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After sharing a ride story from Sea Otter earlier this week, where I met and rode with World Bicycle Relief staffers, here’s a video of their latest campaign being announced today.


Also see another WBR-ride story about Jacob Seigel-Boettner and the documentary, With My Own Two Wheels. It’s about how bicycles and WBR change people’s lives abroad and in the States.


WBR’s goal is to raise $500,000 and they’ve raised $188,161 to date. That’s 1404 bikes so far….

Osprey Shuttle: Rolling Monolith

HUGE BAG

Osprey Shuttle 32

This bag arrived, so huge, it’s like a monolith to gear and travel being discovered. I placed it outside for filtered-light photos this morning. After the pug furiously barked at it, apparently concerned an alien intruder was in the yard, I thought the toddlers next door could pretend it was a spaceship from planet Osprey too!

Monolithic

Like a Monolith

You can stuff your courage AND all your gear in this hauler before your next big trip to race and ride. The Shuttle 32” / 110L is available from Amazon and a retailer near you for $299.95

32

All the gear you own in one bag

Terpstra’s Winning Roubaix Details

Terpstra on the finishing track

Terpstra winning on a Roubaix

The difference between Terpstra’s bike and the Roubaix SL4 I’ve been riding in the rain, since the Fall, is Force 22 instead of the Red 22 spec. When raced or ridden hard, the fenders are removed and the fast, Zipp Firecrests replace the 30s. Force is SRAM’s value group, with all the features of Red, at a more affordable price. When asked recently about it, I said, if I close my eyes and don’t look at the graphics it shifts just like Red.

B/W

My fendered Roubaix on a dreary day

Between the two, there’s about a $3K price difference. Terpstra’s race-winning Roubaix is around $9K and my parking-lot crit, rolling-a-fondo version is $6K.

Terpstra’s details:

  • Frame: Specialized S-Works Roubaix – 58cm*
  • Groupset: SRAM RED 22
  • Shifters: SRAM RED 22 DoubleTap with Reach adjust
  • Crankset: Specialized (175mm crank arm length) with SRAM RED 22 chainrings – 53×46*
  • Front derailleur: SRAM RED 22 Yaw with chain spotter
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM RED 22 – Short cage
  • Cassette: SRAM PG1170 11-26
  • Brakes: SRAM RED Aerolink
  • Chain: SRAM RED 22
  • Wheels: Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular
  • Stem: Zipp Service Course SL - 120mm
  • Bar: Zipp Service Course SL-88 - 40cm (c-c)
  • Seat post: Zipp Service Course SL 27.2mm 0mm Setback

*I run a 110 stem, 52/36 rings, Contis tubulars or Hutch clinchers, and a Joule instead of the Garmin.

My Roubaix was also seen in our Tool Roll launch, including a gear story in Issue 11.

Terpstra Photo by Gruber uploaded to Flickr

Sea Otter 14: Big Bouncy House of Bikes

XTR

XTR Shiny

My ride/Paris-Roubaix recap this morning bounced around a bit; well, cause that’s what Sea Otter is like, a big bouncy house of bikes. As I said to Patrick and Jim as we walked the expo, “It’s like a constant stream of bike consciousness too.”

Oh look a hot bike then a world champion, and a race, and beer. Then there’s Ned, who when asked about the scene, wryly observed, “Fat Bike Action!” And hey, some kids are flying through the air on BMX tricks, while women raced road.

Conquest CX1

Conquest CX1

So how do you capture that? By bouncing around, like a kid in a bike bouncy house, and taking photos, lots of them. Of the 406 shots I took, the 21 best and products that interested us the most were just added to a G+ gallery.

Ergon seatpost

Ergon Seatpost for gravel…

Like the XTR, CX1, and the Ergon seatpost shown in this post.

