by Byron on Oct 17, 2006 at 8:01 AM
I added a 3rd Timbuk2 messenger bag to my collection for our trip to Spain. Messenger bags work great, but anything over 5 pounds for more than 4 hours gets very tiresome slung across your shoulder and chest. With all their big-box retailer offerings and fashion bags, I thought that Timbuk2 had lost itself along the way from a Hippie messenger shop to a corporate, sellout making poseur bags.
Their Pro Series reminded me of exactly why I bought my first Timbuk2 bag, way back in the day; it’s tough, durable, well-designed, well made, and has plenty of pockets. The tri-color one in the photo is the first and was a shop sampler at Alki Bike and Board that showed all the custom colors you could order. I think I paid like a case of beer for it or something. Later, I got the small pork-chop “man purse” and it used to carry around a Handspring.
A couple years ago, I starting traveling a lot and got the black and gray “business” bag. The business bag works very well when perched atop roller luggage and it’s very functional to take to meetings and later remove the laptop sleeve for a ride.
In Spain, we’re traveling as light as possible with the bikes and I’m going to have my laptop with me. I opted for the Pro Series Messenger Backpack to get the weight up on my shoulders more comfortably and organize myself with all the pockets! Fixed Gear Gallery reviewed the backpack ealier this year. I modified mine by adding a pad to the compression strap Timbuk2 supplies for extra-capacity. I can throw it over my shoulder for another bag position and when I need to get into the bag frequently. I also added pouches for my cell phone and camera
As Timbuk2 says, the Pro Series line was designed by a bike messenger and it shows. The bag is proudly made in San Fran. Finally, there’s no losing me in a Barcelona crowd with that orange reflective strip.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Oct 15, 2006 at 4:08 PM
Route Marker, by danonbike.
Two Huggers to Spain
by Byron on Oct 14, 2006 at 6:28 AM
Hugger 1 and 2 (Pam and I) will ride in Girona and Barcelona Spain next week. In Girona, we’re staying at the Moli Del Mig Hotel, which specializes in cycling vacations. Their amenities include bike cleaning facilities, workshop and mechanic, secure storage for bikes, and a menu just for cyclists!
For us, there’s no better vacation that eating, sleeping, and riding and doing that in Girona is going to be even better. As reported in the NYTimes, Girona is home to many professional cyclists, it’s considered a cycling mecca, and we’ll “represent” hugga style on those roads. Of course, I’ll blog the whole experience.
A few days later, we’ll ride in Barcelona. That riding will be more metropolitan and most likely just on bike paths and to coffee shops, but enjoyable just the same.
by Byron on Oct 12, 2006 at 5:41 AM
Shot at the JR station in Yokohama. The anime character is San, Princess Mononoke, and the bike is a Sycip fixie with S&S couplings.
Winter project prep: Building a bike
by Frank Steele on Oct 10, 2006 at 3:50 PM
instructables | How to Build Up a Bike
With winter coming, I know there are lots of Huggers whose minds are turning to new frames with which to meet the spring.
If you’re thinking about buying a frame and components and building it up yourself, instructables.com offers a step-by-step guide to assembling a bike. They break down the recommended tools and provide plenty of photos to shepherd you through the process.
WSJ brings SUBs to WWW
by Frank Steele on Oct 06, 2006 at 10:33 AM
WSJ.com | The New Business Cycle
Nancy Keates at the Wall Street Journal looks at the new breed of transportation-friendly bikes making waves in the U.S.
Keane notes that commuter bike sales are up 15 percent in the last 2 years, but still make up a small fraction of total bike sales (she says $900,000, but that must be Euro-commuters only).
Among the featured bikes: the new Specialized Globe, Diamondback’s Transporter, Breezer’s Uptown 8, Electra’s Amsterdam, alongside folding bikes and electric-assist rides.
Keane gets a little wrapped up in the taxonomy – I don’t see why it matters whether it’s a Townie (and why is that capitalized?), comfort, or cruiser bike – but does a pretty good job surveying the segment.
Byron spent some time with her at Interbike, but he (and our Bettie Project) wound up on the cutting-room floor, right next to all of Kevin Costner’s stuff from The Big Chill.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Oct 05, 2006 at 7:57 PM
the bike and the bingo hall, by Literal Salmon.
I tend to find the most random things
by Happy Cog on Oct 03, 2006 at 7:35 PM
then I send the to Byron and he yells at me to post them. So here goes. They make me smile, hope they make you smile as well. I will continue to post stuff like this to help lighten the mood and give you a little midday cheer.
New Bike Day! Everyone loves new bike day!
Campy Chick Magnet! I ordered 10 of these, report to follow.
Recycled Bike Furniture
by Byron on Oct 03, 2006 at 10:25 AM
A reader sent us Recycled Bike Furniture from Get Outdoors. Cool. That’d work very nicely in a Bettie boutique, especially the loveseat and tables.
What’s the deal with the big wheels?
by Byron on Oct 02, 2006 at 2:11 PM
A Interbike I was handed a mysterious brochure for an event that passed, a product that’s been discontinued, and the promise of secret project to build adult-sized big wheels.
I’m interested. Anyone know what’s going on?
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