Hugger at Work

We use a collection of mobile apps and hardware for the mobile social, including

  • Twitter Mobile — a lightweight page optimized for phones and mobile internet devices
  • Flickr emailer — a mailto function from Flickr that includes, title, subject, and tags; take a photo and email it to Flickr.
  • TwitterFeed — sends our Hugger feed to Twitter.
  • Feedburner — splices our Delicious links, posts, and photos into one feed.
  • Movable Type — our blogging engine of choice.


I post with my iPhone and MacBookPro. While not recommend for the non-experienced rider (especially in traffic), I shoot on-the-bike video with a Casio Exilim and edit that in iMovie HD (the older version). We’ll move to Final Cut Pro later in the year with the arrival of the new Canon HDs camcorders. I also expect an incredible offering of mobblogging apps, as soon as developers figure out the iPhone SDK, Intel’s Atom products start showing up, and mobile internet devices mature. We’ll see a bunch of those devices tomorrow here in Shanghai.

Construction Bike

Behind that wall once were shanty homes and a skyscraper will follow – read the related post about the Shanghai Flow.

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Dahons Have Arrived

Dahon kindly arranged our rides for Shanghai–a pair of matching Mus. More photos to follow and I quickly noticed the new V-Clamp Hinge and other refinements including a bell built into the Tektro brakes and a Biologic Joule Dynamo hub.

from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Sheldon Brown Memorial Ride: April 1st, 6:00, BikeStation Seattle

Folks who’ve spent a bit too much time on Sheldon Brown’s amazing websites will know of his fondness for April Fools jokes such as the tork-grip (yes, the DIY version is in my garage right now).

What better way to memorialize Sheldon “ineffable” Brown than an April Fools ride. They’re happening all over the place (the last link is a directory), including one in Seattle.

Details: 6:00 PM at the Seattle Bikestation, on April 1st of course. Hope to see you there!

You can take it with you

Saris CycleOn I bought my first new car a few months back. The biggest issue of course was how I would be schlepping bikes in/on it. Byron tipped me to a brand carried by our friends down at Seattle Bike Supply. The Saris CycleOn turned out to be a sweet setup.

Saris CycleOn

I knew I wanted a 2” receiver hitch, and I know how nice it is to not have to mess with the front wheel. The Saris does a good job of securely holding the bike on the frame, without issues like clamping my carbon frame. They sell an extra extender to let you go to 3 or 4 bike configurations. If you do go to 4 bikes - make sure you have a Type 2 or better hitch. It’s solid, and therefore not all that light. Add 4 bikes on there and you are easily over the 300lb tongue weight.

So here’s the good and the bad:

Good: - Solid hold without clamping to the bike - Easy on-off - Folds up when not in use - Easy to pull on and off the car if you have any muscles - Skip the Pro model and just buy a stainless hitch lock at an auto parts store

Bad: - They don’t lock the bike on (not that many roof locks do much), so get cables instead - It’s HEAVY, so if you don’t have any muscles, it could be a bit of work - A bit pricy after you have to install a hitch and the rack

Overall, I’d buy this setup again in a heartbeat. Try pricing any rack system these days - they aren’t cheap. In my mind, I’m happy to pay for a quality rack since it’s carrying some pretty precious cargo.

Where do you get them? Some shops carry them, but if your shop can do an SBS order, they can get them for you from there. I’ve got 3 friends with them already.

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