Photo of the day

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by Frank Steele on Aug 24, 2006 at 11:37 PM

MTB triptych

single track sandwich, by LJ0913.

Click through and look at this one larger (or huge) – I was drawn to it because of the cyclocross frame with dirt drops in the center picture.

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Seattle’s Bike In

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by Byron on Aug 24, 2006 at 12:53 PM

Featuring an evening of outdoor film and music, brought to you by Northwest Film Forum and the Cascade Bicycle Club, the Seattle Bike In is a unique outdoor event featuring live music and demonstrations about biking and the outdoors. Ending with movies on a big, outdoor screen, the event will be like going to Bike Hugga Town!

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A philanthropic cycling circus

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by Byron on Aug 24, 2006 at 7:13 AM

Crazy Bikes We were racing both weekends and missed the Tour de Fat, the self-descrbed philanthropic cycling circus. In Seattle, the event raised $5,019, drained 19 kegs, 100 cyclists paraded, and 1,000 people partied.

That stats from Portland aren’t up yet on New Belgium’s site, but you know that was a huge party, as seen in these Flickr photos from Bike Portland. BikePortland’s Jonathan Maus blogged it and noted that, “got started with the craziest bike parade I’ve ever done … closer to 400 showed up.” And bystanders were “awestruck at the scene.”

Indeed!

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Two riders killed in Indiana police charity ride

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by Frank Steele on Aug 23, 2006 at 4:45 AM

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p>Journal and Courier Online | 2 killed in charity bike ride

Two riders in an Indiana charity ride were killed Tuesday, and another remains in critical condition, after a truck hit their follow van, pushing it into a pack of 10 riders.

The riders were in a group riding to commemorate and raise money for fallen police officers. Gary Martin, a retired Gary, Indiana police officer, and Lt. Gary Dudley of the Indiana State Police died near Terre Haute Tuesday. They were about midway on a 102-mile day that itself was about midway on a ride scheduled to run August 16th through August 28th.

Investigators closed down the road for hours on Tuesday, and are looking into whether the Towne Air Freight truck was speeding. The van was displaying a warning sign and flashing its hazards.

In light of the riders’ deaths, the ride is being cancelled.

As it does too freaking often, our sympathies go out to the families of the dead, and to the injured and their families.

Also:

IndyStar.com | 2 officers are killed during bike ride

New York Times | Two Cyclists Die in Crash During Ride for Charity

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Wear your helmet when blending

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by Byron on Aug 22, 2006 at 9:03 PM

A favorite Xtracycle add-on is the bike blender and the Juice Peddler demonstrates why in a video blog post. No better way to beat the late summer heat, then ride to a shady tree and blend yourself up a smoothie with your bike!

We’re waiting for all the project sport utility bike parts to get in, most are here, and checking the creative uses Xtracycle owners are finding for their FreeRadicals, including a bike towing a bike.

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Hollywood Huggin’ Part II

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by Frank Steele on Aug 20, 2006 at 8:17 PM

So I saw the masterpiece that is Snakes on a Plane this weekend. There were some very obvious product placements in the movie, including Kawasaki Motorcycles, Dell Computers (all the overhead monitors on the plane have little Dell logos), and Red Bull.

Then, in the closing credits, I noticed a familiar name, Xootr, which makes some cool folding bikes and scooters.

Thing is, I don’t remember seeing any bikes or scooters in the movie. So, did anybody else spot Xootr’s contribution to the campiest film since Road House?

Update: Steve Kovalchik from Xootr says they sent a bike, cap, and a T-shirt. Did anybody catch any of them in the movie?

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Hollywood night on the Hugger

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by Frank Steele on Aug 20, 2006 at 8:15 PM

TreeHugger’s search for celebrity cyclists is paying off. Interestingly, none of the submissions feature portrayals from film or TV – it’s all celebrities who ride in Real Life, including a post from G Living featuring Travis Barker (BMX frame), Elle Macpherson, Hilary Duff, and Lindsey Lohan (all on wide-whitewall cruisers), Chloe Sevigny on a folding bike, and Naomi Watts on a hybrid.

My favorite was a link to this video from Daryl Hannah on urban cycling, featuring her ride in L.A.’s Critical Mass. (If that link isn’t working, try this one.)

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Move by Bike

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by Byron on Aug 20, 2006 at 8:16 AM

How’d you like a herd of bike trailers to show up at your place to assist your move in a pedal-powered way? Then contact Portland’s Move By Bike, a crew that’ll move your house with bikes.

When I first started researching our sport utility bike project, I arrived at the Puppet Parade bike move and it looked way more fun than pizza, beer, and a U haul!

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