A Surrey on the Swing Bridge
by Byron on May 04, 2015 at 6:32 PM
Here we all are stuck and the surrey is in the front
Not everyday you see a pedal surrey stuck on the swing bridge in West Seattle. They’d pedaled miles from Alki and were stuck with us when the bridge had a mechanical. Not knowing when a crew would fix it, as the discussion went on Twitter, we rode around to another draw bridge, and eventually saw the surrey family (the Hidlebrands) on the trail.
They told us, “Yeah the kids were getting hungry and the rental period was running out…so we heave ho’d it OVER the gates.”
Free from the stuck swing bridge, here they are on the bike trail eating ice cream
Amazing and a reminder, when it seems like a tough climb or long road ahead, the Hildebrands pedaled a surrey further than any family before them AND lifted it over draw bridge gates.
When asked, the youngest said, “It was a lot of work, but totally worth the ice cream.” And must’ve been fun descending down the other side of the bridge….
by Byron on May 03, 2015 at 7:41 AM
If you’ve been following along on Twitter, last month saw an aerobarred, 36-inch unicycle with panniers in the neighborhood. Didn’t get a photo, but tweeted the sighting and the one-wheeled oddity became like bigfoot. Then the character rode by Hugga HQ and I scrambled to get shots with my phone, pointing it out the window, up and then down the street…grainy and in low-rez, followers were replying back, “we need to see the bones,” like Big Foot.
Then on Friday, finally a closer shot.
The reveal! Finally a better photo
As I learned, these unicycles are built for adventure and I guess he’s training, cause the terrain here is hilly and that wheel is fixed. Where he’s going to ride that, I don’t know…but packed up I’m guessing it’s across Africa or something.
Trek QR Recall: An Audible Click
by Byron on May 01, 2015 at 2:59 PM
Lever in disc rotor causes crash
Since Trek announced their massive quick-release recall, it’s been discussed in back channels and online. As the news broke, Trek told me in email that they pushed hard for the recall
We pushed CPSC on the recall. It was our discovery that we took to them to see if they were aware. They were not and we started working on the voluntary recall at that time. Our stance is that safety is a huge priority for Trek. We investigate every accident reported to us and in our investigation into an accident last year we made this discovery. Went to CPSC and are now taking this action. It’s a big number and it’s not easy to undertake but it’s the right thing to do and the decision to work with the CPSC was easy to make when we realized what the potential of the issue was.
Today, our magazine contributor Patrick Brady wrote on RKP about quick releases and cited a conversation I had with an industry insider about a clickable quick release
Someone needs to invent a skewer that will emit an audible click once the lever is tightened sufficiently. Until it’s properly tightened, no click. It’s a simple message: When you hear the click you’ll know you’re safe.
Sound silly? It isn’t. It’s smart and here’s why…the main problem is a cyclist belief system that the special riding club knows how to make a critical part of a bicycle work and others don’t. The end result is injuries, some serious. When wheels fell out of my bikes last year, it was laughed off, blown off, and seriously said to me, “that’s how it is.” I believe that’s because “racing” drives the marketing so much in the bike industry. So perhaps someone that isn’t hard, suffers, and races sure as shit doesn’t know how to put a skewer on, right?
Idiot skewer user!
Wrong. This is a design problem and it’s designer’s job to protect users and consumers from themselves. Whatever design solves this problem, has to do more than retain the wheel in the fork with either tabs or hooks, as is required by law now.
A clickable quick release sure sounds good to me and honestly, I know very smart people in tech who like to ride a bike once in a while and don’t know how a QR works, like at all. That’s just not something they should have to think too much about; despite the historical context of Tulio’s genius that cold day in the Dolomites.
Matt’s Apple Watch
by Byron on Apr 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM
Magazine contributor Mathowie AND his Apple Watch arrived at Hugga HQ today for a lunch ride. We’re discussing like when Google Glass was all shiny and new. See Matt’s initial reactions from a post in the Medium Bicycles Collection.
Here he is wearing it in the shop…
And what happened at the movies
Wearing this watch in a movie theater is not a great idea. Any time you shift in your seat, your watch awakens. When you get a notification — if you look at it — you’ll learn some are small fonts on black backgrounds and not that bad while others have notifications with big white icons and light gray backgrounds that light up a room.
