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Slaying the Badger is on Tonight

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:07

Our friends from Rapha reminded me that tonight on ESPN, is Slaying the Badger. Check your local listings and read the entire first chapter from the book

In the midst of competition, Hinault attempted to snatch victory like a furious, clawing rodent… he acted not only for himself but for a nation horrified that its great race might be hijacked by an American outlaw.

Le Tour Stage 16 Recap: Take a Bow

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 04:16

Take a bow, photo @JoshRBurrows

Voeckler tries to steal the show, but in the Pyrenees, Mick Rogers takes a bow.

And a press car was where it shouldn’t be….

A still from the Disney movie ‘Cars’, about a plucky little car who wanted to race the Tour. pic.twitter.com/XJydV0FLLF

— nyvelocity (@nyvelocity) July 22, 2014

Rest Day for Us Too

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:18

In the Aspens, mayne, with a nice whip

A rest day for the Tour and one for us to get caught up on photos, videos, and words after a week on the road in Vegas for SXSW, then Scott Week. Here’s a storied, swipey, touchy version of my Genius LT Tuned ride.

Lots of things to push, click, and switch

And if you’re into that sort of industry intrigue, at the high end, Scott specs SRAM drivetrains with XTR brakes. I pushed and clicked everything hanging off that bar and it all worked splendidly. Even flipped the chip, which switches the geo from short to long.

Also see this vignette on Medium about the Voltage I rode too.

Rode a Freeride Bike

After I’m through the 5 gigs of photos taken, they’ll get shared like this one in the G+ gallery.

Le Tour Stage 15 Recap: 10 Meters Short

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:17

Jack Bauer the cyclist pulled for like 24 hours, breakaway nearly stayed away, the catch, and then Kristoff wins!

2ème victoire pour le Viking / 2nd victory for the Viking @Kristoff87 #TDF pic.twitter.com/d1votOenD7

— Le Tour de France (@letour) July 20, 2014

That was 10 meters too short for Bauer and left him shattered.

China-Loading Before High Cascades 100

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:59

Mark V China-loads before a race

Yesterday Mark V raced a 100 miles on his mountain bike. Like his adventure on gravel, his athletic ability is unprocessed and unrefined….organic even. He just shows up at events like this periodically.

The front of the field is no longer in sight, though it’s not like I didn’t already know that I’m not fit enough to hang with them. Long distance isn’t my forte, and I don’t really have that many miles in my legs this year. – from Issue 13, Grand Fondo Leavenworth

Raced complete

Expecting a dream sequence in his 100-mile MTB race report for the next issue of our mag, like Jim Morrison met him on the trail, and insisted he continue. Texting from somewhere in the Oregon outback, I received periodic updates

don’t carbo load before races; I china-load.

my triceps hurt so bad….like I sat in a car for a game of “Punch Bug” w Mike Tyson.

and

13hrs;dunno

At Leavenworth, he blamed his horrible cramping on the lack of Chinese food

But whether Leavenworth is more Bavaria or rural Washington, I am clearly not going to get the type of semi-authentic Chinese food I’m craving.

Good thing he found some in Bend and finished with legs intact.

Issue 15 drops next month with articles about the mountain biking I did during Scott Week too.

Le Tour Recap: Been Mountain Biking

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:05

@letour: Let's start the mythical Col d'Izoard! #TDF pic.twitter.com/VsjAbco0XA” rode this in 2008! Wonder if patch of grass has grown back…

— Andrew Gregory (@Andrew_Gregory) July 19, 2014

Riding mountain bikes for the past few days with Scott Bikes during Scott Week, our Tour coverage will resume tomorrow, ‘till then have a look at this BBC article about racer body types.

One of the race’s most famous climbs, the Alpe D’Huez, a difference of three kilos could make a difference of up to two-and-a-half minutes over the 14km of the ascent.

Also see the AP’s interactive feature on the Tour. 

American Andrew Talansky became the latest top rider to abandon the Tour de France. Defending champion Chris Froome, two-time winner Alberto Contador and sprint specialist Mark Cavendish have already been forced out of the race due to injury after all suffered heavy crashes in a treacherous first half of the Tour.

And we’re tuning in again tomorrow.

Chrome Mobile Factory Tour

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:59

Today and tomorrow in Seattle, at the new Chrome Hub, they’re making shoes, drinking beer, and offering discounts. Check the flyer for the details.

Scott Week: Genius LT Tuned for Enduro

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:53

Scott Genius LT Tuned. Photo taken with Mike Schirf

Was having so much fun on the flow trails at Deer Valley, decided for the last run to try a double black. After 5 runs on Sunset and Naildriver, I walked the gnarliest sections Twist and Shout. Had the spirit and desire, but not that technical of skills. The bike could totally handle it though, and I felt I let it down. Feeling like I owed the Genius something, raced against a setting sun to get the shot on a fire road between alpine meadows.

