Surly Pugsley with Big-Ass tires

hello rolling resistance!

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Green Bike Project Spotted

The Green Bike Project is a collaboration between King County, Cascade, and REI to provide bikes to commuters that drive their cars less. Hugga spotted the project’s prototype frame during our visit to REI HQ.

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From King County Commute Trip Reduction site:

REI, Cascade Bicycle Club and King County are partnering to bring 200 new award-winning commuter bikes (complete with helmets, locks and lights), bike safety training and more to 20 - 30 CTR-affected worksites. The aim of the project is to reduce drive alone commute trips and to create bicycle commute cultures. Stay tuned for more information.

STP: Silly Tyvek Pullover

Don’t get me wrong, I love STP. But the Tyvek jacket, not so much. I’m in the minority, it seems, as several thousand STPers will ride out of Husky Stadium at the crack of dawn tomorrow, many of them proudly wearing their new paper coats as they take off for Portland.

The Tyvek jacket serves a purpose, sure. It’s lightweight, breaks the wind, keeps in some heat, and squishes up small enough to tuck into a cycling jersey. But they also crackle like paper if you’re riding faster than 12 mph and are not remotely flattering on any body type. Frankly, I can’t stand them.

A note to the powers-that-be at Cascade - I’d rather be able to opt-out of the paper coat at the time of registration and see my money be put to better use as a donation to the education foundation.

Le Tour Caravan

Love Flickr and the blogosphere for shots like this of the Tour Caravan. We never get to see much of the Caravan or partying fans along the roadside in the media. Hugga could some day like make a hugga green-tea and have a cool cup-trike like this.

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More aero wheel wisdom: the nature of the question

By day, I work at a high-end bicycle shop that happens to be two blocks from the bustling Pike Place Market, Seattle’s cruise ship terminals, and the neighborhood meth-dealers. Needless to say, we get a WIDE range of people coming into the shop. Aside from people I have to forcibly remove after they surrender my merchandise, a lot of people regardless of cycling experience ask me questions like, “Which wheels are the fastest?”

Well, different companies have different answers to that question…strangely enough their answer is usually their own wheel. So are they bluffing, because they can’t all have the fastest, right? The truth is that it depends a lot on how you ask the question.

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