hey, it's been a minute. 😅
How's it going? January has been quite the kickoff for 2021 but mostly fun!
I don't have a list of inspirational bullet points this week but a film tip in case you haven't already seen it: Sisters with Transistors (you knew I'd like that title!) is a documentary film by Lisa Rovner about the overlooked female pioneers of electronic music.
“We women were especially drawn to electronic music when the possibility of a woman composing was in itself controversial. Electronics let us make music that could be heard by others without having to be taken seriously by the male-dominated Establishment.” – Laurie Spiegel
Openculture.com's Josh Jones makes the great point that though technology as a liberator may sound silly to our jaded 21st-century ears as tech is blamed for its misuses and abuses nowadays. But he reminds us that machines have very often been a means of social progress, like when “bicycles promised freedom to women long accustomed to relying on men for transportation.”
This documentary answers the question: "Why are there no 'great' women in electronic music?" Because you haven’t heard them yet!
Read more about the film here.
as always, thank you for reading,
The redesigned F/AR all-roader from Fara Cycling features a unique fully integrated baggage system that was developed in tandem with the team at Roswheel. -bikepacking.com
Take a look at the F/AR and its Fidlock-mounted, welded bags here.
I came across Bombtrack's latest video featuring Franzi Wernsing & her dad on the Tuscany Trail.
Spoiler alert: the dad is a cyclist but a rookie to this kind of riding & and the film is super cute something I'd love to do someday with my daughter too!
I rode the 1st TNR in 2016 and someday would loe to ride it with my kids like Franzi & her dad above.
This post on the WTB blog is an awesome account of Fabio Barboni's ride on the Torino Nice Rally, which was my first foray into bikepacking only 5 years ago!
Some great tongue-in-cheek takes of ways companies talk about themselves. Useful for how to better tell your company's story & sell its services.
Congrats to Martijn & the whole Revue team!
Austin's post reminded me of what I'm doing with this newsletter but could also be a reminder for what we all do or could be doing.
Dan recently relocated to Amsterdam & is looking for freelance work. Give his portfolio a peek & get in touch if you think Dan could help out with a project you have planned for this year.
"I got my first bike in 2010 and a few years later I was moving around four different cities, racing alleycats, road, cyclocross, MTB. I rode ultra distances along route 66 and trans labrador - the bike took me so many places,yet I began to realise I was looking for something I couldn’t find..."
At only a few minutes, this quick reminder that what you're looking for may be exactly where you knew it always was: in nature.
After the great success of Germany’s 1st Gravel Series, Raphael Albrecht has created a Covid19-compatible challenge. The Orbit360 season kick-off named "Ride For A Reason" (#rideFAR) from January 1st – 31st. (only one day left!)
Orbit360 wants the cycling community to get off the couch and on the bike while supporting the cycling community worldwide. Optional registration fees will be used to keep both the Orbit360 project alive and to support cycling-related charity organizations: Bikeygees and Ghana Bamboo Bike Project. Komoot will contribute to the good cause by proportionally matching every participant’s donation.
For further information on the two causes supported by #rideFAR, please go to our website https://orbit360.cc.
I first met the guys at Albion at Bespoked, the UK Handmade Bike Show a few years ago and more recently by way of their sponsorship of Further.
Twotone will have the chance to support this up and come brand soon. More about that in a few weeks!
In the meantime, check out their film about riding 500 kilometers. climbing 10,000 meters of climbing in 28 hours from the east to the west coast of England, through three of the UK’s most beautiful national parks.