As the snow begins to retreat and the slopes start to close down, a new type of adrenaline junky takes to the hills after months of hibernation. Mountain bikers eager for their first ride of the season head out to the snow-patched trails and brave the mushy slush, muddy streams, and brisk temperatures. This type of early season riding attracts a special type of individual, especially those who enjoy being cold and wet for extended periods of time.
To capture the rawness of Spring conditions and to introduce their new Rock Rider 9.9, the French cycling outfit bTwin put together this short teaser called “The Thrill”, which follows rider Yannick Desfarges as he traverses the back trails and farmlands of the Pyrenees.
As readers of the Journal will note, we here at Aether have a bit of a “thing” for designer bike shelves. The combination of urban cycling, functional design, and streamlined aesthetics just hits all the right buttons for us. Which is why we’re so excited to announce our new partnership with London-based Quarterre Studio. Starting this week we’ll be offering their absolutely gorgeous custom Branchline and Hood racks in our GEAR section.
Quarterre Studio was former in 2010 by four friends, all of whom are exceptional designers and self-proclaimed bike fiends. Their Furniture For Bikes collection unites interior design with the cycling world by combing stylish form with practical function. These sculptural bike stands support a two wheeled lifestyle and address the challenges of owning a bike in an urban environment. From our perspective they’ve really hit this one out of the park and we couldn’t be happier to be working with them.
You can now check out the Branchline and Hood under the GEAR.
Forget the 10 cent deposit! This is a far better use for a dumpster full of plastic bottles. Using recycled material for building boats has become a bit of a trend as of late. From David de Rothschild’s expedition grade Plastiki to Fiji’s calm water Bottled Up, the plastic bottles have become the hot new building material for environmentally minded seafarers.
For industrial engineer Frederico Blanc, the path towards sustainable eco-friendly boat building began with a dream of floating down Argentina’s gorgeous Parana River. After experimenting with a couple designs, he discovered that soda bottles glued length-wise can make one kick ass kayak. Simple enough for anyone to build themselves at home, his plastic kayak is strong enough to carry two people plus a cooler. While a new kayak will run you a few hundred dollars, this will only cost a few hours, some gorilla glue, and a few trips to your local recycling dumpster.
Sadly, it will soon be time for the AETHERstream to bid San Francisco farewell. We’ve been in Hayes Valley for almost 16 weeks now and our venerable helmsman Matty McCalla has become a beloved neighborhood figure, but the time has come to set sail.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have made a lot of fantastic new friends. Thanks to The Proxy for being such a wonderful host as well as our many supportive neighbors. Over the course of our stay we’ve consumed about 500 cups of Ritual coffee, a keg of Soupenkuche‘s finest lager, a gallon or two of Smitten‘s ice cream and more Avedano‘s meat sticks than we care to admit. Also, many thanks to our friends over at Mission Workshop for showing us around the town. We’ll be sure to return the favor when you’re down in our neck of the woods.
So let this be a finally warning to all you stragglers, slow pokes, and meandering heel draggers out there: Come see us while you still can! Our last day will be Sunday April 15th. See you soon.
Professional skier, super-car enthusiast and self-proclaimed douchebag (not a joke) Jon Olsson has taken delivery of his custom Audi R8 Razor GTR. The young Swedish phenom’s garage is already the stuff of legend. Last year he debuted his Rebellion R1k Ultima GTR for the Gumball 3000 Rally and earlier this year he brought out his winter-camo Lamborghini Gallardo for a run about the slopes.
This black-on-black R8, however, has got a far more mature aesthetic to it. He’s lightened the load by replacing the body with a carbon fiber shell, which has made things even easier for the PPI modified V10 engine. ADV.1 wheels and matching signature roof box included.
On a rainy spring day what could be better than taking your Mark II JZX100 for a zip around the track with some friends? That’s precisely what professional drift driver Tsuyoshi Tezuka did last Sunday during the Kids Heart event in Mizunami Japan. Conditions were decidedly wet at the YZ circuit, but that did little to diminish the the enthusiasm of the day as Tezuka and company poured into the turns – each corner accented by a spectacular rooster tail of spray. And have no doubt about it, such theatrical flair is absolutely worth the risk of hydroplaning. Absolutely. Video of the event was taken by Luke Huxham of Maiham Media.
Are you a vintage motorcycle enthusiast? Have you ever dreamed of riding across the desert sands of North Africa? Unable to find a proper outlet to express your deep-seeded admiration for the Afrika Korps? Well good news! Fuel Motorcycles has just the trip for you: SCRAM Africa.
Fuel is a custom motorcycle shop based in Barcelona and specializes in revamping vintage-era BMW. One of their recent creations, the BMW R100 SCRAM, can be viewed on Silodrome. In order to stir up some excitement for big, off-road, vintage motorbikes, Fuel has launched the SCRAM Africa ride, which will tour through the desert roads and trails of Morocco. Drawing inspiration from the early days of the Dakar rally, the 9 day all-inclusive trip is being coordinated by veteran off-road outfit Soloraids.
Above is a map of the University of Warwick, which, amazingly, was drawn on a scale of 1:1. Artist and amateur cartographer, Jeremy Woods walked the entire campus on foot and used a GPS tracker to trace his progress.
The 238 mile jaunt was undertaken over 17 days and took Jeremy along the perimeters of buildings, dirt fields, and soccer pitches. To get a unique perspective of the campus he avoided main roads, preferring to walk along the path less traveled. Students took note of his peculiar wanderings and did what most people do when they’re confronted by something they don’t understand and promptly called security. Thankfully he was able to clear things up by using the highly under utilized “It’s okay, I’m an abstract artist” defense.
In some ways this venture could be viewed as a fools errand because the same effect could be rendered in Photoshop (or on an Etch-a-Sketch) in the course of a single afternoon, however the physical component is what gives the map its value. And while that value belongs primarily to Jeremy Wood, the now infamous “Wanderer of Warwick”, it’s an experience that can be shared by anyone with a GPS device and an extensive amount of times on their hands.
However if you would like to skip the walking and go straight for the print, you can purchase it on Jeremy’s website GPS Drawing under Traverse Me.
Better batteries and brighter bulbs have proven to be a boon for new bicycle lighting systems. From Revolight to the Aurora Project, independent designers have been finding ingenious new ways to illuminate the night streets and keep urban cyclists visible and safe.
The latest promising prototype comes from Mitchell Silva, an Industrial Design student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His Glo-Bar approach incorporates lights into the handle bars using 40 high efficiency LED bulbs with a momentary actuator button built into back.
While the initial prototype appears to be kicking off some serious Lumens, Mitchell acknowledges there are a few issues that still need to be addressed before the system is street ready. He found that the amount of metal cutting he had to do affected the rigidity of the handlebars, so he’s looking into a new way of building the lighting in. He also plans to incorporate a right and left turn signals as well as an easy to access battery compartment. Believe it or not, but the prototype shown here is running entirely off a watch battery.
Recently they had French illustrator Lapin stopped by their shop to do a few sketches and the results are truly fantastic. Lapin’s drawings have a slightly exaggerated look to them that seems to evoke the child-like excitement often shared by motorcycle enthusiasts. Like kids drawing rocketships or helicopters in their school note pads, sometimes the ideas can get ahead of the details. Yet Lapin masterful balances both: the technical features of each bike along with a touch of youthful wonder.