Ibex Cycling Apparel

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by Byron on Apr 03, 2007 at 8:53 AM

Header_Logo_S07.gif Ibex sent us arm and knee warmers and a jersey to try out. I took the New Zealand Merino wool clothes with me to Santa Barbara. It was thankfully warm in SBA and I didn’t wear the warmers for very long, but did note during the ride that they were well-constructed and offer a unique blend of wool, nylon, and Lyrca. They’re also made in the USA.

Temperature regulation is always tough in wet, cold climates (and Seattle has been the wettest and coldest this year!) and I think Ibex would meet the demand for training rides, commutes, and recreational rides. The material is probably too thick for hard riding, but I’ll need to long-term test that factor on a colder, pouring, suffering ride to make sure.

What’s interesting about Ibex and their competitors, is that wool is back. Well, it could be argued that it never left, but back in the day all you had to wear was wool, including shorts! One of my all-time favorite jerseys is an ancient Santini St. Raphael. I bring it out on frosty, yet sunny mornings and it’s liberating to just wear that, unzip when it warms up, and not get all technically layered up. I also exclusively wear SmartWool socks to keep my feet cool and comfortable.

The Fausto Lightweight Jersey Ibex also sent us feels like old St Raphael, but lighter and more comfortable – the pockets could be more generous in the back, but overall it’s a nice addition to the cycling wardrobe and well designed and blended. It’s not scratchy, very comfortable, and it actually doesn’t really feel like wool. Here’s an idea for Ibex: make a light wool track suit, for just lounging around, after riding.

Are you wearing wool now? Have an old favorite in the closet?

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Photo of the Day: Flower Bike

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by Byron on Apr 03, 2007 at 7:26 AM

Submitted by San Fran Cup

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A new pair of gloves . . .

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by Byron on Apr 02, 2007 at 5:15 PM

Check Pink Bike and Flowers post on racing hard to win a new pair of gloves, which is only slightly better than winning a tube, tire, or the all-time favorite, a seat post. Ah well, we don’t do it for the money.

Related photos, including some road rash.

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Redlands in Review

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by Patria Lanfranchi on Apr 02, 2007 at 1:42 PM

IMG_0515 Team Bike Hugger had an outstanding first NRC race of 2007 in Redlands, California. We rode well as a team, enjoyed time together before and after each stage of the race and were a positive presence in Redlands. We also had a good time reporting on the race through the team’s blog. Check it out for race videos and final thoughts on the race.

The Bike Hugger shirts are really cool, we got lots of compliments on them. We suggest that if you wear a size small jersey, to order a medium shirt.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our race experiences with the Bike Hugger community. We have all returned home to compete locally until we can get back together again for another NRC stage race (tbd). I’ll be writing for Bike Hugger periodically, for more on racing and whatever you’re interested in hearing about.

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Trek’s Custom Bikes

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by Byron on Apr 02, 2007 at 11:26 AM

Apple profiles Trek and the tools they used to create their Project One experience. It’s an interesting read with quotes like, “a bike isn’t just a set of wheels. It’s an extension of bone and muscle, a projection of personality in motion. It’s not merely a machine, it’s personal.”

In the Santa Barbara photos, you can see the Project One bike Union Bay Cycling is racing on this year and, as I’ve posted before, getting personal is an alternative to an industry that’s increasingly homogenized.

trek_project_one.jpg Trek’s coasting bike, Lime, is also discussed in the profile. And I just found that Lime is blogging with updates on sightings, news, and a podcast.

Also noted on Treehugger.

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Bikini Cruiser

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by Byron on Apr 02, 2007 at 8:20 AM

This shop window photo summarizes the bike scene in downtown Santa Barbara well: lots of cruisers, girls on cruisers, tourists, and more cruisers. With wide bike lanes, lots of signs, easy-to-follow routes and great weather, cycling flourishes in Santa Barbara. More photos on Picasa and Flickr.

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Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club

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by Byron on Mar 31, 2007 at 7:40 AM

I was begining to suspect an anti-bike slant at the Seattle PI until they ran the article on the Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club work on an urban mountain-bike course under I-5. The two previous articles this week about bikes brought out the tired and predictable arguments from motorists and cyclists and it was relief to read a positive article about an impressive project.

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3 arrests, 47 tickets at NY Critical Mass

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by Frank Steele on Mar 31, 2007 at 5:37 AM

Critical Mass, NYC, 3-30

Newsday | Critical Mass ride interrupted

Three riders were arrested during Friday night’s Critical Mass ride in New York City. Two were charged with disorderly conduct and “obstructing governmental administration.” Newsday was unable to discover charges against the third rider at press time.

“What this is all about is the police department trying to get Critical Mass,” said Norman Siegel, the former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union who represents the Five Borough Bicycle Club, which sought to block the NYPD’s new rule in federal court this week.

About 50 riders were ticketed, some for traffic offenses.

Photo by dogseat.

Also:

flickr.com | Critical Mass-NYC 3/30/07 - a photoset by dogseat

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NYC police plan Critical Mass crackdown

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by Frank Steele on Mar 30, 2007 at 8:24 AM

Newsday | Mass bikers facing arrest

Critical Mass Times Square New York City police have declared any gathering greater than 50 people a parade, and are threatening to arrest riders at tonight’s Critical Mass if they participate without a permit.

Critical Mass is a monthly ride with no formal organization, where riders try to demonstrate that bicycles have a place on the roads by swarming one area of a city. The New York City ride, which starts at Union Square, has been targeted by police in the past, particularly during the Republican National Convention in 2004, and in January 2006, Judge Gerald Harris ruled that Critical Mass did not require a permit.

New York’s City Council wasn’t involved in creating the regulation, only the police department, and at least one council member will participate tonight, in support of the riders and to observe NYPD’s tactics. Councilwoman Rosie Mendez:

“To criminalize the behavior of individuals assembling in groups over 50 is arbitrary and unconstitutional,” she said.

The Five Boroughs Bicycling Club has filed suit against the NYPD, since the law would require them to obtain parade permits for many of the group’s rides. From a statement by 5BBC president Ed DeFreitas:

We could have stood by, ignored the new rules, and let the police arrest bicyclists at Critical Mass and hoped that they wouldn’t come for us. But the 5BBC board decided that we could not do that, not when the civil rights of all bicyclists in New York City and indeed group bicycling itself was under attack.

Photo: Two Buildings Made of Sky, by heidinyny.

More:

BikeBlog | Come to Critical Mass Early … for a press conference

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