Free Sutro Spoke Cards


Sutro with spoke card

As part of the Sutro Kickstarter launch and debut at SXSW during the Mobile Socials, artist Hugh D’Andrade created artwork, including this custom illustrated spoke card.

spoke card

After our rides in Austin, cyclists have asked for more spoke cards and I packed some back to Hugga HQ. We’ll ship you a free card, or more, for the cost of postage and handling: $1.99.

The illustration is on the front and Mission Bicycles logo the back.

spoke car front

Order a free spoke card from us via PayPal.

Also see the Sutro page on Kickstarter. Mission Bicycles created the community-funded project to offset production costs. So far they’ve raised 21K of a 10K goal and sold 16 complete bikes. That’s remarkable and glad we were a part of it.

Note: my involvement was to feature the Sutro in our SXSW coverage and have a cool bike to ride. Bike Hugger has no financial interest in Mission Bicycle or their Kickstarter project.

A Note About Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory

This morning I added the editorial note below to a post about how bikes are made and factory conditions in Asia. The opinions I wrote in the post were inspired by Mike Daisey’s story on This American Life. That story has since been retracted because Daisey lied about it.

On March 16th, 2012, Daisey’s story got retracted by This American Life and the fallout from the lies Daisy told about Apple continue in the press and on stage at the theater where he performs. The story Daisey told led this this post about “hand made” bikes and the bike industry’s Asian factories. While the content in the post is entirley editorial and opinion, I thought it important to update it with the news about Daisey. I’m as dismayed by it as anyone in tech and where tech intersects with the bike.

Beijing Peasant Workers

Peasant workers

I remembered these peasant workers I met in China when writing the post. Mike Daisey claims he met workers like this at Foxconn factories, where Apple products are made. In the post I wrote

So I’m not indicting the industry, on a vision quest with its leaders, or planning a one-man show about it. I am offering a perspective about handmade and thinking about where bikes are made by hand. While Apple has margins that Sinyard, Burke, Hon et al. can only dream about, I do think bike companies should publicly address supplier relations. They should tell us what they do to ensure their standards are met, whatever those are.

While Daisey has lost cred after bringing so much attention to where the producs we consume are made, my opinion about the bike industry is the same. I think it’s important for the industry to better connect the consumer to the factories; especially when the main marketing messaging from a dog and pony show about builders is made by hand.

Oakley Jawbone RX

I just got some new Oakley Jawbone with prescription lens. My eyes are about -3.0d for correction, and that gets a little funny with the optics towards the sides of the lens because they’re so wide. I was hoping for a prescription eyewear that gave me the same peripheral vision as contact lens. This isn’t the first sports shade with RX lens that I’ve tried; I picked up some Rudy Project Horus a few years ago. But the visual distortion at the periphery gave me a headache. Also my pseudo Asian facial features and oddly long eyelashes, which eliminate many of the frame styles available, meant that I had to adjust the nosepiece in such a way that focal center of the lens ended up in the wrong place perhaps. I ended up considering Oakley because I have long had RX casual eyewear from Oakley that had excellent optics and quality frame construction. An early season burst of allergies, which dramatically affects my ability to wear contacts comfortably, prompted me to pursue new glasses for riding.

I’ll write up a more involved review later, but let me just say this about these RX sports eyewear. When you wrap a prescription lens around the face as much as the Jawbone does, it is a challenge to get the optics to perform without too much visual distortion. The field of view of the Jawbone is awfully close to my full natural arc, but it would be inaccurate to say that wearing the RX Jawbone is the same as wearing contacts. Your eyes, or to be more accurate your brain, must adapt somewhat to wearing these glasses. The moment I tried this RX shade on, I had the sinking feeling that it was going to be an unsuccessful and very expensive repeat of the Rudy RX failure. However, 8hrs later I had largely adapted to the point that I can swap between contacts and the Jawbone with minimal effort. I am going to hold off from declaring these Oakleys to be the greatest thing ever, but so far the results have been very encouraging.

One last note: The styling of the Jawbone is anything but subtle. On a whim, I ordered the frame in all-green, because why just question good taste when you could shoot to really offend?

Uber Tripedo

The grainy, out-of-focus video of the Uber Tripedo only adds to the mystery.

Also see El Arbo.

Good on Ya Susan

good on yah

A photo and story from Austin our followers on Facebook and G+ connected to the most with was Susan Veal and her Walmart bike. As she told me,

Every year I buy a bike at Walmart like this for $80.00 plus $15.00 for the basket. Ride it for 2 weeks and leave it behind with a note on it that says, “free.”

Good on ya Susan. Richard from Cyclelicious found the bike on

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