Making a Magazine and Eating Pizza
by Byron on Feb 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Valentine’s Day Push Notification from us
As the editor and publisher, I think 09 is our best issue yet and it dropped on iTunes last Friday. What I’m excited about is we made a bet on micropublishing and our subscriptions are about to take us from a package of ramen per issue to throwing a pizza party.
As Glenn Fleishman said to me about selling niche content, “it’s so easy, do it yourself.” Well it ain’t that easy, but you can certainly do it yourself; just like making a ‘zine with a desktop publishing mac, back in the day. Before we launched the magazine I talked to Glenn and he said
Micropublishing is very exciting. It doesn’t remove the time, effort, and potential cost of producing editorial, but it dramatically reduces the production and distribution part of the cycle. The low cost of new platforms means that it’s possible for publications to thrive based on pure love (like zines and even home mimoed publications in the old days) all the way up to the New Yorker. I can see an ecosystem of many micropubs that have 5,000 to 50,000 regular subscribers, and a fair amount of money being put out for freelancer writer, photography, and illustration that has evaporated from the print world.”
Indeed and thanks to all the subscribers. We’ve got much more coming with Droid and Windows views soon. You can find Bike Hugger Magazine on iTunes. Here’s more about the issue and the Valentine’s Day theme.
Love That Dirty Water, Seattle You’re My Home
by Byron on Feb 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM
When this bike arrived to demo, it was like ‘I’m not a player, I just crush a lot.’
Stopped along the Duwamish to get this shot and was reminded of the Standell’s song
And that was stuck in my head for the rest of the ride. The river was turbid, churning with mud and dirt from a storm front that sent torrents of rain interspersed with a few sun breaks. That’s why we ride fender bikes in the rainy season. They’re for putting the miles in rain or shine. Yesterday it was both.
10 Things Loved in 2013
by Byron on Feb 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM
Not subscribed to our Magazine yet? Well, we love you much as those that are too (well almost as much), so here’s an article about things that Matt Hill loved in 2013. Matt knows his stuff, so listen up…
10.) DI2 and disc brakes on my cross bike…
I only managed to get the darn thing built up in time for one race, but that race was the Bend Ice Bowl, and folks? When you can’t feel your hands, all the arguments against disc brakes & electronic shifting disappear. Quickly. A revelation.
9.) Flo Wheels…
They aren’t light, but they’re aerodynamic as all get-out, and they’re bomb-proof.
…and cheap. Holy cow, these things are inexpensive.
You get to pick 3 out of 4, right?
8.) The new “light” drink mixes…
Eat your calories, drink your electrolytes. Makes sense to me. Makes sense to enough people that all the bigger players in the sport nutrition game are jumping on the bandwagon. Cliff’s new product in the category is pretty great, and that’s what I’m soaking in now.
7.) Rolling resistance testing of tires…
Thanks to folks like Al Morrison and Tom Ahnhalt, riders can now make informed decisions about gear that will actually make them faster. Better yet? The manufacturers have been paying attention, and have responded with better, faster products. The same thing is starting to happen with aerodynamic testing. Excellent.
6) The Castelli Gabba Jersey…
If you race bikes in the rain, you should buy one. Full-stop. The very rarest of things, an absolutely perfect product.
5) A ridiculous little bell on my bike…
Yup. I put a ridiculous little bell on my bike.
It’s absolutely flabbergasting how effective a tiny little “ping” is at clearing a path through normally oblivious multi-use trail traffic. It sounds like Mary Poppins rolling through, but people clear out like you’re aiming a cannon their way.
4) The Hola App for the Chrome browser…
The UCI has a YouTube page, and they live-stream a huge portion of the year’s race calendar on it, including all the Cyclocross World Cup races (Women’s races included!)
The problem, though?
They sold video rights in the US to a cable channel that isn’t available in my area. As a result, the YouTube feed is blocked, and there’s no way to watch on the TV.
What’s a desperate fan to do?
Click the Hola button on the browser toolbar, and YouTube thinks you’re watching from the UK, or Denmark, or Belgium… wherever the feed originates.
