Truth be told, I don’t follow much bike racing, but there are a few I watch out for every year. Paris-Roubaix The Hell of the North is on the list. I hold the racers up along side the sailors in the Vendee Globe solo ocean sailboat racing in terms of sheer lunacy, bravery, and effort. Check out this classic finish from 1985 to see what i mean – Greg Lemond looks like he’s lost a mud wrestling match at around 6:30 minutes. Tom Boonen won this year, showing some powerful sprinting in the velodrome, some pictures here.
American and NYC product George Hincapie unfortunately did not, having a mechanical with only 56km to go. Bikesnob NYC replays the entire drama for you, with ducks. Seriously. Go check it out, I nearly fell out of my chair.
I have found my new favorite LBS. On my commute home through Kirkland, I found this small little shop that just opened its doors: uBRDO! From the site, U brdo is Croatian for “in the hills, or mountains”. I stopped by when I first noticed the shop was open and talked to the owner Scott Richardson. As soon as I walked in - it was pretty apparent that this shop’s identity is right in the BikeHugger niche. Swobo bikes, lots of commuter-specific gear, simple, elegant - lots of stuff just focusing on the beauty of the bike.
Hey - they’re open past 6! Most nights Scott is open until 8!
I’ve been in a handful of times with my son and each time Scott has something new to show me. It’s truly an adult bike-candy store. He uses all the stuff he sells, and so there is some crossover into the backpacking market.
Of all the things I’ve found while riding (a garden gnome, various screwdrivers, a yoyo, etc.) this bra is one of the best and I thought it made a nice adornment to Mark’s frame…
It was found on Western Ave in downtown Seattle.
What have you found? I heard about a cyclist finding an XBox once and one of my teammates found enough cash to buy us all pizza.
At Bike Hugger we’ve become connoisseurs of bike paths and think that Santa Barbara has the best ones in the world. Huggacast Thirty Eight features two sections of the Pacific Coast Route.
What bike paths do you think are world class?