Thursday, 21 February 2008

What do you get the weird-beard earth-lover who has everything?

Why, a bamboo-framed mountain bike, of course!

I can't begin to say how cool this is. From my memory of when I knew heaps about mountain biking: The properties you want in a frame tubing are resistance to bending (excellent, they make scaffolding out of this stuff in Asia), resistance to splintering under hard loads (well...), a good strength-to-weight ratio (yes), a good degree of shock absorbancy (I imagines o) and, ideally, cheap (bingo!). I love the very idea of this, let alone the way that this bike has been executed. And you can get the frame lugs made out of hemp fibre instead of carbon fibre! Which begs the question: Can you make an entire frame out of hemp fibre?

As futile as...

Possibly the most futile thing I have ever seen an animal do:

A spider has built its web in a huge clump of citronella daisy that we have growing in the front garden. I repeat, citronella daisy. I don't think that this spider is going to be a very well fed spider, do you?

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