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Mountain Bike Capital USA

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 01:12

What the locals recommended @winterparkresort

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on Jul 30, 2015 at 7:26pm PDT

Arrived in Winterpark to mountain bike Granby and Trestle, but first dinner at Fontenots with beer the locals recommended. I’ll share local knowledge and the trails as I experience them. Being in Mountain Bike Capital USA, expecting the best.

Tern on the Today Show

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:28

Our friends from Tern were on the Today show, today! In a segment about the Best Bikes to Buy, The Link D8 was shown around the 2:05 mark.

Tour Recap

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 04:23

The Tour de France uploaded their 3-week recap edit yesterday and just watched it while working on Issue 27 of our magazine and before MTB in Colorado this weekend at Winter Park Resort and the Trestle Bike Park.

Trestle offers a lift and 58 trails sections. Having just rode in Park City and Deer Valley, interested in comparing the two. I’ve heard Trestle has amazing trails.



Tour de France: On the Podium

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 02:16

Best possible close to this Tour…Sagan machine gunning the crowd while Froome disapproves. As Jason Dul said, “Froome, in this vid, reminds me of Lee Trevino’s disapproval in Happy Gilmore.”

Our Tour de France Take

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 10:21

Our enthusiasm for the Tour this year ended at Stage 10 and Nathan Wright wrote about why in the Medium Bicycles Collection. His essay will appear in Issue 27 next month with more of our take on the tour. Did keep curating select tweets and watched the dramatic finale…

Scott 27.5+ Bikes

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 06:13

The story from #scottweek in Deer Valley is 27.5+ and it's for when the dirt isn't hero and you want traction, and control. More stories about the Genius LT Tuned and the rest of the 2016 bikes from @bikeonscott in the next issue of our magazine.

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on Jul 19, 2015 at 5:50pm PDT

The story, besides the Foil and new CX bike, from Scott Week in Deer Valley is 27.5+ and it’s for when the dirt isn’t hero and you want traction, and control. More stories about the Genius LT Tuned and the rest of the 2016 bikes from Scott Sports will appear in the next issue of our magazine. We wrote about 27.5+ previously on the blog and Medium. After Park City and Vegas in a week, resting up this weekend, and then heading to Colorado for more mountain biking….

Collisionable Moments

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 00:43

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on Jul 22, 2015 at 4:00pm PDT

The bike takes us to many places; including Tony Hsieh’s Airstream Park in Vegas where we had collisionable moments with the residents, including Marley the llama. We’ll ride in Vegas again for our annual Mobile Social Interbike. Maybe Marley will join us?

Scott Addict CX

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:17

The @bikeonscott Addict CX monster sized for adventure rides. #scottweek

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on Jul 21, 2015 at 5:25am PDT

The adventure you’ll have with this bike is directly proportionate to the size of the tire. It’s the Addict CX monster sized for gravel roads and indicates how purposeful the Swiss engineers are. While I didn’t ride this bike (demo only), it’s the same spec as the CX with a different fork for wider tires, like the Schwalbe G-One. I’ll share the rest of the stories about Scott’s new CX bike and the gravel version in the next issue of our magazine.. The lede is… took it up the lift, rode it down the mountain, and it handled perfectly.

Bosch eBikes

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 04:05


What better place to learn about Bosch eBikes than the birthplace of Seattle on Alki Beach? Seattle is a booming tech town and Bosch an engineering powerhouse. What Bosch staffers told me, as we rode around Alki was…

Bosch, the German engineering and technology powerhouse, that transformed the auto industry is now focusing on another transportation device: bicycles. Back in the late 1800s, Bosch was churning out automotive innovations, well before Henry Ford had launched the model T. In 1902 the company debuted the invention of the spark plug – an automotive part that is still vital to cars being manufactured today._

Bosch eBikes are battery operated pedal-assist system that, when mounted on a bicycle, can boost a cyclist’s power with electric power at speeds up to 20 mph. More than just a battery, the system is activated through pedaling and controlled through a handlebar unit that allows you to increase and decrease the level of power assist through four different levels._

At Bike Hugger, eBikes aren’t necessarily our thing, but if they were, mid mounts (at the bottom bracket) are what we’d want, and recommend. That’s because they assist a cyclist instead of pushing or pulling from a rear or front hub. The drivetrain isn’t passive, the harder you pedal the more it assists, and you’ll figure this out on the first climb. The added weight of an motor and battery means an eBike isn’t a climber, until you shift up, start spinning, push the + button on the controller until turbo (the fourth mode) kicks in, and up the hill you go. Stop pedaling and it stops.

Powered Edgerunner

For urban commuting and errand running, Bosch brought an XTracycle to our meeting and it reminded me of the stoked Bettie (Surly Big Dummy with Stokemonkey) from years ago. That bike operated on the same principal of pedal assist and was used as car replacement. In hilly Seattle and when loaded, power assist was the only way to get around.

Bosch is on a new charm offensive in the States, meeting editors and publishers like me curbside for a ride. It was fun meeting them, and their tech is solid. While I prefer a less technological approach to biking and their role as fitness equipment, I understand why Bosch eBikes sell so well in Europe, and appreciate the enthusiasm of the Bosch staffers.

As congestion increases in cities, the bike will become a more viable alternative. With pedal assist commuters can get over those hills dressed for work, arriving without breaking a sweat, just like Europeans do, and maybe those new Seattlelites working downtown at Amazon. They came here seeking fortune, just like the Denny party did when they landed at Alki.

