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Osprey Shuttle: Rolling Monolith

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:40

Osprey Shuttle 32

This bag arrived, so huge, it’s like a monolith to gear and travel being discovered. I placed it outside for filtered-light photos this morning. After the pug furiously barked at it, apparently concerned an alien intruder was in the yard, I thought the toddlers next door could pretend it was a spaceship from planet Osprey too!

Like a Monolith

You can stuff your courage AND all your gear in this hauler before your next big trip to race and ride. The Shuttle 32” / 110L is available from Amazon and a retailer near you for $299.95

All the gear you own in one bag

Terpstra’s Winning Roubaix Details

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 05:46

Terpstra winning on a Roubaix

The difference between Terpstra’s bike and the Roubaix SL4 I’ve been riding in the rain, since the Fall, is Force 22 instead of the Red 22 spec. When raced or ridden hard, the fenders are removed and the fast, Zipp Firecrests replace the 30s. Force is SRAM’s value group, with all the features of Red, at a more affordable price. When asked recently about it, I said, if I close my eyes and don’t look at the graphics it shifts just like Red.

My fendered Roubaix on a dreary day

Between the two, there’s about a $3K price difference. Terpstra’s race-winning Roubaix is around $9K and my parking-lot crit, rolling-a-fondo version is $6K.

Terpstra’s details:

  • Frame: Specialized S-Works Roubaix – 58cm*
  • Groupset: SRAM RED 22
  • Shifters: SRAM RED 22 DoubleTap with Reach adjust
  • Crankset: Specialized (175mm crank arm length) with SRAM RED 22 chainrings – 53×46*
  • Front derailleur: SRAM RED 22 Yaw with chain spotter
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM RED 22 – Short cage
  • Cassette: SRAM PG1170 11-26
  • Brakes: SRAM RED Aerolink
  • Chain: SRAM RED 22
  • Wheels: Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular
  • Stem: Zipp Service Course SL - 120mm
  • Bar: Zipp Service Course SL-88 - 40cm (c-c)
  • Seat post: Zipp Service Course SL 27.2mm 0mm Setback

*I run a 110 stem, 52/36 rings, Contis tubulars or Hutch clinchers, and a Joule instead of the Garmin.

My Roubaix was also seen in our Tool Roll launch, including a gear story in Issue 11.

Terpstra Photo by Gruber uploaded to Flickr

Paris-Roubiax 2014: Precious Stone

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 01:02

Photo: ©Tim de Waele of Terpstra in the last few meters

Up early for the World Bicycle Relief, Bill Keith Memorial ride on Sunday, watched about 17 seconds of Paris-Roubaix on a cell phone. We were en route to the ride meet spot from Seaside to Monterey.

Then, as the ride gathered we heard that Niki Terpstra won. What a big win for both SRAM and Spesh. Also a fitting memorial moment for Bill, who we were honoring on the ride. Before he died suddenly last year, he was SRAM’s road group product manager. As I learned, Bill was critical to the success our SRAM’s growth in road, tri, and cross. Emotions were running high before the ride started.

That’s because both companies are driven by the ride, performance, and racing. As SRAM’s press release said,

The “Hell of the North” became Niki Terpstra’s “Heaven!”

Terpstra won the monument, the precious stone. After the ride and at the expo, the mood in the Spesh tent at Sea Otter was jubilant with beer coupons being handed out to fans. A Roubaix bike winning its namesake put the wind back in the marketing sails of Spesh, to say the least, after the turbulence of a trademark lawsuit.

Free beer after that win

And I spent the weekend riding a Roubaix SL4, just like the one I ride in Seattle, back and forth on 17 Mile Drive, including a long, steady pull by Gord Fraser that stretched the elastic almost to a snap…

On the climb to @SeaOtterClassic, @GordFraser rolls back to asks how I'm doing, that was nice I thought and said the elastic has stretched.

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

Finally, to the race and tactics, Matt Hill observed

Funny reading people’s comments about “The Favorites” marking each other and canceling each other out at Paris-Roubaix today. Hey, folks? Did you happen to notice who finished second? That’s the reason nobody would work in that break, and why nobody was going to kill themselves to drag a group of any size onto the velodrome.

Watching the recap, I agreed with sore legs from all the riding at Sea Otter.

See more photos from the memorial ride on WBR’s Facebook and a video remembering Bill Keith.

