I recently received and email from a VERY HOT bicycle company called 3gbikes.com. Please visit there website because out of all the bicycles I have seen, 3G is closer to 'The Funk' than any of their nearest competitors. Gary Silva sent me this design which is named in honor of Marshall 'Major' Taylor. He said 'Check out our latest design' and invited me to give feedback so I am assuming he works at 3G. My feedback is this. From an aesthetic standpoint, it could definitely be more 'Urban' and with just a few tweaks, it could be funky! Nevertheless,this design is what I mean when I use the word 'Provolution' which is bringing the best of the past forward to the present and carrying that ideal into the future. This bicycle hearkens back to the late 1800's and early 1900's when there were no gear shifts and racers rode single speed bicycles in races.
I also made the suggestion to Gary to include some sort of collateral material with this bicycle educating the masses on who Major Taylor was and his contributions to the sport of Bicycle Racing. This design is very nice, elegant, but yet simple. The Head badge is an exercise in 'Funk' and to top it all off, this design doesn't have alot of 'Clutter' on it. Gear shifts, hand brakes, wiring, derailleur and many other gadgets that ad clutter, but not alot of funk.
What if 3G is the company who has the 'Mojo' to take 'Funked Out' design to the market place? I believe that they absolutely can if they just sit back, close their eyes and imagine what is it that can capture the minds of the 100.2 million people of color in this country!
Yes, chopper style bicycles can do it, but not in their present form. Yes Beach Cruisers can do it, but not doing it like everyone else does it. Yes dirt bikes can do it, but not using the industry standard thought process of design. Urban Youth don't just want something to ride, they want something that will make all of their friends sit up, take notice, and say 'Dang, that bike is ignorant kid!' Remember, it is all about the Floss.
Thanks Gary, Kudos 3G for bringing 'Provolution' to the market place and readers, please visit 3G at http://www.3gbikes.com/
After further investigation I have found out that Gary Silva isn't merely a designer at 3G but is the owner! I also saw that they have a series of designs that are called 'Chopper Lite'. I must say that 'I saw the funk at 3G and it is good.' While the designs on their home page are marginal, please go to their 'Press' page of the website and check out their Chopper Lite Series-WOW. 3G also has a 'Stepper' series and it is different and innovative. I am wondering why Silva doesn't show case these new designs on their home page somewhere. Silva has been in the bicycle game alot longer than me so I am sure he has his reasons.