Riding dirty

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by Byron on Nov 05, 2006 at 6:43 AM

The first rain ride of the Fall is usually dirty with all the grime, oil, grit and dirt built up from the summer bubbling across the road. This year, because it’s already rained so much, the grime was much less after the ride.

That was great, but I think this much early Fall rain means it’s going to be a very wet winter.

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New uses for old parts

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by Frank Steele on Nov 04, 2006 at 11:37 AM

Treehugger | Bike Lamps from Treeline Designs

Treehugger offers up Treeline Designs, which offers lamps built around suspension forks.

Among the coolest features are the way the lights get activated: On some, you flip the canti brake to turn the lamp on or off, and on others you do it by compressing the fork itself.

If you’ve got a sentimental attachment to an old unused RockShox Judy, this is the perfect way to keep it around and drive your spouse crazy at the same time. Just tell her it’s a major award.

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Xtracycle Ride, Party and Concert

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by Byron on Nov 04, 2006 at 8:10 AM

Kipchoge Spencer of the Ginger Ninjas (and Xtracycle fame) is in town playing his guitar and Aaron is promoting a bike ride for the occasion. On Friday November 10th, 2006 at 6 PM depart from Aaron’s Bicycle Repair and ride to Westlake Plaza to meet more riders. Heavy rain plan is to meet at the Bat Cave. Check the discussion on the .83 forum for more details.

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A Better Hugger

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by Byron on Nov 04, 2006 at 7:38 AM

For the past few days, we’ve been quietly working in the background to make Bike Hugger lighter, faster, and an all around better hugger (what cyclist wouldn’t want to be lighter and faster!)

We’ve also got more huggers coming and we’ll post on that soon.

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Another season begins

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by Byron on Nov 04, 2006 at 7:20 AM

Today, in the pouring rain, the 2007 racing season begins. I’ll ride the south end of the lake with the Wines of Washington team for about a 3 hour ride. On Sunday, another 3 to 4 hours with Mike Rogers.

This year is already promising with more of the older guys racing masters and I’m upping the training ante with a Tacx Cosmos. I’ll blog more about that once I’ve spent some painful, sweaty time on it.

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New Google Custom Search

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by Byron on Nov 01, 2006 at 6:27 PM

We just added a new Google Custom Search to the site. The custom search is available in the right sidebar and here and allows users to search just cycling sites. We’ll refine the search over time and hope to make it much more of a “social search” for all things cycling.

For more on Google’s Custom Search, see the Google Co-op, and articles from SFGate.com and the BBC.

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Tesco Bike Active Bath

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by Byron on Nov 01, 2006 at 6:23 PM

Check this event report from British Cycling with kids races, choppers, and all on a gloriously autumnal day.

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Bicycle New South Wales

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by Byron on Nov 01, 2006 at 6:12 PM

Bicycle New South Wales wrote to say they loved the hugga and we said, “cool … thanks!” When I checked their site I found a group that promotes, advocates, and support cycling in all its forms and they’ve got all sorts of programs, including Free Bikeability Seminars.

We’d love to ride in New South Wales and if we find our way there, we’ll definitely ride with that group.

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Magnificent Streets, Folding Bikes, and Roundabouts

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by Byron on Oct 30, 2006 at 8:10 AM

Barcelona Folding Barcelona had magnificent streets: 4 for cars in either direction, 2 for bikes in either direction, and wide pedestrian promenades that are at least 2 lanes wide.

Those magnificent streets are full of cars, scooters, and bikes. Most of those bikes fold so they can be taken on the Metro, store easily in a small apartment, and are inexpensive. I saw all types of folding bikes, including one with an electric motor. The bike lanes have their own lights and even take you safely around the roundabouts.

Out in the country, near Girona, we just rode right up, into, around, and out of the roundabouts on our way to ancient ruins, hills, or the coast.

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