Bike Hugger Racing Bike

Quick, camera phone photos of the Bike Hugger Racing Bike project in progress … tacked up and ready to weld.

The concept frame and bike will debut at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, February 8th in Portland. Details about its interesting and innovative design and fabrication to follow.

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Updated

More photos added with full details on 2/08/08.



Cyclocross Exploration riders in the Times

The local cyclocross race season’s pretty much wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean you need to hang your cyclocross rig up for the year. Good story in the Seattle Times about off-road/on-road touring, written by Mike McQuaide who rides out of Bellingham.



LED lights at CES

LED%20lights.jpg I saw several vendors displaying long flexible strips of LED lights, as seen in the video I shot at CES. They all seem to run on 12V power sources, so they would be adaptable to bicycle use. One vendor had strips that changed colour in waves, but those required a controller about the size of a Twinkie.

If the system was already bike-ready, I’d be buying it for my girlfriend’s bike, just like the dekochari bikes in Japan. That would be so pimp, I can’t even describe it.

Pilot EL-Tech (Shenzen) Ltd displayed the multi-colour strips.

logisys also had single colour LED strips as well as the products.



Fender Flaps: your bike’s fashion statement

UPDATE: Yeah - I’m recycling this post from last year. I had a co-worker tell me today that they came across this post so I thought I’d re-run it. I’m going to Lowe’s tonight to get new flap material. Seems I’ve worn a hole in my rear flap…

There’s been some comments around fenders lately. One of the most important aspects of a good fendering job is a solid buddy flap. The concept is - even with full fenders, your buddy riding behind you is probably getting a good stream of wet grit in their teeth. The buddy flap gives you more coverage leaving you friends dry and clean.

Buddy Flaps makes some pretty sweet custom flaps if there’s interest in showing off your “hugger” love.



What you make the flap from is tends to say a little but about you:

Leather flap Leather - “I’m a cowboy! Saddle up!”











Leather flap Semi Truck - “I ride so much that I need REALLY THICK rubber to hold back all the grit”











Leather flap Half Bottle - “I have so many bottles, yeah I’ve got one to waste to keep you clean”











Leather flap Leopard Print - “I like to party all the time”











Leather flap Duct Tape - “I only make a half effort for my friends because I know it’ll fall apart soon anyway”







Me - I use MP2x50 PVC Sump Pump Discharge Hose. You can get it by the foot at the hardware store and it lasts forever. What does that say about me?



Great bike video—“Monday”, just an average ride

This is pretty much exactly what my daily ride is like, except for the sound track, mountain biking, bmxing, trialing, and fantastic scenery (at least at this time of year) and almost everything else.

The joy of riding though? These guys nail it.

The rider is Mike Bentham, a trials rider out of Victoria BC who’s recently re-launched his website. If you’ve been watching trials videos in the past you’ve probably seen his stuff before.



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