Weekend Reading List (7.21.2012): Olympic Technology, Steel Bikes, Pre-Ride Check List, Surfing Goat
From the Washington Post: Olympics 2012: Innovations going for the gold
When you think innovation and the Summer Olympics, you probably don’t think of architecture, medicine, media and fashion.
You should, since the innovations featured at the games are relevant in all of these fields. In terms of pure technology, the 2008 Beijing Games featured new computerized scoring and time-keeping technology and new motion-sensing and GPS tracking technologies. So, what are some of the most exciting innovations to watch out for at the London 2012 Summer Games?
Steel Bike Company Hang On
From BikeRumor: Go Carbon or Go Home – Can Small Brands Survive With Just Alloy Bikes?
Over the last year we’ve seen small brands like Intense and Transition join mid-sized companies like Niner and Pivot in offering carbon fiber bikes. As we spoke to them about it, the discussion turned to the challenges of small brands scaling up in today’s marketplace – that they need to go beyond alloy bikes and offer a carbon fiber model in order to grow.
The challenge is one of scale and resources. And by resources, we’re not just talking about the costs of production, there’s a finite number of quality manufacturers willing to do small runs, and the R&D process becomes much more involved with carbon. That means more people, new skills and lots of time.
From BikeRadar: Five things you should check before every ride
You’re not a pro rider, but you can give your bike a professional check before each ride and prevent major problems from occurring.
Author and longtime professional mechanic Daimeon Shanks says small issues can develop into dangerous and expensive failures if left unattended.
Goat Wave Rider
From San Francisco Chronicle: Surfing goats ride waves in Southern California
Two goats named Goatee and Pismo are wowing California beachgoers with their surfing skills.