Bike to Work Day sets Records

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by Byron on Jun 07, 2007 at 2:56 AM

Cascade Bicycle Club counted more than 19,000 cyclists on Starbucks Bike to Work Day setting a new record for Seattle. The Group Health Commute Challenge also shattered expectations with more than 7,500 riders commuted an astonishing 997,830 miles. According to Cascade, that’s nearly a million pounds of CO2 saved. Not only that, but think of all the stress relief of not sitting in traffic.

Nationwide Iowa reports records, as well as San Francisco, Marin County.

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From Japan (Part 2): From Tokyo with Tattoos

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by Mark V on Jun 06, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Jet-lag has me waking up hella early and collapsing at 9:30 at night.

Today Angelo, Katherine, her Japanese bf, myself, and maybe our friend Min will go to this festival at one of the temples just south of the Imperial Palace. The big hook is that this the one time when the yakuza walk about with all their tattoos displayed. Other than that i have no idea what it’s about. Hopefully after that we can visit a bike shop with a bunch of keirin stuff.

Talking about tattoos and yakuza reminds me that i might have a problem on the bike tour…I was hoping to visit an onsen (hot springs) on the way, or at least try a public bath house (by the way, it’s a VERY different cultural role here compared to the united states). However, I have several tattoos, and tattoos are associated with the yakuza in japan. And yakuza are frequently barred from public baths. Still, the fact that i am an incurable gai-jin (slang for “foreigner”) might quell the idea that I am a Japanese gangster, but we’ll see.

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Photo of the day: Paris Antler Bike

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by Byron on Jun 06, 2007 at 6:39 AM

This photo works as the photo of the day on several levels:

  • it’s an antler bike, in Paris
  • the cyclist is wearing a beret with matching uniform that matches the spoke reflectors
  • the cyclist strikes a saucy pose
  • it says I’m French and fun!

Thanks to Pally for the tip and finding the Paris Antler Bike on the Paris Deconstructed blog.

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From Japan (Part 1): Grunge Lives at Y’s Bike Shop in Akasaka!

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by Mark V on Jun 05, 2007 at 2:00 PM

In Akasaka neighborhood of Tokyo.

I am kinda clueless to what this logo signifies on this bike stem. It’s a reasonably nice stem, like a Ritchey but polished. If I spoke better Japanese, I would have asked for an “It’s Techno” stem, or maybe an “It’s Indie Rock” stem.

Wait a minute….there’s profit to made in these ideas.

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Bike Hugger in Montreal

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by Byron on Jun 04, 2007 at 6:48 AM

Pro cyclist Jennifer Reither wrote to say

Bike hugger Tees are still on the road, now in Montreal. Team Bike Hugger sponsored us an the Redlands Classic in March. My teammate and I Jennifer Wilson decided to jump into the World Cup and Grand Tour in Montreal. We take our bike hugger shirts to every race. Fans love em

Love the hugga! Read more about Jennifer racing at Redlands on the Team Bike Hugger blog. And see shirt photos in our Flickr photostream.

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Carbon Brake Pads!

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by Byron on Jun 04, 2007 at 6:20 AM

Ok, the oft-asked, much debated, and a bit confusing question on brake pads came up for me this weekend at a hilly race when a set of Kool Stop carbons squealed like Lindsay Lohan at a Hollywood coke party.

I had run just regular Dura Ace pads on my Hed Stinger 50s with no problem, but understand with the heat and descents they’ll melt with disastrous results. So I switched to the Kool Stop and they were fine for the first hour, then the horrible squeal started.

So what do you do? Live with the squeal, use a different pad, what?

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2008 Trek Madone

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by Byron on Jun 02, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Trek launches the 2008 Madones with a brochure site and lots of new technology, including a oversized 90mm wide bottom bracket shell, no headsets, seatmast, new carbon designations, and a fuselage approach. Responding to their competitors, like Specialized, Trek is coming out firing with a “we invented carbon bikes” approach and a frame that’s a half-pound lighter

By de-emphasizing specific materials and instead focusing the discussion on our OCLV Carbon process “ a process we invented 16 years ago and have been refining ever since - Trek can leverage our manufacturing, engineering, and design expertise to underscore the unique nature of our carbon fiber frames: a difference we’re confident makes for the best carbon fiber frames on the planet.

Just last month, I glowingly reviewed the Specialized Tarmac SL, another bike emphasizing technology. I’ve ridden Madones for years, reviewed them positively, and they’re great, solid, racing bikes, but have relied on 16-year old tube and lug technology.

Looks like Trek is changing the game again. More reactions

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NYTimes.com: The fixers

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by Byron on Jun 02, 2007 at 8:17 AM

A NYTimes.com media feature on the fixed-gear phenomena, includes the King Kog shop, the Kissena Track, scenes from the streets, and how to make $500 a week riding your bike.

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Photo of the Day: Rusty ride

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by Jason Swihart on Jun 01, 2007 at 4:49 PM

A bike just waiting to be restored …

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