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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Cycle tourism in Girona Spain

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by Byron on Oct 26, 2006 at 9:07 PM

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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.

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Timbuk 3

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by Byron on Oct 17, 2006 at 9:01 AM

Timbuk 4 I added a 3rd Timbuk2 messenger bag to my collection for our trip to Spain. Messenger bags work great, but anything over 5 pounds for more than 4 hours gets very tiresome slung across your shoulder and chest. With all their big-box retailer offerings and fashion bags, I thought that Timbuk2 had lost itself along the way from a Hippie messenger shop to a corporate, sellout making poseur bags.

Their Pro Series reminded me of exactly why I bought my first Timbuk2 bag, way back in the day; it’s tough, durable, well-designed, well made, and has plenty of pockets. The tri-color one in the photo is the first and was a shop sampler at Alki Bike and Board that showed all the custom colors you could order. I think I paid like a case of beer for it or something. Later, I got the small pork-chop “man purse” and it used to carry around a Handspring.

A couple years ago, I starting traveling a lot and got the black and gray “business” bag. The business bag works very well when perched atop roller luggage and it’s very functional to take to meetings and later remove the laptop sleeve for a ride.

In Spain, we’re traveling as light as possible with the bikes and I’m going to have my laptop with me. I opted for the Pro Series Messenger Backpack to get the weight up on my shoulders more comfortably and organize myself with all the pockets! Fixed Gear Gallery reviewed the backpack ealier this year. I modified mine by adding a pad to the compression strap Timbuk2 supplies for extra-capacity. I can throw it over my shoulder for another bag position and when I need to get into the bag frequently. I also added pouches for my cell phone and camera

As Timbuk2 says, the Pro Series line was designed by a bike messenger and it shows. The bag is proudly made in San Fran. Finally, there’s no losing me in a Barcelona crowd with that orange reflective strip.

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