Tour de Fat Seattle

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by Byron on Aug 11, 2007 at 5:29 PM

Anyone at Tour de Fat this weekend? We’re in Portland, racing, while others are riding the Portland Bridge Pedal.

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Obligatory Bike Drifting post

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by Byron on Aug 11, 2007 at 5:25 PM

Enough readers have sent us bike drifting videos that it’s time to post, especially this one from Tokyo. Note, back in the day, especially on big wheels, we called it “skidding.”

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Team Bike Hugger is hiring!

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by Byron on Aug 10, 2007 at 6:36 PM

In light of the news from Tailwind Sports and the end of Discovery Channel, thought we should just put it out there to the ex-Disco pros that don’t have a job, that we’ve got Team Bike Hugger. The team deal is shirts, socks, kits (on the way), and you get to blog all about your racing plus ride around on the Bettie!

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Signs of the traffic apocalypse

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by Byron on Aug 10, 2007 at 7:58 AM

Car drivers are already seeking alternative routes around town, anticipating what we’re calling the traffic apocalypse. Yesterday, one of my normal routes was so jammed with traffic that I turned around and got right back onto the bike path.

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Calling out Ken Schram

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by Byron on Aug 10, 2007 at 7:35 AM

So what’s a bike hugger to do when Ken Schram’s commentary is about cyclists? Call him out and no need to go negative with Ken. Just say, “how bout you ride with me during the traffic apocalypse next week?” Don’t need no spandex, I’ll show you a sharrow, maybe join a bike bus, we’ll get a cup of coffee, and share a cyclist’s perspective on traffic, the cops of Lake Forest Park, SUV drivers, and the shame that is Seattle traffic.

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Sharrows Painted

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by Byron on Aug 10, 2007 at 7:21 AM

The sharrows on Beach Drive in Seattle were painted northbound, as I discovered on my ride yesterday. I rode 2 abreast with another cyclist along the sharrows and got buzzed by one car, another zoomed past, and one waiting until it was clear in the other lane to pass. Sharrows are wide enough for 2 abreast, but I wouldn’t do that necessarily in heavy traffic.

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Inspect your Equipment

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by andrew_f_martin on Aug 09, 2007 at 10:28 PM

blank This picture is amazing (Thanks yadogg by way of K-Man) - the result of what happens when a small crack decides to propegate quickly. In all seriousness - inspect your bike’s frame and fork every once and a while. It’s part of good overall bike maintenance.

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Out of a sea of black Tarmac: Cycle@Staiths

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by Byron on Aug 09, 2007 at 7:30 AM

Cycle@Staiths, an urban renewal project, launched a bike share program. In the video, Wayne Hemingway sums it up well with his statement that he’s working to end “car-dominated developments in a sea of black tarmac.” Continuing his quest to get Brits on bikes, Wayne Hemingway’s firm has designed an inexpensive folding bike (not online yet), and a bike shed.

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Seattle Election Endorsements

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by Kelli on Aug 08, 2007 at 7:06 PM

With the primary election moved up to August 21st, many Seattleites find themselves flipping through election pamphlets, researching candidates and bombarded with advertisements. Cascade released their 2007 Primary Endorsements today, offering up another perspective on the many transportation issues currently faced by Puget Sound residents.

The Cascade Bicycle Club ventures into politics and elections for one vitally important reason - policies that effect bicycling begin and end with our elected representatives.

However, good answers can’t tell the whole story. We also evaluate a candidate’s past votes, talk to local activists and, when necessary, interview them face to face.

Critical votes for incumbents spanned a range of issues impacting bicycling, including: child safety, bicycle lanes and trails, transportation funding, land-use and sprawl.

Finally, we ask ourselves, “If elected, will they work with us to improve conditions for bicycling?”

Remember, Cascade’s endorsement process is strictly non-partisan.

The Bike Master Plan has yet to be approved by the City Council and the Stone Way Gap is an issue that impacts city residents across the board, far beyond us crazy cyclists.

Make people-moving a priority over moving cars. Get out the vote!

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More on Kona’s Ute

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by Byron on Aug 08, 2007 at 2:35 PM

Corresponded by email today with Robin Sansom, Kona USA, about the Ute and learned more. The kona.cz photo we posted is an early version from Kona’s product launch and some changes have been made to the final production version (new image below is from their catalog and more current), including

  • 700c wheels & tires
  • longer head tube for better handlebar position
  • lower top tube to increase standover/clearance
  • change of specification on stem, grips and saddle (aesthetics)
  • rear plastic deck on the rear is machined from 100% post consumer recycled material
  • Ships standard with two specifically designed, grocery-style pannier bags that include a raincover. Four bags capacity with with additional bags and accessories offered.

And Robin shared the insight that, “I see these types of bikes blossoming over the next couple of years, with the rise in fuel prices, green awareness and the escalation of overseas economies.”

Word.

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Updated

  • MSRP is $799, explaining some of the spec decisions (rear V-brake, no internal hub, etc.).
  • Xtracycle compatibility – ” … the design concept was to make a complete bike that is economical, comfortable, light & offers a cargo area/options. Although we considered making the bike compatible with Xtracycle bags, this compromised the other design objectives. Xtracycle is a wonderful concept, but to accommodate their accessories, we would have added to the weight, complexity and expense of the model. We are definitely considering a variety of accessories & bags that will become available for the bike.”
  • Wheels – Kona tested this bike with both 26” and 700c wheels and 700cc was preferred
  • Foot Rests – Kona is considering and will keep us posted

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