A New Medium

Today we joined a select group of publications in the beta launch of Medium’s custom domains:

“What does that mean?,” you ask?

No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative. It gets the people going! – Chazz, Blades of Glory

Medium does get the people going…as Anne-Marie Slaughter from New America wrote: “We are on Medium because its format, mission, and success resonate.” Agreed! And for us it’s where we’ll share more of the nature, joy, fun, and challenges of life on two wheels. It pairs very nicely with what we’re doing with our magazine too, to build a larger subscriber base, and as a response to Facebook’s web takeover.

Follow the Medium Bicycles Collection at the new Bike Hugger URL, and for more about Medium, read Ev’s post – it’s provocative.

And I appreciate your support of the independent web, the magazine, and what Bike Hugger does. Of course, here on the blog will keep right on blogging. On Medium and with a new domain, we’re just focused on the magazine and for the next of couple years, at least.

24 covers so far

The current magazine issue is 24 Change and 25 Celebration drops next week.

Vitesse Cycling Musette

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on

A sucker for waxed canvas, like our tool roll, in burgundy. SF Bag’s musette has been around a shoulder on rides ever since it arrived for review a few weeks ago. What do I like the most about it? Just a simple musette to toss an iPad, wallet, battery, cord, and snack in for the commute or ride into town for a meeting. The Vitesse is made to order and costs $69.00

  • Waxed canvas - brown, burgundy, blue
  • Naturally-tanned grizzly leather tab closure with black screw stud
  • Nylon ajustable strap
  • Two internal pockets
  • Dimensions: 15.5” x 10.5” x 2~.5”
  • Weight: Standard-11.1oz. With flap-13.5 oz.

Mine was made with a flap. Find more photos of the Vitesse on our Instagram.

Delft Bicycle Parking

Leave it to the Dutch to update a rail station to focus on bicycles.

At the Central Railway Station of Delft (Netherlands) there is room to park 5,000 bicycles in an underground bicycle parking facility.

More information in this blog post. As the video shows, the station features seamless entry from the local bike path, two-tier parking (loading a bike onto the top rack is not as tricky as some people make it), electronic signboards that let you know how many free spaces are in each row, train-ticket sales machines, and video monitors that display train departure times. Revolving doors lead you directly into the station, and an escalator takes you down to the platform with commuter trains leaving for the Hague and Rotterdam. There’s even a bike-maintenance shop on the premises, and a bike-share station for those who don’t have their own rides. Upstairs, you’ll find the bus station, and outdoor parking for an additional 3,700 bikes.

Grand Fondo Leavenworth 15

not quite the top of the climb

The Swakane Canyon climb during the Grand Fondo Leavenworth was like my One-Eyed Willy on Sunday – gonna find a treasure at the end of it. I knew it and just kept pedaling. The rest of the Grand Fondo Leavenworth stories, the bikes, and set up will appear in Issue 25 of Bike Hugger Magazine later this month. In the Medium Bicycles Collection this morning, I wrote about going into save mode during the final ascent, and just before that thinking someone had stolen my car.

So what did I find? The change I was looking for and what the theme for Issue 24 is about. I also have Mark V to thank for the bike design, setup, and anti-cramping protocol to get through the ride. Here’s his bike


and the rear of mine…the XO derailer is paired to a SRAM Red 22 shifter for 11 speeds and an 11 x 36 spread. I used every inch of those gears too.


Hodala Valhala

Hodala Valhalla

As seen at Safeway near the deli

At Safeway last night I found Hodala Valhala and it was like a good omen for our ride this weekend at the Grand Fondo Leavenworth, with reports to follow. For now see the article in issue 13 Mark wrote about GFL, (also in the Medium Bicycles Collection ) and how

Epic things can happen when you spastically grasp at the chance to do something different.

Doing things differently is why I’m there, it was time to mix my riding up, and change is what Issue 24 is about.

Back to that pile of bike/beer awesome, hope there’s one at a store near you too.

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