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Growing Distribution

This is always a pleasant sight to see for me. Seeing Cranked snuggled up next to Bicycling, VeloNews, Bike, BMXMag, and right next to Thrasher. Pretty rad.

I’m trying to get it in more and more stores in as many cities as possible all on my own pretty much. It’s tough work, but when it happens I’m stoked. There’s already quite a few shops carrying Cranked now (check it out here) and I’m hoping the distributors helping out are going to be able to get it in even more. Just today I’ve dropped off some issues for Small Changes to offer up to their outlets, and Ubiquity has had it available for about a month.

Looking good and wide!

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Things to check out…

First off, just got this email from Velocipede Bike Project about being on the radio. Things seem to be developing pretty well for them, but I’m sure more support is always needed. If you remember we touched on them and other bicycle co-ops and non-profits back in issue three of Cranked. Check out the radio spot at Signal Radio and see some images of the shop too.

Other news: Filmed by Bike is getting ever nearer.

Film is good, film is great, there’s also the Bicycle Film Festival tour getting ready to take off. There’s also the Pedal Pusher into it’s fourth year. Interesting how there is such a great connection between film and bicycles. What’s up with that anyway?

Locally: There’s some cool development going on around where my day job is. Tracks are getting laid, and its great to see. It’d of course be great to see these tracks expanded all over the city to actually have a decent public transportation system, but time will tell. There’s only been decades of squabbling here about this subject. I love seeing this kind of construction and development, no matter how significant or not it is, it’s just cool to see.

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So is this kind of thing. Outdoor, year-round, aluminum ping-pong. Westlake and Harrison if you want to know Aaron.

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Also, check out some of the discussion that’s going on in response to David Smith’s article in issue five:

Cascade’s Message Boards, here and here

as well as

LAB’s Discussion List. Lot’s of interesting points of view on this subject.

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Mr Polo…

I’m planning on making it to polo tonight. I don’t make it as much as I’d like, but you know, I’ve got stuff to do.

Polo is fun. Try to make it there yourself. The article on bicycle polo from issue #5 is now up online for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to check out Seattle Bicycle Polo on mySpace, there’s a ton of other city’s bike polo groups there too. And if you’re going to be on the East Coast late April, check out the ESPI.

I’ll hopefully have my polo bike completed, all I need to do is remove that cork sealing my seat tube, drop the seat and post in, and roll out. I’ll probably need a bit of lube on the chain and such as it’s been sitting outside my work for the past month. Perhaps you’ve seen it, locked up at 420 Dexter.

I’m not sure if I’ll make it with a new mallet too (need to get a piece or two of PVC piping to finish it off). And as I’ve hardly been playing much, I’ll just hang out until the newbie’s game gets started.

Marco!

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And the winner is…

It was a mellow time at the Rendezvous last night. Just Charles from Wright Bros, James, Chris, Brooke, Hotte and April hanging out until some more of the Pub N Pedal crew joined us. Beers were drank, food consumed, and then a few more beers. We had the most hospitable server, Therese Lefebvre, pull the name from the bag, and much exultation commenced: one Mr. Benjamin Reed from upstate New York was the first name pulled. Congrats on winning some great wheels dude, hopefully you’ve got a fixed gear bike to put them on!

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The wheel-man himself.

And almost as if you were there yourself:

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The top three names drawn….

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Oh yeah!

I didn’t forget though, and I hope no one else did either. The wheelset raffle is going to happen. The wheel-building article coming online is going to happen as well. All in good time which I’ve been taking for sure.

This Sunday, around six in the early evening, at the Rendezvous, there will be a group of us hanging out, having some drinks, and deciding what lucky person will receive the anniversary wheelset. Feel free to stop on by and say hello, and watch the name get drawn from the hat. If it’s you, and you’re local, the wheels will be available for pick-up at Wright Bros the following week, otherwise I’ll get in touch with you about all the shipping hoo-ha for getting them to you.

Cross your fingers.

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Submissions

I am really thankful for everyone who has sent in their goodwill and praise about issue five. It really means a lot, and I just can’t ever get enough of it! People send photos via email sometimes and I can’t thank them enough either, I just came across a couple photo “postcards” that got sent in a couple months ago that I’ve neglected to scan in. Seeing them again was great, and I thought I’d share. Here we have some unique cycling styles presented by Daniel and Seth.

Thanks for sending these postcards Tyson; the writing on the backs were just as enjoyable as the images on the fronts.

Send in your submissions and make the next issue of Cranked better than the last! Your fresh ideas, suggestions, and criticisms are more than looked forward to.

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Road Bike

I don’t have many pictures of my road bike, but I love it nonetheless. It’s fast, it’s light, and it’s a Coppi. I keep it in the bedroom, and don’t like to ride it in the rain. When I checked out TrackstarNYC’s site to get their new address, this dude caught my eye:

The bio on the T-star site is great too; you just gotta love hugs and kisses from beyond the grave.

I just had to get it. Fausto Coppi.

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Only 24 Hours…

If only there were more than 24 hours in a day, then maybe I’d be able to get everything taken care of. Maybe.

For those that don’t know, I work a full-time job as well for a company whose spirit is working overtime. On top of distributing this issue last week to all parts of the country and globe, I was also working around 55 hours at my day job. No time for eating, its the perfect way to lose weight (just what I need, right?). Delivering around town has been a blast though, loading up the C.E.T.M.A with magazines and off-loading them at shops always gives me a thrill. The trip to San Francisco was great too, every shop that picked it up there was excited about it, thanks to everyone I met there; meeting new people and visiting new shops made the trip all the more splendid.

I’m not done yet of course, there’s still plenty to do in wrapping up issue #5. I’m sure there’s more shops that want to carry it, more people that need a copy fresh copy for their bookshelves, coffee tables, and bathrooms. I also need to get more content from it posted up online here, check out David Smith’s article. Then, of course, there’s the matter with issue #6, lots of work to do with that. Like Catherine Zeta-Jones says, I can’t do it alone, so get in touch with me if you’d like to help (marketing, advertising, contributions, distribution, etc—believe me, it is all fun and rewarding). Maybe I should find a new day job that doesn’t have such an overtime spirit. Any suggestions?

Well, hopefully you’ve all gotten your copy and are thoroughly enjoying it, many of you have already let me know how stoked you are about it. Thanks for the praise, and here’s to Cranked always next to your toilet!

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Bikes seen amidst the smoke of stink bombs during San Francisco’s Chinese New Year parade.

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Issue #5 Arrives

Issue Five is now cluttering my apartment, buy more copies and have it clutter yours!

I have mailed out everyone’s copy that was ordered, and have shipped out to a bunch of shops. If your shop doesn’t have it stocked yet, tell them to get it.

This was a fun issue to put together, thanks to everyone who helped and a happy birthday to you all as well!

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