Koksijde Highlights

Highlights of the Elite Men’s Race from the 2015-16 Cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium. It came down to a drag race through the mud at Koksijde with Sven Nys winning over Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel amazing.

Fun with a Faraday Porteur

Faraday Otter

First impressions of the Faraday are, “That’s a very fun bike.” The pedelec config with the lightweight (for an ebike) means you can get a workout if you want or a sweat-free ride to work, and a meeting. It was back in 2012, when Faraday was Kickstarted, for 110K, and 3 years later they’re in bike shops, like G and O Family Cyclery in Seattle.

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Had fun with this @faradaybikes today.

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and the 7-second Vine.

While I’m having more fun and writing a review, see what Kent had to say about his Faraday ride. He also had thought it was fun.

Let’s talk a bit about the electronics. The Faraday Porteur comes with a 250W motor built into the front hub and a custom 240Wh battery pack concealed inside the frame. I’d wondered about the replace-ability and durability of the batteries but the folks at Faraday assure me that the high quality lithium batteries should last through several years of charging cycles and when they ultimately do need replacing, it’s an easy job for a local shop. They estimate current battery replacement cost at $400, but battery tech is getting better year by year and the prices are dropping. The batteries power both the bike’s lights and it’s motor. When the bike is switched on, the lights are on. The integrated lights are nice, bright LEDs.

Bergans Pack: Fits Your Back Like a Glove

As another follow up to my traveling and photographing bikes/road warrior story in Digital Photography Pro magazine this month, is the backpack I’ve been using when mountain biking. Following my ongoing quest for minimalism and light weight, Bergans sent me their Rondane 6 L and I’ve been carrying the Sony A7R II around in it ever since. The Bergans isn’t for the long days or endurance rides, but traversing a mountain to get a shot this summer, it was all I needed. This maybe my particular quirk too, but I tend to get OCD with all the zippers and pockets on other packs; like, do I really need 24 of them, when just a few would do? No I don’t or need to check them constantly to remember where my lens filter is. The Bergans has a large pocket for a hydration pack and camera, hotel key, food bar, and phone. Of course, shooting with a compact camera, like the Sony, means it’ll fit in the Bergans. Also, the unique suspension system of the Bergans meant it stayed put on my back.


Bergans is a Norwegian company that has expanded their marketing to included biking, and I welcome the focus on the simple function of carrying just a few items, water, and small body cam too. The Rodane sells for $99.00 and the specs are:

Carrying system

Bergans RS3™ Stability System. Back, shoulder straps in ventilating foam with mesh surface.


Top zip opening. Includes Source 2 L hydration system.


Internal zippered pocket for small items. Small pocket on shoulder straps.

Hip belt

Detachable hip strap.

Additional features

Multiple attachment points. Front compression straps. Attachment points for bicycle light/reflector. Plenty of reflective details. Grab handle at top. Key attachment clip. Double sternum strap/carry strap. YKK zippers.

  • Volume: 6 L
  • Weight: 580 g
  • User height: 150–200 cm
  • Hip belt, length: 0–125 cm
  • Fabric: Nylon 210D Velocity
  • Packed dimensions (HxWxD): 43x19x13 cm

Like the Blaze light review, don’t really publish holiday gift guides, in favor of opinions on the blog, and stories in our magazine, but I’d recommend the Bergans as an alternative for the lighter ride days in the mountains.

Traveling and Photographing Bikes


Another Sven photo from Cross Vegas

After 2 decades on the web, and most of that digital, it’s very satisfying to author a photography print piece with hot CX action for Digital Photo Pro magazine. The photos in the article are from Cross Vegas, capturing Sven Nys in the sand, and the story is about traveling light, a topic I’ve been blogging about for years, ever since the first Macbook Air.

Read more about Sven and Cross Vegas in issue 28 of Bike Hugger magazine and the November issue of Digital Photo Pro is on the newsstands now at a Barnes and Noble near you, delivered to your home or office too. Also, on the web and iTunes.

Bike Builder Event - Bike Maintenance


Join Bike Hugger at the Lucky Envelope Brewing tasting room, 907 NW 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98107, on Friday, November 20th. We will be hosting our second Built event. We will have a representative from FSA Full Speed Ahead Neutral Support to discuss bike repair and maintenance topics and to answer any questions you may have. We will also have an incredible SWAG bag for all attendees with samples from Clif Bar, Park Tool tire levers and a spare tube.

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