Tour de France Black Friday Updates
by Byron on Jun 30, 2006 at 12:11 PM
In what’s being called Black Friday by cycling fans, the news continues with a full update and background report from Velonews, including how the “eve of the tour” massacre went down. What we know now is that, according to the ProTour rules, any rider implicated in a doping investigation will not be allowed to start and the list of those not starting continues to grow. The NYTimes and Cyclingnews have updated coverage.
Remember to follow the TDF Blog for more tour news and reports.
No shifting required
by Byron on Jun 30, 2006 at 8:31 AM
This week Pam and I were out on an early evening ride and met Justin, a fixed gear commuter, and talked at length about his bike, his 40 mile commute, single speeds, and the culture. I also talked with colleagues in the bike industry about single speeds and they observed that it’s like mtn biking in the 80s with lots of camaraderie, socializing, and not being so competitive (also noting mtn biking was originally about getting stoned, drinking beer, and riding trails) . Call it old school, minimalism or simplicity, Justin said it best when I asked why he rode with one gear and he replied, “It clears my head to not shift. I just ride.”
Earlier this year, at Swan Island, they had a Fixed Gear category with about 30 racers and I noticed all the back slapping and “wow, nice work, spinning up that gear.” All of them were just happy to have completed the race and rode together.
Responding to the “fixie” sub culture, Redline, Novara, Surly are all offering bikes. Also check Steinworks that manufactures “sculpture in motion,” the fixedgear blog, fixedgeargallery and in the Fall, bike hugger is going to build up a single-speed rain bike from the parts bin and blog all about it.
Howard Rides the Rockies
by Byron on Jun 30, 2006 at 7:58 AM
Howard sent us a link to his personal account of Ride the Rockies. “419 miles later… and now we’ve spent the entire weekend recovering. It hasn’t been enough. And there’s not enough Advil in the world to make us all better.”
Good work Howard. The first thing I always tell anyone that asks me about preparing for an epic ride is to use chamois creme (tip, Noxema works really well).
A Tainted Tour de France
by Byron on Jun 30, 2006 at 7:33 AM
July is the time of year when the world pays more attention to cycling, the tour starts, the STPs are out riding everywhere, the days are long, it’s not raining, and more. It’s usually a good time to be a bike hugger, but this year, what started as a drug scandal with wild speculation, confusing facts, declaration of innocence and guilt by association in the European media, has resulted in riders not being allowed to start the race. Those riders including the two favorites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso.
As the news about the scandal and suspensions pour in, it’s chaotic and confusing and I’m stunned. I’m following the news on the Tour de France blog, our partner in cycling. More reports from
Later when the Tour starts, we’ll offer some insight here and explanation (besides the scandal) of how the race works.
Would you like a smoothie for your cooldown?
by Frank Steele on Jun 29, 2006 at 2:05 PM
MAKE: Blog: Bicycle blenders
Over at the weblog for Make: magazine, they run down a variety of non-Starbuck options for blending delicious drinks via human power, including the Xtracycle-based Byerley Bicycle Blender, Tyler Durden’s favorite soap blender, and a homebrew margarita mixer from Vancouver.
Fender Blending Fat and Sugar
by Byron on Jun 28, 2006 at 2:53 PM
It what could be the worst use of pedal power ever, Starbucks has been getting press for their Fender Blender that whips up drinks full of fat and sugar. I saw it on MSNBC, found a related news story online, and images. Now if that had been to power the lights in the store with pedals, or a lean drink, or something healthy.
Several clicks and related links later, I found the Bike Blender blog where they are doing good things with their bikes and blenders. We need a beer brewing bike.
Old School Racer Girl
by Byron on Jun 28, 2006 at 7:54 AM
We met Elizabeth racing monday nights in Portland. She graduated from college in the 80s, worked for Bill Davidson, got the 2nd Impulse ever made and after racing her ass off, hung the bike up for 20 years. She recently rediscovered the bike and is racing it today!
She noted that the wheels are new but everything else is just as it was. Old school.
Davidson Impulses are legendary. Google and find them being sold as collectables, people riding them 20 years later, racing and loving them.
Bill is building today. I ride a custom ti rain bike built by Bill and Pam’s custom racing bike is ti. Last year Bill built ti/carbon frames and expect to see more advanced frames from him later this year.
Indisputable proof that second-hand smoke kills
by Byron on Jun 27, 2006 at 6:11 PM
The Surgeon General affirmed today what many already knew about smoking. Second-hand smoke kills and there’s no debate. The Surgeon General also testified that smoking sections do no good and said that, “Smoke-free environments are the only approach that protects nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.”
I hope this means that some day soon, all states will ban smoking in public and the world will be a better place for cyclists and everybody.
Carrying the Minicard
by Byron on Jun 27, 2006 at 9:11 AM
I was dismissive of the minicard when it came with my new credit card. Like, “huh, what’s this lame thing.” But then I started carrying it in my Timbuk2 pouch and it’s very useful. I attached to my key ring, can get water and snacks on the go, have it for an emergency, and it’s my ID.
by Byron on Jun 27, 2006 at 7:57 AM
The Bike Hugger Photostream has been updated with a new album that include recent shots from Portland
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