Scott Addict CX

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by Byron on Jul 21, 2015 at 10:48 AM

The @bikeonscott Addict CX monster sized for adventure rides. #scottweek

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The adventure you’ll have with this bike is directly proportionate to the size of the tire. It’s the Addict CX monster sized for gravel roads and indicates how purposeful the Swiss engineers are. While I didn’t ride this bike (demo only), it’s the same spec as the CX with a different fork for wider tires, like the Schwalbe G-One. I’ll share the rest of the stories about Scott’s new CX bike and the gravel version in the next issue of our magazine.. The lede is… took it up the lift, rode it down the mountain, and it handled perfectly.

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Bosch eBikes

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by Byron on Jul 19, 2015 at 10:04 AM


What better place to learn about Bosch eBikes than the birthplace of Seattle on Alki Beach? Seattle is a booming tech town and Bosch an engineering powerhouse. What Bosch staffers told me, as we rode around Alki was…

Bosch, the German engineering and technology powerhouse, that transformed the auto industry is now focusing on another transportation device: bicycles. Back in the late 1800s, Bosch was churning out automotive innovations, well before Henry Ford had launched the model T. In 1902 the company debuted the invention of the spark plug – an automotive part that is still vital to cars being manufactured today._

Bosch eBikes are battery operated pedal-assist system that, when mounted on a bicycle, can boost a cyclist’s power with electric power at speeds up to 20 mph. More than just a battery, the system is activated through pedaling and controlled through a handlebar unit that allows you to increase and decrease the level of power assist through four different levels._

At Bike Hugger, eBikes aren’t necessarily our thing, but if they were, mid mounts (at the bottom bracket) are what we’d want, and recommend. That’s because they assist a cyclist instead of pushing or pulling from a rear or front hub. The drivetrain isn’t passive, the harder you pedal the more it assists, and you’ll figure this out on the first climb. The added weight of an motor and battery means an eBike isn’t a climber, until you shift up, start spinning, push the + button on the controller until turbo (the fourth mode) kicks in, and up the hill you go. Stop pedaling and it stops.

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Powered Edgerunner

For urban commuting and errand running, Bosch brought an XTracycle to our meeting and it reminded me of the stoked Bettie (Surly Big Dummy with Stokemonkey) from years ago. That bike operated on the same principal of pedal assist and was used as car replacement. In hilly Seattle and when loaded, power assist was the only way to get around.

Bosch is on a new charm offensive in the States, meeting editors and publishers like me curbside for a ride. It was fun meeting them, and their tech is solid. While I prefer a less technological approach to biking and their role as fitness equipment, I understand why Bosch eBikes sell so well in Europe, and appreciate the enthusiasm of the Bosch staffers.

As congestion increases in cities, the bike will become a more viable alternative. With pedal assist commuters can get over those hills dressed for work, arriving without breaking a sweat, just like Europeans do, and maybe those new Seattlelites working downtown at Amazon. They came here seeking fortune, just like the Denny party did when they landed at Alki.

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Tour 16: Trust the Data

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by Byron on Jul 18, 2015 at 8:04 AM

What Alex said and it feels like we’re watching another sequel in a bad movie franchise, but you can trust that data at least, and Dimension is parsing it in ways we’ve haven’t seen before.

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First Ride: Raleigh Roker

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by Byron on Jul 17, 2015 at 10:48 AM


First ride impressions: it’s like a long Cross bike with big tires and from the first ride, feels more at home on the dirt than road. I’ll spend more time on all roads with the Roker, and write about it in an upcoming issue of our magazine.

Roker

Pan handle wishbone is interesting and dampens

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Tubeless and Clement x’Plor M50s

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Hooray for thru-axles!

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Built: Make and Tell at DKCB

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by Byron on Jul 15, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Built is a series of talks by people who create, and after a hiatus since SXSW, we’ve bringing the event back this Summer to DKCB in Fremont for Malts and Machinery.

Max Kullaway and Mark V will reveal their bike design and build process while Westland Distillery shares a tasting of their thoughtfully-made whiskey. We’ll have appetizers and craft beer during the evening too. If the mood is ride, maybe a song and dance…

Meet Mark V

Meet Mark V

Whiskey

Taste Westland whiskey

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Learn what this machine does

Note: space is limited and the $29.00 ticket price includes a tour of the on-premise DKCB bicycle factory.

Eventbrite - Built: Make and Tell @ DKCB

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Sannino: One Thing Led to Another

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by Mark V on Jul 13, 2015 at 10:59 AM

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Retro steel: because it’s funny to slip by riders on bikes that weigh less and have twice as many gears. But is friction shifting better than the latest 11sp systems on the market? No; it SUCKS.

Slipped on a 25-year old jersey and rode a 30-year old bike on a fine Sunday. No power meter, no Garmin…just my iPod shuffle. Coming back in from the Mercer loop, The Fixx came on, and one thing led to another.

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A festival in Chinatown

Inline skate competition at the skate park

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Tour 16: Dangling Gold Chains

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by Byron on Jul 12, 2015 at 8:48 AM


In this edition of the the Tour, we see dangling gold chains early, during the TTT. They usually come out in the mountains, when the racers are climbing.

After a long week and getting Issue 26 out, taking today off, and riding this afternoon. For more on the Tour, besides the jewelry, see these tech articles

The audio sample in the Vine, is from Kraftwerk’s Tour de France soundtracks.

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Issue 26 Dedication

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by Byron on Jul 10, 2015 at 8:39 PM

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The struggle of a climb. A beautifully crafted bike. Going on a diet. The dedication required to bike to work, complete a century, or race.

On iTunes and the Web for $16.00 a year or $4.00 an issue. The free cover story is about a baby-blue cargo bike and the dedication it took to release it to market.

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Gestalt Details and the Tour

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by Byron on Jul 09, 2015 at 10:18 AM

Marin Gestalt

Marin Gestalt

While the industry and fan focus is on the Tour, details are still getting worked out on bikes like this from Marin Gestalt and designed by Pfalzgraff, who also makes our magazine covers.

Tony Hurt

Photo: AP via Twitter

For our take on the Tour, as it happens, see this collection of tweets. Today while running an errand it was chaos with Stybar winning after a crash involving Tony Martin and Nibali. Such is the roulette wheel of a race and who’s got good luck that day. For a human interest story, Daniel Teklehaimanot made history being the first African to hold a jersey.

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Tour 16 Stage 4: Tony Wins in Yellow

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by Byron on Jul 07, 2015 at 10:08 AM

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I have such complicated feels for this sport, but that was an impressive win…riding away from the pack. In his own words

I was so nervous. I don’t know how many watts I pulled. More than I ever did. Now I am so happy and a thousand thanks to my team. They supported me the whole week. Now I gave it back so I’m super happy.

And from David Millar

Also noteworthy from the stage, Runkels!.

Follow along as I curate a collection of Tour tweets on Twitter, and for our mobile viewers, see this page.

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