A convergence of STPs, Euros, and Families

It’s that time of year in Seattle, when the STPs are riding from Seattle to Portland and the Tour-inspired Euros are out in team kits, on old race bikes, riding around the lake and climbing the hills. The STPs are easy to spot in their colorful gear, Tyvek jackets, frame numbers, and assortment of bikes from the comfort cruiser to a custom Seven.

When someone passes you on the trail in a Rabobank team kit, or any or Pro-Tour kit, that’s usually a “euro.” In a few weeks, after the Tour and after STP, that convergence of riders will slow and it’ll return to normal, and towards the late summer, then Fall.

From Japan (Part 16): High Style in Shibuya

Caught this number outside a street boutique in Shibuya.

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From Japan (Part 15): Thru Tunnels of Doom and over Monkey Mountain, It’s Matsumoto or DEATH!

this weekend I had intended to ride STP. I’m not saying that I had been training super-hard, but I had felt that Japan had toughened me up enough for me to roll those 200 miles in a single day. But then I ate something bad earlier in the week something really bad. I’ve barely eaten anything in four days and I’ve been chronically dehydrated which by the way, is NOT the optimal preparation for STP. Instead of STP, I am posting a little more of my trip in Japan

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So there we were on the road out of Takayama, headed east through the mountains to Matsumoto. We roll through little neighborhoods of modest houses and rice paddies, the road almost imperceptibly growing steeper as it led us to the first climb of the day. Homeboy says it’s only 870 meters total elevation, but to be honest, all these numbers are meaningless to me. The total distance in kilometers makes no impression on me .. I can’t see my cyclo-computer because the map case obscures it and as a child of the flatlands of Florida, I don’t even understand vertical gain in either metric or US measures. All I know is that it’s gonna be steep and long today, but I don’t know if my knee is gonna let me do it.

Huggacast Episode One: Novara Road Bikes

In the Northwest, we know, ride, and race with the guys from Novara and they invited us to REI HQ to check out their 2008 product line. For the first episode of the Huggacast, Steve Gluckman, Novara Brand Manager, and Chris Mahan, Senior Graphic Designer, show us their new carbon Squadra with SRAM’s gruppo.

Download now for iTunes and your iPod or watch the embedded file below. Subscribe to our new Huggacast Feed for more episodes.

Note: REI is not a sponsor of Bike Hugger, they’re just into bikes as much as we are and they’ve got some cool stuff to show in follow-on episodes, like their new folder … .

Photo of the Day: Alki Chill

Riding home last night, I took this photo of Kelli chilling on Alki Beach with her feet up on the saddle of an old Schwinn.

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