Tall bike at Austin during SxSW

tallbike.jpg I saw this guy the last day I was in Austin. This guy declined an “interview”, tossing a sorry-on-my-way-to-work our way as he searched his bag while negotiating traffic.

It seems tall bikes are not at all limited to the West Coast. Personally, that ain’t my bag, baby, but my head didn’t spin till just now when I looked at the photo trying to figure out how he stops the bike. He’s got bare brake bosses and no levers, so unless he welded that multi-speed freewheel to fix the wheel, I am totally baffled. Because that would seem like a really bad idea to be without some way to slow or stop.

Bike BBQ

We could’ve use a bike like this in Austin! Next time at the next event – also see the bike rotisserie and Juice Peddler. Uploaded by Nisa.

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We’ve been pinched!

Pinchie counted up all the carbon I used getting to SXSW for the BBQ – lots of it – so noted and flattered that someone would count carbon for me. I don’t know how much carbon we offset by advocating cycling so heavily at SXSW with the organizers, riding around Austin with the locals, or offering baked potatoes for the vegetarians, but I think a large amount. This guy was one confirmed bike rental, on a Lime even.

Maybe Bike Snob NYC will hit us next for our hugga jerseys or for thinking we know something about bike culture. Try as we might though, we’ve never made it onto the Bummer Life, but it’s all good with more Hugga events coming, including one in Shanghai.

At the Austin Bike Racks

Sycip%20bike.jpg Everywhere I go, I try to bring my travel bike, specially made for me by Sycip Designs. I actually didn’t sleep the night before I flew down because I went psycho cleaning bikes before I packed. As I parked the now gleaming bike on the rack outside the convention hall, I got a chance to size up the adjacent bikes.

A genre of bike that stood out to me in Austin was the BMX cruiser, in both 24in and 26in. You don’t see too much of those in Seattle. But since Austin is relatively flat (compared to Seattle but not to… say…Miami), I could see that a BMX cruiser would make a stout yet quick choice if you weren’t faced with a lot of climbing. I personally don’t care for that kind of bike for sustained climbing; it’s a lot to do with the positioning.

Attention Luggage Screener!

Not only can Mark V outpack me, and has traveled with his bike like ten thousand more times than me, but he’s got this pictogram in his S&S case as an anti-TSA device. I’ve formally requested a copy. It illustrates to the person opening the case in some dank airport basement somewhere, how to reassemble the case with the compression members intact. The two disks and a piece of plastic pipe are also known as the pizza box things (from the plastic thingies that prevent the box lid from smashing your pie).

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