Off the Bike

In five years of publishing Bike Hugger, we’ve spent much time on the bike. This post and photoset is about the time we spend off the bike. Between seasons is when we enjoy good food, travel, beer, and movies.

beer

Wine and beer

Sure we saw bikes like this Brunch, but our attention was briefly elsewhere.

gitane

Gitane Brunch

strawberries

Strawberry merchant

Train station shadows

shoes

Paris in the Summer is legs and shoes. Perfume too.

After Road season ended in Bend, Cross starts next week.

A French Fixie

Spotted this French fixie

Fashionable, French, and with a fixie

near the Rue de Interieure in Paris.

Near the train station

Chrome Anton Courier-Inspired Laptop Bag

The folks at Chrome were nice enough to send us their new Anton laptop bag to try out, and we’ve been putting it to the test for the last few weeks. Yesterday we loaded it up for a photo shoot and filled it to the brim. (If you’re a photo junkie, we crammed it with an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra system, extra battery, Nikon SB-900’s, a few lenses and more.)

Here’s our video review of the bag, find out what we loved and what we’d like to tweak about this bag.

Masters Nats Road: A Race Losing Move

lossing

87 lost to 84 because she took her arm off the bar too soon, thinking she won. Cost her a jersey and a season of replaying that in her mind. Full story and the finish line camera photo on USA Cycling’s website.

Uploaded by Hugger Industries | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

ISP, The Integrated Seatpost: Done right or done wrong

Integrated seatpost, integrated seat mast, ISP…in the past few years there have been a number of different frame designs on the market that eschew a traditional, round/cylindrical seatpost that inserts into a seat tube. Instead, these frame designs have seat tube structures that extend far beyond the top of the top tube and incorporate some sort of specific fitting to hold the saddle atop. What does an ISP offer? Is it the wave of the future? What should you know before you buy one?

ISP: marketing, weight, structural, practical

Giant  TCR Advanced SL

First of all, “ISP” appears to be a Giant Bicycles product name, but since it’s convenient I’m going to appropriate the term for this article. I’m going to refer to the piece that attaches the saddle to the “integrated seat tube” (or “seat mast”) as a seatmast topper, which is actually Ritchey Design’s term for their product that several bicycle manufacturers, Scott among them, use for their own ISP frames. In addition to fore-aft/tilt of the seat clamp like conventional seatpost, a seatmast topper frequently allows for some measure of vertical seat adjustment on the ISP, which must otherwise be trimmed to a specific height. Since the seatmast must be cut, typically by hacksaw with a guide, fitting the ISP bike to a specific rider means permanently modifying the bike, much like cutting down a threadless steerer will limit stem/handlebar vertical adjustment. To an extent, this issue is over emphasized by ISP critics; most mast toppers still allow 20mm of vertical adjustment. In fact, Ritchey and Giant offer alternate tall toppers that give an additional 50mm (+20mm adjustment), so it’s not like no one could ever make use of your ISP bike after you.

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