Introducing the Moto-roller

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by Frank Steele on Jan 09, 2007 at 7:55 PM

Engadget | Motorola to roll out cellphone-charging bicycle in “emerging markets”

Motorola instantly responded to Apple’s iPhone announcement with an announcement at CES that they’ll soon be in the bicycle business. Seriously.

Seems Motorola wants to sell its mobile phones into China and other nations with little or no electricity, so they’re turning to a Motorola branded, generator-equipped bicycle with a charging station right on the handlebars.

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Is that an iPhone in your Jersey Pocket?

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by Byron on Jan 09, 2007 at 11:40 AM

What amazed me the most (and there was plenty of amazingness) about Apple’s iPhone announcement, is that I was thinking, “who cares about an mp3 phone, or a ‘smart phone!’” The sweet spot is taking your home folder on the road with you, in your hand or jersey pocket and that’s what Apple designed. Just amazing. I was hoping for an “internet communicator.”

I’ve held onto my Sony Ericsson T-616 for more than 3 years waiting for a product like this. I kept the Sony in part because of the small size and feature set. In it’s day, it was a benchmark of design – works as phone, nearly worthless mMode aside, and as a GPRS bluetooth modem for quick email checks in an airport or on the road. And mostly if fits inside a Timbuk2 strap pouch, which fits right inside of my jersey pockets.

Here’s how the iPhone announcement unfolded with photos and all the features. As soon as it’s available, I’m buying it and riding with it. Check the demo from Apple’s site.

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L.A. Times on custom bikes

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by Frank Steele on Jan 08, 2007 at 6:25 PM

A bicycle built for you - Los Angeles Times (free reg. required)

A little behind the New York Times (You Paid How Much for That Bike? in November ‘06, now behind their ridiculous paywall), the L.A. Times takes a look at custom high-end road bikes, interviewing Rob Vandermark of Seven Cycles and Lennard Zinn.

There’s also a good summary of traditional road bike fitting conventional wisdom: Knees over pedal spindle, handlebar flat obscuring the front hub, with balls of your feet directly over the pedal axle and your feet parallel to the top tube. Pain in the front of your knee means your seat is too low, while pain in the back of your knee means you’ve cranked it up too high.

Those are all good rules of thumb, but keep in mind that different physiology may require different positioning; if any of those rules don’t work for you, talk to an experienced bike fitter at a shop.

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Week One

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by andrew_f_martin on Jan 08, 2007 at 1:05 PM

How’s the new year treating you all? Getting out for your daily rides? Seattle has been particularly unaccommodating with its dreary winter weather. If you go to weather.com they have a column to tell me just how pitiful the outlook is for “Fitness Comfort”. San Diego scores mostly 9s and 10s. Seattle’s high rating was a 4, with a couple days at 1. Ouch.

I’ve been at the challenge a week and I’m 7:7. This week might get dicey as the ice and snow comes in again and I have business trip Friday, but I think I’ve got it covered. How are the rest of you making out?

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A perfect cup

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by Byron on Jan 08, 2007 at 7:07 AM

For me at least, all good rides (even bad ones) begin with good coffee. When traveling, I take grounds with me and a Bodum Travel Press. At home, I use a Rancilio Espresso Machine and mix up the coffee using Lavazza, Illy, Cafe Mauro the occasional Bustelo, and Batdorf and Bronson ground for me by Alki Mail (where we ship all the Clip-n-Seals and Bike Hugger shirts).

What do you brew? Some crazy chai drink? Straight up espresso? Snort nodoze, or beer bong red bull?

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A new strangeness

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by Byron on Jan 08, 2007 at 6:50 AM

Frustrated with our old host, we moved last week to Strangecode, a boutique host with all the blog goodness. Everything is up and working well and we’ve got more changes coming in 2K7, including some new sexy features.

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Bike Hugger T-Shirts Sell out Again!

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by Byron on Jan 08, 2007 at 6:45 AM

Our Bike Hugger shirts sold out again and more are on the way. We’ve got 2xls and restocked mediums and will have the rest restocked this week. We sold the shirts all over the country and abroad and during my travels, I hope to see someone wearing one soon.

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Big big taste in a big big bite…

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by Frank Steele on Jan 07, 2007 at 5:49 PM

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So, here at the Hugger, we love good design, and generally agree that form follows function.

So I was a little surprised when my first reaction to this admittedly innovative helmet design, which won a reddot design award, was, They expect me to put my head in that? and my second was, Honeycomb’s big … big, big, big…

I think it’s an awesome idea to incorporate lights in a helmet: The higher they are, the sooner they’ll be seen. I’ve ridden with riders who clip small flashing LEDs at the back of their helmet, and it definitely helps.

But as for the new aesthetic in bike helmets … moving away from the typical aerodynamic and aggressive shapes toward a more friendly approach suitable for urban riders, which this helmet, the Cascuz, promises? I’m (literally) not buying.

What do you think? Like the Cascuz? Is the current crop of helmets too aggressive looking?

Seen at Bicycle Design.

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A bad ride

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by Byron on Jan 07, 2007 at 7:50 AM

At least once a year, I’ll have a bad ride. Yesterday, I didn’t feel good (iTunes) when I got up. Riding over to meet the team, I felt even worse. Turning squares, legs heavy, and heart rate high, I decided I’d just sit in for a while with the team, ride to Seward Park, then back home: when in doubt, leave it out.

Climbing up to the I-90 tunnel, I slipped twice on ice and nearly went down. It was way colder than it seemed out there, and my toes were numb in about 1/2 an hour. I waited and waited, cold really cold, the team never showed, and I crawled home.

I should’ve listened to my body and not even rode. When a bad ride happens, how do you get through it?

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