Call to Action: Complete the Burke-Gilman
by Kelli on Oct 30, 2007 at 12:56 PM
Late-breaking news from Cascade yesterday, regarding a budget amendment that was introduced on Monday. The amendment would provide $6.8 Million to complete the Burke-Gilman trail within the City of Seattle.
From Cascade’s Breaking News:
Attend the City Council Budget Hearing on Tuesday, October 30 and offer your support for funding for the Burke-Gilman Trail. Each citizen is allowed 3 minutes maximum to address the Council. Arrive at 5 p.m. to secure your place in line. Address:
City of Seattle Budget Hearing
TODAY!! Tuesday, October 30, 5:30 p.m.
City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
600 4th Avenue
If you can’t attend the hearing, call or email the Council on Tuesday Oct. 30 between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The phone number is 206-684-8821 and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those of us “regulars” on the Burke are all-too-familiar with the missing link in the Ballard neighborhood, sending cyclists and other users through rough industrial roads and over parallel and rather precarious train tracks. The completion of this section is a huge win for the thousands of multi-purpose users through Ballard each year.
Many different ways to ride a bike
by Byron on Oct 30, 2007 at 12:12 PM
Submitted by a reader and from the Telegraph UK, we have a story about a man who was caught trying to have sex with a bicycle. There’s also a follow-up story on how exactly one would do that and if it would hurt.
Sure we love our bikes, we’re Bike Huggers afterall, but we don’t go that far (that I know of and I don’t want to know otherwise).
A light travel bike
by Byron on Oct 30, 2007 at 11:45 AM
Under 4 pounds isn’t racer light, but for a travel/touring bike with S & S couplings and Paragon dropouts, that’s really good.
Total bike weight in Single Speed Mode is under 18 pounds. I’ll post the details of the built bike in another ready-to-ride post.
from the Bike Hugger Photostream.
Riding in San Antonio
by Byron on Oct 29, 2007 at 8:27 AM
I’ll ride in San Antonio later this week. We’re there on a related business trip and I’ll have the Modal with me for the first ride. Are any of our readers from San Antonio or have ridden there?
It looks like the terrain and region is similar to Austin where I have ridden. Speaking of Austin, during a ride to Creedmoor and back, is when the Bike Hugger concept was first thought about.
A reader responded with a tip to ride in The King William district south of downtown, stop by Bluestar Brewing, and possibly the trail to the Missions. I found the SA Wheelmen.
Bike Calendar Girls
by Byron on Oct 29, 2007 at 7:12 AM
As seen on a bike shop wall … the Bike Calendar Girls poster
The 2nd annual Lovely Ladies on Beautiful Bikes calendar is out and the release party is on November 1st at Conor Byrne Pub.
by Byron on Oct 29, 2007 at 6:30 AM
The media loves the Paris Vélib story. It was covered on NBC news on Friday night and featured in the NYTimes Travel section as a great success and great vacation.
“Twelve weeks after the introduction of the Vélib, 15,000 bikes have been put into service at more than 1,000 stations. In that time Vélibiens (or Vélibeurs or perhaps Vélibistes) have checked out bicycles almost six million times and ridden them an estimated 7.5 million miles.”
The author of the article notes how, “As I peddled around the glass pyramid at the Louvre, I was struck by the strobelike reflections from the royal buildings around it.”
Bike Hugger has ridden all over and we think there’s no better vacation or business trip than getting out into a city on bikes.
Previous Velib coverage
In Bag options for Donut Transportation
by Dave R. on Oct 26, 2007 at 12:06 PM
If you’re anything like me you look forward to Fridays with eager anticipation. Not just because it’s the end of the week, it’s also Donut Day! And if you’re anything like me, you feel obligated to do the long ride to work on Donut Day to make up for such indulgences. Which raises an interesting question… How do you fit a dozen donuts on a stripped down, clean, urban bike?
Sure the donut store will give you a cardboard box to strap on your rack, but I’m not riding my longtail in just to haul donuts. No, no, these donuts have to go in the messenger bag with everything else.
