New York Bike Rides

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by Byron on Jun 26, 2007 at 5:56 AM

David Byrne writes about riding bicycles in NYC for nearly 30 years, including the early years withTalking Heads (iTunes) where they made fun of him for being like Pee Wee Herman. While noting how exhilarating riding across town is

“A ride across town gets the adrenalin going as one heads to work or to the studio in the morning. By the time one arrives for a meeting one is fully awake blood pumping, on alert ” having often just had 3 near-death experiences.”

he also observes a wonderful new bike path up the Hudson and how some NYC streets now have marked bike lanes.

For more NYC rides, check this guide to NYC metro area bike paths that not only describes the ride, but tells its history.

Concluding his post, Byrne talks about the freedom of riding through a chapel in Vegas, strange looks in Instanbul, and the levees in New Orleans. He reminded me of why I take my bike with me most everywhere I travel and the cycling perspective.

In Beijing, we rode in the “flow” of the city and we’ll ride in more cities this year on the Modal, a new travel bike project.

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(photo credit Cunning Stunt)

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In the bike shop: Schwinn Girl

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by Byron on Jun 25, 2007 at 7:40 AM

Schwinn Girl popped into the bike shop with a loose shifter cable. We all agreed the bike was way older than her and it was a 50s or 60s era Varsity. She was convinced it was from the 80s, but loved the bike just the same and for her it seemed like a fashion statement.

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Tour de Blast

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by Byron on Jun 24, 2007 at 7:32 AM

Pam and I rode the Tour de Blast on Saturday. Still not feeling well, we backed the pace off after I blew on the first climb and rolled it recreationally with the thousands of cyclists.

Tour de Blast is a well-ran, fun event with stunning scenery of Mt. St Helens.

Tour de Blast photos in the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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Vans, SUVs, Cars, and Bettie

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by Jason Swihart on Jun 22, 2007 at 3:42 PM

Byron just rolls up on Bettie and parks right next to the Vans, SUVs, and Cars.

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Microsoft’s Monster Garage

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by Byron on Jun 22, 2007 at 7:10 AM

Maybe Microsoft will add HOV lanes, bike lanes, and showers for bike commuters to a hugongous parking garage that’s “four stories deep, four football fields long and 1.5 football fields wide, with room for nearly 5,000 cars.”

Getting press on this, I wondered if MS is proud of that monster garage. How do you possibly offset that much carbon?

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Photo of the Day: Adventure Travel Bike

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by Byron on Jun 22, 2007 at 5:28 AM

Built for a tour of Denali National park, this Adventure Travel Bike features S&S couplings, the biggest knobbies ever made, lots of room for fenders, campy shifters, and an XT drivetrain. Bonus is the retro paint. More photos in the Hugga photostream

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Tripping the Bike Fantastic

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by Byron on Jun 22, 2007 at 4:43 AM

Resurrected from the dregs of someone’s basement, is this early 90s Davidson Impulse – that’s just one of the frame models that gave Bill his frame-building cred and he’s been at it for 38 years. Bike trivia: “Davidson Impulse” can be re-arranged to “Damn Livid Spouse!” and Impulses are still trading today amongst collectors, on eBay, and that’s damn lucky to find one in a basement.

Check this Bicycling magazine review of Custom Bicycles for Specific Needs, written by Gary Fisher, in March 1978.

Sadiq Gill built the frame up with older Mavic SSC stuff, Phil Tubular wheels, and wrote that she “rides fantastic” … tripping the bike fantastic.

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Interbike 2007 Registration Open

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by Byron on Jun 21, 2007 at 6:40 AM

redrock_resort.jpg Bike Hugger is already planning our Interbike trip this year, where we’ll cover even more of the show, cycling in Vegas (you’d be surprised), and announce product from some supa-secret projects we’re working on.

Bonus this year is the Las Vegas World Criterium Championship with it’s Industry Cup division, the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, and check this out: At the Red Rock, you can test ride Cannondale’s System Six or Synapse Carbon SL 1 with a set of Lew Racing’s PRO VT-1!

Where Interbike is usually criticized for being in Vegas, including by us, they’re working with the city and responding with more bike events, new bike paths, and encouraging visitors to ride.

Before Bike Hugger, way back, in 04, Pam and I rode Vegas and I had this to say

“You don’t know a town ‘till you ride through it. Vegas was a miserable ride of strip malls, side streets, heavy traffic, horrible tasting water and urban decay until we got out of the city and into Red Rock Canyon. “

Check Road Mag’s Tales from the Road on Red Rock Canyon.

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