This Shit is Bananas
by Byron on Jul 19, 2007 at 8:21 AM
Banana peels always indicate a popular route (or there’s a crazed monkey on the loose). Seeing this, I’m guessing 2-day old peel, while riding the Olympic Peninsula reminded me of our Southeast Alaska tour where we’d see the bananas and other fruits from a cyclist we nicknamed, “the fruit eater.”
We never caught him, he always about 15 miles ahead of us. But we’d hear about him; people would ask if he was with us and I’d say, “was he eating fruit?” and that we were “chasing him.”
As our tour wore on, the fruit eater became a focal point: “did he have a trailer of fruit, where was he buying all that fruit, did he ever slow down or stop?”
Luckily, Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl wasn’t popular at the time, or I’m sure I’d have that annoying song in my head the entire time thinking about bananas.
“Let me hear you say, this shit is bananas
When touring, what’s in your head, how do you keep the pedals turning? In Spain, I suddenly rediscovered Judas Priest and sang the lyrics to “Turbo Lover” several times.
by Byron on Jul 18, 2007 at 8:23 PM
In this short clip, Pam and I ride the roads of the Olympic National Forest near Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort.
Our videos are now available as a download for iTunes via our Huggacast. Subscribe for more episodes.
Surviving A One-Day STP
by Kelli on Jul 17, 2007 at 9:45 PM
<img src=”http://kellidiane.smugmug.com/photos/random.mg?AlbumID=3160397&Size=Thumb&rand=2396” align=right”>After my half-assed approach to last year’s two-day ride, I wasn’t entirely convinced that the One Day Rider patch I coveted so much would actually be worth the time and training required. By the time spring came around, I had hung up my running shoes and decided that this was the year.
So how does one go about surviving two hundred miles on a bike? Glad you asked. Read on for the answers to the most common questions I’ve gotten throughout training and after the finish.
- What distance did you train up to before the double?
I leveraged the Cascade Training Series rides to get in most of my longer rides, working up from 40 miles and topping out at 130 before STP. The most difficult part of training long mileage is planning food and water stops without having to carry too much with you. And without knowing many of the back roads well, I relied heavily on the well planned CTS rides to get in my saddle time. While it’s important to train your legs for the distance, the real trouble comes in training the rest of your body. 12 hours is a very long time for your back and shoulders to be reaching, while your butt rests precariously upon a narrow seat and starts chafing in your bike shorts. Once one passes the 130-150 mile marks, the legs are the least of your worries.
- What did you learn from last year’s ride?
I learned that taking preventative pain killer can be the difference between a difficult ride and a horrible ride. On the route, I took some at the midpoint and again at mile 140 to keep my rear end in check.
- What would you recommend for a first-time one-day rider?
Learn to ride in a group. Really, that goes for any first-time STPer (one or two-day), but is extremely important for the one-day riders. 204 miles is a really long way and there’s little chance of making it completely on your own. Learn to leverage pacelines, start training with your own group that plans to ride together. Drafting is extremely helpful in keeping not only your pace, but also your spirits, up. I’ll be honest, this was difficult for me. Prior to STP I’ve only joined small pacelines and never really felt comfortable. But when I realized somewhere around mile 75 that I was keeping a 21 mph pace and only working at what felt to be a 14 mph pace…I was sold. Save your legs for the long haul, take your turn at the front and get comfortable being surrounded by other cyclists.
- What was the worst part of the course?
Highway 30. Long, monotonous, lonely and getting darker. As a one-day rider the crowd had thinned out long before crossing into Oregon and I was feeling the fatigue set in.
- Would you do a one-day again?
Definitely, though it’s a tough call. I missed the camaraderie and culture that comes with meeting fellow cyclists during the overnight. But the extra effort required to finish the one-day ride is well worth not having to get up the following day and ride another 100 miles on a sore butt.
Overall, the ride was great and the patch well worth the effort. I entered this year’s season in far better shape than last year and felt pretty well trained in the last couple of weeks before the ride. That said, this is absolutely an approachable ride. With some commitment, training and discipline, nearly anyone can finish a one-day STP. It’s perfectly alright to not ever want to finish a double-century in one day. But wanting it badly enough is enough to take you the rest of the way.
Super Stylin’ Socks
by Byron on Jul 17, 2007 at 8:06 AM
The socks are in, as shown here by our sexy professional male model (ok, that’s actually just me), and are shipping now directly from Hugga HQ. In a week or so, Amazon.com will fulfill them for us.
SockGuy custom made the socks for us in one size fits most (sizes 7-11). They feature 75% Ultra-wicking Micro Denier Acrylic, 15% Nylon, and 10% Spandex for exceptional comfort and strength. The comfort was confirmed yesterday during a tough tour of the Olympic Pennisula.
The socks sell for 9.95 and join our shirts in the Hugga Comfort line. Next up are jerseys and kits …
Masi Speciale Fixed
by Byron on Jul 16, 2007 at 12:48 PM
Check the Masi Guy’s blog for preview photos of the new Masi fixie
Mama Chari rides on by
by Byron on Jul 16, 2007 at 11:05 AM
Not specifically bike-related news, but check the striking photo of a mama chari passing a minivan crushed by a house in the NYTimes today.
(Photo credit Franck Robichon/European Pressphoto Agency)
Bikes in the City of Lights
by Byron on Jul 16, 2007 at 9:17 AM
Paris launched Velib, a bike share service, over the weekend. Velib is a combination of velo and liberty and for Parisians is another public transport option. Check our posts on Bike Share, Velib in the news, on Flickr, and blogs.
“This is about revolutionizing urban culture”
NYTimes also reported on the story.
… and that makes Seattle’s Master Plan even more depressing. Photo credit malias.
by Kelli on Jul 16, 2007 at 8:40 AM
The Hugga send wishes for a speedy recovery to Gerald Marvin, a 24-year-old cyclist hit on Hwy 30 on his way into Portland Sunday morning. More information at King5.com.
Also see Pedaling Portland for posts about STP.
Critical Mass Paradox
by Byron on Jul 16, 2007 at 7:19 AM
Critical Mass is a paradox. In Manhattan, there’s nothing but turmoil and in Seattle a knife was pullled during the last one or arrests get made. In Brooklyn, for 3 years now, they’ve critically masssed with no arrests, no tickets, and the NYPD is even called “friendly.” StreetFilms just published a short film on the subject. I’ve only ridden a Critical Mass once, by accident (all kitted up with my race bike, feeling totally out of place) and it was fun and festive with tall bikes, longtail bikes, old schwinns, and everything else.
In Arizona, the next Critical Mass is on July 21st where they’ll meet around 6:30 pm at @ Tempe Beach park and ride to the Lost Leaf Tavern at 5th & Roosevelt. After the mass they’ll alleycat race with the winner taking all in the fixed race. Don’t know if they’re friends or foes with the police there.
Surprisingly, I saw a teaser for an Evening Magazine (of all places), on the alleycats, but it’s not linked yet. For more info on the alleycat in Arizona, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comment on the paradox between peaceful protests and ones that turn ugly?
One-Day Rider Patch; Check
by Kelli on Jul 15, 2007 at 10:30 PM
With my heart set on a One-Day Rider patch after last year’s STP, I rode into Portland last night to claim my prize. 204 incredible miles and I cannot believe that I survived without so much as a flat tire. Complete ride review will be posted in the next couple of days. For now, congrats to the many other STPers out there this weekend and many, many, many thanks to all the Cascade staff and volunteers.
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