Met this commuter riding home on Beach Drive, near Alki Beach in Seattle. We talked about his Novara Big Buzz and how he rides it everyday. He dug it and also wished it had a bigger climbing gear and a longer seatpost.
We’re putting together the details now for our next Hugga event in Portland, the land of bike culture and Creative Capacity. The event is scheduled for May 21st to coincide with Webvisions. Just like we did at SXSW, we’re going to ride and then meetup at a pub for a reception with a raffle, giveaways, and schwag o’ plenty.
Photo: DEEP SEA HARDHAT DIVER #8 "NO EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH", originally uploaded by zero g.
At the Biggest Little Bike Shop in the World, they’ve got an Oil Addiction Treatment Center and it’s staffed by Jim Hopperstad who’s been around forever, since the days of leather chamois, wearing cycling shoes without socks, and when bikes were only made with steel …
As the story goes, back in 1969, his brother smoked a big, fat spliff and came up with the name Bikesmiths – there are lots of Bikesmiths now, but this one is the original. Jim’s featured in Road Bike Action this month and for every possible bike topic, he’s got an opinion. For example, he observed my Rolls saddle was dated and that lead to a discussion concerning hairnet helmets with an additional digression into the quality of Deda components v. Ritchey. Then onto Michelin’s new Pro 3, how Seattle is an anthill, and how riding fixies without brakes can lead to broken wrists.