Xtracycle Ride, Party and Concert
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.
A Better Hugger
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.
Another season begins
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.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Nov 02, 2006 at 1:29 PM
Recumbent bicycle, by manganite.
New Google Custom Search
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.
Tesco Bike Active Bath
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.
Bicycle New South Wales
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.
Magnificent Streets, Folding Bikes, and Roundabouts
by Byron on Oct 30, 2006 at 8:10 AM
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.
Cycle tourism in Girona Spain
by Byron on Oct 26, 2006 at 9:07 PM
Our stay at Hotel Moli del Mig near Girona Spain was more than we expected. From the friendly staff, roads, food and modernist remodel, it’s a new destination for cyclists and only a few had ridden the roads. It was also how we’d approach a cyclo-tourism hotel,
nearly exactly. Notes
- Open less than a year, the “middle mill” was restored from a 400 yr old water mill.
- Cycle tourism is new to the area – treking has been around and actively promoted by the tourism board.
- From the lighting to the background music. furnishings, and more, much attention to “modernists” details occured in the renovation.
- Welcoming people, roads, and almost no one here – it’s off season and about 70 degrees.
- Most people spoke some english and we’re happy to accommodate us with our phrase book in hand. The language here is Catalan, but they also speak Spanish.
Riding the Costa Brava
by Byron on Oct 26, 2006 at 8:38 PM
One of many roads to the Costa Brava near Girona Spain. See more photos in our Spain 06 gallery and posts tagged Spain.
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