Seattle Weekend Cyclocross Events

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by Dave R. on Sep 27, 2007 at 7:53 PM

Busy cyclocross weekend coming up in Seattle – The Seattle Cyclocross Series #1 is on Sunday the 30th in Snohomish (directions) and promises to be a great event.

If you’re looking to do a bit of brush up before the race you can get some tips from Jonathan Page and Frank McCormack on Friday (28th) and Saturday (29th). Herriott Sports Performance and Cascade Bicycle Studio will be hosting the Jonathan Page Cyclocross Weekend, including two 3 hour workshops on Saturday and a evening presentation and auction on Friday. Page is America’s premiere cross racer and the best American in history in this discipline. Great chance to see a master at work!

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Long Live Long Bikes

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by Byron on Sep 27, 2007 at 3:55 PM

From the Xtracycle booth at Interbike.

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Hed Jet 60 C2

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by Byron on Sep 27, 2007 at 6:00 AM

Just in time for the Industry Cup Criterium tonight and the Hugga Hookup, Hed Cycling, sent us their latest wheels and we’re breaking the news here. The deal with these wheels is that they’ve got a 23MM wide aluminum rim and what that does is change the profile of the tire: wider is better. And, you’ve got to ride it to believe it, but they roll like tubies. Not only that, but the wider rim makes for one stiff, strong, and bombproof wheelset.

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Tubular Killers

Like the Jet 60s, the C2s are a carbon-winged, aero-spoked wheel, but with the wide rim. Andy, the tech at Hed and an occasional blogger for us, told me

We don’t have test fixtures to prove it yet, but the wheel is better and just plain stiffer with the extra width. But the coolest thing is the tire manipulation. The C2 rim changes almost everything, including the contact patch, which means less scrubbing in the corners (Hed has tested this with pressure sensitive film measuring contact patches). The wider tire also has lower rolling resistance and more air volume to run lower air pressure.

Calling them Tubular Killers, Andy also noted that

when the tire spreads on the wider rim the sidewalls flatten and that reduces their springiness – that results in the tubular feel.

Mike will race the wheels tonight and we’ll have them at the Hugga Hookup.

Carbon Commuters

Besides the whole breakthrough, changing-the-profile-of-the-clincher thing, I’m going to travel, commute, and ride everyday with these wheels. Hed’s driving design principle is “no race-day wheels.” They build wheels that you can race, do most anything with, and not worry.

I think these “wider wheels” will also appeal to the commuter that wants a fast, strong wheel to knock off a few seconds off their ride.

Long-term posts to follow after a few trips. And posts from the race.

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Disclaimer: While Andy from Hed occasionally posts about Randoneering for us and we ride Hed Wheels, Bike Hugger has no financial interest in Hed Cycling.

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Cycling in Vegas

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by Byron on Sep 27, 2007 at 5:47 AM

This year, with Andrew, Mark, and Mike covering their angles at Interbike, I’m spending time cycling and blogging Vegas. The Nevada RTC has just completed a 14-mile bike expressway from Vegas to Red Rock Canyon.

A few years ago, Pam and I rode to Red Rock right from our hotel and thoroughly enjoyed it. Off the strip, Vegas has these massive bus lanes that we rode in and miles of bike lanes, signed routes, and shared-use trails. It’s surprising, yes, but Vegas is a bike-friendly town.

Last night, I rode the Strip – not something I’d want to do more than say once, but it was an impromptu, rock-the-bike, longtail parade. Also, all that smut you get in Vegas, the girls-in-your-room cards are delivered by couriers on bikes.

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When 29 isn’t enough—36 inch bike tires!

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by Dave R. on Sep 26, 2007 at 7:53 PM

36rs

I rode past Tony on the way home tonight and couldn’t help but turn around to find out more about his bike. It may not be evident from my phone-cam picture, but he’s riding 36 inch wheels. Apparently this is a promo bike from Coker (they make tires, commuting unicycles, and the odd bike among other things). Coker’s apparently fresh out of the Monster Cruiser, Tony’s riding a variant on that from what I can tell.

Tony says he just liked the bike. He rides for exercise on nice days. I can’t blame him, today was lovely in Seattle.

