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Knog Oi x Kosuke Masuda

2 May 2017 2:51:28 PM AEST

We've been a longtime admirer of Kosuke Masuda  (or, ko)- a Japanese artist and Buddhist priest from Yokohama, Japan. His work has featured regularly on such sites as the Radavist and recently he did a mindblowing collaboration with MASH

His engravings are all meticulously and uniquely crafted using just a hand grinder.... and he does it all in one go (no sketching out or practice runs).

We decided to reach out to ko to see if he would be interested in creating a few unique Oi engravings for the Knog display at Eurobike and Interbike last year. Ko, the gent that he is was happy to do so and asked for us to send through 6 bells for him to engrave. What ko then sent back was absolutely amazing....

Below are a few photographs of Kosuke Masuda's incredible work & some kind words from the great man himself. Read on and enjoy.

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I remember when I got the Oi in my hands. I thought these bells were so beautiful and I was excited to start working on them. The smooth black surface and the beautiful shape, I was wondering what kind of tone they have.

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The process of my work is called meditation and samādhi (state of being totally aware from present moment).  It's not just sitting or yoga in general trend. It could be any time and any style. Have you ever imagined how this meditation is going to be? Or “ Let’s do the same meditation I did before”?  It’s like when you ride the same road with your bicycle every day, you see a different view and have different feelings each time. You can’t do the same meditation or ride you have done before. My art is not about the result. I am more approaching process side as meditation.

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So what is it about? It’s like an ongoing drawing of a line. A line consists of dots. The line as the harmony and the dots as the phenomenon. You might see mountains, trees, waves, stars and space in my works but it’s consisted of dots. These are the harmony of the phenomenon. A dot could be a star or just dot, it depends on how you looking at or how you imagine it over the dots and lines. The truth is not in the artworks or even in nature. The truth is in your soul or heart, in Japanese we call it “Kokoro”. So my process of work is that a dot brings another dots and a line brings another line. Then the concentration of dots and lines expand the truth of our Kokoro. There is no beginning and ending. It’s all about phenomenon and harmony. 

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Posted in Oi Bell By Knog

No Ordinary Night - The Winners

6 March 2017 3:48:00 PM AEDT

No Ordinary Night is an annual film contest by Knog that heroes the best night-time adventure videos on the net. From midnight mountain biking to sunset surfing and everything in between.

What was the brief? Show us your stunning, creative, or just plain bonkers 2-minute No Ordinary Night video clip & you could win over $15,000 in prizes.

This year we received over 50 film entries from nearly as many countries. And not just bike videos either! We had films as diverse as horror movies, alien abductions (sans probing), nocturnal ice skating, fingerboarding, skateboarding, cave diving and, well... check out all the films at >> noordinarynight.com

To judge each of the great film entries we called upon Ben Welsh Chief Creative Officer at DDB, Cohen Summers Head of Global Training at GoPro and Sam Moore Head of Brand & Marketing at Knog.  

The winning videos were judged based upon 4 criteria; Cinematography and Composition, Degree of Difficulty of Shooting , Performance and Style and Story. The winning films were chosen based on how well they matched this set criteria.

And the winners are.........

Check out the No Ordinary Night wrap up video below to see what lucky son-of-a-gun was crowned winner of No Ordinary Night 2016/17. Enjoy!



Thanks to this year's No Ordinary Night Sponsors: Tern Bicycles, Oakley, Burton, GoPro, Rapha, Ass Savers, Timbuk2, and Camelbak.

Posted in Events By Knog

How to Build Your Beginner Women’s* Racing Field

20 January 2017 4:47:52 PM AEDT

When women race bikes, magical things happen. Whether you’re a race promoter, team captain, bike shop owner, or just someone who wants to race in bigger and more competitive fields, here are 5 tried-and-true methods that you can use to get more beginner women racing bikes...


Make a Team

Having a strong beginner women’s field and having a number of strong women’s teams go hand-in-hand. If there’s a need in your community for a certain type of team that appeals to beginner women, create one! Gather up some friends, come up with a name, write a manifesto, find a couple sponsors, design some sweet kits, and get racing! Then, once you feel like you’ve got a handle on everything, encourage others to do to the same.

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Hold Racing Clinics/Info Sessions

Hosting race clinics for different disciplines is a great way to empower women who’ve never raced before to give it a try. Connect with local experts to see if they’ll help lead the clinic and offer advice to new riders. Cover things like what to expect on race days, how to warm up, how to pin a number, what to expect during the race, and what kinds of equipment they’ll need. Tip: You may need to go through your region’s cycling governing body for insurance purposes (in our case, we went through USAC).


Info sessions are another great way to help bridge the knowledge gap between newer and experienced riders. Free (or donation based) classes on nutrition, training, gear, etc. are always helpful.

