RideCivil: Change Your Luck ride Friday 5/13

screwed Reminder: This Friday is our monthly RideCivil event. We’ll gather between 5:30 and 6:15 at Westlake Center park, then have a socially paced, unscripted group ride through down town with a focus on fun, safety and civility between all road users. My daughter likes to call it the Smile and Wave ride, and that’s not far off – maybe we can spread a little hugga love through the streets of our fair city, even on Friday the 13th.

This is our ‘change your luck’ ride, and by change we mean change for the better. If the weather’s any indicator things should be looking up for those of us in grey and rainy Seattle. As for me, I could use a bit more good luck. On Tuesday’s ride home I got screwed. Bolted, technically, but it all adds up the same. How’s your cycling luck been recently? What’s the gnarliest thing you’ve extracted from your tires?

Bicycle Benefits

A reader tipped us to Bicycle Benefits that offers bicycle-related discounts and other deals

a progressive bicycling program designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in order to create a more sustainable community.

cb788671ed4a914c0ff9b0ddb8f4d995.jpg and the related news story from Buffalo Rising.

Note that’s different than “friends with benefits” or just even a bike with benefits, as it’s driving business.

Rain City Fix ‘08 Photo Book

rain%20city%20fix%20logo.jpg Out now is Aaron Edge’s tabletop book richly describing Seattle’s fixed gear scene in words and pictures, with photography by Brenton Salo.

It’s really cool to see how individual to the rider the bikes are. As a mechanic, I usually cannot remember people as well as I can remember their bikes.

A.N.T. Basket Bike

A.N.T. (Alternative Needs Transportation) Bikes are custom made by Mike Flanigan out of his shop in Massachusetts. He has set out to re-invent the RoadsterĀ style bike that is a conglomeration of Dutch, French and English style commuter bicycles. His frames are TIG welded, resulting in simple rugged steel frame designs.

Mike is interested in promoting commuter bicycles, as well as everyday bikes that can be used for any type of road or light trail or road riding. The basket bike above is based off of a “postal delivery” design featuring a 20 inch front wheel that adds to the ease of mobility while under load. (Mike says this basket will easily hold 3-4 bags of groceries.) I love the thoughtful details (King headset, chain guard, disc brakes, custom fenders, and powder coated rims) that make this a practical and stylish ride. Next time I’m in Massachusetts I’ll have to take this unique design for a test ride.

What is the best way you’ve found to transport groceries on two wheels? (Pannier, Basket, Rack, Cargo Bike, Large Capacity Messenger Bag) What works for you?

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Dare * Risk * Dream

Bike Hugger visited the Nike Campus and spotted this single speed with a Dare * Risk * Dream sticker. We also saw Lance’s first bike, the Trek he rode to his first Tour win, and more.

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