Bullitts on The Amazing Race

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by Byron on Oct 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM


Seeing Bullitts on The Amazing Race this weekend, reminded me of Mark’s take on cargo bikes from our archives – he had so much to say, it was written in 4 parts. If we had out magazine back then, that could’ve been a whole issue…

and he noticed the Bullitts too in 09.

What sets this bike apart from many other long-wheelbase cargo bikes is the use of aluminium in large diameter tubes as opposed to steel. Much as I like the ride of a good steel bike, a cargo bike is a great opportunity to allow aluminium to shine, especially when a manufacturer can really engineer the shapes and diameters of tubing. A lot of cargo bikes are begging for some extra rigidity. The Bullitt comes in 13 versions, with disc brakes and choice of internally geared rear hubs or derailleurs. The lightest version weighs 48lbs.

Kym & Alli rode well to win Episode 4, comparing the ride to a fixed-gear, and did their share of annoying the locals on the path.

We did our share of that too, this one time in Amsterdam… Great to see cyclists doing well – it seems every season Phil adds more bikes into the mix, and now cyclists are winning.

Get to know Kym more in this interview from Well+Good. I was confused at first as to what competitive street cycling is from the intro to the season. That’s racing fixed gears, Phil replied and Kym is a SoulCycle instructor while Alli is a personal trainer.

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West End Rickshaws

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by Byron on Oct 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

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West End Bicycle Rickshaws

While in London earlier this month, noticed all the rickshaws too and don’t remember seeing them before. Today in The Economist, a story about how an unregulated industry has thrived.

Since the late 1990s the number of rickshaws in London has swelled. As they are unregulated, with no set fare or formal licensing structure, precise figures are hard to come by. The London Pedicab Operators Association, which represents 300 drivers, estimates that around 700 pedal the capital’s streets. Disgruntled taxi drivers suggest the figure is far higher.

It seems cab companies and traditional transportation businesses, have more to worry about than Uber and bike shares.

I wrote about our trip to London and the West End in Issue 17.

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Good Coffee, Jeremiah, and KK

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by Byron on Oct 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Convo Coffee

Convoy Coffee

Stopped by Seattle Interactive yesterday to see my friend Jeremiah speak about the sharing economy and outside in the lobby Convoy was making coffee delivered by bike.

Well-badged

Well badged, head tube

My kinda place, of course, where the bike and tech meet. I didn’t stick around to see if any beer arrived by bike too, but that wouldn’t surprise me. KK+ was there too and bunch of other people I know.

Good to see them all and ride around downtown.

KK

KK’s taken that bag around the world

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The Old and New for Winter

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by Byron on Oct 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Hooded Top

Rapha’s hooded top

Well I had this reveal planned of my new, fav fall/winter jacket, but getting spotted in public wearing it will work just as well.

The reason I’m wearing a Rapha hooded top so much, besides the merino blend, style and cut, is that it’s just like another fav jacket of mine, from the 70s or early 80s (I think). The Moa Sport jacket is so tattered and torn, I don’t wear it anymore, but refuse to part with it. Bought the Moa from a vintage cloth store in Seattle long ago that had a shipment of wool kit from Italy arrive.

jacket

Thick merino and a plastic panel front

Wore that jacket before Gore and later eVENT and all the modern fabrics we have now. Showing its age, most of the teeth have fallen out of the zipper, and seams are coming apart, but at the time this jacket was “the one.” The wool moderated temperatures, even when wet, while the plastic front panel blocked the wind.

the back

Misshaped, may just fall off the hanger one day, into a tired lump on the floor

Rapha’s Merino Hooded Top has all that too, with a storable hood, pink reflective accents, and a sport wool blend. I traveled to London wearing it and rode to and from the Seattle Interactive conference yesterday.

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Brass teeth have fallen out

So sure, for the longer days, big miles, and hard riding this winter, I’ll wear a Gabba or something new from Showers Pass or Novara. For total comfort around town though, it WAS the Moa Sport and now this exceptionally nice piece from Rapha.

