Archive for July, 2011

July 5, 2011

Pinball Pinarello Prince

Canadian cyclist Michael Barry, a professional with Team Sky and Toronto artist Noah Rosen of Velocolour have partnered with Pinarello bicycles to create a uniquely painted pinball themed bicycle frame. The frame will be auctioned online with all of the proceeds of the sale going to support Right to Play, an organization working with volunteers and partners to use sport and play to enhance child development in areas of disadvantage.

When they were children, Noah and Michael spent hours riding their bikes up and down neighborhood streets in North Toronto. Once the sun had set they would retire to Noah’s basement to play pinball. With those fond memories they began to design this Pinarello carbon fiber frame. Noah explained, “Within the project and the design there are elements of our youth, which tie it all together.”

Pedaling their bikes, kicking soccer balls and shooting hockey pucks enhanced Noah and Michael’s childhood experience and gave them lifelong perspective and opportunities.   They both feel that all children should have the opportunity to play sport, which is why they want to support Right to Play.

Pinarello has kindly donated one of their top carbon racing frames to support the project.

Details of the Pinarello Prince frame:

Material: Carbon 50HM1K Torayca®

Fork: Onda™ FPX Carbon 50HM1K 1” 1/8 conified 1” 1/4 integral system

Rear Stay: Onda™ FPX Carbon 50HM1K

Weight for raw frame: 990gr

B.Bracket: Most® Croxover

Size: 55

(Seat Post and headset bearings included)

Walter Lai kindly took the photos of the frame.

Toronto based artist Noah Rosen has a background in ceramics, fine art and bicycle painting.  He graduated with a B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2001 and from the Sheridan College School of Craft and Design in 1999.

Noah learned to paint bicycles while working under master frame builder and bicycle expert Mike Barry Sr. of Bicycle Specialties and Mariposa Bicycles.

In 2008 Noah opened his own custom painting shop, Velocolour, which has quickly gained international recognition for its high level of craftsmanship and unique designs. Noah has shown his work throughout Canada and internationally.

Michael Barry is a three time Olympian who has ridden as a professional for thirteen years. He has ridden for some of the top teams including US Postal, Discovery Channel, T-Mobile, High Road and Sky. The author of three books on cycling his writing has also been published in the New York Times, the Toronto Star and The Times of London.

July 5, 2011

Chair de Poule

If you’re in Paris this July be sure to visit Chair de Poule to see their photography exhibit, eat some tapas, and sip on a glass of wine.