The Littlest Giant

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p>After my most recent trip to Taiwan (including a tour of the Giant Bicycles factory in Taichung county), I’ve been rather keen on Giant bikes. Having sold my old mtb over a year ago, I perused hardtails on Giant’s US webpage. I was a little disappointed to see that the carbon XTC SL frame in size small was a little too big for me.

Here at Bike Hugger, we try to keep it a secret, but the truth is that I stand just a bit shorter than the national average…if the nation is the Phillipines. For the US, I’m way shorter. But WTF? Giant is the archetypal Asian bike company. If German bike company Focus doesn’t make a frame my size, I could accept that, but I figure Giant should be on my side. More than that, they sell to the Asian markets; there’s gotta be a demand for shorty bikes.

So I did some digging online. I clicked back to Giant’s global page and then navigated to Giant Japan. The funny thing is that Giant in the states offers the XTC in S, M, and L, but in Japan they only offer XS, S, and M. And the XS size is exactly the geometry that I would want. I knew Japan was cooler than the US!


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Why didn’t I just check Giant’s Taiwan site? Because I can read more Japanese (really elementary stuff and bike-related terms) than Mandarin (ZERO). But I thought I may as well check Taiwan, since I’ve gone there more often than Japan the last few years. Head-snap what? Taiwan only lists a S and M. Well, that makes no sense to me.

Just to make sure, I checked Spain, and they get the XS-size all the way up to an XL. I’m not sure how I should interpret it all.


Mama-Chari’s covered in snow.

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For the Love of Bikes Tees UPDATE

Bikes made nice drying racks for hand-screened tees


at our Holiday Party last night.

We’ve have a limited quantities of these Tees for sale today and we’ll make more later this month. Chris Mahan designed and screened them for us.



Screened on Anvil, organic natural cotton Tee:

  • Preshrunk
  • Organic cotton
  • Hand screened.

More photos of the Love Tee in our Holiday Party 2010 photostream. For sizing and more material details, see Anvil’s site.

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We sent the design to our printers and are stocked up in mens and ladies sizes. Note this version of the tees were not handscreened at the party, but are still, “cool.”

Get Out the Way

Wanna see that bike and not you.

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Party Tonight

Today we’re getting our nails and hair did. Then showing up at Elliott Bay Bicycles for our Holiday Party at 6:30 to tap the keg. You’re welcome to join us. This party is come as you are. You don’t have to shave your legs or have a u-lock stuffed in a back pocket.

6 Layers!


We’ve had one layer, 5 even, but this one is 6 and for the party!

Screening Tees

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Chris Mahan is screening tees at the party and we’ll sell them for $10.00.

Party Hat

We’ll have these hats (and more), as modeled by Kevin Tamura, on sale.


Photo: Vanessa Au

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