Plume Mudguard » News https://www.plumemudguard.com Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:20:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Plume @ Spin LDN https://www.plumemudguard.com/plume-spin-ldn/ https://www.plumemudguard.com/plume-spin-ldn/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 12:06:09 +0000 http://www.plumemudguard.com/?p=2417 This weekend, 20 – 21 of May, Plume will be at Spin London in the Old Truman Brewery. The show is packed with some amazing bike brands ranging from the massive to the unheard of, and we’re incredibly excited to be invited back to participate.

This year, we’re bringing our virtual reality, mudguard-themed, 4D experience video game: Puddle Dash. The video game started out as a fun side-project, and has since blossomed into a marginally more legitimized fun side project. The video game is difficult to describe, though it is something like a cross between gold sprints and a television game show, with bonus points awarded for high speed records, knocking out Mortal Kombat characters, and everything in-between.

Be sure to stop by this weekend for a chance to make it on our high-score list. You can pick up tickets for the event on the Spin London website.

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Design Museum – Cycle Style Late https://www.plumemudguard.com/design-museum-cycle-style-late/ https://www.plumemudguard.com/design-museum-cycle-style-late/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 11:37:06 +0000 http://www.plumemudguard.com/?p=2395 The Cycle Revolution show at the Design Museum in London has been an amazing experience. After an extended run, the exhibition is coming to a close, and we are jazzed to be part of the Design Museum’s upcoming late night soiree to send off the exhibition in style. This Friday, the 13th of May, we will be joining a host of bicycle brands at the Design Museum for an evening of hands-on sessions. If you didn’t manage to catch us at the Levi’s chocolate lathe event last summer, now is your chance to carve up some chocolate treats on a bicycle-powered lathe. Cavities are the new hangovers.

Click the link to bring you to the event page, and be sure to tell your friends. We hope to see you there!

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Bike to the Future – Plume at Design Museum Gent https://www.plumemudguard.com/bike-to-the-future-plume-at-design-museum-gent/ https://www.plumemudguard.com/bike-to-the-future-plume-at-design-museum-gent/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:33:51 +0000 http://www.plumemudguard.com/?p=2331 We are thrilled to be a part of the upcoming exhibition at the Design Museum Gent: Bike to the Future

Ghent is considered by many to be something of a cycling mecca. The city is overflowing with a rich cycling culture, setting a standard for what a bike-friendly city can be. Starting at the end of this month, the Design Museum Gent will be showcasing bike-related design and innovation, with an emphasis on the impact cycling has made on cities and urban planning.

Here’s a snippet from the exibition write-up, be sure to visit if you can.

“The bicycle is beginning to have a profound impact on the development of towns and cities, provoking new design typologies and urban infrastructures that range from novel forms of parking, bike-specific bridges and tunnels (macrodesign) to interventions like rain sensors for bicycles at traffic lights (microdesign). Now more than ever, urban planning is heading back to the future – back to when cities were life-sized places with rational and practical solutions for moving people around. Socially engaged designers and committed citizens are creating bottom-up initiatives to bring people together to discuss and generate solutions to reduce the barriers to cycling.”

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Cycle Revolution https://www.plumemudguard.com/dm-cycle-revolution/ https://www.plumemudguard.com/dm-cycle-revolution/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:23:07 +0000 http://www.plumemudguard.com/?p=2315 One year after Plume was nominated for the Designs of the Year Award, the Design Museum invited us back for an exciting new exhibition: Cycle Revolution. The show looks at the rising popularity of cycling in cities, breaking riders up into four demographics: High Performance, Thrill Seekers, Urban riders, and Cargo bikers.

A week before the opening, I rode over to the Design Museum to drop off two Plume Mudguards for the exhibition. Walking through the museum’s ancillary rooms, it was clear I would need to slow my pace and take some one-on-one time with the collection. An early Brompton folding bike was there, along with an accompanying letter from Raleigh turning down a manufacturing contract. Navigating through the choppy sea of cycling history, I eventually found myself trapped by soon to be exhibition pieces- with no choice but to move the Eddy Merckx Hour Bike out of my path, savoring every single unnecessarily slow step in doing so.

