RideCivil: Change Your Luck ride Friday 5/13
by Dave R. on Jun 11, 2008 at 8:12 PM
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.
by Byron on Jun 11, 2008 at 2:19 PM
A reader tipped us to Bicycle Benefits that offers bicycle-related discounts and other deals
a progressive bicycling program designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in order to create a more sustainable community.
and the related news story from Buffalo Rising.
Note that’s different than “friends with benefits” or just even a bike with benefits, as it’s driving business.
Rain City Fix ‘08 Photo Book
by Mark V on Jun 11, 2008 at 9:57 AM
Out now is Aaron Edge’s tabletop book richly describing Seattle’s fixed gear scene in words and pictures, with photography by Brenton Salo.
It’s really cool to see how individual to the rider the bikes are. As a mechanic, I usually cannot remember people as well as I can remember their bikes.
A.N.T. Basket Bike
by Galen Maynard on Jun 11, 2008 at 6:00 AM
A.N.T. (Alternative Needs Transportation) Bikes are custom made by Mike Flanigan out of his shop in Massachusetts. He has set out to re-invent the Roadster style bike that is a conglomeration of Dutch, French and English style commuter bicycles. His frames are TIG welded, resulting in simple rugged steel frame designs.
Mike is interested in promoting commuter bicycles, as well as everyday bikes that can be used for any type of road or light trail or road riding. The basket bike above is based off of a “postal delivery” design featuring a 20 inch front wheel that adds to the ease of mobility while under load. (Mike says this basket will easily hold 3-4 bags of groceries.) I love the thoughtful details (King headset, chain guard, disc brakes, custom fenders, and powder coated rims) that make this a practical and stylish ride. Next time I’m in Massachusetts I’ll have to take this unique design for a test ride.
What is the best way you’ve found to transport groceries on two wheels? (Pannier, Basket, Rack, Cargo Bike, Large Capacity Messenger Bag) What works for you?
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Dare * Risk * Dream
by Byron on Jun 10, 2008 at 9:07 PM
Bike Hugger visited the Nike Campus and spotted this single speed with a Dare * Risk * Dream sticker. We also saw Lance’s first bike, the Trek he rode to his first Tour win, and more.
You and your brood.
by Galen Maynard on Jun 09, 2008 at 9:40 PM
I’m not sure what to say about this… It is kinda like the stretch limo of bikes. This bike was seen on the second day of Ohio’s TOSRV ride. (Similar to the STP or any other 2 day double century.)
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Mobile Apps for Cyclists
by Byron on Jun 09, 2008 at 11:33 AM
With the blogosphere and news media abuzz about the next iPhone, MobileMe (your mac online), and more mobile apps, we were wondering here at Hugga HQ what apps cyclists would want on their iPhones?
- Location-aware rides and routes
- alert me if the toll bridge is up!
- Dock my phone and get all my stats.
We’ve discussed this, in part, before and we’re thinking about again with the steady flow of iPhones apps expected.
What do you think is cool, would work for you?
Moto + Bike
by Byron on Jun 09, 2008 at 6:54 AM
I’ve thought that a good way to demonstrate biodiesel or even electric cars is in a bike race caravan. You can bet that caravan and all the racers and spectators traveling to a race are spewing out their share of carbon. Well, check this bike motorcycle setup spotted at a race this weekend.
Got your High Gas Prices right here!
by Byron on Jun 08, 2008 at 8:14 AM
About town with Bettie, rolled on up into a parking place, u-lock the front wheel, did some banking, visited Alki Bike & Board, and rode some more …
What is Velocouture?
by Galen Maynard on Jun 08, 2008 at 7:10 AM
Velocouture was coined by Patrick from Portland, (a bike hugga and avid Flickr contributor) His Flickr group by the same name, Velocouture features photos of stylish practical clothing worn while cycling. For cycling to take hold as a major alternative form of transportation, people should feel as comfortable off their bikes as on them. Many would be cyclists conjure images of spandex clad, ultra fit tour riders, and simply never consider the possibility of a short trip to the store on a bike in practical clothing. I love catching sight of plain clothes cyclists in fashionable garb. We need more of you on the streets, showing the rest of us that cycling can be a simple, fun, and practical form of transportation.
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