It’s All About The Bike

If you’re looking for some Summer reading to take the sting out of the current heat wave’s apparent determination to make long rides a test of your ability to pedal while subjected to dehydration induced hallucinations, consider “It’s All About The Bike” by Robert Penn (a little dis on Lance Armstrong’s “It’s Not About The Bike”). Robert, who has himself ridden around the world, sets out on a journey to put together the perfect custom bike – the bike he’ll happily ride for the rest of his life. He is determined to meet the people who make every part and shares his encounters – from the gang at Chris King in Oregon to the veteran craftsmen at Brooks in Birmingham. Along the way he weaves in a healthy dose of bicycle history in a way that makes it fun and relevant to what you’re riding today. (Well, not today because the heat index is like 107 degrees but you know what I mean.)

The cover is fun but on the whole the book is a bit disapointing as an object of design. The small black and white illustrations conspire with an uninspired layout to remind me of those scholarly journals from cultural anthropology classes in college. Thankfully this book mentions yams and the Trobriand Islands exactly zero times. Pick it up. Hopefully by the time you finish the weather will have cooled.

Open Streets Minneapolis 2012

It’s time once again for Open Streets Minneapolis. If you are unfamiliar, it’s what you’ve always wanted – a chance to enjoy an easy cruise down the middle of the street on your favorite bike without getting yelled at by enraged motorists. The first year was a great success with all kinds of activities sponsored by local shops and popping up spontaneously in the road. Get there right at 10:00 a.m. for the Brompton folding bike race.

Hope to see you June 10th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. along Lyndale Ave S from 22nd St to 42nd St.

As the cool poster by Modern Climate indicates you can also walk or skate but really, cycling is where it’s at.

Reveal The Path Bike Adventure Movie

Portland may have temporarily recaptured the top spot as most bikable city but everyone knows Minneapolis is hot on it’s trail. Perhaps that’s one reason Salsa chose Minneapolis for the world premier of the new epic bike adventure movie “Reveal the Path – Explore. Dream. Discover.” Show your cycle pride and ride over to the Riverview Theater Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm to catch the only showings and meet some of the team that made the film. See ya there!

The Bike Comics Show

If you’re experiencing Artcrank withdraw never fear! Durring the month of June you can immerse yourself in bike art down at the Black Dog Cafe. The Bike Comics Show will feature the work of three great local illustrators: Ken Avidor, Roger Lootine and Andy Singer. To get the full effect, and to celebrate Bike to Work Week ride on over to the opening reception at 7pm, Friday, June 8th, 2012. (Each of the artists has contributed his own self-portrait to the flyer below.).

Artcrank Minneapolis 2012 Sneak Peek

Just finished printing this year’s Artcrank poster. It’s called “Proud Papa” in honor of our newborn son Griffin Eames who joined us durring the process. Despite dragging junior along in a Burley bike trailer Dad wins the race with a surge of pride and the energy that brings.

Printed in a limited edition of 75 the poster is two colors on 19″x25″ Smart White 110 lb. cover from French Paper Company (and would make a great Father’s Day gift… I’m just sayin’). Look for it at the opening show which will be held April 14th, 2012 at Traffic Zone Gallery. Cindy, Griffin and I hope to see you there.

You can still purchase a Proud Papa print in our shop.

Artcrank Minneapolis Artists Announced

Year after year Artcrank gets bigger, better and crazier. But, it isn’t getting any easier to be selected as an artist so we are beside ourselves to have made the list for 2012. Here is the stellar company we find ourselves in. Check out the links, it really is a dizzying array of talent. Hope you’ll join us all for the show April 14, 2012 at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art.

Aaron Purmort
Adam Dennis
Adam Turman
Aesthetic Apparatus
Allan Peters
Amy Jo
Anne Ulku
Andy Wood
Big Table Studio
Bill Burns
Bjorn Christianson
Brian Geihl
Crystal Jensen
David Paul Seymour
Emory Allen
Erik Johnson
Gabriel Gathmann
Geoffrey Schley
Ian Davies
Jason Craig
Jessica Hall Burns
Keith Williams
Kirsten Swank
Kyle Coughlin
Laura Brown
Lindsey Aho
Mettle Velo/Scott Shore
Michael Lizama
Mike Caguin
Nate Johannes
Rachel Roddy
Ross Bruggink
Sam Michaels
Steven Jokisch
Studio On Fire
Todd Zerger
Vadim Gershman

Nothing Says Thank You Like Chocolate

It’s been awhile since we’ve conducted a dark chocolate taste and packaging review. You know you’re busy if you fall off that bandwagon! We’ve resolved to pick up the habit again for 2012 starting with the limited edition Silvestre bar by the Upper Midwest’s own Rouge Chocolatier. We’re hoping it is as tasty as the lovely Sambirano and Hispaniola bars we sent to clients over the recent holiday season.

Winter Solstice Card 2011

We just got our fifth annual Winter Solstice cards back from the printer and are excited to sit down and write notes to family, friends and clients. Since we can’t send a card to every amazing person out there we are also happy to carry on the tradition of sharing the design here. Please feel free to download the print quality pdf during December for your personal use with our best wishes for a happy solstice and a terrific new year.

Here’s how we arrived at this year’s graphic: The total number of minutes of light or dark for each week in 2012 have been added together and turned into an equivalent line length. Months are colored (blues for night and warm tones for day) to evoke seasonal color shift and changes in the quality of the light. Each line is divided into segments with a full segment equal to 1000 minutes of light or dark. Note: All the times are relative to Minneapolis, MN. Because the moment of the solstice is at 11:30 p.m CST if you find yourself east of the central time zone Winter Solstice will actually arrive on Thursday the 22nd.

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