Santa Barbara Cruisers

As seen at the Santa Barbara Airport


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Relaxing before the TT at Redlands



velocouture.jpg A reader sent us a Flickr group photo pool for the, “smart, stylish, functional outfits worn by transportational bicyclists.” And I said, “wool!”

Also blogged by Bicycle Fixation, a blog that’s way into bikes like us and on Letter from Hen Waller.

Gotham Bikes

In my travels to NYC (I was there for a blogging summit), I hadn’t met any cyclists, just seen pizza delivery bikes, and a few messengers in traffic. Sitting at a round table, listening to a lecture, and checking on BIke Hugger, one of the attendees said, “hey! you’re a cyclist and we proceeded to chat about the Gotham scene.” He told me about

and said that it was easy to get out of the city into some good riding. Walking home from dinner, I passed Chelsea Bicycles, but it was late. I’m never in New York long enough to bring a bike, but maybe next time, I can meet a local club.

Hydraulic Shifting by 5rot

umwerfer_gross.jpg The Goat tipped us to a $2K hydraulic shifting system that’s made by 5rot. The shifters are “nearly frictionless, light, and accurate and cost 2k!” And must be marketing to the dude that doesn’t want his bike to look like anyone elses and cost lots more. Snark aside, I’ll give 5rot props for the industrial form and function of the design – anyone remember Shimano’s multiple attempts at air shifting? Or Mavic’s ill-fated electro shifter?

Hydraulic shifting reminded me of Bettie (shifting under big loads, makes one think of hydraulics, electronics, or a damn belt drive).

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