Iterating the Waxed Canvas Hugga Toll Roll
by Byron on Apr 05, 2014 at 8:48 AM
Sized just right
A tool roll doesn’t strap to your bike. It goes in your jersey pocket with you and carries just what you need. I’ve been riding with the shipping version of ours since the Fall. Three things drove the project: not being able to keep track of saddle bags across a small fleet of bikes, having to spill the contents of a saddle bag out onto the ground to get a co2/inflator out of it, and ruining shorts rubbing against large saddle bags. We iterated several versions for about 6 months. Before that we studied what was on the market, including the bags Thompson seatposts ship in; and rolls made for mechanics, motorcyclists, and cooks.
Opened and set on a saddle, the pockets were right, but this version was too thick
The first iteration was made from salvaged Filson’s duck cloth and had all the features, a retro feel, but was much too thick. Another iteration was made with Cordura and again too thick. A few had stylish rivets that pulled on the, just-right, thin - and-durable waxed canvas. After announcing the roll was ready to ship, Jeff Beltramini bought one and tweeted
and that sums it up well: stop ruining spendy bib shorts, rubbing against saddle bags.
The Waxed Canvas Hugga Toll Roll is available in limited quantities, as a one-time exclusive, and cost $40.00. They’re handmade in Seattle. We made them first for us and liked them so much, we made a few more for you.
Get them while you can and see more iterations on G+.
Waxed Canvas Hugga Tool Roll
by Byron on Apr 04, 2014 at 4:42 PM
12” x 6” c ~ .05”
Our Waxed Canvas Hugga Tool Roll is available now in limited quantities. We had these made for ourselves and then decided to make a few more for you too, as a one-time exclusive. It took us months of prototyping, trial and error, until we liked this version the best.
They are designed and made in Seattle. The color is Reddish Orange like a Safety Cone and you can buy them now on Amazon for $40.00, while they last.
Durable material and closure
The biggest selling point is the roll goes with you, not with the bike; a convenience for cyclists with multiple bikes. Also, large saddle bags rub our shorts the wrong way, leaving holes. While the compact bags are too tight to get out, what you need with removing it from the rails of your saddle.
Sized to fit in a jersey pocket
You may have seen us post the various prototypes last Summer, about 6 of them, and this is the version I’ve been riding with since the winter. Three things drove the project: not being able to keep track of saddle bags across a small fleet of bikes, having to spill the contents of a bag out on the ground to get a co2 out of it, and ruining shorts rubbing against saddle bags.
More photos are on G+.
Amazballed in a Book!
by Byron on Apr 04, 2014 at 11:57 AM
On the shelf
A new book on the shelf at Hugga HQ is Transformations: Stories of Success from Authors, Innovators, and Small Businesses Thriving on Amazon and I’m in it! Best part about that is I didn’t have to write it, like the blogging one I did. It’s the Clip-n-Seal story summarized after several interviews with me and included with other business that have grown and succeeded with Fulfillment by Amazon. This past Holiday season, Amazon featured Clip-n-Seals on their homepage for about 5 weeks. That experience my friend Kevin Tamura called being Amazballed, like getting Fireballed by Gruber, or Slashdotted. The phenomena ebbs with this book and what’s important is if you’ve got a product, you can sell it too with FBA, like State Bicycles and other merchants.
Inside the book
The parent company of Bike Hugger, Textura Design, designed Clip-n-Seals in Seattle and manufactures them in Yakima, Wa. Transformations: Stories of Success from Authors, Innovators, and Small Businesses Thriving on Amazon is a free download for Kindle. If you want to try what we think is the best sealing device ever made and a best seller, Clip-n-Seals ship with Prime from warehouses all over the US and Canada to you.
Wanted to keep coffee and chips fresh
The idea for them started over a decade ago, when I wanted to keep my coffee fresh on road trips to bike races and tours. Never expected they’d end up in space or on the homepage of Amazon.
Selle Anatomica: Saddles Made in the USA
by Byron on Apr 03, 2014 at 11:56 AM
When Chunkyflyrite emailed, “saddles made in the USA.” I replied, “you’re a liar.” Then, what? And, “I had NO idea that ANY saddle was made in the States.” Well, Chunky is a good guy, not a liar, and yep Selle Anatomicas are made here in the States.
Tour of Flanders: Iconic, A Monument
by Byron on Apr 03, 2014 at 9:18 AM
As Patrick said to me…
The thing about Flanders is that it’s all about short steep hills, enough of them that one finally breaks you. We’ve all ridden up hills over and over. Flanders is hill repeats until you can’t do them any more and you break.
Stijl Devolder in the Belgian National Champ’s kit rolling to the finish alone in 08 is one of those gladiator moments during Flanders we’re watching for, over those bergs.
In Kent, just south of Seattle, is the Graveyard Berg, it’s like the bergs (hills) in Flanders; at least that’s what we think, when we race over it during lunch rides and the weekends.
The grainy video is from our archives and here’s a screen capture from a street view of the area. Make it to the St. Patrick Cemetery entrance with the group and you did good.
Windows 8.1 and Lumia Updates
by Byron on Apr 02, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Rolling the Strip with Terns and Nokias
Lots of tech news today from a new set top box from Amazon to Windows 8.1. We’ve been shooting mobile with Lumias since CES and during SXSW, like this view of the Strip, and Austin, and will update as soon as 8.1 drops.
New camera features includes easier access and a simplified interface to Nokia Camera. Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon owners will get access to Dolby Surround Sound capturing thanks to their innovative array of 4 onboard microphones. The Nokia Creative Studio and Nokia Storyteller has a new rev too.
