My New Butt

I like the glistening, semi-moist feeling of a good chamois butter but I don’t like the perception that I’ve just applied some sort of salve found most often in the medicine cases of the geriatric. (And only occasionally do I like this palpitate to be emboldened by the burning qualities of menthol or camphor.)

Nubutte (get it?) is a nice-smelling nice-feeling chamois cream that does its job without being cloying, chilling or burning. It comes in both a tub and a stick and the recently-redesigned packaging is meant to project the company’s use of shea butter and other high-end ingredients. The smell is more herbal than medicinal and the feel isn’t cold or tacky. A thicker product than many creams it takes a bit more to work it in–it’s like an actual butter that’s just come from the fridge, solid at first and then it warms up and spreads.

Ten-percent of the $20 price tag goes to “junior cycling” programs, and the company–based in Boulder–sells the tubs right from their site. The stick version doesn’t seem to be available on the site yet yet. But I liked our review stick and the way it easily glides onto body parts in the fashion of deodorant and doesn’t clump up.

It’s a nice, friendly product and it does what it’s supposed to do–prevent one’s naughty bits from becoming uncomfortable bits.

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Buy American

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For years I’ve lusted after a bike brand that few people know about but many rely upon. Workmans Cycles produces bikes and tricycles for industrial and commercial uses, though many of their models (this beauty not among them) are perfect for the suburbanite looking for a great way to hit the grocery store.

Based out of New York City, the company had seen steady growth during the hey-day of Manhattan street-vending and even another boost as the dot com boom propelled their fleet into the warehouses of e-commerce fulfillment houses for the big shippers like Amazon and others, thanks to the stellar reputation for quality.

During the peak (well, trough I guess) of the economy’s meltdown word started to trickle out in the media that the company was seeing a hit due to the decrease in consumer spending. Fewer people spending, fewer orders moving around a warehouse.

But the bikes and the company are still going strong. Maybe it’s time for me to help out the economy by picking up a nice trike to complement my Xtracycle.

Take a Ride on the Style Side

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In this world, there are hoodies, and then there are hoodies and this, my friends is a hoodie*. Sure it looks like something from Banana but it’s Outlier’s new Merino Wool hoodie. That means that you can wear it in the mixed fall weather and unlike cotton it’s not going to get you cold when the weather turns damp. Unlike fibers from bushes or chemicals, wool insulates when it’s cold and wet.

At $225 it costs about as much as a high-falootin technical fabric garment, but doesn’t make you look like a Christmas Tree lightbulb when you walk into a coffee shop.

London is a Bike Town

The first stop on our Mobile Social Worldwide was London and we connected with local cyclists, the fixie scene, and a traffic engineer. We rode haphazardly on city streets, a hot lap in Richmond, and calmed roads with cycle tracks.

Typical Commute

Riding in London is aggressive and not for the timid. The photo sequence below demonstrates a commuter crossing a congested road into Hyde Park.

Stop

Mobile Social Worldwide: London

Wait

Mobile Social Worldwide: London

Cross

Mobile Social Worldwide: London

Time to get Wet

Wet Cargonistas While Byron globetrots, the rest of us are here in Seattle are in what we call the “rainy season(s)”. Late September through more or less May is WET. It’s worth bringing back Byron’s post on Riding in the Rain.

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