A Daily Commute on the Golden Gate

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Golden Gate, as seen by Tiny Black Box on his daily commute and a vignette he shared in issue 30. On iTunes and the Web, our magazine costs $4.00 an issue or $16.00 for a subscription.

We’re off enjoying the holiday, riding, and hope your are too. Thanks for following and subscribing.

Cold Dust

While editing and assembling Issue 30, about the Cold, listened to Gary Numan live. The disco, dystopian beats reminded me of how it feels out there in the cold, alone, putting the time in. As Patrick Brady shared in the free cover story, it isn’t the breezy pleasure of a summer day. It isn’t carefree. It isn’t a triumph of the will. It’s tapping out a tempo and the base miles are like pennies in a piggy bank. They aren’t sexy, but they do add up.

I Am Dust, embedded above, is from Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) released in 2013.

Issue 30 It’s Cold Outside

Issue 30 Cover

There was a time, not so long ago, when cycling was seasonal, but not anymore. Equipment and gear, tires, and the bikes are all so good now, you can ride in all seasons, and we sure do. On iTunes and the Web, Issue 30 costs $4.00 an issue or $16.00 for a subscription. With the release of the issue, I also want to thank you for subscribing. We’re taking a few days off for the holiday and riding this Friday. Hope you are too.

Koksijde Highlights

Highlights of the Elite Men’s Race from the 2015-16 Cyclo-cross World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium. It came down to a drag race through the mud at Koksijde with Sven Nys winning over Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel amazing.

Fun with a Faraday Porteur

Faraday Otter

First impressions of the Faraday are, “That’s a very fun bike.” The pedelec config with the lightweight (for an ebike) means you can get a workout if you want or a sweat-free ride to work, and a meeting. It was back in 2012, when Faraday was Kickstarted, for 110K, and 3 years later they’re in bike shops, like G and O Family Cyclery in Seattle.

As shared [on Instagram][https://www.instagram.com/bikehugger/]

Had fun with this @faradaybikes today.

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and the 7-second Vine.

While I’m having more fun and writing a review, see what Kent had to say about his Faraday ride. He also had thought it was fun.

Let’s talk a bit about the electronics. The Faraday Porteur comes with a 250W motor built into the front hub and a custom 240Wh battery pack concealed inside the frame. I’d wondered about the replace-ability and durability of the batteries but the folks at Faraday assure me that the high quality lithium batteries should last through several years of charging cycles and when they ultimately do need replacing, it’s an easy job for a local shop. They estimate current battery replacement cost at $400, but battery tech is getting better year by year and the prices are dropping. The batteries power both the bike’s lights and it’s motor. When the bike is switched on, the lights are on. The integrated lights are nice, bright LEDs.

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