Interbike Updates Will Appear on Google+ First

As a reminder, so we don’t flood the BikeHugger blog with random observations from Interbike, we’ll be uploading shots first to Google+ and then flittering for the site. If your’e on Google+, you can follow Byron here and me here.

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Bike Bedazzling EE Brakes

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Front brake on Hed’s wide, C2-based whee. Note: parallax makes the tire look closer to the brake then it is.

Pads and bits included, these EE brakes weigh in at 189 grams, which is 40% less than SRAM Red brakes. That’s not the main feature though. It’s the exponential, modulating braking power from the pivots, levers, and smooth action from the self-lubricating plastic micro disks. They also look different: complicated and bedazzling. Brake bling for your bike.

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Rear brake on Hed’s wide, C2-based wheel

If you pull your brake levers with varying strength to scrub speed going into the apex of a corner or a hard stop into a stop sign at the bottom of the hill, then you’ll likely agree that EE brakes are better than SRAM or Shimano. Your bros will love or hate how they look and at $589.00 per set these are for your best race bike, like cufflinks on a tailored shirt.

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Quick setup, even with all the adjustments

Mark installed the brakes on our Specialized S-Works Venge we’ve got on long-term test that and built out for about 1/2 the cost of the Mclaren Venge.I also wanted to get this post out before Cross season starts, cause we’ve got plenty coming on that too including CrossVegas this week and Starcrossed.

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High-lo bolt

See more photos of the Venge first on G+. Follow me there. Also find high-rez version of these photos on Flickr.

Gringo Discovers a New Burrito

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As a Burrito Connoisseur, this one was entirely different and discovered in a strip-mall, hole-in-the-wall restaurant, I discovered near Seatac. I walked in and the whole place turned around like, “whoa, a Gringo.” Gringo indeed and the place is called Cemita Poblana near SeaTac. They were all eating sandwiches, I ordered this Spicy Pork burrito and it was saucy with thick slices of avocado, mozzarella-like slices of cheese, lettuce, and rice.

I wasn’t sure what region this style of cooking is from, but damn it was different and good. Where the skinny climbers crave rice cakes when out riding big miles, for me it’s nachos, burritos, and now I’m very curious about Mexican sandwiches.

Ordering one of those next time. As Jose Texidor told me on G+.

Cemitas are similar to tortas (mexican sandwiches). The region is the state of Puebla, Mexico. That’s were “Mole Poblano” sauce comes from.

Forever Cycling Stamps

If you’ve always thought “I wish there were a stamp I could put on my envelopes that would tell the world how much I love cycling,” 2012 is going to be your year. The USPS (if it should be able to stay in business) will be releasing a series of “Forever” stamps (they’ll be good any time the postage increases) with bicycling-based designs.

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A Messenger’s Bike in Manhattan on 9/11

“… here his bike remaining locked up for a over a month. It was made into a shrine by his family, friends, and co-workers. Like so many others, this bike may be his only remains.”

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