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Portland Urban Cycling Style

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by Byron on May 27, 2008 at 7:11 AM

We didn’t get enough photos of all the Portland Urban Cycling Style, but did notice much dapperness, like this cycling gentleman with his shoes that matched his shirt.

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Also saw several women cyclists in cowboy boots. Saw a couple of those fashionable horse-riding helmets, but no beret helmets.

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PBR & Planes

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by Byron on May 26, 2008 at 9:38 AM

If I could only work on Bike Hugger full time, I’d photo blog all of the industrial areas we ride through. While Seattle is known for it’s software, tech, and biotech, it’s actually an industrial port city.

Built during the Klondike Gold Rush, the town thrives on boats, planes, trains, and beer like PBR.

These murals are painted on a building in the Georgetown Neighborhood, across the street from the old Brewery.

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Bianchi Mini Velo: I still want one!

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by Mark V on May 26, 2008 at 8:30 AM

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I’ve had a Bianchi fetish forever. Bianchi makes all manner of bikes internationally, but some bikes are limited to a single market. The Bianchi Milano used to be a US-only model, but now several other countries offer something similar. However, the Bianchi Mini Velo is only available in Japan. I’ve wanted one for years. Maybe next spring I’ll have to make another Japan trip but this time come back with a really nice momento.

Last year I wrote from Japan about the “mini velo” genre of bike in Japan. Bianchi’s looks like a retro racer with ridiculously small wheels.

I’ve wanted one for years before I had ever been to Japan. God, these things are so cool. I’ll buy the cheaper 8sp model, strip the parts, and build it up again with Suntour Superbe Pro. It’ll be so hot.

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NYC Introduces Protected Bike Lanes

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by Byron on May 25, 2008 at 8:45 AM

From the Washington Post today

City officials, hoping to make commutes like his less treacherous, have created a seven-block experiment of a bike lane on Ninth Avenue. Here, concrete dividers and a row of parked cars shield a bike lane from the street and its traffic. Low mini-traffic lights show when cyclists have the right of way. Bike commuters, messengers and delivery people peel down perfectly smooth paths.

The article also cites Portland as an example, how bikes are fashionable, and cites a needed change from car culture to bike culture in major cities. (Who’d a thought we’d see NYC promoting commuting!)

One of our faves is still the Calmest Road in America.

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After the Mobile Social

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by Mark V on May 24, 2008 at 11:54 PM

2519843155_d1d6ddcaf3.jpg Here’s the Bike Hugger crew with Keith from Ibex, post-social dinner on Wednesday night. Hey, hey, we’ll maybe come to your town…..

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Helmet Laws in Effect

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by Byron on May 23, 2008 at 1:15 PM

A reader wrote to say

I was riding to work today heading south on Beacon near the VA hospital when I think I saw a police officer pull over a rider for not wearing a helmet. As I rode by, I asked the rider if he was okay (thinking maybe he had gotten hit), and he just looked mad. Has anyone else heard reports of this today?

And I just heard from another cyclist that they got a 103 ticket for no helmet.

Just like the periodic stop-sign crackdowns on Mercer Island, sounds like the po po are looking for helmet scofflaws.

Anyone else seen cyclist getting tickets or got one themselves?

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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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Surly @ Mobile Social Portland Reception

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by Byron on May 22, 2008 at 7:53 AM

good times all … good times.

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