Huggacast 149: Back to MTB

Been riding back in the mountains again after a long hiatus. In this Huggacast, rode a Stumpjumper Carbon Evo at in the Wasatch Range. A sloth descends from a tree to poop faster than this ride, but had fun. Like slowhucking the gnarls, man, all chill.

5 inches of travel

2013 Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 29 on the lift line

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Hicks Hands Me a Handbag for Being Haughty

So this happened on Twitter

The oooooooOOOOOOOooh! link loads a page with handbag on it and it was raised because I

made a comment of a bumptious, snide or haughty nature.

Funny cause I’ve known Hicks for years and he’s from the web design and development community. I hang out there when I’m not riding. He built the page with CSS3 toys and HTML5 tags.


What a fine looking handbag that is too.

Stan’s NoTubes Survives a Tack Attack


Tacked at the Tour

When tacks were thrown onto the roads of the Tour de France, I thought the same thing as Stan’s NoTubes

Would tubeless survive that?

So they made this video to show they would….

I met with Stan’s during Press Camp 12 and have a set of their race wheels coming to demo for Cross season. Stan’s is an interesting company in the bike business that went from a rather kooky website to a product line stocked in bike shops. They also defined a product category. There was a time when converting your bike to tubeless meant a messy weekend and burping sealant until you got the pressure and mixture right. Not anymore.

Tacked tired photo via opqscyclingteam

Apre Bike: Cebe S Teem


Wearing these new Cebes

A pair of Cebe’s arrived a few weeks ago and I’ve been traveling with them ever since. The reason I like them so much is they’re barely there. Very lightweight with good optics, comfortable temples, and nose pads. When I’m at an event taking photos or running errands on my cargo bike, it’s what I’m wearing.

You may have noticed a wave of Taiwan-made, inexpensive eyewear from Tifos, Spy, and also Lazer. The optics is where they’re saving money and I can’t wear most of them; especially if they’ve got a coating on the lenses. I get dizzy and it feels like motion sickness. The Cebe’s are as clear as the Rudy Fluos and the photochromic Magnetos – can’t wear the Lazer popsicle flavors though.


Rudy’s latest Fluos

Cebe is a 120-yr old company French, part of Bushnell, and they’re bringing their eyewear to the States. Ask your local bike shop about them. They’re packed with tech and most importantly for all-day wear, lightweight.

Open Mold Frames: Not Recommended

open mold

Not a Chinarello, a Giant or maybe a Fuji?

This open mold frame was raced at Redmond Derby by Todd Gallaher. He bought it for $300.00, it resembles a Giant TCR and after the race he vowed to not ride it again. An open mold means there’s no IP attached to the design.

A Chinese factory made a run of these and sells them online in various places, like a Chinarello. You can also buy the mold outright and make them yourself.

Not recommended and posted as a follow-up to our earlier post on counterfeiting. Also see what Cyclingtips had to say about them last year. I’ve gotten the same emails from China and could issue a PO, slap our logo on a container of them, and promise they were the fastest ever made.

They wouldn’t be.

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