We’ve been pinched!

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

Sycip%20bike.jpg 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.

Attention Luggage Screener!

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!

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

desalvo_mini.jpg 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!

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