Mobile Social Interbike 15 Photos


by Byron on Sep 20, 2015 at 9:52 AM

On the Strip

On the Strip

The 10th edition of the Mobile Social Interbike rode the Strip from Mandalay Bay to downtown Las Vegas and it was more chaotic than controlled this year because of the ebike continent zooming around, distracting participants from the planned route. All part of the action though and Green Guru calliope anchored the ride. When the front groups stopped to wonder where everyone else was, all they had to do was listen for the bass sounds, and there the rest of the ride was.


Folding Wheelie

As I posted, upon arrival at Interbike the first thing I saw was the Yendra Bootlegger, and two of those led us out like reverse rickshaw/bike chariots, and offered the best seats in the house. Other notable rides included a penny farthing, chain chopper, and a fatbike tandem.

Green Gurus music bike

Green Guru boom bike

We hope you join Tern, New Belgium, Green Guru, and us for the 11th edition in 2016. It’s the best part of the show; at least we think so.

View the rest of the photos on G+.

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On Our Tenth Anniversary


by Byron on Sep 18, 2015 at 10:02 PM

These Strip rides in Vegas are always like a club Stefon, Weekend Update’s city correspondent, would visit. Welcoming all to ride with us, and starting at Mandalay before ending up downtown, there’s the controlled chaos of the group in a Las Vegas boulevard lane. Filling that lane for blocks are a cast of characters doing wheelies, on fixies, funky freaks, zooming eBikes, low choppers, adult-size big wheels, retro road bikes, folders, and even a 36-inch mountain bike followed by a 3-wheeled cargo trike.

We’ve seen it all and then some in the hour or so the ride takes. About 1/2 way along the route, Hammer and Cycle joins us from Dino’s and it gets even weirder with denim, leather, and cruisers riding by clubs attended by “sunburnt drifters with soapsuds beards.”

We haven’t seen Furkles, Jewpids, human bathmats, Teddy Graham people, or Gizblow the Coked-Up Gremlin, but there’s always next year! And we hope you join Tern, New Belgium, Green Guru, and us.

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Mobile Social Meet Spot


by Byron on Sep 17, 2015 at 5:29 PM

As per the usual, the Mobile Social meet spot has changed. Now in the parking lot outside shark reef, look for Tern Bicycles trucks with bikes. And see you there. We’re not hard to find, but here are the digits.

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Party Started


by Byron on Sep 16, 2015 at 12:09 PM

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on

In what’s been described as an odd, strange year for the industry, the first bike I see is the Yendra Bootlegger…well, let’s get this party started, right! The Bootlegger was featured in Logan’s free cover story from Issue 26 and there it is, up on two of its three wheels. Read more about the Bootlegger on iTunes or the Web, and I’m sure I’ll see it again, doing tricks and stuff.

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Sage and Lucky Reach the Beach


by Byron on Sep 14, 2015 at 10:32 AM


Phil getting after it

Drifting with the tide, then close to shore, Sage Cycles and Lucky Envelope Brewing reached the beach at the first MFG Cross race of the 15/16 season.


Ti, disc, spec’d to race

Raymond, a cofounder of Lucky was out taking photos of the racers and bikes. See the rest of the shots on Facebook and G+.


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Lance Armstrong Movie: The Program


by Byron on Sep 13, 2015 at 9:27 AM

Lance is the villain and Walsh the hero, The Program plays like a gangster movie, and just premiered in Toronto with a release in theaters next month. Variety has the story, and the new trailer is above.

The movie, which uses Walsh’s book “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong” as its source, follows Walsh’s pursuit of Armstrong (played by Ben Foster). Walsh (played by Chris O’Dowd) was for many years a lone voice in suggesting Armstrong was doping, and it became a battle of wills between the two. “It did become quite personal because we went back so far,” Walsh told Variety. “I’d interviewed him when he was a kid and I liked him.”

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Cross Country and Cross with ENVE


by Byron on Sep 11, 2015 at 12:18 PM

What an edit…and reminded me of the ENVE cross-country wheelset set up for Cross on the Crux, and the story about them in Issue 18.


…the wheel is rad for CX. It’s superlight, but built for offroad use. The other mega benefit is that although the original design was for use with MTB tires, as the trend towards wider rims/tire beds arrived, we ended up with a rim that was somewhat obsolete for MTB use, but ideal for CX tires. It’s a sweet combo.

Really is and that’s for Cross Country or Cyclocross.

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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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