Specialized Power Saddle

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by Byron on Mar 03, 2015 at 1:55 PM


Today the Specialized Power saddle was announced and it’s an iteration in their Body Geometry line and more importantly, along with its arrival to market, is a side of Spesh not often seen by the public or media. The saddle’s nickname of “Happy Pink Taco – as opposed to an angry one – jokes started with them in lighter, humorous discussions, often after recovery beers.

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The Power Team edition

Riding it in Seattle for the past few weeks, the Power (HPT) was immediately noticed on my rides with even more jokes. Try saying, “vagina-mapped” with a straight face and then discuss how, “unisex shaping offers relief in aggressive positions.”

Well it totally does work and yep snicker and smirk and also note that as with most everything in the bike industry now, it’s exceptionally well-designed compared to just a few years ago. That’s when you got a Rolls, or something similar, and broke it in for weeks on end, and whether it hurt or not.

Here’s the embargo-expired-this-morning quick video with the rest of the HPT story and review to follow in issue 22 of our magazine. Jokes aside, the Power is a serious performance development from Spesh with all-day comfort AND an aggressive time-trial position.

Being on the rivet, as roadies say and meaning on the nose of the saddle, has never really been “comfortable” until now. Ask your bike fitter or Specialized shop about getting the Power for your bike.

Power Saddle MSRP

  • COMP — $100.00
  • EXPERT — $130.00
  • PRO — $200.00
  • SW — $300.00

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Huggacast Shorts: Ford eBikes

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by Byron on Mar 02, 2015 at 11:31 AM


Today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ford announced an update to their Smart Mobility programs that includes ebikes for personal and business use. These are last mile solutions to address congestion and the eventuality of cities filling up with too many cars. The idea is that you get close to the city and then ride in and continue your journey multi modally by van, bus, or train. The cargo service addresses the same congestion problem with a van and a delivery bike. Both personal and business use are enabled by an app. The bikes are built by Dahon and both are interesting concepts. As I’ve said about this segment of the market, if the bike industry can’t figure out how to sell ebikes in the US, then car companies will and combine them with fleet management or share systems.

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  • The MoDe:Me e-bike – built with the help of bicycle manufacturer Dahon – is intended for urban commuters to keep moving in congested city traffic. It folds and stows easily, allowing commuters to park on the city outskirts, take the e-bike onto public transport and travel to the centre, then ride the e-bike to their destination

  • The MoDe:Pro e-bike – built by a Ford team – is intended for urban commercial use such as by couriers, electricians, and goods and delivery services. It is designed to stow safely into commercial vehicles such as Transit Connect, which can act as carrier and support vehicle, and be combined with more than one e-bike

The prototype app for both bikes is called MoDe:Link and compatible with the iPhone 6, as shown in the video.

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Bike Boom – The Book

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by Byron on Feb 28, 2015 at 4:33 PM


My bike media colleague, Carlton Reid has set out to Kickstart another book and this one is about the Bike Boom AND how to make it boomier. I’ll let him tell you about it in this video and later, when he visits Seattle, we’re gonna ride that chroma key bike lane together.

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Llama Lanes

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by Byron on Feb 27, 2015 at 8:38 AM

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A Larrow lane for Llamas. Photo: Gary Kavanagh.

A certain lightness was needed, a comedic break in this crazy F’d up world (including the impending UCI doping report) and it finally happened with the Internets blowing up over a couple of escaped Llamas. We had some fun with the story too, with Carlton Reid’s help… a little bit of viralness, just a bit with the Llamas.

The inside joke here was, just prior I had said aloud in the office “maybe we should talk more about infrastructure and bike lanes.” Well, hey we did for a day! Also joked about the new bike lanes in Seattle that are so green, they look like chroma key screens weather reporters use. They painted it so day glo, like a little red carpet for bikes in green, to attract cyclists and be distinctive. Before it was painted, if you took a right off of Dexter onto Mercer, it looked like another lane of traffic for cars.

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And that’s enough about lanes, what I said in the original tweet Carlton responded to about SXSW was true. Being part of the community in 15 AND the year of the bike. We switched up what we do too –– like suddenly we’re dismounting and remounting on the LEFT side of the bike –– to advocacy this year from corporate events with Microsoft, Google, and the like in past years.

We’ll see you there in a few weeks.

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Designing the MegaRack

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by Byron on Feb 26, 2015 at 12:09 PM


Yesterday via a live video broadcast, Ross Evans, Xtracycle Founder and CEO teased their new MegaRack. That’s an update to their bolt-on kit.

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Year of the Bike at Southby

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by Byron on Feb 25, 2015 at 1:02 PM

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There are 8 bike-related talks and events on the SXSW Schedule this year.

