Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (Trailer)


by Byron on Feb 26, 2014 at 7:52 AM

April will see the official release of James Erskine’s Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist, a feature-length documentary telling the story of Pantani’s dramatic rise and fall. Rapha will be commemorating the life and career of Il Pirata with a special edition Jersey due to be released in April.

Interesting and we didn’t see any PR on this yet, but found it on YouTube randomly, and a reminder that there were No Gifts for Pantani and Pantani in Pink Tuned into Chaos.

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About Cascade


by Byron on Feb 25, 2014 at 7:53 PM


Cascade is reinventing itself

Bike Hugger’s coverage of Team Rwanda and riding with Rafiki didn’t anticipate Cascade Bicycle Club on the front page of the The Seattle Times or the joke email this week that offended some of their members. That was just timing and as an opinion blog, we don’t do politics, but support Major Taylor 100%.

Cascade’s issues and how they work in Seattle is their challenge. In back channels, I’ve expressed my opinion on how they can become better community members. An opportunity may arise this year for us to produce an event together, a Seattle Mobile Social.

If that happens, it’s a non-political and not a fund-raising event.

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Beer, Bourbon, and or Bud Ride


by Byron on Feb 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM


A Seattle Bourbon

With as many distilleries as weed shops and breweries in Sodo (South of downtown neighborhood), we decided to stop in and try a tasting. 2Bar Bourbon, at least the batch we had, is superb and the only bourbon made here in Seattle. As we learned from the hostess, 2Bar takes it from grain to glass. That means the entire process, including the mash is handled by them with local grains. Tasting notes were spice, butterscotch, and a smoothness in a Manhattan. I recommend you ride in and try their flavors. That’s what we we did and left with a bottle.

In the neighborhood of 2Bar are Pike, Georgetown, Schooner Exact, Emerald City Beer Company, and Pyramid. And between them, all the legal weed shops the state will allow.

For bike tourism, that’s a weekend.

More photos from 2Bar on our on G+ page.

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Riding Out of the Rain


by Byron on Feb 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM


Magnolia to the North

It’s February on the cusp of March, and after something of a reprieve the rains returned, seemingly intent on making up for lost time. And thus the Pacific Northwest cyclist resumes a battle against the elements, more of a prolonged trench war than open combat. Day-in/day-out of sodden riding, waiting for the armistice of late spring sunshine to end the torment.

We rode to the hill over there, north of us, up to Magnolia in the dreeping rain. After the climb, the canopy of a wooded path protected us however briefly.

Out of the rain

Out of the rain and under the canopy of a wooded path

Descending and back home, the Space Needle was on our left, enveloped in the elements. On my mind was the Ride with Rafiki. That’ll linger longer than this rain.

Foggy Needle

The dreeping fog and rain enveloped the Space Needle

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A Ride with Rafiki from Rwanda


by Byron on Feb 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Two worlds collide when fabled cyclist Jock Boyer guides a team of Rwandan genocide survivors to the Olympics. Rising from Ashes is about Team Rwanda, redemption, recovery, and riding the bike.

After a screening in Seattle, I rode with Rafiki, a member of the team who said, team is team.

That means, “the freedom of the bike gives purpose to their pain.”

Rising from Ashes soundtrack samples were composed by Joshua Myers. Find the documentary online and at a screening near you.

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Rode with Rafiki


by Byron on Feb 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM


Rafiki rides a bike

Rode with Rafiki today from Team Rwanda and the movie Rising From Ashes and can confirm my concern about choosing the right tire or brakes is really insignificant compared to the challenges he faced to race. As road reason is about to start in the Pacific Northwest, the movie about redemption and recovery with the bike was a perfect perspective setter. This post includes a still from our ride and I’m working on the rest of the story for the weekend. Rafiki rode Mark’s bike, hung out at Elliott Bay Bicycles, and chatted for a long time with Bill from Davidson Bicycles. I showed him where my bike was made and he greeted the welders. We met at the shop cause I was there, getting ready for gravel roads this spring.

I know I’ll have a lot to think out in the forest after meeting Rafiki and seeing that movie. He said he liked my bike that’s setup now with the new gravel tires.

I also learned from him that the freedom of the bike gives purpose to pain.


Setup for Gravel

That lesson came from a genocide survivor who track stands when riding in the city.

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Solar Dub Rustlers at SXSW


by Byron on Feb 20, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The SYCONS are Solar Dub Rustlers and Bike Hugger’s DJs during SXSW 14 in the Create tent, March 7-9. They’ll send our Mobile Social with Tern and Noika off with a bright, sunny mix. Then greet us with a chill vibe when we return.

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Girl on a Bicycle


by Byron on Feb 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Who Hasn’t Fallen in Love with a Girl on a Bicycle?

He becomes engaged to Greta (Nora Tschirner), his longtime German girlfriend, an attractive flight attendant with a sharp sense of humor. But shortly thereafter, he is smitten by a lovely Frenchwoman, Cécile (Louise Monot), who keeps appearing beside his bus at traffic lights, riding her bicycle.

From a NYT review of a film we want to see.

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Make Bikes: An LED Bike Handlebar Pack


by Byron on Feb 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

From Adafruit, an LED Bike Handlebar Pack

It’s an LED strip with clear handlebar tape, a battery pack, and cool.

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