Brompton Oratory Jacket

Oratory Jacket Angle

New kit from Brompton. The Brompton Oratory Jacket. From the press release

The design team behind the iconic, award-winning Brompton bicycle has today unveiled the Brompton Oratory Jacket – an innovation in cycling apparel that can be worn throughout the day straight from bike, to boardroom, to bar.” Also see a blog from Evans Cycle who attended the event.

Oratory Jacket Angle on Bridge

Evans Cycle was at the launch event and tried the jacket out. It’s made for the commuter with thoughtful features like reflective pockets, pop-up storm collar, adjustable cuffs, and an “action back.”

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Racing Raleigh’s Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross

I’m racing Cross tomorrow night at Raleigh’s Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross. A night Cross race in July? What’s that all about? I asked Terry Buchanan, the race promoter, that same thing and he said

The race is part of Raleigh’s annual dealer new, model year event and is intended to get them excited abut Cross. They can watch, race, and soak in the atmosphere. Also ride demo bikes.

then Raleigh’s Sally called me and said,

The potential of Cyclocross is there and what we’re pushing. We want to show them dealers what a Cross race is all about.

As you’ve probably been reading, I’ve been at lots of media/dealer events so far this Summer. July is buying season in the bike business. After this event, I’m at Dealer Camp next week for more blogging and a MTB race (first in two decades).

Having never raced Cross in the Summer and just starting to train hard for the Fall, I’ve got no idea how I’ll feel. I’m in the Singlespeed category and racing the Hugga Hodala bike.

There’s also big money and a pro contract on the line at this race.

G+ WTF?

Along with every other early adopter, we’re trying to figure out G+. This week, as Gwen Stefani said, “this shit is bananas.” Better yet, homegirl @Xenijardin noticed Retweet

On another note, we at @BoingBoing are already finding G+ to be a significant source of traffic referral. Shocking given how new & beta.

It is, even though I said after my first use

How do you even know what you’re doing on there? Like a bunch of stuff to do without an indicator of what it means.

Incredibly-long comment threads about various topics are happening and all our old friends are showing up. It’s microblogging without character limits and inline comments that you can share in various concentric circles or publicly. Add group chat, group video chat, and a topic-based headline reader and you’ve got G+. I’lll leave it to sociologists to best determine why people would leave Facebook for it or make choices between Twitter et al.

What I do know is there’s another Bike Hugger channel on the web now. Next is what to do with your business there and we’ll figure that out as well.

Until then, we posted a G+ Cyclists Roll call and the responses keep coming in.

Add me +Byron and tell me what you think.

Specialized Tubular Tires Video

Specialized unveiled their new tubular tires during the Global Product Launch last week. Chris Wyatt, a tire engineer tells us about them in this video.

Specialized Tubular Tread

They retail for $100.00 in three tread patterns. Chris says in the video that they’re 260 TPI and we also heard and posted that they were 290. Checking on the right thread count.

Specialized Terra Tubular

Specialized Tubular Cross: Trigger (High Rez)

Spesh may not have a carbon Cross bike for 2012, but these tires are promising and at a good price. Find them at your local Specialized dealer.

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