Commuter Challenge 08

The 2008 Commuter Challenges are on! With Spring approaching and the Sun out, so start the ad-hoc challenges on Seattle streets and presumably everywhere else. Yesterday, riding downtown, a commuter clocked me from Western to Dexter. I took a shortcut through Denny park and lost track of him. We met again near Mercer, stopped at a light, and he took a right, then a left onto 9th. I didn’t realize that was now a 2-way street and he gained about 8 seconds on me! I promptly chased him down and assumed the lead down Fairview. We chatted about how many condos are being built and where all the cars are going to go.

The Bike Hugger bloggers are easy to spot, if you’re planning a challenge … .


Austin Bike Culture Video

Our 32nd Huggacast features Austin bike culture. We rode with the locals in Austin, attended SXSW 08, threw a massive BBQ, ate some really good tacos, and saw a bike posse. Also noted is that I was stuck in Memphis, but was feeling Minnesota. Read our Urban Ride and BBQ page for more details about the event.

Our next mobile social event is in Shanghai.


Blogging Shanghai by Bike

Bike Hugger is visiting Shanghai for the Intel Developer Forum. We’ll ride, meetup, and blog the mobile social. The plan is to meet at the Shanghai International Convention Center to start with routes, stops, and locations TBD.


Check below for the ride details and back here for updates.

Intel Developer Forums offer global access to technology, ideas, and people who will transform the future of technology and how the world is using it.

Urban Rides

Meet at the Shanghai International Convention Center and ride.


Tue, Apr 1, 08
12:30 - 3:00 PM
Wed, Apr 2, 2008
12:00 - 3:00 PM
Thur, Apr 3, 08
12:00 - 3:00 PM


Sign up for the meetups on Upcoming and watch for updates. Got some suggestions on where to meet, tell us in the comments.


Our Blogging Shanghai sponsors include

Riding Shanghai

We’ll ride all over Shanghai, as a bike hugga would do

  • Out for coffee
  • Around town
  • To the bars, food, and tourist attractions!

Hyland by Civia

IMG_3326.jpg My shop has one of the new Hyland Civia bikes sitting in the window, and I have to say that it is one clever commuter.

IMG_3327.jpg The frame is aluminium with sliding, modular drop-outs and 135mm spacing. The sliding portion also mounts the fender mount (but not the rack mount) and has provision for a post mount disc brake (easier aligning of the caliper). The fork is carbon fiber with a post mount caliper mount as well.


The frame thus can easily mount a standard hub, a Shimano or SRAM internal hub, or the famed Rohloff 14-speed internal hub. Be prepared to pay…the Shimno Alfine equipped model seen here should just squeak under $2k. Expensive? Yes, but the component spec is absolutely first quality.

The hydraulic disc brakes and metal fenders are standouts.

You can also buy the frame/fork/dropout set for a little over a thousand bucks.


Seattle Train Yard Bike Tour: Sundays in March

A friend just forwarded on Bicycle Tour of Seattle Train Yards, happening on the remaining Sundays this Month.

Details: Departs at Noon from the All City Coffee House in George Town Ride: 3 hrs/ 10 miles, lumpy pavement (bring a patch kit and a pump), stopping at 3 rail yards. Ends in Ballard. To do: Check the site the day before to ensure no cancellations.

I gotta admit, I love riding through the train yards. I’m really looking forward to getting a few details on what’s actually happening in them. I don’t know much about the outfit, but I think these guys do the Secret Seattle tours which are well regarded.

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