Saturday, October 04, 2014

how to get unlimited free publicity, and make sure drivers look out for bicyclists... just mistakenly design your suit to appear flesh toned across the crotch

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The Colombian women’s cycling team (IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar riders) are not ‘ashamed’ of their new flesh-coloured uniform despite being criticized by the International Cycling Union. The team, who sport a uniform which appears flesh-coloured between the stomach and thigh area, have defended their new kit at a press conference in Bogota, Italy.

Brian Cookson, the president of the International Cycling Union, called the uniforms 'unacceptable by any standard of decency'. He's obviously an idiotic prude who isn't familiar with what words mean. The words of his I refer to are "decency" and "standard".

Colombia's national cycling program, "Ultimo Kilometro," was indignant at the controversy, posting side-by-side photos of the female riders in the now infamous uniforms and one of a male team wearing uniforms made almost entirely of the same flesh-colored fabric.

the flesh color isn't anything other than a symbol of the teams sponsor, a vitamin and supplement company with a gold colored label


 the only indecency is in the mind of the puritanical idiots that have a problem with tan colored spandex. The same people have no trouble with mens being the same color. Double standard? yes.

and here is a very clear sexist double standard, the mens and womens spandex of the same sponsor, the Footon Servetto Fuji 2010 squad

 or tightly profiling to the limit of immodesty, and indicating who is and isn't circumcised.. but the prude victorian jackasses didn't raise an eyebrow at anything, until trying to shame the womens team.

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So, Brian Cookson, International Cycling Union president, go soak your head, until you learn decency, and equal treatment for women, you friggen snob

For a good interview with the suit designer of the Colombian team:

Could cycling get any better for the planet? Yes, making the bike from wood, and recycled aluminum from cans, or old bikes!

Bikes are inherently pretty good for the environment: If everyone in the U.S. living within five miles of work started commuting by bike only one day a week, it would save as much pollution as taking a million cars off the road for a year.

 A new design concept from Dan Gestoso Rivers tries to make bike production more sustainable by swapping out a standard metal frame for wood and using components made from recycled soda cans.

Like Ikea furniture--and like a somewhat similar project called the Sandwichbike--the wooden bike is designed to fit in a small box, and a buyer could put the whole thing together using an Allen wrench.

Gestoso says the bike will be as strong as a typical aluminum frame, but it's clear that it's better in some areas, like the energy used to manufacture the frame.

The design uses sustainably grown wood everywhere possible, and the remaining metal pieces will be made from recycled aluminum or, potentially, metal recycled from discarded bikes.

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Next level food truck: pizza parlor inside a 35 foot storage truck

the game is getting harder to win at friends... next, semi truck trailers... like the brats grill from Johnsonville

images of Burning Man vehicles, by Scott London, who has incredible photo galleries of the past ten Burning Man events, vehicles, topless women, and the rest

close, but no roll over

found on from the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals

another clever idea for stop lights, that really works best for drag racing from light to light

Hayne's just published a Top Fuel Dragster book... that's pretty cool

Friday, October 03, 2014

Dodge car show, with Motley Crue concert... Nov 1st, Dallas bar called the Gas Monkey. Car show at 4pm, concert at 9pm. Registration is online now til Oct 20th. Dodge show cars only

I'll be damned if I can figure out how this can't be a friggin great time

It's great to find a random use of a musclecar in a tv show

wow, this freeze frame is a sure clue that this is a stock suspension, and just how useless factory suspension was in 1970... the back is locked up by the brakes and the front is folded under off the tread, and not changing the direction very well with all the understeer

Found on the show Castle, 2nd season

From Algeria to Mozambique by eight 10 Hp Citroen half tracks in 1924-25

One day, French President Gaston Doumergue mentioned to André Citroën and Georges-Marie Haardt that a regular rail link between the North African French colonies and Madagascar, a French territory isolated in the Indian Ocean, would be advantageous to France.

André Citroën organized the "Black Cruise", to survey rail routes, and no doubt, to publicise his automobile company. After 10 months of preparation, 8 Citroën half-tracks left the southern terminus of the Algerian Railway on 28 of October 1924. It appears that the half-tracks were based on Model "B" Citroëns.

 The expedition was again led by the general manager from Citroën, Georges-Marie Haardt, and each half-track carried three men. A motion picture producer and a camera operator, an artist, a medical doctor who also took care of taxidermy, scientists, nine factory driver/mechanics, and other staff (some military) were on the expedition.

Georges-Marie Haardt authored a book about the second African trip (The Black Journey: Across Central Africa with the Citroën Expedition) and a National Geographic Magazine article in the June 1926 issue

So, it is a very long story, started by 1910 in St. Petersburg, where the Kégresse track was invented, continued in the twenties and thirties in Africa and Asia with the great Citroën expeditions, opening car routes across Sahara and on the Silk Road, immortalized in the two movies that were rediscovered by Jack Goelman in the fifties, then by the two German directors that created the documentary for ARTE in 2006, and finally published on youTube by the passionate Zagrebians from the Citroën Klub.

some info and the videos from

in 1923-25 the Renault company was also trying to get publicity and accomplishments

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To bring attention to his half-track vehicles launched in 1922, André Citroën organised a trans-Saharan expedition from 1922 to 1923. This success was followed by the Croisière Noire expedition, which crossed the African continent from north to south, travelling from Colomb-Béchar to Cape Town, between 1924 and 1925.

The Croisière Jaune expedition crossed Asia, from Beirut to Beijing, between 1931 and 1932.

Citroën subsequently supplied Admiral Byrd with three half-track vehicles for his Antartic expedition (1933 – 1935). It also supplied five vehicles for the Croisière Blanche expedition organised from July to October 1934 in the Rocky Mountains of Canada.

for a good over view of cross country pioneering motorists in Africa, see or

good reason not to safari across Africa. Sleeping leopards

 In 1914 this Belgian F.A.B. of Reinelt and Evanepoel set out from Cape Town for Cairo... with an 80-gallon fuel drum. They turned back after just 37 miles on hearing that a rival crew parked under a tree, disturbed a sleeping leopard, that promptly killed and ate the driver

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I present, with great pleasure, the Factoria Circular and the Rodafonio

their facebook page is

thanks to Steve! Who somehow investigates the unknown (instead of finishing his book by the deadline!)

Their website is

truth in bumper sticker sayings