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‘The Slow Ride’ Album Launch Tour

Posted in Events, Movements by Rob Eales on November 1st, 2010

20 November , 2010
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Via Kristin Rule

Image: Kristin Rule

“When you ride a bicycle, all things in life slow down, including album launches!” Kristin Rule.

Five Bicycle Riding Cello Tours are being planned for the coming year as part of Kristin Rule’s ‘The Slow Ride Album Launch’. A true ‘sharing of the soul’ in the spirit of the hauntingly beautiful and exquisite original compositions from ‘The Knife that Cuts a Tear’.  See tour poster, dates, reviews and more here, ‘The Slow Ride’ Album Launch Tour.

Warren McLaren writing about the tour for TreeHugger,

A couple of years ago Kristin Rule, alias ‘The Unconventional Cellist’ undertook a 20 week music tour, toting her cello on a motorbike with a solar trailer. With a new album recently released, she is soon to be touring again, but this time by bicycle accompanied by a solar-powered, electric-assist trailer.

The 30 watt solar photovoltaic panel on the ‘Mechanarchy Watt-Bot’ trailer stores electrical energy in a pair of 12 volt batteries. These provide up to three hours of electrically assisted riding for pedalling a cello laden ‘Yuba Mundo’ up hills. The assistance offered by the ‘Watt-Bot’ is said to be “akin to having an extremely strong tailwind.” But there’s much more to the story.

The ‘Watt-Bot’ trailer frame and bicycle tow hitch are both hand built from recycled materials. Not only does it act as an electric assist booster for the bike riding between gigs but can also provide power for the street or bush gigs where mains power is not really available. Power management is controlled by the handlebar mounted ‘Cycle Analyst’, from eBikes.

The huge panniers on Kristin’s Yuba Mundo are crafted of salvaged canvas by Ron D Swan. The panniers not only lug around the usual clothing and camping gear, but also the mixing desk, microphones and even a custom built stage.

Visit TreeHugger, for the full article.

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