I’ve been thinking about why this made me want to buy their kit and a few thing jumped out at me.
This film is pretty good. Its produced well, great camera work ect. it come across that this company is pretty serious about riding, and this type of riding. There is really no talk about racing. Just men and women on their bikes riding. They arent even competing against each other. There are several shots of two guys climbing, and one of the guys with his hand on the back of the other guy. This film is centered around the juxapostion between cyclings group dinamic and the extreme individuality of cycling.
Almost all the people in this film came across like people I’d not want to talk to, let alone ride with. Let me be clear I dont know anything about the rider in this film, they all might be great guys. Its really could be just the way the film was cut. However, I do think the stuff they are saying really did resinate with me in regards to why I ride. Almost like I want to buy Rapha kit in spite of the people in the movie.
The bikes. They seem to be all hand made, but with some very top shelf gear on them. I’m sure that they are all super light even though I did not see any carbon fiber frames. From the credits it looks like they are all hand made steel and Ti in America. So I think thats says something.
Its funny, road cycling is so much like NASCAR, or F1,or any pro sport for that matter. To be really into it you must copy the pros, what they wear and what they ride. Even if you never race you still need to look pro. This film was the polar opposite, the only thing these guys were racing were themselves. I think that Rapha is way ahead of the curve on this.
Last night the Netflix fairy dropped off a little ball of joy at the KU home. A great movie called the King of Kong, Fist Full of Quarters. I’m a bit of a gamer, nothing too hardcore but I rock the 360 now and then, this film shows the polar opposite end of gaming. Competitive Classic Arcade games, I’m not going to write a review of this film, there is already a ton of great stuff online. A few thing about this film struck me and Jo, and had up talking about gaming late into the evening. This film is all about the a guy named Billy Mitchell, a complete tool, that held the Donkey Kong high score since the mid 80’s. And a guy named Steve Wiebe , who lost his job at Boeing and became a stay at home dad, he wanted to do something with his life so he decided become the best Donkey Kong player in the world. Long story short, Billy is a tool and Steve is a bit timid. The best part is this movie ends just as you want it to, but leaves you on the edge of your seat. I would total suggest this movie to everyone, even non gamers. I think I really can relate to Steve, after we had finished the moive I told Jo that I would love to buy Steve a beer for having to put up with all the BS he had gone through. So Steve if you read this (I know he won’t)…if your in Portland drop me a line at mo at jomoandco dot com, and I will buy you that beer.
Like I said yesterday, its things like this that make me hate myself for spending my free time watching the back catalog of Stargate SG1. Dude, built a damn jet wing! I’ve go the clean out the garage this weekend and get started on something.