You learn something new every day.  At least I do.  I just came across this video and was astounded(!) by the talent of the riders.

If the talent in this video didn’t blow your mind, perhaps you would like to know that cycleball has been a sport since 1893.  Or that it has had a World Championship played since 1929.  Or that a pair of brothers won that championship 20 times in 23 years.  Crazy.  I know.  Check out more on Wikipedia.

This guy Martyn has skills that I typically only dream about.  In the video below, you can see all of the balance that he has.  To put it in context, if you took the balance that I lack and multiply that by a significant number, this is what Martyn has.  And he does all of the tricks on a Pinarello Dogma carbon frame!

You can see more about the bike that Martyn rides here.

You can also keep tabs on Martyn on his Facebook fan page here.

For those of you that enjoy biking documentary films, I think you’ll like this.  Emmanuel Cervantes takes a look at the cycling world in more than 20 American cities and shows the growth of the industry, the people involved in growing interest around cycling and it’s impact on the community.

Bikelantis Teaser Trailer from Emmanuel Cervantes on Vimeo.

This trailer is the first peek at an upcoming feature-length documentary entitled Bikelantis. It’s an exploration of how cycling is changing communities and the way people are embracing their passion for bikes. The documentary takes a look at more than 20 cities. It explores the role of bike shops in cycling communities, bike sharing, city planning, competition, advocacy, and bike touring, among other topics. The Greater Lafayette area is featured as a vibrant cycling community where biking is evolving and has a tremendous number of individuals who are helping to spread the word to bring about change.

Additional Camera by Aaron Bumgarner
Thank Yous go out to: Aaron Bumgarner, Aaron Madrid, Andrew Antonio, Brandon Biery, Chris Taylor, Jason Pruitt, Kristy Miley, Tyler Sherman, Zoe Neal, Virtuous Cycles and the Greater Lafayette Area.

A Special Thanks to Sara, who accompanied me on many of the rides featured in this trailer and for her support through out the project.

Follow Emmanuel on Twitter.

Find Bikelantis on Tumblr.

A friend turned me on to this video.  He knows me well enough to recommend something with bikes and beer in it!  It’s an interesting ‘video’ that takes 3000 images and pieces them together to create a stop motion-like film travelling through Brooklyn New York.  The riders final destination is the Brooklyn Brewery (who sponsors the film).

The film was put together as a promotion to the Brooklyn Brewery Mash.  A sort of celebration of arts, food and drink.  If you were lucky enough to live in one of the 11 cities that they visited, I hope you checked it out.  Sounds like it would have been a good time.

Brooklyn Brewery Mash – A trip through BK in 3000 photos from Paul Trillo on Vimeo.

One way of finding out what a ride looks like before you take the ride is to just get on a bike and do the ride.  That’s so 2010.  These days if you want to see what the front of a business looks like before you go there, you get on Google’s Street View and check it out.  In similar fashion, Cyclodeo, is bringing this same ease of information to your fingertips by allowing users to upload their videos of a ride and sharing it with the world.  It’s a great way to share information.

Google’s Street View is a great tool for seeing static images, but if you want to get a feel, a real look, at what a bike ride would really look like, you have a better shot of seeing it through a bikers eyes.  Street View does not take into account cars parked in bike lanes or bike paths that run parallel to major roads.  If urban planners are smart, they can use this tool to see where the dangerous parts of rides are and how to improve them all with the help of the people that ride them everyday.

Currently constrained to roads, it would be cool to see this technology applied to mountain bike trails.  Mountain bike trails can sometimes be even more dangerous than commuting in the city.  I know I’ve gone off some fairly large drops on Galbraith Mountain!  Having the ability to preview the trail before riding it would be handy for people starting out to see what they are getting in to before heading down the hill.  Especially if the trails are not marked with a difficulty rating (as most aren’t).

If you want to submit your ride, check out Cyclodeo.

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