An absolute must-do for any local bike enthusiast, Cascade’s annual Cyclefest promises to be bigger and better than ever this year. With events kicking off earlier and including everything from bike polo matches to sprint racing, the Tour de France Stage 14 viewing is simply icing on the cake (or great head on the beer, as it were). And with New Belgium on tap, it’s a cyclist’s paradise. So turn on your headlight, adjust your fenders and bring a blanket to watch the peloton climb Plateau-De-Beille.
I LOVE Seattle summers. We go through months of dreary clouds and drizzle making our summers that much more enjoyable. We usually gets weeks of uninterrupted sun from June to September, but this week not so much.
So this morning I did the œmixed-mode commute. I hopped on the bus and headed into the office just as it started raining. I fired up the BlackJack IM on my way in to start my morning bitching to Byron. Argh - I wasn’t prepared to ride home in the wet.
Anyway, the story gets better. As I was riding home with threatening skies, it was actually pretty pleasant. It started to rain, and the warmer tempuratures actually made passable - almost enjoyable. Sure I had to do a little more bike cleaning once I got home, but it was a nice change to feel the slog of wet shoes and jersey again. Even with the wet, my ride home on two wheels was far better than anything I’d get out of sitting on the freeway with the rest of the Seattle drivers.
There’s a whole lot of Bike Huggin’ going on this week (and it’s freakin’ raining!), so here’s a summary “hugg it out” post for today, July 20th.
Updates from our video podcasts * Huggacast Episode Three is out and features Novara Buzz Bikes * Huggacasts are now available in the iTunes podcast directory * Next up in the Huggacasts are Novara’s new Flyby, a folding bike
From our super stylin’ and super comfortable clothing line * Socks are shipping * Shirts are back in stock (again) and shipping * Both are en route to Amazon.com for fulfillment * Jersey designs are complete and being made
Team Bike Hugger
- en route to the Tour de Toona
- New members on a composite team
Bikes in the news
- Seattle police arrest naked bike riders
- STP cyclist counts lucky stars after collision
- Peeing on the bike, shown on OLN
I’ll write more on this in another post, but we were rained out. Disappointing with one good ride, where I was reminded of the fruit eater.
Cyclecide, the alter-bike mechanics, mariachi-punk musicians and psychotic clowns freak bike rodeo is coming to Seattle to ride the 11th Annual Downhill & Messenger Challenge and make an appearance at Bumbershoot.
That just make the ridiculously-priced Bumbershoot worth one day. I’d also like to see Cyclecide go ripping right through the Tour de Fat Seattle, like a scene from Road Warrior, ‘cept the treasure is beer instead of fuel … ride that rocket bike right down the Burke-Gilman Trail – hooah that’d rule.
Anyone seen Cyclecide?
Banana peels always indicate a popular route (or there’s a crazed monkey on the loose). Seeing this, I’m guessing 2-day old peel, while riding the Olympic Peninsula reminded me of our Southeast Alaska tour where we’d see the bananas and other fruits from a cyclist we nicknamed, “the fruit eater.”
We never caught him, he always about 15 miles ahead of us. But we’d hear about him; people would ask if he was with us and I’d say, “was he eating fruit?” and that we were “chasing him.”
As our tour wore on, the fruit eater became a focal point: “did he have a trailer of fruit, where was he buying all that fruit, did he ever slow down or stop?”
Luckily, Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl wasn’t popular at the time, or I’m sure I’d have that annoying song in my head the entire time thinking about bananas.
“Let me hear you say, this shit is bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S”
When touring, what’s in your head, how do you keep the pedals turning? In Spain, I suddenly rediscovered Judas Priest and sang the lyrics to “Turbo Lover” several times.