Hugger Holiday Shipping

We’ll stop directly shipping our Hugga comfort retail line (socks, shirts, jerseys) from December 18 until the new year. All of our goods are available on Amazon.com and shipping for Christmas Eve until the 22nd. See the deadlines at Amazon Gift Central.

Note that the socks sold out this week, but we’ve got new stock already en route. Clip-n-Seals are also shipping from Amazon.com.



The Girlfriend’s Bike

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p> It happens all the time: boy meets girl, boy decides to get her a bicycle. This is especially true for hardcore bike geeks. These relationships don’t always work out. Scan eBay listings for road bikes smaller than 52cm and you’ll find a dozens of stories about bikes for girlfriends that just ended up collecting dust. Oh, and the girlfriends don’t always stick around either. Then that bike definitely is an eyesore.

So getting your girlfriend a bike is always a risky move. But it can be fun.

My girlfriend has declared that she isn’t into athletics, but she picked up my Redline BMX and decided that she would ride more if her bike weighed a lot less. So I pulled a spare BMX frame out of the back of the shop and started a project.

The modern BMX bike is a direct descendent of the Schwinn Stingray, a 20”-wheeled, banana seat classic. I hatched this idea to take a racing BMX frame and returning it to its roots. I’ve got a Kappa cromoly frame with 1-1/8” headset and a Euro BB, and I’m gonna put high-rise “ape-hanger” handlebars and a banana seat on it. I’ve got the project halfway done now. The bike has a early 90’s Campagnolo Chorus crankset and Redline fork. It’s gonna be AWESOME. If she ends up really liking it, I’ll have it repainted this spring.

So who else has gotten a cool bike for a significant other? And I mean a really cool bike, not some token hybrid. Did the girl keep riding, or did it end up on eBay?

I mean, the bike on eBay…

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Next Ride Maui

Hugger departs next week for our annual Maui ride. We’ll ride to Hana, upcountry Haleakala, and more for about 28 hours of ride time. If we’re feeling good, we may just ride around the whole island. I’ll have the Modal with me.

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Posts and podcasts to follow.



Bikes and Electric Cars

Portland is certainly known for bikes, but also now for electric cars. In the background of this shot are three cars at an electric charging station.

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KCCX: Cyclocross Nationals off to a great start

KCCX_MENS30-39MARC_BAVINEAU.jpg The USA Cycling 2007 Cyclocross Nationals are well underway in Kansas City this week, with results from the first day already starting to roll in. Races continue today through Sunday, and over 2000 will be racing. Several of the Elite champions will be attending to defend titles. However the most interesting development will be something we all love to talk about: the weather – 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected on the course by Saturday morning. This will definitely make the later races more… exciting. Best of luck racers!



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