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Commuting in Shanghai

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by Byron on Apr 12, 2008 at 6:53 AM

Huggacast Episode Thirty Seven, we commute in Shanghai by bike, ferry, and on a Maglev train.

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Notes:

  • Audio Sample is Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Year Remix) – Gorillaz - D-Sides.
  • Maglev was running at lower power to save energy during non peak hours – it’s goes 408/kmh
  • The ferry boarding procedure was “intense”

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Simple, Elegant, Ti Bike

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by Byron on Apr 12, 2008 at 6:06 AM

Lynskey built this bike for Sgt. Lee Robbs of the Chattanooga Police Department who will take part in the 2008 Police Unity Tour: a ride for those who died.

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Sunny Santa Barbara

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by Byron on Apr 12, 2008 at 5:38 AM

Pam and I joined our cycling team this weekend for some miles in Santa Barbara and rode along what I called the best bike path in all of the world …

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Video on riding safe and civil

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by Dave R. on Apr 10, 2008 at 6:43 AM

Kent pointed out this video on his site earlier this week. It’s a great reminder about how to ride in traffic safely. We’ll be using techniques like these on this month’s RideCivil, but we won’t be throwing around terms like Lane Control Position. Instead we’ll be focusing on riding safe and civil, having a good time, and spreading some good vibes around to our fellow road users. Hope to see you there.

p.s. The weather’s shaping up, so I won’t be too surprised if you leave your swim-fins at home.

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Toggling Modes

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by Byron on Apr 09, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Back from Shanghai and finally, mostly over the massive jet lag, I toggled the Modal from single to geared. Despite the f’ing rain, I found that most enjoyable because there’s zen in working quietly on a bike and going out for a ride. It took me about an hour to switch and Mark does it in about 15 minutes.

A few updates:

  • Refined the process to just swapping bars; original thinking was a bar/stem combo so I could use a different stem for an urban setup. Now I just pull the faceplate and switch between single-speed bars and geared-bars using one stem.
  • With another set of DA cranks, it’s much faster to pull the crank than change out the big chainring for the chainring protector and vice-versa.
  • Getting over scratches, dings, and tweaks by rationalizing them as a “travel patina” was a good idea!

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Note: The Modal is a travel bike concept that folds and toggles between single, fixed, and geared modes.

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Trek Drops Lemond

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by Byron on Apr 08, 2008 at 5:25 PM

I think everyone saw the Trek/Lemond split coming …

Trek Company Update, ‘Trek to Immediately Sever Relationship with Greg LeMond’

There’s a Press Release and a whole media primer. If this is public, you can bet it got real nasty – you can even smoking gun it yourself in this initial summons and read a ways into the complaint to find that it’s an alleged Bro deal gone wrong (page 4, para 16)!

… since 1999 Greg LeMond has made numerous purchases of LeMond bicycles at employee pricing from Trek with a suggested retail value of over $2,500,000. Upon information and belief, Greg LeMond has resold, bartered for value or otherwise distributed many or most of these bikes, harming Trek and its dealers

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Pressure Drop

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by Byron on Apr 08, 2008 at 7:02 AM

Bring together two design houses – Cinelli and RVCA – with renowned artists to work on a new sportswear concept with an artistic sensibility and that results in Pressure

Providing a new statement on a traditional sport and furthermore imparting a fresh insight into a subculture very much responsible for a new movement in popular culture, Pressure matches RVCA’s deep roots within the arts and Cinelli’s apparent appreciation for world class design.

pressure_drop.jpg Pressure is a haute couture bike show!

Launch Date & Time World Premiere Thursday | 19th June | 2008 7pm To 10pm

Location Vasf Gallery 1485 Haight St San Francisco | Ca

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Nihon-jin at the Bike Shop

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by Mark V on Apr 07, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Nihon-jin.jpg At Elliott Bay Bikes, we had a gang of Japanese bike enthusiasts stop in. Minato Seiya-san of Depot Cycle & Recycle, a shop in Ichikawa near Tokyo and Yamamoto Atsushi-san, maker of the Gunung label of hats, chatted with me when I emerged out of my mechanic station hole. I asked them about their travels in Taiwan, and then I told them about my downhill run in Nikko. It turns out they’re friends with Morita Yohei of Cog Magazine who stopped into the shop a couple months ago. Minato-san and Yamamoto-san are on their way to Philadelphia this month for a messenger race. While in Seattle, they are visiting the Seattle wing of Reload Bags.

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