Huggacast Shorts: Issue 20 Drops

While the first take was interrupted by a pug, got the second one, and in this short we share the Issue 20 cover story.

Issue 20: The Evolution of Competition Comic


The Evolution of Competition is a free comic and appears in the latest issue of Bike Hugger magazine that drops today on iTunes and the Web.

Vice Sports: BMX

Vice Sports launched last year and today features Nigel Sylvester, one of BMX’s most recognizable figures and with a life and career that are anything but typical of the sport.

SRAM Force 22 and Zipp 30s

Force 22 with Quarq

Force 22 updated with Quarq

Patrick Brady did that thing where he wrote the story I was gonna write, so I didn’t have to, but should have, but just look at his…it’s true, my rain bike has been built up with Force 22 since the summer of 14. I just updated it with a Quarq for a story late this spring too. There’s a reason Patrick contributes to our magazine, we’re on the same wave length about most bike things; music too, and travel bikes, but we don’t discuss politics.

It used to be that any time you purchased one of a component manufacturer’s second-tier groups, you gave up significant amounts of performance. Sure, you got to keep a few sawbucks, but in the bargain you got something that was heavier, didn’t shift as well, didn’t stop as well and didn’t last as long. Remind me not to buy a car from that guy. Shimano could be particularly egregious with this, and went so far to use a wider spacing between cassette cogs just to make sure the shifting wasn’t as good as that found on Dura-Ace.

Quarq 22

The Force 22 group costs $1176, down from $1400 or so when it was first released. The same value applies to the Zipp 30 wheels…ridden the shit out of them in the rain and they’re doing just fine and at under $1K for a wheelset.

Hope The Road Rose With You Too

In the past month, rode the snow, along the coast, in a lonely valley, and up in the Maui mountains. This week we’re back to work and next up is Issue 20 of our magazine. I hope the road rose up to meet you too in 14 and in 15 you get out there for even more miles.

We’re writing about the start of the riding in 15 now, with new gear and a new bike, and a power meter too.


New power meter


Singletrack in the snow

Just me and the chickens

Just me and the chickens on this ride

Up in the mountains

Even as a rouleur and much better suited to the windy flats, this climb was worth it.

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