Introducing a Squoval

That’s a square-oval shaped, 42mm rim – a squoval – developed by Hed with Cervelo.

In the wind tunnel, air reportedly “whips right over the squoval” v. wedge shapes …

On test now with reports to follow.

Unsung commuter wheel from Mavic

speedcity.jpg It’s easy to miss Mavic’s Speedcity wheelset among their road racing and mtn offerings; I think that Mavic missed a chance to jump on the commuter trend by not marketing this more. Mavic bills this as a way to road train on your mtb, but they should have said that this wheelset with their innovative spoking system and superb hub design is good to go in your disc-equipped 700C road/commuter bike. This would be a fine upgrade for many riders.

Montreal’s Public Bike System

A turnkey bike solution for public transportation systems is presented on this website and by the city of Montreal. It’s not clear if the system is in operation, if this is just a brochure site, but regardless, check the details:

  • solar-power
  • wireless communication
  • completely modular

I’ve visited Montreal and it seemed like a good city to ride in. Do any of our readers from the Great North know more about this system?

montreal_bike_system.jpg

Also noted on Wired.

A Weekend at Hugga HQ

Our 40th huggacast, shows a typical weekend at Hugga HQ. We tested a Yuba Mundo, Bike Blender, and just hung out talking bikes.

Safety tip: riding the mundo as shown may result in a burnt butt.

Bike Boom and Bike Theft

Spot checks on local bike shops, distributors, and industry insiders confirms yes there is indeed a bike boom. There’s also a subsequent increase in bike theft. If you’re not as lucky as the owner of the Silver Eagle (whose bike was lost and found), what do you do to protect your bike?

For my road/urban bikes, I treat them like a suitcase handcuffed to my wrist. They don’t leave my side. For Bettie, it would take a very determined crackhead to walk off with her. I use a u-lock through the front wheel and a cable lock from the frame to a nearby solid object.

What do you do to lock up your bike?

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