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This One Time, Walked into a Pedicab Rodeo

You riding with us in Austin? Please do!

Austin is one of Bike Hugger’s collectively favorite cities thanks to the highly athletic population that happens to adore good food, drink and coffee. That’s one of the reasons we’ve headed to SXSW for so long and it’s the reason we’ve spent time in Austin as tourists as well.

This blog started because of a ride I did to Creedmoor Texas and back. That’s where I saw a lamb being born and a cactus in a tree. Later, buzzards and Mobile Socials

Freakiest thing I’ve seen is a buzzard eating a black cat while we were in Austin. Spooked me for days and still does. The scene occurred in front of a boarded up house, a few doors down from a Mega Church.

That still freaks me out and all the more reason to ride in Texas. If you haven’t already signed up for a SXCycles rental or our free bike and a phone promotion with Nokia, find a Southby bike with

Or what Susan does every year. She buys a cheap bike and leaves it behind. Whatever Southby bike modality you choose, it’s way better than back in the day when there were only two rental bikes in town and one was broken.



Town and Country with Ti

Gravel Ahead

Gravel Ahead

Posted the start of a gallery for the adventures will ride on gravel and forest service roads this Spring in the Pacific Northwest. On test for this ride are Sammy Slicks from Schwalbe, a tire we now recommend, with Zipp 303 Firecrests.

The bike is the D-Plus, a handbuilt, custom Ti Davidson cross bike. For gravel, we changed out the wheels, tires, and adjusted the brakes. Read more about the D-Plus here, all the posts on G+, and in the moment on Instagram.

When Mark V designed the D-Plus, he anticipated lots of time out in the country, on access and forest service roads. Ti is, after all, the original performance, comfort bike material. As I wrote when it was getting welded

A bong-sized BB, massive John Holmes head tube, and over-sized, thin-walled Ti tubing means a bike so stiff, it’s gonna hurt. Just not too much.

For a primer on gravel, see the Adventure issue of our Magazine, my posts from Reba’s Ride, and we’ll see you at a Vicious Cycle event soon. As much as I liked and dug deep with the Crux during Cross season, it was too stiff for a day on forest service roads.

wish those signs said BEER AHEAD

Long day in the Saddle

Bouncing along an Idaho backroad somewhere, my mind wondered to smooth pavement. I fantasized about a ribbon of black asphalt with predictable white lines, instead of a washboarded moonscape with sharp rocks and cattle guards. The springy, light, resilience of Ti should keep my mind, in the moment, on the ride next time.



Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (Trailer)


April will see the official release of James Erskine’s Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist, a feature-length documentary telling the story of Pantani’s dramatic rise and fall. Rapha will be commemorating the life and career of Il Pirata with a special edition Jersey due to be released in April.

Interesting and we didn’t see any PR on this yet, but found it on YouTube randomly, and a reminder that there were No Gifts for Pantani and Pantani in Pink Tuned into Chaos.



About Cascade

Cascade

Cascade is reinventing itself

Bike Hugger’s coverage of Team Rwanda and riding with Rafiki didn’t anticipate Cascade Bicycle Club on the front page of the The Seattle Times or the joke email this week that offended some of their members. That was just timing and as an opinion blog, we don’t do politics, but support Major Taylor 100%.

Cascade’s issues and how they work in Seattle is their challenge. In back channels, I’ve expressed my opinion on how they can become better community members. An opportunity may arise this year for us to produce an event together, a Seattle Mobile Social.

If that happens, it’s a non-political and not a fund-raising event.



Beer, Bourbon, and or Bud Ride

Bourbon

A Seattle Bourbon

With as many distilleries as weed shops and breweries in Sodo (South of downtown neighborhood), we decided to stop in and try a tasting. 2Bar Bourbon, at least the batch we had, is superb and the only bourbon made here in Seattle. As we learned from the hostess, 2Bar takes it from grain to glass. That means the entire process, including the mash is handled by them with local grains. Tasting notes were spice, butterscotch, and a smoothness in a Manhattan. I recommend you ride in and try their flavors. That’s what we we did and left with a bottle.

In the neighborhood of 2Bar are Pike, Georgetown, Schooner Exact, Emerald City Beer Company, and Pyramid. And between them, all the legal weed shops the state will allow.

For bike tourism, that’s a weekend.

More photos from 2Bar on our on G+ page.



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