The Bullitt: Danish Cargo Bike

Bullitt little boy.jpg Danish company Larry vs Harry is producing the Bullitt, a “Long John”-style cargo bike. What sets this bike apart from many other long-wheelbase cargo bikes is the use of aluminium in large diameter tubes as opposed to steel. Much as I like the ride of a good steel bike, a cargo bike is a great opportunity to allow aluminium to shine, especially when a manufacturer can really engineer the shapes and diameters of tubing. A lot of cargo bikes are begging for some extra rigidity. The Bullitt comes in 13 versions, with disc brakes and choice of internally geared rear hubs or derailleurs. The lightest version weighs 48lbs. As far as I can tell, there might be only one frame size, but I so want one. Larry Vs Harry bill the Bullitt as a performance cargo bike, and I’d be really keen to test that out.

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Unfortunately, I can’t find any indication that there is some sort of normalized North American distribution.

SSC Belt Buckle

We’re behind the scenes with Mavic at the USPro race in Greenville SC, live blogging in the caravan, and hanging out. Attempted to trade a Bike Hugger jersey for this belt buckle. No go.

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Back to Vegas & Interbike

Just a little more than 3 weeks till Interbike 2009. BikeHugger will be there bumping it bigger than ever with an urban ride and as well as this year’s edition of the celebrated Interbike Mobile Social. If you’ll be in Vegas for Interbike, keep checking our site for updates on the events. And for readers who won’t be making the pilgrimage to biggest event in the cycling industry, we’ll take you with us on our adventure of bike gadgets, personalities, riding, and parties.

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Hincapie Path

Greenville SC is working hard at becoming a bike town, including new bike paths named after George Hincapie.

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Another Ride with George Hincapie

After getting dropped 4 inches into the first meter of the Paris Mtn climb last year, I was determined to never let that happen again. Not only was I going backwards on the climb, but Pam (wife) dropped me for George Hincapie. Yep.

We were in Greenville SC for the Hincapie Style in Motion Weekend and USPro race. On Friday, George rides with Hincapie Sporstwear dealers on the USPro Course, including Paris Mtn. Pam looked back as I struggled, looked ahead to the George group, back again, and accelerated away. I couldn’t blame her really. I was not having a good day.

Once we confirmed our return to Greenville this year, I started thinking about Paris Mtn.

Not a Climber

Where a climber’s ancestors were scurrying up cliffs and into trees, my clan roamed the lowlands, rolling along. Us bigger guys do what we can to survive the climbs and bomb the descents. We rock the circuits, rolleaur style courses, and crits. I usually don’t get too engaged in the climbs, but this one became my nemesis.

The Climb

As you can see in the iBike chart below, the climb is a sustained hard effort. Paris Mtn was a season-long focus for me. For two months before the big day, I drank no beer, ate bread just once a day and added hillier races than usual to my calendar.

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