The King of Pants

While I was at CES, I missed the whole Rock Racing, King of Pants thing, but Andrew got me up to speed.

michael%2Bball%2Bwheel.bmp.jpeg Out on a ride, I heard Cipo is signing with Rock and the Pants King, but then again maybe not. During Interbike, I stood with others at Rock’s Lamborghini display and wondered, “what does this have to do with bikes?” Later, I bumped into Frankie Andreu (I did notice he was wearing some really tight pants), talked with him about it, and figured out it was this guy with money throwing it around the sport. I didn’t meet Ball, but did hear all of his primes during the Interbike crit and saw his team pull up in Escalades. Not my thing, but hey he could’ve thrown his money at stripper poles and hip-hop culture.

So, I’m all for bringing rock and roll to the sport, fill the office park crit with fans, but also realize the sport has its traditions. We’ve worked with Hed Cycling on our bike projects – Jet 60s will complete the new race bike – and companies like Hed are what drive this industry and sport. While Ball can pop off all day, it’s what he does and makes some headlines, I’m sure Hed would rather just get back to building wheels.

An interesting footnote to this story, is that Andrew raced with Cipo and Tim Mulrooney from Hed during Rock Racing’s crit – here’s the photo.



Schooner Exact Anniversary Party

Tonight is the Schooner Exact Anniversary Party at The Beveridge Place, 7:00 PM.

Schooner Exact is “a local, small batch microbrewery focused on quality, handcrafted ales,” and last year brewed up Bike Hugger Brown for us. Good stuff.

Other blogs have noticed and Bike Hugger will be there



Bike Chute Aeronaut

From the what’s old is new department, I bet when the Parasailers were first marketing their thrill rides to tourists, it was all the newest thing.

Ah, but back in the day of safety bikes, Mr. Kabrich was the Bike Chute Aeronaut. I wonder if he chatted up the ladies with talk about “the draft” and “being aero.”

From the Library of Congress bike photos uploaded to Flickr by fixedgear.

More from the Bike Hugger Photostream.



Bikes on Buses: getting left behind

Seattle’s had it’s fare share of problems with bike on buses lately, but this article makes it clear it’s not all Metro’s fault. Apparently almost 900 people a year forget their bikes in bus racks. Kent Peterson to the rescue – if you left yours on, he (or some other nice person) can help you get it back at Bikestation. Frankly, it’s not clear to me what gets left behind more often, the bike or the rider.

I can easily imagine how this might happen, especially at a busy bus stop when talking with a friend. The driver drives off and there’s not much more you can do. Of course, the article mentions other reasons as well (hempfest being the chief culprit, although I’m sure all sorts of things get left on the bus during that day).

I’m sure this would be way less of a shock than getting off the bus and your bike not being on the rack anymore. This is apparently fairly common in downtown according to the drivers I get a chance to speak with. All the more reason to stand at the front of the coach and keep your eye on your bike.

Any huggers had to to retrieve a bike from Kent?



Fixed Beauty

Fixedgear has posted bike photos from the recently released Library of Congress collection.

More from the Bike Hugger Photostream.



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