In the Bike Shop: Bill D

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by Byron on Aug 19, 2007 at 7:03 AM

bill_d.jpg When you’ve been building frames for over 38 years, like Bill Davidson has, there’s lots to talk about, including the current obsession with carbon (used to be aluminum), what’s new is actually old, Paragon drop outs, the boomin’ business in S&S-equipped frames, and Parlee’s custom carbon frames (again with the carbon obsession).

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The opposite of training

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by Byron on Aug 19, 2007 at 6:33 AM

As the racing season winds down, I’m looking forward to the opposite of training. Where we just tour, travel, and ride big miles into the Fall. The MS150 is coming up and travel with folders to

and the Modal for longer rides to

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Paris-Brest-Paris Starts Monday!

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 17, 2007 at 4:22 PM

P-B-P I’m nowhere near this hard-core, but P-B-P starts Monday. It’s 1200k in 90hrs for those of you unfamiliar with this old-school test. I know a couple people who are out there doing it. If you run a google blog search, you’ll find more than a few people blogging about their adventure. The coolest feature: Check out the P-B-P site where you can track rider’s progress along the route! I tracked the guy I know, and it correctly told me that, “le participant est inscrit mais non encore parti” (he hasn’t started yet). Good luck!

Update

We haven’t heard from him yet, but Andy is planning on blogging P-B-P for us.

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QBP Launches Civia Bikes

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 17, 2007 at 9:43 AM

Quality Bicyle Products (QBP) launched a new line of bikes this month under the name Civia Cycles. From QBP.com they are described as “High-end bikes and products designed for practical everyday transportation”. No pictures yet, but the blog on the Civia site notes that they will be launched at Interbike 2007. We’ll be sure to get right on it and get some pictures up to BikeHugger as soon as we can track them down.

For those of you who don’t know QBP - ask any shop. They describe themselves as “the shop behind the shop”. They provide special order and stock for most smaller shops (and probably the bigger ones too).

Some text from their http://www.civiacycles.com/: “Civia: The Community Way Fusing the Latin words Civis”community”and Via”the way, Civia is dedicated to leading the way to a new kind of community for cyclists. After all, biking is about more than bikes. By bringing like-minded people together”people who believe bikes make a difference in their own lives, the lives of their families and their communities”we can create a better world.

Civia is Serious About Transportation Civia is dedicated to promoting the use of bicycles for transportation. We designed our bikes from the ground up, studying every aspect of commuting, hauling, trekking and schlepping. Then we created forms to fit function and chose the best materials for the job. The result is a bicycle like no other”a machine tailored to the needs of people who live on the go, on the road”on their bikes. “

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Adam Carolla goes wrong

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 16, 2007 at 7:15 AM

Adam Carolla took his humor a little off track this morning. During a bit about “This Week In Rage”, a caller brought up cyclists riding in the road (omg - the horror). I think the caller explicitly stated spandex-clad cyclists riding 3 wide, but it sort of went downhill from there. Adam was mostly tongue in cheek about most of it, but the co-star of the program, Danny Bonaduce was a little less careful and offered to mow down cyclists for entertainment purposes. This sort of stuff isn’t new and has gotten plenty of attention in the past. Most of the show is usually available for download later in the day.

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Seattle’s a Bike Town

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by Byron on Aug 15, 2007 at 4:37 PM

In front of the Whole Foods, at 2201 Westlake, there was a fixie, electric bike, and dutch cargo bike, all in close proximity. The photos are merged here and also available in our photostream.

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Wooden Tandem

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 15, 2007 at 8:04 AM

Wooden TandemI’m slowly piecing my tandem back together so my wife and I can get back out there, but it’s not nearly as cool as this beast. Cool eh?!

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Reports from the Traffic Apocalypse

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by Byron on Aug 15, 2007 at 6:52 AM

From what I’m hearing, the traffic, it’s not so bad. But remember it’s just getting started …

“The bike commute was about 2x as crowded as usual but not a hindrance at all. I did notice light auto traffic the entire way from the lower bridge to Pike Place, so if you all get stuck in future days during “The Clog” you may want to consider the Avalon/lower bridge/Pike Place route.”

How goes your commute?

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Affordable, cool, and cheap city bikes

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by Byron on Aug 15, 2007 at 6:07 AM

Just spotted the “affordable, cool, and cheap city bikes” in Fall Colors from importer J&O. They’re also available from Dutch Bike Seattle, and at this rate, wherever fine bikes are sold.

For another flavor of Dutch Bikes, Seattle Bike Supply has Batavus in stock now and they’re shipping to their dealers after a delay.

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Start kids off right!

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 14, 2007 at 4:09 PM

Mercer, Wisconsin is trying to get their kids to school - by bike. I remember riding to school a couple times a year, but never made much of a habit of it. It’s a great opportunity to open kids up to the sport and better yet - to a healthy lifestyle. Anything we can do to help pull them away from the XBox or PS3 is good by me.

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