Designer Bike Racks

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by Byron on Jan 20, 2008 at 11:13 AM

From Landscape Forms, a collection of bike racks that include the Ring, Bola, Pi, and Flo.

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The King of Pants

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by Byron on Jan 20, 2008 at 10:16 AM

While I was at CES, I missed the whole Rock Racing, King of Pants thing, but Andrew got me up to speed.

michael%2Bball%2Bwheel.bmp.jpeg Out on a ride, I heard Cipo is signing with Rock and the Pants King, but then again maybe not. During Interbike, I stood with others at Rock’s Lamborghini display and wondered, “what does this have to do with bikes?” Later, I bumped into Frankie Andreu (I did notice he was wearing some really tight pants), talked with him about it, and figured out it was this guy with money throwing it around the sport. I didn’t meet Ball, but did hear all of his primes during the Interbike crit and saw his team pull up in Escalades. Not my thing, but hey he could’ve thrown his money at stripper poles and hip-hop culture.

So, I’m all for bringing rock and roll to the sport, fill the office park crit with fans, but also realize the sport has its traditions. We’ve worked with Hed Cycling on our bike projects – Jet 60s will complete the new race bike – and companies like Hed are what drive this industry and sport. While Ball can pop off all day, it’s what he does and makes some headlines, I’m sure Hed would rather just get back to building wheels.

An interesting footnote to this story, is that Andrew raced with Cipo and Tim Mulrooney from Hed during Rock Racing’s crit – here’s the photo.

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Schooner Exact Anniversary Party

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by Byron on Jan 19, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Tonight is the Schooner Exact Anniversary Party at The Beveridge Place, 7:00 PM.

Schooner Exact is “a local, small batch microbrewery focused on quality, handcrafted ales,” and last year brewed up Bike Hugger Brown for us. Good stuff.

Other blogs have noticed and Bike Hugger will be there

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Bike Chute Aeronaut

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by Jason Swihart on Jan 19, 2008 at 8:43 AM

From the what’s old is new department, I bet when the Parasailers were first marketing their thrill rides to tourists, it was all the newest thing.

Ah, but back in the day of safety bikes, Mr. Kabrich was the Bike Chute Aeronaut. I wonder if he chatted up the ladies with talk about “the draft” and “being aero.”

From the Library of Congress bike photos uploaded to Flickr by fixedgear.

More from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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Bikes on Buses: getting left behind

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by Dave R. on Jan 18, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Seattle’s had it’s fare share of problems with bike on buses lately, but this article makes it clear it’s not all Metro’s fault. Apparently almost 900 people a year forget their bikes in bus racks. Kent Peterson to the rescue – if you left yours on, he (or some other nice person) can help you get it back at Bikestation. Frankly, it’s not clear to me what gets left behind more often, the bike or the rider.

I can easily imagine how this might happen, especially at a busy bus stop when talking with a friend. The driver drives off and there’s not much more you can do. Of course, the article mentions other reasons as well (hempfest being the chief culprit, although I’m sure all sorts of things get left on the bus during that day).

I’m sure this would be way less of a shock than getting off the bus and your bike not being on the rack anymore. This is apparently fairly common in downtown according to the drivers I get a chance to speak with. All the more reason to stand at the front of the coach and keep your eye on your bike.

Any huggers had to to retrieve a bike from Kent?

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Bike Potter

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by Byron on Jan 18, 2008 at 8:27 AM

An AP wire photo with the caption: “Bangladeshi potter takes his wares to a local market for sale on a cold and foggy morning in Rohonpur, 230 kilometers (145 miles), north of Dhaka, Bangladesh.”

From AP Photo by Pavel Rahman and submitted by Jerome, BikeWintering west of Chicago, who spotted the photo using FlickrFan.

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Bike Justice

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by Byron on Jan 18, 2008 at 7:52 AM

One of our readers from Taiwan, submitted this story about a bike and a Buick:

Woman hits student on bicycle with Buick. Demands payment for scratches to car. Argument ensues. Mob of students responds with “turning over and violent dismemberment of the sedan” [sic].

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That’s bike, well, “mob” justice. While Bike Hugger does not promote bike-on-car violence, I did imagine a mob descending upon one of those PI-bike-hater forum trolls, who were out in force last week over storm grates (of all things). Like this cyclist who challenged a driver in downtown Toronto and won!

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Side note on those grates: I’ve ridden here for over 15 years in Seattle and haven’t known anyone terrorized by grates or seen that myself. That was new to me and as a rule I do not ride over grates or hug the curb. Train tracks are absolutely a concern, especially in a city like ours that’s a construction zone.

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Build Your Own Bag

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by Byron on Jan 17, 2008 at 6:20 PM

byob.jpg Late last year, right before our trip to Maui, I tried out Timbuk2s Build Your Own Bag site. Ordering up his and hers bags in the Hugga Comfort colors. The bag builder offered very nice interactivity, with lots of custom features, previews, and more.

I was initially bummed to see that 992 other bag builders created the bag I did, but then kept trying and got this message: “this color combination has been created just once.” An original bag … cool. While the Bag Builder works well, I’d like to see it have persistence. It doesn’t remember you, if you leave and come back. I’d also like to edit what I created or duplicate it and for it to send me what I made and let me download it.

As for the bag, like all the Timbuk2s messenger bags I’ve owned, it’s well made (note that I only purchase the models handmade in San Francisco). The medium size fits well in the S&S case snug under the wheel. It’s filled with bike parts, tools, a saddle bag, etc. When I travel, I compartmentalize everything and all of the pockets, zippers, and pouches support that.

For trips with the Dahon, I use the much larger Crumpler bag (also in Hugga Comfort colors) and fill it with clothes and bike gear. Both Timbuk2 and Crumpler make quality bags, but with a different design aesthetic. Where the Timbuk2s are rugged and urban with lots of zippers, the Crumplers offer a cleaner, more designy style without zippers.

One issue with Timbuk2s bag is “floppiness.” That’s the less-than technical description for what happens when you load a bag and it falls over. My older Timbuk2 bags with thicker, heavier materials were sturdier and more rigid and didn’t flop. I liked the bag, but was repeatedly frustrated by the fact that it’d fall over when loaded with a laptop. There’s probably an equation for bag material density, rigidity, and floppage. I suggest they flop less.

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Frame Probe

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by Byron on Jan 16, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Bike Hugger gets all sorts of weird emails, spam, and photos. These photos caught my eye for the welds and the red-tipped frame probe. I have no idea what that probe is doing or what this guy is doing with the probe controller.

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The email was written in French, links to this website, and I translated part of it to say, “the testing machine tridimentionelle.”

Any ideas?

Val,

Did you see one of those probes back in the day?

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