Sea Otter 14: Big Bouncy House of Bikes

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:57

XTR Shiny

My ride/Paris-Roubaix recap this morning bounced around a bit; well, cause that’s what Sea Otter is like, a big bouncy house of bikes. As I said to Patrick and Jim as we walked the expo, “It’s like a constant stream of bike consciousness too.”

Oh look a hot bike then a world champion, and a race, and beer. Then there’s Ned, who when asked about the scene, wryly observed, “Fat Bike Action!” And hey, some kids are flying through the air on BMX tricks, while women raced road.

Conquest CX1

So how do you capture that? By bouncing around, like a kid in a bike bouncy house, and taking photos, lots of them. Of the 406 shots I took, the 21 best and products that interested us the most were just added to a G+ gallery.

Ergon Seatpost for gravel…

Like the XTR, CX1, and the Ergon seatpost shown in this post.

XTR M9000 Debut, Part 1

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:22

Irvine CA: Shimano today introduced new XTR M9000, its most advanced XTR mountain bike components and wheels to date. With this totally new XTR line available in both Race and Trail “Rider Tuned” product families, Shimano leverages its 22 years of engineering leadership producing the industry’s highest performing mountain bike component group. Inspired by the versatility and capability of today’s riders and the terrain they tackle, M9000 offers refined and tested solutions engineered for the way they ride.

Amid all the confetti and “moody” (ie poorly lit) product shots, Shimano launches the new XTR M9000 flagship mtb line. How important is this? This collection of components will define Shimano’s direction in offroad components for the new 3-6 years. Such is the nature of product development, some aspects of the new XTR were decided 3 or more years ago, but doubtlessly a portion of it was a reaction to the most recent trends in the industry. Which is to say, SRAM’s innovative 1x11 concept that they crystalized into their own XX1 debut.

Let’s put all the marketing conceptualization and soft focus glamour shots aside, and get down to how all this is going to affect the industry. Most importantly, Shimano retains faith in the front derailleur. That is to say, Shimano is not committing to 1x11, instead they offer 1x,2x, AND 3x 11sp drivetrains. This is not terribly surprising, since Shimano is truly the undisputed master of front shifting in the realms of both road and mtb components. By offering consumers and OEM the choice of top quality chainring configurations, Shimano is making sure that no money is left on the table due to lack of versatility in product options. In fact, by designing their new 11sp mtb cassette to fit all existing 8/9/10sp mtb hubs, M9000 removes the obstacle of replacing wheels for aftermarket consumers who are looking to upgrade their existing bikes, unlike SRAM’s XX1/X01 which require a special cassette body to fit their 10-42T cogset (in fact, it’s interesting to note that the M9000 11-40T cassette will fit existing hubs whereas the 11sp road cassettes require a wider cassette body). Yet while M9000 will undoubtedly be a paragon of engineering and manufacturing excellence, ultimately it will not have the same impact on frame design that XX1 has had. In the 2014 model year, a number of bikes have already appeared that are optimized for 1x11 drivetrains, or perhaps outright incompatible with 2x or 3x cranks.

Still, maybe this won’t matter since Shimano always makes the best front derailleurs. The new FD-M9000 is a “Side-Swing” design, meaning that the derailleur swings out and forward as it moves the chain to the outer rings, with no vertical vector to cage path at all. Apparently, the new FD-M9000 improves front shifting by “100%”….not 98.5% but a totally not arbitrary 100%. Interestingly, the front shifter cable/housing seems to feed in from the front of the derailleur on at least some of the front derailleur configurations, though I am as yet unsure of all the configurations. For those readers who are neither mechanics nor OEM product managers for bike brands, you should know that there is an utterly ridiculous number of SKUs for mtb front derailleurs due to all the chainring configurations and four different mounts. We’re talking dozens. It is quite possible that OEM will gravitate towards 1x11 just because how it simplifies the front derailleur intricacies.

The M9000 crank will come in narrow Q-factor (158mm) race configuration with a bonded, hollow non-drive crankarm as well as a stouter 168mm Q trail version. As the industry master of cold-forged alloy construction, Shimano once again eschews the use of carbon in the crankarms, but the chainrings incorporate aluminium, carbon, and titanium. The crankarms can accept any version of the highly proprietary M9000 chainrings, available in the following combinations: Single (30T, 32T, 34T, 36T), double (34-24T, 36-26T, 38-28T), triple (40-30-22T). You’ll notice that no chainring is bigger than 40T and there is only one triple chainring combination. Considering that the new M9000 cassette has an 11T cog rather than SRAM XX1’s 10T, the maximum drivetrain ratios are much smaller than they were 10 years ago. Reading between the lines, Shimano basically thinks that (for the high-end of the market at least) the future of 26”-wheels is dead for anything but DH and Freeride, that is to say long travel suspension designs that cannot accommodate 27.5/650B or 29er wheel sizes.

