Bikes and Buses

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by Byron on Jul 29, 2007 at 7:44 AM

It was well timed that I’d ride with David Hiller and Patrick McGrath (from Cascade) down the bus and bike-only thoroughfare on the same day the city announced it was permanent. We weaved in and out of the buses, cursed the few cars that had strayed onto the street, and urged the cops to ticket them.

A few turns later, in a sad amount of traffic, we went our separate ways, and back later for Critical Mass. Before our ride, we met at Zeitgeist Coffee talked advocacy, bikes, and more. Their bikes are pictured below.

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Project Grocery Getter

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by Jason Swihart on Jul 28, 2007 at 5:48 PM

During last year’s visit to Copenhagen, I got a taste for city cycling. The bike lanes there are filled with sophisticated Danes, happily riding to and fro in regular street clothes on simple, comfy, utilitarian bikes. We rented bikes to join in ourselves, and the experience was transforming. Why do so many Americans ride complicated, uncomfortable bikes, and insist on wearing spandex just for the ride to work? 150,000 Copenhagenners do it every day, and 149,999 could jump off for an impromptu photo shoot.

With this in mind, I decided that I would get my own urban bike for tooling around town, getting groceries, going to bars, etc. My criteria were, and are, in order of priority:

  1. It must be capable.
  2. It must be comfortable
  3. It must be stylish.
  4. It must be enjoyable.
  5. It must have carrying capapcity.
  6. I must be able to hop on it and ride away with no special preparation.
  7. It must be simple to use and maintain.

Thus, I went on a mission to find or build a bike to fulfill those criteria. I test rode a lot of bikes, and I have to say, the Electra Townie came really close.

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Critical Mass Seattle 7/27

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by Byron on Jul 28, 2007 at 8:46 AM

We rode with Critical Mass last night, representin’ the hugga, kitted up and on our race bikes. Critical Mass meandered through downtown, towards Fremont via HWY 99, Stone Way, and then onto Golden Gardens. It was a fun, festive event, and massive.

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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Just Say…..

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by Jason Swihart on Jul 27, 2007 at 5:09 PM

Is doping the ruination of professional cycling? Some people seem to think so, and are taking it to the streets like so many latter-day Nancy Reagans.

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At least it’s not “Just Say No” or “Get Doped on Life.”

The parallels between doping prohibitions and other kinds of prohibitions are unmistakable. Doping bans certainly are just as effective as alcohol and drug prohibitions have been, and the primary beneficiaries are those who violate the bans. Doping is big business, and making it scarce through bans makes it more lucrative.

Athletes have a powerful, rational desire to improve their performance using all methods available, and one can’t help but wonder if lifting bans on “illicit” performance enhancement wouldn’t be a better way to deal with the problem. What, after all, is the problem with doping? That it can cause harm to the dopers? That it makes for an uneven playing field? That the resulting performances aren’t real?

Wouldn’t each of these problems be addressed, each in its own way, if athletes could dope openly?

Flame away.

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Downtown Traffic Nightmare

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by Kelli on Jul 27, 2007 at 3:33 PM

As if there weren’t enough cars on the roads, the upcoming lane closures on I-5 for the better part of August will push hundreds of cars onto alternate surface streets and push already crowded roads over the curb. With the effects of the construction expected to cause extensive regional and downtown traffic nightmares, what’s a cyclist to do?

Preceded by this weekend’s traffic madness; including the SeaFair Torchlight Run & Parade, two home games at The Safe and the Capitol Hill Block Party, this town’s in for a world of standstill.

There’s a part of me that isn’t looking forward to weaving my bike through all the craziness during my daily routine. And yet, as I witnessed a cyclist fly by a twenty-car backup today from the driver’s seat of my overpriced SUV, I realized that I’d still rather be on my bike.

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Rolling the Rollers at Toona

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by Byron on Jul 27, 2007 at 11:03 AM

The racing continues for Team Bike Hugger at Toona. They’re 8th overall in the Team GC with Julie Beveridge in the top 20 and Nicole Wansgard made an appearance on Cyclingnews with this photo.

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Photo credit: Kurt Jambretz/www.actionimages.cc

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Novara Buzz Fly By

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by Byron on Jul 27, 2007 at 8:02 AM

In our latest Huggacast episode, we check out Novara’s new Buzz Fly By. The Fly By is a folding bike designed by Dahon that features a Nexus hub, unique graphics, seatpost pump system, and lots of attention to detail. Of all the bikes Novara showed us, the Fly By is my fav.

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Download now for iTunes, your iPod, iPhone, and subscribe to the Huggacast Feed for more episodes.

Huggacasts are now available in the iTunes podcast directory.

Also available on Google Video.

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Trails Win!

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by andrew_f_martin on Jul 26, 2007 at 8:01 PM

Cool to see the front page of the Seattle paper to have 2 lead cycling-related stories.

The Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board has overturned a law in Lake Forest Park restricting the development of the Burke Gilman Trail through their city. As the front page lead article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer states, they have been trying for years to limit trail (of thousands) in favor of the locals who live on the trail (much less than thousands).

This is my normal route home, and in the past year I’ve stopped using this route in favor of city roads. The trail condition is just too uneven, unmaintained, and unsafe. Hopefully this ruling will help to put the trail back on track.

UPDATE: The SoundOff section in cycling-related stories usually doesn’t go in our favor, but today has been a refreshing change. The vast majority of the comments are very pro-cyclist. Is it the fact that this is a trail so the “keep cyclists off the road” crowd is staying out of it, or the fact that attitudes are finally shifting? Let’s hope it’s the later.

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Le Tour de life

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by Byron on Jul 26, 2007 at 11:51 AM

While Le Tour continues, in chaos, this photo reminds me of “Le Tour de life,” where we just love bikes, that’s our dope.

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Yes, no helmet, but the photo speaks for itself and also what you’re telling us in comments.

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Fixie Photo

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by Mark V on Jul 26, 2007 at 12:13 AM

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