Girl on a Bicycle
by Byron on Feb 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM
Who Hasn’t Fallen in Love with a Girl on a Bicycle?
He becomes engaged to Greta (Nora Tschirner), his longtime German girlfriend, an attractive flight attendant with a sharp sense of humor. But shortly thereafter, he is smitten by a lovely Frenchwoman, Cécile (Louise Monot), who keeps appearing beside his bus at traffic lights, riding her bicycle.
From a NYT review of a film we want to see.
Make Bikes: An LED Bike Handlebar Pack
by Byron on Feb 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM
From Adafruit, an LED Bike Handlebar Pack
It’s an LED strip with clear handlebar tape, a battery pack, and cool.
SXSW 14 Schedule
by Byron on Feb 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM
There’s so much going on at SXSW this year, we’ve collected what we’re doing into one post. We’re riding around Austin, talking, and hanging out in the Create tent with the Makers, Hackers and DIYers.
The theme for 14 is Mobile Bike Photography.
- Thursday, March 6th – Arrive in Austin and build a fleet of bikes!
- Friday March 7th – Ride in the morning, hang out in the Create tent, then more rides to food trucks that night after the 2014 Unofficial SXSWi Mobile Meetup
- Saturday March 8th – We’re in our space with Nokia and then a series of talks starting at 11:00 AM. Rides to Southby parties
- Sunday, March 9th – Ride in the morning, in our space with Nokia, and then the Mobile Social at 12:30 with a Rapha Reception.
We have fun riding around Austin
We’ll ride daily after we arrive in Austin. Follow us on Twitter for announcements about meet spots, routes, and times. Expect morning rides out of the city and evening rides to food trucks and bars.
On Sunday, March 9th at 12:30 PM meet for the annual Mobile Social SXSW. We’ll ride from the space where the bike and tech meet in the Create tent to scenic locations around Austin. Then back for a Rapha reception with beer, apps, and a talk from Jeremy Dunn about the photos taken during the ride.
The ride is free and open to the public. The pace is social and all cyclists are welcome, any bike will work, there are no hills, and just fun. Here’s the route and more details.
Meet on the lawn outside the Create Tent in The Long Center at 12:30. You’ll find us where the SYCONS DJs of the Sun are mixing music.
We got a fleet of free bikes for you to ride with us
This year we’re talking about bikes and tech
On Saturday, March 8th starting at 11:00 AM, Byron will lead a set of talks about wearables, bike tech, and mobile photography. Joining him in The Industry Attic at West Pincer Terrace stage are Myriam Joire and Dan Rubin, Jason Harris, and David Schloss.
See all the Create events on SXSW’s schedule.
Nokia + Bike Hugger Space
In the Nokia + Bike Hugger space in the Create tent find giveaways and the latest Lumia devices that make amazing photos & videos on and off the bike. Lumia lets you see more at SXSW and our space is where participants in the free bike and a phone promotion will pick up their Tern and Nokia.
Nalini Factory Tour
by Byron on Feb 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM
One of the nice ladies that made our new kit in Italy
Recently, one of our far-flung correspondents visited the Nalini apparel factory in Italy – the same factory that produced our new Bike Hugger team kits. He filed this report:
The Nalini / MOA Sport facility in located in the small Italian paese (village) of Castel d’Ario, just a few clicks down the road from the historic city of Verona. Castel d’Ario is a mix of agriculture and industry, with fields of rice and groves of poplars (harvested for paper) pushing up against industrial buildings.
One of which is the ultra-modern Nalini / MOA Sport complex. The moment one enters the building it’s apparent this company is devoted to professional cycling. Signed jerseys and historic photos adorn every wall. Mario Cipollini, Ivan Basso, Franco Pellizotti (to name but a few), plus framed mementos of MOA Sport founder Vicenzo Mantovani. It could easily double as a pro cycling museum.
About Vincenzo. In the early 1960s, Vincenzo was one of Italy’s premier cyclists, whose palmares includes a runner-up finish in the sprint pursuit at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His Silver Medal hangs on the wall above the receptionist. Vincenzo’s brother, Claudio was an elite soccer star. When he wasn’t playing for A.C. Milan, he was kicking it for the Italian national team. They started the company in 1970, committed to serving the professional cyclist. Today, Claudio oversees MOA Sport and Nalini. (His brother passed away several years ago.)
Nalini and MOA Sport outfit at least half the riders in the pro peloton, in gear made entirely on site in Castel d’Ario. And that is not an exaggeration. Nalini / MOA is a classic vertical business, controlling all aspects of apparel design and construction – fabric spinning, garment fit and design, material preparation, graphic design, sublimation dye (the heat transfer process that puts the color, design and graphics into the fabric), sewing and construction, and quality control. (Each item even goes through a metal detector ensuring that a stray sewing needle doesn’t made an escape.)
There is no “off-season” at Nalini. After the busy winter season making pro team kits, the 300 employees continue building team replica gear for all the Nalini / MOA Sport pro-sponsored teams, as well as crafting the Nalini Collections for serious every-day riders – Summer, Winter, Base, Underwear, and Shoes.
At the time of our visit, the 2014 Nalini Summer Collection was being shipped worldwide, while the 2014 Nalini Winter Collection was being presented to key customers across Europe. In addition, Nalini and MOA do a considerable amount of private label production for other brands. What brands you ask? Sorry, can’t tell. But you’d be surprised at the marque brands who rely on Nalini’s expertise and unique production capability.
As you follow this season’s pro races and grand tours, keep an eye on the Nalini and MOA Sport teams. As you do, remember that each pro cyclist requires up to 60 individual pieces of clothing, from bibshorts and jerseys to shoe covers and gloves. A change in design – a new sponsor, perhaps – requires 60 new pieces for each team member. Few companies have the capability to pull this off.
All the Nalini Collections, as well all the replica team gear, are imported into the US by Albabici, located in Oxnard, California. For all the celeste green Bianchi buffs reading Bike Hugger, Albabici also imports the Bianchi Milano clothing line, made by – you guessed it – Nalini.
To learn more, visit Albabici and the Nalini tag on our blog.
Making a Magazine and Eating Pizza
by Byron on Feb 17, 2014 at 11:21 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 10:10 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 9:02 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 9:30 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 2:14 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 1:32 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….
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