Big big taste in a big big bite…

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So, here at the Hugger, we love good design, and generally agree that form follows function.

So I was a little surprised when my first reaction to this admittedly innovative helmet design, which won a reddot design award, was, They expect me to put my head in that? and my second was, Honeycomb’s big … big, big, big…

I think it’s an awesome idea to incorporate lights in a helmet: The higher they are, the sooner they’ll be seen. I’ve ridden with riders who clip small flashing LEDs at the back of their helmet, and it definitely helps.

But as for the new aesthetic in bike helmets … moving away from the typical aerodynamic and aggressive shapes toward a more friendly approach suitable for urban riders, which this helmet, the Cascuz, promises? I’m (literally) not buying.

What do you think? Like the Cascuz? Is the current crop of helmets too aggressive looking?

Seen at Bicycle Design.

A bad ride

At least once a year, I’ll have a bad ride. Yesterday, I didn’t feel good (iTunes) when I got up. Riding over to meet the team, I felt even worse. Turning squares, legs heavy, and heart rate high, I decided I’d just sit in for a while with the team, ride to Seward Park, then back home: when in doubt, leave it out.

Climbing up to the I-90 tunnel, I slipped twice on ice and nearly went down. It was way colder than it seemed out there, and my toes were numb in about 1/2 an hour. I waited and waited, cold really cold, the team never showed, and I crawled home.

I should’ve listened to my body and not even rode. When a bad ride happens, how do you get through it?

Photo of the day

The Art of Gear: Paul Smith and Mercian

/images/bike1-reshoot-detailb.jpgWhether we admit it or not, gear is as much about design and fashion as it is function–we need the objects around us to look good for the same reason we need the food we eat to taste good. So I always think it’s refreshing when a gear manufacturer openly embraces the fashion side of their business–and what better way than to team with a fashion designer? That’s just what Mercian has done, joining with designer Paul Smith to roll out a line of track and touring bikes with Smith-design color schemes.

In turn, Smith uses a coat of paint to highlight those little details that distinguish artisanship.

Hat Tip: The Goat.

Yo 2007, how you doin’?

Ahhhh the New Year. I would like to officially give the finger to AD 2006 and welcome Two-double-Aught-Seven into my arms.

My body is currently under viral assault from whatever illness has been leveling all my friends and co-workers. Maybe the 5 nights of Jolt Cola-fueled manic activity prior to New Year’s Eve lowered my immunity. Maybe the imperial gallon of nigori sake (champagne is for the plebes) I consumed on the Eve wasn’t healthy, and maybe I didn’t need to go riding in the freezing rain the next day but I couldn’t think of a better way to start off a smashing new year. I may be bed-ridden and coughing up bits of my internal organs, but even that won’t dampen my spirits.

I guess it’s tradition to start of the new year by expressing one’s wishes and resolutions:

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