Entries by Byron

Waiting for the Sun to Come Up

Waiting for the sun to come up to build our travel bikes, after the inaugural Delta SEA to OGG flight, responded to a new friend, and her request on Facebook with

Hello Jennifer and thanks for the intro Jeremiah, timing-wise I’m on vacation and have reduced the amount I talk about bikes to a trickle. But see this Wired story. And this post. From there the snowbike tag. Fat bikes are great fun and also significantly improved, since I first started posting about them.

Back on the mainland in the new year, we’ve got a magazine issue dedicated to fatbikes and how, in the industry, a side or personal project will mature into a new category. What’s happening now with Trek and Spesh in the game, is the handling characteristics of each bike vary drastically. None bad, just loose like a tractor, all terrain like a jeep, short and tight with racing geo, or hauling like a semi.

If you’re at a resort or in a town with one like we were in Park City last week, absolutely get out there and try a fatbike. We descended slopes with them.

Now, back to building up the travel bikes, and riding island roads. Not taking about bikes too much, either.

Trigger Happy Action Cam


Sharing entirely because it’s not another GoPro edit…competition is good in all things.

New Music for the New Year: Hey Rosetta


Ordered new music for the new year from @heyrosetta and as soon as that drops, syncing it to my iPod for some long rides.

On Amazon: Fast and Fresh

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Patented rod-and-clamp design makes the bag-closure device very versatile

Ok, so it’s not really a bike thing per se, but check this out: With 6 days left to order in time for Christmas with Prime, Amazon published their annual Stocking Stuffers with a Story feature and it includes an origin story about a household product my company makes, Clip-n-Seal.

We originally designed this to keep coffee and chips fresh at home, but people have found all kinds of other uses for them, including disposal of chemical waste in manufacturing processes, and even to seal testing apparatus in the space program.

Used in making fast, race wheel that I reviewed in our mag.

The application of Clip-n-Seal that most interests me, as a cyclist, is their use in wheel building. During PressCamp earlier this year, I met with Enve Composites and we discussed their latest wheels, and how they use Clip-n-Seal at the factory. I can’t share the specifics, as it’s propriety process, but Clip-n-Seals keep their resins and carbon fibers fresh.

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Originally designed to keep chips fresh

As Amazon shared on their site today, Clip-n-Seals are a stocking stuffer with a story that has many more chapters to write, fresh beans to grind, and wheels to make.

Bike Works Kids Bike-O-Rama Event

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Bike Works at work in Seattle. Photo: Kristie McLean

This weekend, Bike Works is holding its fourth bi-annual Kids’ Bike-O-Rama at its Columbia City location. Staff, dedicated youth, adult volunteers, music, and community will accompany over 100 kids receiving a bike—for many, their very first bike. Partnering with social service agencies that serve individuals whom are low-income, refugee, and newcomers; including Neighborhood House, East African Community Services, and Southeast Youth and Family Services, Bike Works will give over 100 bikes to kids from the community from neighboring communities.

An article about Bike Works, written by Steve Gluckman, was also included in the current issue of our magazine.

At Bike Works our youth programs are rooted in the belief that young people thrive when they are valued, feel a sense of belonging, and value themselves. We actively involve young people in their community which helps them to develop new skills and promote links with neighbors while catalyzing future youth involvement in community change. Our youth programs offer an innovative combination of education, bicycle repair and ownership, outdoor activities, and community service and include….

For more information about Bike Works, visit their site and Bike-O-Rama is December 20th, 2014, from 10am to 2pm.

Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest 2014

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It was fun AND competitive

This afternoon on your local CBS station, the CBS Sports Spectacular: Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest is showing. We attended the event as guests of Deer Valley to ride, hang out with the celebs, watch a Lady Antebellum concert, and take some photos. Like these….

DV Celeb Skifest: Alysia Reiner Amy Ackker

DV Celeb Skifest: Alysia Reiner and Amy Ackker of Orange is the New Black and Person of Interest

Giancarlo Esposito and the Crab Wizard from Breaking Bad and the Deadliest Catch

The annual Celebrity Skifest pairs former Olympic ski legends with television and film celebrities for an exciting weekend of skiing, live music and fundraising for Waterkeeper Alliance, the fastest-growing grassroots environmental movement in the world. Waterkeeper defends communities against anyone who threatens their right to clean water—from law-breaking polluters to unresponsive government agencies. So it was celebs in Park City and a couple of cyclists (us), having fun and protecting water. A pleasure to attend, and as I posted this week, the snow conditions weren’t great for skiing, but were for snow biking!

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Conditions good for snow biking

Our host hotel was Goldener Hirsch where we enjoyed apres ski with yodelers and before that, a tasting with High West Distillery, and dinner at Mariposa.

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum performed

More photos are posted on G+ and Flickr, including celebs, and the bikes we rode.

High West Distillery

The best of High West

Snowy Singletrack

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While the switch back to road starts tomorrow and before we ride in Maui next week, still thinking about single track in the snow on fatbikes. The rest of that story is being saved for an issue of our magazine.

Huggacast Shorts: Fatbike Slopestyle


We rode fatbikes on the slopes in Park City and it was SUPER FUN.

Velo Gingerbread Haus


We attended the annual Westin Seattle Gingerbread event, made our Velo Haus, and then … wait for it…Santa showed up. In this crazy, mixed up, f’d up world, it was good to have some fun with children like Izzy that believe in what the holiday season is about.

Issue 19: Super Green

Davidson D-Plus 2014

Issue 19 dropped last week and includes the return of Mark V with a story about his new Super Green bike….

Two years ago, Bike Hugger collaborated with Seattle’s Davidson Custom Bicycles on a titanium cyclocross that could be easily switched from singlespeed to multispeed “modes.” Sure, just about any multispeed bike can replace the rear derailleur with a chain tensioner, but the idea was to eliminate such items since like derailleurs they can foul with mud, grass, or ice. Also, one would want to have two alternate handlebars, one connected to only to brakes and one with derailleurs as well, and be able to swap them with minimal cable replacement and/or tuning. The bike that came to be known as the Davidson D-Plus has seen plenty of racing, geared and singled, and has actually gotten tons of road riding in these Northwest winters. But like all prototypes, there was room for improvement.

To read what improvements Mark made in the latest iteration of the D-Plus and the rest of the story, please subscribe on iTunes or the Web. Annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4. Your money directly supports authors like Mark who contribute to Bike Hugger.






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