No excuses for not commuting in the cold

1water_darkThe weather’s finally clearing a bit here in Seattle, and I’m starting to see a few more bike commuters on the roads but nothing like a full load. Clearing in winter means chilling, as in the cold kind, and I expect many folks are staying off bikes because of the fear of chill.

Fear not says the New York Times. Yeah, the first few minutes suck but it turns out they always suck for everybody (nobody “just gets used to it”). The risks of riding, running, or swimming in the cold are pretty minimal according to the article, provided you keep your tender bits (like ears) covered. Besides, low winter light makes for some nice vistas best seen by bike. Check a few of them out at the Bike Hugger Urban pool on Flickr

Hotspur Progress: Welded

Tracking for its debut at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, February 8th in Portland, the Hotspur frame is welded.

The Hotspur is another Bike Hugger project bike.

Details posted on 2/08/08.

From the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Cycling Georgetown

One of my regular routes is Georgetown’s Airport Way. I’ve ridden that for over 15 years and industrial Seattle has featured in many projects that range from the first net.art that Textura Design, Inc. published back in the day (TDI is the parent of Hugger Industries); to the term dreeping, which we use to describe living in Seattle.

Georgetown is seen in our photos, visual identity, and of course Bike Hugger …

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More Wood!

Wooden Frame I found this bike on Fixed Gear Fever. I emailed Shawn (the “framebuilder”) and he sent me the story behind the bike. I’ve uploaded all the pics from Jacob for you to check out. I wanted to share it with our readers for a couple reasons:

  1. It’s damn cool
  2. The photos are quite artsy
  3. It’s really damn cool

After reading his own review, I don’t know how functional the thing is, but as bike art it’s about as cool as it comes. Jacob is a design student, and is actually looking for an internship - so if you are a reader that runs a big design shop and has a slot for an innovative guy like Jacob - hit the Contact page and I’ll get you in touch with him.

Designer Bike Racks

From Landscape Forms, a collection of bike racks that include the Ring, Bola, Pi, and Flo.

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