Here’s what I came up with earlier this morning: two yogurt containers and a cardboard oatmeal tube. It fit a dozen Mighty-O’s perfectly. No crushing despite a full bag and hard contents, all the donuts with sprinkles had the majority of their sprinkles intact, and those with icing didn’t even suffer from being stacked under their icing free siblings.
08 Redline 925
by Byron on Oct 25, 2007 at 5:54 AM
I’ve admired 925s since I first started seeing them in shops and on the road. The 925 is Redline’s popular, single-speed, urban bike with slightly slack geometry, wide bullhorn bars, and a 4130 chrome-moly steel frame. It’s a simple bike to get you around town or campus and is well thought out with flip-flop hubs, fenders, and aero levers for the ends of the bullhorn. Also notice how the tubes are free of excessive decals. This bike is more about transportation then showing off brand names.
The hugga test is to roll down the steep hill I live on and then back up it. I’ll know immediately how a bike brakes and then later how it climbs. As I discovered, I don’t want a bike to brake like a time trial bike with aero levers. Soft and spongy is not good braking and that’ll worsen in the rain. I’d add a second set of levers to the 925 and start changing out the brake pads for a more solid brake feel.
Curiously the bike was comfortable, but not particularly stiff or nimble. Granted that’s a subjective observation and not negative or really a complaint, I just noticed how on sharp turns, the bike didn’t feel balanced and a bit awkward. That has a lot to do with the wheels, big tires, and bullhorn bars. The length of chain stays and fork rake also affect the ride and it’s definitely relaxed (learn more about the geometry from Redline). The 925 is not a “snappy road bike” or “stiff-ass” track bike and that’s perfectly good for riding across town and especially for 500 bones.
We’re going to spend more time with the 925 and I’ll bring a wrench on the next ride to flip the hub over to see if I can get up the hill without walking.
- MRSP is $499.00
- Nice paint
- My ankles and heels rubbed the crank arms. My feet float a lot when I ride.
- Wear gloves. The bullhorns don’t have slots for cables and you’ll feel them through the bar tape.
The 925 we tested is a one-of prototype and Redline told me today that the brake levers will change to address the sponginess I described above. Regarding the ride, as the name says 925, this bike is meant to be relaxed and that it is. Also, a correction that the bike is not yet shipping.
Girls, Skirts and Bikes
by Byron on Oct 24, 2007 at 4:30 PM
Submitted by Zannestar, who noted that Bike Hugger loves, “girls, skirts, and girls wearing skirts on bikes,” some related links
And here’s an entire gallery devoted to the topic and of course on flickr (don’t get me started with milfs on bikes wearing skirts and heels).
by Byron on Oct 24, 2007 at 5:23 AM
Simple, sturdy, Dutch. The Batavus Lightning is a urban, city bike. It’s equipped with Nexus 7 and roller brakes, which means clean lines and just a few cables.
It’s modern looking and focused on form and function. With the big Schwable tires, powder-coated 7005 aluminum frame, and heft, the Lightning rides very solid, with sure steering, and comfort. The flat bar and adjustable stem are for an upright position. I was able to climb hills with the gearing and straight up, really dug this bike. There was plenty of tire clearance for fenders.
With the dropouts, sliders and 130 spacing, I think you could run a fixed or single-speed as well. It’s a very understated bike and where an old-school bike industry dude would comment that it’s just another aluminum, flat-bar city bike, with 700c, and big tires; another would note that it’s got Dutch style and Nexus! One thing I did wonder is why there’s no bottle cage mounts? Well that’s because the Dutch are minimalists.
The Batavus Lighting rides well on paths and in the city.
- MSRP is $999.99 and it’s shipping now to your local Independent Bike Dealer.
- Roller brakes are nice, but don’t brake like DA.
- Batavus’ website is not easy to navigate. I was unable to find this bike there, but your local dealer should get more details from SBS.
The name of the bike was corrected to Lightning.
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