The show is open through June 2016, and will be the last show before the museum relocates to its new site in Kensington. Be sure to stop by for a visit. www.designmuseum.org/exhibitions/cycle-revolution

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Eroica Britannia https://www.plumemudguard.com/eroica-britannia/ https://www.plumemudguard.com/eroica-britannia/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:14:51 +0000 http://www.plumemudguard.com/?p=1711 Some might say this writeup is a bit late, considering our adventure in Eroica land was almost a month ago. In reality, our bones needed that much rest.

For those who aren’t familiar, Eroica Britannia is the weekend-long camping, biking, shenanigans-filled festival that looks like the wedding ceremony for a polyandrous marriage between Martha Stewart, Graeme OBree, and Wes Anderson. There’s nothing quite like geeking out with good company, so when we got the invitation to run our Foxtail game there was no hesitation to jump on board.

The festival has it’s roots in Tuscany as L’eroica, a 209km ride with the intent to “… rediscover the beauty of fatigue”. Fitting then, that what was meant to be a laid back weekend of metaphoric and literal frolicking turned out to be one of the most grueling set-ups we’ve ever undertaken. Feel free to use the slider above as we take a ride down memory lane.

Generally when we host a game of Foxtail (a game we debuted at our Kickstarter Party), we set up on asphalt while our friends at the Hackney Peddler drive over with a bunch of kid-sized bikes. Easy. This time though, we knew that we would be playing on grass for Eroica Britannia, so it would be smart to bring a lawnmower just in case our festival plot was untamed. Finding a lawnmower to borrow in London is difficult, but at the last minute Patrick was able to find one and pack it in the van before the drive.

When our van pulled into the festival’s parking lot it suddenly became unusually difficult to drive. As it turned out, our van had sunk a couple of inches into the mud and needed to be towed to safety. In the grand scheme of things a little tow isn’t such a big deal. Unfortunately, someone (and we won’t name-names here) left the parking break engaged, turning our tow into something of a big deal and leaving fat streak marks on what was once a lush green field.

Eventually we arrived at our plot. It’s a good thing Patrick found that lawn mower, because the grass was far too long, and our Foxtail game requires 100% of your focus, agility and speed. After an hour of grueling yard work, the lawn was the perfect length. Then we were informed that Patrick had in fact been mowing someone else’s plot, and we were kindly escorted to our actual site across the yard.

Despite an exhausting start, the weekend was incredible. The game was an absolute blast, and we even had a few fantastic crashes (some into nearby stalls). We would like to thank everyone who came out to play, and the organizers for keeping this geekery alive, and of course our official kid-sized bike supplier The Hackney Peddlar.

No pain, no gain.

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Tokyobike Event https://www.plumemudguard.com/tokyobike-event/ https://www.plumemudguard.com/tokyobike-event/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:13:40 +0000 http://www.plumemudguards.com/?p=258  

For this year’s London Design Festival, we teamed up with Tokyobike London to introduce our home made virtual reality bike-arcade game, ‘Puddle Dash’. Riders pedal along on a trainer through a minefield of distractions, challenges, and virtual puddles which have the potential to actually splash you if you don’t unfurl your Plume quickly enough. We had an absolute blast. Big thanks to our friends at Tokyobike London for hosting the event and to everyone who made it out.

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Meet The Models https://www.plumemudguard.com/meet-the-models/ https://www.plumemudguard.com/meet-the-models/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:06:08 +0000 http://www.plumemudguards.com/?p=254 Recently we had the privilege of working with Corey Olsen who shot our most recent photos of riders Will and Jelani.

Their beautiful mugs are just the surface of two remarkable individuals, so we decided to have a sit down with them and ask the questions on everyone’s mind.

 

Jelani:

What’s your favorite food?
I love Jamaican food! Beef patties make up a huge part of my diet.

What do you think about when you’re riding a bike?
Everything. My daily bike ride is sometimes my only time during the day to really unwind and just think about life. It’s meditative!

How do you currently earn a living?
I work at Clover Club in Brooklyn. It’s an incredible bar and I love tending it.

What is your favorite object or possession?
My bicycle(s) for sure. They give me so much more freedom & mobility than public transportation or even a car could give me.

What was the last song you listened to?
I’m listening to Devil Man by Blues Pills as I write this. Their entire album is fantastic.

What is your favorite recoiling bicycle accessory?
My rain guard! Not only does it keep my ass dry, but it doubles as a reflector! Also, it’s a lot harder to steal than the 3 clip-on ones that I used to have.

