Slack Randoms: Swinging Static Bikes, a Loop-de-Loop Slip N Slide & a Scrap Lumber Penny Farthing

Aug 28, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Taylor Roby's Scrap Lumber Penny Farthing

With trade shows being cancelled left, right and centre, the Insta-Grandmaster, Bicycle Pubes, put out the call for a new kind of bike. He launched the North American Scrap Lumber Bicycle Symposium in aid of World Bicycle Relief with 3 simple rules - you must use scrap wood you already have, no welding (duh) and it must have expensive wheels.

There were five entrants and Taylor Roby's Nickelback Farthing was declared the winner after a public vote. Take a look through some of the features and the first ride in the videos below.

If you like what you see, why not donate to World Bicycle Relief in the spirit of the competition.

It features include a lube application system for the rear wheel, zip tyres and a plunger bong.

And how did riding it go...?

Elliott Heap Scratching his New Frame

bigquotesWhen the ramp helps with the unwanted tyre bonkElliott Heap

Slip 'N' Slide With a Loop de Loop & Bad Norwegian Break Dancing

Swinging off the side of an exercise bike

We've been enjoying Zwift's new steering feature and felt it was only a matter of time before leaning the bike, not just turning your bars, would turn you on the screen. That's why the Bowflex Velocore seemed like a great idea at first look but there's just one problem, the leaning isn't actually for steering but instead for "shredding your core".

Zwift doesn't list the Velocore as a partner for its app so if you want to improve the realism of your virtual ride, you're better off rigging up a hose, a hairdryer and a bucket full of dirt in an elaborate Rude Goldberg machine than shelling out for this 90s arcade game.

For a more in-depth look at the Bowflex Velocore, head over to Cycling Tips to read their deep dive.

Unicycling on the World's Loneliest Road

Hiking through fog, sheltering under bridges and pissing in bottles for... well, you'll find out. A great short story about perseverance and universal human kindness.

bigquotesThere’s a lot of video footage from my round the world unicycle ride that for whatever reason I never got around to editing and releasing. Most of this stuff was from 'YEAR 1' of the trip, when my editing skills were still pretty sketchy and I didn’t take the production of these videos as seriously. As a result, this footage was just left stored and untouched on hard drives never to see the light of day. That is until now! Please enjoy this one-off video from my time cycling an extremely remote road in Kazakhstan.

Antoine Vidal's Monster Gap at the French Champs

The Insane Final Lap of the Styrian Moto GP

Miguel Olivera out of nowhere! If you haven't got your sound on for this one turn it up as the commentary is almost as good as Danny Hart's run in Champery.

Wyn Masters Getting Friendly with the Locals in Zermatt

bigquotesRail tap to lanual to stoppie to scaring the poor young lad!Wyn Masters


  • 65 0
 People who don't follow MotoGP, can't possibly comprehend how F'g EPIC that win was.... on so many levels.
  • 13 0
 I don't follow it but got tears of joy in my eyes just by seeing Miguel's & the teams reaction. That overtake was something else.
  • 6 0
 That was awesome.
I haven't watched MotoGP in a few years, WTF is up with the guys hanging their legs in the breeze?
  • 12 0
 @fgiraffe: Additional drag for braking. Started getting popular among riders a couple years ago. If you want to see something really crazy check out the crash from the week before that almost killed Rossi and Vinales . Crazy lucky.
  • 4 0
 Herve Poncharal finally got one of the big trophies, I thought he was going to explode.
  • 2 1
 @MTB-RVA: Holy crap that made me feel sick to my stomach watching the different camera angles.
  • 4 0
 @MTB-RVA: What about Vinales stepping off at a 140 mph ? now that takes some courage .
  • 2 0
 The whole race was crazy, and the race before that was even crazier.
  • 1 0
 I don't follow any racing, but I love seeing those final lap battles. You know they are giving it 100% of their skill and the bike's capabilities.
  • 3 0
 I thought it was used also for counter leaning instead of counter Stearing.
So you can brake later and harder . can do it on a bicycle helps lean bike over more for tight turn.
  • 1 0
 It’s almost as good as dh and slopestyle finals. Lots of free content on motogp website. Also Interesting tech nerd articles which have some cross over to mtb
  • 2 0
 The full explanation of the leg dangle from MotoGP’s Sylvain Guintoli...
  • 1 0
 No idea who those people are but just from a pure racing perspective, that was absolutely insane and so scary to watch. Unreal talent from all of them.
  • 1 0
 @fgiraffe: to much flat track as a kid.
  • 1 0
 It's kind of weird tho, hearing Claudio Caluori narrating.
  • 1 0
 i don't follow motogp but i can appreciate the race tactics there - he kept his cool, and let the other two battle it out and get so much into each other, they forgot any other threat - very emotional win - super stocked to see a fellow portuguese racer doing well on two wheels !
  • 8 1
 Wish I'd been invited to that slip n slide party.
  • 2 0
 Yep. That looked fun. And I didn't think the dancing looked bad either.
  • 7 0
 This is my weekly reminder that some people just have more fun than I do.
  • 1 0
 No doubt. And pb changed the title. Someone must've informed them that those norwegian b-boys are actually legit breakdancers.
  • 4 1

Malort, kick your mouth in the balls!
Malort, when you need to unfriend someone IN PERSON.
Malort, tonight's the night you fight your dad.
Malort, the Champagne of pain.
Malort, turning taste-buds into taste-foes for generations.
Drink Malort, it's easier than telling people you have nothing to live for.
Malort, what soap washes its mouth out with.
Malort, these pants aren't going to sh** themselves.
  • 6 1
 Sheldon would be proud of that penny-farthing. It even has two handlebars! You definitely won't get board riding it.
  • 1 0
 It would be a big pain in my lumber to get up on that thing though.
  • 1 0
 Sorry about the accidental downvote. Sheldon would be proud.
  • 1 0
 @McKai: And how th bleep do you reach the pedals. Plenty kool lookin', though..
  • 5 0
 That slip and slide party looked very awkward
  • 4 0
 no girls allowed
  • 4 0
 I din't Know Wyn enjoyed terrifying kids like that . Another point in his favor!
  • 3 0
 To the cycling industry more integrated bongs please, could easily be adapted to an EDC style head tube.
  • 2 0
 I'm no expert, (well, thats a lie) but those Peloton bars seem kinda skinny. And Toe cages? WTF.

How do they even ride.

Goodness me....
  • 2 0
 Why didn't they show Elliott Heap's crash? Since today is Friday's Fails, it is quite fitting.
  • 7 1
 It obvious he fell in a Heap
  • 2 0
 Following bicyclepubes on insta was one of the better decisions recently in my life
  • 3 0
 All hail BiyclePubes
  • 1 0
 I gotta give Taylor to remarks for his effort. Who woulda thought about reaching those pedals, anyway?
  • 1 0
 Didn't expect a Norwegian slip and slide party video to be the best thing I've recently found on a mountain bike website.
  • 1 0
 I really want an internally-routed ti-dangle-bong to go with the dugout topcap on my bikepacking rig now.
  • 3 2
 Better wear that mask while you shout, cheer, and and hug your teammates
  • 1 0
 The unicycle tour was awesome!
  • 1 0
 Champrix > Grand Pery
  • 1 0
 Oliveira #88 ????????
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