Taking a pull on the TDF Blog

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by Byron on Jul 09, 2006 at 8:38 AM

As Frank announced, I’m guest posting on the Tour de France Blog for a few days. Frank is attending a funeral, spending time with his family, and I’m going take a pull for him.

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More Whiz Bang Tour de France Tech

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by Byron on Jul 08, 2006 at 1:09 PM

Just checked the NYTimes interactive TDF feature and it’s very whiz bangy, even more whizzy than the “ticker” from Velonews. Live commentary, standings, profiles, and more.

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Seeing America feet-first, west to east

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by Frank Steele on Jul 07, 2006 at 1:45 PM

Cycling across the U.S.A | Touring Hardin

Bill Cook is a retired journalist doing an Adventure Cycling route across the USA (looks like their 30th Anniversary Premium Supported trip). Adventure Cycling got started back in the ’70s, and was called Bikecentennial when it helped create the TransAmerica Trail. Thousands of riders (galleries: Richard Rathe, general) toured the country for the US Bicentennial in 1976.

Adventure Cycling is celebrating their 30th birthday, and there’s still time to make one of the organization’s Birthday Bashes, in Boulder August 12th.

Cook is about one-fourth of the way, near the Little Big Horn in Montana, and blogging the whole trip for McClatchey Newspapers. He’s a recumbent hugger, and has a company, Barcroft Cycles, that designs and builds ‘bents, including the Dakota model he’s riding to Washington, DC. The trip was marred June 25th, when one of the party was killed in a car-bike accident in Washington state. Yesterday was a much better day: “one of those perfect days: Lovely weather, a nice tailwind, remote empty country, a long downhill run and a short riding day.”

All we can hope for.

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America’s longest-running bicycle race

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by Byron on Jul 07, 2006 at 8:38 AM

Celebrating it’s 66th year, Redmond Derby Days is this weekend. Outside of Portland, Redmond is the most cycling friendly town and they’ve got a whole festival centered around a bike race. Between heats, you can also enjoy music, parades, and more.

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REI: Big Miles Logged

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by Byron on Jul 07, 2006 at 7:05 AM

Becky, an Outreach Specialist for REI Kennewick, reports outstanding results for their Commute Challenge with nearly 3K miles logged from 50 riders. That’s impressive and adds to a record-breaking bike month this year.

Seeing all those commuters during Bike Month in Seattle is what partly inspired Bike Hugger.

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Being Critical

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2006 at 3:44 PM

Following up on the Critical Mass arrest last week in Seattle, Robert L. Jamieson Jr, a Seattle PI columnists finds fault with both the police and Critical Mass. Having spent time in the clink for bike v. car road rage, I can tell you that getting angry with drivers is just not worth it. While part of our bloggy mission here at Bike Hugger is to promote cycling and be advocates, getting angry just “mucks up the message.” For more on the incident and opinions see

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Bumps along the way

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2006 at 2:19 PM

A Tri-Cities cyclist was seriously injured when he hit an empty concrete turtle intended to hold a traffic bollard. The bollards have not yet been installed. As the Tri City Herald reports, the cyclist, Matt Moeller, “suffered shattered bones and a collapsed lung.”

While that’s a serious accident, that turtle is nothing compared to the exposed tracks, potholes (I don’t think there are any potholes in the Tri-Cities), homeless people, drunken mariners fans, drunken seahawks fans, car doors, sheer density of traffic, suv drivers, concrete cracks, and more in larger urban areas like Seattle. It’s always best to ride with situational awareness, as I call it, to be very aware of your surroundings and that angry driver trying to park in your lane.

My wife endoed on exposed railroad track once, sliding into a curb with her head, and spent a day in the emergency room dazed and confused. Her helmet saved her life and I watched it all happen. I’m sure Matt freaked everyone out that was with him, including himself!

“Montana Mike” Robinson has been updating the Chinook Cycle Club with reports on Matt’s status and it’s great to hear he’s “up and walking. They have elected not to do surgery as all the broken “stuff” is in place and the ball and sockets appear OK also.”

Turtle Update

See this post from stokediam about a cyclist that hit a real turtle and broke his collarbone.

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Bike Art

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2006 at 1:38 PM

Reader Terri Saul sent us a page of her bike art that’s about the love of bicycles and cycling. My fav, which is sold, is Left of Sun Head South.

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Live Data from the TDF

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2006 at 6:36 AM

Cyclingpeaks is offering a live view of SRM data during each stage and posting the entire file afterwards. That’s cool and also depressing to see such low heart rates! That’s my heart rate during a casual riding to meet the team!

Polar is also transmitting data during the stage, OLN alternates between the two, but I haven’t seen Polar files live. They do have a S725X Tour Edition and a new partnership with Adidas.

The Live Update Window from Velonews offers, standings, jerseys, a google map and is perfect for following le Tour at work.

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REI CEO: Bikes are going bonkers for us

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by Byron on Jul 05, 2006 at 7:08 PM

REI catalog In a Q/A with the Seattle PI Business Section, REI’s CEO says, “Bikes are going bonkers for us. About half our bikes are our own brand, Novara, which is a great value.” Not only are Novara’s great value, but a great cycling brand. While Novara has been around for years, they’re certainly not just a house brand. I first noticed their cycling enthusiasm when I saw a Novara Merlino Wool Jersey and thought, “whoever brought that to market loves and knows bikes.” And they do, check the photos in their catalog (PDF 5.8M) to see how much.

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