Giro Spectator Crash

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by Byron on May 11, 2015 at 7:17 AM

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Unconfirmed what type bike it was or the proper label for the person who decided to join the Giro yesterday, but here’s video and it starts around :10 from the planters. Read it was a dickhead, hipster fixie, cruiser, maybe it was a vacationer? But like a crash-causing, cat 5 vapor, he/she is gone.

As Mark V noted on Facebook

Last time a fixed gear bike was in the Giro was a decade ago when Aussie Stuart O’Grady tried to win the 1.15km prologue with basically a kilometer time trial track bike with brakes (he didn’t win, but he didn’t cause a pileup either).


We’re reminded of that one time at the Redmond Derby, a kid just wanted to race and everyone thought he jumped into it.

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Hirose, Handmade Derailleur

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by Byron on May 09, 2015 at 7:35 AM

Derailer

As I parse more marketing language from one of the big 3 bicycle component manufacturers into a Bike Hugger blog post, my mind drifts to a handmade derailleur by C.S. Hirose.

The imaginary vignette continues to a pilgrimage ride, where a bike is handmade too, and it’s ridden along the coast, after asking Mr. Hirose about his favorite route(s).

Hirose Retro

In a jersey pocket, I carry a Hozan tool, to disassemble the bike, and pack it up for the eventual trip back home.

The feeling of changing gears, changing attitudes, priorities, riding styles, and the technology is the theme for issue 24, dropping next month. Also, the romance of pedaling away from all the troubling news of the world and into another one like C.S Hirose’s bike shop. The current issue, number 23, is about momentum.

Available on iTunes and the Web, magazine annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4.

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Gear: Bontrager Flare R

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by Byron on May 08, 2015 at 3:21 PM

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Rode with a Bontrager Flare R, a daytime visibility taillight, on a sunny day in Seattle yesterday and yep, it’s that bright. When Trek announced the Flare, I posted on it

With gray skies, changing weather, and traffic I’m usually blinking most days, and early evenings, until the sun sticks around for more than a few hours during the Summer.

And wow we’ve got a 65 lumens option, I’m running that too. Here’s a Vine from the ride, showing on bright it is.


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Gear: Look Keo 2 Max Blade

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by Byron on May 06, 2015 at 9:51 PM

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Look Keo 2 Max

After persistent knee pain, I finally figured out with the help of BG Fit that I needed a wide as possible stance on the bike and got there with the Look Keo 2 Max, switching from Time that I ridden for two decades. Look sent me their Blade to try, which is even wider, lighter, and offers better engagement with a carbon blade. Instead of engaging a cleat with a wound wire, it’s a leaf spring (blade). Step into the pedal, and the clip-in (and out) sensation is immediate and deliberate. Thanks to a chromoly spindle (and still at 120g a pedal), the version I have is at a more approachable price point.

Oh and my knee pain went away – like why wasn’t I running wider pedals 5 years ago? Learn more about the blade on Look’s site and buy from your local shop or on Amazon for about $199.99.

If you need to go even wider, the spindle’s 14 mm thread length enables the Q-Factor to be adjusted by another 2 mm using a special spacer available as a spare part. This increases it from 53 to 55 mm.

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Gadgets: Buckshot Pro

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by Byron on May 05, 2015 at 12:05 PM

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Speaker, charger, flashlight that attaches to your bike.

When this Buckshot Pro showed up for a demo, I thought, “now that looks like a bike party….” It’s a portable rugged speaker that has a passive bass port for bigger sound, a 2600mAh powerbank for charging devices, AND a flashlight. So you can ride with the speaker end towards you, charge your phone, and shine some light on the trail (or keg).

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Play some music, charge your phone, light the path.

This is the second product we’ve had in from Outdoor Tech and like them both. The Turtle Shell Boombox I spotted a few years ago at Interbike, ended up in the garage, on the workbench and has remarkable sound, considering the form factor. If you don’t want the two extra features from the Buckshot Pro for $79.95 – flashlight/usb charger – the regular Buckshot ships from Amazon with Prime for $49.95.

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Attached to your bars.

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Make Sparks with Your Bike

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by Byron on May 05, 2015 at 8:22 AM

What I like about this Wimshurst machine for a bike is how it’d clear the bike path of dogs on leashes, moms with carriages 3 wide, and rollerbladers. Also, impress your friends at the next picnic, zapping bugs!

Wimshurst machine added to a bicycle for making sparks! A Wimshurst machine is an electrostatic machine, which by turning some disks, produces high voltage and sparks. By designing and 3D printing a bike chain sprocket, I caused pedaling the bike to also turn the sprocket and then the disks.