Tour 16: Trust the Data

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 02:04

Feels like #TDF 2005 all over again. Trains harder ✔️ Cutting-edge approach ✔️ High cadence ✔️ Witch hunt ✔️ Legal action ✔️ #TDF2015

— Alex Oates (@Velocentric) July 16, 2015

What Alex said and it feels like we’re watching another sequel in a bad movie franchise, but you can trust that data at least, and Dimension is parsing it in ways we’ve haven’t seen before.

First Ride: Raleigh Roker

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 04:48


First ride impressions: it’s like a long Cross bike with big tires and from the first ride, feels more at home on the dirt than road. I’ll spend more time on all roads with the Roker, and write about it in an upcoming issue of our magazine.

Pan handle wishbone is interesting and dampens

Tubeless and Clement x’Plor M50s

Hooray for thru-axles!

Built: Make and Tell at DKCB

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 04:08

Built is a series of talks by people who create, and after a hiatus since SXSW, we’ve bringing the event back this Summer to DKCB in Fremont for Malts and Machinery.

Max Kullaway and Mark V will reveal their bike design and build process while Westland Distillery shares a tasting of their thoughtfully-made whiskey. We’ll have appetizers and craft beer during the evening too. If the mood is ride, maybe a song and dance…

Meet Mark V

Taste Westland whiskey

Learn what this machine does

Note: space is limited and the $29.00 ticket price includes a tour of the on-premise DKCB bicycle factory.

Sannino: One Thing Led to Another

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 05:03

Retro steel: because it’s funny to slip by riders on bikes that weigh less and have twice as many gears. But is friction shifting better than the latest 11sp systems on the market? No; it SUCKS.

Slipped on a 25-year old jersey and rode a 30-year old bike on a fine Sunday. No power meter, no Garmin…just my iPod shuffle. Coming back in from the Mercer loop, The Fixx came on, and one thing led to another.

A festival in Chinatown

Inline skate competition at the skate park

Tour 16: Dangling Gold Chains

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 02:50


In this edition of the the Tour, we see dangling gold chains early, during the TTT. They usually come out in the mountains, when the racers are climbing.

After a long week and getting Issue 26 out, taking today off, and riding this afternoon. For more on the Tour, besides the jewelry, see these tech articles

The audio sample in the Vine, is from Kraftwerk’s Tour de France soundtracks.

Issue 26 Dedication

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 14:41

The struggle of a climb. A beautifully crafted bike. Going on a diet. The dedication required to bike to work, complete a century, or race.

On iTunes and the Web for $16.00 a year or $4.00 an issue. The free cover story is about a baby-blue cargo bike and the dedication it took to release it to market.

Tour 16 Stage 3: Recap

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 04:21

Chris Froome finished second to take the yellow jersey as Joaquim Rodríguez won the stage while two serious crashes caused the race to be temporarily stopped. The Tour video shows a high-velocity crash that took out a Cancellara, as well as Simon Gerrans, Dmitrii Kozonchuk, Tom Dumoulin, and William Bonnet. That’s many great riders out or hurt due to something as mundane as a touched wheel, something that happens could happen at Saturday shop ride. Two broken backs, broken collarbones, broken shoulders, broken wrists. The crash happens at 0.13. So what caused it? High winds, speed, and a touch of wheels.


on Twitter, I’m curating a collection of tweets, as the race happens and on this page for our mobile users.

Tour 16 Stage 4: Tony Wins in Yellow

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 04:21

I have such complicated feels for this sport, but that was an impressive win…riding away from the pack. In his own words

I was so nervous. I don’t know how many watts I pulled. More than I ever did. Now I am so happy and a thousand thanks to my team. They supported me the whole week. Now I gave it back so I’m super happy.

And from David Millar

TONY DID IT. I LOVE THIS SPORT.

— David Millar (@millarmind) July 7, 2015

Also noteworthy from the stage, Runkels!.

Follow along as I curate a collection of Tour tweets on Twitter, and for our mobile viewers, see this page.

Gestalt Details and the Tour

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 04:21

Marin Gestalt

While the industry and fan focus is on the Tour, details are still getting worked out on bikes like this from Marin Gestalt and designed by Pfalzgraff, who also makes our magazine covers.

Photo: AP via Twitter

For our take on the Tour, as it happens, see this collection of tweets. Today while running an errand it was chaos with Stybar winning after a crash involving Tony Martin and Nibali. Such is the roulette wheel of a race and who’s got good luck that day. For a human interest story, Daniel Teklehaimanot made history being the first African to hold a jersey.

Daniel Teklehaimanot makes #TDF history as he becomes the first African rider to hold a jersey http://t.co/j8oPbxADrd pic.twitter.com/wToIgDlJLm

— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 9, 2015

Tour Time on Twitter

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 05:55

Got started a bit late with Tour coverage, being at a wedding, followed by a holiday, but now it’s on and being curated via Twitter here and a page on our mobile site.

Happy 4th

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:40

In some Havaianas, we take a few days off this time of year, and hope you do too. Once back, work starts on Issue 26 of our magazine. The theme is celebration.

The struggle of a climb. A beautifully crafted bike. Going on a diet. The dedication required to bike to work, complete a century, or race.

It drops in a couple of weeks. I’d also recommend your read this heartwarming and sad (bawling, actually) story for the holiday weekend. It has a happy ending.