Cascade gets Competitive (sort of)

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by Byron on Jun 28, 2007 at 6:58 AM

Reading about Cascade’s High Pass Challenge and the related High Performance Cycling group, I thought that has all the elements of a bike race, ‘cept they don’t call it a race.

The HPC is for the Cascade cyclist that wants to “ride fast, hard, far, and climb hills.” The High Pass challenge is an epic ride and whether they call it racing or not, you can bet cyclists are thinking right now of how to win it, place, set a personal best, or drop that dude that’s dangling just behind them and doesn’t take a pull.

As with the daily commuter challenges I’m not sure why they just don’t get kitted up and line up at a race – well they do have all those STP jackets; that counts as a kit. Whether a cyclist is kitted up, lining up at an race, or setting a personal best down Alaskan Way, it’s in our nature to compete. Lots of cyclists passed us with a gleam in their eye during the Tour de Blast (you can see it in the video) and I’m sure a peloton will form during the High Pass Challenge and that’s cool.

Maybe some of those recreational cyclists will get in touch with their inner racer and attend a WSBA event or OBRA. Whatever we call it, enthusiastic cycling is good for the community.

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Gregg’s building Northwest’s Largest Cycling Store

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by Byron on Jun 27, 2007 at 7:35 PM

From Gregg’s Cycle’s blog is a post explaining their renovation/addition to the Greenlake store, move of Aurora Store to Alderwood, and construction of larger Bellevue location. When completed Gregg’s Greenlake will feature a two-story 10,000 square foot addition for a total of 18,400 square feet making it the largest cycling store in the Northwest.

Gregg’s Greenlake has been there since 1932 and started their business renting bikes.

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Fixies have arrived in Japan

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by Byron on Jun 27, 2007 at 6:30 AM

A bit worried and wondering where in Japan Mark V is (we haven’t heard in a week and it wasn’t sounding too good for his knee), I’ve been checking a few Japanese blogs for any mention and found a Message to Fixie Riders: You Are Not Alone from Neomarxisme that laments hipster fixies and sarcastically acknowledges that

“this is the single most important change in the way we think about mobility and there will be no turning back.”

Check all the comments on that post for the lively discussion. In regards to an important change in mobility, note that that latest issue of Bicycle Quarterly is chock full of old bikes that were either fixed, single-speed or used flip-flop hubs. Example is the 1950 René Herse fixed-gear winter training bike.

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Sporting Wood

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by Jason Swihart on Jun 27, 2007 at 1:12 AM

Now that carbon frames are ubiquitous, that super-light frame of yours just isn’t turning heads like it used to. Lucky for you, my narcissistic friend, several companies’ new high-tech composite frames are sure to turn the tables back in your favor, and there’s little danger of wide adoption. I am of course referring to wooden frames.

Concept bikes from GP Design Partners and Waldmeister use traditional layering-and-molding methods to create these beautiful frames:

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Just don’t let mom catch you using a water bottle without a coaster. Oh, and from the swedes, a wooden bike for junior:

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Via the Goat

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Is nothing sacred?

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by andrew_f_martin on Jun 26, 2007 at 1:43 PM

Cyclingnews.com shows us that Shimano appears to have entered the carbon-crank market. Why? - I don’t know. After my initial shock when the current Dura Ace crank was introduced, I fell in love with the aesthetic. I appreciated Shimano’s decision to stay with their Hollowtech Aluminum cranks. Now it appears that market pressures have pushed them into carbon. What’s next…11speed?

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Bloggy Updates

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by Byron on Jun 26, 2007 at 7:45 AM

A few bloggy updates of note

  • On the 08 Madones, added a Cyclingnews feature on Levi’s bike
  • Added a bullet to Looking for a Sport-Utility Bike that Stokemonkey sales are on hold
  • Team Bike Hugger posted about the Stillwater Crit of Destruction.

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New York Bike Rides

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by Byron on Jun 26, 2007 at 6:56 AM

David Byrne writes about riding bicycles in NYC for nearly 30 years, including the early years withTalking Heads (iTunes) where they made fun of him for being like Pee Wee Herman. While noting how exhilarating riding across town is

“A ride across town gets the adrenalin going as one heads to work or to the studio in the morning. By the time one arrives for a meeting one is fully awake blood pumping, on alert ” having often just had 3 near-death experiences.”

he also observes a wonderful new bike path up the Hudson and how some NYC streets now have marked bike lanes.

For more NYC rides, check this guide to NYC metro area bike paths that not only describes the ride, but tells its history.

Concluding his post, Byrne talks about the freedom of riding through a chapel in Vegas, strange looks in Instanbul, and the levees in New Orleans. He reminded me of why I take my bike with me most everywhere I travel and the cycling perspective.

In Beijing, we rode in the “flow” of the city and we’ll ride in more cities this year on the Modal, a new travel bike project.

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(photo credit Cunning Stunt)

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