Sheldon is my co-pilot

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by Dave R. on Feb 22, 2008 at 9:07 AM

sheldon_copilot.jpg I’ve been seeing a lot of tributes to Sheldon Brown, lately, as one would expect on the passing of a figure of such magnitude. Most featuring his helmeted, hawked head (that eagle’s got a name, ‘Igor’ – who knew!). Sheldon has a posse shirts. Sheldon ‘Obey’ badges (some background on the OBEY campaign here). My favorite printed media to date: Sheldon is my co-pilot. It’s great that Sheldon has a posse, but I’d much rather think of him riding along side. Speaking of riding, some cities seem to be having Sheldon rides. What’s your favorite Sheldon tribute? Are you riding for Sheldon later this year (or have you already?).

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Bike Shop Nirvana

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by andrew_f_martin on Feb 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Warehouse

My wife always gives me a hard time about being drawn to a new bike shop like a kid drawn to the candy store. I’m sure there’s nothing new or all that exciting in the shop, but I always have to go in, kick tires, check out the latest bike stuff. Imagine my excitement when I got to go to Seattle Bike Supply to return some bikes and take a quick tour. That place is HUGE. Wall-to-wall bike stuff. 6’ stacks of just anodized rims. Big boxes with the words “Shimano” and “SRAM”. It was great. I’ll have to do a formal interview with Tim Rutledge (he’s our contact down there) once he gets back from the Tour of California, but in the mean time - I’d wanted to give you a little perspective on what goes on at this cool place.

SBS is the shop behind your local shop. As many in the industry know - stores are only as good as their supplier. If you ever walk into your shop and need a part ASAP that just isn’t something they carry - the shop may hit up SBS to fill that gap. In many cases, SBS can get the parts you need to the shop in 24 hours - very nice since most of us tend to plan for our big events the day or so before we need them. SBS has also done a good job of identifying the need for urban bikes and has started to shift their inventory to cater to the emerging market.

Here’s the quick story I got from Tim on the SBS story:

Seattle Bike Supply is a full service bike and bike parts distributor. We also own several leading bike brands; Redline® bikes, Torker® bikes, Pryme® protective gear, Potenza®, and Inline®. As of January 2007 SBS is the exclusive USA distributor of Lapierre, and Batavus branded bicycles Our 4 warehouse locations (Kent, WA; Rancho Dominguez, CA; Reynoldsburg, OH; Dallas, TX) are able to offer 1-3 day delivery anywhere in the USA. With thousands of SKUs in stock and fast friendly service, SBS is your one stop bike and part supplier. Redline History intersects with the start of Seattle Bike Supply. Redline bicycles started in Southern California in 1974, meanwhile, 1,115 miles north of the Redline factory, in Renton, WA. a man named Terry Heller begins selling bike parts out of the back of his Ford station wagon. Seattle Bike Supply is started. Little did anyone know how these two companies would evolve.

More SBS Warehouse Photos

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Yellow Bikes at the SXSW BBQ

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by Byron on Feb 21, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Austin Yellow Bike Project has confirmed they’re coming to the BBQ with 4 bikes, a wall of tools (to adjust bikes), and a whole lot of Austin bike community goodness. Anyone can ride the Yellow Bikes, just show up and ride one. Then, ride it back for the next person to ride.

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Car, Car, Cyclist, Car

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by Byron on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:25 PM

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That’s part of Maui experience: lots of cars, tourists, and a few cyclists.

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Tour of California

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by Byron on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:18 AM

I think I’m as disillusioned as anyone about the sport of cycling and professional racing, but when Pam found Versus on cable here in Maui and we watched Stage One of the Tour of California, that was still entertaining and made for a good ending to a day of riding. It also reminded me that

  • With full props to Roll, I wish he we would just do featurettes and it was all Phil and Paul narrating.

  • The TOC obviously doesn’t bring the prime time camera crew, the angles were so far out, I couldn’t tell who was who at all – and the circuit camera was dizzying.

