RIP: Jerry Baker, Seattle Cycling Icon


by Mark V on Sep 10, 2015 at 8:03 AM

Jerry's  Davidson

Jerry Baker has been riding in the Northwest since the roads were dirt, back when shorts were wool, chamois were leather, and you switched gears by removing the wheel and flipping it around.

Today we learned he passed in Pennsylvania at a hospital. We just saw him on a ride two weekends ago and said, “Hello with a wave.” As Phil Miller shared, “There are a lot of very serious cyclists who have arrived in Seattle in the last 15 years or so who may not realize what cycling would have been like without JB.”

The short list includes

  • Cascade BC
  • WA Bikes
  • Seattle To Portland
  • Washington State Bicycle Association.

And the Marymoor Velodrome. Some of the first racing kits worn around here were bought from JB and what sad news this is.

RIP Jerry. After writing this post, Robert Freeman, former co-owner of Elliot Bay Bicycles share this obituary.

Jerry Baker passed away this morning of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. He had been on holiday in Pennsylvania when he got sick. It progressed very rapidly and he only lasted a few days. Jerry was an icon in Seattle cycling circles. He ran Baker’s Bikes in the 60s and 70s, out of his house. A small but high quality racing shop. He sold frames from Davidson, Hugh Porter, Holdsworth, and others, and built wheels and complete bikes. Then in 1980 he started Baleno, a small wholesale company that had Santini clothing, Rivat shoes, ProTec helmets, and other goods. After that he made custom clothing and was a fabric importer. Jerry was instrumental in getting the Marymoor velodrome in Redmond built in 1972 and rarely missed a night of racing there all these years. Jerry was one of three people who helped organize the first Seattle to Portland race/ride, in 1979, and had the fastest time that year, (beating Dave Shaw and me by 6 minutes). He always claimed to be the only person to have ridden every STP, though freely admits one year it was Seattle to Puyallup. He was a warm, funny person with a heart of gold, and generous to a fault. He will be greatly missed by many people.

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2015/16 CX Season


by Byron on Sep 09, 2015 at 2:33 PM


Cross season starts for us this weekend, then CrossVegas next week, and a bit after that SSCX Worlds in Vancouver looks fun. Despite the creepy branch logo in that photo….

For more on CrossVegas, see the post organized by tag, and an interview with the promoter in Issue 15 from last year.

No question the course features create a great show for the spectators but the real attraction is the quality of the fields. In both the women’s and men’s fields I have the #1 and #2 ranked riders internationally: Katie Compton and Helen Wyman on the women’s side and Lars Van der Haar and Sven Nys on the men’s side. Plus you’ve got the rest of the riders from 14 nations - it’s an international field surpassed only by the world championships.

And this year it’s been better as a World Cup.

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N1NO World Champion


by Byron on Sep 07, 2015 at 10:26 AM

The decisive moment

Ever since getting back into mountain biking and riding Scott Bikes, been following N1NO, and he just won the world championships. His 4th and the biggest moment of his #huntforglory campaign in 2015.

The race unfolded perfectly for N1NO. In the first lap he managed to get down the technical section in first place while Julien Absalon was held back by some fast starting riders. After two days of rain the sun was out, but in some sections the track was still very slippery. The technicality of the course played a huge part in deciding the outcome. None of the racers got through without little mistakes or crashes. Even N1NO had to get off the bike few times, less than the rest of the field however. He demonstrated that once again when it comes to tricky sections, nobody can keep up with him. After the first lap Julien Absalon closed the gap. While Jaroslav Kulhavy was out of contention with a broken rib, his fellow countryman Ondrej Cink put in an awesome showing. He was the only one staying close to the leading duo and eventually won the well deserved bronze medal. At the front N1NO was playing yoyo with his big rival Absalon. Always gaining some seconds on the descents, and letting let him close the gap again after. Midway through the race it started to look a bit different. N1NO made a mistake on a technical uphill and immediately Absalon launched an attack. But Absalon’s luck would run out. N1NO got back on and soon took the lead again. With One and a half laps to go it was this one traverse in the woods, full of slippery rocks and roots that decided the race between Julien and N1NO. Even though N1NO only gained 4-5 seconds there, it added up to be 10 seconds at the end of the descent. From this moment on it was all out to the finish. Sometimes Julien would get within 5 seconds, then N1NO would once again gain time. One little mistake and the race would be totally open again. N1NO resisted the strong pressure from Julien and brought the 10 second lead all the way to the finish line.

Got the Gap

Pressure is on


Hunt for Glory

I’ll see more Scotts next week at Interbike and waiting to ride their new CX bike again.

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Fisherman’s Bike


by Byron on Sep 05, 2015 at 1:26 PM

First it was the Pinks and now the Cohos are running in Elliott Bay, near Hugga HQ. Today, another fisherman rode up with this old Raleigh Technium. As noted on our Instagram, a great second career for that bike….

