Taipei Cyclists

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by Byron on Oct 15, 2007 at 8:28 PM

They’re were just riding around on the bike paths and so were we …

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Helmet Land

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by Byron on Oct 14, 2007 at 9:31 PM

I don’t have the exact numbers, but heard that Taipei makes lots of helmets and spotted this helmet store during our ride.

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Betel Nut Boost Video

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by Byron on Oct 14, 2007 at 6:00 PM

As noted in this post, Jason got a big betel nut boost during our ride around Taipei with Dahon. Betel nut is a chewable stimulant sold in stands, similar to cocoa leaf, and it’s dispensed by girls in lingerie.

Also available on the Huggacast.

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Cycle Taipei

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by Byron on Oct 14, 2007 at 4:03 PM

Much like Beijing, there’s a flow in Taipei, and we just rode in it. We were surrounded nearly at all times by scooters. I’ve never seen so many scooters. The don’t have specific bike lanes, except around the business district, but relatively wide lanes, and cars give you room. There’s a roadie scene and even a Tour de Taiwan.

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Bike Hugger Betel Nut

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by Byron on Oct 14, 2007 at 8:30 AM

Most of the ride, Jason was hanging out behind us with Matt from Dahon until we had some betel nut. Then he was all sprinting from stop lights, taking pulls, dropping us, mister energized on the bike – watch the video. Then I climbed a hill like never before on a folding bike, while I heard Once in a Lifetime in my head. I expect my legs to really hurt tomorrow.

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Betel nut is a chewable stimulant sold in stands, similar to cocoa leaf, and it’s dispensed by girls in lingerie. A betel nut sports drink would make Red Bull seem like kool-aid. It also turns your mouth red, sort of like the spice in Dune, and is part of the Taipei experience.

If we get tired blogging at the IDF, I know where that stand is.

More Blogging Taipei photos in our photostream … and Matt’s photo gallery. Podcasts tomorrow.

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Dwell Report on Urban Bikes

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by Byron on Oct 11, 2007 at 7:30 AM

By now Dwell Magazine is arriving in the mail and on newsstands with an urban bike report. Bike Hugger provided the expert commentary for the report and other insights. Check the related story online and see these snapshots I took during the photoshoot. Bikes in the report include

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There’s also a short blurb on sport-utility bikes, Bettie 2.0, and Xtracycle.

Read our urban bike tag archives for ongoing coverage and the Flickr Urban Bike group. That’s the stylish Hugga Tee I’m wearing and the photo was taken at Elliott Bay Bicycles near bike stand number 2.

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Critical Manners Seattle: Friday Oct 12, Westlake, 5:30

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by Dave R. on Oct 11, 2007 at 7:26 AM

As <http://bikehugger.com/2007/10/critical_manners.htm#comments”>promised, we’ll be gathering at Westlake, 5:30 tonight for a Critical Manners ride. Look for Matt McClung when you arrive. We’ll probably leave Westlake around 6:00, actual manners observed will be negotiated at the gathering and maybe we’ll pick a snazzier name next time around. This is a great chance to get out and have some non-confrontational interactions with traffic and pedestrians, and a great ride for anybody who’s ever been put off by traditional Critical Mass tactics. I’ll report back after the ride.

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Bicycle Hi Fi

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by Byron on Oct 11, 2007 at 6:30 AM

cy-fi.jpg A week before Interbike I’d posted about Ultra Mobile Bike Devices and connecting an iPod to a bike. Remarkably during the Hugga Hookup we met Cy-Fi, an iPod speaker and remote for your bike. Good timing!

I did test ride and video the Cy-Fi, but it was too dark and the video didn’t turn out well. The device itself was cool and the owners of the company were very proud of it. Using new technology, from Kleer, it’s an iPod remote that connects to speakers you mount to your handlebars. What’s unique is that the speaker has buttons to change the track, volume, and select playlists.

Sure, sure, a DIYer could just duct-tape some speakers to a wire and an iPod. Maybe just wear headphones, but if you’re at Critical Mass or a bike parade with the Rock the Bike crowd, you can blast your Bombay Dub Orchestra for everyone to hear.

Ride louder is Cy-Fi’s slogan and they’ll find buyers for this gadget. The tech bloggers have certainly noticed

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Critical Manners

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by Byron on Oct 10, 2007 at 6:44 AM

Seems I’m not the only one that thinks Critical Mass should have a positive effect on traffic and the community. Check this article from the SFGate.

The cyclists were polite. The motorists were respectful. The pedestrians were happy. The cops were incredulous.

Critical Manners are also reportedly happening in Portland.

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Sausages and Erectile Dysfunction

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by Byron on Oct 10, 2007 at 6:30 AM

James wrote us to say

I read bike hugger in a feed reader and I was disturbed to see a Jimmy Dean sandwich ad appear below a story on bike commuting in the rain. I went to the BH front page and there’s a big ol’ Viagra ad posted below the same story.

Besides being really tacky these ads aren’t apropos of cycling or in my opinion any healthy lifestyle.

Can you guys be more selective about who you let advertise on your site?

and I responded, “at Bike Hugger we’re friendly to all sorts of cyclists, including those that eat sausages or take erection pills.”

Joking aside, the ads are provided by our friends at FeedBurner and they use a sophisticated delivery system: if readers don’t click, the ads don’t show – if you refresh the page frequently you’ll also see that the ads only show a few times and are replaced by Google text ads. The ads are also geotargeted, so you may not see Wendy’s or Circuit City that are also running.

As we move forward with the business of Bike Hugger, described here, we’re working with advertisers on unique programs, podcasts, and more. To bring our readers more blogging, the ads pay our hosting and underwrite costs. If you’ve read us for a while, you’ll notice we’ve gone from periodic posting to daily, to multiple times a day.

Brought to you by

We also run an Amazon Store and Amazon Affiliate ads. The “Brought to you by” sidebar are the retail goods we’ve made and sold, including my book. Brought to you by includes ads for Elliott Bay, Schooner Exact, and other Seattle-area businesses.

One thing we don’t do is pop-ups or interstitial ads (click on ad before seeing content) or ones that float over the page because that totally annoys me.

If you’ve got questions/concerns about our ads let us know here in the comments or via our contact form. I’ve been doing this for a long time and been on both sides of the “web should be free” debate.

Sidenote: the lingerie line sold on Amazon with “hugger” in the product description cracks me up every-time I see it. The lingerie periodically shows up and sometimes is just a small scroll from the Viagra ad.

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