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Curbed, dog

22 04 2015

It may seem odd to write about cement curbs on Earth Day (of all days) but in some way it is oddly appropriate.

Earth Day is a day when we–collectively–look at our environment in a different light.

Sure, it’s there every day but how often do we stop and appreciate it?

Now, think of the urban environment.

Curbs, banked surfaces, rails…to the average pedestrian these things barely register.

To a bike rider…well, these things make their eyes light up and stoke their imagination.

Stevil, over at All hail the black market,  wrote about this today –in the context of skating–but I think you’ll agree the same line of thought goes through the mind of any BMXer rolling down the street.

The rad thing about curbs is 99% of the population sees a cement block, if they even see them at all, and generally pay absolutely no mind to them whatsoever. Skateboarders on the other hand, look at them- This thing that’s so impossibly mundane, and see potential for a great deal of fun.

It’s all about perspective.

And the notion that fun…even with something as mundane as a curb…is never far from reach.

cmc-Liquid-manual2(Pic: ATX local, CMC finds himself some fun with a curb manual)

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You complete me…

29 10 2009

ESPN just posted a great interview with Jim C. from Sunday Bikes talking about their new line of complete bikes.  There’s some good stuff about the Model-C,  including details about the components and pricing:

The 24″ Model-C complete retails for about $550 and comes with a full chromoly frame, fork and bars. There’s eight different Odyssey parts including V3 cassette hub, Aitken 24-inch tires and EVO II brakes amongst others. The best part is it carries over the same proven geometry of the Model-C frame, fork and bars.

He also talks about why Sunday decided to go with a complete 24:

We decided to do the 24-inch complete because people mostly believed the geometry worked, but they weren’t willing to spend the money to find out. A shop could now let someone try it out, see that it works and be able to afford it without spending too much money.

Probably the best/funniest part of the interview is this part:

Riders have it good today. They could be getting an orange GT with curved toptube and three-spoke mags like we did back in the ’90s. No wonder why kids started skateboarding back then, the learning curve on one of those was terrible.

No word yet on what the top tube length will be on the Model-C complete, but more info is supposed to be on the way next week. I guess I’ll continue to keep my fingers crossed that it will be the 21.75″ size.

Sunday Model C complete