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by Byron on Mar 25, 2008 at 8:51 AM

News from World Bicycle Relief and AfricaBike

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We uploaded a photo of Calfee’s bamboo bike yesterday and it was featured in Velonews last month.

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Bettie Big Dummy

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by Byron on Mar 24, 2008 at 5:37 PM

That’s Bettie loaded up with a Big Dummy Frameset for transport to the bike shop – the light filtered in through the garage windows from a bright Spring day

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Bringing Bettie Back

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by Byron on Mar 24, 2008 at 8:30 AM

With Spring, warmer temperatures, and less rain, it’s time to bring Bettie back and we’re rev’ing her to 2.0. Just in time for the project, a Big Dummy was spotted in West Seattle.

I started thinking about an updated Bettie in this post and thought our readers probably have some thoughts on building another longtail, sport-utility, cargo bike. We’re building Bettie with a Big Dummy, transferring over most of the parts and the purpose of the project is to simplify it down – make Bettie easier to use, more friendly, and significantly less whippy.

How would you build up Bettie 2.0?

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Photos and Linkage

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by Byron on Mar 23, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Subscribers to our feed will notice we’re splicing in our photostream and del.icio.us bookmarks. That’s bonus hugganess and the del.icio.us bookmarks will contain more random bike-related links that we may not post direclty on, like this totally NSFW bitch-cruiser. Note that next week we’re in Shanghai and blogging it all up with lots of photos and links coming.

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Vernal Equinox 2008 RideCivil report

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by Dave R. on Mar 23, 2008 at 7:54 AM

March_08_RideCivil-2What a great spring ride. We had a nice intimate crowd (less than 20, more than 3 although pretty close to that number) and fantastic weather. We spent just a small amount of time in downtown (route here) , voting instead to head up towards Queen Anne, Eastlake and then under/along I-5 back through to S. Lake Union. We stopped off at the Cafe Venus/Mars Bar for a bit of food and some beer before heading our respective ways.

My favorite part of the ride was the smell of spring in the air, shocking lack of rain, and how much sun we all got. I’m still tan from it!

We’ll resume our normal 2nd Friday schedule for next month’s April RideCivil. Check back here for details. Photos from the ride at the Bikehugger Urban group.

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Rechargable batteries take a lickin

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by Dave R. on Mar 22, 2008 at 10:40 PM

takes_a_lickin.jpg I prefer my lights to run on double or triple A batteries, mostly because I can get rechargables and even if they run out I can usually bum a replacement. On the down side, good rechargables can be pretty spendy. This is why when I heard something fall off my bike this evening I circled back. Hell, that’s $20 of batteries I thought. I have no idea what the driver of the SUV (who was driving slower than I was riding I might add) was thinking when he ran right over my dropped battery pack.

The battery pack is dead, shattered into a hundred tiny pieces. The replacement should be about $3 at the local electronics store. The batteries though? Seemingly unharmed. The moral of the story? Don’t let your battery pack fall onto the road, but if you do, use rechargeable double AAs.

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Drawing Salve for Saddle Sores

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by Byron on Mar 21, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Sparing you the gory details, I’ll just note that drawing salve def helps with saddle sores. What are your home remedies for that cycling-related malady?

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

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Bike Hugger YouTube Channel

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by Byron on Mar 21, 2008 at 8:09 AM

In our ongoing campaign to bring you even more hugganess, we just started a Bike Hugger YouTube Channel. We’ve uploaded our most- viewed videos first and are now uploading our 33 (to date) Huggacasts . We’ll still publish to iTunes for the iPhones and iPods, this is just another channel. We’ll also feature more bike-related videos from YouTube like these



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The Pillows from Japan

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by Mark V on Mar 21, 2008 at 7:12 AM

Wednesday night I saw my favourite band from Japan: The Pillows. They have this odd animated video featuring a bicycle; the song was on a single released in January. Besides performing at SxSW, they are finishing up the Delicious Bump Tour with female rock-trio noodles from Yokohama. It was also the last set for local act The Stereo Future. It was a great show, but I feel a little lame that we didn’t ride to there. But it was raining…and we had a lot of sake.

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