In a crit, racing next to Cipo, in Vegas

Team Bike Hugger in the Industry Crit raced with Cipo and others. Reports to follow and photos from the Hugga Hookup.

Hugger in the race

[UPDATE from Andrew - CRAZY race. Crashes everywhere including Cipo going down on the bell lap by rolling his tubular and taking 5 guys with him. I snuck around the carnage and finished…top 15? 120+ starters - great race, and great exposure for BikeHugger I’m sure because I was GLUED to Mario’s wheel most of the race. Check the Hugger Photostream for more.]



Seattle Weekend Cyclocross Events

Busy cyclocross weekend coming up in Seattle – The Seattle Cyclocross Series #1 is on Sunday the 30th in Snohomish (directions) and promises to be a great event.

If you’re looking to do a bit of brush up before the race you can get some tips from Jonathan Page and Frank McCormack on Friday (28th) and Saturday (29th). Herriott Sports Performance and Cascade Bicycle Studio will be hosting the Jonathan Page Cyclocross Weekend, including two 3 hour workshops on Saturday and a evening presentation and auction on Friday. Page is America’s premiere cross racer and the best American in history in this discipline. Great chance to see a master at work!



Long Live Long Bikes

From the Xtracycle booth at Interbike.

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Hed Jet 60 C2

Just in time for the Industry Cup Criterium tonight and the Hugga Hookup, Hed Cycling, sent us their latest wheels and we’re breaking the news here. The deal with these wheels is that they’ve got a 23MM wide aluminum rim and what that does is change the profile of the tire: wider is better. And, you’ve got to ride it to believe it, but they roll like tubies. Not only that, but the wider rim makes for one stiff, strong, and bombproof wheelset.

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Follow all of our Interbike coverage.

Tubular Killers

Like the Jet 60s, the C2s are a carbon-winged, aero-spoked wheel, but with the wide rim. Andy, the tech at Hed and an occasional blogger for us, told me

We don’t have test fixtures to prove it yet, but the wheel is better and just plain stiffer with the extra width. But the coolest thing is the tire manipulation. The C2 rim changes almost everything, including the contact patch, which means less scrubbing in the corners (Hed has tested this with pressure sensitive film measuring contact patches). The wider tire also has lower rolling resistance and more air volume to run lower air pressure.

Calling them Tubular Killers, Andy also noted that

when the tire spreads on the wider rim the sidewalls flatten and that reduces their springiness – that results in the tubular feel.

Mike will race the wheels tonight and we’ll have them at the Hugga Hookup.

Carbon Commuters

Besides the whole breakthrough, changing-the-profile-of-the-clincher thing, I’m going to travel, commute, and ride everyday with these wheels. Hed’s driving design principle is “no race-day wheels.” They build wheels that you can race, do most anything with, and not worry.

I think these “wider wheels” will also appeal to the commuter that wants a fast, strong wheel to knock off a few seconds off their ride.

Long-term posts to follow after a few trips. And posts from the race.

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Disclaimer: While Andy from Hed occasionally posts about Randoneering for us and we ride Hed Wheels, Bike Hugger has no financial interest in Hed Cycling.



Cycling in Vegas

This year, with Andrew, Mark, and Mike covering their angles at Interbike, I’m spending time cycling and blogging Vegas. The Nevada RTC has just completed a 14-mile bike expressway from Vegas to Red Rock Canyon.

A few years ago, Pam and I rode to Red Rock right from our hotel and thoroughly enjoyed it. Off the strip, Vegas has these massive bus lanes that we rode in and miles of bike lanes, signed routes, and shared-use trails. It’s surprising, yes, but Vegas is a bike-friendly town.

Last night, I rode the Strip – not something I’d want to do more than say once, but it was an impromptu, rock-the-bike, longtail parade. Also, all that smut you get in Vegas, the girls-in-your-room cards are delivered by couriers on bikes.



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