Ridin’ the Bettie

Bettie I took the bus to Byron’s house last week. It’s pretty convenient from downtown, but there’s a 4 block slog up-hill to get to his house. Knowing I’m lazy when it comes to walking, he offered to pick me up…on the Bettie! I really like the idea of the Sport Utility Bike as it relates to running to the store and hauling stuff, but I just didn’t expect it to act as a lazy-man’s taxi. Bettie with the Stokemonkey had no problems griding up the steep hills. Sure, Byron was hoofing it pretty good in his Flip-Flops, but we made it. Even with cautious estimates it was probably 450+lb going up those grades. Way cool. What do you use your SUB for?

Trek’s Performance-Geometry

As I demonstrate in our Madone Huggacast, Trek’s performance-geometry is great for off-season weight gain …

PBP - God bless the Italians!

8pm Monday: the 16th edition of PBP leaves Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. I went for a brisk 8 mile walking tour of Paris in the morning, then went back to the hotel and got four hours of sleep. I caught the train to St Quentin and joined a huge crowd of cyclists at the start area. As 8 oclock approached, the excitement of the crowd grew, and at 8 a cannon was fired and the ride was on. If you’ve managed to make it this far in my narrative, you won’t be surprised to find out that there was a little snafu.

Urban Bikes in the NYTimes

Can urban bikes get anymore hip than a fashion feature in the NYTimes? That’s a Skeppshult Ladies Promenade with the basket option.

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Photo credit Lars Klove for The New York Times.

Microsoft Promotes Cycling

OK, I take back my diss of the big-ass garage MS is building cause they’re also actively working to get their employees out of cars, onto bikes, buses, and good for them. MS is even providing bike shuttles.

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