Starcrossed—surprisingly fantastic weather predictably great races

starcrossed.jpg I got the family ready early Saturday morning for Starcrossed. My 5 year old picked out a boiled wool coat, winter mittens, and pink cowboy boots (nee shitkickers). The incredibly good weather was not just surprising, but left me flat out broke for the mud-faced splatterfest I’d promised. Regardless, we all had a great time watching the races. The crowd was very friendly, and I managed to get in a few photos (bikehugger photostream!) during the races. Great teamwork by some of leaders in the Mens 3/4 35+ category, with a team from Boston taking the early lead.

Industry Buzz is “City Bikes”

While Andrew is writing his posts about the Interbike Dirt Demo, check the photos he just uploaded …

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Folding bikes and Football

folding_football.jpg Pam and I rode the folding bikes to the Seahawks game on Sunday. First to the Water Taxi, across Elliott Bay, and unto Qwest field. The Seahawks don’t offer bike parking, besides racks, so we decided to fold the bikes and walk right into the stadium with them – we had comped tickets at the club level.

For the most part, everyone was nice about the bikes, curious, and thought they were cool. Security didn’t know what to do with them and just let us pass through. If we attended games on a regular basis, we’d just rack them to not attract so much attention.

Of note, the Flyby continues to attract people with lots of questions.

Bike Polo in Seattle, and the Times

bruisedbybike.jpgLooks like Bike Polo’s hitting the mainstream in little old Seattle, heralded by article in the Seattle Times. But it’s not just here; it’s been in the Times (in New York) earlier this year.

Bike polo’s fascinating in it’s diversity. Ranging from the very formal and internationalized version played in the US and farther a field to urban park polo played in major cities all over the US. Here’s a mallet-cam view of a game in NYC.

My favorite are the mini bike events – like the Bruised By Bike event detailed on Alex Wetmore’s blog earlier this year. These folks are totally nuts in the best possible way. I hope I get a chance to attend next year’s bike rollo.

Take your Tallbike to Rwanda

Tallbike_Race.jpg Dude from Minneapolis builds a tallbike. A collapsing tallbike. He boxes it up, and takes it to Rwanda. While there he hooks up with Tom Ritchey, races his extremely tall singlespeed in the wooden bike classic, and helps the Rwandan coffee farmers get better prices for their coffee by distributing longtail bikes and microloans.

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