We came, we rode, we blogged

We could post for a month about Interbike 07, the Industry Cup, and the Hugga Hookup, but I’ll highlight a few topics, produce several podcasts next week, and resume our regularly scheduled programing on Monday. Also see the posts from our Interbike feature blog.

Urban Theme

brooks_basket.jpgWhile much of Interbike was the same this year, Urban Bikes were the overall theme with a big presence from Batavus, Dahon, and bikes finally shipping with Alfine, like the glorious Sycip.

I paused for a long-time at the Brooks booth to look at the most expensive basket ever made and it’s based on a 100-yr old design from Mr. Brooks himself. Also see the Brooks waxed-canvas messenger bag.

Highlights

  • Crumpler’s booth was packed at all times – we tried to hookup with them and hopefully we will. Giving Crumpler a run, are the Knog naked people bags.
  • The Magic Bus from Clifbar – Clif launched the 2milechallenge and invited us for a tour (podcast to follow).
  • Dahon’s booth – I always found my way back to talk with Dahon about Urban mobility.
  • Skins – Gradient Compression performance equipment: watch for a review.
  • Boosta Shot – our Hugga Hookup sponsor was very popular during the Crit Championships.
  • Hed Jet 60 C2Hed got us one of 2 pair in existence and Mike raced them in the crit and rode them to Red Rock Canyon.
  • Hincapie Sportswear – the hugga kits were a hit and easily spotted during the Industry Cup.

Cycling in Vegas

I rode all over Vegas (podcasts to follow) and noticed the smut-by-bike delivery squad. This worker cleaned the vending machines and stocked them with more smut. He’s one of the thousands of working-class people that get their work done with bikes in Vegas.

There’s also a vibrant road and mtn scene with spectacular routes and a bike expressway.

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New York to get Paris style bike rentals?

New York Mayor Bloomberg is in France, and apparently considering a bicycle rental program similar to the popular parisian Velib system. Bloomberg doesn’t sound very optimistic unfortunately. Apparently NYC tried this out on a much smaller scale earlier this year. Chicago and Portland are evaluating a rental systems too.



Seattle September Critical Mass ride report

I rode Seattle Critical Mass on Friday, great time and and a nice ride as always. The weather was lovely for a ride, could be the last rain-free mass of the year. We ended up cruising from downtown through Ballard, up Stone way past Greenlake and down University ave. I had to peel off a bit early, would love to hear where the ride ended up.

I was a bit surprised at the amount of antagonism between drivers and riders, it seemed quite a bit more than I’ve seen earlier this year. One comes to expect a certain amount of frustrated car drivers, but it really seemed like the level of animosity was on the rise.

I managed to snap a few photos along the way, here’s my set from the Bike Hugger Photostream



Racing in Vegas

We’ll tell legendary stories for the next 20 years about the Industry Cup race with Team Bike Hugger, the Hugga Hookup, and Cipollini. Read Andrew’s race report, Velonews, and see more photos in our photostream.

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photo: Matt Carter, Velonews. Cipo in red, Andrew in Bike Hugger green, and Tim Mulrooney from Hed Cycling.



Meeting Gary Fisher by chance

“Ah, nothing’s to chance,” Gary Fisher said and we talked briefly about the Simple City, the bike revolution, politics, his travels, and more. We met at the Vegas Airport. He just finished his meal and we were getting ours.

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I hope we can talk more with Gary. We had a lot in common and I think more than just chance.



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