What do you like to do in your down time?
Usually just relax and try to hang out with friends. I love reading a good comic book or watching a good movie.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Stretchy everything like Mr. Fantastic. Hands down.

 

Will:

What’s your favorite food?
Halal cart chicken over rice.  Its delicious and just healthy enough to keep you alive.  Part of my love for it comes from convenience.  You can smell it from a block away.  Almost anywhere in the five boroughs, until late in the night, you can buy a plate of this stuff in the time it would take to lock up your bike.

What do you think about when you’re riding a bike?
Its easy to get angry when riding in the city.  I know I’m in a bad mood when I have imagined arguments with cabbies who’d cut me off.  But I can usually check myself and regain peace by letting good memories and private jokes filter in.

How do you currently earn a living?
I am a mechanic and educator at Recycle-A-Bicycle in the East Village, NYC.  We use the bicycle as a tool to educate High School students about mechanics, sustainability, and job training.

What is your favorite object or possession?
I am named after my Uncle Billy, who was an avid cyclist and who passed away before I could meet him.  My favorite possession is Billy’s orange Campagnolo cycling cap from the ’70s.  I wore it every day on a solo tour from Brooklyn to New Orleans last fall.

What was the last song you listened to?
Probably something Beatles.  I recently got a small stereo for my bike and for now I’m sticking to crowd-pleasers (with some occasional Wu-Tang of course).

What is your favorite recoiling bicycle accessory?
Foam sleeping-pad!  There is nothing like packing a sleeping bag, pad, and sandwich and taking a quick overnight in the woods.  Bikes can get places that cars cannot…But really, its Plume.

What do you like to do in your down time?
Aside from building bikes I don’t need (27inch single-speed cross bike?) I love to read.  Cycling is like a ‘choose your own adventure’ book.  On a bike, no one can tell you how fast to ride, or when to turn.  No one can tell you what books to read, or how to interpret them.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I think time-travel would be fun, because then you can go to the past and make stupid prophecies and see what happens.  Maybe we could start a religion centered on the Dodo bird?

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Copenhagen Trip https://www.plumemudguard.com/copenhagen-trip/ https://www.plumemudguard.com/copenhagen-trip/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:01:10 +0000 http://www.plumemudguards.com/?p=249 Friends of Plume, Adam and Liz, set out to answer a question: Can anyone take up touring?
To find out they rode from London to Copenhagen (donning Plume mudguards of course),
and documented their experience here.

While we don’t exactly condone the use of Plume for long cross-country tours (there are other products much better suited for this type of riding) we love that Adam and Liz went out there with an ‘only one way to find out’ mentality, and we’re honored that they took Plume along for the journey.

http://mpora.com/articles/longform/can-anyone-take-cycle-touring

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Percolate Interview https://www.plumemudguard.com/percolate-interview/ https://www.plumemudguard.com/percolate-interview/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:53:54 +0000 http://www.plumemudguards.com/?p=247 We recently sat down with the cool cats at Percolate to geek out over design. Take a look!

blog.percolate.com/2014/04/plume-mudguard-functional-design

 

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Finalizing Production, Upgrades to Expect https://www.plumemudguard.com/finalizing-production-upgrades-to-expect/ https://www.plumemudguard.com/finalizing-production-upgrades-to-expect/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:47:51 +0000 http://www.plumemudguards.com/?p=241 Since releasing Plume in our limited Kickstarter run, we’ve taken time to go over some of the feedback we received and make some upgrades to the design.

Originally, Plume was produced with wings made from PVC film made by a top-notch company in Holland.  That said, many people expressed that they didn’t like how long it would take for dents and deformations in the PVC to return to normal after a bit of rough use. Our new production utilizes a silicone which is super resilient and very good at resisting scratches and abrasion.

We’ve also made the mount component slightly denser. This makes installation on very wide seat posts more difficult, but it also means a tighter grip. If you have a seat post above 27.2mm you will likely require some WD-40 and a bit of muscle work to install Plume – but nothing worth doing is ever easy.

Finally, we’ve put our brand logo on the rear reflector … because it’s beautiful.

Over all, the upgrades we’ve made are pretty subtle, but we think they make for a harder wearing product.

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