Riding Across a Prodigy Cover
by Byron on Mar 01, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Breathe with me
Yesterday I posted about Southby bikes and our animal-encounter origin story. That’s how Bike Hugger started, after I saw a lamb being born during a ride from Austin to Creedmoor Texas, a cactus in a tree, and then a buzzard eating a black act outside a boarded up megachurch.
Freaky shit I know.
Meanwhile down the coast from us in California, Richard from Cyclelicious was just riding along and found himself on a Prodigy album cover. Now that I’ve shared with you the lamb, buzzard, and cat creationism, also know these animal encounters
- Rode through the middle of a cow carcass during the Tour of Willamette
- Watched a crow fly through legendary mechanic Eamon Stanley’s rear wheel during our legendary ride to Snoqualmie Pass
- Avoided the squirrel that jumped up onto a fender, off a shoulder, and the back of my fellow rider
- Stopped to inspect a road kill badger (very cautiously cause badgers are mean)
- Seen enough dead possums to conclude they are the stupidest animal
- Rode over a seagull on Alki, felt really bad for about 32 seconds, until realizing there’s no shortage of seagulls (I also never liked that Jonathon Livingston Seagull novella)
- Slowed way down and rode really cautiously past a small moose during our tour of South East Alaska (a small moose means a big moose is nearby)
- Rode past a coyote hunting rabbits, while the sun broke through black storm clouds
And that’s the theme for Issue 10 of our Magazine that contributors are writing now. The issue will include stories from SXSW 14 too and I’m expecting to see more animals out in the Texas Hill Country while riding with Jeremy Dunn and Chris Distefano. When I told Chris we were going to ride to that boarded up megachurch, he said.
At which point I will transform into the unholy terror as has been prophesied for thousands of years. Prepare for hell, everyone.
Yeah and if lighting strikes twice and we see a buzzard, our drivetrains will get electrified and our tires forever sealed from flats.
by Byron on Feb 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM
You riding with us in Austin? Please do!
Austin is one of Bike Hugger’s collectively favorite cities thanks to the highly athletic population that happens to adore good food, drink and coffee. That’s one of the reasons we’ve headed to SXSW for so long and it’s the reason we’ve spent time in Austin as tourists as well.
This blog started because of a ride I did to Creedmoor Texas and back. That’s where I saw a lamb being born and a cactus in a tree. Later, buzzards and Mobile Socials
Freakiest thing I’ve seen is a buzzard eating a black cat while we were in Austin. Spooked me for days and still does. The scene occurred in front of a boarded up house, a few doors down from a Mega Church.
That still freaks me out and all the more reason to ride in Texas. If you haven’t already signed up for a SXCycles rental or our free bike and a phone promotion with Nokia, find a Southby bike with
Or what Susan does every year. She buys a cheap bike and leaves it behind. Whatever Southby bike modality you choose, it’s way better than back in the day when there were only two rental bikes in town and one was broken.
Town and Country with Ti
by Byron on Feb 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Posted the start of a gallery for the adventures will ride on gravel and forest service roads this Spring in the Pacific Northwest. On test for this ride are Sammy Slicks from Schwalbe, a tire we now recommend, with Zipp 303 Firecrests.
The bike is the D-Plus, a handbuilt, custom Ti Davidson cross bike. For gravel, we changed out the wheels, tires, and adjusted the brakes. Read more about the D-Plus here, all the posts on G+, and in the moment on Instagram.
When Mark V designed the D-Plus, he anticipated lots of time out in the country, on access and forest service roads. Ti is, after all, the original performance, comfort bike material. As I wrote when it was getting welded
A bong-sized BB, massive John Holmes head tube, and over-sized, thin-walled Ti tubing means a bike so stiff, it’s gonna hurt. Just not too much.
For a primer on gravel, see the Adventure issue of our Magazine, my posts from Reba’s Ride, and we’ll see you at a Vicious Cycle event soon. As much as I liked and dug deep with the Crux during Cross season, it was too stiff for a day on forest service roads.
Long day in the Saddle
Bouncing along an Idaho backroad somewhere, my mind wondered to smooth pavement. I fantasized about a ribbon of black asphalt with predictable white lines, instead of a washboarded moonscape with sharp rocks and cattle guards. The springy, light, resilience of Ti should keep my mind, in the moment, on the ride next time.
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (Trailer)
by Byron on Feb 26, 2014 at 7:52 AM
April will see the official release of James Erskine’s Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist, a feature-length documentary telling the story of Pantani’s dramatic rise and fall. Rapha will be commemorating the life and career of Il Pirata with a special edition Jersey due to be released in April.