Paris-Roubiax 2014: Precious Stone

Terpstra

Photo: ©Tim de Waele of Terpstra in the last few meters

Up early for the World Bicycle Relief, Bill Keith Memorial ride on Sunday, watched about 17 seconds of Paris-Roubaix on a cell phone. We were en route to the ride meet spot from Seaside to Monterey.

Then, as the ride gathered we heard that Niki Terpstra won. What a big win for both SRAM and Spesh. Also a fitting memorial moment for Bill, who we were honoring on the ride. Before he died suddenly last year, he was SRAM’s road group product manager. As I learned, Bill was critical to the success our SRAM’s growth in road, tri, and cross. Emotions were running high before the ride started.

That’s because both companies are driven by the ride, performance, and racing. As SRAM’s press release said,

The “Hell of the North” became Niki Terpstra’s “Heaven!”

Terpstra won the monument, the precious stone. After the ride and at the expo, the mood in the Spesh tent at Sea Otter was jubilant with beer coupons being handed out to fans. A Roubaix bike winning its namesake put the wind back in the marketing sails of Spesh, to say the least, after the turbulence of a trademark lawsuit.

Free Beer

Free beer after that win

And I spent the weekend riding a Roubaix SL4, just like the one I ride in Seattle, back and forth on 17 Mile Drive, including a long, steady pull by Gord Fraser that stretched the elastic almost to a snap…

Finally, to the race and tactics, Matt Hill observed

Funny reading people’s comments about “The Favorites” marking each other and canceling each other out at Paris-Roubaix today. Hey, folks? Did you happen to notice who finished second? That’s the reason nobody would work in that break, and why nobody was going to kill themselves to drag a group of any size onto the velodrome.

Watching the recap, I agreed with sore legs from all the riding at Sea Otter.

See more photos from the memorial ride on WBR’s Facebook and a video remembering Bill Keith.

Issue 11: April Fools

Issue 11

Issue 11: April Fools

The theme for Issue 11 is about the most foolish ride you’ve done, like way in over your head. When you thought you could compete or ride that long with the boys or girls and learned you couldn’t. It’s my quixotic quest to still race at an elite level, as a fat master, or a ride you show up for totally unprepared, thinking whatevs! Like maybe drinking Scotch the night before a race and then deciding to get in the break for 1.5 hours…for who knows why.

It’s the worst/greatest bonk. How you rode like a fool and learned that sometimes the biggest jokes are the ones we play on ourselves.

Also, as we learned from Zannestar, it’s National Poetry Month and we know of a few poet cyclists, like David Byrne, Nick Verstain, et al.

This issue is also our first to get published at the same time with a webview for all devices. Ever since we launched Bike Hugger Magazine for iPhone/iPad, we’ve been hearing from people who wanted to get it on their other devices. Now you can!

Gluck

A rouleur respects the gravel, teaches a child the same.

On the web view, you can read Respect the Gravel, by Zanne Blair, our Issue 11 cover story. It’s a poem about what the gravel can teach you and it’s free to sample our magazine.

Waxed Canvas Hugga Toll Roll Shipped

Roll packaged

Tool Rolls have shipped and with no package or paper-folding talent, each one is different!

After launching our new Waxed Canvas Tool Roll last Friday, the first batch shipped this week. There are just a few left and if the high demand continues, we’ll make some more, could even lead to an actual production product. Talking about the roll with Matt Davis, he noted

Every saddlebag I’ve ever seen or used has been fiddly as all hell with tools dropping all over the place. That is if you want nicely sized tools. Minitools, maybe that’s a single unit (MAYBE). But any sort of organization and you’ll demand a tool roll.

Exactly. While I demanded a tool roll after ruining a pair of my fav shorts on a century ride (the strap came loose and flapped my inner thigh like a bird trying to escape for like 50 miles and I didn’t know it), the pain point we’re solving is what Matt described. Tools dropping all over the place after dumping a saddle bag to get to what you want. With the roll, tools and spares are organized neatly in pockets and unrolled on a saddle when needed.

