Friday, September 7, 2012

Man and bike

While some are riding antiques or antique replicas and cause us to do a double-take by blending eras, others -among them Danny MacAskill (above) - make us look twice by seeming to defy the laws of physics. Watch this video of the 26-year-old stunt cyclist* taking on the streets (and walls, and fountains, and railings...) of San Francisco. And here he is in 2010 doing some unbelievable things in a mesmerizing 7:43min video (scroll down for it) in his native Scotland. "What MacAskill can do on a bicycle, his body shifting, pausing, and then exploding upward in a seamless tangle of man and bike, makes us reimagine our daily environments....MacAskill has taken the the landscapes of his everyday and turned mundane into a physical canvas," writes National Geographic after naming him a 2012 Adventurer of the Year. For obvious reasons, his peers call him"Danny MegaSkill," but he says, "I’m still Danny, the kid who rides his bike all the time."

*Technically a mountain bike trials cyclist.

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