My Manhattan Project

sycip%20drawing.jpg The secret is out: I’ve got a new custom track frame in the works. It’s a project I started two years ago and is now just weeks away from completion. I designed the bike down to the millimeter and chose each and every bit of metal individually. This will be the third in a series of track frames that Sycip Designs has built for me, and I salute Jeremy Sycip for putting up with my whacked out requests over the years. Be sure to check in over the next couple weeks for updates.

Next time: the track bike with 3 down tubes



Ibex Cycling Apparel

Header_Logo_S07.gif Ibex sent us arm and knee warmers and a jersey to try out. I took the New Zealand Merino wool clothes with me to Santa Barbara. It was thankfully warm in SBA and I didn’t wear the warmers for very long, but did note during the ride that they were well-constructed and offer a unique blend of wool, nylon, and Lyrca. They’re also made in the USA.

Temperature regulation is always tough in wet, cold climates (and Seattle has been the wettest and coldest this year!) and I think Ibex would meet the demand for training rides, commutes, and recreational rides. The material is probably too thick for hard riding, but I’ll need to long-term test that factor on a colder, pouring, suffering ride to make sure.

What’s interesting about Ibex and their competitors, is that wool is back. Well, it could be argued that it never left, but back in the day all you had to wear was wool, including shorts! One of my all-time favorite jerseys is an ancient Santini St. Raphael. I bring it out on frosty, yet sunny mornings and it’s liberating to just wear that, unzip when it warms up, and not get all technically layered up. I also exclusively wear SmartWool socks to keep my feet cool and comfortable.

The Fausto Lightweight Jersey Ibex also sent us feels like old St Raphael, but lighter and more comfortable – the pockets could be more generous in the back, but overall it’s a nice addition to the cycling wardrobe and well designed and blended. It’s not scratchy, very comfortable, and it actually doesn’t really feel like wool. Here’s an idea for Ibex: make a light wool track suit, for just lounging around, after riding.

Are you wearing wool now? Have an old favorite in the closet?



Photo of the Day: Flower Bike

Submitted by San Fran Cup

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A new pair of gloves . . .

Check Pink Bike and Flowers post on racing hard to win a new pair of gloves, which is only slightly better than winning a tube, tire, or the all-time favorite, a seat post. Ah well, we don’t do it for the money.

Related photos, including some road rash.



Redlands in Review

IMG_0515 Team Bike Hugger had an outstanding first NRC race of 2007 in Redlands, California. We rode well as a team, enjoyed time together before and after each stage of the race and were a positive presence in Redlands. We also had a good time reporting on the race through the team’s blog. Check it out for race videos and final thoughts on the race.

The Bike Hugger shirts are really cool, we got lots of compliments on them. We suggest that if you wear a size small jersey, to order a medium shirt.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our race experiences with the Bike Hugger community. We have all returned home to compete locally until we can get back together again for another NRC stage race (tbd). I’ll be writing for Bike Hugger periodically, for more on racing and whatever you’re interested in hearing about.



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