Urban Bikes in the NYTimes

Can urban bikes get anymore hip than a fashion feature in the NYTimes? That’s a Skeppshult Ladies Promenade with the basket option.

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Photo credit Lars Klove for The New York Times.



Microsoft Promotes Cycling

OK, I take back my diss of the big-ass garage MS is building cause they’re also actively working to get their employees out of cars, onto bikes, buses, and good for them. MS is even providing bike shuttles.



Biker-pampered city streets?

In a poorly-written and argued editorial for the Seattle PI, Dean Trier, takes on Cascade and I presume the Stone Way issue. He rants on about several other topics and it’s not entirely clear what his problem is with cyclists, other than I think he just likes cars better, and claims that Seattle has biker-pampered city streets. Maybe he’s a Ken Schram wanna be, but uhm (long pause), I challenge anyone that thinks Seattle cyclists are pampered to join me for a ride down Alaskan Way.

Have a read for yourself and leave it to the PI to drum up web traffic with an article about cycling and then, of course, a Soundoff.

Is it satire? Maybe, but if it was, it wasn’t constructed well enough to be comedic.



Unicycling the MS 150

This MS 150 cyclist rode the 150 miles on a unicycle – 8 hours a day including the hills.

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More on the New Madone

more_madone.jpg “It’s a different bike,” I’ve been telling people asking about the new Madone … “as great a change as the redesign from the 5500 to the Madone SLs. Andrew wrote a full review over the weekend and we had a similar response.

To me, the bike is the stiffest ever from Trek. It climbs and descends like the old Madone, but corners different with much more road feel and acceleration. That’s because of the sloping geometry and this bike does slope.

When I first saw the Madone in ads, I thought it looked just like the Specialized Tarmac SL, but it doesn’t in person. It’s distinctively Trek; especially, with the Bontrager Aeolus 5.0s.

For more of my review, check the latest edition of the Huggacast featuring the new Madone with commentary on

  • a fantastic set of wheels
  • performance-geometry is great for off-season weight gain
  • wearing a slimming jersey.

Also available on Google Video and see our ongoing coverage



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