Entries by Byron

Climate Change for Cyclists

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Cross the Duwamish at least once every ride in Seattle and this view is from the new Southpark Bridge. Those clouds said rain, we were dressed for it, and they never came. We were too warm for most of the ride, in unusually balmy temperatures. The week before, it was like I was riding in a city with no children in it.

matt fatbike fun man is matt fun

It was so warm in the rest of the Pacific Northwest, that Matt rode his fatbike on the beach (again). Matt shared the fun he’s having on a fatbike in Issue 17.

The bike was a machine that output pure joy to everyone that saw it or rode it.

We’re editing and assembling Issue 21 now and it’s yup, it’s about the weird weather….

Committed to Commuting

Committed to Commuting

A vignette from last night on the bike path.

About the Bike and Love

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When Laurel Fantauzzo met a young woman and her bicycle in Manila, her relationship to the city was transformed. A beautiful short story about the bike and love with an illustrated video from NYT.

One mechanic zipped the suitcase shut and put the wheel bolts into my palm. “It’s done now,” he said, smiling.

So much we could write too about the bike and love, in February of last year, I collected a handful of stories for our Valentine’s Special. Those included But fear not, Shakespeare: there is love here, in bicycles

I don’t love my bikes. They’re great bikes, but they’re replaceable, tangible, material. Losing any of them would be crushing, sure, but that wasn’t the question, was it? If you lost hot water in the shower tomorrow morning you’d be unhappy, but I doubt you typically run around saying you love hot water. There’s a big difference between ‘loving’ and ‘love having.’

and Annie’s Wheel

I like to think that I’m immune to romantic love. Oh, that doesn’t mean I’m not excited by the joys of a long, wet kiss and God knows I crave the feeling of skin on skin beneath the sheets as much as I love the hum of thin tires on fast pavement.

We have different plans for our next issue, but not the bike and love isn’t on my mind; especially after reading Laurel’s piece.

Bennett’s Bike Ride, Oz Remix


Bennett’s bike ride, Oz remix…

Our Magazine: 7 of 21

7 of 21

In good company: we’re 7th of 29th Street’s 21 titles and working on our 21st issue now. It’ll drop the second week in February. 29th Street delivers it for us to iTunes and the web.

Annual subscriptions to our independently-produced, ad-free magazine are $16; individual issues are $4. Subscription revenue directly supports the authors, photographers, and editors. Issue 20 is on the newsstand now and is about endings and from that new beginnings. Here’s a short video about 20, including a look at the free, cover story comic, the Evolution of Competition.

Cycling Sins (1936)


And you thought those fixie kids behaved badly in traffic now, these cyclists were doing it in 1936! Fav newsreel line:

Riding without holding the handlebars is about as clever as handing a balloon to a hedgehog. So don’t!

A Southby Bike 15 Call for Partners

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We have so much fun every year in Austin, never harming any trees either

Our annual Mobile Social SXSW is set for Sunday, March 15th in Austin. We’ll ride a fun urban loop and then back to the Create space at the Long Center for a reception with special guests and partners like Tern. More details to follow.

For now the Southby Call for Partners is out. If you like to join is in the space where the bike and tech meet, get in touch. Want to learn more what Southby Bikes and what the Mobile Socials are about, have a look at the event from last year and our pitch doc.

ENVE: Building A Faster Wheel

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While my CX season was lost to a recurring injury and not being 100% healthy, we did get a set of ENVEs in on test. I didn’t race on them, but for the few spins I did, they sure felt fast. In this feature, ENVE explains how they build a faster wheel.

“FAST” lives at the intersection of stiffness, lightness and durability.

Also see Go-To-Gear: ENVE Wheels in Issue 18 and from last year and the small world department, ENVE uses a product my company makes in their production process. Both are made in the USA.

It’s a propriety process, but Clip-n-Seals keep their resins and carbon fibers fresh.

Taiwanese Animation: Bennett on a BMX Bike


The Taiwanese animation recap of the Seahawks, SuperBowl-winning game has Michael Bennett on a BMX bike doing a wheelie hop on Aaron Rodgers gimpy calf. It’s epic and seen at 1:52.

Seahawks Win: Bennett Rides a Bike

In a Hollywood, storybook ending to a game that returns them to the Superbowl for the second time in a row, Bennett celebrated by taking a cop’s bike and riding around the field. The fans went nuts, we went nuts at the La Ronde bar, all of Seattle celebrated, and for a time, Bennett’s bike ride trended.

He probably could have ridden that bike all the way to Super Bowl XLIX. – Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times.

NYT summed the game up the best

After a 1-yard touchdown run by Wilson cut the Seahawks’ deficit to 19-14 with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter, after Matthews fell on the ball, after Marshawn Lynch scored from 24 yards out to put Seattle ahead, and after Crosby made his fifth field goal of the game to force overtime, Seattle won the coin toss, and that was that.

About the ride Bennett said, “just took it. You go to the Super Bowl you can do anything in this city.”

For his next ride, got to get him a Seahawk’s bike, like this one. He’s got three more at his house.

Super Bowl Bike

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