A Decade of Independent Manufacturing with Social Media

Ten years ago, we had this idea to make a product that’d keep our coffee and chips fresher. We researched, designed, and manufactured it all with sweat equity and many late nights on the Internets. Today people call that being a Maker. Back then we were just trying to make a buck. This talk will share how to get your product from idea to reality…and who knows, it may even end up being used in the Space Shuttle, Antarctica, pantries, and Grandma’s looms.

I’ll present this talk at WebVisions 12, the day after Built. The product(s) I’ll talk about include Clip-n-Seal, Kickstand, and what we’re doing here at Bike Hugger.

Hope you can join us and also tell us what you make.

Riding by Ground Zero

Sal Ruibal and Steve Gluckman were on the 5 Boros Bike Ride. The ride passed Ground Zero on Sunday. Sal posted this to Facebook with a photo

Was in NYC yesterday for the 5 Boros Bike Ride. My hotel was a block from Ground Zero. Still under construction. Still sad 10 years later. Flew back to DC and passed the Pentagon on my way home. Glad they got OBL, but we’ll never get those lives back.

Sal continued

I went over there Saturday night and sat on a bench overlooking the abyss, now filled with construction gear and the fresh steel skeletons of the new buildings. The old building across from my 21st floor hotel room was scarred, with lots of stone gargoyles and owls charred and missing heads or wings. Made me very sad, too. Those owls helped me fly across the Narrows Bridge in Sunday’s ride.

and Steve statused

When I pedaled past Ground Zero yesterday afternoon I had know idea of how significant the day would become.

A Ride Ends with Historic News

Occasionally, Pam and I will just ride our bikes. I’m not out blogging a bike story or commuting and we’re not training, racing, or touring. North or South? On Sunday, it was the North End. We rode it meandering through Bellevue, Medina, and determined the best route as we pedaled.

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Wet Gray Spell Broken

After the grayest, wettest Winter in recent memory, it was as if a spell had been broken and cyclists of all types were out. We passed a Cutter and I’m pretty sure Ric Ocasek on a bike. Also saw mid-70s Fujis and lots of cruisers on Alki. Cyclists would sit on our wheels for a while or go blasting past us setting their own personal best up and over Juanita. Also noticed a “pro” on a Litespeed carbon bike was more Pro than any of the Pros I know.

Sunday 11 5

Schwinn Tandem

Sunday 11 One

A Mini Tall Bike

Likely the best use of SRAM Apex we’ve seen. The Trispokes really set it off. Tubies, of course.

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A Ghost Bike for Andrew Runciman

The Austin cycling community lost one of their own last week and has responded with a ghost bike and a memorial ride last night. The Statesman covered the ride and memorial on their blog.

Ghost Bike Austin

We’ll defer to Austin bloggers and cyclists on this topic and send our condolences. We’ve ridden much in Austin, including earlier this year in March during the Mobile Social SXSW.

Safe Drivers = Safer Cyclists

This poster has been adopted by the community, in response to Andrew Runciman’s death. It was a hit and run.

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