Hugga rode Kona on the Big Island.
This Huggcast shows the Mobile Social Interbike where we rode the Strip, met up at the USA Crit Finals, and partied. Fossil Fool rapped with his Soul Cycle- equipped Yuba Mundo and sent it out. Our friends at Xtracycle brought the Bike Blender and transported Aussie beer. I rode a new Novara Buzz road bike alongside a small fleet of Dahons. Crumpler and Ibex gave the scwhag and one lucky dawg won a set of Hed Wheels.
Huggacast Episode Thirty Seven, we commute in Shanghai by bike, ferry, and on a Maglev train.
- Audio Sample is Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Year Remix) — Gorillaz - D-Sides.
- Maglev was running at lower power to save energy during non peak hours — it’s goes 408/kmh
- The ferry boarding procedure was “intense”
In Huggacast Episode Thirty Six, we visit the Bund by way of a trippy tourist tunnel and find the Pudong bike expressway where a scooter-assisted cargo bike is plodding along. Watch for the mockery from another scooter as they ride by.
- Audio Sample is Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Year Remix) — Gorillaz - D-Sides.
- Shanghai is most rideable, despite what you read or hear
- More videos are coming from our ride into the French concession on roads reserved just for bikes and scooters.
Read Maui Winter Break Video.
The Bike Hugger, outside his natural habitat …
Note that Pam called me pussy foot and I said, “the rocks were rough” and to “shut up.” And, “ya know I can go like 50 mph+ down a hill, on my bike, eating a bar with one hand and removing my arm warmers with the other.”
Our 22nd Huggacast, and last one for 07, features a tour of Brompton’s Factory with Will Butler-Adams, Engineering Director. Brompton is the London-based designer and manufacturer of the Brompton folding bicycle and related accessories.
I posted earlier this month on riding a Brompton with their tech specialist, Rory Ferguson. The video features a discussion of all the parts that go into a Brompton, welding, wheel building, and assembly. The bike shown at the end, folded by my desk, is the one I brought home. It’s a new model with a rear frame clip and a snappy 2 speed drivetrain.
Read Brompton Factory Tour.
What’s the most ridiculous bike lane you’ve ridden?
Bike Hugger was in San Antonio test riding the Modal, a travel bike concept that folds and toggles between single, fixed, and geared modes. Besides this ridiculously short lane, San Antonio did have a good system of paths and roads on the Mission to Mission ride.
Google Videos ongoing sketchiness results in sometimes the 34 second bike lane is available and sometimes not. You can download and view it from directly from our servers.
As noted in this post, Jason got a big betel nut boost during our ride around Taipei with Dahon. Betel nut is a chewable stimulant sold in stands, similar to cocoa leaf, and it’s dispensed by girls in lingerie.
Also available on the Huggacast.
In another clip from our Blogging Beijing by Bike videos, we ride during rush hour. In a city with 13 million people, 3 million cars and millions of bikes, riding is a chaotic experience. We just rode, found a way through it, and joined the flow in Beijing.
From our Flickr Photostream
- Kona 09
- Bike Hugger Amsterdam
- Bike Hugger Italy
- Greenville State Road Race
- Style in Motion Weekend
- Boise Bike Boom
- Novara Boise Photoshoot
- Mobile Social Portland
- Blogging Shanghai
- Bike Hugger @ Mix 08
- Maui 08
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The Prelude: Leaving Las Vegas….the hard way
This past Interbike experience now ranks as my worst. Never have I been more under the gun to cover the show and get business done. Thursday night I was just barely staying ahead of the cresting wave….working hard on last minute tasks for the mobile social. And then somebody suggested that I take drink some Jack Daniels straight from the bottle. After that, the night crashed…there wasn’t even a spiral, the plane just dove straight into the ground. Total blackout. Horrible.
Day One: Getting to Taiwan
If I drink a lot the night before, I cannot sleep in. While this is normally something of a curse, this trait totally saved my ass this time. I woke up at 6am and switched into full panic mode to find my bike and pack it along with everything else in the hotel room so I could fly to LAX for the beginning of the Taiwan Cycling & Cultural Tour, sponsored by China Airlines.
