REI: Big Miles Logged

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by Byron on Jul 07, 2006 at 7:05 AM

Becky, an Outreach Specialist for REI Kennewick, reports outstanding results for their Commute Challenge with nearly 3K miles logged from 50 riders. That’s impressive and adds to a record-breaking bike month this year.

Seeing all those commuters during Bike Month in Seattle is what partly inspired Bike Hugger.

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Being Critical

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2006 at 3:44 PM

Following up on the Critical Mass arrest last week in Seattle, Robert L. Jamieson Jr, a Seattle PI columnists finds fault with both the police and Critical Mass. Having spent time in the clink for bike v. car road rage, I can tell you that getting angry with drivers is just not worth it. While part of our bloggy mission here at Bike Hugger is to promote cycling and be advocates, getting angry just “mucks up the message.” For more on the incident and opinions see

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Bumps along the way

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2006 at 2:19 PM

A Tri-Cities cyclist was seriously injured when he hit an empty concrete turtle intended to hold a traffic bollard. The bollards have not yet been installed. As the Tri City Herald reports, the cyclist, Matt Moeller, “suffered shattered bones and a collapsed lung.”

While that’s a serious accident, that turtle is nothing compared to the exposed tracks, potholes (I don’t think there are any potholes in the Tri-Cities), homeless people, drunken mariners fans, drunken seahawks fans, car doors, sheer density of traffic, suv drivers, concrete cracks, and more in larger urban areas like Seattle. It’s always best to ride with situational awareness, as I call it, to be very aware of your surroundings and that angry driver trying to park in your lane.

My wife endoed on exposed railroad track once, sliding into a curb with her head, and spent a day in the emergency room dazed and confused. Her helmet saved her life and I watched it all happen. I’m sure Matt freaked everyone out that was with him, including himself!

“Montana Mike” Robinson has been updating the Chinook Cycle Club with reports on Matt’s status and it’s great to hear he’s “up and walking. They have elected not to do surgery as all the broken “stuff” is in place and the ball and sockets appear OK also.”

Turtle Update

See this post from stokediam about a cyclist that hit a real turtle and broke his collarbone.

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Bike Art

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2006 at 1:38 PM

Reader Terri Saul sent us a page of her bike art that’s about the love of bicycles and cycling. My fav, which is sold, is Left of Sun Head South.

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Live Data from the TDF

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2006 at 6:36 AM

Cyclingpeaks is offering a live view of SRM data during each stage and posting the entire file afterwards. That’s cool and also depressing to see such low heart rates! That’s my heart rate during a casual riding to meet the team!

Polar is also transmitting data during the stage, OLN alternates between the two, but I haven’t seen Polar files live. They do have a S725X Tour Edition and a new partnership with Adidas.

The Live Update Window from Velonews offers, standings, jerseys, a google map and is perfect for following le Tour at work.

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REI CEO: Bikes are going bonkers for us

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by Byron on Jul 05, 2006 at 7:08 PM

REI catalog In a Q/A with the Seattle PI Business Section, REI’s CEO says, “Bikes are going bonkers for us. About half our bikes are our own brand, Novara, which is a great value.” Not only are Novara’s great value, but a great cycling brand. While Novara has been around for years, they’re certainly not just a house brand. I first noticed their cycling enthusiasm when I saw a Novara Merlino Wool Jersey and thought, “whoever brought that to market loves and knows bikes.” And they do, check the photos in their catalog (PDF 5.8M) to see how much.

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Photo of the day

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by Frank Steele on Jul 05, 2006 at 6:53 PM

Mine, by Markvc1

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Group Health STP Sale at Performance Bicycle

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by Byron on Jul 05, 2006 at 6:03 PM

Performance Bicycles (a Bike Hugger affiliate) shops are having a Seattle to Portland 15% off in-store sale for Washington and Oregon and are open 24 hours on the eve of STP. That’s an additional 15% of the lowest marked price on anything and runs from July 12th to the 16th. A great time to stock up on the bars, powders, tubes and, as noted to Howard who just rode the rockies, chamois creme!

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The Tour every 2 hours

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by Byron on Jul 05, 2006 at 5:46 PM

Man, I just dig being able to turn on OLN and see the Tour every 2 hours. I’ll even watch a stage a few times, to catch something I missed, or just relish in the coverage, realizing I won’t see it again for another year. Seeing those marvelous graphical maps, I forgive OLN for gutting the Giro and Vuelta coverage. A few notes on this year’s coverage

  • Great to see OLN’s graphics, studio, and talent reaching ESPN 2 levels of quality
  • Trautwig seems less annoying, I even chuckled at two of his quips
  • Phil is not messing up all the names like he was earlier in the year
  • Paul always seems like he’s having a really good time
  • Does Bobke scare the casual viewer?

Considering that we’ll see the same commercials 10 million times before the end of the tour, I already can’t stand that Flowmax one. Flowmax should be the name of a carburetor and sorry, but guys are just never that happy together, in a convertible, hair blowing in their faces, singing hits from the 80s, happy that their piss flows. I also don’t care if Saab was born from jet engineers because none of them are around anymore, Saab is a division of GM (not Boeing), and Subaru makes some of their cars.

I love those Michelob commercials and think that if they can put an SRM on a bike and transmit the data that they could put a camera on a bike and capture a sprint from a rider’s view.

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Whitelisting Commenters

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by Byron on Jul 05, 2006 at 9:27 AM

Just turned on a new whitelisting feature for comments. We’re moderating all comments on Bike Hugger to prevent spam and we’re now “trusting” commenters and adding them to a whitelist. If you’ve been added to the list, your comment will go live immediately and not sit in the queue.

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