Photo of the Day: Erck4
by Byron on May 08, 2007 at 7:38 AM
Erck in New Zealand …
by Byron on May 08, 2007 at 7:38 AM
Erck in New Zealand …
by Byron on May 08, 2007 at 7:02 AM
Erck.org is a a blog about how James and Sara Welle, “got married, quit our jobs, and bicycled around the world.” Sounds good to me! Well, we’re already married, but have cycled parts of the world and have lots more to ride.
Erck.org was outfitted by Elliott Bay Bicycles, one of our sponsors, and started their journey earlier this year. Inspired by the book, Miles from Nowhere they’re riding New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, China, Russia, Eastern Europe, and South America.
by Byron on May 07, 2007 at 7:29 AM
The deadline for the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan has been extended until 5 pm, May 18th, 2007. Get your comments in now; especially in light of the pressure the plan is under from Stone Way businesses.
by Byron on May 06, 2007 at 8:56 AM
Not nearly as surprising as seeing a Biomega in Design Within Reach, but today the New York Times ran a story on electric bikes. While good (any mainsteam coverage of bike commuting is good), the article missed the sport-utility bike market being built by companies like Clever Cycles, Xtracycle, Surly, and custom builders like Sycip and Vanilla.
We agree that cyclists are finding that bikes are, “a viable option for commuting, shopping and other local trips” especially with a long tail, rack, and motor assist.
by Frank Steele on May 04, 2007 at 11:50 AM
ESPN.com: Page 2 : Nothing little about IU’s Little 500 ESPN’s Jim Caple offers a feature story on Indiana University’s Little 500, the race that features in 1979’s Oscar-nominated Breaking Away.
This year’s edition went off April 21st, and was won in a photo finish by the Cutters team, their 8th overall victory.
Gallery from gfisk.com
by Byron on May 04, 2007 at 8:21 AM
Reporting on a long-term relationship with our sport utility bike, it’s mostly good, with a few improvements we can eventually roll into a Bettie 2.0:
Over time with Bettie, I learned to just slow down. There’s an exhilaration with the power from the Stokemonkey and cyclists are genetically programmed for speed. So, I was always pushing it faster, running right of out battery, and blowing up my legs. It’s best to just let the Stokemonkey torque get you up the hill, at a leisure speed, instead of attempting to go 35 mph with traffic (blinging the bell at motorists …).
Slowing down on Bettie also lets you talk more to the people that want to know what the deal is with that red (Stokemonkey’s motor is bright red) thing on your big bike. Take Bettie out for coffee, park it, and watch they crowds gather, debate, talk and try to figure it out. A viral marketing plan for a longtail bike is to just ride it around and talk to people about it.
by Byron on May 03, 2007 at 6:48 PM
It’s not often a bike-themed movie comes along and who knows if we’ll ever see one about Lance. That leaves us American Flyers, Breaking Away, and Quicksilver. In advance of the screenings, there are good reviews of The Flying Scotsman and Seattle is one of the few cities to get it in theaters.
Of course I remember the story in 1993 when Graham Obree broke the world record, had it stripped, won again, and the ongoing battles with his mind. In 1994, I started to get “serious” about cycling and he was one of the most talked about athletes in the sport.
Ain’t it cool news interviews Jonny Lee Miller who plays Obree and according to the reviews, Obree has several cameos in the movie.
by Byron on May 02, 2007 at 10:04 AM
A sinkhole will ruin a commute every-time! Bike Month Day Two in Seattle was interrupted by a massive sink hole under the south end of University Bridge.
I talked to a couple of cyclists from Redfin that just missed the sinkhole. Anyone see that happen?
by Byron on May 02, 2007 at 7:21 AM
Hills, especially for those of us that don’t climb, are often debated, considered, and argued about during rides or when prepping for the big race. “What’s the grade? Does it stair-step? Is there a wall? Mostly flat, or rollers?” While we debate if it’s a climber’s race or power hills and what wheels to ride, a reader sent in meInnovations Rides, a definitive guide to the hills of the northwest, including Cougar Mountain.
The guide has most of them, but doesn’t include the Col de Roy in West Seattle. The climbed was named for Rob the Roy Chalmers who had to get off and walk up it after bragging for weeks about his climbing prowess (he may have puked as well, that’s also debated). The climb follows Marine View Drive (Marine View Dr, SW 125th, Shorewood Dr SW), descends down to the coastline and right back up about a thousand feet at 20%. That’ll break your legs or Rob’s legs at least. Pam told me to f-off one time up it and we never climbed it together again (riding with your spouse is a whole other topic for another post).
Another is the Col de Kent (West on 216th, 37th Pl S) that’s now disrupted by a housing development and roundabout. The Col is a 22% monster that climbs up the ridge to Military Road. Near Orillia Road, also in Kent and featured on the REI Legendary Lunch Ride is the Graveyard Berg (West on South 204th, past the graveyard, joining Orillia) – while just a blip, in relative terms, it’s relentlessly attacked and gives no quarter to the unsuspecting riding who may have tragically chose the wrong gear.
What famous climbs are in your neighborhood or city? Back in the day, when I rode more in the Tri-Cities it was Clodfelter Road and Finley Hills.
by Byron on May 01, 2007 at 12:53 PM
During an REI Legendary Lunch Ride last week, I quipped, “Hey! no one told me it was bring the good wheels day!” One of the lunch ride hammerheads was all riding his Zipp’s and damn, I should’ve brought my Heds. That reminded me it was time to post a review of my new hoops.
The Jet 60s roll really well and I use them for roleur type of courses, which are flatter circuits, also known as a kermese. The wheels reminded of Hed Alps, but lighter, and are a good all-around wheel.
For the hillier races, crits, and tighter circuits, I’ve been riding the Stinger 50s and totally dig them. They’re the fastest wheelset I’ve ridden. Of course, that’s a perception, but perception is everything. The speed I’m feeling is a direct result of the stiffness, which translates to out of the corner acceleration. They’re also exceptionally well made with Hed’s Sonic hub.
Hed manufactures the carbon rims for Bontrager and they rely on his patented rim shape. The Aeolus 6.5 Clincher is very similar to the Jet 60 and both are thought to produce a flywheel effect. Specifically, you get them up to speed and they carry that momentum.
Hed also designs their wheels to always get you home. So, if you’re bringing them to a lunch ride or for a commute during Bike Month and a spoke breaks or something bad happens, you’re still going to finish your ride. That can’t be said for a lot of good, race day wheels.