Attention Luggage Screener!

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by Byron on Mar 10, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Not only can Mark V outpack me, and has traveled with his bike like ten thousand more times than me, but he’s got this pictogram in his S&S case as an anti-TSA device. I’ve formally requested a copy. It illustrates to the person opening the case in some dank airport basement somewhere, how to reassemble the case with the compression members intact. The two disks and a piece of plastic pipe are also known as the pizza box things (from the plastic thingies that prevent the box lid from smashing your pie).

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Someone actually riding a Trek Lime!

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by Jason Swihart on Mar 10, 2008 at 1:36 PM

First time Bike Hugger has seen a Trek Lime out on the streets … this is a still from an upcoming Huggacast on Austin’s Bike Culture.

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Bikeosphere roundup of the Seattle Bike Expo

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by Dave R. on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:52 AM

desalvo_mini.jpg Welp, the Seattle International Bike Expo has come and gone and while I wasn’t able to attend we have the good fortune of living in the age of self publishing. From around the Bikeosphere: Kent’s photos and writing on the Expo. Eug’s (from wildheart cycling) got a few more photos including the Desalvo mini-penny-farthing, and Dessa got his feet evaluated on the Computrainer. The new backpack from Ergon sounds promising. I’m a messenger bag guy myself, but a backpack is always appealing. Reccomendations from Kent and Bikecommuters.com make it seem pretty sound, next year maybe I’ll get a chance to check out the new hotness myself.

Update: Many more Photos from A. Mussleman on Flickr. Nice Set!

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Austin TX Bike Flavours

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by Mark V on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Schwinn%2002.jpgI’m always fascinated when I discover that a town has a discernible “flavour” of bicycle. When I think of my home town in Florida, I think vintage Raleigh 3sp and Sears cruisers with metallic flake paint. I was in Austin over the weekend and I saw this seemingly casual bike that actually reveals a lot of thought.

scwinn%2001.jpg For instance, the Shimano Nexus internally geared hub is definitely not authentic to the year of this Schwinn’s manufacture. The original wheels were probably 27in, since replaced with 700C alloy rim wheels with Conti Gatorskins. The change requires brakes with extra long reach, and this bike sports the recent Tektro dual pivot brakes which are making a lot of old beater frames with obsolete wheels viable again.

The Sugino Messenger cranks and Crank Bros pedals are a nice finishing touch. Gotta love the horse head too.

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RideCivil Equinox ride: 3/21/08, Westlake Center 5:30

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by Dave R. on Mar 10, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Keep the date! We usually do RideCivils on the 2nd Friday of every month, but how could I resist riding on the Vernal Equinox and 1st day of spring (almost)! The official equinox is actually on the 20th, but we’ll call it good and ride out Friday evening, 5:30 from Westlake Center. Looking forward to a little more light for the ride, hoping for better weather and more riders.

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Bike Expo

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by Byron on Mar 10, 2008 at 6:57 AM

With Jason, Mark, and me in Austin, Kelli was s’posed to blog the Bike Expo, but got sick (we hope she gets well soon). Andrew was working and Dave with his family.

Any readers go to the show? How was it?

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Drunk, No Makeup, Riding to Work

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by Jason Swihart on Mar 09, 2008 at 10:36 AM

I asked first and she said, “sure.” And then said, “yeah, that’s a good shot … drunk, no makeup, 11:00 am, riding to work.”

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Bikehugger’s SxSW Ride and BBQ a success!

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by Mark V on Mar 09, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Thanks to local guides Mark and Kirk and the rider turnout from atxbs.com (thanks Jason!), yesterday’s ride was a total success. It was a beautiful day for riding, and whoever decided that we should stop at that pub before the Blanton art museum deserves a promotion. I could have stayed longer at the museum but we needed to get to the BBQ.

Then at the BBQ, we reached the 300 person capacity for the location and gave out a lot of cool stuff. I ended up handing out 200 bag of schwag personally, and then mc’ing the raffle.

Afterwards, the atxbs.com crew led Byron and me to some freakin’ awesome tacos at some local joint. I think it was called Chilitos? Someone post the name of the restaurant.

Thanks again Austin! bbq%20group%2002.jpg

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Fixed Folder in London

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by Dave R. on Mar 08, 2008 at 7:11 PM

cham_folder.jpg I recently came across this article from a bloke from London (my adopted city!) about his search for a folder that he could fix up, fixie style. It’s is a topic close to my heart, being a fellow fixer on a folder.

Finding a fixable folder isn’t an easy task, there are all kinds of considerations to make, including the fact that many folder use non-standard parts. Andrew’s found a UK based road bike running 24 inch wheels that folds, folds, folds down into an airline check-in bag (given enough patience). The Airnimal Chameleon is a suspended, unified rear triangle design apparently suitable for winning a triathlon or two while still folding up quickly for your average bus trip. Andrew’s got his suited out with an ENO eccentric hub to handle chain tension. His epic journey across Dahon, Brompton, the Swift folder and others is educational to say the least. All things considered, I’m glad to hear even the higher end frames have an occasion creak and squeak, at least I’m not the only one.

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