Double Rainbows at the Dead 50

Double freakin' rainbow #gratefuldead #dead50

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As the first Dead 50 set ended, the sky turned dark with clouds gathering over the stadium.

Colors changed from blue to pink, a rainbow appeared, and another. Cheers from the crowd crescendoed as the sun set, the rainbows disappeared, and the music faded.

The old guys can still play. Mother Nature joined in with her own light show.

After the encore, Bill the Drummer, asked for a round of applause for the rainbows, and the crowd obliged.

Then filed out of the stadium.

We’ll get back to the bike on Monday.

Rainbow Stripes

The only rainbow stripes more important than the World Championship stripes……..

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From a friend and occasional Bike Hugger magazine contributor

The only rainbow stripes more important than the World Championship stripes….

Also see our take on Medium.

Years ago in downtown Seattle, my friend Marcus and I were just riding along when a group of cheering, costumed cyclists surrounded us. We upped our tempo to keep pace, wondered what was going on, and rode another few blocks. Singling up onto a path into Myrtle Edwards park, we crossed an AIDS ride finish line and into the arms of a cheering group. Adorned with free beer, schwag, and praise for riding two blocks for AIDS, we agreed that this was one of the best bike rides ever. It still is. I’m happy now to return some equality-karma by sharing this stories, and how Roy’s ride was like a group therapy session.

Police Trailer

Seeing the Dead this weekend, on their Fare The Well tour, I was reminded me of the time Sting opened for them in Vegas, then Andy Summers posted the Can’t Stand Losing You trailer on Twitter

Can't Stand Losing You from Cinema Libre Studio on Vimeo.

Talk about the music of our times…theres not a music device I've had in 20 years that didn't include at least one Police song. During the Grand Fondo Leavenworth playlist, Man in a Suitcase eventually shuffled in. That was a few songs after Hey Jude.

While we're with the Dead, the adventure don't stop. Magazine contributor Chris Matthews is riding with DeuxNorth. Follow along on Instagram

Other than trying to obliterate my tires, these roads are pretty damn cool. #RenoDeuxCino #SeekAndEnjoy

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Throwback Thursday: 2 Years Ago

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It was two years ago this week, that we launched Bike Hugger Magazine and focused on our take on the bike, and independent content. We celebrated our 24th issue last month, just got 25 out, and now we’re getting ready for big changes to the newsstand app (because of the free sample issue 00, the 24th issue was published a month ahead of our actual launch). We also relaunched our presence on Medium as a fresh-face to the mag.

We’ll have more to say about the newsstand changes, as a rev gets released.

Again, and as always, thanks so much for subscribing.

Gravel, All-Road, Adventure Bikes…I’m interested in design not what you call it

Gravel, All-Road, Bikepacker, Adventure Bike….marketing terms for a somewhat nebulous and ill-defined target demographic into which bicycle brands have desperately been hurling new product development. Golly, I do like bike design but I hate the debate over what is the most appropriate name for the genre. It’s just like that one song, “you say tomato, I say f*** you”.

As if one term can reign in all the conflicting ideas and give a hierarchy to the products, yet that is the goal of the nefarious science known as marketing. I don’t really have the head for that kind of mysticism and etherealism; I’m more interested in the corporeal, the carbon, and the titanium. What is the product, where did come from, where is it aimed?

Three bikes have caught my attention recently. The Salsa Cutthroat, the Open Cycle UP, and the Cannondale Slate.

With a stable of successful house brands including Surly and Salsa (and sort of successful brands like Civia), QBP have been quick to capitalize on recent trends such as fatbikes and now that….you know….gravel/adventure thingie. This month Salsa introduced the Cutthroat….named after some sort of fish (gotta name a bike something, I guess). They call it a mountainbike for dropbars, a race bike for the Tour of the Divide, equipped with 2.4” 29er tyres. Well, there have been dropbar mountainbikes in the past. Famously, the legend that is John Tomac raced a dropbar mtb on the NORBA circuit fresh off racing road with the pro European peloton about 25 years ago, but drawing a direct lineage between Tomac’s experiment and the Cutthroat is strained at best. That’s probably because the term “mountainbike” is hard pressed to encompass both a 2-3 hour NORBA-style mtb race and an adventure-style race that may a week or longer, basically unsupported.

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