Cross is Coming: Cyclocross Meet Up
A casual, social meet-up for Cyclocross riders from across the country to get together and discuss dirt, #svenness, and cool bikes. Everyone will be able to discuss what Cyclocross is like in their specific area of the world and what they have done to grow the sport. Optional CX ride after the meet-up to Mckinney Falls State Park.
Badass Female Cyclists Meet Up
Enjoy a daily commute, joy ride with friends, #NewKitDay or year-round racing? Join fellow badass female cyclists and the men who support us. What has traditionally been known as a male-dominated sport is slowing seeing a rise in attendance and appreciation from women. It’s about time. Led by SXSW Interactive Publicist and cyclist, Kelly Krause, this Meet Up is for those with a passion for bikes and getting more women on them.
Bike Attraction: Urban Bicycling Gets a Makeover
The face of urban bicycling is in a rapid rate of change. From better apparel to constantly improving bike lanes, more and more people are taking to the streets on two wheels. Join this diverse panel featuring perspectives from all over bike culture for a discussion on how urban bicycling goes from fringe to fashion.
Bike Tech Nerd Meet Up
Come talk about the latest in cycling technology from road racing wonderbikes, to advanced suspension design, to e-bikes built for the super commuter. See the latest from some of the tech firms working on cycling accessories and talk with like-minded folks about the future of all aspects of cycling, racing to commuting, smart bikes to mountain bikes, and more.
Bricks Over Screens: Why In-Store Still Matters
In an age where consumer brands are racing to establish a digital storefront to replace their expensive physical locations, Rapha and Design Within Reach are going about it the old fashioned way. Building community and relationships with the consumer is paramount. Online content, mobile applications, and social media are best used to supplement these real world relationships and experiences.
Mentor Session: DL Byron
Having spent a career making interesting content on the independent web, since the beginning, no matter where you are in the process of pursuing your dreams in interactive, Byron trod the path before you and will help you tackle the next steps.
Mobile Social and Meet Up presented by Bike Hugger
At Create, in the space where bikes and tech meet, we’ll greet filmmakers, city planners, and advocates. After that we’ll ride to watch the world premier of the film Bikes vs. Cars at Republic Square Park.
Bikes vs Cars
Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis we must talk about: Climate, earth’s resources, cities where the surface is consumed by cars. The bike is a great tool for change, but the interests who gain from cars invest billions each year on lobby and ads to protect their business.

That’s amazing in itself AND for our 9th annual Mobile Social we’ve refocused to advocacy and the world premier of the film Bikes vs Cars.

The ride and meetup starts at 3:30 on 3/15 and then we’ll ride to the movie at Republic Square Park. RSVP now on Facebook or G+.

Have a look at last year’s gallery….

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Mobile Social SXSW 15

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by Byron on Feb 23, 2015 at 1:06 PM

At the state capitol

For our 9th annual Mobile Social SXSW we’ve refocused to advocacy and the world premier of the film Bikes vs Cars. The Swedish filmmakers and a delegation of city planners from Sweden are in town for the premier. Joining them are local advocates, us, and you!

So we’ll meet up at Create, in the space where bikes and tech meet to greet filmmakers, city planners, and advocates. After that we’ll ride to watch Bikes vs. Cars at Republic Square Park.

Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis we must talk about: Climate, earth’s resources, cities where the surface is consumed by cars. The bike is a great tool for change, but the interests who gain from cars invest billions each year on lobby and ads to protect their business.


See you there and please RSVP on Facebook or G+.

Directions

Meet on the lawn outside the Create ATX Tent in The Long Center for the Performing Arts at 3:30. Then go upstairs to the West Pincer Terrace for the meetup. This event is free and open to the public with no badge required.

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Ed Begley Rides a Bike to the Red Carpet

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by Byron on Feb 23, 2015 at 7:57 AM

Just as I was thinking, “hey did any Hollywood celebs ride their bikes to the Oscars?” Yup, Ed Begley Jr. did and didn’t care one bit about his helmet hair.

Then handed his bike to the red carpet attendees.

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DKCB Making Bikes in Seattle

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by Byron on Feb 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

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Bike-making Ballahs at DKCB

From the center of the universe, at least the bike one in the Pacific Northwest, Bill and Max are making bikes.

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Where Bill machines stuff

We attended their grand opening last night and it seemed like so did everyone else. Enjoy the photos and please do stop by for a tour of the showroom and shop. Also see Mark’s post on how the three of them ended up in Fremont.

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Mark hangs his bag here

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Issue 21: Drop Bar Playground

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by Byron on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:41 PM

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Ridden with Patrick Brady from Red Kite Prayer enough now to know when he’s really into something, like more than the usual “Fast, new bike from whoever or whatever,” but something that put him at the “intersection of road bikes, unpaved roads and wildly varied terrain.”

Like the Diverge.

He loved it and told me so wild-eyed, sweaty, and almost spitting his words. Seeing him so lucid with expressions about the gravel bike, I insisted he write the experience down and he did.

Drop Bar Playground is included in Issue 21 of our magazine.

Read it with an annual subscription of $16 or $4 for the issue.

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