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Sheldon Brown Memorial Ride: April 1st, 6:00, BikeStation Seattle


by Dave R. on Mar 30, 2008 at 8:54 AM

Folks who’ve spent a bit too much time on Sheldon Brown’s amazing websites will know of his fondness for April Fools jokes such as the tork-grip (yes, the DIY version is in my garage right now).

What better way to memorialize Sheldon “ineffable” Brown than an April Fools ride. They’re happening all over the place (the last link is a directory), including one in Seattle.

Details: 6:00 PM at the Seattle Bikestation, on April 1st of course. Hope to see you there!

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You can take it with you


by andrew_f_martin on Mar 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Saris CycleOn I bought my first new car a few months back. The biggest issue of course was how I would be schlepping bikes in/on it. Byron tipped me to a brand carried by our friends down at Seattle Bike Supply. The Saris CycleOn turned out to be a sweet setup.

Saris CycleOn

I knew I wanted a 2” receiver hitch, and I know how nice it is to not have to mess with the front wheel. The Saris does a good job of securely holding the bike on the frame, without issues like clamping my carbon frame. They sell an extra extender to let you go to 3 or 4 bike configurations. If you do go to 4 bikes - make sure you have a Type 2 or better hitch. It’s solid, and therefore not all that light. Add 4 bikes on there and you are easily over the 300lb tongue weight.

So here’s the good and the bad:

Good: - Solid hold without clamping to the bike - Easy on-off - Folds up when not in use - Easy to pull on and off the car if you have any muscles - Skip the Pro model and just buy a stainless hitch lock at an auto parts store

Bad: - They don’t lock the bike on (not that many roof locks do much), so get cables instead - It’s HEAVY, so if you don’t have any muscles, it could be a bit of work - A bit pricy after you have to install a hitch and the rack

Overall, I’d buy this setup again in a heartbeat. Try pricing any rack system these days - they aren’t cheap. In my mind, I’m happy to pay for a quality rack since it’s carrying some pretty precious cargo.

Where do you get them? Some shops carry them, but if your shop can do an SBS order, they can get them for you from there. I’ve got 3 friends with them already.

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A bike lane that isn’t . . .


by Byron on Mar 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Velonews and Treehugger both noticed Slate’s video on the Stupidest bike lane in Westwood, Los Angeles. The stupidest bike lane I’ve ever seen was in San Antonio, all 34 seconds of it …

Our readers have seen the Bike Lane o Death, one that intersects a 4 lane highway, and the bike lane that gives way to a tree

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Blogging Shanghai with Dahon


by Byron on Mar 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Dahon is supplying us Mu XLs during our stay in Shanghai. We just confirmed the bikes are being delivered and we’ll ride them daily.


As our readers know, we’ve ridden and posted on Dahon’s folding bikes, including our exclusive coverage of Novara’s Flyby (I’ve heard their sold out, btw). Last year we rode with Dahon staff in Taipei.

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Bike Hugger Crumpler Bags


by Byron on Mar 27, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Just in time for our trip to Shanghai, custom Crumpler Bags arrived …


as our blog assistant said, “damn …crumpler in da hugga hizzouse!”

The Hugga Bag is a custom embroidered Fux Deluxe – we’re taking these with us, testing them out, considering further refinements, and possibly more Bike Hugger features.

Interested in purchasing? Please let us know in the comments. Pricing is at $140.00.


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Tripping the DA Electric


by Byron on Mar 27, 2008 at 6:27 AM

b_149.jpg Any mention of electric and drivetrains reminds me of the time I rode home from Seward Park with Joe Barrato. Joe’s a local racer, been around forever, and his Mavic Mektronic failed one night in the rain at Seward Park (the Seattle Thursday night crit). He was stuck in the 53 x 17, or maybe 19, all the way home and cursed it the entire time – every permutation of the various curse words was heard, including some entirely new ones. Out of sympathy, I climbed in the big ring with him and the Mavic Mektronic was never seen or heard from again. It became a don’t ask/don’t tell subject and he may have smashed it with a rock, buried it, or sold it on Ebay.

The ghosts of Mektronic past may not come to visit Shimano, there’s no doubt they’ve got the engineering staff, but skepticism remains until any shifting system survives a Seattle rainy season. And that’s not even considering the noise it makes when you’re riding with your brohams, the newsgroup supposition that electric shifting is a myth, or that it’s arrival may result in a factory-burning uprising from the commuter masses.

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From Stumptown to Rwanda


by Byron on Mar 26, 2008 at 12:00 PM

There are so many different programs sending bikes to Africa, we could probably start a blog just to track all of them … today the News Tribune profiles Duane Sorenson, Stumptown Coffee, and Bikes to Rwanda.

Most of my employees are ex-bike messengers … talking with growers in Rwanda, I asked what their particular challenges are, Sorenson said. They said, ˜A bicycle would completely change my life.’

Stumptown is also involved in the racing scene, sponsoring teams, and races.

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