Sausage Rug

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by Byron on Feb 15, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Back in the days of Jan Ullrich, about this time of year, he’d show up to races a bit overweight and the sausage and pastry jokes would start. This sausage rug would make a good “got fat in the winter” gag gift and reminded me of simpler times, when the cycling headlines were about Jan’s belly and not el dope.

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Pedal-Powered Car

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by Byron on Feb 15, 2008 at 7:17 AM

A 1986 Buick Regal designed by artist Michel de Broin who removed the engine, suspension, transmission and electrical system and replaced them with pedals and gears … later the driver was ticketed for operating an unsafe vehicle.

Hat tip to Kristen.

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Mellow Johnny’s: a commuter bike shop

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by Byron on Feb 14, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Lance Armstrong unveiled his bike shop today and it’s focused on commuting, including

Showers and a locker room will allow commuters who don’t have facilities at their offices to ride downtown, store their bikes at the shop, bathe and catch a ride on a pedicab or walk the rest of the way to work.

Lance said in the Austin360 article that he wants Mellow Johnny’s to be, “the coolest bike shop in the world … it’s all about bike culture and he wants to see Austin evolve into a place like Portland, Ore.”

Word. I didn’t expect a commuter shop, when I posted about his new shop earlier this week. And when we’re in town for SXSW and our BBQ, I’ll try to get more details.

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Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle

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by Byron on Feb 14, 2008 at 12:43 PM

While not a political blog, here at Hugga HQ, the Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle site is worth noting.

Barak Obama reminded me it was Valentine’s Day. Barak Obama pumped up your tires before a big race. Barak Obama pinned your race number for you. Barak Obama paced you all the way to work.

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Tokyo Messenger Portraits in COG magazine

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by Mark V on Feb 14, 2008 at 10:27 AM

tokyo-messengers.jpgPhotographer Yohei Morita stopped by my shop last week and dropped off a copy of COG magazine, a magazine devoted to the machines and culture of fixed gear, with a authentic Japanese influence. The current issue featured an article about pro keirin racers and the online edition features a collection of Tokyo messenger portraits.

I swear to God I remember seeing some of these riders last summer when I was in Tokyo. My friends lived in Akasaka, so I’d get food and groceries from Roppongi which was rife with messengers.

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The article in COG talks about the address system in Tokyo, which I assure you is just as confusing as the author suggests. I didn’t know that bike messengers as an institution are rather recent in Tokyo.

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Crown Jewel Stolen

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by Byron on Feb 14, 2008 at 7:28 AM

Just yesterday I was talking to Lindsay at Crumpler about his Independent Fabrication bike and today a sad email comes in about a stolen IF Crown Jewel. Any bike stolen is a loss, but it’s much worse when it’s a custom, a prized possession, and you’re a college student with no money.

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If you see some crackhead or other thief riding this bike, let us know here and we’ll tip Meghan and send her Valentine’s day wishes.

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That Naked Bike

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by Jason Swihart on Feb 13, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Reports are the Naked Bike is en route to a new bike shop in Austin. I’ve looked and couldn’t find anything about Naked online … the bike is also in this Huggacast video.

More from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Updates

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Monday Night Spinervals with Matthew McConaughey

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by Byron on Feb 13, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Hearing that Lance was planning to open a bike shop in Austin, I was all, “nice.” I imagined Monday night spinervals with Matthew McConaughey could happen there and it’s pretty much guaranteed that the Lance Shop Saturday morning ride would drop all that showed up!

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One of the most impressive shops I’ve visited is in Austin – well-lit, shiny floors, and lots of bikes. A shop on the list to visit in Shanghai is LaBici.

From the high end to the hippie, what’s your fav bike shop?

Update

Mellow Johnny’s is announced and it’s commuter-focused.

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