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on

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BioLogic SportCase for iPhone 6/6Plus


by Byron on Sep 04, 2015 at 11:29 AM


Just arrived on our Amazon store is the latest in Biologic’s case line, the SportCase for iPhone 6. Earlier this year, the case won a Design and Innovation Award at Computex and it combines robust protection with a secure mounting system. The SportCase is manufactured with a tough hard plastic shell bonded to anti-shock thermoplastic rubber with an AnchorPoint mount system. So your phone is mounted and protected on the bike, in the car, or wherever you’re traveling with it. The thickened corners provide extra cushion from the drops and non-slip texture helps prevent them. Shipped for free with Prime, the SportCase retails for $34.95.

Check the video….

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Sage Lucky Envelope Cyclocross Team


by Byron on Sep 01, 2015 at 12:53 PM


Sage Titanium, CX

Today the Sage/Lucky Envelope Brewing cyclocross team was announced for the 2015/16 season. As you can see on the back of the jersey, Bike Hugger is involved as a media partner. The Sage/Lucky team will focus on strong race results in the Pacific Northwest, Single Speed Worlds, and Nationals, but more importantly connecting with, and contributing to the cycling community. “Sage is extremely proud and excited to partner with Lucky Envelope Brewing,” said Sage Cycles owner David Rosen. “Sage has been a feature on the Portland cross scene for the past couple of seasons, and by partnering with Lucky Envelope Brewing we are able to expand our racing schedule throughout the Northwest. Lucky Envelope Brewing is a true supporter of cycling and an ideal partner.”

“After meeting with Sage and hearing about the vision for their quality-crafted cycles, we saw many similarities with our business goals here at Lucky Envelope Brewing,” said Raymond Kwan of Lucky Envelope Brewing. “Our decision was largely driven by Sage’s desire to build a relationship between their brand and the CX community, both on and off the course.


Pint of Lucky Envelope Beer

That meeting took place at Lucky Envelope’s brewery in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. As Raymond told me, “Cyclists are a major part of our customer base and of interest to our staff, so this sponsorship extends the Lucky Envelope family beyond the tasting room and into the growing cycling community in the Pacific Northwest.

tasting room

The tasting room

Sage and Lucky are excited about the new team and so am I with the rest of the story to follow. It’ll start at CrossVegas later this month with events at Lucky’s tasting room to follow; and, of course, at the races too.

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A Line on a Cross Bike


by Byron on Aug 31, 2015 at 8:07 AM

Well that reminds me, it wasn’t quite A Line at Whistler, but did ride a Scott CX bike at Park City

1st Ride Playlist: Nail driver to Road to Ruby, to a Fire Road, descend Empire Pass; then to Silver Baron and lifted back. @bikeonscott Addict CX #scottweek

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on

and it was as much fun as the video above. Best part too, watch how he slides off the bike when the front tire loses traction.

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Bike Share Boom


by Byron on Aug 30, 2015 at 9:36 AM


From that time we rode Velibs in Paris

Ever since Velib, Barclays, bCycle, CitiBike and the like, we’ve noticed the bike share boom too. And while I believe that capital would be better spent on infrastructure, instead of sharing schemes, the numbers are impressive. City Lab breaks them down in a visual story that started with free bikes in Amsterdam…

Does it feel like suddenly, bike-share programs are everywhere? The seemingly simple concept has indeed swept across the globe in a matter of just a few years. This is the story of just how quickly a great idea can spread when combined with the right technology—and a few fateful bumps along the way.

Seattle’s bike share kicked off last year, and is also reporting success with a major corporate partner, Alaska Airlines.

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Yellow Pool Noodles


by Byron on Aug 28, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Damn it! If the timing had been better, would’ve ran quotes from this Reddit thread in Issue 27 The Tour. The original poster asked

You can add one rule to the Tour de France to make it more entertaining. What is it?

And the best commentis? This one…

One cyclist out of every team gets a pool noodle, which he may use to sabotage the competition in any way he sees fit. Think about how awesome it would be to see a bunch of grown men with their serious game faces on, participating in one of the most grueling tests of endurance and fortitude in all of sports, but also a few assholes mixed in just beating the shit out of people with pool noodles.


In this artistic rendering of the Tour Pool Noodles, the eventual winner Froome is also seen wearing the Pool Noodle Marie Antoinette Wig on the podium!

Joking aside, Issue 27 is our take on the Tour and is available on iTunes and the Web.

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SRAM Red eTap Tested Extensively


by Byron on Aug 27, 2015 at 9:31 AM

Based on our (apparently unlucky) experience with di2, we’re concerned about reliability of electronic shifting. On a ride at Eurobike, GCN get’s the quotes from Scott McLaughlin, SRAM’s Global Director of Drivetrain Development, that we’ve been wondering about. Highlights include an enormous about of field testing and laboratory testing for 5 over years; including, at least 100 systems out on the road.

We’ll ride SRAM Red eTap in a couple weeks in Vegas during Interbike.

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