Back I think in 97 or 98, I bought a tri-color messenger bag from Alki Bike in West Seattle from a dude named Marcus. The bag was a shop sample, I got a bro-deal on it, and more importantly started a long-term friendship with Marcus. He wrenched my bike for years and also drank lots of beer with me. I rode with that bag just last week and today is Marcus’ birthday.
Tonight at Beveridge Place, we’ll drink with beers from Schooner Exact, his craft brewery and celebrate.
NAHBS 2008 is set to roll into Portland next February 8-10. I’ve wanted to attend the show that has been in San Jose in recent years. Now that it’s only 200mi away, I have no excuse. Maybe we’ll need to organize a ‘Hugger ride down - our own STP (and back) in February. Fenders would be a must.
In light of the news from Tailwind Sports and the end of Discovery Channel, thought we should just put it out there to the ex-Disco pros that don’t have a job, that we’ve got Team Bike Hugger. The team deal is shirts, socks, kits (on the way), and you get to blog all about your racing plus ride around on the Bettie!
Car drivers are already seeking alternative routes around town, anticipating what we’re calling the traffic apocalypse. Yesterday, one of my normal routes was so jammed with traffic that I turned around and got right back onto the bike path.
So what’s a bike hugger to do when Ken Schram’s commentary is about cyclists? Call him out and no need to go negative with Ken. Just say, “how bout you ride with me during the traffic apocalypse next week?” Don’t need no spandex, I’ll show you a sharrow, maybe join a bike bus, we’ll get a cup of coffee, and share a cyclist’s perspective on traffic, the cops of Lake Forest Park, SUV drivers, and the shame that is Seattle traffic.
The sharrows on Beach Drive in Seattle were painted northbound, as I discovered on my ride yesterday. I rode 2 abreast with another cyclist along the sharrows and got buzzed by one car, another zoomed past, and one waiting until it was clear in the other lane to pass. Sharrows are wide enough for 2 abreast, but I wouldn’t do that necessarily in heavy traffic.