Tomorrow, I’ll discuss the XTR M9000 drivetrain a little more, as well as touch upon the other components.

Issue 11: April Fools

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 09:32

Issue 11: April Fools

The theme for Issue 11 is about the most foolish ride you’ve done, like way in over your head. When you thought you could compete or ride that long with the boys or girls and learned you couldn’t. It’s my quixotic quest to still race at an elite level, as a fat master, or a ride you show up for totally unprepared, thinking whatevs! Like maybe drinking Scotch the night before a race and then deciding to get in the break for 1.5 hours…for who knows why.

It’s the worst/greatest bonk. How you rode like a fool and learned that sometimes the biggest jokes are the ones we play on ourselves.

Also, as we learned from Zannestar, it’s National Poetry Month and we know of a few poet cyclists, like David Byrne, Nick Verstain, et al.

This issue is also our first to get published at the same time with a webview for all devices. Ever since we launched Bike Hugger Magazine for iPhone/iPad, we’ve been hearing from people who wanted to get it on their other devices. Now you can!

A rouleur respects the gravel, teaches a child the same.

On the web view, you can read Respect the Gravel, by Zanne Blair, our Issue 11 cover story. It’s a poem about what the gravel can teach you and it’s free to sample our magazine.

Waxed Canvas Hugga Toll Roll Shipped

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:24

Tool Rolls have shipped and with no package or paper-folding talent, each one is different!

After launching our new Waxed Canvas Tool Roll last Friday, the first batch shipped this week. There are just a few left and if the high demand continues, we’ll make some more, could even lead to an actual production product. Talking about the roll with Matt Davis, he noted

Every saddlebag I’ve ever seen or used has been fiddly as all hell with tools dropping all over the place. That is if you want nicely sized tools. Minitools, maybe that’s a single unit (MAYBE). But any sort of organization and you’ll demand a tool roll.

Exactly. While I demanded a tool roll after ruining a pair of my fav shorts on a century ride (the strap came loose and flapped my inner thigh like a bird trying to escape for like 50 miles and I didn’t know it), the pain point we’re solving is what Matt described. Tools dropping all over the place after dumping a saddle bag to get to what you want. With the roll, tools and spares are organized neatly in pockets and unrolled on a saddle when needed.

Unrolled on a fendered Roubaix SL4 with Force 22 to fix a flat

Grabbed the Co2 and tube

While on the road, the roll is in my jersey or jacket pocket. When I’m riding to a meeting in plain clothes, I toss it in my bag, grab it and go.

Tool Roll in the pocket of a rain jacket I’ve worn way too much this season

Tool Roll zipped up in the pocket

The Waxed Canvas Hugga Toll Roll is available in limited quantities, as a one-time exclusive, and cost $40.00. They’re handmade in Seattle. We made them first for us and liked them so much, we made a few more for you.

Get them while you can and see more iterations on G+.

Waxed Canvas Hugga Tool Roll

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:07

12” x 6” c ~ .05”

Our Waxed Canvas Hugga Tool Roll is available now in limited quantities. We had these made for ourselves and then decided to make a few more for you too, as a one-time exclusive. It took us months of prototyping, trial and error, until we liked this version the best.

They are designed and made in Seattle. The color is Reddish Orange like a Safety Cone and you can buy them now on Amazon for $40.00, while they last.

Durable material and closure

The biggest selling point is the roll goes with you, not with the bike; a convenience for cyclists with multiple bikes. Also, large saddle bags rub our shorts the wrong way, leaving holes. While the compact bags are too tight to get out, what you need with removing it from the rails of your saddle.

Sized to fit in a jersey pocket

You may have seen us post the various prototypes last Summer, about 6 of them, and this is the version I’ve been riding with since the winter. Three things drove the project: not being able to keep track of saddle bags across a small fleet of bikes, having to spill the contents of a bag out on the ground to get a co2 out of it, and ruining shorts rubbing against saddle bags.

More photos are on G+.