3) Cyclocross Nationals are in Austin next year…
Yeah, this is a year away, but I already love it. Get ready for a weird time…
2) The rise of Enduro Racing…
People having FUN racing their bikes? Damn…
1) Pat McQuaid out on his ass…
‘Nuff said, eh?
Issue 09: Valentines
by Byron on Feb 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM
Issue 09 of our Magazine, dropping on iTunes today, is a Valentines Day edition with articles about lust, love, and heartbreak on the bike. Quotes from the articles include
- But from that vantage I knew at once that she was a cyclist. – Nick Verstain
- It’s not that you can’t find something to love in bikes. It just might not be the bikes themselves. – Chris Matthews
- Chavez threaded the needle over an icy patch on the road that would’ve broke the pelvis or hip of anyone else. – Byron
- I would buy/borrow a new one, get rid of the old bike and feel nothing. It wasn’t until that Trick Star that I truly fell in love with a bike. – Matt Haughey
- Then he disappears in the garage or goes on a training ride. He’s been racing for 3 years and moved up to a cat 2. – Zanne Blair
- It’s an exciting time of the year full of possibilities. Imaginations are fired. Wonderful new bikes are born. – Dwight Jurling
- People aren’t like bikes; people get jealous. – Mark V
The theme pulsed a nerve with all of the authors, inspiring them to write emotional pieces about the bike and love. I paused while editing to consider my relationships and why I ride so much. Also remembered to NOT give a lover bike parts for both of you to share!
Subscription revenues directly support the writing, editing, and production of Bike Hugger Magazine. It’s ad free and published monthly on iTunes for $1.99 per month or $3.99 an issue. Droid users you can find us on Google Play.
Free Terns and Lumias at SXSW
by Byron on Feb 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM
Ride around with us taking photos with Lumias on Terns, like this
Today Nokia announced their new Lumia Icon and that’s one of the phones we’re loaning out with a Tern during SXSW Interactive this year. Yep, we’ve got a fleet of bikes and demo phones for you to ride and try in Austin. To sign up, visit our Free Tern and Lumia page and fill in the Google Doc. That’s it.
If you make the list, Nokia will contact you, and we hope you bring the Tern and Lumia with you to the Mobile Social and ride with us. It’s on Sunday March 9th and during the ride, we’ll pull focus to mobile photography with guests Dan Rubin, Jeremy Dunn, and our own David Schloss.
Fly6 HD Camera & Tail-Light Combo
by Byron on Feb 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Packages with lights normally arrive from Australia by way of our friends at Knog. We’ve got their latest Blinders in and they’re attached to our bikes. Today, a combination rear blinky and camera arrived from Fly6. That they got a model to pick her nose in a cheeky video AND were first to market with a rear dash cam for bikes, deserves credit. I’ve talked with several manufactures about similar products and at CES was looking for onboard cams.
Fly6 is Kickstarting the HD Camera & Tail-Light Combo and we’ve got it in on test. More credit for sending out review product ahead of their launch. Read about it on their Kickstarter and here’s the detail you want to know
Fly6 ships with a Class 10, 8GB microSD card which has capacity to record two hours of Fly6 footage before the looping function kicks in to overwrite previously recorded footage in 15 minutes ‘chunks’.
Also doesn’t it remind you of the original Vistalite? I have one of those on my workbench, as an emergency back up. Get the Fly6 via Kickstarter or direct for $169.00 (AUD).
First impressions are that’s a nice looking light AND it has a camera. Now to charge it and record video on a loop….
Riding with Beta Brand and Dirt Baggies
by Byron on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:54 AM
V is for Visibility
Where Issue 08 of our Magazine talks about a new year and new rides, like this just-arrived Foil and the Giant Advanced XTC, we’ve also got new kit in. Two standouts are a work shirt and pants from Beta Brand and Dirt Baggies.
I wore a Beta Brand outfit during CES and then the Dirt Baggies when we snow biked in Park City. Beta Brand and us go way back, before they were called Beta and developed a cord that ran around the leg, instead of up and down it. Before there were any bike-specific, “plain clothes” for cyclists, Beta Brand added reflective features like pocket flaps and cuffs. Most importantly, besides making clothes that reflect car lights, their designers gusseted the crotch and cut the legs wide so they fit cyclists legs. I wore the original cords so much, they eventually fell apart and my wife suggested I retire them.
