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Seven minutes of gentle contemplation that will make you want to get on your bike

If you haven’t recently been out for a ride just for the joy of floating through the lanes, taking in the scenery and feeling the wind on your face, this lovely, contemplative short film will make you want to do just that.

It’s a family effort. Filmed and edited by Brandon Neubert and starring and narrated by his mother Lisa Neubert, The Quiet Season is a gentle celebration, partly of autumn, but mostly of the joy of riding in the countryside and experiencing the environment by blending into it as you can only do on a bike.

Lisa Neubert also wrote the evocative piano music that’s the film’s soundtrack. She sounds like a fairly useful cyclist too: she’s completed the 206-mile LoToJa Bicycle Classic from Logan, UT to Jackson Hole, WY on a tandem with her husband, Reed, and made the podium a couple of times in local races.

The Quiet Season - best enjoyed full screen in HD with good speakers

When he dropped us a note about the film, Brandon said: “It's about cycling, and how it really brings the world around us to life.  It's a beautiful film and has been by far my favorite project to work on.

“I took the project on after my mother wrote me about her cycling adventures during the autumn season. Iloved it so much that I kept the letter for two years, planning and contemplating how I would even pull this off.

“This isn't a film I want lost in the endless world of YouTube - I think that a lot of cyclists can connect with the thoughts and feelings expressed in the film. Cycling truly is a beautiful lifestyle.”

It’s also a major inspiration for Lisa in creating her music. On her BandCamp page, Lisa says:  “I enjoy writing music that comes from my love of beautiful things and places. And birds. Penguins. And bikes. Especially bikes.”

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Pitbull [15 posts] 2 years ago
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Visually excellent - poor plinky plonk soundtrack and riding without lights at the end?!

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NickK123 [93 posts] 2 years ago
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Works for me but it is certainly different to UK - where are the potholes, angry motorists, damp leaves ...

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thebungle [103 posts] 2 years ago
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Doesn't quite work for me I'm afraid, to me it's just trying that little bit too hard to be...profound.

It does make me want to get out and ride tho  1

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estiel [11 posts] 2 years ago
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its just so flat...

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dreamlx10 [159 posts] 2 years ago
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Saddle looked a bit low.

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nug8321 [22 posts] 2 years ago
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Eurgh. That was horrible.

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Tigger [2 posts] 2 years ago
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Beautiful, quietly reflective film. Reminded me of so many of the reasons why I ride.

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Mr Sock [155 posts] 2 years ago
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dreamlx10 wrote:

Saddle looked a bit low.

Seemed to work for her though…

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Durbat [1 post] 2 years ago
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I got bored half way through as well and started looking at seat post height as well  1

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Waterford853 [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Quite familiar with that part of US as have cycled there several times. Very beautiful in its own way but don't know if this is little film commensurate with that beauty. Still pondering. BTW, she must be a camel as no bidons?

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Dave Ody [20 posts] 2 years ago
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couldn't have been a long ride. no water bottles.

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batch2103 [6 posts] 2 years ago
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Totally agree ... and with no water bottles .... trying way too hard me thinks.

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Tripod16 [157 posts] 2 years ago
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Is she over-dressed or the little boy on his bike under-dressed? One of them appears to have the temperature wrong.

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andybwhite [250 posts] 2 years ago
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sell that girl some lights!

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CharlesMagne [78 posts] 2 years ago
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+1 to all of the above. I didn't make it past half way before vomming.

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zam [13 posts] 2 years ago
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Looks like Rapha met up with Apple and have a video party. However, it does make me want to get out and ride - although the british version may be a little different. Lots of lens wiping, near misses, shouting, beeping horns etc.

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Spangly Shiny [116 posts] 2 years ago
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Saddle too low, stem too long , wrong sized frame, no lights at dusk. Has she borrowed someone else's bike to make this flim?