  • Are ultimate fighting men (or rather men in a cage, locked together on the mat, until one says, “Uncle”) really more popular the cycling? And Rodeo? That just makes me sad.

Damn Rock Racing and the King of Pants! Their color for this year is green! Also see Let Levi Ride, the Tour Tracker, and the TOC on Flickr.

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Uploaded by richardmasoner

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Glo Gloves: Turn signals for your hands

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by Dave R. on Feb 20, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Gloglove.jpg I’ve mentioned them before, but when ever I wear them I get questions and comments so it’s time for a bit more coverage.

Glo gloves are simple, reflective over-gloves which will help you survive your night time rides. Here’s a good review by the Gadgeteer, but you won’t need too much convincing once you understand the value of the gloves.

These are the same gloves you see police officers directing traffic with, although there are 3 models, only one of which has the ‘stop sign’ on the palm. You can get this model online or at uniform stores here in Seattle and elsewhere.

The gloves will help you stay visible during one of the riskiest road maneuvers for a cyclist – turning. Signalling is a great way to improve your safety, but if drivers can’t see your signals they don’t count for much. Glo Gloves increase your odds of being seen. At around $20 they’re incredibly cheap insurance.

Lots of riding gloves come with their own reflective piping, but none bear as much as Glo Gloves. Plus, Glo Gloves are compatible with your favorite glove because they’re simple lycra finger-less ‘liners’. They go right over my cheap goretex winter gloves or any other gloves I have. I don’t ride at night without mine.

Some models also come with a palm reflector, which is helpful in signalling to oncoming traffic as well as those behind you. The version with a directional triangle reflector is probably best, although the stop-sign version is useful as well.

Tip: reflectors only work when they reflect light back towards they eye of the observer. Make sure to keep your glo-glove reflectors pointing towards what you want to see you. For cyclists this means keeping your hand vertical, facing backwards. A bit awkward at first, but well worth it in the long run.

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Back in Maui

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by Byron on Feb 18, 2008 at 10:14 AM

We’re back in Maui for Winter Break, training, and riding the last batch of big miles before racing season starts. We rode yesterday and unlike the last trip, it didn’t rain on us – woohoo. We also discovered a new bike path!

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I’m riding a new set of Hed wheels while here and will report on those later.

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Hugga Minutia

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by Byron on Feb 17, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Getting ready for SXSW and the rest of the blogging this year, we’re updating the blogosphere with Hugga Minutia on Twitter …

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While Tim reminds us that racing is coming up, and ghelf advises on what day is better to shower, I’m thinking of tracking the debut of the Brooks basket to all the baskets seen at the Handmade Bike Show.

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Feb08 RideCivil Ride Report

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by Dave R. on Feb 16, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Despite a threatening weather report we got a very reasonable turnout for last night’s RideCivil – 5 growing to 7 as we recruited a few more riders along the way. We managed to overcome the persistent drizzle around 5:30, and by the time we hit the road around 6:15 the rain dried right up. Our route meandered about 9 miles (props to Kat for the map!) through downtown on several big loops, and ultimately headed south to the Elysian Fields pub for a bit of food and beer before I had to head out. It was great to see folks from many different cycling communities coming together (Cascade, .83, Seattle Likes Bikes, and various commuters) all representing. Next time the Big Boom Box will definitely work.

Next up we’ll have a couple strategy and planning discussions, as well as announcement of next month’s ride. Check back here for future updates.

Some highlights: Some dude singing the lines to “Bicycle Race” by Queen to us from a cross walk. (Will be on the playlist for next time).

Nice Old Lady asking us if we were cops (I blame my ‘Stop’ gloves)

Cheers from the side walks

Self governing, self directing cycling crew

Great conversations about cycling and various other sundries

Good drinking and meal at the end

Looking forward to the next ride!

A couple improvements for next time: Music that works, and my trusty camera.

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