Schwinn Approved Japan

Spotted this bike in West Seattle last night. Hadn’t seen it before, like the Fuji Ace with SunTour Blaze spotted in May.

Nice head badge


Updated with flatbars, Tiagra, and VO cranks

Didn’t meet the owner to inquire about the upgrades (changes) made to it. I’d have questioned the flatbar and Tiagra; especially, when the chainstays have Dura-Ace decals on them.

Jetlag Challenge: Wheel to the Shop

One way to get over Jetlag, is to challenge yourself and getting a wheel to the shop on the bike was the task for yesterday. Not shown is the near auto-erotic asphyxiation from the wheel hitting the helmet, which constricted the strap, under my chin. Lowered it on the back after choking. That made it float in the wind like a sail.

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Deda 35mm Handlebar: Bigger is Stiffer…hehehehehe

Way back in my Florida days, there was this bike shop owner for whom I was equal turns amazed and appalled. It was like a century of women’s liberation had totally passed him by; the man was a wellspring of sleeze. The last time I ever stepped foot into that shop, one of female friends was running errands with me. The owner looked at us and asked in his thick old world accent, “So, what kind of bike do you ride?” I told him I had a Bianchi, and he turned to my friend Becca and asked,”And what do you ride? Hopefully him….heheheheh.” I’m not fucking kidding in the least bit. Becca and I turned heel and walked out without even saying a word.

A friend of mine related another story about this owner: A guy walks into the shop looking for mtn bikes, and the owner starts showing him long-travel options. The customer asks why he would need a long-travel bike for Florida, to which the owner said,”Because it’s the extra inch that the women need….heheheheh.” These stories are much better when I tell them in person, because in print I don’t think I’m conveying how comically sleezy his laugh was.

Somehow that bike shop owner comes to mind when I see the new Deda Elementi 35mm handlebars….maybe because I can hear his voice when I read the advert slogans. “No handlebar in the world has such a diameter. The diameter is the main factor of magnitude in the moment of inertia of the section of the handlebar. The moment of inertia is what defines the rigidity of your handlebars. What all riders are looking for, as insufficient stiffness causes dissipation of your precious energy….hehehehe.”

Deda 35mm

Deda Elementi has a separate webpage address for the 35mm bars and stems ( to explain the revolutionary innovation of creating inconvenient standards. Deda throws around some finite element computer modeling to show how a bar that is 35mm all the way across the top is 50% stiffer than the 31.8mm bar that typically tapers down to 24mm on either side of the stem. My question is, why not just make the smaller bar 31.8 all the way across the top? I don’t have the computer tools to run the FEM simulations, but I would guess that such a bar could be 15-30% stiffer than a tapered 31.8. If so, that would be valid gains that wouldn’t need a special stem with a 35mm bar clamp. Note that Shimano’s subsidiary brand PRO already makes such a bar (the excellent Vibe series) in both alloy and carbon with 3 different bend styles to boot. Why would I want the hassle of a 35mm handlebar and stem?

“Because it’s the extra thickness that the women need…..hehehehe”

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Live From the Tern Bikes Launch - A New Folding Bike Company Unveiled

Folding bikes are passion here at Bike Hugger, Byron and I both have travelled the world with our bikes and have relied on them for transportation and sight-seeing everywhere form Austin to Beijing. That’s why we’re so stoked to be at the brand launching event for Tern, a new company founded by many of the players behind Dahon.

Joshua Hon, the son of Dahon’s founder, has announced a line of bikes for 2012 with 21 models ranging from $400 to $3500 and has focused on the quality of the ride. In their launch statement Joshua makes the killer point that it doesn’t matter how small your bike folds if it rides like a dog because “no one will want to ride it.” I’ve ridden my share of test bikes that are pretty but useless due to harsh or uncomfortable rides.

The new company has about 70 employees and the creative team is cherry picked from Dahon. You might be wondering (as were we) why a company with an established name in folding bikes might pick up and start from scratch. In a bit of surprising candor in the bike world Joshua explains that the factory that makes the Dahon branded bikes in many of the company’s territories has had quality control issues, and so Joshua and his team decided to start from scratch.

Byron, who is on the ground in Taiwan is reporting that the bikes look great. Expect to see a stream of photos over the next week, but check out some of these killer shots. First is a photo Byron grabbed there:


and this shot from Tern showing the disc brakes(!) spec’d on the Tern Eclipse.

Disc Brakes

We’ll have a ton of coverage on these bikes, but you can also see them at Interbike and Eurobike. And you can check out Tern on all of the usual social media haunts.

Facebook Page: Twitter: YouTube Channel:

Cateye Inou= GPS-enabled sports camera

Cateye will soon start shipping out their new Inou (ee-noooo) GPS-enabled camera for stills and video. Maybe a little smaller than the Go-Pro camera, this item is clearly targeting the same market. What will distinguish the Cateye product is the GPS function so you can geo-tag your photos and videos and then using Cateye’s associated website you can share the footage on Twitter and Facebook. I personally have no idea on pricing yet, my sales rep with J&B Imports just mentioned to me that they are awaiting on units arriving.

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