The Hooded Top is on clearance for $122.50 with smalls, larges, and XLs left in stock.

And if you ever see a Moa Sport jacket in a vintage clothe store near you, get it!

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Another Mobile Social Edit

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by Byron on Oct 15, 2014 at 6:56 AM


As the editor of this video Kevin from Hawley USA said, “easily one of the best times to be had in Vegas!” Agreed! And we’re planning next season already.

Thanks to our partners that make it possible and all those that rode with us.

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Fat Bike Dunes

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by Byron on Oct 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM


From Dronescape Media Consulting and with Bike Hugger Magazine contributor, @mathowie, Fat Bike Dunes. I asked Matt about the video and he said

I’ve been borrowing a fatbike off a friend for the last couple weeks and had a fun time riding the sand dunes near Pacific City. Then I realized my friend Kenji was getting really good at his drone video work and asked him to join me on a day at the beach. I climbed and descended the dunes a few times, then just rode around and he flew around me the whole time. It came out better than I imagined, but I hope to do it again in the spring after I’ve ridden those dunes a bunch more and figured out the right lines, tire pressures, etc.

You can read more about the fun Matt had on the beach with a fat bike, in Issue 17 on iTunes and the Web. His article is the free cover story.

More drone videos are available on Dronescape.tv too. What I’d like about Matt’s dune ride is there were no big-air ramps, no energy drinks, just a couple cyclists doing what they love.

Music: MDK, Shinespark.

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Tourists and Folding Bikes

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by Byron on Oct 13, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Tourist and Folders

German tourists at Seacrest Park

After an errand for more beekeeping supplies at Home Depot and asking Santa Yoda career advice, we rode around Alki Beach. Stopped at a bike shop to adjust a derailer, and watched kayakers paddle around Elliott Bay. Then stopped for lunch at Marination at Seacrest park. That was part of our #2daysinseattle with folding bikes. The visual story was shared on G+.

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Deal Killers

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by Byron on Oct 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Remains of the day

Remains of the Day

In an issue labeled as fun, Patrick didn’t want to be the Debbie Downer, but what he wrote is important about the decline of shops in the US and it’s the bro deal.

The recent closing of Elliott Bay Bicycles is a bellwether for the larger concerns facing retailers throughout the sport. EBB had been around for decades, had attracted not just the best in mechanics, but was the home to one of the Pacific Northwest’s best-respected frame builders, Bill Davidson.

To read the article, please subscribe via iOS or the Web: annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4.

Also from 07, see Mark V’s popular post about the bro deal and the customers that asked him for it.

Hi. Thanks for coming into my shop and taking part of the consumer experience. Your disposable income is the sole source of our meager profit margins that support the shop’s overhead and indirectly my income.

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Fun with Fatbikes

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by Byron on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:44 AM

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Fat on the beach

The Issue 17 cover story by Matt Haughey is about fun with fatbikes and it’s free with a signup. To read the rest of the issue, please subscribe via iOS or the Web: annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4. Your money directly supports the authors, photographers, and editors who contribute to Bike Hugger. Our content is original and not biased by ads. In fact, they’re are no ads in the issues. Just photos and words…like these

The huge four and five inch tires rolled effortlessly down the street. I jumped off a curb, I darted through traffic, I popped a wheelie. However much this bike tipped the scales, it felt like any random 20lb hardtail mountain bike, and it was wickedly maneuverable, which surprised me even more. I fell instantly in love with this giant overgrown BMX bike underneath me.

A while ago, when I wrote about Fat Bikes, my take wasn’t quite that enthusiastic. I didn’t ride on the beach though, but in the snow.

A cold Winter’s Bone out there on a Fat Bike

The rest of the issue includes

  • In a West End Town
  • Sandwich, Where We Rode Together
  • Stutter Bumps
  • Bro’d Out? Sure, But that Was Good Fun
  • Discounts

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