Boing Boing: Urban Mobility Bike

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by Byron on Jun 14, 2007 at 11:20 AM

pumak_bike1_l-01.jpg Boing Boing, a directory of wonderful things, posted on an updated Urban Mobility Bike from Puma. We posted earlier on the original UM, in regards to travel and being urban. The bike is a design collaboration to benefit an earthquake charity and another example, like the Biomega at DWR, of bikes as designer items and pop culture.

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Photo of the Day: Shopping with Bike

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by Byron on Jun 14, 2007 at 9:30 AM

She was downtown, at the corner of Stark and 6th in Portland, checking out the shops, purse at the ready … on her city cruiser bike. Argyle socks and the Portland Northwest urban look are a definite contrast to a stylish New Yorker.

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Readers Write - Disc Brake Road Bikes

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by andrew_f_martin on Jun 13, 2007 at 7:36 PM

Bike Hugger picked up a comment this week that is near and dear to my biking-heart. As I’ve posted (twice), I’m a fan on disc brakes for the rainy season.

Robert B of Calgary, Alberta writes:

“Hey huggers! I’ve been reading your blogs for a while, however, I have a burning question about an interesting bike build I’m doing.

A fast ultra-marathon road bike with disc brakes. The bike has a little dirt alter-ego mixed in there for fireroads. It’s almost done, but I’m still pondering all my wheel options. One set for road, and one for cross of course.

I was thinking DTSwiss 240 (28h) hubs, on Zipp 417 or 505 clinchers.

The guys at Cane Creek “were” interested in building me a set, but discovered they no longer have any hubs in stock. As they are getting out of geared wheels, and only doing track wheels for 2008.

Any suggestions on wheel/hub configs.”

I’ll start with hubs. My biggest question is around the rear hub. From what I’ve found, the only 130mm rear spacing (road) hub made is the Phil Wood which lightens the wallet at $459! Someone told me the DT 240s would go 130, but all details I can find say otherwise. A couple manufacturers make road disc wheelsets: Bontrager Select Disc, FSA RD-460, Mavic, and Velomax/Easton. None of these are available as a hub only that I know of. Unless you have 135mm (mtn) rear spacing, your options are rather limited.

For Carbon rims, there are a number of options out there, but the spoke count of the hubs you choose will dictate where you need to look. I know me and friends have had luck with HED, Zipp, Bontrager, and Reynolds. What works the best - hard to say. Clinchers limits your options, but if you are thinking of taking them off-road, I’d really consider Tubulars.

I’m envious of your dilemma as it sounds like a real fun project. Send pictures and I’ll get them up.

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From Japan (Part 8): Gifu

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by Mark V on Jun 13, 2007 at 3:41 AM

(note: the keyboard also pissed me off with some really strange, apparently haunted font that wasn’t rendering. I retyped Mark’s post – Byron)

In Gifu now. The keyboard is really pissing me off. Anyway, heavy truck traffic along all the roads. No real mountains yet. Stayed at this surefly hauted inn Outside Hikone. Woke up with a centipede crawling over me and weird mumbling voices in the dark. Homeboy is a wuss in traffic, just because the trucks rub your packs as they pass. Eating out of Kombini, which is japanese for conveience store. Not too tired — more posts hopefully later.

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Stylish Bikers

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by Jason Swihart on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:52 AM

Spring-Bike-Rider.jpgOver at the Sartorialist today, he posts on “New York Bikes with Style.” He gives no details on her very stylish bike, but somehow, I don’t think that’s what he was focused on.

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Bike Hugger Modal Engaged

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by Byron on Jun 12, 2007 at 7:05 AM

Met with Bill Davidson last week, went over a few more details, fine tuned the angles, measurements, and tube diameters on the Bike Hugger Modal. The Modal is a travel bike that switches between geared and fixed. It’s a concept from Mark V and once it goes into Bill’s frame factory, we’ll post all about it with photos and videos.

Then later this year, we’ve got rides planned in the Puget Sound and in Europe, possibly back to China.

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Blog-praise for Frank

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by andrew_f_martin on Jun 11, 2007 at 12:07 PM

I doubt he’s even seen this yet, but fellow Bike Hugger author Frank Steele’s blog - <a href=http://www.tdfblog.com/”>tdfblog.com was noted in the July 2007 issue of Men’s Journal Magazine. Nice work Frank!

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Slipstreamz for Commuters and Racers

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by Byron on Jun 11, 2007 at 5:59 AM

slipstreamz.jpg Slipstreamz are cycling earwear for iPods to “fine tune your ride.” The product attaches to your helmet strap, covers your ears, blocks wind noise and you slip the iPod earbuds in for a ride. Most of the people I ride with listen to music when training and in a noisy city I can see the advantage. Slipstreamz also markets a spoiler that just blocks the wind.

When I ride, I like to listen to the world, the wind, and what’s going on around me so this isn’t for me, but Andrew is going to test the Slip during his commute.

To increase awareness in the US market, Slipstream just announced they’re sponsoring the Inferno Racing Cycling Team. The team is using them for training and racing with team radios.

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From Japan (Part 7): the real journey begins in kyoto

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by Mark V on Jun 11, 2007 at 5:43 AM

so i’m writing from an inn in kyoto after taking the bullet train from tokyo. we’re a day behind already on the planned ride back to tokyo thru the mountains of central japan. just me and an old roommate are gonna ride thru the nastiest passes on honshu, the main island in the japanese archipelago. i’m beginning to think that this may have been the dumbest idea i’ve ever had. the profiles for the climbs later in the trip are just vicious.

goodbye to cushy stays at the u.s. embassy residences, hello to paying thru the nose for hotels and probably sleeping on the ground without camping gear once we get to the mountains proper.

we’re debating whether to jump on the bikes tomorrow and hammer out 90 miles to gifu, just to get us out of the hole. we haven’t been riding all that much since we got to japan, so that would be pretty harsh. i guess we’ll decide tomorrow.

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From Japan (Part 6): Uichi and Eiske

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by Mark V on Jun 10, 2007 at 4:19 AM

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Saw these guys while walking in Shibuya. Shibuya feels like Disney World meets Manhattan’s 5th Ave. These guys were just kicking back in a sea of people. Uichi (left) is rocking a yellow Nagasawa keirin bike. Eiske (right) happened to be wearing a Cadence shirt handcrafted just 3minutes from my apartment in Capitol Hill, Seattle. It’s a small world after all….

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