Thank you Austin & SXSW

At the Bike Hugger BBQ, there was a capacity crowd that ate all the food, drink all the beer, had a good time, and won prizes from our sponsors. We counted 300 people. 30 cyclists showed up for the Urban Ride on a beautiful Spring day. I made it just in time for the BBQ, but missed the ride, after being stuck in Memphis.

Thanks Austin and SXSW.

Tomorrow we’ll ride again with the locals, fly back to Seattle, and post more.


Bike Patrol at MEM

This officer patrols the Memphis Airport on a Smith & Wesson bike

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Austin by way of Memphis and Montreal?

At one point, during the hectic flight-cancellation, rebook process, I was routed through Montreal, Detroit, and onto Austin! Who knew that Memphis would go into a panic with an inch of snow? Well, a fellow business traveler did. As we landed, he said, “if there’s snow in Memphis, they shut down all the flights.” I flew from Seattle to Memphis, and wham, all flights cancelled.

A few hours of sleep later in a Doubletree, and I’m back to the Airport to see if a regional airline will fly today to Austin.

If I’m there or not, the other huggas will make sure the Urban Ride and BBQ go well.

Have a good ride all.


See you at the Urban Ride and BBQ

sxsw_blogging_08.jpg Back from Vegas and onto Austin for the Urban ride and BBQ. See you all there. We’re easy to spot in our hugger gear and we’ll blog all the Austin urban cycling here, in our photostream, and huggacasts.

Schwag-bag Shades

Got these shades in an IE8 schwag bag and have adopted them temporarily as my “Vegas Look.” Got me thinking, what’s the coolest or in contrast stupidest schwag you’ve ever got? For me, Mavic has the best clothes giveaways in the business.


I gave Pam the schwag-bag shades after realizing that they were women’s – couldn’t argue with that – they have a little IE logo laser-etched on the lens.

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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