Or hey…as the works starts on Issue 24 of our magazine (yep, 2 years of publishing), this post flowed real easy.

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A Surrey on the Swing Bridge

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by Byron on May 04, 2015 at 6:32 PM

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Here we all are stuck and the surrey is in the front

Not everyday you see a pedal surrey stuck on the swing bridge in West Seattle. They’d pedaled miles from Alki and were stuck with us when the bridge had a mechanical. Not knowing when a crew would fix it, as the discussion went on Twitter, we rode around to another draw bridge, and eventually saw the surrey family (the Hidlebrands) on the trail.

They told us, “Yeah the kids were getting hungry and the rental period was running out…so we heave ho’d it OVER the gates.”

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Free from the stuck swing bridge, here they are on the bike trail eating ice cream

Amazing and a reminder, when it seems like a tough climb or long road ahead, the Hildebrands pedaled a surrey further than any family before them AND lifted it over draw bridge gates.

When asked, the youngest said, “It was a lot of work, but totally worth the ice cream.” And must’ve been fun descending down the other side of the bridge….

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The Unicyclist

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by Byron on May 03, 2015 at 7:41 AM

If you’ve been following along on Twitter, last month saw an aerobarred, 36-inch unicycle with panniers in the neighborhood. Didn’t get a photo, but tweeted the sighting and the one-wheeled oddity became like bigfoot. Then the character rode by Hugga HQ and I scrambled to get shots with my phone, pointing it out the window, up and then down the street…grainy and in low-rez, followers were replying back, “we need to see the bones,” like Big Foot.

Then on Friday, finally a closer shot.

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The reveal! Finally a better photo

As I learned, these unicycles are built for adventure and I guess he’s training, cause the terrain here is hilly and that wheel is fixed. Where he’s going to ride that, I don’t know…but packed up I’m guessing it’s across Africa or something.

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Trek QR Recall: An Audible Click

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by Byron on May 01, 2015 at 2:59 PM

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Lever in disc rotor causes crash

Since Trek announced their massive quick-release recall, it’s been discussed in back channels and online. As the news broke, Trek told me in email that they pushed hard for the recall

We pushed CPSC on the recall. It was our discovery that we took to them to see if they were aware. They were not and we started working on the voluntary recall at that time. Our stance is that safety is a huge priority for Trek. We investigate every accident reported to us and in our investigation into an accident last year we made this discovery. Went to CPSC and are now taking this action. It’s a big number and it’s not easy to undertake but it’s the right thing to do and the decision to work with the CPSC was easy to make when we realized what the potential of the issue was.

Today, our magazine contributor Patrick Brady wrote on RKP about quick releases and cited a conversation I had with an industry insider about a clickable quick release

Someone needs to invent a skewer that will emit an audible click once the lever is tightened sufficiently. Until it’s properly tightened, no click. It’s a simple message: When you hear the click you’ll know you’re safe.

Sound silly? It isn’t. It’s smart and here’s why…the main problem is a cyclist belief system that the special riding club knows how to make a critical part of a bicycle work and others don’t. The end result is injuries, some serious. When wheels fell out of my bikes last year, it was laughed off, blown off, and seriously said to me, “that’s how it is.” I believe that’s because “racing” drives the marketing so much in the bike industry. So perhaps someone that isn’t hard, suffers, and races sure as shit doesn’t know how to put a skewer on, right?

Idiot skewer user!

Wrong. This is a design problem and it’s designer’s job to protect users and consumers from themselves. Whatever design solves this problem, has to do more than retain the wheel in the fork with either tabs or hooks, as is required by law now.

A clickable quick release sure sounds good to me and honestly, I know very smart people in tech who like to ride a bike once in a while and don’t know how a QR works, like at all. That’s just not something they should have to think too much about; despite the historical context of Tulio’s genius that cold day in the Dolomites.

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Matt’s Apple Watch

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by Byron on Apr 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM

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Magazine contributor Mathowie AND his Apple Watch arrived at Hugga HQ today for a lunch ride. We’re discussing like when Google Glass was all shiny and new. See Matt’s initial reactions from a post in the Medium Bicycles Collection.

Here he is wearing it in the shop…

Matt in the shop

And what happened at the movies

Wearing this watch in a movie theater is not a great idea. Any time you shift in your seat, your watch awakens. When you get a notification — if you look at it — you’ll learn some are small fonts on black backgrounds and not that bad while others have notifications with big white icons and light gray backgrounds that light up a room.

My rocky first 24hrs with the Apple Wᴀᴛᴄʜ

How will the watch perform with Strava? We’re gonna find out….until then, read Matt’s fatbike story about Riding the Pacific Northwest Coast in January in Issue 21.

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