Disc Brakes no longer just for the Mud

I’ve got a good collection of bikes, but in the Pacific Northwest, the bike that gets the most action is my rain bike. It’s my commuter most days, and after years of replacing brake pads monthly for only marginal stopping power - I have found the light: Disc Brakes on a road bike. Fender routing is simple with plenty of tire clearance. Stopping power is never in question in even the heaviest downpours. I’m sure many commuters who ride in more of an upright “mountain” position have been riding discs for years, but I’m happy to have finally made the jump. There a couple major brands out there with offerings (Kona Sutra, Redline Disc-R, Trek Portland), as well as some smaller frame builders who have put together some nice custom setups (Marcroft Cycles, Clemente Cycles). If Santa’s bringing a new bike this year - maybe remember to share the love with the rain bike?



USA Today Features Outdoor Gifts

A gift guide in USA Today features cycling gear, clothes, food, and says, “Bike makers have been busy coming up with some dandy models for 2007 that feature the creative use of carbon fiber technology. The bottom line is a bike that’s stiff enough to win a sprint to the next stop sign while also being comfortably compliant. In English, that means fast and comfy.” And perfect for the bike hugger!

Continuing with the focus on sports, USA Today’s gift blog links to “tricked out” bathing suits for triathletes.



Fulfillment by Amazon and Holiday Shipping

Soon Amazon.com will fulfill Clip-n-Seal or our behalf. That means that our freshiness product is eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping, Amazon.com customer service, and returns. As soon as Clip-n-Seals hit Amazon.com’s warehouse, we’ll update our product pages to reflect the change. Bike Hugger shirts will also eventually ship directly from Amazon.com.

Holiday Shipping

We will ship from our warehouse up until the December 14th 2006. After the 14th, Amazon.com should fulfill and our offices will close for vacation (in Maui!) until December 26th 2006.



Soundoff on bikes vs cars

Ghostcycle Reducing bicycle-car collisions is the 2nd most popular Soundoff discussion on the Seattle PI today. The discussion follows the release of Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan and a front page article stating that 900 riders have been injured in Seattle and 5 killed.

In the discussion you’ll find the standard arguments that cars are entitled to the road, cyclists must obey the laws, and pretty much drivers are idiots and cyclists are idiots. While, as huggers, we defer to the drivers are idiots view, I think the plan addresses much of the dangers for cyclists and cars in Seattle. Those dangers are demonstrated very well by Ghost Cycle, including a death that was close to Bike Hugger earlier this year.

After the jump, our ongoing coverage of this topic.

More on Cycling in Seattle and Urban Cycling



Finally Carbon Clinchers!

Carbon Cyclingnews reviews Fulcrum’s new carbon clinchers, Reynolds has launched an impressive new line, Bontrager’s got a really expensive set, and 07 is going to be the year of the all-carbon clincher (after the jump, a link to how all-carbon wheels are made by MQC for Reynolds).

I’d never ridden tubulars until this year and now I know why; I was terribly frightened of Tufo’s tape, lost the valve inside the rim for a while, and was always messing with the air pressure. Tubulars are like dating someone that’s high-maintenance. After a while, no matter how sexy hot they are, it’s not worth the trouble.

Sure, I get the weight penalty, old school ride, and the tubular v. clincher debate is as old as Bob Roll. But with about 40 grams difference between a typical set and clincher tire innovations, I think the debate is soon over.

For an exhaustive review of bicycle tires and tubes and most everything else, see Sheldon Brown. Also check Tubes, Tubeless, or……..Tubular? and 808 v. Hed3.

Finally, enjoy Composites World’s review of all-carbon wheels and how they’re made.



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