First Day of Twitter Give Away at Webvisions

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by Jason Swihart on May 22, 2008 at 5:05 PM

The first day was a mixed success–our winners seemed genuinely excited, but Twitter made the process very difficult by inexplicably swallowing any messages that contained an @ symbol. Our first batch of winners came out like this:

Twitter ID Item
bzo Ibex Wool Arm Warmers
joshgray Ibex Beezer Full Zip Jersey
wrenchpilot Crumpler Textbook Point
hnordeen Crumpler Textbook Point
viciousalloy Ibex El Fito 3/4 Bike Knickers
wazdog Famous Winebar Raygun
penguin Ibex Fausto Jersey
wryanturner Ibex Arrivee Bib Shorts
danielo Ibex Women’s Spin Jersey
wnalyd Keen Everett daypack
elliothere Crumpler Mahoubar
nicjohnson Crumpler Headaitch

Crumpler Winner via Twitter Winner: wnalyd

Tomorrow, all the stuff we’re giving away can be mailed to you, so you don’t have to be at Webvisions to get it. We’ve got a SXSW Interactive pass, a bunch more Ibex stuff, some Bike Hugger shirts, and more. Stayed tuned–follow us on Twitter because you WILL need to meet certain deadlines if you’re a winner.

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Ride of Silence Seattle—Ride report

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by Dave R. on May 21, 2008 at 8:24 PM

The riders in tonight’s Ride of Silence in Seattle were like velocipede monks, rolling silently from Gasworks, down Eastlake through downtown and Belltown, then finally out Denny back to the park. I didn’t see an official count, but I’d guess there were 200 riders, a sizable crowd but not quite the volume I saw last year. The ride was well organized, with cue sheets, guides at every turn, and incredibly good control over the pacing and grouping of the whole group.

The ride is international with rides in almost every state in the U.S. The point of the ride is to memorialize riders who have been killed or injured on the road, like my friend Matthew Sperry. I try to make the ride every year because Matt was killed doing what I do ever day – riding to work.

I don’t think Matthew would have organized this ride. He would have put together a Jazz Funeral on bikes at the very least. Personally, I struggle with the concept of the ride. The last thing I want to do is be quiet about cyclists being killed. The silence also makes it hard to get the message out. Even though I’m ambivalent about the ride, I’ll keep riding it every year until the Bicycle Wakes get large enough to make an impression on the public at large.

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Mobile Social Today

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by Byron on May 21, 2008 at 1:27 PM

We’re in Portland, chilling before the Urban Ride and Reception at Lucky Lab. See you all there.

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Ride of Silence

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by Byron on May 20, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Tomorrow night is the annual Ride of Silence. We’ll toast the ride during the Mobile Social reception and pay our respects. Our event ends just as the Ride of Silence begins at 7:00 PM in Portland. And we encourage all to ride silently from Lucky Lab. We will.

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Twitter Giveaway @ Webvisions

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by Byron on May 20, 2008 at 6:49 AM

Following the Mobile Social @ Webvisions, we’re giving away even more schwag via Twitter. Check how we’re doing it on the Twitter Giveaway details page. All you have to do is follow us on Twitter, tweet us, and pick up your prize if you win.

Quick FAQ

So what’s a Mobile Social Event?
It’s an intersection of bikes, technology, and culture – we ride, talk bikes, party, and giveaway schwag.
Twitter Giveaway? Huh?
Yep. We’re giving away schwag from our sponsors during Webvisions. Just tweet us for the chance to win. There’s no catch, spam, or weirdness.
What’s the catch?
If there is one, we haven’t thought of it yet. But check back.
What’s this Twitter thing you speak of?
It’s a messaging application where you tell all your brohams what you’re doing all the time. It’s a terrific time suck.

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How to Follow Us on Twitter

The instructions and how to with visual aids are on the Twitter Giveaway Details page.

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Neodymics Cycle Motor

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by Byron on May 20, 2008 at 6:01 AM

From the Necessity is the Mother of Invention category, comes the Neodymics self-contained, powered-wheel conversion kit. With gas prices raising and increasing interest in electric bikes, I expect to see more entrepreneurs and inventors developing their own take on powering bikes. Using Dewalt power tool batteries is practical and even thinking of just popping off a non-powered wheel for a powered one is an interesting approach. It also looks like something that fell off a moon-lander or was once connected to a Cyborg …

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Twitter Giveaway

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by Jason Swihart on May 19, 2008 at 6:10 PM


Webvisions–Portland, OR–May 22 & 23

Sponsored by Ibex

Ibex, Crumpler et al have given us a bunch of schwag to give away at Webvisions, so here’s how we’re doing it:

Follow us on Twitter. When you’ve received word back from us (via Twitter) that we’re following you, send us a direct tweet with the words “webvisions youremail@yourdomain.com” in it. (If you don’t know how to do this, see below.)

That’s it. You’re in. Then during Webvisions on May 22 and 23, we’ll randomly select winners throughout each day. When we pick a name, we’ll send it out through Twitter with instructions for collecting the schwag. If you’re the winner, follow the instructions and it’s all yours. But, if you don’t follow the instructions, you’ll be out of luck. (Don’t worry–nothing weird. The instructions will be who won, what they won, and a time and place to pick up the prize.)

How to Follow Us on Twitter

  1. Go to Twitter. If you don’t have an account, create one. (Read more »)
  2. Now go to http://twitter.com/bikehugger and click Follow.
  3. To get updates via SMS, turn device updates on (click on “Devices Updates” and then “On”). Make sure you’ve given Twitter a device to send them to. This is usually the fastest way to receive Twitter updates.
  4. Once we see you following us, we’ll reciprocate and send you a direct message to let you know. Once you receive it, go to the Twitter homepage and, in the what are you doing? box, type: d bikehugger webvisions youremail@yourdomain.com

Fine Print

We’re using your email address to verify your identity but we’ll probably share it with our sponsors. If you don’t want us to do that, add the words no email to your entry Tweet. I.e., d bikehugger webvisions youremail@yourdomain.com no email. Anyone can enter, but they must follow the instructions for entering the contest and collecting the prize.

Note we’re not spammers.

More at the Mobile Social

Learn more about the Twitter Giveaway during our Mobile Social event the day before Webvisions. Mobile Socials are an intersection of bikes, technology, and culture. They include an urban ride, reception, and schwag.

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What did you forget Today?

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by Byron on May 19, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Seems there isn’t a race or ride I do where I don’t forget something. Like discovering the tube that’s in the saddle bag is the old flat tube or that I don’t even have the saddle bag. No helmet, front wheel, or damn it my Polar!

Forgotten items I’ve heard of include

  • A bike – arrived at the race, no bike on car. FAIL
  • Shoes – I think we’ve all forgot our shoes. FAIL.
  • Helmet – you can usually find a helmet at a race or tour.
  • Gloves – yep, you can ride without them.

For her commute, Pam has forgot

  • socks
  • bra
  • underwear
  • makeup

and today a shirt. So she just wore her liner at the desk. No one probably noticed.

What have you forgot during your commute or on the big race day? (Pam and I wear the same kits, different size and a few times I’ve raced in a really tight jersey that was hers.)

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