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.

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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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Bicycle Benefits

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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.

cb788671ed4a914c0ff9b0ddb8f4d995.jpg 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.

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Rain City Fix ‘08 Photo Book

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by Mark V on Jun 11, 2008 at 9:57 AM

rain%20city%20fix%20logo.jpg 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.

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A.N.T. Basket Bike

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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 RoadsterĀ 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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