Beijing Bans Cars

While Beijing announced it was selectively banning cars (odd/even days) to clean up the air for the Olympics, Cadel Evans was there riding the road race course and said, “my lungs hurt to breathe … .”

Taking a claimed 1.3 million cars off the road is impressive and they’ll also blast the sky with rain cannons, encourage more mass transit, and of course just ride their bikes. Don’t know if that’s going to make it any easier to breathe, but at least they’re trying.

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In the Bike Shop: Bill D

bill_d.jpg When you’ve been building frames for over 38 years, like Bill Davidson has, there’s lots to talk about, including the current obsession with carbon (used to be aluminum), what’s new is actually old, Paragon drop outs, the boomin’ business in S&S-equipped frames, and Parlee’s custom carbon frames (again with the carbon obsession).



The opposite of training

As the racing season winds down, I’m looking forward to the opposite of training. Where we just tour, travel, and ride big miles into the Fall. The MS150 is coming up and travel with folders to

and the Modal for longer rides to

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Paris-Brest-Paris Starts Monday!

P-B-P I’m nowhere near this hard-core, but P-B-P starts Monday. It’s 1200k in 90hrs for those of you unfamiliar with this old-school test. I know a couple people who are out there doing it. If you run a google blog search, you’ll find more than a few people blogging about their adventure. The coolest feature: Check out the P-B-P site where you can track rider’s progress along the route! I tracked the guy I know, and it correctly told me that, “le participant est inscrit mais non encore parti” (he hasn’t started yet). Good luck!

Update

We haven’t heard from him yet, but Andy is planning on blogging P-B-P for us.



QBP Launches Civia Bikes

Quality Bicyle Products (QBP) launched a new line of bikes this month under the name Civia Cycles. From QBP.com they are described as “High-end bikes and products designed for practical everyday transportation”. No pictures yet, but the blog on the Civia site notes that they will be launched at Interbike 2007. We’ll be sure to get right on it and get some pictures up to BikeHugger as soon as we can track them down.

For those of you who don’t know QBP - ask any shop. They describe themselves as “the shop behind the shop”. They provide special order and stock for most smaller shops (and probably the bigger ones too).

Some text from their http://www.civiacycles.com/: “Civia: The Community Way Fusing the Latin words Civis”community”and Via”the way, Civia is dedicated to leading the way to a new kind of community for cyclists. After all, biking is about more than bikes. By bringing like-minded people together”people who believe bikes make a difference in their own lives, the lives of their families and their communities”we can create a better world.

Civia is Serious About Transportation Civia is dedicated to promoting the use of bicycles for transportation. We designed our bikes from the ground up, studying every aspect of commuting, hauling, trekking and schlepping. Then we created forms to fit function and chose the best materials for the job. The result is a bicycle like no other”a machine tailored to the needs of people who live on the go, on the road”on their bikes. “



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