USA Today Features Outdoor Gifts

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by Byron on Dec 12, 2006 at 5:17 AM

A gift guide in USA Today features cycling gear, clothes, food, and says, “Bike makers have been busy coming up with some dandy models for 2007 that feature the creative use of carbon fiber technology. The bottom line is a bike that’s stiff enough to win a sprint to the next stop sign while also being comfortably compliant. In English, that means fast and comfy.” And perfect for the bike hugger!

Continuing with the focus on sports, USA Today’s gift blog links to “tricked out” bathing suits for triathletes.

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Fulfillment by Amazon and Holiday Shipping

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by Byron on Dec 11, 2006 at 7:19 AM

Soon Amazon.com will fulfill Clip-n-Seal or our behalf. That means that our freshiness product is eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping, Amazon.com customer service, and returns. As soon as Clip-n-Seals hit Amazon.com’s warehouse, we’ll update our product pages to reflect the change. Bike Hugger shirts will also eventually ship directly from Amazon.com.

Holiday Shipping

We will ship from our warehouse up until the December 14th 2006. After the 14th, Amazon.com should fulfill and our offices will close for vacation (in Maui!) until December 26th 2006.

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Soundoff on bikes vs cars

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by Byron on Dec 10, 2006 at 8:31 AM

Ghostcycle Reducing bicycle-car collisions is the 2nd most popular Soundoff discussion on the Seattle PI today. The discussion follows the release of Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan and a front page article stating that 900 riders have been injured in Seattle and 5 killed.

In the discussion you’ll find the standard arguments that cars are entitled to the road, cyclists must obey the laws, and pretty much drivers are idiots and cyclists are idiots. While, as huggers, we defer to the drivers are idiots view, I think the plan addresses much of the dangers for cyclists and cars in Seattle. Those dangers are demonstrated very well by Ghost Cycle, including a death that was close to Bike Hugger earlier this year.

After the jump, our ongoing coverage of this topic.

More on Cycling in Seattle and Urban Cycling

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Finally Carbon Clinchers!

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by Byron on Dec 09, 2006 at 8:46 AM

Carbon Cyclingnews reviews Fulcrum’s new carbon clinchers, Reynolds has launched an impressive new line, Bontrager’s got a really expensive set, and 07 is going to be the year of the all-carbon clincher (after the jump, a link to how all-carbon wheels are made by MQC for Reynolds).

I’d never ridden tubulars until this year and now I know why; I was terribly frightened of Tufo’s tape, lost the valve inside the rim for a while, and was always messing with the air pressure. Tubulars are like dating someone that’s high-maintenance. After a while, no matter how sexy hot they are, it’s not worth the trouble.

Sure, I get the weight penalty, old school ride, and the tubular v. clincher debate is as old as Bob Roll. But with about 40 grams difference between a typical set and clincher tire innovations, I think the debate is soon over.

For an exhaustive review of bicycle tires and tubes and most everything else, see Sheldon Brown. Also check Tubes, Tubeless, or……..Tubular? and 808 v. Hed3.

Finally, enjoy Composites World’s review of all-carbon wheels and how they’re made.

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Work less and Bicycle More

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by Byron on Dec 09, 2006 at 8:21 AM

One of my vacation mantras is, “Work less and Bicycle More,” and in Maui next week, it’ll be all eat, sleep, ride. Like most of us, I work way too much, and just found the Work Less Party from a comment Jean left on my Well-Traveled Cyclist post from earlier in the year.

That’s my new year’s wish for a da ugga readers (including Snow), work less and bicycle more. On that topic, what do you do to ride more?

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A shift in power: Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan

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by Byron on Dec 08, 2006 at 8:26 AM

Most appealing in Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan is the intention to mainly focus on existing roadways and making them more bike friendly and improving the City’s quality of life. I posted on this topic earlier, after being convinced by the Contested Streets documentary that shows how cities have “focused on the bicycle as a primary transporter and changed their streets and traffic flow to allow for more bikes.”

Also very important is wayfinding for cyclists and I think the goal of increasing “cycling from 2 percent of all trips now, to 12 percent of all trips within 20 years” is achievable.

For more reaction to Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan see

And a follow up piece from the Seattle PI’s Mike Lewis on bicycle-car collisions.

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