Le Tour Stage 9: Tony, Tony, Tarmac

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by Byron on Jul 14, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Tony riding to the win

Martin riding to the win. Photo: Omega Pharma - Quick Step

That was a two Tony stage, as the AP reports

Germany’s Tony Martin took the stage win Sunday, and France’s Tony Gallopin took the yellow jersey during an up-and-down Stage 9 in the eastern Vosges mountains.

and I rode a new Tarmac like #panzerwagen did; well, not exactly like him, but the bike and here’s the review from issue 12

Tarmac

New Tarmac in matte black

The Zipp wheels I had with me in Maui earlier this year. A Bianchi like Lars Boom rode, the Bianchi Infinito CV, has been shipped to us to demo and we’ll get on that in the next few weeks.

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Le Tour Stage 9 Recap: Panzerwagon

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by Byron on Jul 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Slept in late after a busy week editing our mag and missed stage 8, but up in time for 9 and Panzerwagon!

Alone for about 144km, after riding away from the group, they chased but he held them off. Tony Martin is a “tank” and blitzkrieged the stage.

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Le Tour Recap Stage 7: We’ve Reached Peak Crash

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by Byron on Jul 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Stage 7 Recap: Andrew Crashlansky and T.J. Van Crasheren can’t keep the rubber side down in Crash Town. A Facebook fan of ours did it a haiku version

CRASH! A rider goes down.
CRASH! Another rider goes down.
CRASH! Photo finish.

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Issue 14 Another Adventure

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by Byron on Jul 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Issue 14

Issue 14 cover

It’s summer time, the Tour is on, days are long, and we’re riding our bikes everywhere. Issue 14 just dropped on the Web and iTunes. The free cover story on the Web edition is about a ride I did with the GT Grade and the industry trend towards adventure and gravel.

The road scene is so broken, roadies are riding off road, that’s what gravel is about.

Subscription revenues directly support the writing, editing, and production of Bike Hugger Magazine. It’s ad-free, independently published and costs $16.00 a year or $4.00 an issue.

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PressCamp 14: Niner BSB 9 RDO

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by Byron on Jul 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Niner with custom wheels

Niner BSB 9 RDO

Mentioned yesterday that after the cobbles in the Tour, we’re thinking of Cross and another bike like the BSB 9 RDO from Niner. The story from them at PressCamp 14 is they’ve put on their big boy pants and are focused on quality, engineering, and design. With time cut short after the Summer snow storm, I didn’t get to ride this bike, but heard good things and it’s very well spec’d.

Business end

Business end

Also noted how clean the inside of their tubes are and their product engineer assured me, the BB junction and cable routing was just as tidy.

Clean

Clean tubes

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Le Tour Recap Stage 6: Sleepy, Crashy, then Greipel

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by Byron on Jul 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Griepel wins

Greipel Stage 6

After yesterday’s awesome, anything short of cobble carnage would be boring. Stage 6 was sleepy, and crashy, until the sprint won by Greipel…

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CX Can’t Get Here Soon Enough

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by Byron on Jul 09, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Cdale

Cdale CX

After the Boom Tour stage today, we’re thinking of CX! That’s a few weeks earlier than normal and bikes like this one from Cannondale are on our minds, as seen PressCamp in Deer Valley last month.

See the rest of the photos on G+ and our CX coverage will start in a few weeks.

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Le Tour Recap: Stage 4 BOOM

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by Byron on Jul 09, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Tour

Boom!

On a day that Cancellara said the Tour needs to rethink the sport, Ben King tweeted

And I was tipped to a CX bike setup…

Considering bike handling, Froome probably should’ve have started. Can’t steady a bike on slick roads with a busted-up wrist. I didn’t expect he get over the cobbles.

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Dude Where’s my Bike In Seattle!

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by Byron on Jul 08, 2014 at 11:53 AM

fas

With a media frenzy as the first legal pot shop opens in Seattle, we’ve got the idea for a Dude Where’s My Bike?! Tour for next month’s issue of our magazine. Ya know how wine tours are a thing for cyclists? Predicting the same thing with breweries, distillers, restaurants, coffee shops, and Cannabis City in the SODO district of Seattle. There are bike paths and lanes that run right to the shop from downtown and back….

Until then, we’re editing Issue 14 and it’s on digital newsstands and the web later this week.

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