Iterating the Waxed Canvas Hugga Toll Roll

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:06

Sized just right

A tool roll doesn’t strap to your bike. It goes in your jersey pocket with you and carries just what you need. I’ve been riding with the shipping version of ours since the Fall. Three things drove the project: not being able to keep track of saddle bags across a small fleet of bikes, having to spill the contents of a saddle bag out onto the ground to get a co2/inflator out of it, and ruining shorts rubbing against large saddle bags. We iterated several versions for about 6 months. Before that we studied what was on the market, including the bags Thompson seatposts ship in; and rolls made for mechanics, motorcyclists, and cooks.

Opened and set on a saddle, the pockets were right, but this version was too thick

The first iteration was made from salvaged Filson’s duck cloth and had all the features, a retro feel, but was much too thick. Another iteration was made with Cordura and again too thick. A few had stylish rivets that pulled on the, just-right, thin - and-durable waxed canvas. After announcing the roll was ready to ship, Jeff Beltramini bought one and tweeted

@bikehugger Just picked this up Hugga! My ziploc is worn out & I've ruined 3 pairs of spendy bibs!

— Beltro (@JeffBeltramini) April 5, 2014

and that sums it up well: stop ruining spendy bib shorts, rubbing against saddle bags.

The Waxed Canvas Hugga Toll Roll is available in limited quantities, as a one-time exclusive, and cost $40.00. They’re handmade in Seattle. We made them first for us and liked them so much, we made a few more for you.

Get them while you can and see more iterations on G+.

Chris King debuts XD-cassette compatible hubs and bodies

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:58

Chris King has long been the most coveted ‘Merican hub builder, particularly for mountain bikes. Their RingDrive cassette body is fairly unique in design as well as being in no small small measure sonically irritating. Frankly, I hated King hubs on road bikes, where long coasting descents on King hubs are like being serenaded by squalling infant cyborgs genetically crossed with deep sea fishing reels. But on mtb, the RingDrive’s instant hook up is deeply satisfying while offroad riding’s rhythm is too busy to give the hubs a chance to be audibly annoying. Too bad King was slow to get on the band wagon for SRAM’s breakout 1x11 drivetrain. Their innovative 10-42T 11sp cassette requires a special, “XD” cassette body, and the RingDrive design apparently wasn’t easily adapted to XD configuration.

Well, King fixed that. Their popular “ISO” disc hubs will be available with the option of an XD-compatible RingDrive drive shell (ie cassette body). And if you’ve already invested in some premium King hubs, you’ll be extra excited to find out that King will be offering the XD drive shell as an aftermarket kit to retro fit your existing ISO rear hub. The kit includes all the necessary bearings to fit. It’s a little confusing, but make sure you order the full “conversion kit” if you are retrofitting, since apparently there are 2-3 different XD drive shell SKU’s that are available for servicing the hubs. You will need the King RingDrive tool to do the conversion, so probably count on having an experienced LBS do the work unless you already own the rather expensive King tool.

If you’re used to the bike industry’s press releases, then you’d probably assume that any product availability date is going to be “soft”, but as the bike shop’s hard goods buyer for over ten years, I have faith in whatever date Chris King gives. So I was quite surprised that King said May 1 for availability. You can pre-order ISO XD hubs or XD RingDrive conversion kits right now through your local bike shop. In fact, I just ordered a conversion kit for my own hub. If you are buying a new hub, the XD-compatible hubs are available in all the ISO’s current axle options: 135-QR, 10x135 thru, 12x135 thru, 12x142 thru, 12x150 thru, 12x157 thru. A complete ISO XD rear hub (12x142 thru-axle) weighs 331gr, and hubs are offered in all nine anodized colours.

You gotta give King credit for looking to give existing hub owners the option of upgrading their hubs. It’s indicative of their company philosophy in making hubs and headsets that represent an enduring investment in quality. On one hand, that approach does make King a bit slow to respond to industry trends, but you know when they do roll out new product that it will be great.

Rode to the Glass Explorer Run

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:42

Wearable on a Foldable

Rode over to Greenlake and spent Saturday morning with Google Glass. Tried on new hardware from the Titanium Collection, chatted with Explorers who ran with Glass and Strava, and took some photos. Also visited their event in SoDo Park, where Glass was being demo’d.

Tonight there’s a Happy Hour and then later this week Developer Office Hours.

Explorers running with Strava Run

Follow Google Glass to learn if they’re coming to a city near you and see their early prototypes in this album from the event on G+. For my take on Google’s wearable, read the Wired feature I wrote last year.

