Cirque du Cycling

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by Byron on Jun 15, 2008 at 4:06 PM

We stayed local for the weekend and Fathers day, but our readers tipped us to how much fun Cirque du Cycling was …

A few photos on Flickr.

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Sycip Salumi cargo bike

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by Mark V on Jun 15, 2008 at 12:07 AM

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Jeremy Sycip just shot me an email with Sycip Designs’ latest experiment: the Salumi. I haven’t even had a chance to talk to Jeremy about it, but it seems like the bike is a handbuilt cargo bike with a 20” front wheel and 700C rear. You can tell that the brothers Jay and Jeremy have a powdercoating facility since the fenders and rims are the same finish as the frame. And you wouldn’t coat the rims if you didn’t have disc brakes. In fact, the Salumi seems to have the excellent Shimano Alfine internally-geared rear and dynamo front disc hubs, though I couldn’t see a light from the pix. A fun bike, but don’t forget these guys make some serious performance bikes too, especially cyclocross.

photo from Sycip Bicycles’ photostream

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Custom Mini-Footsies

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by Galen Maynard on Jun 14, 2008 at 5:53 PM

Is riding your Xtracycle a family affair? I’ve seen lots of Xtra’s around Seattle with a Peapod on the back. But what do you do when your little one has outgrown the child seat, and is too small to safely rest his feet on Xtracycle footsies? Enter this custom solution seen on Xtracycleinc’s Flickr stream. Mini footsies secured to the seat stays. Combined with a handlebar attached to your seat post, this creative solution will keep you both rolling in style.

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

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Hugga Represent

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by Byron on Jun 14, 2008 at 7:46 AM

Besides even more blogging at Interbike this year, we’ve been invited to 09 product media events with

and that means lots of bike hugging content this Summer and Fall. And I just may realize who I’m talking to this time around at Interbike …

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Out of Gas

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by Byron on Jun 13, 2008 at 6:44 AM

A slide from photographer Camilo José Vergara series on abandoned filling stations, mostly in American ghettos, from the last three decades.

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Isn’t that a poignant shot for today?

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Saddle Made of Ostrich

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by Galen Maynard on Jun 13, 2008 at 6:28 AM

As a kid I imagined riding an ostrich like the “Swiss Family Robinson.” However, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind. Selle Anotomica has developed a saddle made of ostrich leather in some really wild colors. I don’t know how this material choice is meant to benefit the rider, other than looking really cool parked outside your favorite watering hole.

Anyone ride this saddle, or have thoughts on Selle Anotomica?

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Midday Ride

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by Byron on Jun 13, 2008 at 6:10 AM

I rode the Brompton to a meeting downtown. Rode up to a cyclist on a Bike Friday who was riding to Magnolia for a meeting. We then met a cyclist on a Redline who was out for his lunch ride.

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In the Bike Shop: The Obscure Headset Tool

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by Mark V on Jun 12, 2008 at 7:00 AM

shimano%20headset%20tool.jpg There’s something deeply satisfying about having just the right tool for a job. I know people who rejoice in fixing a bike with a visegrip, but that usually means mangling the parts. Disgusting. I mean, would you go to a doctor who said he would diagnose your brain tumor with a thermometer and operate on your frontal lobe with the Leatherman he always keeps in his back pocket? I didn’t think so…

shimano%20headset%20tool%2003.jpgBike parts constantly evolve, thus do bike tools. And occasionally there is an evolutionary deadend. Like the old Shimano headset with the star-lobed wrench fittings. It just didn’t catch on and later Shimano abandoned the idea. The current dominance of Aheadset-style headsets makes the concept, namely a wrench/headset system that prevents the wrench from marring light alloy headsets, completely irrelevant. But I was happy that I still had these wrenches handy when an old bike came in for headset service. Even if that was just so I could remove that dead headset in favor of a cartridge bearing unit.

shimano%20headset%20tool%2002.jpg Tthese wrenches are kinda classy in a way. Too bad I can only use them a couple times a year.

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Perilous Cycling

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by Byron on Jun 12, 2008 at 6:43 AM

From the Stick Figures in Peril pool on Flickr, comes this subset of photos, including this one that I think says

  • “don’t ride eyeballs across crosswalks”
  • “make sure your quick releases are attached”
  • “no wheelies!”

If you look hard enough, the sign also sort of resembles monopoly man.

Uploaded by Brian_Brooks | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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RideCivil: Change Your Luck ride Friday 5/13

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by Dave R. on Jun 11, 2008 at 8:12 PM

screwed Reminder: This Friday is our monthly RideCivil event. We’ll gather between 5:30 and 6:15 at Westlake Center park, then have a socially paced, unscripted group ride through down town with a focus on fun, safety and civility between all road users. My daughter likes to call it the Smile and Wave ride, and that’s not far off – maybe we can spread a little hugga love through the streets of our fair city, even on Friday the 13th.

This is our ‘change your luck’ ride, and by change we mean change for the better. If the weather’s any indicator things should be looking up for those of us in grey and rainy Seattle. As for me, I could use a bit more good luck. On Tuesday’s ride home I got screwed. Bolted, technically, but it all adds up the same. How’s your cycling luck been recently? What’s the gnarliest thing you’ve extracted from your tires?

You know, I’ve been very, very lucky in the flat department. Partly because of the good tires I run, partly because of the big rubber I run (35mm!), and partly because I’m just damned lucky. The 20 inch Schwalbe Marathon Slicks (now the Marathon Plus I believe) have served me well for several thousand miles – not one flat. Good news since they were a royal pain to install. Some smart soul pointed out that these tires will wear out faster since they have more revolutions per mile than a larger one, but they’ve definitely stood the test of time. Until Tuesday. I’m not sure which of the many cycling gods I pissed off, but somebody arranged to place a 1 inch metal roofing bolt in my path. Kevlar belted or no, you’re going to loose a little air after taking one of these. Even screwed like this my little tire managed to hang on to most of it’s air for a few more minutes.

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