See more Lumia photos in these galleries and we’ll have much more to upload, as we get back on the road at Sea Otter.
UCI: Fatbikes in Winter Olympics, Banned from MTB Races
by Mark V on Apr 01, 2014 at 1:07 AM
April Fool’s Fun from Bike Hugger
In a controversial move, the UCI Technical Committee in Switzerland has proposed to limit tyre widths within UCI-sanctioned mtb races to 3.0” or less. Though this effectively bans “fatbikes” (bikes/frames with tyres in the 3.8-5.0” range) from the premier World Cup mtb series as well as a host of smaller races both in N America and abroad, officials explained that this is a strategic move in a long haul push to bring cycling to the Winter Olympics. Andre Kowalski, vice head of UCI’s technical development, asserted that the surest way to bring cycling to the Winter Olympics was to bring a competition format that was clearly defined as a winter sport. “By defining fatbikes as ‘snow bikes’, the sport gains credibility in the Winter Olympics”. In other words, by banning fatbikes from mtb’s traditionally summer season of racing, fatbikes become a legitimate winter sport.
The sheer number of sporting disciplines incorporated into the current, bloated schedule of the Summer Games precludes the addition of any more cycling events. In fact, track racing events (velodrome) have been reduced several times over the past decade and a half in order to make room for mountainbike racing and then BMX. The IOC has made it clear that the overall number of cycling events in the Summer Games will not be increased in the foreseeable future; hence the UCI move to promoting cycling in the Winter Games. Though cyclocross is a traditionally fall/winter sport with a hundred years of history, it lacks the strong association with snow or ice, which is pretty much the only requirement for sports in the Winter Games. Fatbike racing, in a move that parallels snowboarding’s move from fringe sport to center stage, is poised to leap ahead.
Fatbikes, which have been around in some form or another since the late-1980s, have exploded upon the consumer market recently, with new fatbike-specific products dominating media coverage at all the tradeshows this year. At the Taipei Bike Show, many observers remarked that if it weren’t for products aimed at the emerging “road disc” segment, there would literally be nothing else to talk about besides carbon fibre fatbikes and fatbike products. Doug Lareaux, founder and principle designer with PhatPhiber, was overwhelmed by the attention garnered by carbon fibre fatbike rims. “The three weeks of product development were completely vindicated by the media interest. It’s almost like any rim that was wider than 80mm and vaguely round could sell.”
Not all fatbike proponents welcome the UCI stance, however. Earl Simmons, club president of the Twin Cities Fatties, lamented the focus on competition. Simmons feels that while the attention fatbikes would receive as an Olympic sport would go a long ways to bringing these machines to places previously not known as bicycle-centric cultures, promoting fatbikes through racing will only limit their real appeal. “Racing is all about high performance and competition, two things that have nothing to do with the true spirit of fatbikes.” Having fun while going slow shouldn’t be limited to the time of the year that skinny bikes can’t be ridden.
With the Sochi Olympics having just finished, there is not enough time before the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchan (South Korea) to complete the approval process, but the 2022 Games are very much on the table. With fatbikes expected to continue exponential growth for the next eight years, the excitement should reach fever pitch right on time for some chilly racing.
by Byron on Mar 31, 2014 at 8:38 AM
An art show wished I’d seen and missed here in Seattle. Heard about it too late, but it was Cycle-Series Continua
is a set of referential, reverential, and narrative sculptures, composed from bicycle parts and afflatus which echo ideas from a diverse selection of influences to express anguish, pay homage, focus (or diffuse) opinion, and to simply explore. Steve is a multidisciplinary engineer, designer, and builder with scores of interests, including enduring enthusiasm for bicycles.
Of those sculptures, the Aluminati interests me the most; especially from the visual arts
Aluminati began as an all-aluminum bike project and evolved into a conspiratorial 35mm film viewer for an old and perhaps arbitrary reel of “Ed Sullivan in Moscow”. A rare Peugeot Comete aluminum bicycle frame (sans decals) is fitted with a variety of bike parts per a primary quest for maximum aluminum, and a secondary quest for French parts (though parts from Japan, Italy, Spain are involved). Aluminum bike seats aren’t readily available, so the one here is OIXIO-hewn by axe/grinder/file from a sheet of 1/8” aluminum, and mounted on titanium rails. 24” aluminum 35mm-film reels (by General Devices & Eng. Co., Hollywood, California) are modified as quick-release bike wheels, the rear having a six-speed freewheel. Film threads through an OIXIO-hack-machined viewer head and over five film guides from front to rear wheels, and motion is powered via the Stronglite 93 cranks [Is that an inverted pentagram?]. A solar- recharged battery that is concealed by a reverent plate powers the viewer LED light.
Rode a Darkling Rain to the Feed Hill
by Byron on Mar 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM
Rode Through a Darling Rain
It was a darkling rain I rode through, gloomier with each storm cell and mile.
Then a hill I’ve climbed a thousand times now has a goat attraction. Bringing spare change next time.
Rapha wool for balmier days in Seattle
Remarkably, despite the darkling rain, no soak through today wearing Rapha kit like this club jersey and rain jacket.
What’s Mark V Working on Now?
by Byron on Mar 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM
He’s got a Wanderlust
As it was explained to me
Doing research. A scientist’s foundation is research…even if you’re a mad scientist. I will find a way to run an XX1 10-42t 11-sp cassette with a road lever.
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