BMX Olympics

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by Byron on Jul 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM

The Seattle PI profiles Jill Kintner and her Olympic BMX berth. Jill is from Kirkland Washington, a suburb of Seattle.

BMX is simpler – one kind of bike, one gear, and the terrain is smooth and hard. It’s more about what you can do technically. It’s harder. You have to be smoother.

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While BMX ain’t my thing, big props to Jill and taking BMX to the Olympics. It should play very well on TV.

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How to Make the Bike Boom Last?

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by Byron on Jul 22, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Following all the media coverage, posts from us, and the bike blogopshere on the economy-driven bike boom, today, the AP asks if consumers frugality will last. The article includes a quote from Fred Clements, executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers’ Association

Consumers stung by $4-per-gallon gas are shifting toward utility bikes and away from recreational versions. That’s forcing bike shops to change their inventories and offer more training for consumers who may not have ridden a bike in years, he said.

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It’s also resulting in lots of bikes like the Raleigh in the photo showing up in mechanic’s stands. After reading the article, I wondered what we and the industry can do to make the bike boom last?

What do you think? Suggestions? Comment and we’ll share your thoughts with the Industry at Interbike this Fall.

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Brompton @ Elliott Bay

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by Byron on Jul 22, 2008 at 7:30 AM

Commuted to Web Design World Seattle at the Westin with the Brompton and via the Water Taxi. Paused here at the World Trade Center elevator platform for a photo looking out across Elliott Bay.

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Route:

  1. Beach Drive to Water Taxi
  2. Water Taxi to Downtown, rode along waterfront
  3. World Trade Center elevator up to Western
  4. Western to Blanchard
  5. Blanchard to 5th and the Westin.

Arrived, refreshed, relaxed, and no traffic. Duration about an hour. Ate lunch and talked to the attendees all about blogging and social media. Was reminded how fun the Brompton is.

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Price of Gas $0.00 & 9/10

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by Galen Maynard on Jul 21, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Lovely campy equipped Rossin Ghibli spotted in Georgetown sporting this decal on the front fork. More photos of this whip after the jump. Update: Thanks to Eric and Chad who pointed out that you can get your own sticker here.

Uploaded by Dapper Lad Cycles | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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Billboard Cycling and More

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by Byron on Jul 21, 2008 at 7:16 AM

Canada’s Globe and Mail observes bike culture and reviews Joy Ride, a bike art show that coincided with the arrival of the Bicycle Film Festival in Toronto.

“Biking is all about human power, what we can do with our bodies, ourselves.”

Considering human power, the Bike MS Atlanta Ride has a cyclist atop a billboard showing car drivers how it’s done!

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Ride on Christian Soldier

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by Byron on Jul 20, 2008 at 9:24 PM

Check the Times Online profile of Christian Vande Velde and how he went from a domestique to a Tour contender.

There’s a lot more cheating and a lot more losing and he struggles constantly with injury. And two weeks ago, when he starts his sixth Tour de France, Christian Vande Velde is still a minor leaguer, performing unnoticed in the shadow of the gods. He has no ambition of winning. He has no idea how good he is. But what if he just found out?

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Photo Credit: Reuters.

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Out Racing

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by Byron on Jul 20, 2008 at 12:43 PM

After a good warmup, they lined up for the start of a circuit race.

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Ride with Horner

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by Byron on Jul 18, 2008 at 7:15 AM

Blogged by Heidi Swift, covered elsewhere, and from last week, but a good story just the same at a time with the sport is fighting itself. I’ve also hoped for something like this to occur in races with climbs …

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Hat tip as well to Podium Insight and Lyne for doing a great job covering the NRC and US scene.

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