A few years later, Beta has a full line and again, it’s less about the bike-to-work features and more the comfort. With many competitors following their lead into bike clothes for commuters, how it wears is most important to me. You wouldn’t know the shirt and pants are for cyclists until you spotted the piping or pocket flap. You’ll probably get a few, “nice shirt” comments too and that’s why I’m wearing the Charcoal Bike to Work Shirt.
Because it’s a really nice shirt that’s comfortable, breathes well, wrinkles shake out of it, and it packs up nice in a suitcase. It reflects too. I rode it around Vegas, in a trade show, then out clubbing. That’s as endorsed as it gets.
You can find the Charcoal Bike to Work Shirt and the Black Bike to Work Britches online for $108.00 a piece.
In 14, we’re spending a season on the dirt and I recently tweeted
What Dirt Baggies did is made a high-quality road short and then hid it inside of baggies. Why they did that, culturally I’m not sure, but the shorts worked great under thermal tights when we snow biked. So when we’re out on the trail and not racing our road kit, I’ll have those on.
8th Annual Mobile Social SXSW
by Byron on Feb 09, 2014 at 8:53 AM
A ride around the Capital
If you count the two “unofficial” years, Bike Hugger has been riding in Austin during SXSW for a decade. A month from now we’re back in Texas and ten years of Mobile Socials have seen enormous, the-roof-is-on-fire crowds – a hundred or so when it rains – and always a colorful peloton that rolls through town like a movable feast. People have met on the rides and gotten married, children conceived, businesses pitched, and we mostly had lots of fun (where you there for the marching band send-off?).
We’re so in the moment during these, we don’t stop often enough to take photos and decided this year that’s what we’ll do. Photographers Dan Rubin, Jeremy Dunn, and our own David Schloss are going to pull focus on the ride to mobile photography. We’ll start from Create tent, ride a scenic route the river, and stop along the way to get the shots. Back at Create, we’ll talk about the photos, techniques the pros use, and share a beer or two.
It’s like a photo walk, but with bikes — because every good ride deserves to be shared.
The Mobile Social SXSW with Nokia and Tern starts at 12:30 CST, Sunday March 9th, from the Create tent at the Long Center. We’ll ride for about an hour, taking photos, then back for a reception with Rapha. The event is free and open to the public.The pace is social and all cyclists are welcome, any bike will work, with no hills, just fun.
Our Partners Nokia US and Tern are bringing a fleet of bikes and Lumias to town for the Mobile Social. Combine the MoSo fleet with the SXCycles free bike share and it’s like, “Yo dawg, we heard you like free bikes!”
You can rent a Tern from SXCycles or get a free bike from us by signing up on our Get a Free Tern and Lumia During SXSW 14 page.
Before the ride, on Saturday, I’m hosting a series of talks about bike tech with Dan and Myriam Joire from Pebble. Check the Create post and we’ll see you soon in Austin.
2014 CX Worlds Edit
by Byron on Feb 08, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Was in NYC for the Super Bowl last weekend and missed watching CX Worlds. Did hear some of the drama, like Stybar showing up on a 2-yr old bike to win or it was cantis v. discs. The UCI’s race edit is above and that’s what CX racing is all about, just like the 13 Worlds in the States. It’s the best racing in the bike business.
Tl;DR? Scrub to the final lap and see them battle it out.
Mobile Social SXSW 14 with Nokia and Tern
by Byron on Feb 07, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Our annual Mobile Social in Austin
Join Bike Hugger at the Mobile Social starting at the Create tent—where bikes and tech meet at SXSW. This ride’s focus is on photography and we will tour the city, stopping on the hour-long route to capture scenic Austin and share our images taken with Lumias.
After the ride join us for a reception provided by Rapha complete with beer, apps, and talks about the photos taken on the ride from noted mobile photographers.
We’ll meet on the lawn outside the Create ATX tent at the Long Center at 12:30pm.
This event is open to the public, no badge required. We’ll have a fleet of free bikes for you to ride with us and will announce how to get one for yourself soon.
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