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Pedal powered machine contest from Specialized

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by Dave R. on Sep 25, 2007 at 8:50 PM

Tinkerers, start your tinkering! The Innovate or Die – You and up to 4 friends make a machine that “transforms pedaling energy into a new and useful purpose”, then post a 2 minute video on Youtube. Judges from Specialized, Google, and Goodby, Silverstein and Partners (CA based ad agency) will pick a winner based on creativity, design, and environmental impact. Top prize is a cool $5k, plus a bike from Specialized’s new ‘Globe’ line of bikes. You’ve got until December 15th, now go!

Specialized’s new bikes look nice – clean single speed aesthetic, suspension-free frames, disc brakes all around and internally geared hubs on the higher end bikes.

I couldn’t find much mention of what’s to become of your new machine, other than a brief mention that you have to keep it in running condition for a year. The sponsors will, however, be hanging on to the media you submit pretty tightly. Prepare to be remixed if you win.

I’d like to see the them take the next step here – if a winning pedal powered machine really does have some design, environmental and creative chutzpah maybe they could pony up some engineering know-how to do a limited production run?

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Tour of Lake Mead

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by andrew_f_martin on Sep 25, 2007 at 8:37 PM

Andrew and WayneThe Tour of Lake Mead was this morning. Formerly called the “hangover ride”, it’s a fully police supported 24mi “down and back” to the visitors center or some place in the park down the hill. I wouldn’t really know - I didn’t have time to look. The “tour” started fast from the gun. I talked to a couple familiar faces who all said to “stay at the front” because there were plenty of bozo’s nursing hangovers and late nights. One guy also offered up $100 cash to the “winner”, but it sounded more joking than legit.

The first 2+ mi was all downhill into a headwind. A number of guys including Leonard Zinn were giving it some gas down the hill. When we flattened out, we didn’t really slow down. People rolled through as most guys at the front appeared to be racers of one flavor or another (or smell in one guy’s case). We were apparently going north of 27mph for most of the effort. After a couple risers, the group was thinning out as the downhill guys were spent. Once we hit the first noticeable climb I found myself drifting back a little, so I punched it to get back to the front just to be safe. 15 seconds later this guy in a AMD/Discovery kit starts telling us to “organize and pull through”. I was sort of surprised because it was all pretty casual until then, so I pulled through, looked back and…poof…we were gone. All of a sudden the massive 200+ people that started was now just about 15 of us driving the front.

Some people cut the turnaround, and our group got a little bigger on the tailwind run back, but as we approached the climb to the start it thinned out again. I rode my own pace up the hill and apparently finished “8th” nursing a rear flat. I didn’t know who the AMD/Discovery guy was until I ran into him at the Shimano Booth. Turns out it was Wayne Stetina - multiple time US National champ, Pan-Am Gold Medalist, yada yada yada. 50+ and still tearing it up.

I’ll post pics if I find any. We had a number of guys shooting us on various points so I imagine the Hugger-Green will show prominently.

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Cleatless cycling shoes

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by Dave R. on Sep 25, 2007 at 2:40 PM

I don’t wear cycling shoes when I commute – carrying a 2nd pair of shoes just to ride my bike seems a bit silly. I’m also just vein enough to really despise running shoes. Unfortunately for me, weak arches demand strong support and ever since they started jacking up the sensitivity on the magnetometers at the airport it’s very hard to find a pair of shoes with a steel shank. Enter the Patagonia Huckleberry – shoes with a steel shank. Not only that: they’ve done some toe-box magic to make it roomy without being boulbous (fits in toe-clips!); there’s a teeny tiny bit of eco-goodness in the shoe construction (30% recycled rubber, etc), and they come in bike hugger approved green.

I wouldn’t mind riding cleated shoes, if I could find something I could reasonably wear through the day and that didn’t look like I’d left the rest of my superhero outfit at home. What are y’all wearing on your rides?

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Interbike Group Photo Pool

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by Byron on Sep 25, 2007 at 9:58 AM

We’ve started a public Flickr group for Interbike photos, like this one of Kona’s Ute loaded up with PBR.

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Our Interbike coverage started yesterday with Andrew’s reports from the Dirt Demo. Today, he just finished the Tour of Lake Mead, which turned into the Race of Lake Mead with 28 mph pacelines …

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