Back from Vegas and onto Austin for the Urban ride and BBQ. See you all there. We’re easy to spot in our hugger gear and we’ll blog all the Austin urban cycling here, in our photostream, and huggacasts.
Got these shades in an IE8 schwag bag and have adopted them temporarily as my “Vegas Look.” Got me thinking, what’s the coolest or in contrast stupidest schwag you’ve ever got? For me, Mavic has the best clothes giveaways in the business.
I gave Pam the schwag-bag shades after realizing that they were women’s – couldn’t argue with that – they have a little IE logo laser-etched on the lens.
Skins is a new product on the market that’s quietly making a name for itself. You don’t hear much about them in the press - but if you look close at a big race it’s uncanny to see how many top pros are putting them on right after the race. I just got my pair today and the 1 hour result?: Who knows if they increase my recovery, but they feel GREAT! Holy cow - I’d walk around wearing these compression tights 24/7 if it was socially acceptable.
Cool video and explanation of why traffic jams occur on otherwise un-obstructed roads, courtesy of New Journal of Physics and the The Lede blog at the New York Times. Apparently the key factor is traffic density. As a multi-modal commuter I see (and participate) in these all the time. The funny thing is that this justifies the smug feeling you’re getting as you blow by the car-muters stuck in traffic – you’re not just going faster, you’re doing your part to reduce vehicle density and pointless traffic jams. Try not to lord it over the trapped-in-traffic though, they’re already frustrated enough.
Chelsea Green Publishing sent us a nice little book about Biking to Work. It’s a quick read and perfect to hand to your co-workers or friends that ask about your commute, urban cycling, and how to do it.
The book is published on 100% recycled paper and processed without chlorine.
Mix 08 is “an intimate opportunity for cutting-edge technical, creative and business strategists to engage Microsoft in a conversation about the future of the web.” Right on and Bike Hugger is attending this year. (I keep trying to avoid Vegas, but it sucks me back in!).