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SHFT Sampler 12-3-10

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Weekly links: Obama nixes offshore plans, mercury turns birds gay, and more.

Adorbs alert! Discovery assembled an "awwww"-inspiring slide show of endangered baby animals. Are fixies over? We have no idea, but this bamboo joint from Germany's Arndt Menke-Zumbragel tells us no. Lance Armstrong is down too. The world's most famous cyclist called it a "killer wooden bike" on his Twitter. Can't disagree. Check out those rear forks! ......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-10-10

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Weekly links: James Bowthorpe rules, Barcelona looks nice from the air, Ford's electric van starts shipping, and more.

James Bowthorpe is bad ass. Last year, in a bid to raise awareness for Parkinson's, he rode his bike around the world in 174 days, setting a new world record. Earlier this fall, he built a boat from construction waste and rowed it down the Thames. Now he's doing the same thing on the Hudson River. Feel lazy now? Same. Read an interview with the man at Nowness. Everyone is going off......read more

Mogwai, "How to Be a Werewolf"

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Scottish rockers soundtrack James Bowthorpe's ride.

Weird that we missed this video when we mentioned superchamp cyclist James Bowthorpe the other day, 'cause goddamn is it good. The clip was pulled from Thirty Century Man, a film by UK director/photographer Antony Crook, who followed Bowthorpe to Norway to document his ride. Crook follows Bowthrope racing through the remote Norwegian countryside to the sounds of "How to Be a......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-17-10

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Weekly links: Winter cycling, animals face-to-face, the real story behind Chinese wind energy dominance, and more.

Aww, is it "too cold" to ride your bike in the winter? No matter where you are, it ain't as cold as St. Petersburg, Russia, where Adams Carroll rides his Ukrainian beast — made from surplus military tank parts — through the snow. Check Carroll's notes on winter cycling at the Fader. On a one-way path to wind energy dominance, China is steady flouting world......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

SHFT Sampler 3-4-11

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Glowing igloo eco art, bad ass bike shoes, Patagonia's new music program, and more.

Move Your Feet: LA footwear brand Generic Surplus teamed up with Danish fashion label Wood Wood to launch a spring shoe model designed specifically for biking. Made of weather-resistant treated canvas with an overlay toe cap, extra seams and a non-skid rubber for better grip. Nice look. Neon Inuit: A glowing igloo made of recycled water jugs makes a powerful statement on the effects of climate......read more

Green Development Hampered by Nimbyism

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Eco projects face opposition in progressive hotspots from Brooklyn to Berkeley.

If we were asked to name the top two strongholds of eco-consciousness in America, we'd probably say Brooklyn on the east coast and Berkeley on the west. Hell, we even gave Brooklyn it's own web series. But not everyone in these liberal bastions is down for the greater environmental good. When it comes to green development, self interest runs rampant. In Park Slope, Brooklyn, a new bike lane......read more

SHFT Sampler 3-11-11

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Swedish eco design is so hot right now, Google Earth images become surreal artworks, Portland ain't all that green, and more.

Folded Roads: Google Earth images become surrealist artworks in Clement Valla's series Postcards from Google Earth, which depicts bridges and roads that appear warped when you zoom in just the right way. T-Shirt Upholstery: Swedish eco designer (and mega babe) Maria Westerberg won first prize at the 2011 Green Furniture Awards for the T-shirt Chair, made of recycled textiles and bent wire fence.......read more

Bamboo Bikes by Diego Cardenas

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Green cycles blend nature and tech.

At the tender age of 25, Mexican industrial design student Diego Cardenas is doing big things in the realm of bamboo bicycle design. Inspired by photos of other bamboo bike creations — including the first commercial design, unveiled at a London trade fair in 1894 — Cardenas felt he could do better. Judging from these pics, he may be right. After attending a bamboo workshop in Europe,......read more

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