The Genius LT Tuned is refined for 2015 and it’s got the pop-on-the showroom looks, just look how the sun lit up the graphics. Compared to the Spark I rode in Sedona, the slack geometry is for aggressive trail riding and I kept my weight forward and arms out, steering the front end through the turns.

Richard from Pinkbike told me at dinner that the soul of mountain biking is in Enduro, which this bike was made to race. Considering that Enduro is inclusive with no rules, and anyone can compete on the same course as the pros, that’s now on my list of stories to write. I’ll do it with a bike like the Genius LT Tuned. I haven’t been to an Enduro, but expect it’s like gravel is to road now.

See more photos from Scott Week on G+. And if you’re interested in riding in Park City, at the first IMBA Gold Level riding resort with world class trails. I’ve ridden in Park City now several times and recommend White Pine Touring as a guide. Just a few weeks ago, I took the GT Grade on Mid Mountain trail and featured that story in Issue 14 of our magazine.

Le Tour Update: Tour Delayed

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:38


Breaking: Tour De France On Hold As Cyclists Ride Over To Creek To Check Out Bugs

Traveling from Seattle to Vegas for another Mobile Social, and now in Park City for Scott week, haven’t seen the Tour in a day. Then I learned from the Onion that the racing was delayed because Andre Greipel found some stick bugs down at the creek! Funniest commentary I’ve seen for a race that’s the most interesting and unpredictable Tour in decades. And why is that? As Patrick Brady said,

cause we’re not just waiting to see who Froome is gonna F up each stage.

For more entertaining views of the Tour, also see the Crash Graphic and what it’s like on the sidelines.

Mobile Social Interbike 14

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:15

The ride started at Zappos HQ

After another fun Mobile Social in Vegas, that started at Zappos HQ, we’ll ride the Strip again during Interbike. That’s our traditional, annual ride and will post the details as soon as we have them.

What we know now is we’ll ride on Thursday, September 11th, to downtown again.

Mobile Social SXSW V2V

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 04:51

We’re riding the Strip again tonight and this time with SXSW during V2V 14. We’ll meet at Zappos.com HQ by 6:30 for a mixer and then ride to the Tuesday Night Networking Party at Deuce Lounge in Aria.

See you there.

Le Tour Stage 10 Recap: Breaking Bike News

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:58

FP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE

The news about a broken bike (or not) is a chaotic as this Tour. With Contador out, it leaves the race with no previous winner. As of 9:00 am, this is what I knew about his bike

So far @albertocontador bike may have exploded, the spare fell of the roof, split, hit something and broke or not. #TDF

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) July 14, 2014

Then APF published photos of #31 (Contador’s race number) with the downtube broke at the lower water bottle bolt and the seat-tube juncture. Spesh released a statement wishing Contador a speedy recovery and addressing the bike

We are concerned about the well-being of Alberto and will be keeping you up to date on information from the incident here. This is DS Bjarne Riis description of the crash, ““Alberto crashed on a fast and straight part of the descent. He was reaching for his pocket and the bike was swept away under him probably because of a bump or hole in the road. Alberto was in the shape of his life and the entire team had our eyes fixed on the podium in Paris and the work we would have to do to get there”. Reports from Tinkoff-Saxo are saying the team car drove over the frame and Alberto was given a new bike but, after riding 18km further with a broken leg he had to abandon. Please check back here for the most up to date information.

At the Tour, Caley Fretz published this report in Velonews

Initial reports on the Tour’s race radio, in French, and by NBC Sports’ Steve Porino, that Contador’s bike was “in pieces,” appear to be correct. “His frame snapped in half. They threw it in a heap in the back of the car,” Porino said, noting that he had arrived shortly after the crash.

Contador’s bike broke in the lower third of his down tube and on the top tube just in front of his seat tube. Both tubes were broken clean through, with just a few fibers holding the two pieces of the frame together.

As the story develops, note that bikes do break, and the number 31 Tarmac hasn’t made the Wikipedia list of conspiracy theories yet. Failures happen, as I’ve lamented in editorials, but not catastrophically, and from the photo, it looks like a bike that’s been doored (on a roof rack driven into a garage).

But where it failed suggests a massive downward force, not a crushing/sideways force. It’s impossible to say from that one photo and if crushed under wheels, those areas would’ve been flattened. With so much speculation, we probably won’t get forensics, the CSI treatment, or autopsy.

At this point of the Internet freakout, who’d believe it?

