Tall bike at Austin during SxSW
by Mark V on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:26 AM
I saw this guy the last day I was in Austin. This guy declined an “interview”, tossing a sorry-on-my-way-to-work our way as he searched his bag while negotiating traffic.
It seems tall bikes are not at all limited to the West Coast. Personally, that ain’t my bag, baby, but my head didn’t spin till just now when I looked at the photo trying to figure out how he stops the bike. He’s got bare brake bosses and no levers, so unless he welded that multi-speed freewheel to fix the wheel, I am totally baffled. Because that would seem like a really bad idea to be without some way to slow or stop.
by Jason Swihart on Mar 11, 2008 at 8:37 AM
We could’ve use a bike like this in Austin! Next time at the next event – also see the bike rotisserie and Juice Peddler. Uploaded by Nisa.
More from the Bike Hugger Photostream.
We’ve been pinched!
by Byron on Mar 11, 2008 at 7:00 AM
Pinchie counted up all the carbon I used getting to SXSW for the BBQ – lots of it – so noted and flattered that someone would count carbon for me. I don’t know how much carbon we offset by advocating cycling so heavily at SXSW with the organizers, riding around Austin with the locals, or offering baked potatoes for the vegetarians, but I think a large amount. This guy was one confirmed bike rental, on a Lime even.
Maybe Bike Snob NYC will hit us next for our hugga jerseys or for thinking we know something about bike culture. Try as we might though, we’ve never made it onto the Bummer Life, but it’s all good with more Hugga events coming, including one in Shanghai.
At the Austin Bike Racks
by Mark V on Mar 10, 2008 at 9:26 PM
Everywhere I go, I try to bring my travel bike, specially made for me by Sycip Designs. I actually didn’t sleep the night before I flew down because I went psycho cleaning bikes before I packed. As I parked the now gleaming bike on the rack outside the convention hall, I got a chance to size up the adjacent bikes.
A genre of bike that stood out to me in Austin was the BMX cruiser, in both 24in and 26in. You don’t see too much of those in Seattle. But since Austin is relatively flat (compared to Seattle but not to… say…Miami), I could see that a BMX cruiser would make a stout yet quick choice if you weren’t faced with a lot of climbing. I personally don’t care for that kind of bike for sustained climbing; it’s a lot to do with the positioning.
How does a BMX 26in cruiser differ from a single-speed mtb? Well, usually 110mm rear spacing, 3/8” front axles front and rear, and no suspension. I wonder about the exact genesis of single-speed mtb…seems to me that the technical similarities are more an example of convergent evolution rather than ss-mtb being a offshoot of the bmx cruisers.
Otherwise, I saw a number of smartly modified mid-80s to late 90s road bikes. Like this sharp Specialized Allez.
Attention Luggage Screener!
by Byron on Mar 10, 2008 at 4:51 PM
Not only can Mark V outpack me, and has traveled with his bike like ten thousand more times than me, but he’s got this pictogram in his S&S case as an anti-TSA device. I’ve formally requested a copy. It illustrates to the person opening the case in some dank airport basement somewhere, how to reassemble the case with the compression members intact. The two disks and a piece of plastic pipe are also known as the pizza box things (from the plastic thingies that prevent the box lid from smashing your pie).
from the Bike Hugger Photostream.
Someone actually riding a Trek Lime!
by Jason Swihart on Mar 10, 2008 at 1:36 PM
First time Bike Hugger has seen a Trek Lime out on the streets … this is a still from an upcoming Huggacast on Austin’s Bike Culture.
from the Bike Hugger Photostream.
Bikeosphere roundup of the Seattle Bike Expo
by Dave R. on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:52 AM
Welp, the Seattle International Bike Expo has come and gone and while I wasn’t able to attend we have the good fortune of living in the age of self publishing. From around the Bikeosphere: Kent’s photos and writing on the Expo. Eug’s (from wildheart cycling) got a few more photos including the Desalvo mini-penny-farthing, and Dessa got his feet evaluated on the Computrainer.
The new backpack from Ergon sounds promising. I’m a messenger bag guy myself, but a backpack is always appealing. Reccomendations from Kent and Bikecommuters.com make it seem pretty sound, next year maybe I’ll get a chance to check out the new hotness myself.
Update: Many more Photos from A. Mussleman on Flickr. Nice Set!
Austin TX Bike Flavours
by Mark V on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:29 AM
I’m always fascinated when I discover that a town has a discernible “flavour” of bicycle. When I think of my home town in Florida, I think vintage Raleigh 3sp and Sears cruisers with metallic flake paint. I was in Austin over the weekend and I saw this seemingly casual bike that actually reveals a lot of thought.
For instance, the Shimano Nexus internally geared hub is definitely not authentic to the year of this Schwinn’s manufacture. The original wheels were probably 27in, since replaced with 700C alloy rim wheels with Conti Gatorskins. The change requires brakes with extra long reach, and this bike sports the recent Tektro dual pivot brakes which are making a lot of old beater frames with obsolete wheels viable again.
The Sugino Messenger cranks and Crank Bros pedals are a nice finishing touch. Gotta love the horse head too.
RideCivil Equinox ride: 3/21/08, Westlake Center 5:30
by Dave R. on Mar 10, 2008 at 8:37 AM
Keep the date! We usually do RideCivils on the 2nd Friday of every month, but how could I resist riding on the Vernal Equinox and 1st day of spring (almost)! The official equinox is actually on the 20th, but we’ll call it good and ride out Friday evening, 5:30 from Westlake Center. Looking forward to a little more light for the ride, hoping for better weather and more riders.
by Byron on Mar 10, 2008 at 6:57 AM
With Jason, Mark, and me in Austin, Kelli was s’posed to blog the Bike Expo, but got sick (we hope she gets well soon). Andrew was working and Dave with his family.
Any readers go to the show? How was it?
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