Beer, Bourbon, and or Bud Ride
by Byron on Feb 25, 2014 at 1:55 PM
A Seattle Bourbon
With as many distilleries as weed shops and breweries in Sodo (South of downtown neighborhood), we decided to stop in and try a tasting. 2Bar Bourbon, at least the batch we had, is superb and the only bourbon made here in Seattle. As we learned from the hostess, 2Bar takes it from grain to glass. That means the entire process, including the mash is handled by them with local grains. Tasting notes were spice, butterscotch, and a smoothness in a Manhattan. I recommend you ride in and try their flavors. That’s what we we did and left with a bottle.
In the neighborhood of 2Bar are Pike, Georgetown, Schooner Exact, Emerald City Beer Company, and Pyramid. And between them, all the legal weed shops the state will allow.
For bike tourism, that’s a weekend.
More photos from 2Bar on our on G+ page.
Riding Out of the Rain
by Byron on Feb 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Magnolia to the North
It’s February on the cusp of March, and after something of a reprieve the rains returned, seemingly intent on making up for lost time. And thus the Pacific Northwest cyclist resumes a battle against the elements, more of a prolonged trench war than open combat. Day-in/day-out of sodden riding, waiting for the armistice of late spring sunshine to end the torment.
We rode to the hill over there, north of us, up to Magnolia in the dreeping rain. After the climb, the canopy of a wooded path protected us however briefly.
Out of the rain and under the canopy of a wooded path
Descending and back home, the Space Needle was on our left, enveloped in the elements. On my mind was the Ride with Rafiki. That’ll linger longer than this rain.
The dreeping fog and rain enveloped the Space Needle
Huggacast 159: Ride with Rafiki
by Byron on Feb 23, 2014 at 7:16 AM
Our 159th Huggacast is an edit of a Ride with Rafiki for our podcast audience. Rafiki taught me that team is team.
Subscribe to the Huggacast Feed for more episodes.
Watch now on YouTube or download the video file.
Rising from Ashes soundtrack samples were composed by Joshua Myers.
Mobile phone users can download and watch a smaller file and access our Huggacasts via the iTunes Store.
A Ride with Rafiki from Rwanda
by Byron on Feb 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM
Two worlds collide when fabled cyclist Jock Boyer guides a team of Rwandan genocide survivors to the Olympics. Rising from Ashes is about Team Rwanda, redemption, recovery, and riding the bike.
After a screening in Seattle, I rode with Rafiki, a member of the team who said, team is team.
That means, “the freedom of the bike gives purpose to their pain.”
Rising from Ashes soundtrack samples were composed by Joshua Myers. Find the documentary online and at a screening near you.
Rode with Rafiki
by Byron on Feb 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM
Rafiki rides a bike
Rode with Rafiki today from Team Rwanda and the movie Rising From Ashes and can confirm my concern about choosing the right tire or brakes is really insignificant compared to the challenges he faced to race. As road reason is about to start in the Pacific Northwest, the movie about redemption and recovery with the bike was a perfect perspective setter. This post includes a still from our ride and I’m working on the rest of the story for the weekend. Rafiki rode Mark’s bike, hung out at Elliott Bay Bicycles, and chatted for a long time with Bill from Davidson Bicycles. I showed him where my bike was made and he greeted the welders. We met at the shop cause I was there, getting ready for gravel roads this spring.
I know I’ll have a lot to think out in the forest after meeting Rafiki and seeing that movie. He said he liked my bike that’s setup now with the new gravel tires.
I also learned from him that the freedom of the bike gives purpose to pain.
Setup for Gravel
That lesson came from a genocide survivor who track stands when riding in the city.
Solar Dub Rustlers at SXSW
by Byron on Feb 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM
The SYCONS are Solar Dub Rustlers and Bike Hugger’s DJs during SXSW 14 in the Create tent, March 7-9. They’ll send our Mobile Social with Tern and Noika off with a bright, sunny mix. Then greet us with a chill vibe when we return.
Girl on a Bicycle
by Byron on Feb 20, 2014 at 7:20 AM
Who Hasn’t Fallen in Love with a Girl on a Bicycle?
He becomes engaged to Greta (Nora Tschirner), his longtime German girlfriend, an attractive flight attendant with a sharp sense of humor. But shortly thereafter, he is smitten by a lovely Frenchwoman, Cécile (Louise Monot), who keeps appearing beside his bus at traffic lights, riding her bicycle.
From a NYT review of a film we want to see.
Make Bikes: An LED Bike Handlebar Pack
by Byron on Feb 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM
From Adafruit, an LED Bike Handlebar Pack
It’s an LED strip with clear handlebar tape, a battery pack, and cool.
SXSW 14 Schedule
by Byron on Feb 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM
There’s so much going on at SXSW this year, we’ve collected what we’re doing into one post. We’re riding around Austin, talking, and hanging out in the Create tent with the Makers, Hackers and DIYers.
The theme for 14 is Mobile Bike Photography.
- Thursday, March 6th – Arrive in Austin and build a fleet of bikes!
