Now yesterday was an interesting day... I started out the day by calling in sick to the shop and by the middle of the day finding out that the one and only BikesnobNYC linked up No Drive and the Veloship crew and pointed out some thing quite interesting...
Words can always have different meanings to the person reading them, especially in the case of 'creating' new terminology such as 'veloship'.
Case in point [made by Bikesnob]... velo shipping or the velo ship?
I actually think that all that he is correct when he says:
'I have a feeling that the "velo ship" conversion is going to become the next big thing. Forget horizontal dropouts and fixed cogs; soon it's going to be all about the pontoons. Not only will this come in handy for flooding, but it will also mean that you won't have to use any of the bridges; instead, you can just ford the East River wherever you feel like it.'
The only thing I might disagree with him is that forgetting about 'horizontal dropouts and fixed cogs'. Why not merging of these two niche cycling genres, the fixed gear and pontoon bike. Just step back and image what all the hypsters will do [if it catches on have you] for gearing and the incorporation of the fixie tricks... I could see it becoming show of epically long skid competitions and tricks that are similar to a gymnast on a pommel horse. Granted there would be a pretty big uphill battle in getting a hypster to gain the upper body strength to have to ability to perform such an act. But one can always hope.
All in good fun though... I did stumble onto this video for a movie called Veer, that's been played at a few Bicycle Film Festivals around the US and from just the preview, I think it really shows what 'veloship' can be and is to a lot of people whether they call it that or not.
On the Veer website, it says:
'Veer explores America’s fast-growing bicycling culture by profiling five people whose lives are inextricably tied to bicycling and the bike-centric social groups they belong to. The film follows these characters over the course of a year, offering a behind-the-scenes look at their personal struggles and triumphs. Veer examines what it means to be part of a community, and how social movements are formed.'
Sounds like the heart of Veloship to me.
On a side note, Wes and Veloship crew are unaware of this as of right now but I've begun drawing up a few designs for potential Veloship/No Drive shirts [I told you I had other designs up my sleeve]. Just an idea right now and I'm sure Wes will have thoughts but you've always got to get the ball started somewhere.