Tourists and Folding Bikes

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by Byron on Oct 13, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Tourist and Folders

German tourists at Seacrest Park

After an errand for more beekeeping supplies at Home Depot and asking Santa Yoda career advice, we rode around Alki Beach. Stopped at a bike shop to adjust a derailer, and watched kayakers paddle around Elliott Bay. Then stopped for lunch at Marination at Seacrest park. That was part of our #2daysinseattle with folding bikes. The visual story was shared on G+.

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Deal Killers

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by Byron on Oct 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Remains of the day

Remains of the Day

In an issue labeled as fun, Patrick didn’t want to be the Debbie Downer, but what he wrote is important about the decline of shops in the US and it’s the bro deal.

The recent closing of Elliott Bay Bicycles is a bellwether for the larger concerns facing retailers throughout the sport. EBB had been around for decades, had attracted not just the best in mechanics, but was the home to one of the Pacific Northwest’s best-respected frame builders, Bill Davidson.

To read the article, please subscribe via iOS or the Web: annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4.

Also from 07, see Mark V’s popular post about the bro deal and the customers that asked him for it.

Hi. Thanks for coming into my shop and taking part of the consumer experience. Your disposable income is the sole source of our meager profit margins that support the shop’s overhead and indirectly my income.

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Fun with Fatbikes

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by Byron on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:44 AM

fatness

Fat on the beach

The Issue 17 cover story by Matt Haughey is about fun with fatbikes and it’s free with a signup. To read the rest of the issue, please subscribe via iOS or the Web: annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4. Your money directly supports the authors, photographers, and editors who contribute to Bike Hugger. Our content is original and not biased by ads. In fact, they’re are no ads in the issues. Just photos and words…like these

The huge four and five inch tires rolled effortlessly down the street. I jumped off a curb, I darted through traffic, I popped a wheelie. However much this bike tipped the scales, it felt like any random 20lb hardtail mountain bike, and it was wickedly maneuverable, which surprised me even more. I fell instantly in love with this giant overgrown BMX bike underneath me.

A while ago, when I wrote about Fat Bikes, my take wasn’t quite that enthusiastic. I didn’t ride on the beach though, but in the snow.

A cold Winter’s Bone out there on a Fat Bike

The rest of the issue includes

  • In a West End Town
  • Sandwich, Where We Rode Together
  • Stutter Bumps
  • Bro’d Out? Sure, But that Was Good Fun
  • Discounts

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Issue 17 Fun for Fall

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by Byron on Oct 08, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Issue 17

Issue 17 drops this week

That time on a long straight road, where you were the only human being for miles, and you sang at the top of your lungs.

That was fun and so is Issue 17 dropping this week on iOS and the Web.

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Interbike: People You Need to Know

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by Byron on Oct 07, 2014 at 4:18 AM

The Element.ly assignment during Interbike was to find and shoot the “The People You Need To Know In The Bike Industry” for a portrait gallery with a few Qs and As. The people are players, industry insiders, and colleagues we’ve known for years. This is who we’re drinking beer and swapping stories with, and catching up from the last time we rode together. After dragging these people off the show floor to a nearby (and very nice) set of palm trees, they were asked the same few questions.

Starting with Zellmann

Zellman B/W

Zellmann from SRAM

And…

The assignment also marks my first set of portraits. I’m normally shooting street scenes, bikes, and gear. Credit to Jim for the photo editing and Jakob the wordsmithing and thanks to those that participated.

Element.ly launched just a few months ago and are about being outside and telling stories. My previous contribution was a time warp on a bike path.

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Kona Growing Up Cross

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by Byron on Oct 06, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Kona Growing Up Cross from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.

As Kona said in the intro to this edit, “For us, it’s not only about creating bikes for future champions, but also inspiring a love for cycling that lasts a lifetime.” And Mark V just dug one of their old bikes out of the back of the closed shop and is restoring it.

Maybe he’ll race it cross one day too…

Hahanna

A Hahanna

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Riding the Sand

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by Byron on Oct 05, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Lars van der Haar shows you how it’s done

Watching the elites at Gieten today, I was reminded of how well they ride the sand and we do not. Racers in the Seattle area are at Silver Lake today and reaching the beach, hopefully finding a good line. In the 3rd issue of our magazine, Matt Hill explained how Wellens rides the sand. For anyone that’s face planted into a sand pit or just stalled after a bike length, it’s a mandatory read.

Issue 3 is available as a back issue in our iOS Newsstand app and on the web for $4.00 per issue or with a $16.00 annual subscription.

our mag

So how the heck do those Euro guys blast through the sand sections with such grace and style? Well, Matt breaks down footage of archetypal Euro Cross star Bart Wellens, showing the US peons just how to get things done.

Wellens

Wellens in the sand

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Back in the Day: Ft. Devens Supercup

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by Byron on Oct 04, 2014 at 8:47 AM

First the men

Like Meyerson said, “Can you believe this flyover?! Oh wait, that’s just a hill, you say? ‘Cross is sometimes hard, you say?” Huh and this was way before the “hard flow” favored by today’s course designers by race promoters, like McClung from MFG.

And the women

While racers lost lots of time on that muddy run up topped with a barrier, at the time the course was the anti-jungle ‘cross. Look how wide those lanes are for passing. Not too long ago, here in Seattle at North Seatac we had a drop off into a fire pit (not lit, of course, just the burned out logs), followed by a singletrack through brick and bramble. Part of the skill required was not crashing out.

Lots of racers riding by themselves in this event

Sliver Lake in 11

This weekend, racers are lining up at Silver Lake, arguably the hardest course in the area. It’s situated next to a lake and each lap a beach is stormed, before an ascent up the banks, into the trees, and back down…

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Moments of Rampage

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by Byron on Oct 03, 2014 at 10:28 AM

rampage

Of all the in-house content being produced, the brand storytelling in the bike biz, Scott stands out for the presentation and photography. Like this piece from the Red Bull Rampage. And as Jakob said, Arcteryx too

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Snapchatting Bikes, Sure

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by Byron on Oct 03, 2014 at 9:15 AM


Last time I hung out with my daughter before she headed off to college, she was snapchatting her foot to her friends while her brother played soccer. She got a snapchat from her roomie of their dorm room and we talked about that for a while; specifically, where the fridge was gonna go. Then she snapchatted something else and I lost track of all the snaps, but yup that’s what they do. These teens today and Casey Neistat explains the trend in the video.

Teen

Between snaps

While we’re posting photos of our ride/race weekend to Facebook, and worrying about Ebola, or the damn Secret Service!, they’re snapchatting everything.

Of course, the geniuses that run Snapchat, ride bikes…

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