Protos

Amazballed in a Book!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:36

On the shelf

A new book on the shelf at Hugga HQ is Transformations: Stories of Success from Authors, Innovators, and Small Businesses Thriving on Amazon and I’m in it! Best part about that is I didn’t have to write it, like the blogging one I did. It’s the Clip-n-Seal story summarized after several interviews with me and included with other business that have grown and succeeded with Fulfillment by Amazon. This past Holiday season, Amazon featured Clip-n-Seals on their homepage for about 5 weeks. That experience my friend Kevin Tamura called being Amazballed, like getting Fireballed by Gruber, or Slashdotted. The phenomena ebbs with this book and what’s important is if you’ve got a product, you can sell it too with FBA, like State Bicycles and other merchants.

Inside the book

The parent company of Bike Hugger, Textura Design, designed Clip-n-Seals in Seattle and manufactures them in Yakima, Wa. Transformations: Stories of Success from Authors, Innovators, and Small Businesses Thriving on Amazon is a free download for Kindle. If you want to try what we think is the best sealing device ever made and a best seller, Clip-n-Seals ship with Prime from warehouses all over the US and Canada to you.

Wanted to keep coffee and chips fresh

The idea for them started over a decade ago, when I wanted to keep my coffee fresh on road trips to bike races and tours. Never expected they’d end up in space or on the homepage of Amazon.

Selle Anatomica: Saddles Made in the USA

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:56


When Chunkyflyrite emailed, “saddles made in the USA.” I replied, “you’re a liar.” Then, what? And, “I had NO idea that ANY saddle was made in the States.” Well, Chunky is a good guy, not a liar, and yep Selle Anatomicas are made here in the States.

Windows 8.1 and Lumia Updates

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:42

Rolling the Strip with Terns and Nokias

Lots of tech news today from a new set top box from Amazon to Windows 8.1. We’ve been shooting mobile with Lumias since CES and during SXSW, like this view of the Strip, and Austin, and will update as soon as 8.1 drops.

In Austin

New camera features includes easier access and a simplified interface to Nokia Camera. Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon owners will get access to Dolby Surround Sound capturing thanks to their innovative array of 4 onboard microphones. The Nokia Creative Studio and Nokia Storyteller has a new rev too.

See more Lumia photos in these galleries and we’ll have much more to upload, as we get back on the road at Sea Otter.

Tour of Flanders: Iconic, A Monument

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:40

Devolder collage

As Patrick said to me…

The thing about Flanders is that it’s all about short steep hills, enough of them that one finally breaks you. We’ve all ridden up hills over and over. Flanders is hill repeats until you can’t do them any more and you break.

Stijl Devolder in the Belgian National Champ’s kit rolling to the finish alone in 08 is one of those gladiator moments during Flanders we’re watching for, over those bergs.

In Kent, just south of Seattle, is the Graveyard Berg, it’s like the bergs (hills) in Flanders; at least that’s what we think, when we race over it during lunch rides and the weekends.


The grainy video is from our archives and here’s a screen capture from a street view of the area. Make it to the St. Patrick Cemetery entrance with the group and you did good.

UCI: Fatbikes in Winter Olympics, Banned from MTB Races

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:27

April Fool’s Fun from Bike Hugger

In a controversial move, the UCI Technical Committee in Switzerland has proposed to limit tyre widths within UCI-sanctioned mtb races to 3.0” or less. Though this effectively bans “fatbikes” (bikes/frames with tyres in the 3.8-5.0” range) from the premier World Cup mtb series as well as a host of smaller races both in N America and abroad, officials explained that this is a strategic move in a long haul push to bring cycling to the Winter Olympics. Andre Kowalski, vice head of UCI’s technical development, asserted that the surest way to bring cycling to the Winter Olympics was to bring a competition format that was clearly defined as a winter sport. “By defining fatbikes as ‘snow bikes’, the sport gains credibility in the Winter Olympics”. In other words, by banning fatbikes from mtb’s traditionally summer season of racing, fatbikes become a legitimate winter sport.

The sheer number of sporting disciplines incorporated into the current, bloated schedule of the Summer Games precludes the addition of any more cycling events. In fact, track racing events (velodrome) have been reduced several times over the past decade and a half in order to make room for mountainbike racing and then BMX. The IOC has made it clear that the overall number of cycling events in the Summer Games will not be increased in the foreseeable future; hence the UCI move to promoting cycling in the Winter Games. Though cyclocross is a traditionally fall/winter sport with a hundred years of history, it lacks the strong association with snow or ice, which is pretty much the only requirement for sports in the Winter Games. Fatbike racing, in a move that parallels snowboarding’s move from fringe sport to center stage, is poised to leap ahead.