Unrolled on a bike to fix a flat

Unrolled on a fendered Roubaix SL4 with Force 22 to fix a flat

On the saddle, tools ready

Grabbed the Co2 and tube

While on the road, the roll is in my jersey or jacket pocket. When I’m riding to a meeting in plain clothes, I toss it in my bag, grab it and go.

Jacket Closed

Tool Roll in the pocket of a rain jacket I’ve worn way too much this season

Jacket Closed

Tool Roll zipped up in the pocket

The Waxed Canvas Hugga Toll Roll is available in limited quantities, as a one-time exclusive, and cost $40.00. They’re handmade in Seattle. We made them first for us and liked them so much, we made a few more for you.

Get them while you can and see more iterations on G+.

Rode to the Glass Explorer Run

Wearable on a Foldable

Wearable on a Foldable

Rode over to Greenlake and spent Saturday morning with Google Glass. Tried on new hardware from the Titanium Collection, chatted with Explorers who ran with Glass and Strava, and took some photos. Also visited their event in SoDo Park, where Glass was being demo’d.

Tonight there’s a Happy Hour and then later this week Developer Office Hours.

Explorers running with Strava Run

Explorers running with Strava Run

Follow Google Glass to learn if they’re coming to a city near you and see their early prototypes in this album from the event on G+. For my take on Google’s wearable, read the Wired feature I wrote last year.

Protos

Protos

Iterating the Waxed Canvas Hugga Toll Roll

Sized just right

Sized just right

A tool roll doesn’t strap to your bike. It goes in your jersey pocket with you and carries just what you need. I’ve been riding with the shipping version of ours since the Fall. Three things drove the project: not being able to keep track of saddle bags across a small fleet of bikes, having to spill the contents of a saddle bag out onto the ground to get a co2/inflator out of it, and ruining shorts rubbing against large saddle bags. We iterated several versions for about 6 months. Before that we studied what was on the market, including the bags Thompson seatposts ship in; and rolls made for mechanics, motorcyclists, and cooks.

too thick

Opened and set on a saddle, the pockets were right, but this version was too thick

The first iteration was made from salvaged Filson’s duck cloth and had all the features, a retro feel, but was much too thick. Another iteration was made with Cordura and again too thick. A few had stylish rivets that pulled on the, just-right, thin - and-durable waxed canvas. After announcing the roll was ready to ship, Jeff Beltramini bought one and tweeted

and that sums it up well: stop ruining spendy bib shorts, rubbing against saddle bags.

The Waxed Canvas Hugga Toll Roll is available in limited quantities, as a one-time exclusive, and cost $40.00. They’re handmade in Seattle. We made them first for us and liked them so much, we made a few more for you.

Get them while you can and see more iterations on G+.

Waxed Canvas Hugga Tool Roll

Hugga Tool Roll

12” x 6” c ~ .05”

Our Waxed Canvas Hugga Tool Roll is available now in limited quantities. We had these made for ourselves and then decided to make a few more for you too, as a one-time exclusive. It took us months of prototyping, trial and error, until we liked this version the best.

They are designed and made in Seattle. The color is Reddish Orange like a Safety Cone and you can buy them now on Amazon for $40.00, while they last.

Tool Roll Compacto

Durable material and closure

The biggest selling point is the roll goes with you, not with the bike; a convenience for cyclists with multiple bikes. Also, large saddle bags rub our shorts the wrong way, leaving holes. While the compact bags are too tight to get out, what you need with removing it from the rails of your saddle.

Sized for the jersey pocket

Sized to fit in a jersey pocket

You may have seen us post the various prototypes last Summer, about 6 of them, and this is the version I’ve been riding with since the winter. Three things drove the project: not being able to keep track of saddle bags across a small fleet of bikes, having to spill the contents of a bag out on the ground to get a co2 out of it, and ruining shorts rubbing against saddle bags.

More photos are on G+.






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