Bike Hugger Purist Bottles

Purist with our logo

Our new Bike Hugger Purist bottles are now available on for $14.99. The Purist is Specialized’s easy-to-grip, squeeze, no after-taste water bottle with the self-sealing heart valve. I tested these bottles a few weeks ago and liked them so much, we decided to have a run made with our logo on the front. The best feature is the leak proof valve that flows when you want and stays closed tight when you don’t.

Made with flexible glass particles

The bottle is 22 oz, BPA free, and made with food-grade LDPE #4. It’s also dishwasher safe**. The bottles is infused with silicon-dioxide to deliver the pure taste. You can read about the tech on the Purist website. Put simply, odors, stains, and mold build-up slides off the plastic and not onto your tongue.

Motivational Video

Have you ever wanted a bottle more?

Heart valve

Best Bottle Ever Made

A fifteen dollar water bottle, really? Yep and if you’ve got doubts about the spend for what we’ve dubbed, “a magical decanter,” we’ll give you your money back and the shipping.

It’s the best bottle I’ve ever used and why I’m stocking it in our store.


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**Purist bottles are very soft. We recommend you wash them on the top rack of the dishwasher and if they lose their shape from the heat, you can squeeze them back together at the mouth.

Mobius Invokes Tron

Phosphorescent paint glows all night long.

Uploaded by mobius cycle | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

D-Plus: This Bike Is Built to Fight

Bottom bracket

Spent a few more intimate moments with the D-Plus before it’s machined, polished, and painted. While I’m riding, talking, and hosting Built at SXSW this custom, handbuilt Davidson Cross bike will debut at the Seattle Bike Expo. It’s called the D-Plus because of all the +1s the build has.


In the background is the Elliott Bay Bicycles Machine shop where this one-of-a-kind bike was made. It represents the work of a master builder, bike stylist, machinist, welder, and creative direction from me.

When my mind wanders during a lull in the Austin action, it’s to this bike and riding it.

I don’t know how they’re going to paint it. They’ll just hand it to me. I’ll say thank and proceed to beat a patina into it. Expect no art paint or for this to hang on a studio wall. No Fondos or Sunday afternoon bike path rides either.

This bike is built to fight. Check how muscular it is…

Seat stays

See more photos of the D-Plus and how it’s being made in the lightbox view on G+. Also on Flickr.

Built at SXSW 12 Lineup

This year, Built goes to 11 with this exceptional lineup:

11 speakers in 1 hour with a DJs of the Sun backbeat keeping us on time. Attendees should expect a best-ever show that we’ve pumped up to the max volume and trance rhythm.


Sycon with a solar-powered backpack, turntable

There’s this crazy HD from space thing

hd thing

HD from space

the Browns talking ‘bout thrift and your rotting bits; while Joshua Allen cover peptides and Nishant shares photos of his dog.

Dog photos with the vignette effect

Our speakers will assemble like grackles on an electrical wire Tuesday, March 13th, 2012, at 12:00 PM on the Next Stage.

See you there.

Traveling with Compact Cameras: E-P3 Reviewed

Like the Digital Sound Projectors post, this one is about the gear and tech I use that isn’t on the bike.

As the publisher of a bike blog and a career blogger, I’ve spent years traveling to take pictures and write about cycling and web technologies. I didn’t consider myself a photographer when I started and I used nothing more than my iPhone and a point-and-shoot. As my love for photography increased, so did my skills, I graduated to a Canon 50D, then to a Nikon D7000. That growth resulted in better photos, but also added weight and complexity to my bag. Sprint a few times between between gates at an airport with bags + a bike and weight becomes a big concern.

Taking a photo of you taking a photo

I’m also one of those “perfect pack” people. I travel with a purpose and get rather OCD about what I’m carrying. That’s because I also travel with a folding bike and ride everywhere I go. Depending on the length of the trip, I’ll bring a Macbook Air and/or an iPad with the camera connection kit. I’ve live-blogged product launches and other events by shooting, ingesting, and uploading from the iPad, and it’s worked well but the SLR has always been the biggest weight in my kit.

I want to continue to take and publish better photographs, but also don’t look forward to carrying so much gear. Which is why I’ve started to look at Compact Systems Cameras to help lighten the load. The goal for me is to create the best travel kit that doesn’t compromise on image quality.

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