Messenger Bike at Pike Place Market


by Mark V on May 06, 2008 at 10:22 AM


I walked down to the market to retrieve my girlfriend’s bike, and I saw this messenger bike. Normally I wouldn’t have taken notice of a bike this beaten down, but I just had to appreciate how harsh this machine’s life must have been.

Notice the bludgeoned and dismembered Dura Ace STI still in situ. I’m pretty sure that the derailleurs were just screwed into a set position, and the rear brake was disconnected. The Chris King rear cassette hub might be the last thing salvageable on the bike. The owner didn’t even bother locking the bike at all while he went inside. I salute his cavalier attitude towards equipment maintenance and security… I just hope I am never, ever, ever invited to estimate or enact any repairs to that bike.

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Cinco de Mayo - BikeHugger Style


by andrew_f_martin on May 05, 2008 at 7:37 PM

On my commute home I ran into some party-goers. It’s kind of nice for the world to go by a little slower on a bike - you get to see a lot more cool stuff: Tacos!

Note the ‘Hugger kit - out of frame is the Crumpler Bag.

This is what caught my eye as I was rolling up Stone Way: Tacos!

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Gliding up hills in Norway—the Sykkelheis


by Dave R. on May 05, 2008 at 12:54 PM

I often ask folks what it would take to get them to commute, and often they reply: “Well, there’s a hill on the way to my house, so make that go away…”. The Norwegian town of Trondheim has done just that by building a Bicycle Lift. The Sykkelheis or Trampe was built about 25 years ago (1993) as part of a program to improve the college town’s bicycle infrastructure. Apparently it’s the only one in the world today, but with oil over $120 a barrel maybe it won’t be the last. Maybe we can fit 5 or 6 of these around Seattle as part of the Bike Master Plan improvements? One up to 1st Hill, Queen Anne, Admiral way, Denny, Freemont and of course Your House would do just the trick.

Of course, this won’t help the fixies (it’s free-wheel only), but y’all are skinny enough already. Won’t help the wasteline of the free wheel crowd either, but hey maybe we’d finally get the Mayor out on a bike with one of these.

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Handlebar Wrap Style


by Mark V on May 05, 2008 at 9:06 AM


I mentioned this before, there are few things as classy as a leather-stitched handlebar. Soooo much more style than shellac’ed Tressostar finished with twine…..

Saw this on sun break this Friday past in Capitol Hill.

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Fixed from San Francisco


by Byron on May 05, 2008 at 4:20 AM

Simplifying a bike even further, Mission builds fixies with no visible branding. They sell, “a blank canvas for design.” This one was built for Joi Ito.


Of course, we’d ask for hugga green for ours with the hugga badge on the head tube.

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Millennium Park Ride


by Byron on May 05, 2008 at 4:07 AM

I’m in Chicago for a quick trip, speaking at Web Design World, and rode through Millennium Park. First attraction I saw was a bicycle rental station.


I asked and on a good day all of those get rented. Good thing they’ve got fat tires to avoid all the broken concrete.

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A Blog Smackdown


by Byron on May 01, 2008 at 1:31 PM

I think blogs are dedicated to cruelty, they’re dedicated to dishonesty, they’re dedicated to speed

I don’t disagree with that rant from the Bissinger, the author of Friday Night Lights, on Costas Now and also see the counter argument. Textura Design publishes Bike Hugger and is in the blog business (social media). Over the past 2 years, I’ve seen lots of changes and the exponential growth of the bikesphere. The bike community is one of the most active out there with no shortage of bike blogs, including this one. For every positive thing about blogging like keeping us updated on Masiguy’s status, there’s a celebrity-stalker blog posting photos of Hanna Montana’s underwear.

It’s also interesting to see a vibrant bike community while the industry itself is rather old-school, with traditional, in-the-box marketing. On a ride yesterday I talked with a designer from a Seattle-based 100-yr old company that is “aware” of blogging and social media, but not yet ready.

So the question is whether or not the bike industry is benefiting from social media? Or is it just the dumbing down of society and a massive time suck.

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Surly Mustache


by Jason Swihart on May 01, 2008 at 6:28 AM

Note the attention to details with the downtube shifters and mustache bars. That’s a commuter that’ll last forever. There’s a story to the bike as well. It was stolen and retrieved via graigslist.

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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