Sunday, January 31, 2010

Winter shoes

Coming this later this coming week from TireRack.com is a set of Sparco Pista 17" wheels mounted with Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 205/50R16 tires for the 135. We're hoping to take it to Moab next month and want to be ready for whatever (within reason) I70 decides to throw at the little rwd coupe. The wheels are very similar to the OZ's I had previously on the Mini (currently for sale, btw) but I'm thinking this setup will look pretty sharp dirty or clean, and really cool against the Space Gray paint... Check it out:

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Kimster flying in Finland


Kimi Raikkonen has surfaced in his new role as rally driver and he's honing his skills in the Finnish championship before taking on the WRC later this spring. Check out this video where he gives a whole new meaning to the term flying Finn.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tuscany Timelapses

These were all done with the Canon 5D and 5D mkII, using over 50,000 individual images. I'm looking forward to trying this technique for myself, because I think you'll agree the potential results are pretty stunning.

Tuscany - Timelapse Impressions from Klaus Stern on Vimeo.



And check this one out. HDR modified RAW images from the 5DmkII edited into a spectacular otherworldly time lapse in Sedona.

Sedona HDR time lapse from dustin farrell on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ken Block is coming to the WRC

And there's no doubt he'll shake up the posing scene in a sport most well known for lonely men in anoraks standing in the forests of Finland. Add to that a trucker hat rocking Kimi Raikkonen in a Red Bull sponsored Citroen and you've got a recipe for some excitement next year. Of course, that's not taking one large unknown into account: Can these two hang with the established stars of World Rally when it comes to setting a time? Seb Loeb and Mikko Hirvonnen aren't going to give up the spotlight without a fight, even if that spotlight is shining quite a bit brighter because of these newcomers.

Check out Ken Block's 'Attention all fans, I now drive a Ford (and its cool)' video below:

Think about it.

Medical Marijuana is currently one of the mostly hotly debated issues here in Colorado. With that in mind, put this in your pipe and smoke it...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

10dayPOWDER

Shot this in Steamboat Springs last weekend. Enjoy...

10dayPOWDER from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Magnolia in Crested Butte

MAGsNOwLIA from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

The Mini Countryman

Mini has released their biggest model to date, the Countryman. Available with all wheel drive, this is sort of a Mini Allroad, if you will. I'm sure many will bemoan the trend of bigger and bigger Minis, thus contradicting the very name of the brand, but I'd have to disagree. I think they've done a very cool job with this car, better than they did with the Clubman with it's semi-functional additional space. With this , I see a car that is quite a bit more useful for what lots of people do, while still retaining the small sporting values of the brand. How much fun with this be in the dirt on Cottonwood Pass for example?!

Sometime in the next year things should get even better, when Mini releases a John Cooper Works version of this in conjunction with Mini's entrance in the World Rally Championship. Can't wait!

In the meantime, check out this video of the newest Mini.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Dakar2010


The Dakar Rally lives on and seems to be as good as ever with its re-location to South America this year. Check out this amazing set of images from the event.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Eyes


Cars really seem to have grown eyes lately. Look at every car that comes out these days and the detailing on the headlights is pretty amazing. At night these details translate into functional features that improve the way we see the road, from automatically tilting and dimming to turning so you can see around corners.

Our new 135 makes me smile every time I unlock it with it's glowing cateyes.


My buddy Ben in Chicago put together this cool video showcasing his new GTi's glowing xenons


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Layers

are the key to having fun in any conditions.


Layers from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Motomada (Not Safe For Work)

Why is this NSFW you ask? Not because of any explicit material your boss would resent you looking at, but because if you happen to be at work when you look at this link you might encounter some intense emotions (anger, jealousy, etc) and if you're not careful it could ruin your day.


So, with that disclaimer, I present my good friend Stephen's blog from his journeys in South America this spring. His original plan was to hang out on an island in Brazil and surf while building someone's house. Then it became a 'Long Way Round' style motorcycle odyssey around the continent, visiting Tierra del Fuego and the Amazon. As it stands now his would be motorcycle is in unknown shape after its previous owner had a nasty spill over the holidays, so Stephen is living a life in Brazil where the most stressful decisions seem to be how many fresh bananas to eat in the morning and whether to take a shirt with him into town.

Not exactly trying for your sympathy then... but knowing Stephen things should be interesting.

Enjoy, the travels of Esteban Manchez the Sledgehammadore.

Shots from Vecchio's

The second you walk in the door of Vecchio's you get the feeling that this is what a bike shop should be like. No slick concept store displays or gigantic Lance shrines. Only a handful of bikes on the floor (chances are, any bike you buy here hasn't been built yet), three perfectly laid out workbenches, and layer upon layer of cycling memorabilia and culture dripping from every surface. Jerseys, bikes, posters, and banners provide an endless source of entertainment. After years of visits and happy hour hangouts I'm still discovering new cool stuff in here.

Last night I took some shots with my new Christmas lens to share the feel of this awesome spot.

Jim's bench, complete with vintage Bianchi and perhaps my favorite poster, Andy Hampsten in the snow, signed by the man himself.

Vittoria Pave Tubulars, iconic tire of the spring classics.

Peter's bench, where he'll fix anything you need as long as its not called a mountain bike. If it is head to Jeem.
Plenty to ogle.
Fixters spend ridiculous amounts on stripped Pistas with no brakes, while Cx'sters spend it on shwanky tubulars to (have Vecchio's) glue on carpet fiber wheels.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Another Year

In honor of a new year starting, I felt it was an appropriate time to share this cool video I found.

One year in 120 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2009: year of the ride

It's in the books. Although I've never taken the time to measure distances or count days before, I'm pretty sure I've ridden more in the past year than ever before. So, thanks to Mr. Garmin, here are the digits.

Distance: 3,840 miles
Climb: 471,635 feet
212 Days riding. (not counting commutes or townie rides)

And a slide show from shots taken over the past year.