Fatbikes, which have been around in some form or another since the late-1980s, have exploded upon the consumer market recently, with new fatbike-specific products dominating media coverage at all the tradeshows this year. At the Taipei Bike Show, many observers remarked that if it weren’t for products aimed at the emerging “road disc” segment, there would literally be nothing else to talk about besides carbon fibre fatbikes and fatbike products. Doug Lareaux, founder and principle designer with PhatPhiber, was overwhelmed by the attention garnered by carbon fibre fatbike rims. “The three weeks of product development were completely vindicated by the media interest. It’s almost like any rim that was wider than 80mm and vaguely round could sell.”

Not all fatbike proponents welcome the UCI stance, however. Earl Simmons, club president of the Twin Cities Fatties, lamented the focus on competition. Simmons feels that while the attention fatbikes would receive as an Olympic sport would go a long ways to bringing these machines to places previously not known as bicycle-centric cultures, promoting fatbikes through racing will only limit their real appeal. “Racing is all about high performance and competition, two things that have nothing to do with the true spirit of fatbikes.” Having fun while going slow shouldn’t be limited to the time of the year that skinny bikes can’t be ridden.

With the Sochi Olympics having just finished, there is not enough time before the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchan (South Korea) to complete the approval process, but the 2022 Games are very much on the table. With fatbikes expected to continue exponential growth for the next eight years, the excitement should reach fever pitch right on time for some chilly racing.

Cycle-Series Continua

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:39


An art show wished I’d seen and missed here in Seattle. Heard about it too late, but it was Cycle-Series Continua

is a set of referential, reverential, and narrative sculptures, composed from bicycle parts and afflatus which echo ideas from a diverse selection of influences to express anguish, pay homage, focus (or diffuse) opinion, and to simply explore. Steve is a multidisciplinary engineer, designer, and builder with scores of interests, including enduring enthusiasm for bicycles.

Of those sculptures, the Aluminati interests me the most; especially from the visual arts

Aluminati began as an all-aluminum bike project and evolved into a conspiratorial 35mm film viewer for an old and perhaps arbitrary reel of “Ed Sullivan in Moscow”. A rare Peugeot Comete aluminum bicycle frame (sans decals) is fitted with a variety of bike parts per a primary quest for maximum aluminum, and a secondary quest for French parts (though parts from Japan, Italy, Spain are involved). Aluminum bike seats aren’t readily available, so the one here is OIXIO-hewn by axe/grinder/file from a sheet of 1/8” aluminum, and mounted on titanium rails. 24” aluminum 35mm-film reels (by General Devices & Eng. Co., Hollywood, California) are modified as quick-release bike wheels, the rear having a six-speed freewheel. Film threads through an OIXIO-hack-machined viewer head and over five film guides from front to rear wheels, and motion is powered via the Stronglite 93 cranks [Is that an inverted pentagram?]. A solar- recharged battery that is concealed by a reverent plate powers the viewer LED light.

Aluminati

Rode a Darkling Rain to the Feed Hill

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 02:49

Rode Through a Darling Rain

It was a darkling rain I rode through, gloomier with each storm cell and mile.

Feed Hill

Then a hill I’ve climbed a thousand times now has a goat attraction. Bringing spare change next time.

Rapha wool for balmier days in Seattle

Remarkably, despite the darkling rain, no soak through today wearing Rapha kit like this club jersey and rain jacket.

What’s Mark V Working on Now?

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:55

He’s got a Wanderlust

Doing something

With calipers

As it was explained to me

Doing research. A scientist’s foundation is research…even if you’re a mad scientist. I will find a way to run an XX1 10-42t 11-sp cassette with a road lever. 

Epic Beef Bar Prank

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:43


Someone at Hugga HQ must’ve overheard me talking about Issue 11 of our Magazine and the April Fools theme, ‘cause in the bar drawer was this beef-flavored one. I guess the plan was during a sun break, I’d just grab a bar and go, in a hurry before it squalled again. Then the prankster imagined the horrible reaction of me tearing open a Beef Habanero Cherry Bar and taking a bite. That’s like chocolate-flavored anything on an hot day or that one time Clif released premixed drinks that tasted like a locker room smells.