Road Find: a bra!


by Byron on Apr 15, 2008 at 5:26 AM

Of all the things I’ve found while riding (a garden gnome, various screwdrivers, a yoyo, etc.) this bra is one of the best and I thought it made a nice adornment to Mark’s frame…


It was found on Western Ave in downtown Seattle.

What have you found? I heard about a cyclist finding an XBox once and one of my teammates found enough cash to buy us all pizza.

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World’s Best Bike Paths


by Byron on Apr 14, 2008 at 5:34 AM

At Bike Hugger we’ve become connoisseurs of bike paths and think that Santa Barbara has the best ones in the world. Huggacast Thirty Eight features two sections of the Pacific Coast Route.

What bike paths do you think are world class?


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Commuting in Shanghai


by Byron on Apr 12, 2008 at 6:53 AM

Huggacast Episode Thirty Seven, we commute in Shanghai by bike, ferry, and on a Maglev train.

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  • Audio Sample is Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Year Remix) – Gorillaz - D-Sides.
  • Maglev was running at lower power to save energy during non peak hours – it’s goes 408/kmh
  • The ferry boarding procedure was “intense”

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Simple, Elegant, Ti Bike


by Byron on Apr 12, 2008 at 6:06 AM

Lynskey built this bike for Sgt. Lee Robbs of the Chattanooga Police Department who will take part in the 2008 Police Unity Tour: a ride for those who died.


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Sunny Santa Barbara


by Byron on Apr 12, 2008 at 5:38 AM

Pam and I joined our cycling team this weekend for some miles in Santa Barbara and rode along what I called the best bike path in all of the world …

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Video on riding safe and civil


by Dave R. on Apr 10, 2008 at 6:43 AM

Kent pointed out this video on his site earlier this week. It’s a great reminder about how to ride in traffic safely. We’ll be using techniques like these on this month’s RideCivil, but we won’t be throwing around terms like Lane Control Position. Instead we’ll be focusing on riding safe and civil, having a good time, and spreading some good vibes around to our fellow road users. Hope to see you there.

p.s. The weather’s shaping up, so I won’t be too surprised if you leave your swim-fins at home.

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Toggling Modes


by Byron on Apr 09, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Back from Shanghai and finally, mostly over the massive jet lag, I toggled the Modal from single to geared. Despite the f’ing rain, I found that most enjoyable because there’s zen in working quietly on a bike and going out for a ride. It took me about an hour to switch and Mark does it in about 15 minutes.

A few updates:

  • Refined the process to just swapping bars; original thinking was a bar/stem combo so I could use a different stem for an urban setup. Now I just pull the faceplate and switch between single-speed bars and geared-bars using one stem.
  • With another set of DA cranks, it’s much faster to pull the crank than change out the big chainring for the chainring protector and vice-versa.
  • Getting over scratches, dings, and tweaks by rationalizing them as a “travel patina” was a good idea!


Note: The Modal is a travel bike concept that folds and toggles between single, fixed, and geared modes.

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Trek Drops Lemond


by Byron on Apr 08, 2008 at 5:25 PM

I think everyone saw the Trek/Lemond split coming …

Trek Company Update, ‘Trek to Immediately Sever Relationship with Greg LeMond’

There’s a Press Release and a whole media primer. If this is public, you can bet it got real nasty – you can even smoking gun it yourself in this initial summons and read a ways into the complaint to find that it’s an alleged Bro deal gone wrong (page 4, para 16)!

… since 1999 Greg LeMond has made numerous purchases of LeMond bicycles at employee pricing from Trek with a suggested retail value of over $2,500,000. Upon information and belief, Greg LeMond has resold, bartered for value or otherwise distributed many or most of these bikes, harming Trek and its dealers


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