Millennium Park Ride

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by Byron on May 05, 2008 at 5:07 AM

I’m in Chicago for a quick trip, speaking at Web Design World, and rode through Millennium Park. First attraction I saw was a bicycle rental station.

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I asked and on a good day all of those get rented. Good thing they’ve got fat tires to avoid all the broken concrete.

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A Blog Smackdown

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by Byron on May 01, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I think blogs are dedicated to cruelty, they’re dedicated to dishonesty, they’re dedicated to speed

I don’t disagree with that rant from the Bissinger, the author of Friday Night Lights, on Costas Now and also see the counter argument. Textura Design publishes Bike Hugger and is in the blog business (social media). Over the past 2 years, I’ve seen lots of changes and the exponential growth of the bikesphere. The bike community is one of the most active out there with no shortage of bike blogs, including this one. For every positive thing about blogging like keeping us updated on Masiguy’s status, there’s a celebrity-stalker blog posting photos of Hanna Montana’s underwear.

It’s also interesting to see a vibrant bike community while the industry itself is rather old-school, with traditional, in-the-box marketing. On a ride yesterday I talked with a designer from a Seattle-based 100-yr old company that is “aware” of blogging and social media, but not yet ready.

So the question is whether or not the bike industry is benefiting from social media? Or is it just the dumbing down of society and a massive time suck.

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Surly Mustache

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by Jason Swihart on May 01, 2008 at 7:28 AM

Note the attention to details with the downtube shifters and mustache bars. That’s a commuter that’ll last forever. There’s a story to the bike as well. It was stolen and retrieved via graigslist.

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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Soon to be seen on a Fixie rider near you - Tight/Baggy Jeans

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by Andrew Martin on Apr 30, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Tight-Baggy

Wow. I’m not sure anything I can write can help with this one.

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Robotic Bike Parking

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by Byron on Apr 30, 2008 at 6:51 AM

I’d like a robot that’d make me a sandwich. Maybe read my email aloud in the voice of Data and degrease/lube a chain in one fast operation. A robot that parks bikes is good as well …

Noted elsewhere

But I think I’d rather have a hardass bike valet carefully keep all the bikes inline and monitor them, then a darn robot. Robots are prone to growing into giants and taking over the world.

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Bridgestone Derivate No 47

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by Byron on Apr 29, 2008 at 7:26 PM

Will the bike industry ever stop re-launching Bridgestones? Bike Radar spotted the Mellow Johnny commuter and an astute commenter noted

I’m intrigued by this chainless design …

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No chain! It’s a dandy horse!! Now that’s way old school.

(Photo Credit: Trek)

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Documenting the pelostache

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by Frank Steele on Apr 29, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Getting maybe more attention than it deserved at the Tour de Georgia was Dave Zabriskie’s Snidely Whiplash mustache:

Dave Z's magic mustache

Here’s Dave’s blog post on the mustache, which I think debuted at the Tour of California.

Byron and I started chatting about the œpelostache. The prototypical pelostache belongs to noted bicycle innovator Tom Ritchey, of course.

My favorite recent example is Alex Candelario, who a few years ago looked like he came straight to the race from a porn shoot.

Looking through Flickr, I discovered dozens of mustache groups. There’s King size flavour savours, Hot Girl Mustache, even cats with mustaches. But nothing for cyclists with ‘staches.

So, since Bike Hugger is all about documenting bike culture, we’ve created a new group on Flickr called Pelostaches. I’ve added pictures I have of Zabriskie and Alex Candelario, invited a couple of others, and am still searching for images of Deadly Nedly Overend before he got the Remington sponsorship (pointers welcome). We welcome contributions from anybody with pictures to share. Bonus points for handlebar mustaches.

Update: Posted this and then found the cycling mustache had been exhaustively cataloged at œHow to Avoid the Bummer Life.

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Folding Pop Culture

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by Byron on Apr 29, 2008 at 7:55 AM

solar_dahon.jpg Following folding bikes in pop culture, we just got tipped that Dahons are on the CSI:NY set, at Pomono College for their Green Bike program, and were on the Coachella Amtrak Train with DJ Mark Farina.

At Coachella, the DJ booth ran on full solar plus bikes being used as a charging station for iPods and phones.

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(Photo Credit: MXF of the Sycons)

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