I'm talking of course about Skinsuits 'n Beards...though you probably know it by its nickname, the "Red Hook Crit:"
While you millennials out there probably take the Red Hook Crit for granted the same way you take everything for granted (you really should be doing more with the future your elders have stolen from you), the truth is it has changed the face of bike racing forever. For one thing, it put a big hairy beard on that face. For another, "crits" used to be small bicycle races that nobody watched:
(Sadly for criterium racing, people waiting to cross the street didn't count as "spectators.")
Whereas fixed-gear bicycles were reserved for a sport called "track racing" that nobody watched:
("Six day racing was once the most popular sport in America" is a thing people say before you punch them in the nose.)
What the Red Hook Crit did was to combine those two things into something that, for some inexplicable reason, people suddenly want to watch:
Yes, it's a total mystery. I mean, people couldn't possibly be watching the Red Hook Crit for the crashes. That would imply human beings have some sort of innate bloodlust, and nothing could be further from the truth.
Of course there's a lot more more to it than that. After all, it's fun to watch people go fast on bikes, which is why bicycle racing was once the most popular sport in America. [Ducks and narrowly avoids punch in nose.] Also, between then and now, an organization called USA Cycling did its very best to transform bicycle racing into the most spectator (and participant)-unfriendly sport the world has ever seen, and the Red Hook Crit wisely circumvents that whole operation. Then there's the zeitgeist, and and the urban fixed-gear trend, and the Brooklyn setting, and blah blah blah and so forth.
Plus, like any sport, fixed-gear criteriums have spawned their own unique personalities, and this year's rider to watch will of course be Jeremy Santucci, who will be played by James Franco when Hollywood makes the story of his life:
Yes, you'll no doubt be elated to learn Santucci will indeed be starting this year:
After getting lost in those piercing blue eyes for a full 15 minutes I learned that he is indeed training:
And that he's even been getting out on the road bike--or at least modeling next to it:
Plus, whereas last year he was still a Cat 5, he finally seems to have made the big (and automatic) leap all the way to the lofty heights of Category 4:
Given all this my money's on him for the win.
Moving on to Kickstarting news, bike shops are having a hard time these days, so here's one that is branching out into leather:
It was my understanding that in Trump's America we'd all be drowning in money, but apparently I'm the only one, go figure. Anyway, I wish them nothing but the best, which is mostly why I'm sharing this. And if you're wondering "Why leather?"
The answer is because there's still no better material for transporting your artisanal axe:
I think if you attempted this in New York City the police would shoot you on sight.
Lastly, have you ever wanted to commute on your road bike while wearing dress clothes? Me neither. Nevertheless, here's Pedal Plate!
When commuting I sometimes use my city bike, but I prefer riding my road bike. Seeing a beautiful road bike with normal pedals is painful, so I feel forced to take a backpack with extra shoes with me.
Okay, firstly, nobody in the history of bikes has ever referred to a Cannondale as "beautiful:"
Secondly, would someone that into style be using a Biopace crankset with the sticker still on?
By the way, I'm 99% sure those are the inventor's own legs:
Please note that's not meant as a criticism, I think he looks fabulous.
Anyway, in addition to commuting, Pedal Plate is perfect for when you want to go camping with your Fred bike:
On holiday when leaving the camping site going to a town, beach or restaurant, we also would like to go by bike without having to change and take additional shoes along.
Seems to me what they need are new bikes. They should call Topanga Outpost, who I'm sure would be more than happy to set them up with the perfect camping bike:
Seems to me that if most Kickstarters did business with each other instead of asking the rest of us for money everyone's problems would be solved.