At the Bike Hugger BBQ, there was a capacity crowd that ate all the food, drink all the beer, had a good time, and won prizes from our sponsors. We counted 300 people. 30 cyclists showed up for the Urban Ride on a beautiful Spring day. I made it just in time for the BBQ, but missed the ride, after being stuck in Memphis.
Thanks Austin and SXSW.
Tomorrow we’ll ride again with the locals, fly back to Seattle, and post more.
At one point, during the hectic flight-cancellation, rebook process, I was routed through Montreal, Detroit, and onto Austin! Who knew that Memphis would go into a panic with an inch of snow? Well, a fellow business traveler did. As we landed, he said, “if there’s snow in Memphis, they shut down all the flights.” I flew from Seattle to Memphis, and wham, all flights cancelled.
A few hours of sleep later in a Doubletree, and I’m back to the Airport to see if a regional airline will fly today to Austin.
If I’m there or not, the other huggas will make sure the Urban Ride and BBQ go well.
Back from Vegas and onto Austin for the Urban ride and BBQ. See you all there. We’re easy to spot in our hugger gear and we’ll blog all the Austin urban cycling here, in our photostream, and huggacasts.
Got these shades in an IE8 schwag bag and have adopted them temporarily as my “Vegas Look.” Got me thinking, what’s the coolest or in contrast stupidest schwag you’ve ever got? For me, Mavic has the best clothes giveaways in the business.
I gave Pam the schwag-bag shades after realizing that they were women’s – couldn’t argue with that – they have a little IE logo laser-etched on the lens.
Skins is a new product on the market that’s quietly making a name for itself. You don’t hear much about them in the press - but if you look close at a big race it’s uncanny to see how many top pros are putting them on right after the race. I just got my pair today and the 1 hour result?: Who knows if they increase my recovery, but they feel GREAT! Holy cow - I’d walk around wearing these compression tights 24/7 if it was socially acceptable.
Cool video and explanation of why traffic jams occur on otherwise un-obstructed roads, courtesy of New Journal of Physics and the The Lede blog at the New York Times. Apparently the key factor is traffic density. As a multi-modal commuter I see (and participate) in these all the time. The funny thing is that this justifies the smug feeling you’re getting as you blow by the car-muters stuck in traffic – you’re not just going faster, you’re doing your part to reduce vehicle density and pointless traffic jams. Try not to lord it over the trapped-in-traffic though, they’re already frustrated enough.