Kona Ute with Bags

We’ve always dug the Kona Ute and like it even more with those orange bags. I could see a Plain Clothes Cyclist plan a whole outfit around the bike. Pair it with some bike to work pants, these shoes maybe, and a comfortable shirt.

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Matching functionality with style doesn’t just happen. Considerable thought went into this bike. You can tell from the color palette that’s matching bags, wood plank, and seat.

The Kona Ute with bags pops on the sale floor.

Sure, the Cargonistas would complain, “but it’s not an X or have 26 inch wheels – boohoo.” Who cares, really? Straight up it’s a great, simple, stylish cargo bike. Not unlike another fav of ours the Cargo T.

Cheap City Bike

I’ve only seen these bikes in China and spotted one yesterday while running some errands on Bettie.

You see these everywhere in China with a kid on the front, another on the bike, and a pet.

Correction: that’s a Taiwan bike – made in Tainan.

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Simple Cargo: Torker Cargo T

What I like about the Torker Cargo T: is the simplicity. US customers would call this a grocery getter. Or errand bike for the Plain Clothes Cyclists.

It’s based on the Batavus Personal Bike and made for the city. Nothing much to explain. Put some groceries up front and a backpack on the back. Pull it up and onto the center stand to park it.

To ride it just pedal. Sit upright and twist the shifter. I spotted it yesterday in West Seattle.

We rode a prototype earlier this year. Cyclelicious also has been riding one.

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Portland Gets New Bike Lanes and Complains

City planners in various cities I think wish they had the problems Portland does. So many cyclists that when the add

Seattle to Portland 2009

Word on the street is that STP will sell out soon. After taking last year off with a two-month old, I’m back in the saddle and registered for STP 2009 and planning my second one-day ride to Portland.

While it sounds a bit crazy, having done both the one- and two-day rides, I honestly don’t know that I’ll ever ride a two-day STP again. The extra effort it takes to pull through 200 miles in one day far outweighs the pain of having to sit through another century on a sore rear end on day two. That, and I’m a damn sucker for the silly “One Day Rider” patch.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, and with the numbers looking to max out at 10,000 riders it continues to be the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest.

If you haven’t yet started training - get on it! Despite the novice reputation that STP often gets, there is nothing novice about riding 200 miles on your bike. It’s not too late to hook up with Cascade’s Training Series for some great rides at varying paces. And whether your planning for a one- or two-day STP, go sign up for Flying Wheels before it’s too late. Flying Wheels is a great opportunity to get in some decent mileage without having to plan food stops.

For those new to the event, I strongly encourage a read through “How-Not-To” Ride STP from my first STP in 2006. And if it’s your first one-day ride, head on over to Surviving A One-Day STP.

I’ll be reporting all the best from Flying Wheels and STP back to The Hugga, so stay tuned. And if I ever get myself out of the dark ages and hook up with a camera phone, perhaps there be twitpics @kellidiane for the rides.

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