Flat Karma

tackweed.jpg While entertaining a crew visiting from Bike Freak Magazine, the Chinook Cycling Club took them on various rides and introduced them to the famous tackweed (goathead) and a site dedicated to eradicating it. That reminded me of all the tackweed flats, running Slime, Mr. Tuffy’s, and it was usually better to leave a goathead in the tire until you got home.

In Seattle, most flats are caused by pinches, glass, staples, nails, and it’s much worse in the rainy season. Starting last year, I stopped using Mr. Tuffy, and instead roll the best tires with the most rubber and replace them as soon as they wear. I carry two tubes, and a tire boot for sidewall blow outs. I’ve also got fast patches and regular old Rema Tip Tops.

I also believe in flat karma, where some years you’ll flat all the time, and sometimes almost never. To put positive flat energy into the universe, I always ask a fellow cyclist who’s stopped if they need help and will give up a tube to the needy. I even bought a tire during a ride for a friend once.

What hazards await you on your ride and how do you avoid them? What’s your flat karma?



Ride for Freemont, v 2.0

SeattleLikesbikes.org is organizing another Ride for Freemont (2.0) tomorrow evening starting at 4:30 in Gasworks park. Ride starts at 5 and lasts an hour, see the link for a map.

The goal of the follow-up ride is protest the extended closure of the Burke-Gilman trail in Freemont and the broken-promise sharrows on Stone Way. Hopefully the ride will help influence an upcoming city council meeting on these topics. Attire is ‘every day wear to work clothes’. There’s a planned route, established message, and clear guidance on cycling behaviour on the events link.

The issue’s been covered pretty heavily here and elsewhere and it seems like the issue is approaching a head. Ignore the rain, come out and help push bike lanes on Stone Way through and most importantly, make sure the city council gets it – making Seattle more bike friendly matters. (Actually, precip is supposed to be down to 40% chance by tomorrow evening.)

See you there!



Bike Hugger Retail

Seeing the Bike Hugger Jersey in a shop window was cool – a sense of accomplishment.

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Get your Jersey directly from us, from Amazon.com, or now at Elliott Bay Bicycles.



We came, we rode, we blogged

We could post for a month about Interbike 07, the Industry Cup, and the Hugga Hookup, but I’ll highlight a few topics, produce several podcasts next week, and resume our regularly scheduled programing on Monday. Also see the posts from our Interbike feature blog.

Urban Theme

brooks_basket.jpgWhile much of Interbike was the same this year, Urban Bikes were the overall theme with a big presence from Batavus, Dahon, and bikes finally shipping with Alfine, like the glorious Sycip.

I paused for a long-time at the Brooks booth to look at the most expensive basket ever made and it’s based on a 100-yr old design from Mr. Brooks himself. Also see the Brooks waxed-canvas messenger bag.

Highlights

  • Crumpler’s booth was packed at all times – we tried to hookup with them and hopefully we will. Giving Crumpler a run, are the Knog naked people bags.
  • The Magic Bus from Clifbar – Clif launched the 2milechallenge and invited us for a tour (podcast to follow).
  • Dahon’s booth – I always found my way back to talk with Dahon about Urban mobility.
  • Skins – Gradient Compression performance equipment: watch for a review.
  • Boosta Shot – our Hugga Hookup sponsor was very popular during the Crit Championships.
  • Hed Jet 60 C2Hed got us one of 2 pair in existence and Mike raced them in the crit and rode them to Red Rock Canyon.
  • Hincapie Sportswear – the hugga kits were a hit and easily spotted during the Industry Cup.

Cycling in Vegas

I rode all over Vegas (podcasts to follow) and noticed the smut-by-bike delivery squad. This worker cleaned the vending machines and stocked them with more smut. He’s one of the thousands of working-class people that get their work done with bikes in Vegas.

There’s also a vibrant road and mtn scene with spectacular routes and a bike expressway.

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New York to get Paris style bike rentals?

New York Mayor Bloomberg is in France, and apparently considering a bicycle rental program similar to the popular parisian Velib system. Bloomberg doesn’t sound very optimistic unfortunately. Apparently NYC tried this out on a much smaller scale earlier this year. Chicago and Portland are evaluating a rental systems too.



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