RideCivil Equinox ride: 3/21/08, Westlake Center 5:30


by Dave R. on Mar 10, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Keep the date! We usually do RideCivils on the 2nd Friday of every month, but how could I resist riding on the Vernal Equinox and 1st day of spring (almost)! The official equinox is actually on the 20th, but we’ll call it good and ride out Friday evening, 5:30 from Westlake Center. Looking forward to a little more light for the ride, hoping for better weather and more riders.

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Bike Expo


by Byron on Mar 10, 2008 at 6:57 AM

With Jason, Mark, and me in Austin, Kelli was s’posed to blog the Bike Expo, but got sick (we hope she gets well soon). Andrew was working and Dave with his family.

Any readers go to the show? How was it?

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Drunk, No Makeup, Riding to Work


by Jason Swihart on Mar 09, 2008 at 10:36 AM

I asked first and she said, “sure.” And then said, “yeah, that’s a good shot … drunk, no makeup, 11:00 am, riding to work.”

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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Bikehugger’s SxSW Ride and BBQ a success!


by Mark V on Mar 09, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Thanks to local guides Mark and Kirk and the rider turnout from atxbs.com (thanks Jason!), yesterday’s ride was a total success. It was a beautiful day for riding, and whoever decided that we should stop at that pub before the Blanton art museum deserves a promotion. I could have stayed longer at the museum but we needed to get to the BBQ.

Then at the BBQ, we reached the 300 person capacity for the location and gave out a lot of cool stuff. I ended up handing out 200 bag of schwag personally, and then mc’ing the raffle.

Afterwards, the atxbs.com crew led Byron and me to some freakin’ awesome tacos at some local joint. I think it was called Chilitos? Someone post the name of the restaurant.

Thanks again Austin! bbq%20group%2002.jpg

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Fixed Folder in London


by Dave R. on Mar 08, 2008 at 7:11 PM

cham_folder.jpg I recently came across this article from a bloke from London (my adopted city!) about his search for a folder that he could fix up, fixie style. It’s is a topic close to my heart, being a fellow fixer on a folder.

Finding a fixable folder isn’t an easy task, there are all kinds of considerations to make, including the fact that many folder use non-standard parts. Andrew’s found a UK based road bike running 24 inch wheels that folds, folds, folds down into an airline check-in bag (given enough patience). The Airnimal Chameleon is a suspended, unified rear triangle design apparently suitable for winning a triathlon or two while still folding up quickly for your average bus trip. Andrew’s got his suited out with an ENO eccentric hub to handle chain tension. His epic journey across Dahon, Brompton, the Swift folder and others is educational to say the least. All things considered, I’m glad to hear even the higher end frames have an occasion creak and squeak, at least I’m not the only one.

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Thank you Austin & SXSW


by Byron on Mar 08, 2008 at 7:07 PM

At the Bike Hugger BBQ, there was a capacity crowd that ate all the food, drink all the beer, had a good time, and won prizes from our sponsors. We counted 300 people. 30 cyclists showed up for the Urban Ride on a beautiful Spring day. I made it just in time for the BBQ, but missed the ride, after being stuck in Memphis.

Thanks Austin and SXSW.

Tomorrow we’ll ride again with the locals, fly back to Seattle, and post more.


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Austin by way of Memphis and Montreal?


by Byron on Mar 08, 2008 at 4:28 AM

At one point, during the hectic flight-cancellation, rebook process, I was routed through Montreal, Detroit, and onto Austin! Who knew that Memphis would go into a panic with an inch of snow? Well, a fellow business traveler did. As we landed, he said, “if there’s snow in Memphis, they shut down all the flights.” I flew from Seattle to Memphis, and wham, all flights cancelled.

A few hours of sleep later in a Doubletree, and I’m back to the Airport to see if a regional airline will fly today to Austin.

If I’m there or not, the other huggas will make sure the Urban Ride and BBQ go well.

Have a good ride all.


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See you at the Urban Ride and BBQ


by Byron on Mar 07, 2008 at 8:56 AM

sxsw_blogging_08.jpg Back from Vegas and onto Austin for the Urban ride and BBQ. See you all there. We’re easy to spot in our hugger gear and we’ll blog all the Austin urban cycling here, in our photostream, and huggacasts.

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