by andrew_f_martin on Dec 19, 2006 at 5:49 PM
I’m practical. I know my wife and family wouldn’t dare buy me more than a $20 cycling item. They know that no matter who they ask, it’ll probably end up being the wrong size/fit/style/color. That said there’s always room for stocking stuffers so here’s a list of the last minute little things I (and I assume most cyclists) can’t get enough of:
Glove Liners - I’m not sure of the physics, but glove liners keep my hands feeling dryer in my wet gloves. I also tend to loose these a lot, thus the need for many.
Smartwool Socks - I’m sure other brands are just as good, but I love my Smartwools. They are perfect for combating wet feet and they can pinch-hit as work socks if I forget.
Red Blinkies - I always loose/break these things. I strap them to all of my bags and like to keep extras on hand when I run out of battery.
Chamois Creme - I’m partial to Greyhound Juice, but there are plenty of players out there. It’s a consumable and I prefer to have a stash in my closet, my garage, my gym locker, and in my messenger bag.
Cycling DVD’s - When I need to, I ride the trainer, and the only thing better than watching “Lost” on the trainer, is a bike movie. 90 minutes never went by so quick.
Base Layers - Now that I’ve gotten used to these, I use one for every ride. The more base layers, the less often I need to do laundry.
Knogs - Like rear blinkies, these are great to have on hand in case I get caught out a little later than planned.
Casual Wear - who doesn’t need a cool heather-green T-Shirt?
I’d love to hear other ideas, mostly so I can try out more stuff!
by andrew_f_martin on Dec 19, 2006 at 11:39 AM
(Photo Courtesy of Trevor)
With all the wind damage, riding on the trail required skills most of us aren’t used to employing on the way into the office this week. This morning debris was finally cleared and the parade of commuters is back to “normal”.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Dec 18, 2006 at 9:41 AM
Cumfest 2005, by simondbarnes.
by andrew_f_martin on Dec 16, 2006 at 12:50 PM
How did I ever find my way home before this little guy? I’ve always relied on inexpensive LED lights to navigate the dark trail - mostly because I was too cheap and thought my eyes were plenty good. There are a number of comparable lights out there these days. $200 buys a lot of lumens these days compared to the halogen options of just a couple years back.
You know what’s the best?
by andrew_f_martin on Dec 15, 2006 at 5:08 PM
Riding to work on a day like today. Seattle had a huge storm last night. Today’s drive into Seattle took forever because the bridge was closed. As I made my way into work I could gauge my progress in the bike lane against cars struggling to make it through unlit traffic lights. I’m pretty sure I made it to the office 20 minutes faster than had I driven. That’s the best.
Disc Brakes no longer just for the Mud
by andrew_f_martin on Dec 14, 2006 at 12:46 PM
I’ve got a good collection of bikes, but in the Pacific Northwest, the bike that gets the most action is my rain bike. It’s my commuter most days, and after years of replacing brake pads monthly for only marginal stopping power - I have found the light: Disc Brakes on a road bike. Fender routing is simple with plenty of tire clearance. Stopping power is never in question in even the heaviest downpours. I’m sure many commuters who ride in more of an upright “mountain” position have been riding discs for years, but I’m happy to have finally made the jump. There a couple major brands out there with offerings (Kona Sutra, Redline Disc-R, Trek Portland), as well as some smaller frame builders who have put together some nice custom setups (Marcroft Cycles, Clemente Cycles). If Santa’s bringing a new bike this year - maybe remember to share the love with the rain bike?
USA Today Features Outdoor Gifts
by Byron on Dec 12, 2006 at 5:17 AM
A gift guide in USA Today features cycling gear, clothes, food, and says, “Bike makers have been busy coming up with some dandy models for 2007 that feature the creative use of carbon fiber technology. The bottom line is a bike that’s stiff enough to win a sprint to the next stop sign while also being comfortably compliant. In English, that means fast and comfy.” And perfect for the bike hugger!
Continuing with the focus on sports, USA Today’s gift blog links to “tricked out” bathing suits for triathletes.
Fulfillment by Amazon and Holiday Shipping
by Byron on Dec 11, 2006 at 7:19 AM
Soon Amazon.com will fulfill Clip-n-Seal or our behalf. That means that our freshiness product is eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping, Amazon.com customer service, and returns. As soon as Clip-n-Seals hit Amazon.com’s warehouse, we’ll update our product pages to reflect the change. Bike Hugger shirts will also eventually ship directly from Amazon.com.
We will ship from our warehouse up until the December 14th 2006. After the 14th, Amazon.com should fulfill and our offices will close for vacation (in Maui!) until December 26th 2006.
Soundoff on bikes vs cars
by Byron on Dec 10, 2006 at 8:31 AM
Reducing bicycle-car collisions is the 2nd most popular Soundoff discussion on the Seattle PI today. The discussion follows the release of Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan and a front page article stating that 900 riders have been injured in Seattle and 5 killed.
In the discussion you’ll find the standard arguments that cars are entitled to the road, cyclists must obey the laws, and pretty much drivers are idiots and cyclists are idiots. While, as huggers, we defer to the drivers are idiots view, I think the plan addresses much of the dangers for cyclists and cars in Seattle. Those dangers are demonstrated very well by Ghost Cycle, including a death that was close to Bike Hugger earlier this year.
After the jump, our ongoing coverage of this topic.
More on Cycling in Seattle and Urban Cycling
Finally Carbon Clinchers!
by Byron on Dec 09, 2006 at 8:46 AM
Cyclingnews reviews Fulcrum’s new carbon clinchers, Reynolds has launched an impressive new line, Bontrager’s got a really expensive set, and 07 is going to be the year of the all-carbon clincher (after the jump, a link to how all-carbon wheels are made by MQC for Reynolds).
I’d never ridden tubulars until this year and now I know why; I was terribly frightened of Tufo’s tape, lost the valve inside the rim for a while, and was always messing with the air pressure. Tubulars are like dating someone that’s high-maintenance. After a while, no matter how sexy hot they are, it’s not worth the trouble.
Sure, I get the weight penalty, old school ride, and the tubular v. clincher debate is as old as Bob Roll. But with about 40 grams difference between a typical set and clincher tire innovations, I think the debate is soon over.
For an exhaustive review of bicycle tires and tubes and most everything else, see Sheldon Brown. Also check Tubes, Tubeless, or……..Tubular?
and 808 v. Hed3.
Finally, enjoy Composites World’s review of all-carbon wheels and how they’re made.
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