Finger Bikes, Action Figures, and More

finger_bikes.jpg During a recent visit to Seattle Bike Supply for a product line review – Batavus, Lapierre, Redline, and more – we got to talking about the bike industry, history, stories, and Chuck Hooper, SBS President, told Tim Rutledge and me about the strangest prototype he ever approved.

Shown here, it was a finger bike with matching John Purse action figure head. Sales surprised all and remarkably, I remembered the ads for finger bikes.



Orbea Lobular Pista

orbea%20side%202.jpgOrbea doesn’t really advertise that they do full custom aluminium frames, but they do. I’m not talking about custom spec’ed kits; I’m talking frame geometry. And not just top tube length: full custom geometry!. They also make a track version of their sexy Lobular aluminium road frame. Put the two together and you get HOT HOT HOT.

Check this bike.

I was gonna get the Easton wheels, but they are now pushed back to January. And I already had these Corima wheels.

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p> virtual size 48cm

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p> seat angle 75.5 degrees

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p> effective top tube: 52cm

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p> chainstay: 38.5cm

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p> frame/fork/headset: 1602gr (real)

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Frame is Orbea/Dedacciai aluminium, and the fork is Zeus FCM full carbon

Also: Fizik Arione k:1 carbon saddle, Easton EC90 Zero seatpost, Easton EA90 stem, Easton EC90 Track Ergo bar (carbon), Corima 4-spoke front and rear C+ carbon track disc with Conti Sprinter tubulars, DA crank, Sugino Zen ring, DA cog, Wipperman WeiSstern chain, Yoshida grips, Speedplay Zero stainless pedals.

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Taipei Bikes Work

Last Friday in Taipei, I went for a second ride with Dahon to test ride some prototypes and hang out. On the way, Josh Hon and I riffed about how we ride in the U.S. all decked out in Spandex, cleats, and helmets, whereas in lots of other places in the world, bikes are just normal part of life, no fuss required.

Apropos that conversation, in Taipei I saw people moving themselves on bikes, but I also saw a ton of people using bikes for work–such as this ancient woman grunting a load of who-knows-what to who-knows-where. These three wheelers were everywhere–some heavily modified with gas-powered motors and low gearing. But only this one was moving slowly enough for me to get a photo–whatever she was hauling must have weighed a ton.

Photo: Grunt, originally uploaded by mobil’homme.



2 Mile Challenge in Davis

Sue, in charge of the Hugga Hookups, had a chat with the 2 Mile Challenge bus boss and got the down low from a recent stop in Davis, CA. There’s also lots of photos of the Davis stop and more on Flickr.

Video available on our Huggacast.



Team Bike Hugger on the Cross Circuit

Racing Cross I finally got my single speed cross bike setup. Saturday was a shakedown ride, and today was the Redline Cup at the Kelly Creek Cross Race. I’ll spare you the details of the race, but will tell you that hanging out with a bunch of ‘crossers is a great way to spend a Sunday. The atmosphere at a cross race is like a party with people bundled up for the fall weather, tipping back some beers, snacking on bbq, ringing the cowbells and yelling for all they are worth. That, and it’s a GREAT way to have a go at racing. It’s a no-pressure environment, most any bike is welcome, and you can get a 1-day license for $10. Interested? - post a comment with questions and we’ll do what we can to make sure you have what you need to get started.

looping coursesThe courses typically loop back on themselves and offer many good vantage points for spectators. Vendors join the fray to offer all sorts of goodies and raise money for a number of causes. Today’s race was to benefit a local Bonney Lake Food Bank. One of the cool aspects of the race is that people tend to “adopt” riders during the race. A couple nice folks at the top of the run-up were vocal BikeHugger fans by the end of lap 3. The kit gets noticed as I got a number of comments after the race. One guy even came up to me to ask if “are you the guy that raced with Cipo?” - YEAH!

Demonstrating my somewhat fluid dismounts:Racing Cross



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