Berlin Bikes

Reporting for CBSNews.com, Christine Lagorio, writes that

“In this city where less than half of residents own a car, bicycles are not only in vogue; over the past two decades it has become downright common to ride one every day. They are chained to every pole or knob on every major thoroughfare. They crowd apartment building lobbies. They dominate the flow of traffic in intersections. Bicyclists have power in numbers; a major fantasy of U.S. cyclists has come to pass in Berlin: cars yield to bikes.”

That is indeed a fantasy and one I escape to every time I ride down Alaskan Way with semis next to me, potholes, train tracks, and cruise ship traffic. You ever want to experience raw, urban biking, navigate through container traffic at the east side of the Swing Bridge when a cargo ship is in town.

woman_bike_copenhagen.jpg Ah, but back to Berlin, or Copenhagen where Jason lived out the urban bike fantasy commuting with parcels and smartly-dressed business women ride bikes to work.



Timbuk2 Artists

Timbuk2 is bringing their dog & pony show to Seattle for a one-time Artist Originals event at EVO on August 31st, 2007 with food, drink, djs, and bikes.

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Bike Huggers Drink Beer

Speaking of the opposite of training or the off-season, check the Bike Hugger shirt in the Beer Garden at the Health Net Criterium

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Also see a hugga fan that had to have her shirt right away and another hugga at the Tour de France.



Hugg it out for August 27th

I was off most of last week, enjoying a few weekday rides, and getting detoured along the way, for this week …

Bikesphere

Team Bike Hugger

Huggacast

  • Resuming this week with another feature on REI

Interbike



Masi Speciale SoulVille

For the Fall we’ll have to put together an urban bike shootout, as manufacturers announce products like the Masi Speciale SoulVille! – all the specs aside, I’ve just been staring at those fenders. What more will we find at Interbike? I’m thinking a lot.

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Note the Bianchi Milano influences, a bike that was ahead of its time, by about 7 years.



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