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Name Change: Bike Huggr

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by Byron on Apr 01, 2008 at 4:18 PM

To make ourselves more relevant in Web 2.0, we’re changing our name to Bike Huggr. Later today, the rebrand will roll out with various other two-syllable, no consonant sounds and new consumer goods like

  • Bikr Blogr - a bike blog tool
  • Huggr Luggr - a luggage line
  • Headgrr - a folding helmet line

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and we’re working on wrapping old bikes with carbon fiber to speed them up.

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Crashing the French Concession

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by Byron on Apr 01, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Last night we toured the French concession with Robert from the Crash Test Dummy blog. Besides every other occupation you can imagine, Robert occasionally straps a camera to his bike, rides to work in Shanghai traffic, and uploads the video. We naturally have something in common. And besides introducing us to Yue-Sai Kan, the most famous women in China who also has a blog, we also talked about Shanghai at length. Living, working, riding here, and the culture.

  • Uncomfortably jammed into a Subway during rush hour – survived by going to a happy place, and thought of riding the Costa Brava, instead of the guy literally breathing down my neck.
  • Spotted a very proud Dahon owner
  • Eyes blinded by a shop of bright light – it was lit like a bad cocaine hangover
  • Checked the Shanghai fashion – a western/mandarin blend much like [Firefly](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefly_(TV_series)
  • Wondered about this wanted poster.

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And saw a glimpse of the Sun this morning. After more coffee it’s off to the Intel Developer Forum and all the new mobile technology.

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Hugger at Work

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by Byron on Mar 31, 2008 at 11:15 PM

We use a collection of mobile apps and hardware for the mobile social, including

  • Twitter Mobile — a lightweight page optimized for phones and mobile internet devices
  • Flickr emailer — a mailto function from Flickr that includes, title, subject, and tags; take a photo and email it to Flickr.
  • TwitterFeed — sends our Hugger feed to Twitter.
  • Feedburner — splices our Delicious links, posts, and photos into one feed.
  • Movable Type — our blogging engine of choice.

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I post with my iPhone and MacBookPro. While not recommend for the non-experienced rider (especially in traffic), I shoot on-the-bike video with a Casio Exilim and edit that in iMovie HD (the older version). We’ll move to Final Cut Pro later in the year with the arrival of the new Canon HDs camcorders. I also expect an incredible offering of mobblogging apps, as soon as developers figure out the iPhone SDK, Intel’s Atom products start showing up, and mobile internet devices mature. We’ll see a bunch of those devices tomorrow here in Shanghai.

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Sheldon Brown Memorial Ride: April 1st, 6:00, BikeStation Seattle

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by Dave R. on Mar 30, 2008 at 8:54 AM

Folks who’ve spent a bit too much time on Sheldon Brown’s amazing websites will know of his fondness for April Fools jokes such as the tork-grip (yes, the DIY version is in my garage right now).

What better way to memorialize Sheldon “ineffable” Brown than an April Fools ride. They’re happening all over the place (the last link is a directory), including one in Seattle.

Details: 6:00 PM at the Seattle Bikestation, on April 1st of course. Hope to see you there!

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You can take it with you

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by andrew_f_martin on Mar 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Saris CycleOn I bought my first new car a few months back. The biggest issue of course was how I would be schlepping bikes in/on it. Byron tipped me to a brand carried by our friends down at Seattle Bike Supply. The Saris CycleOn turned out to be a sweet setup.

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I knew I wanted a 2” receiver hitch, and I know how nice it is to not have to mess with the front wheel. The Saris does a good job of securely holding the bike on the frame, without issues like clamping my carbon frame. They sell an extra extender to let you go to 3 or 4 bike configurations. If you do go to 4 bikes - make sure you have a Type 2 or better hitch. It’s solid, and therefore not all that light. Add 4 bikes on there and you are easily over the 300lb tongue weight.

So here’s the good and the bad:

Good: - Solid hold without clamping to the bike - Easy on-off - Folds up when not in use - Easy to pull on and off the car if you have any muscles - Skip the Pro model and just buy a stainless hitch lock at an auto parts store

Bad: - They don’t lock the bike on (not that many roof locks do much), so get cables instead - It’s HEAVY, so if you don’t have any muscles, it could be a bit of work - A bit pricy after you have to install a hitch and the rack

Overall, I’d buy this setup again in a heartbeat. Try pricing any rack system these days - they aren’t cheap. In my mind, I’m happy to pay for a quality rack since it’s carrying some pretty precious cargo.

Where do you get them? Some shops carry them, but if your shop can do an SBS order, they can get them for you from there. I’ve got 3 friends with them already.

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A bike lane that isn’t . . .

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by Byron on Mar 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Velonews and Treehugger both noticed Slate’s video on the Stupidest bike lane in Westwood, Los Angeles. The stupidest bike lane I’ve ever seen was in San Antonio, all 34 seconds of it …

Our readers have seen the Bike Lane o Death, one that intersects a 4 lane highway, and the bike lane that gives way to a tree

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