a dude named Marcus

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by Byron on Aug 14, 2007 at 6:01 AM

timbuk_marcus.jpg Back I think in 97 or 98, I bought a tri-color messenger bag from Alki Bike in West Seattle from a dude named Marcus. The bag was a shop sample, I got a bro-deal on it, and more importantly started a long-term friendship with Marcus. He wrenched my bike for years and also drank lots of beer with me. I rode with that bag just last week and today is Marcus’ birthday.

Tonight at Beveridge Place, we’ll drink with beers from Schooner Exact, his craft brewery and celebrate.

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North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2008

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 13, 2007 at 9:30 PM

Best City Bike NAHBS 2008 is set to roll into Portland next February 8-10. I’ve wanted to attend the show that has been in San Jose in recent years. Now that it’s only 200mi away, I have no excuse. Maybe we’ll need to organize a ‘Hugger ride down - our own STP (and back) in February. Fenders would be a must.

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Bicycle Film Festival 2007

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 13, 2007 at 3:22 PM

Bicycle Film Festival

I still try to stay tuned in to my other home-town, the Second City - Chicago! The Bicycle Film Festival 2007 will be rolling through later this week.

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Tour de Fat Seattle

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by Byron on Aug 11, 2007 at 4:29 PM

Anyone at Tour de Fat this weekend? We’re in Portland, racing, while others are riding the Portland Bridge Pedal.

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Obligatory Bike Drifting post

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by Byron on Aug 11, 2007 at 4:25 PM

Enough readers have sent us bike drifting videos that it’s time to post, especially this one from Tokyo. Note, back in the day, especially on big wheels, we called it “skidding.”

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Team Bike Hugger is hiring!

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by Byron on Aug 10, 2007 at 5:36 PM

In light of the news from Tailwind Sports and the end of Discovery Channel, thought we should just put it out there to the ex-Disco pros that don’t have a job, that we’ve got Team Bike Hugger. The team deal is shirts, socks, kits (on the way), and you get to blog all about your racing plus ride around on the Bettie!

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Signs of the traffic apocalypse

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by Byron on Aug 10, 2007 at 6:58 AM

Car drivers are already seeking alternative routes around town, anticipating what we’re calling the traffic apocalypse. Yesterday, one of my normal routes was so jammed with traffic that I turned around and got right back onto the bike path.

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Calling out Ken Schram

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by Byron on Aug 10, 2007 at 6:35 AM

So what’s a bike hugger to do when Ken Schram’s commentary is about cyclists? Call him out and no need to go negative with Ken. Just say, “how bout you ride with me during the traffic apocalypse next week?” Don’t need no spandex, I’ll show you a sharrow, maybe join a bike bus, we’ll get a cup of coffee, and share a cyclist’s perspective on traffic, the cops of Lake Forest Park, SUV drivers, and the shame that is Seattle traffic.

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Sharrows Painted

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by Byron on Aug 10, 2007 at 6:21 AM

The sharrows on Beach Drive in Seattle were painted northbound, as I discovered on my ride yesterday. I rode 2 abreast with another cyclist along the sharrows and got buzzed by one car, another zoomed past, and one waiting until it was clear in the other lane to pass. Sharrows are wide enough for 2 abreast, but I wouldn’t do that necessarily in heavy traffic.

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