Cyclepedia peddles iPad app: Weekly Linker, December 18, 2011

Could Cyclepedia be the most beautiful bicycle app for the iPad ever? Could be. Imagine interactive graphics and museum-quality 360-degree views of 100 fine bicycles—and being able to zoom in at 20 times magnification. Of course, my lousy satellite Internet service will choke on this $9.99 app’s 792 megabytes. (

Want a quicker look at Cyclepedia’s vision? Here’s the YouTube promotion. (YouTube)

When Mark Twain’s Captain Stormfield traveled through space on his way to heaven, he compared his encounter with an unusually large comet to a “gnat closing up on the continent of America.” I was reminded of the story when I read that Sapa Extrusions, the biggest (and perhaps most anonymous) U.S. frame builder, is getting ready to exit the business. Turns out frame building is a gnat of an activity compared to everything else this company does to make a continent-sized $5 billion a year. (Mountain Bike)

Lots of people ride bicycles and drive cars. They know what it’s like out there. For those drivers who don’t, an ex-frame builder offers “10 useful tips for car drivers.” (Dave Moulton’s Blog)

The number of people on bicycles in the Minneapolis area is “big enough now to make an impact on health, air pollution and traffic congestion.” (Star Tribune)

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Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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2 Responses to Cyclepedia peddles iPad app: Weekly Linker, December 18, 2011

  1. niklas says:

    Where can I best find out about apps like Cyclepdia?

    • I’m not sure where I first heard about Cyclepedia, though it was a book before it was an app. In the Apple world, you just go to the App store and type “bicycle” and you’ll come up with a lot of apps. Of course, the biggest challenge in the App store world is figuring out which apps are worthwhile and which are worthless. While it isn’t a comprehensive survey of historical bicycles, and doesn’t pretend to be, it is an outstanding example of how one person’s collection can be shared with the world.

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