- Friday March 7th – Ride in the morning, hang out in the Create tent, then more rides to food trucks that night after the 2014 Unofficial SXSWi Mobile Meetup
- Saturday March 8th – We’re in our space with Nokia and then a series of talks starting at 11:00 AM. Rides to Southby parties
- Sunday, March 9th – Ride in the morning, in our space with Nokia, and then the Mobile Social at 12:30 with a Rapha Reception.
We have fun riding around Austin
We’ll ride daily after we arrive in Austin. Follow us on Twitter for announcements about meet spots, routes, and times. Expect morning rides out of the city and evening rides to food trucks and bars.
On Sunday, March 9th at 12:30 PM meet for the annual Mobile Social SXSW. We’ll ride from the space where the bike and tech meet in the Create tent to scenic locations around Austin. Then back for a Rapha reception with beer, apps, and a talk from Jeremy Dunn about the photos taken during the ride.
The ride is free and open to the public. The pace is social and all cyclists are welcome, any bike will work, there are no hills, and just fun. Here’s the route and more details.
Meet on the lawn outside the Create Tent in The Long Center at 12:30. You’ll find us where the SYCONS DJs of the Sun are mixing music.
We got a fleet of free bikes for you to ride with us
This year we’re talking about bikes and tech
On Saturday, March 8th starting at 11:00 AM, Byron will lead a set of talks about wearables, bike tech, and mobile photography. Joining him in The Industry Attic at West Pincer Terrace stage are Myriam Joire and Dan Rubin, Jason Harris, and David Schloss.
See all the Create events on SXSW’s schedule.
Nokia + Bike Hugger Space
In the Nokia + Bike Hugger space in the Create tent find giveaways and the latest Lumia devices that make amazing photos & videos on and off the bike. Lumia lets you see more at SXSW and our space is where participants in the free bike and a phone promotion will pick up their Tern and Nokia.
Nalini Factory Tour
by Byron on Feb 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM
One of the nice ladies that made our new kit in Italy
Recently, one of our far-flung correspondents visited the Nalini apparel factory in Italy – the same factory that produced our new Bike Hugger team kits. He filed this report:
The Nalini / MOA Sport facility in located in the small Italian paese (village) of Castel d’Ario, just a few clicks down the road from the historic city of Verona. Castel d’Ario is a mix of agriculture and industry, with fields of rice and groves of poplars (harvested for paper) pushing up against industrial buildings.
One of which is the ultra-modern Nalini / MOA Sport complex. The moment one enters the building it’s apparent this company is devoted to professional cycling. Signed jerseys and historic photos adorn every wall. Mario Cipollini, Ivan Basso, Franco Pellizotti (to name but a few), plus framed mementos of MOA Sport founder Vicenzo Mantovani. It could easily double as a pro cycling museum.
About Vincenzo. In the early 1960s, Vincenzo was one of Italy’s premier cyclists, whose palmares includes a runner-up finish in the sprint pursuit at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His Silver Medal hangs on the wall above the receptionist. Vincenzo’s brother, Claudio was an elite soccer star. When he wasn’t playing for A.C. Milan, he was kicking it for the Italian national team. They started the company in 1970, committed to serving the professional cyclist. Today, Claudio oversees MOA Sport and Nalini. (His brother passed away several years ago.)
Nalini and MOA Sport outfit at least half the riders in the pro peloton, in gear made entirely on site in Castel d’Ario. And that is not an exaggeration. Nalini / MOA is a classic vertical business, controlling all aspects of apparel design and construction – fabric spinning, garment fit and design, material preparation, graphic design, sublimation dye (the heat transfer process that puts the color, design and graphics into the fabric), sewing and construction, and quality control. (Each item even goes through a metal detector ensuring that a stray sewing needle doesn’t made an escape.)
There is no “off-season” at Nalini. After the busy winter season making pro team kits, the 300 employees continue building team replica gear for all the Nalini / MOA Sport pro-sponsored teams, as well as crafting the Nalini Collections for serious every-day riders – Summer, Winter, Base, Underwear, and Shoes.
At the time of our visit, the 2014 Nalini Summer Collection was being shipped worldwide, while the 2014 Nalini Winter Collection was being presented to key customers across Europe. In addition, Nalini and MOA do a considerable amount of private label production for other brands. What brands you ask? Sorry, can’t tell. But you’d be surprised at the marque brands who rely on Nalini’s expertise and unique production capability.
As you follow this season’s pro races and grand tours, keep an eye on the Nalini and MOA Sport teams. As you do, remember that each pro cyclist requires up to 60 individual pieces of clothing, from bibshorts and jerseys to shoe covers and gloves. A change in design – a new sponsor, perhaps – requires 60 new pieces for each team member. Few companies have the capability to pull this off.
All the Nalini Collections, as well all the replica team gear, are imported into the US by Albabici, located in Oxnard, California. For all the celeste green Bianchi buffs reading Bike Hugger, Albabici also imports the Bianchi Milano clothing line, made by – you guessed it – Nalini.
To learn more, visit Albabici and the Nalini tag on our blog.
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