Unsung commuter wheel from Mavic


by Mark V on Jun 24, 2008 at 9:25 PM

speedcity.jpg It’s easy to miss Mavic’s Speedcity wheelset among their road racing and mtn offerings; I think that Mavic missed a chance to jump on the commuter trend by not marketing this more. Mavic bills this as a way to road train on your mtb, but they should have said that this wheelset with their innovative spoking system and superb hub design is good to go in your disc-equipped 700C road/commuter bike. This would be a fine upgrade for many riders.

You must search Mavic’s mtn section for these wheels, wedged between their cross-country and freeride models. Because you can swap this 700C wheel into a disc-equipped offroad steed, Mavic says you can use road tires and train on the road. Even if you have rim brakes, Mavic sells an interesting adapter to mount the V-brakes at the appropriate height. But most serious mtn bikers are going to have a real road bike to train on. I mean, use the right tool for the task, right?

(I suppose you could use these wheels on your mtb as an intermediate way to make your mtb more cyclocross worthy… since you could then use 700x32 knobbies…. but I digress)

The rear hub is 135mm spaced, wider than the standard 130mm road standard. However, any bike made to take disc brakes is likely to have the wider spacing anyways. Bikes like the Salsa Casseroll. Speedcity are compatible with rim brakes, but the real value is linked to their disc mount (either ISO or Shimano’s “Center-lock” pattern). The relatively narrow rim makes it more appropriate to road 700C tires than big, fat “29-er” tires. Mavic’s proprietary “Fore” drilling, easily replaceable cartridge bearings, and straight-pull, steel spokes have given excellent service in wheels like the Ksyrium Elite. With a disc-brake, one should expect many seasons of use in rainy climates like Seattle.

Speedcity wheels carry over from Mavic’s 2008 catalog without any changes, including the price. At $450/pr retail, the Speedcity wheelset competes pretty well against custom built wheels on comparable quality hubs.

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Montreal’s Public Bike System


by Byron on Jun 24, 2008 at 7:17 AM

A turnkey bike solution for public transportation systems is presented on this website and by the city of Montreal. It’s not clear if the system is in operation, if this is just a brochure site, but regardless, check the details:

  • solar-power
  • wireless communication
  • completely modular

I’ve visited Montreal and it seemed like a good city to ride in. Do any of our readers from the Great North know more about this system?


Also noted on Wired.

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Bike Boom and Bike Theft


by Byron on Jun 23, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Spot checks on local bike shops, distributors, and industry insiders confirms yes there is indeed a bike boom. There’s also a subsequent increase in bike theft. If you’re not as lucky as the owner of the Silver Eagle (whose bike was lost and found), what do you do to protect your bike?

For my road/urban bikes, I treat them like a suitcase handcuffed to my wrist. They don’t leave my side. For Bettie, it would take a very determined crackhead to walk off with her. I use a u-lock through the front wheel and a cable lock from the frame to a nearby solid object.

What do you do to lock up your bike?

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Bike Hugger Mixer


by Byron on Jun 23, 2008 at 6:02 AM

This weekend at the Des Moines Criterium in Seattle, we’ll have Bettie and some Bike Blenders. We’re mixing up smoothies, selling them, and donating the process to the Des Moines Area Food Bank. Des Moines is the first Mixer event and we’ll see how it goes. Later in the Fall, we’ve have another Mobile Social (our urban ride parties) with the Bike Blenders.

Mixer sponsors include

More details to follow. Here’s a short video of us testing out the Bike Blending action

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Fremont Summer Solstice Parade


by Galen Maynard on Jun 22, 2008 at 12:03 PM

While bike hugger bloggers didn’t ride this year, we did manage to capture the “best-of” for those of you who couldn’t be there to celebrate the beginning of summer in this typical Fremont fashion.

Click through and see the entire set after the jump.

My favorite? Bat Man

A caution to those of you at work… These are photos of painted naked cyclists.

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


More photos submitted by readers and note that anything with the title Fremont Solstice Parade should indicate the potential for nudity and NSFW.

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Getting gas without using…


by Galen Maynard on Jun 22, 2008 at 6:00 AM

Perhaps the most unconventional load I’ve seen transported by a Big Dummy.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve transported on a cargo bike?

Uploaded by Dylster | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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Bike Hugger Jerseys Club Cut


by Byron on Jun 21, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Hugga Spotting Our new Club Cut jerseys just arrived! The Club Cut is a roomier version of the Hugga jersey. The material, features, cost, and design are the same. Before we send those off to our Amazon store for fulfillment – that’ll take a couple weeks – let us know if you’d like one now in the comments. We’ll contact you and ship it directly.

The cost is $79.00 USD.

Club Cut Sizing

Jersey Short Sleeve/Sleeveless
Size S M L XL
Front Length 23.25” 24” 24.5” 24.75”
Chest Size
36-38” 38-40” 40-42” 42-44”
Waist Size
32-34” 34-36” 36-38” 38-40”

The jerseys are unisex, so ladies please order a size down.

More jersey posts


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Mavic’s new Cosmic Carbone SLR


by Mark V on Jun 20, 2008 at 10:37 PM

CC%20SLR%2001.jpg For 2009, Mavic introduces a wheel halfway in between their high-zoot, tubular only Cosmic Carbone Ultimate and the Cosmic Carbone SL. Like the SL, the new Cosmic Carbone SLR uses a similar aluminium rim (though revised and 20grs lighter than 2008) with the same carbon fairing for a 52mm profile. But the trick is the new carbon spokes and special hub that more closely resembles the Cosmic Carbone Ultimate.

Both wheels appear to be 20-spoke, cross x1 structures with wide bladed carbon spokes. Ah, but looks are deceiving. That’s because each spoke connects with a nipple at the rim, runs through the hub flange, and continues on to the opposite side of the rim. A plastic disc covers the outboard flange of the hub, hiding the central anchor point from the wind. But the uni-directional carbon fibres run all the way through. The wheel is true-able and the spokes seem to be replaceable. Mavic reasons that the continuous spoke reduces the number of composite spoke ends, which are potential weak areas.

So, the amusing part is that each wheel is actually 10 spokes with 20 nipples, laced cross x4.

But seriously, the bladed carbon spokes are said to be more aerodynamic than the previous steel spokes from the Carbone SL, and the SLR will weigh 270 gr less than the 2008 SL (245gr less than the 2009). But like the SL, the SLR’s tough carbon/aluminium-bonded rim is both more impact-resistant and more predictable during braking than full carbon rims such as the Carbon Ultimate. Additionally, the SLR is clincher compatible.

Internally, the hub uses the same FTS-L cassette body and QRM+ bearing system common to Mavic other high-end road wheels. It’s the only hub design that I actually smile while working on…ah, so simply, yet elegant.

Pricing is to be announced soon.

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