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Blogging Shanghai with Dahon

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by Byron on Mar 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Dahon is supplying us Mu XLs during our stay in Shanghai. We just confirmed the bikes are being delivered and we’ll ride them daily.

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As our readers know, we’ve ridden and posted on Dahon’s folding bikes, including our exclusive coverage of Novara’s Flyby (I’ve heard their sold out, btw). Last year we rode with Dahon staff in Taipei.

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Bike Hugger Crumpler Bags

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by Byron on Mar 27, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Just in time for our trip to Shanghai, custom Crumpler Bags arrived …

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as our blog assistant said, “damn …crumpler in da hugga hizzouse!”

The Hugga Bag is a custom embroidered Fux Deluxe – we’re taking these with us, testing them out, considering further refinements, and possibly more Bike Hugger features.

Interested in purchasing? Please let us know in the comments. Pricing is at $140.00.

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Tripping the DA Electric

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by Byron on Mar 27, 2008 at 6:27 AM

b_149.jpg Any mention of electric and drivetrains reminds me of the time I rode home from Seward Park with Joe Barrato. Joe’s a local racer, been around forever, and his Mavic Mektronic failed one night in the rain at Seward Park (the Seattle Thursday night crit). He was stuck in the 53 x 17, or maybe 19, all the way home and cursed it the entire time – every permutation of the various curse words was heard, including some entirely new ones. Out of sympathy, I climbed in the big ring with him and the Mavic Mektronic was never seen or heard from again. It became a don’t ask/don’t tell subject and he may have smashed it with a rock, buried it, or sold it on Ebay.

The ghosts of Mektronic past may not come to visit Shimano, there’s no doubt they’ve got the engineering staff, but skepticism remains until any shifting system survives a Seattle rainy season. And that’s not even considering the noise it makes when you’re riding with your brohams, the newsgroup supposition that electric shifting is a myth, or that it’s arrival may result in a factory-burning uprising from the commuter masses.

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From Stumptown to Rwanda

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by Byron on Mar 26, 2008 at 12:00 PM

There are so many different programs sending bikes to Africa, we could probably start a blog just to track all of them … today the News Tribune profiles Duane Sorenson, Stumptown Coffee, and Bikes to Rwanda.

Most of my employees are ex-bike messengers … talking with growers in Rwanda, I asked what their particular challenges are, Sorenson said. They said, ˜A bicycle would completely change my life.’

Stumptown is also involved in the racing scene, sponsoring teams, and races.

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Sonoma Bike Launches

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by Byron on Mar 26, 2008 at 5:41 AM

Dynacraft launches Sonoma Bike, exclusively online

… a new line of adult bicycles designed to offer today’s rider superior value and performance. With bikes designed for both serious riders and recreational riders, Sonoma will debut with eight models for men and women ranging from the Karma Beach Cruiser ($249) to the top of the line CN:7 full carbon fiber road bike ($2,499) … Online sales are a core strategy for Dynacraft SRG. Based on the success we’ve had with selling some of our other models online, we’ve decided to sell Sonoma exclusively through its own website

sonoma_bikes.jpg Is there finally a market for online bike sales? Many have tried and failed with various strategies – I met a fellow roadie who was riding an Airborne a couple weeks ago.

I’m thinking, probably and you can bet the purchasers will take those to their local IBD. Dynacraft SRG also markets Tony Hawk’s Huckjam Bikes.

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The Dura-Ace DL

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by Byron on Mar 25, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Heard the chatter, talk, rumors, and various discussions about 09 Dura-Ace? So have we and a reader just sent us a link to Roues Artisanales. A tech site that’s gathered all known DA data to date in once place. And, finally!, DA is routing cables along the bar and with hoods that are Campy style or SRAM style.

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