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Bicycle Sounds

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Watch Stephen Meierding's musical entry into the Bike Shorts film competition

From Brian Eno to Autechre, musicians long have used found objects to create sounds for songs. Hell, one of the greatest records of all time, the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, has a song ("You Still Believe In Me") featuring bike bells and horns. But this we've never seen. In "Bicycle Sounds," a short video from photographer Stephen Meierding (who shot the Biolite Stove!), we watch and listen to an......read more

David Byrne's Bike Racks

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Renowned artist/environmentalist has some fun with bike rack design in New York City.

Is (Via Treehugger / Fast Co Design) Images: Decker Yeadon...read more

10 Best Songs About Bicycles

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A mixtape honoring our favorite form of transport.

Cycling and music are two things we couldn't live without. The others being eating and sleeping. So we're extra hyped that our friends at Flavorwire put together this mixtape of songs about biking, featuring two-wheeled anthems from Pink Floyd, TV On The Radio, Kraftwerk, and more. (But hey, where's "My White Bicycle" by Tomorrow? Classic bike-adelic rock!) Photo via The......read more

The Butler House

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Handy meal transporter from Dutch designer Arian Brekveld. $39.95

Looking for an easy way to transport fresh snacks and meals? Let Fresh Traveler answer the call. With two separate containers -- one with a double-walled vacuum that keeps food fresh -- you can easily bring milk and cereal for breakfast at work. Or soup and sandwich for lunch. A wonderfully practical product from timeless Dutch kitchenware brand Royal VKB....read more

SHFT Sampler 11-12-10

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Weekly links: Pimped-out bikes, phone book sculptures, and a renewed push for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

Freewheelers is a series of video portraits of tricked-out bikes and the people who ride them – from self-build fixies and coveted vintage steeds to bikes as art or manifestations of style. Two bipartisan senators have proposed a sensible idea that most people are going to hate. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) wrote to President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal......read more

SHFT Sampler 1-21-11

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Recycled sex doll hoodies, starlets on bikes, 100% renewable power, and more.

Who'd have thunk it: The entire world could be running on 100% renewable energy by 2030, says a new study published in the journal Energy Policy. All that's needed is 4 million 5-megawatt wind turbines, 1.7 billion 3-kilowatt rooftop solar power systems, and about 90,000 300-megawatt solar power plants — and a shitload of political will. No problem? (via MNN) Va-va-voom: Do you like......read more

America ReCycled

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Crossing the country on bicycle, two brothers search for the American Dream.

As we write, two brothers are making their way across the United States on self-built bikes made from recycled trash, documenting their search for eco-villages, urban farming initiatives, and new ideas for business. America ReCycled, as Tim and Noah Hussin have dubbed their project, is a quest for the lost American Dream. In their own words: "The modern American is so disconnected from those......read more

Trek Announces Carbon Fiber Recycling Program

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Will others follow their lead?

In the early '90s, Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle pioneered the use of carbon fiber in bike frames. The material, though much admired for its strength and weight, is generally understood to be impossible to recycle. Fast forward a couple decades, and the cycling company has launched a full-scale carbon recycling program for all of the scrap carbon fiber generated at its U.S. facilities. "It is......read more

In Praise of Crap Technology

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Why bother with an iPod when a Coby will do?

When I bought the first-generation iPhone, it took me all of four days to leave it in a cab, never to see it again. Meanwhile, the phone it was meant to replace, a not-remotely-smart Nokia brick dating from the previous century, had weathered a drop into a toilet and traveled with me to Europe and back -- twice. It still works. Sound familiar? Maybe not, but there's something to be said for......read more

Arcalis Andorra Frame Set

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Build your dream bike in a one-on-one consultation with Arcalis founder Ryan Yee $1,799.00

Ryan Yee knows a thing or two about cycling. By the age of 14 the Arcalis founder was competing on the California mountain bike circuit, and by 2006 he owned and managed one of the country’s top pro cycling teams. With Arcalis, Yee builds serious bikes for serious riders, offering one-on-one consultations so buyers get the best machine for them. At Woven Society, you start with......read more

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