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Host Group/Social Rides

Before race season starts, host an unsanctioned race (alleycat, fixed gear crit, etc) or throw a couple social rides! Both of these are great ways to showcase your sponsors as a team, create an environment for women racers to connect, and practice racing skills like drafting, cornering, or sprinting in a more relaxed setting.

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Create an Online Community

Online groups are a great way to organize bike or ride shares, hold each other accountable, and reassure beginners that they’ll see a few friendly faces when they show up to a race (tip: do a social media “roll call” before races to have people informally RSVP and build excitement!).

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Go the Extra Mile, It’s Worth It

If you’re a more experienced racer and you see someone who looks like they’re new to racing, introduce yourself, offer to pin their number, ask them how they felt about the race afterwards, and encourage them to come back. Those simple gestures help to welcome in new women who might not have a team yet or are intimidated by racing.

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If you’re a race promoter, give beginner women the same amount of attention, resources, and time you give the beginner men. They’re racing just as hard as the beginner men, if not harder (smaller field = less people to draft off of). Don’t make comments about the pace, or chide them for having a smaller field than the men. Support them. Period. Everyone (including you, race promoter!), benefits from more women racing bikes.

*The term “women” applies to anyone who identifies as woman/femme.


Photos & words by Koochella Racing

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Posted in Interview By Knog

Knog Folk - Rafael Hernandez

17 January 2017 2:38:00 PM AEDT

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Name: Rafael Hernandez
Location: California, USA
Connect: Instagram

 

Knog caught up with the man-behind-the-lens, Rafael Hernandez to talk about his love of the fixed cog & photography. Read Rafa's Knog Folk story below.

 

How did you get into cycling?

My older brother was responsible for getting me into cycling, back when i was in middle school i used to ride 4 miles to and from school on a K2 Bmx bike but it wasn't until winter of 2012 that he built his first track bike. I had always wanted a track bike without knowing what it was exactly, i think it was the simplicity of the build that always attracted me to it. 

WHY FIXED GEAR?

The fixed gear scene in LA has so many cool people in it that it's hard not to get pretty involved in it. 

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...AND YOUR INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY?

I've been interested in photography since elementary school but finally got around to taking classes in high school, learning how to shoot and develop my own film and eventually moving towards digital photography. I've been shooting now for 13 years and still find it's all i ever want to do. 

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WHAT WAS The first RACE you photographed?

My first bike event was the Wolfpack Hustle Marathon Crash Race, i responded to an Instagram post that @wolfpackhustle needed a videographer and that's really where i got my start. I set myself up at the finish line and waited for the racers to show up close to sunrise, the energy there was insane especially among complete strangers to me at the time which would later become friends. 

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THE MOST MEMORABLE RACE / RIDER YOU'VE COVERED?

I'd have to say my favorite race to have covered was the 2013 Civic Center Race put on by Wolfpack Hustle, it was a closed course around City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. After following mash on instagram and watching youtube videos, i got to see Chas Christiansen and Walton Brush in person for the track race and i also got to watch Sean McElroy who was 14 at the time, come in first place for the mens road race. 

WHICH OTHER photographerS INSPIRE YOU?

My all time favorite photographer is Henri Cartier Bresson, i have always aspired to have his ability to adapt to many photographic situations and capture them in a way that would not only clearly illustrate what is going on within the frame but also do so in a compositionally attractive manner as well.  

What'S THE BEST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?

The challenge and the fact that there's always room for improvement in both activities keeps me going and motivates me to push myself to be better. A small reward for myself would be to take a photograph after a worthy climb on a track bike, just to catch the view from the top. 

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Posted in Knog Folk By Knog

Knog Wins Victorian Premier's Design Award

19 December 2016 5:35:07 PM AEDT

Knog’s Oi bike bell beat out competition from 9 other category winners, from international architects to global advertising networks, to be hailed as the best piece of Victorian Design of 2016.

Minister of Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “These awards recognise Victorian designers and architects who go beyond the local to influence design thinking internationally”.

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Commenting on the overall winner, Celina Clarke, Chair of the Premier’s Design Awards Jury said: “The Oi Bike Bell exemplifies excellence in industrial design and brings together clever manufacturing, smart use of materials and a unique design aesthetic that sets it apart from other products in its class”.

Another source revealed that Knog’s Oi won by a “country mile”, recognising the combination of simplicity, precision and elegance brought to an otherwise forgotten problem – that traditional bike bells don’t complement a bike’s aesthetics.

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Bells are the first thing you unscrew from your new bike” explains Knog CEO Hugo Davidson. “What if a bell looked great and sounded even better? If it was discreet, but really stood out through elegant design. With Oi, we have appealed to a breadth of personalities and riding styles without compromising any”.

Although Davidson himself designed the concept, his acceptance speech focused on the entire Knog team that brought the bell to life, and to market. Particularly Chris Bilanenko, the lead designer on the project.

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Posted in Oi Bell By Knog

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