The Old and New for Winter

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by Byron on Oct 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Hooded Top

Rapha’s hooded top

Well I had this reveal planned of my new, fav fall/winter jacket, but getting spotted in public wearing it will work just as well.

The reason I’m wearing a Rapha hooded top so much, besides the merino blend, style and cut, is that it’s just like another fav jacket of mine, from the 70s or early 80s (I think). The Moa Sport jacket is so tattered and torn, I don’t wear it anymore, but refuse to part with it. Bought the Moa from a vintage cloth store in Seattle long ago that had a shipment of wool kit from Italy arrive.

jacket

Thick merino and a plastic panel front

Wore that jacket before Gore and later eVENT and all the modern fabrics we have now. Showing its age, most of the teeth have fallen out of the zipper, and seams are coming apart, but at the time this jacket was “the one.” The wool moderated temperatures, even when wet, while the plastic front panel blocked the wind.

the back

Misshaped, may just fall off the hanger one day, into a tired lump on the floor

Rapha’s Merino Hooded Top has all that too, with a storable hood, pink reflective accents, and a sport wool blend. I traveled to London wearing it and rode to and from the Seattle Interactive conference yesterday.

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Brass teeth have fallen out

So sure, for the longer days, big miles, and hard riding this winter, I’ll wear a Gabba or something new from Showers Pass or Novara. For total comfort around town though, it WAS the Moa Sport and now this exceptionally nice piece from Rapha.

The Hooded Top is on clearance for $122.50 with smalls, larges, and XLs left in stock.

And if you ever see a Moa Sport jacket in a vintage clothe store near you, get it!

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Another Mobile Social Edit

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by Byron on Oct 15, 2014 at 6:56 AM


As the editor of this video Kevin from Hawley USA said, “easily one of the best times to be had in Vegas!” Agreed! And we’re planning next season already.

Thanks to our partners that make it possible and all those that rode with us.

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Fat Bike Dunes

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by Byron on Oct 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM


From Dronescape Media Consulting and with Bike Hugger Magazine contributor, @mathowie, Fat Bike Dunes. I asked Matt about the video and he said

I’ve been borrowing a fatbike off a friend for the last couple weeks and had a fun time riding the sand dunes near Pacific City. Then I realized my friend Kenji was getting really good at his drone video work and asked him to join me on a day at the beach. I climbed and descended the dunes a few times, then just rode around and he flew around me the whole time. It came out better than I imagined, but I hope to do it again in the spring after I’ve ridden those dunes a bunch more and figured out the right lines, tire pressures, etc.

You can read more about the fun Matt had on the beach with a fat bike, in Issue 17 on iTunes and the Web. His article is the free cover story.

More drone videos are available on Dronescape.tv too. What I’d like about Matt’s dune ride is there were no big-air ramps, no energy drinks, just a couple cyclists doing what they love.

Music: MDK, Shinespark.

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Tourists and Folding Bikes

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by Byron on Oct 13, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Tourist and Folders

German tourists at Seacrest Park

After an errand for more beekeeping supplies at Home Depot and asking Santa Yoda career advice, we rode around Alki Beach. Stopped at a bike shop to adjust a derailer, and watched kayakers paddle around Elliott Bay. Then stopped for lunch at Marination at Seacrest park. That was part of our #2daysinseattle with folding bikes. The visual story was shared on G+.

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Deal Killers

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by Byron on Oct 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Remains of the day

Remains of the Day

In an issue labeled as fun, Patrick didn’t want to be the Debbie Downer, but what he wrote is important about the decline of shops in the US and it’s the bro deal.

The recent closing of Elliott Bay Bicycles is a bellwether for the larger concerns facing retailers throughout the sport. EBB had been around for decades, had attracted not just the best in mechanics, but was the home to one of the Pacific Northwest’s best-respected frame builders, Bill Davidson.

To read the article, please subscribe via iOS or the Web: annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4.

Also from 07, see Mark V’s popular post about the bro deal and the customers that asked him for it.

Hi. Thanks for coming into my shop and taking part of the consumer experience. Your disposable income is the sole source of our meager profit margins that support the shop’s overhead and indirectly my income.

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Fun with Fatbikes

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by Byron on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:44 AM

fatness

Fat on the beach

The Issue 17 cover story by Matt Haughey is about fun with fatbikes and it’s free with a signup. To read the rest of the issue, please subscribe via iOS or the Web: annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4. Your money directly supports the authors, photographers, and editors who contribute to Bike Hugger. Our content is original and not biased by ads. In fact, they’re are no ads in the issues. Just photos and words…like these

The huge four and five inch tires rolled effortlessly down the street. I jumped off a curb, I darted through traffic, I popped a wheelie. However much this bike tipped the scales, it felt like any random 20lb hardtail mountain bike, and it was wickedly maneuverable, which surprised me even more. I fell instantly in love with this giant overgrown BMX bike underneath me.

A while ago, when I wrote about Fat Bikes, my take wasn’t quite that enthusiastic. I didn’t ride on the beach though, but in the snow.

A cold Winter’s Bone out there on a Fat Bike

The rest of the issue includes

  • In a West End Town
  • Sandwich, Where We Rode Together
  • Stutter Bumps
  • Bro’d Out? Sure, But that Was Good Fun
  • Discounts

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Issue 17 Fun for Fall

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by Byron on Oct 08, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Issue 17

Issue 17 drops this week

That time on a long straight road, where you were the only human being for miles, and you sang at the top of your lungs.

That was fun and so is Issue 17 dropping this week on iOS and the Web.

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Interbike: People You Need to Know

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by Byron on Oct 07, 2014 at 5:18 AM

The Element.ly assignment during Interbike was to find and shoot the “The People You Need To Know In The Bike Industry” for a portrait gallery with a few Qs and As. The people are players, industry insiders, and colleagues we’ve known for years. This is who we’re drinking beer and swapping stories with, and catching up from the last time we rode together. After dragging these people off the show floor to a nearby (and very nice) set of palm trees, they were asked the same few questions.

Starting with Zellmann

Zellman B/W

Zellmann from SRAM

And…

The assignment also marks my first set of portraits. I’m normally shooting street scenes, bikes, and gear. Credit to Jim for the photo editing and Jakob the wordsmithing and thanks to those that participated.

Element.ly launched just a few months ago and are about being outside and telling stories. My previous contribution was a time warp on a bike path.

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Kona Growing Up Cross

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by Byron on Oct 06, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Kona Growing Up Cross from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.

As Kona said in the intro to this edit, “For us, it’s not only about creating bikes for future champions, but also inspiring a love for cycling that lasts a lifetime.” And Mark V just dug one of their old bikes out of the back of the closed shop and is restoring it.

Maybe he’ll race it cross one day too…

Hahanna

A Hahanna

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Riding the Sand

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by Byron on Oct 05, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Lars van der Haar shows you how it’s done

Watching the elites at Gieten today, I was reminded of how well they ride the sand and we do not. Racers in the Seattle area are at Silver Lake today and reaching the beach, hopefully finding a good line. In the 3rd issue of our magazine, Matt Hill explained how Wellens rides the sand. For anyone that’s face planted into a sand pit or just stalled after a bike length, it’s a mandatory read.

Issue 3 is available as a back issue in our iOS Newsstand app and on the web for $4.00 per issue or with a $16.00 annual subscription.

our mag

So how the heck do those Euro guys blast through the sand sections with such grace and style? Well, Matt breaks down footage of archetypal Euro Cross star Bart Wellens, showing the US peons just how to get things done.

Wellens

Wellens in the sand

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