When God Gives You Lemons - Bikes in a Bank

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The bike store Cyclesport in Park Ridge, NJ was devastated by fire in April. No one was hurt though it was a close call–one of the tenants in the residential part of the building rushed back in to save her cat and could have easily died if it were not for the heroic firefighter who carried her out. (The cat’s safe too.) Because of the four-alarm blaze, the longstanding staple of the bike community was left homeless.

But that doesn’t stop a good shop. While the landlord waits for the insurance rebuilding to begin, Cyclesport has relocated to a former TD Bank building. Thanks to the terrible economy, the space became available rather suddenly and the bike store temporarially moved into it. The great thing is that they’ve left up the bank’s original structures. The owner of the bank building obviously will try to pick up another bank for the space, so they’ve still got the partition walls for the bank officer’s offices (now filled with bikes) and the vault, as well as the full teller window.

This actually looks really neat, and it’s spawned a desire in me to open a bike store with small rooms focusing on different product categories, much the same way that high-end stereo stores would create small listening rooms aimed at different budgets. I’m also thinking of opening up a shop in a former fast food building, and leave the drive-through window up. Imagine cycling up to a shop window and ordering a cappuccino and a Clif bar.

Lance “I Can’t Win” Armstrong Talks About Losing Tour

In this excellent VeloNews interview with Lance, Armstrong talks about the tour, and who is really the boss of Astana. Short answer, no one. In a scenario that’s played out in the Tour before, Armstrong admits that the leadership isn’t exactly certain, and that he needs to respect the Tour protocols and let Contador give it his all.

I sense, each time I hear one of these or read about this, some real angst about the issue of the leadership. At about 1:47 the interviewer pushes Lance on this sensing the same odd hesitation. His reply “I go out every day and ride with the thought that I’m going to show up as fit as I can, in order to win….” “Before number six and before number seven, I was confident… I don’t have that confidence now.” It’s a far mellower Johnny than he’s ever been, but I think that he’s repressing some real conflict with the team dynamics.

He goes on to talk about how he doesn’t know what’s going to happen in the Tour. And I’m so happy to hear that, because wins number six and number seven were some of the dullest professional cycling I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to see a tour with so many champions fighting it out–can’t wait.

National Geographic Loves Fixies

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National Geographic just released their list of “The Next Big Things,” items that are “game changing redesigns” of classic icons of outdoor fun. Instead of picking a multi-thousand-dollar road bike (as is so often the case with glossy travel mags) Geo has gone with a Swobo fixed gear. It’s a pretty bike and an even prettier photo shoot of outdoor goodies.

The long and winding road - Diabetes and RAAM

While the Livestrong campaign received several high-profile shots in the arm this week, another group was waging a bicycle campaign to end a disease. The races of Team Type 1 and Team Type 2 took off on the grueling Race Across America, or RAAM. TT1’s made up of a mix of pros with and without Type 1 Diabetes (often called Juvenile Diabetes, due to the onset period) while TT2 is athletes with later onset diabetes.

Both teams made it across the country, and that feat hasn’t been lost on the media. The New York Times just picked up the story in its Health section (registration required), and the piece is a nice look at the challenges faced when racing across the country while bravely managing a disease.

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Hugga Coverage of the Tour De France

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Now that Versus has announced that Le Tour will be streamed to us in HDTV goodness, we at Hugga HQ are atwitter (not Twitter) about this year’s tour. Who is going to win? Who will take the polka-dot jersey? How many times will we see the devil? Will Lance punch doping syringe guy again? We’ll be using a new service called CoverItLive to bring you live, moderated chats through the live coverage of Stage 1 (not the prologue) and then other key stages. Moderated chat begins 8am EDT on the 5th.

Some days we’ll have important people in the industry dropping by to chat as well. Best of all, you can follow from work and pretend you’re kicking out your TPS Reports.

Expect polls on the least favorite ads, a “lance” drinking game (counting every time they say his name) and Phil and Paul bingo.

Bookmark for the action, which will start 8am on the 5th of July. (Regular comments are open now.) All we’re missing is some dramatic fanfare music. Maybe I’ll whip up something.

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