bicycle,
(c) Kevin Saunders
KGS designs about 40 custom Parlee, Passoni and Cyfac bicycles a year.

Though Saunder's shots are a bit racy for some, he is very philosophical about undressing the ladies in bike shots: "We have no problem in this country showing murder and violence in the media, but when it comes to nudity, all of a sudden there is something wrong with it." Indeed. 

Next, can you send in some shots of hot guys holding up their bikes? Oh never mind, attendance at any bike race--especially a cross race-- will take care of that!

Which leads us to our own philosophical question: If everyone paid as much for their bicycle as they do for a car, they'd be a lot more interested in riding their bicycles to work every day. And even much more so with the likes of Charlie Kristine in front of them. 

Kevin can be reached at this email address.  KGS is also on Facebook and just about every other social media site you can think of.

If you're nice, he might share with you some of the other photographs he took, some of which can be seen on Flickr. We won't publish the Flickr address here, because the contents of it makes us blush, but you can email him yourself if you are interested.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Previous DOT Chief Abducted by Pedicab Bandits

April 1, 2011

One of the pedicab abductors bore a striking resemblance
to current DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, here
pictured at the National Bike Summit in DC in March, 2011
(c) Aaron Marks
A previous commissioner of transportation for the city of New York was abducted by two bandits driving a pedicab today.

BBB was researching the Prospect Park West bike lane when we spottted Iris Weinshall outside her building. As we approached, we witnessed a man and a woman pull up in a M****n R****w pedicab at about 8:30 A.M., grab Weinshall on the arm, and shove her into the pedicab.

One of the drivers was a man and about 5 foot 9 tall, wore wire rimmed glasses and was dressed in a suit and tie. The woman, a tall, slim brunette wearing a black suit was pedaling in high heels:  the two were going as fast as possible, heading for the Prospect Park West bike lane.

Weinshall served as previous transportation commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Last month her name emerged in connection with a lawsuit by a group in Prospect Park against the current DOT commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan for the installation of the Prospect Park West bike lane.

The plaintiffs for the lawsuit identify themselves as the Concerned Seniors of Prospect Park, and their spokesperson is Louise Hainline.

Iris Weinshall in a pic as Vice Chancellor at City
College in New York (c) CUNY
Apparently Ms. Hainline had been videotaping activity on the bike lane from her roof and was gathering proof that no cyclists were using it during the winter months, when it was covered with snow and ice, or when it was minus 25 degrees outside (which apparently it was any of, or all three together most of the last four months.)

As Weinshall was whisked along the Prospect Park Bike Lane she was screaming, but no police came to her aid possibly because the two drivers stopped at a red light. Our city's finest nearby were busy ticketing another cyclist who had not stopped at the red light.

As the trio stopped it gave BBB enough time to catch up and the opportunity to ask Weinshall why she was screaming. Was she upset about being abducted?

"No," she said, shaking her head.

Was she upset about being in a pedicab?

"No," she glared.

Was she upset about being forced to ride in the very lane that she didn't think was appropriate for her neighborhood, and would prefer was ripped out?

"No," she rolled her eyes, didn't we realize the media had made a big deal out of something that she barely thought about from day to day?

So then why was she screaming?

Weinshall said her abductors had told her they were taking her to Hainline's house to watch video footage of the bike lane.

Needless to say: April Fools!