My rocky first 24hrs with the Apple Wᴀᴛᴄʜ
How will the watch perform with Strava? We’re gonna find out….until then, read Matt’s fatbike story about Riding the Pacific Northwest Coast in January in Issue 21.
DZR Mechanics: Urban Cycling Shoes
by Byron on Apr 29, 2015 at 11:06 AM
DZR’s new Mechanics just arrived at Hugga HQ and I’m planning a date night, just to wear them. With the right socks, they’ll match the Shinola!. The Mechanics are really nice, noticeably well-crafted, and remind me how just a few years ago, urban cyclists were asking for kicks likes these. The Mechanic is an unassuming California deck shoe with authentic classic status. It features natural rubber and a full-length nylon mid-sole/shank designed with strategically mapped stiffness for a combination of power transfer while pedaling and flexibility for walking. Available now for 99.00 from DZR shoes.
I unboxed them this morning on Vine
A Sage Ride
by Byron on Apr 28, 2015 at 10:39 AM
Sage in a grove of trees along the Burke-Gilman, a rails to trail path in Seattle
A triathlete, his head down, in a full aero tuck and a face full of misery passes us. Our speed is slower but by all accounts much more enjoyable. The sun is out and the temperature sits just above 70-degrees – a perfect spring day in Seattle. Today we are taking our first ride on the Sage Skyline. The Skyline is Sage’s titanium road machine. The frame itself is U.S. made from 3/2.5 tubing. Sage has outfitted the Skyline with couple of nice frame features including Breezer-style dropouts, a 44mm head tube and their carbon clip cable guides. The clip routes mechanical cables under the down tube. For bikes equipped with electric shifting systems, the clip detaches from the frame, providing a wire port for internal routing of the shifter wires. A few hours in the saddle reminded us of titanium’s ride quality. It’s a classic and refreshing feel, a nice complement to a spring ride.
Adjusting the bike and getting the light right
And as good as those crisp, cold beers we had at the famous North City Tavern after the ride. A couple of sips in, rediscussed the relevance of Ti, especially for the forest service roads being ridden these days.
North City Tavern, established 1947
Roads in Nepal
by Byron on Apr 27, 2015 at 7:24 AM
Damaged roads in Nepal as shot by Prakash Singh for AFP/Getty.
Issue 23: A Thousand Miles
by Byron on Apr 26, 2015 at 9:18 AM
For a thousand miles don’t turn off this road…especially, when it’s a thrilling, fast, twisty-curvy descent with a grueling grind of a climb back. Riding those long miles this Spring and Summer is what issue 23 is about, momentum and worth another mention before we start editing and writing issue 24.
As a monthly, 24 will mark 2 years of issues and a hat tip to those that subscribe.
It’s very much appreciated.
Vined! Scott Solace
by Byron on Apr 25, 2015 at 8:32 AM
In Issue 15, Patrick Brady wrote about the disc version
Unlike some bikes in the endurance category, the Solace is still a proper road bike with zippy handling. Many endurance bikes feature touring bike geometry with a longer wheelbase and slower handling. What’s different about the Solace from other offerings is the fit. With a longer head tube and slightly steeper seat tube angle, this bike is meant for riders who no longer have the flexibility of a teenage gymnast, which is to say most of us generate more power when we’re not folded in half.
The caliper-brake version in on demo, is the same bike with different brakes, and equally good looking. Here’s a 7 second review with what you need to know.
Even Lighter and Faster
by Byron on Apr 24, 2015 at 8:06 AM
Now I can’t say our mobile site is vertically stuff and horizontally compliant like a race bike, but this week it’s even faster for sure. About 2 years ago, I shared
Over the weekend, we’re turning on Google Page Speed Service to deliver our blog with more blazing speed. Engine Hosting is already fast, with PSS it’s even faster: 15% decrease in load time and a 30% faster speed index.
Now we’re running a 93 score out of a 100 on Google’s Page Speed Insights with lots of code tweaks. That’s judged by a second to load criteria, correlated to time to above-the-fold load. In other words, hit our site on your mobile and like blam! it’s there for you to read.
What prompted this update is most of our traffic now is mobile, at times 90%, and in-app. As of this week, Google will prioritize mobile sites in search, with a mobile friendly label, like this one
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