Riding the Costa Brava0
by Byron on Oct 26, 2006 at 7:38 PM
by Byron on Oct 26, 2006 at 7:38 PM
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.
by Frank Steele on Oct 15, 2006 at 4:08 PM
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
by Frank Steele on Oct 10, 2006 at 3:50 PM
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.
by Frank Steele on Oct 06, 2006 at 10:33 AM
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).
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.
by Frank Steele on Oct 05, 2006 at 7:57 PM
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.
by Byron on Oct 03, 2006 at 10:25 AM