Bob Scales is no stranger to bicycles!

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I’m normally not into these Kickstarter things, but for Bob, what the hell! I’m going with The Zip Front Jacket!

Building Bikes by Hand in Japan!

The cycling industry is increasingly driven by mass production and the latest materials.But some are still building bicycles the old fashioned way.Yoshiaki Nagasawa trained in Italy and says that his bikes are just as strong as they are beautiful even though they are not made of aluminum or carbon fibre.Al Jazeera’ Harry Fawcett reports from Osaka.

I wanted to share this video, but if you’re here in the US you will not be able to watch it. Elsewhere in the world, it’s a possibility, depending on where you live. Anyone know how to get videos like this unrestricted in certain countries? I’d really love to watch this video.

Free Coffee Friday with Bicycle Coffee LA!

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Finally made it over to the Bicycle Coffee LA for “Free Coffee Friday”!

Andy and I chatted about mutual friends, track bikes, watched unreleased videos(so good), and drank coffee. Probably could not have asked for better morning. If you’re in LA I’d suggest stopping in to say hello. Andy and Kellen are partying down there in East Hollywood. So stoked they’ve made their way to Los Angeles.

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I mean it is Wheelie Wednesday!

10 reasons not to buy fakes!

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Counterfeit goods touch almost every industry. From watches and bags to milk and medicine there’s a fake for everything. Sometimes we laugh it off as harmless. They say mimicry is the best form of flattery. But what does it really mean to us? Here are 10 reasons to think about…

1. The wrong person gets the rewards

The entrepreneur who put their time and effort into making the original product gets virtually none of the benefits. Coming up with great ideas, researching, prototyping, analyzing, iterating through versions, testing, certifying and marketing products all needs to be done before a single unit is sold. How are they going to get returns on all this?

2. It’s immoral to steal someone else’s idea

In most countries it’s illegal. Nobody deserves to be ripped-off, nor are companies making so much money they don’t care. Why should anybody go through the whole product development process, qualify that there is a valid demand and then bear all the effort to launch it – only for some other dude to come along and take their money?

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Thanks for this Factory Five!