Liquid Sunshine

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.



Hugg it out for July 20th

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.

Huggacast

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

Hugga Comfort

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

Olympic Tour

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.



Alter-bike mechanics, mariachi-punk musicians and psychotic clowns!

rocket_bike.jpg 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?



This Shit is Bananas

banana_peel.jpg 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.



Olympic Roads

In this short clip, Pam and I ride the roads of the Olympic National Forest near Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort.

Our videos are now available as a download for iTunes via our Huggacast. Subscribe for more episodes.



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