Sunday, February 1, 2009

Grab some gatorade & popcorn! We're watchin' Movies!

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New Series Movie: The Innovative Engineer—Alex Moulton

A video documentary interview for Bath University Engineering Department Training. Fascinating; really, Free Movie.

Download: [ GVP ] [ AVI / MP4 ]

I had this as a video but now it is in the public domain. It is better with a high-speed connection.

Please understand that this is a late 1990's film with older bikes featured, as they have changed a bit since then, but the movie is fascinating none the less. Please feel free to email or call with questions (calling is better as somethings are hard to explain without real-time interaction!).

The video is 20 minutes long and a high-speed connection is recommended for the optimal experience. Audio is okay with slow-speed but some might wish to go to Google Videos and download the whole movie for best playback.

Our Nickname: "Our Friend the Steel"

This is an early film of the design and development of the revolutionary Alex Moulton New Series bicycle. Although the bicycle has been updated considerably since it's introduction the design and engineering fundamentals are insist-rated here. Interview with Dr. Alex Moulton himself and lots of Moulton history and shots of his lovely home and grounds near Bath in England. North Road Bicycle proudly imports all forms of Moulton Bicycles for USA sales and distribution.

Best Quote: "Nobody Owns the Laws of Nature."

Best Observation: Alex's Ink-Method of idea incubation & illustration

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Old "F-Frame" Movie: The Original Moulton

A British Pathe video documentary on the original F-Frame Moulton—the world's first full-suspension bicycle.

The "F-frame" was Dr. Moultons original production (1962-1974), preceding the sale to Raleigh and the modern "space-frame" AMs. The name comes from the shape of the frame without the front fork. The "F" shape is seen as the frame lies on the side and generally refers to the 1960's models. (The "Bridgestone Moulton" is a new aluminum "F" Frame.)

As the film notes, this dream bike was designed to replace not just traditional bicycles, but automobiles.

The video is 2 minutes long and a high-speed connection is recommended for the optimal experience. Audio is okay with slow-speed but some might wish to go to Google Videos and download the whole movie for best playback. Much of the footage was shot on location at "The Hall" the Moulton estate in Bradford-on-Avon, where research, design and production is carried on daily. The Hall also serves as a meeting and demonstration ground for the annual "Moulton Bicycle Club Bradford on Avon Weekend".

"The first real change in cycle design since the penny-farthing became outmoded."

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Go Go Yasu!—Moulton Life

( Choose a movie at the right. → )

yoshi-colle Visit Yasu's Moulton Life site (Japanese)

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Pashley bicycles are the "genuine article"—quality bicycles hand-built in England. This video discusses how the Pashley fights the tide pulling toward modern mediocrity and thrives delivering the kinds of bikes that people really want while keeping highly-skilled manufacturing traditions and jobs alive and at home and the resulting social impact on the surrounding community. Includes brief interviews with Adrian Williams, Dave Cook, Clive Morton and Dave Moldstock.

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Recumbent Sail Bike

29 sec - Aug 15, 2006
Average rating: star star star star star (3 ratings)

Description: 7.5 sq. ft. clear vinyl sail with bamboo mast and bamboo tomato stake boom held together with duct tape. Surprisingly stable, even in gusts. More efficient rigid Coroplast wingsail planned. See also "homemade moped", "powered trailer pushes bike", "kite as flag lifter" and "monkey bars pixilation".

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Brooks film fest

Support the Bicycle Film Festival with Brooks England and the Green Swallow 100 BFF Limited. A favorite of Cyclosportifs world-wide, Brooks Saddles are handbuilt in Britain and equipped on Pashley and many Moulton Cycles because Leather is Healthy!

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's OV Fietswoman! (She's FAST—Don't mess with her!)

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Cassidy rides!

Paul "Butch Cassidy" Newman, who performs his own bicycle stunts, advises that it is too late to put on the brakes once you're upside-down. One reason we like the trusty, unbeatable drum!

Yours in Cycling,
Gilbert Anderson
North Road Bicycle Imports
P.O. Box 840
166 Courthouse Square
Yanceyville, NC 27379
toll free: 800-321-5511
local: 919-828-8999

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