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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Danny MacAskill's Imaginate, Bicycle Stunts

Danny MacAskill has been up to his old bicycle tricks again. This time in "Danny MacAskill's Imaginate", a 7 minute video supposedly to give us a glimpse as to what goes on in his brain when he is thinking up bicycle stunts.

You can see some of his previous bicycle stunt videos here on The Bicycle Mechanic just by clicking stunts on the side bar.

If you have Netflix you can also watch the documentary about the making of Imaginate. (Although I will admit I skipped forward through some of the boring bits of the documentary. I just didn't have the patience to watch the whole thing.)

The stunt video is below!



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Premium Rush - Bicycle Courier Movie


I just finished watching the 2012 bicycle courier film "Premium Rush" on Netflix. (And yes, I realize the film came out 2 years ago and I only now got around to watching it. Whatever. Sue me.)

Anyway I really enjoyed the film. Hence why I am sharing the trailer for the film on here.

So yeah, watch it on Netflix, buy the DVD, download it for free - it matters not to me. I just felt it was an enjoyable movie and wanted to share it with my fellow cyclists who may not have heard of it.

I also find it interesting that the film didn't pull any punches when it came to crazy cyclists, stupid car drivers, and idiot pedestrians. (And don't forget the police, who are often corrupt or clueless.) They all got slammed. Proof positive that drivers, cyclists and even pedestrians are equally stupid when it comes safety issues.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Demystify Your Bicycle at HUB (Vancouver)

HUB in Vancouver B.C. is offering a series of small 3-hour long introductory classes to teach people how to fix and maintain their bicycles. The classes are held at The Pedal Depot (1830 Ontario Street) in Vancouver.

More information on this topic is available at https://bikehub.ca/bike-education/maintenance-mechanics

The introductory classes only cover brakes, gears, hubs and wheels and cost $200 to sign up for all 4 classes.

The graphic below lists the classes as "intermediate", but the classes really are designed for complete beginners.

The "beginner" 2-hour class is more of a "complete basics" class which covers jargon, terminology, etc and almost no mechanical skills and is designed to teach people how their bicycle works, and what the different parts are called. The beginner 2-hour class does a basic inspection, how to clean and oil a chain, check for wear and tear, and patch a flat - basically all things you could learn from a YouTube video or by reading The Bicycle Mechanic.

So if you already know how to fix a flat, you probably don't need to take that course.

On the other hand if you are looking to become a true professional bicycle mechanic, you are probably best off taking the six week bicycle mechanic training course at Quadra Island (which is not far from Vancouver), which costs $2500 for tuition and residence. Students come from all over the world to take the course at Quadra Island because it is the most intensive and comprehensive bicycle mechanic training course in the world.



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