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9. September 2014

Musguard – the second video in the series

by Uveber    Filed under: Ljubljana,Urban bikingComments Off on Musguard – the second video in the series

It has been a week after the premiere of the first video in the series on Ljubljana’ bike scene. Here comes a new episode:

Fixies, these carefully assembled bikes, reduced to the essence of bicycleness, can be found almost anywhere around the globe. A large and world-spread community of enthusiasts inevitably means there is a market of noticeable size. But for the aficionados, not unlike in any other sub-culture, an aura of authenticity of the products on the market can be of even greater importance than their actual usability or price. Not that making a working and sleek product is unimportant, but being in touch with the needs of the scene and respecting its ethos is indeed critical when designing it. That is also why the sub-cultural scenes often prefer individuals or one-man brands like Jurij Lozić of Musguard to the out-of-touch marketing campaigns by the corporate world.

Jurij designed a rollable and quickly removable fender, which is successfully targeting the needs of the riders that love their stripped-to-the-bones bikes. In our new video he explains how he, now not only as a rider, but also as a designer and a business person, perceives the questions of business, authenticity and sustainability.

Ljubljana’s Bike Scene – 2/5 Musguard Fender (Business, authenticity & sustainability)

Oh, and to give you some background on Jurij, here is also the video to introduce Musguard.

8. September 2014

What’s the deal? Munich receives the biking caravan from Ljubljana

by Hertha    Filed under: Munich,Urban bikingComments Off on What’s the deal? Munich receives the biking caravan from Ljubljana

The Muslauf team representing Ljubljana’s vibrant scene of urban bikers will attend Schmiede14, the producer festival taking place from September 11-21 in Hallein/Salzburg. Bor, Andraz, the two Markos, Domen and Ajda will design and build new trikes together with other bike fanatics from the Schmiede. The first trike will be a repair bike that holds all  tools a bike mechanic needs to fix bikes (or trikes in this case).  The second one built will be a Keg-bike, because delivery of refreshments is always needed and always needs to be done in proper biking style. The two creatives from Munich, Volkan Özekcin and Christopher Lewis (Samstag-Rad), will attend the TrikeLab in Hallein and support the team, but also develop their own bikes.

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Once Schmiede14 is over, the crew will try out their newly built trikes on their way from Hallein/Salzburg to Munich (about 180 kilometers to go!). Other bike enthusiasts are free to join them on their trip to Munich. The Muslauf team has planned 2 days to cover the distance so that they will arrive on time on September 22 evening  and be hosts of a get-together at Import Export Kantine where it will all be about DiY, bikes and upcycling as well as hearing about the biking scene in Ljubljana.

 
Mo. 22.09.14, 19.00 h: What’s the deal? – Treff: „Bikes & Upcycling“
Location: Import Export Kantine at Kreativquartier, Dachauerstr. 112, 80636 München

The new temporary (or hopefully not so temporary) venue of Import Export will become a “meet & greet” platform on that evening for all people involved in the “What’s the deal?” (alias WTD) project both in Munich and Ljubljana as well as for anybody interested in learning about the EU-project WTD.  It is a good possibility to find out about the objectives of WTD.

But there is also the chance to relax and enjob. Music will be provided by DJ Asmir Sabic who might be known to some of you from MAJMUSICAL MONDAY or BALKAN LOUNGE. The Import Export Kantine will provide food and drinks.

Free admission.

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3. September 2014

Trike Lab with Muslauf

by Rüdiger    Filed under: Creative Lab,Events,Hallein,Ljubljana,Urban bikingComments Off on Trike Lab with Muslauf

Introducing one of our SchmiedeLabs in collaboration with WTD

Trike Lab

The Trike Lab will design and assemble two tricycles which will lead a Bike ride to Munich.
The first trike will be a repair bike that gets your best and favourite bike-mechanic with all the tools he needs directly to where you and your bike got stranded and need a mechanical fix. The second one built will be a Keg-bike, because delivery of refreshments is always needed and always needs to be done in proper biking style.
On the last day of Schmiede the newly built trikes & the Muslauf team will pack their tools and join a 2-day Biking Caravan to Munich.

Team

Muslauf is a diverse group of people from Ljubljana, joined strongly by their love to bicycles. Their eagerness to endlessly discuss any biking related topic over a can of cold beer is only shadowed by their passion to design and assemble custom bikes. The lab will be led by a team of six: Bor Čeh, Ajda Fortuna, Marko Makuc, Marko Marovt, Domen Ožbot and Andraž Tarman
For the purposes of the TrikeLab at Schmiede Muslauf will work on two bikes simultaneously. The lab’s first trike assembly will be led by Bor Čeh. Flying the Retro Rats flag his design will focus on building the perfect travelling bike-repair shop.

Trike two will be designed under Andraž Tarman’s supervision. Wearing the Musverks colours, his fellows will focus building on a very important addition to the Muslauf’s fleet of event-focused bikes, the Keg bike.

Info Text

This bike ride, led by Muslauf, will take the results of the Trike Lab’s work to a two-day test ride to Munich. Starting in the morning of the 21st of September, the event extends the Trike Lab of this year’s Schmiede SelfAssembling activities for another two days two-day trip. The planned stop for camping is somewhere around Chiemsee and on day two we should already be able to sleep somewhere around our arrival destination in the Munich City Centre. Everybody is welcome to join the ride as long as you are on wheels, not propelled by a motor (other than yourself) and can take care of your camping / roof for the night.

This event happens no matter what the weather. Do dress accordingly.

People involved

Bor Čeh
Ajda Fortuna
Marko Makuc
Marko Marovt
Domen Ožbot
Andraž Tarman

Links
www.muslauf.si
www.retro-rats.com
www.musverks.com
www.kinosiska.si

2. September 2014

Urban biking video series

by Uveber    Filed under: Ljubljana,Urban bikingComments Off on Urban biking video series

Perhaps ever since the BMX craze in the 80s, bikes have not been discussed by the youth and young adults as much as in the past few years. Designer bikes started to be in vogue by the chic, and converting your own bike to a stripped down fixed gear became a must for the hip. Restoring an old bike grew more and more popular and, apparently, so did the global popularity of Tour de France.
All around the World, bikes developed into a form of self-expression and identity. And a very urban identity, that is. Bicycles became more than just a mode of transport. What kind of a bike you ride started to epitomize who you are and which urban tribe you belong to.
In this sense Ljubljana is not an exception. The town has a vibrant scene of urban bikers which got documented by Tilen Sepič. His exploration will result in a series of five short videos, each of them coming out at the beginning of a new week. One by one they will probe into a different aspect of Ljubljana’s small, heavily interconnected, but also very diverse and growing biking community.
Here comes the first one. It focuses on Playfulness and belonging.

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