Derailleur deployed: Rider diary from Iraq

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by Frank Steele on Jun 19, 2006 at 7:20 PM

VeloNews | Sustaining Sanity in Iraq: The Chow Race

VeloNews has been printing a series of diary entries by Maj. Jason Bryan, a serviceman in Iraq who is keeping his sanity through daily “perimeter rides” around his base, 18.5 kilometers (about 11 miles) to a lap.

He’s doing a lap in the morning and a lap in the evening, and has been averaging about 100 kilometers/week. For June, he’s set a goal of 1000 kilometers, and says his VeloNews celebrity has motivated him: He’s through 800 kilometers with almost 2 weeks to go. He’s thinking about whether he could do 1600 kms, or 1000 miles. He set a new personal best this week of 36:04, and discusses the big advantage his bike gives him when it’s time for chow hall.

Some things never change: He’s got to contend with dogs on his rides, and the desert is hard on components, so he’s learning how to do maintenance. On the other hand, I’ve never come across two cobras on a ride.

Despite the trying conditions, Maj. Bryan is clearly One Of Us.

Maj. Bryan’s diary entries:

June 5: Letter from Iraq: Not your usual road hazards

June 7: Sustaining Sanity in Iraq: A Soldier’s Bicycle Journal

June 12: Sustaining Sanity in Iraq: What a long, strange trip it’s been

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Podium Girls Gone Bad

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by Byron on Jun 19, 2006 at 9:58 AM

In what some were calling, “the best transition ever,” the Podium Girls Gone Bad can be seen in this video (QuickTime 200K) dominating the Marymoor Little 100 on Saturday. A few laps later and they won for the 3rd year in a row. The video is also available for your iPod.

For some background, see my earlier post. The Marymoor Little 100 is a sort of urban/punk rock homage to Breaking Away (one of two American films on cycling), where cyclists dress up in silly outfits and ride around the track on cruiser bikes. Breaking Away’s plot centers on the Indiana Little 500, a relay bike race that is taken very seriously by the groups that participate and is still ran today. The Marymoor Little 100 is taken very seriously as well, but by guys wearing nothing but tidy whities and girls dressed up like 80s Madonna.

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Ditty Bops Bike Tour

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by Byron on Jun 19, 2006 at 9:41 AM

The Ditty Bops are blogging a bicycle tour across America in support of cycling, clean air, and their new album Moon Over the Freeway.

The cycling Betties just started their journey for good music and good riding and are being helped by the Adventure Cycling Association. I couldn’t find their route, but they should include Portland where they could get the key to the city during Pedalpalooza!

For more on the Ditty Bops, check their Myspace and of note is how the music industry is tapping into cycling culture.

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Flying Wheels Century and Marymoor Little 100

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by Byron on Jun 17, 2006 at 8:22 AM

The Flying Wheels Summer Century is on today. Right after the wheels stop flying, you can cheer on your favorite Cutter at the Marymoor Little 100. Best part about the Little 100 is that you can drink beer, while subjective voting occurs on categories like, “best team costume concept, smoothest switch out, most aggressive prime lap, best shaven legs …”

Bike Huggers will be there, in effect, taking photos and dunking someone in the dunk tank.

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Kryptonite’s annual top 10 bike theft cities released

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by Frank Steele on Jun 16, 2006 at 1:19 PM

Kryptonite Announces Top 10 Worst Cities for Bicycle Theft

Kryptonite, makers of the ubiquitous U-Lock, named New York its worst city for bike theft (no surprise, there).

They don’t explain their methodology, just “its own proprietary data,” but here’s the full list:

    Kryptonite’s Top 10 Worst Cities for Bike Theft:
  1. New York, NY
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Boston, MA
  6. Eugene, OR
  7. Philadephia, PA
  8. Oakland, CA
  9. Seattle, WA
  10. Miami, FL

They also suggest a number of fairly common-sense tips (lock to a secure object, lock in a visible, well-lit area), and at least one I’ve never done: “Always lock your bike, especially when at home.” Couldn’t hurt; I may start.

And what city sticks out like a sore thumb from that list? That’s right – Eugene. All the others are big population centers. I guess that’s the downside to being one of the best cities for cycling: If you can get anywhere by bicycle, everybody’s gonna want one.

(Via Cycle-Licious.)

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Good luck at RtR!

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by Frank Steele on Jun 16, 2006 at 12:13 PM

2006 Denver Post Ride The Rockies

Good luck to the 2000 lucky lottery winners kicking off “Ride the Rockies” on Sunday in Cortez.

This year’s route travels through Durango, then down into New Mexico, before turning almost straight north to Salida and Cañon City. We’ll be linking to weblog entries and photos from along the ride next week. If you find any, please send them along; our suggestions e-mail is “huggable” at this domain name.

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Picture of the day

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by Frank Steele on Jun 16, 2006 at 11:37 AM

HardRock vs. hard rock

Bicicle2, by valpopando.

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Who needs to think when your feet just go?

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by Byron on Jun 16, 2006 at 9:14 AM

Last year, just about this time of year, I was riding in Colorado, up to Lizard Head Pass and just as my head started to clear from work stress, I was focusing on surviving the hail, cold, wet and precipitous drops off and thought, “this is it.” This is what I want to do and blog about. This is my lifestyle. It is about the bike and I’m lucky enough to work with designers and clients that made this blog happen.

We’ve still got some work to do. Get a blog roll up, photos, affiliates and mostly post about riding, commuting, and cycling.

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Welcome to Bike Hugger

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by Byron on Jun 14, 2006 at 1:43 PM

Bike Hugger is a blog for the cycling enthusiast, for the commuter, and people getting into the cycling lifestyle. We’ve also got product reviews in the works, ride reports, and more. Bike Hugger is about riding your bike and we’re glad you visited. Today we’re soft launching, in the coming weeks, we’ll post more features, and later today we’re going out for a long ride.

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