Schooner Exact Imperial IPA

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by Byron on Apr 26, 2007 at 9:08 AM

Schooner Exact, the makers of Bike Hugger Brown are having a brewers night tonight at the Beveridge Place Pub. According to Marcus, the Minister of Propaganda for the microbrewery, “This is going to be a special one, we were able to take a little taste of it the other day right out of the fermenter and we could not put it down!” The West Seattle blog also noticed the arrival of a new beer from Schooner.

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Photo of the Day: Bike Pile

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by Byron on Apr 26, 2007 at 7:35 AM

Found on Untitled Name while searching for the term “bike pile” on ">Google and Flickr.

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Antler Bikes

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by Byron on Apr 26, 2007 at 6:57 AM

Ahead of the ">antler-design trend by months and way more stylish with the whole global warming thing are antler bikes (stylish and saving the environment, like Sheryl Crow!). We first spotted one at Interbike, Bicycle Design posted on 8 point handlebars, Razor Apple has got the furry antler version, and the then there’s the King of the Road, which was ahead of it’s time.

Of course, there’s a blog about the Secret Life of Antlered Girls, who also ride bikes.

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Fisher-Price Smart Cycle

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by Byron on Apr 26, 2007 at 6:31 AM

The NYTimes picks up the story about the Fisher-Price Smart Cycle – we posted about the child-size trainer earlier this year. We still like the idea of training next to your child. While they “whack-a-mole,” you can do your sweaty spinervals.

Unsure if Fisher-Price has dropped Richard Simmons from their marketing – the bloggers had fun with that odd choice of a spokesperson.

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Filmed By Bike

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by Byron on Apr 25, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Filmed by Bike is a festival of bike-theme movie shorts – check the program for titles like Tag 5:10, a bike messenger chases a rollerblader through the streets of London and Snot Rocket Bike, an upwards look at the grim reality of biking.

I don’t see where you can view the vids online, but the festival posted on their success and they sell DVDs. We’ve been uploading hugger videos to Google. Also see Start 2 Finish, a documentary about the racing scene in the Pacific Northwest.

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Landis Tests Positive

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by Kelli on Apr 23, 2007 at 7:19 PM

It seems ages ago that Floyd Landis made his incredible comeback on Stage 17 of the 2006 Tour de France. Yet, as we approach the 2007 tour, Landis still find himself in the heat of charges surrounding his positive tests for doping. This afternoon, NPR aired an article citing additional positive tests from Landis’ back-up samples taken throughout various other stages.

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Coasting Coverage

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by Byron on Apr 23, 2007 at 9:47 AM

The AP picks up the Coasting story writing about how the industry is hoping to drive sales with automatic bikes and enjoyment over performance. I know, I know, in previous posts, the Coasting disses come in, but anything that can get the “my dad” demographic riding more or any other demographic riding more is good for everyone. Just like the Bianchi Milano, what Electra is doing with cruiser bikes, Clever Cycles, and an industry that’s just making cycling easier.

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Also check The Ride and what Ellsworth engineered with NuVinci.

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Tour de Georgia blogging

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by Byron on Apr 22, 2007 at 1:14 PM

Frank Steele, a Bike Hugger cofounder, contributor, and collaborator, is blogging the Tour de Georgia and posting on such things as Santa riding up Brasstown Bald.

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Ride of Silence

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by Byron on Apr 22, 2007 at 8:07 AM

During National Bike Month, the Ride of Silence will occur. Organized in “honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways,” the rides will take part across the US and World on May 16th at 7:00 pm. Check the locations for a ride near you.

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Blue Sky Beijing

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by Byron on Apr 22, 2007 at 7:13 AM

The blue sky in the background of this photo was a rare site in Beijing. We were lucky to see it and the next day the pollution returned to normal oppressive levels. What I mistakenly thought was morning fog for a few moments, when I first arrived, was instead a gray smog that envelopes the city usually every day.

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It’s tough not to be cynical on Earth Day after seeing that level of pollution and reading that Beijing is on track to become the top carbon emitter. While Oprah teaches her audience how to be green, eco-socialites throw parties, and Cheryl Crow urges us to spare a square, the “latest data shows China is building a coal-fired power plant every four days.” The IOC’s confidence in China’s ability to clean up the air for the Olympics is laughable. I was having problems just riding a folding bike around and expect that Olympic performance scientists will focus on breakthrough exercise-induced asthma drugs in Beijing.

Of course, Bike Hugger will do our part to promote cycling and bike culture (May is National Bike Month), but with a new realization and appreciation of how perilous global warming is. China has promised to focus on pollution and the poor. We can only hope that’s true.

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