Austin TX Bike Flavours

Schwinn%2002.jpgI’m always fascinated when I discover that a town has a discernible “flavour” of bicycle. When I think of my home town in Florida, I think vintage Raleigh 3sp and Sears cruisers with metallic flake paint. I was in Austin over the weekend and I saw this seemingly casual bike that actually reveals a lot of thought.

scwinn%2001.jpg For instance, the Shimano Nexus internally geared hub is definitely not authentic to the year of this Schwinn’s manufacture. The original wheels were probably 27in, since replaced with 700C alloy rim wheels with Conti Gatorskins. The change requires brakes with extra long reach, and this bike sports the recent Tektro dual pivot brakes which are making a lot of old beater frames with obsolete wheels viable again.

The Sugino Messenger cranks and Crank Bros pedals are a nice finishing touch. Gotta love the horse head too.

RideCivil Equinox ride: 3/21/08, Westlake Center 5:30

Keep the date! We usually do RideCivils on the 2nd Friday of every month, but how could I resist riding on the Vernal Equinox and 1st day of spring (almost)! The official equinox is actually on the 20th, but we’ll call it good and ride out Friday evening, 5:30 from Westlake Center. Looking forward to a little more light for the ride, hoping for better weather and more riders.

Bike Expo

With Jason, Mark, and me in Austin, Kelli was s’posed to blog the Bike Expo, but got sick (we hope she gets well soon). Andrew was working and Dave with his family.

Any readers go to the show? How was it?

Drunk, No Makeup, Riding to Work

I asked first and she said, “sure.” And then said, “yeah, that’s a good shot … drunk, no makeup, 11:00 am, riding to work.”

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Bikehugger’s SxSW Ride and BBQ a success!

Thanks to local guides Mark and Kirk and the rider turnout from (thanks Jason!), yesterday’s ride was a total success. It was a beautiful day for riding, and whoever decided that we should stop at that pub before the Blanton art museum deserves a promotion. I could have stayed longer at the museum but we needed to get to the BBQ.

Then at the BBQ, we reached the 300 person capacity for the location and gave out a lot of cool stuff. I ended up handing out 200 bag of schwag personally, and then mc’ing the raffle.

Afterwards, the crew led Byron and me to some freakin’ awesome tacos at some local joint. I think it was called Chilitos? Someone post the name of the restaurant.

Thanks again Austin! bbq%20group%2002.jpg

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