We came, we rode, we blogged

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by Byron on Oct 01, 2007 at 5:30 AM

We could post for a month about Interbike 07, the Industry Cup, and the Hugga Hookup, but I’ll highlight a few topics, produce several podcasts next week, and resume our regularly scheduled programing on Monday. Also see the posts from our Interbike feature blog.

Urban Theme

brooks_basket.jpgWhile much of Interbike was the same this year, Urban Bikes were the overall theme with a big presence from Batavus, Dahon, and bikes finally shipping with Alfine, like the glorious Sycip.

I paused for a long-time at the Brooks booth to look at the most expensive basket ever made and it’s based on a 100-yr old design from Mr. Brooks himself. Also see the Brooks waxed-canvas messenger bag.

Highlights

  • Crumpler’s booth was packed at all times – we tried to hookup with them and hopefully we will. Giving Crumpler a run, are the Knog naked people bags.
  • The Magic Bus from Clifbar – Clif launched the 2milechallenge and invited us for a tour (podcast to follow).
  • Dahon’s booth – I always found my way back to talk with Dahon about Urban mobility.
  • Skins – Gradient Compression performance equipment: watch for a review.
  • Boosta Shot – our Hugga Hookup sponsor was very popular during the Crit Championships.
  • Hed Jet 60 C2Hed got us one of 2 pair in existence and Mike raced them in the crit and rode them to Red Rock Canyon.
  • Hincapie Sportswear – the hugga kits were a hit and easily spotted during the Industry Cup.

Cycling in Vegas

I rode all over Vegas (podcasts to follow) and noticed the smut-by-bike delivery squad. This worker cleaned the vending machines and stocked them with more smut. He’s one of the thousands of working-class people that get their work done with bikes in Vegas.

There’s also a vibrant road and mtn scene with spectacular routes and a bike expressway.

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Seattle September Critical Mass ride report

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by Dave R. on Sep 29, 2007 at 7:59 PM

I rode Seattle Critical Mass on Friday, great time and and a nice ride as always. The weather was lovely for a ride, could be the last rain-free mass of the year. We ended up cruising from downtown through Ballard, up Stone way past Greenlake and down University ave. I had to peel off a bit early, would love to hear where the ride ended up.

I was a bit surprised at the amount of antagonism between drivers and riders, it seemed quite a bit more than I’ve seen earlier this year. One comes to expect a certain amount of frustrated car drivers, but it really seemed like the level of animosity was on the rise.

I managed to snap a few photos along the way, here’s my set from the Bike Hugger Photostream

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Racing in Vegas

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by Byron on Sep 29, 2007 at 9:18 AM

We’ll tell legendary stories for the next 20 years about the Industry Cup race with Team Bike Hugger, the Hugga Hookup, and Cipollini. Read Andrew’s race report, Velonews, and see more photos in our photostream.

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photo: Matt Carter, Velonews. Cipo in red, Andrew in Bike Hugger green, and Tim Mulrooney from Hed Cycling.

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Meeting Gary Fisher by chance

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by Byron on Sep 28, 2007 at 7:04 PM

“Ah, nothing’s to chance,” Gary Fisher said and we talked briefly about the Simple City, the bike revolution, politics, his travels, and more. We met at the Vegas Airport. He just finished his meal and we were getting ours.

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I hope we can talk more with Gary. We had a lot in common and I think more than just chance.

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In a crit, racing next to Cipo, in Vegas

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by Byron on Sep 27, 2007 at 9:43 PM

Team Bike Hugger in the Industry Crit raced with Cipo and others. Reports to follow and photos from the Hugga Hookup.

Hugger in the race

[UPDATE from Andrew - CRAZY race. Crashes everywhere including Cipo going down on the bell lap by rolling his tubular and taking 5 guys with him. I snuck around the carnage and finished…top 15? 120+ starters - great race, and great exposure for BikeHugger I’m sure because I was GLUED to Mario’s wheel most of the race. Check the Hugger Photostream for more.]

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Seattle Weekend Cyclocross Events

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by Dave R. on Sep 27, 2007 at 6:53 PM

Busy cyclocross weekend coming up in Seattle – The Seattle Cyclocross Series #1 is on Sunday the 30th in Snohomish (directions) and promises to be a great event.

If you’re looking to do a bit of brush up before the race you can get some tips from Jonathan Page and Frank McCormack on Friday (28th) and Saturday (29th). Herriott Sports Performance and Cascade Bicycle Studio will be hosting the Jonathan Page Cyclocross Weekend, including two 3 hour workshops on Saturday and a evening presentation and auction on Friday. Page is America’s premiere cross racer and the best American in history in this discipline. Great chance to see a master at work!

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Long Live Long Bikes

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by Byron on Sep 27, 2007 at 2:55 PM

From the Xtracycle booth at Interbike.

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Hed Jet 60 C2

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by Byron on Sep 27, 2007 at 5:00 AM

Just in time for the Industry Cup Criterium tonight and the Hugga Hookup, Hed Cycling, sent us their latest wheels and we’re breaking the news here. The deal with these wheels is that they’ve got a 23MM wide aluminum rim and what that does is change the profile of the tire: wider is better. And, you’ve got to ride it to believe it, but they roll like tubies. Not only that, but the wider rim makes for one stiff, strong, and bombproof wheelset.

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Tubular Killers

Like the Jet 60s, the C2s are a carbon-winged, aero-spoked wheel, but with the wide rim. Andy, the tech at Hed and an occasional blogger for us, told me

We don’t have test fixtures to prove it yet, but the wheel is better and just plain stiffer with the extra width. But the coolest thing is the tire manipulation. The C2 rim changes almost everything, including the contact patch, which means less scrubbing in the corners (Hed has tested this with pressure sensitive film measuring contact patches). The wider tire also has lower rolling resistance and more air volume to run lower air pressure.

Calling them Tubular Killers, Andy also noted that

when the tire spreads on the wider rim the sidewalls flatten and that reduces their springiness – that results in the tubular feel.

Mike will race the wheels tonight and we’ll have them at the Hugga Hookup.

Carbon Commuters

Besides the whole breakthrough, changing-the-profile-of-the-clincher thing, I’m going to travel, commute, and ride everyday with these wheels. Hed’s driving design principle is “no race-day wheels.” They build wheels that you can race, do most anything with, and not worry.

I think these “wider wheels” will also appeal to the commuter that wants a fast, strong wheel to knock off a few seconds off their ride.

Long-term posts to follow after a few trips. And posts from the race.

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Disclaimer: While Andy from Hed occasionally posts about Randoneering for us and we ride Hed Wheels, Bike Hugger has no financial interest in Hed Cycling.

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