Surprises were waiting for me at the Vegas airport, for when I had rebooked my Interbike flights over the phone, Expedia had somehow put me on a 9:35 PM to LAX, rather than AM. I nearly threw up (again!) when the American Airlines ticket agent explained the problem, but somehow she tapped a couple buttons and got me on a 9:20AM to LAX as a standby. I got to the gate with just enough time to buy some water from a shop at the terminal. As my trembling hand dropped the bills into the palm of a surprisingly cute cashier, I described my Vegas experience in three simple words: “Worst. Trip. Ever.” She giggled; I dragged my ass onto an airplane.
Read Taiwan 2009: pt 1.
The Let’s Ride Taiwan 2009 event at Sun Moon Lake was sponsored by China Airlines, who thoughtfully provided company in the form of stewardesses (or if you must, “flight attendants”). Considering that it was raining and the sheer number of people on the ride, these women were quite competent riders on the bikes, provided by Giant. The route was only a short portion of the Round the Lake Road, as the sections on the far side would be challenging to the casual enthusiast and those not on performance bikes.
Besides, we needed to get to the Lalu Hotel so the organizers could bury us under a decadent Chinese style banquet. And if you’ve never experienced a Chinese banquet, then you’re missing out on life.
The weather here has been a bit damp, as there is a typhoon ravaging the Phillipines not too far away, but otherwise the the conditions here are really nice. If I had the opportunity to stay here a week or so during the depths of the Pac NW winter…just to relax and get fit, that would be AWESOME. The food here is really great too. Price-wise, it would be inaccurate to say that it is dirt cheap, but it is certainly reasonable, and much less expensive than Japan.
I’m in Taiwan for the Let’s Bike Taiwan 2009, a cycling and cultural tour of the island known as the Republic of China. Today’s ride was a scenic jaunt along the very picturesque Sun Moon Lake. Bikes were provided by Giant, an evermore appropriate name for the Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer. On one of the stops of today’s ride, I shared some tea, grown right here in the Sun Moon Lake area, with the vice president of Giant, James Hu.
After being at the forefront of bicycle production, both cutting edge and mundane, the Taiwanese leaders are looking to foster an enthusiasm for riding bikes in Taiwan itself. Has it worked? Actually, cycling has seemingly caught on like wildfire among the people, and bicycle friendly infrastructure in the capitol Taipei is on the rise.
Here are the first shots of the S&S BMX from Davidson Handbuilt Bicycles. This is a titanium frame with chromoly steel fork, S&S couplings, a rear derailleur, and disc brakes. The concept is that a BMX is the most fun way to get around short distances and in the cramped quarters of the urban environment, where cars, pedestrians, and random infrastructure hamper the freedom of a road bike or fixed gear. The only thing about a BMX bike is that once you can get a straight shot at open pavement, you spin out of the low-ish single speed gear. But if you add a derailleur…well, then it’s like adding booster rockets to get you to orbital altitude. And if such a bike would be fun in on the streets that my front opens onto, then they would really be fun when I explore other cities.
We had a fabulous time at the Bike Hugger Mobile Social Interbike 2009. Thanks so much to our partners Novara, REI, Globe and Dahon. We’ll write more about this after we’ve slept a bit and get all the images into the Hugger Flickr stream, but in the meantime, here’s the Flickr group of the images I shot of us riding down the Las Vegas strip and hanging out at our VIP tent course-side at the Crits.
We were thrilled to meet so many of you all (we had more than 250 people attending our booth, including Gary Fisher). We gave away a ton of schwag and raffle prizes, including Hed Wheels, Sun-Ringle wheels and a fantastic Novara bike.
This ride was by far the best part of Interbike for me, so thanks personally to everyone who made this such a great night.
Cycling is the national pastime and they’re working now on promoting the country as a cycling destination. We’re happy to help! The tour itinerary includes:
- Sun Moon Lake, Round the Lake Road
- Poet’s Aria Taroko
- Dongfong Green Green Passage
- Guanshan, Taitung County
- Taipei Guandu Left Bank of Bali.
Previous Taiwan Coverage
Dahon’s new IOS XL won a gold in the Eurobike Design Awards. The IOS XL features integrated ights, pump, and phone charger. Road.cc previewed the high-tech folder last month. Dahon also won an award for a new folding helmet. I was just commenting on the need for a travel helmet.
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LA Times reporter Susan Spano tours for 4 days in Denmark.
My 50-mile trip was hardly as long or as arduous as the Tour. I never tried to go fast because I wasn't competing for the yellow jersey. I went riding for the fine food and beautiful scenery, both of which I found on the island of Funen.
Photos: Susan Spano, Reporting from Copenhagen
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