Bike 49

Met this crew en route to Ballard. They’re riding 49 States and were very happy the sun was shining.

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Zipp Carbon Clinchers Video

Video of the new, 2011 Zipp Carbon Clinchers.


We’ll have these on test soon. Summary: Zipp waited until they could make a carbon clincher their pros would ride, according to the rep.

Note that Zipp shares the toroidal shape patent with Hed and the wide C2 rim that Hed introduced. Bontrager also uses the toroid and wide rim, as the wings for their wheels are made for them by Hed.

Perspectives From A Product Manager - Rachael Lambert of Specialized

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After we ran our piece on women and the bike industry, we had a great conversation with the women at Specialized that run the women’s product divisions. It was such a great conversation that we asked them to contribute their thoughts to Bike Hugger. What follows is the first of two pieces from the women that create the products for women at Specialized. This first piece is from Rachel Lambert, Women’s Product Marketing Manager.

Since BikeHugger’s recent blog, Women as Outcasts in Cycling Industry, I have been anxiously awaiting each new post and comment that has been added to the discussion. I can’t imagine a more relevant topic to address or a better opportunity to truly gauge the concerns, interests, and issues that women face in cycling. I am an industry veteran of 8 years who to this day gets uncomfortable walking into a shop I have never been to. I have had my fair share of being blown off or walking through a shop like I was invisible.

I have also had many positive experiences and witnessed LBS who go out of their way to draw women into their store and make them comfortable once they are there (If you need proof, just check out Bicycles Plus in Folsom, CA who hosts annual women’s events that draw 1,000 women in one night on top of group rides and well stocked inventory).

I also understand the frustrations of trying to find products to fit my needs only to be discouraged and walk away empty handed. Even as recent as 5 years ago when I was working in my LBS in Washington state, most companies were only making one or two token women’s bike models that inevitably were feminine in color and in a low to mid range in components. The legacy and bad impression that this established has to been VERY hard for the industry to rebound from.

I have worked at Specialized for 4 years now in product development working to change these stereotypes and change the direction the products are going. I am lucky enough to follow in the footsteps of a woman whose principles about product development were clear. Focus first on the riders needs. This principle has meant everything to what we have done at Specialized in design. We do not start with a men’s frame and then modify it to be different. We do not take a men’s geometry and cut a few cm off the top tube and call it a day.

Zipp Carbon Clinchers

Spotted these new, 2011 Zipp Carbon Clinchers at Boat Street this weekend. On test soon.

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Noticed this week: Motors, Near Miss, Chargers

A quiet week with busted ribs for me …

Mechanical Doping

A term we wished hadn’t got coined, cause it’s not “doping,” it’s using a motor on a bike and a conspiracy theroy was floated that Cancellara accelerated away from Boonen with a Gruber Assist.

Near Miss

Nope the cyclists doesn’t notice he nearly got killed cause crazy shit like that goes down all the time in China. Reminds me of the time we saw a scooter slide into a bus. Dude’s scooter is smashed, he gets up, waves at us and rides on. Bus driver and passengers are unphased.

Bike Charger

Gadget blogs all noticed Nokia’s bike charger. Also see Dahon’s charger and Pedal Power.

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