Mostly glad Contador is going to be okay and will say what was said to me about this year’s Tour from an insider

Total Shitshow.

That just got shittier.

UPDATE

And my guess that it looked “doored” is another version of the story from Cyclingtips who said that the racks of the Tinkoff Saxo got tangled with TeamBelkin’s car.

The badly damaged frame shown on French television did not occur in the impact, but rather was a spare machine damaged on the roof of the Tinkoff Saxo team car during the frantic moments after the Spaniard fell.

However, where are the tears, cracking? This is clean, sheared break.

UPDATE 2

This is the frame Contador crashed on and shoe courtesy of C Desimpelaere Tinkoff Head Mech #framegate pic.twitter.com/KfOHtoTNOH

— Richard Gorman (@richardgorman) July 14, 2014

A tweet of Contador’s bike, supporting the back-up bike, roof-rack version of events.

Le Tour Recap Stage 6: Sleepy, Crashy, then Greipel

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 01:39

Greipel Stage 6

After yesterday’s awesome, anything short of cobble carnage would be boring. Stage 6 was sleepy, and crashy, until the sprint won by Greipel…

@velocast your will to watch is like Porte's will to lead.

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) July 10, 2014

Le Tour Recap Stage 7: We’ve Reached Peak Crash

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 01:39

Stage 7 Recap: Andrew Crashlansky and T.J. Van Crasheren can’t keep the rubber side down in Crash Town. A Facebook fan of ours did it a haiku version

CRASH! A rider goes down.
CRASH! Another rider goes down.
CRASH! Photo finish.

#USA Andrew Talansky crashes at the #tourdefrance (via @AP) @letour Photos: http://t.co/EJ0YRFF9nm pic.twitter.com/koX4nGgZyw

— Sports Photos (@sportsphotos) July 11, 2014

Le Tour Stage 9 Recap: Panzerwagon

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 01:39

Slept in late after a busy week editing our mag and missed stage 8, but up in time for 9 and Panzerwagon!

Just below a sandwich and a Frenchman in Yellow, #panzerwagen! pic.twitter.com/egdsVjE3hK

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) July 13, 2014

Alone for about 144km, after riding away from the group, they chased but he held them off. Tony Martin is a “tank” and blitzkrieged the stage.

Le Tour Stage 9: Tony, Tony, Tarmac

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 01:38

Martin riding to the win. Photo: Omega Pharma - Quick Step

That was a two Tony stage, as the AP reports

Germany’s Tony Martin took the stage win Sunday, and France’s Tony Gallopin took the yellow jersey during an up-and-down Stage 9 in the eastern Vosges mountains.

and I rode a new Tarmac like #panzerwagen did; well, not exactly like him, but the bike and here’s the review from issue 12

New Tarmac in matte black

The Zipp wheels I had with me in Maui earlier this year. A Bianchi like Lars Boom rode, the Bianchi Infinito CV, has been shipped to us to demo and we’ll get on that in the next few weeks.

Finding Adventure

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 03:56

To encourage magazine sales, each month we offer a free article not behind our web paywall or in iTunes. This essay from contributor Patrick Brady is about finding adventure and introduces Issue 14. It was also shared on our Google Play app and is included in the Medium Bicycles Collection.

Finding Adventure in Issue 14 of Bike Hugger Magazine

Issue 14 Another Adventure

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:58

Issue 14 cover

It’s summer time, the Tour is on, days are long, and we’re riding our bikes everywhere. Issue 14 just dropped on the Web and iTunes. The free cover story on the Web edition is about a ride I did with the GT Grade and the industry trend towards adventure and gravel.

The road scene is so broken, roadies are riding off road, that’s what gravel is about.

Subscription revenues directly support the writing, editing, and production of Bike Hugger Magazine. It’s ad-free, independently published and costs $16.00 a year or $4.00 an issue.

PressCamp 14: Niner BSB 9 RDO

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:40

Niner BSB 9 RDO

Mentioned yesterday that after the cobbles in the Tour, we’re thinking of Cross and another bike like the BSB 9 RDO from Niner. The story from them at PressCamp 14 is they’ve put on their big boy pants and are focused on quality, engineering, and design. With time cut short after the Summer snow storm, I didn’t get to ride this bike, but heard good things and it’s very well spec’d.

Business end

Also noted how clean the inside of their tubes are and their product engineer assured me, the BB junction and cable routing was just as tidy.

Clean tubes

CX Can’t Get Here Soon Enough

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:15

Cdale CX

After the Boom Tour stage today, we’re thinking of CX! That’s a few weeks earlier than normal and bikes like this one from Cannondale are on our minds, as seen PressCamp in Deer Valley last month.

See the rest of the photos on G+ and our CX coverage will start in a few weeks.