Interesting and we didn’t see any PR on this yet, but found it on YouTube randomly, and a reminder that there were No Gifts for Pantani and Pantani in Pink Tuned into Chaos.
by Byron on Feb 25, 2014 at 7:53 PM
Cascade is reinventing itself
Bike Hugger’s coverage of Team Rwanda and riding with Rafiki didn’t anticipate Cascade Bicycle Club on the front page of the The Seattle Times or the joke email this week that offended some of their members. That was just timing and as an opinion blog, we don’t do politics, but support Major Taylor 100%.
Cascade’s issues and how they work in Seattle is their challenge. In back channels, I’ve expressed my opinion on how they can become better community members. An opportunity may arise this year for us to produce an event together, a Seattle Mobile Social.
If that happens, it’s a non-political and not a fund-raising event.
Beer, Bourbon, and or Bud Ride
by Byron on Feb 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM
A Seattle Bourbon
With as many distilleries as weed shops and breweries in Sodo (South of downtown neighborhood), we decided to stop in and try a tasting. 2Bar Bourbon, at least the batch we had, is superb and the only bourbon made here in Seattle. As we learned from the hostess, 2Bar takes it from grain to glass. That means the entire process, including the mash is handled by them with local grains. Tasting notes were spice, butterscotch, and a smoothness in a Manhattan. I recommend you ride in and try their flavors. That’s what we we did and left with a bottle.
In the neighborhood of 2Bar are Pike, Georgetown, Schooner Exact, Emerald City Beer Company, and Pyramid. And between them, all the legal weed shops the state will allow.
For bike tourism, that’s a weekend.
More photos from 2Bar on our on G+ page.
Riding Out of the Rain
by Byron on Feb 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Magnolia to the North
It’s February on the cusp of March, and after something of a reprieve the rains returned, seemingly intent on making up for lost time. And thus the Pacific Northwest cyclist resumes a battle against the elements, more of a prolonged trench war than open combat. Day-in/day-out of sodden riding, waiting for the armistice of late spring sunshine to end the torment.
We rode to the hill over there, north of us, up to Magnolia in the dreeping rain. After the climb, the canopy of a wooded path protected us however briefly.
Out of the rain and under the canopy of a wooded path
Descending and back home, the Space Needle was on our left, enveloped in the elements. On my mind was the Ride with Rafiki. That’ll linger longer than this rain.
The dreeping fog and rain enveloped the Space Needle
Huggacast 159: Ride with Rafiki
by Byron on Feb 23, 2014 at 8:16 AM
Our 159th Huggacast is an edit of a Ride with Rafiki for our podcast audience. Rafiki taught me that team is team.
Subscribe to the Huggacast Feed for more episodes.
Watch now on YouTube or download the video file.
Rising from Ashes soundtrack samples were composed by Joshua Myers.
Mobile phone users can download and watch a smaller file and access our Huggacasts via the iTunes Store.
A Ride with Rafiki from Rwanda
by Byron on Feb 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Two worlds collide when fabled cyclist Jock Boyer guides a team of Rwandan genocide survivors to the Olympics. Rising from Ashes is about Team Rwanda, redemption, recovery, and riding the bike.
After a screening in Seattle, I rode with Rafiki, a member of the team who said, team is team.
That means, “the freedom of the bike gives purpose to their pain.”
Rising from Ashes soundtrack samples were composed by Joshua Myers. Find the documentary online and at a screening near you.
Rode with Rafiki
by Byron on Feb 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM
Rafiki rides a bike
Rode with Rafiki today from Team Rwanda and the movie Rising From Ashes and can confirm my concern about choosing the right tire or brakes is really insignificant compared to the challenges he faced to race. As road reason is about to start in the Pacific Northwest, the movie about redemption and recovery with the bike was a perfect perspective setter. This post includes a still from our ride and I’m working on the rest of the story for the weekend. Rafiki rode Mark’s bike, hung out at Elliott Bay Bicycles, and chatted for a long time with Bill from Davidson Bicycles. I showed him where my bike was made and he greeted the welders. We met at the shop cause I was there, getting ready for gravel roads this spring.
I know I’ll have a lot to think out in the forest after meeting Rafiki and seeing that movie. He said he liked my bike that’s setup now with the new gravel tires.
I also learned from him that the freedom of the bike gives purpose to pain.
Setup for Gravel
That lesson came from a genocide survivor who track stands when riding in the city.
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