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Antidepressor

11 hours 36 min ago

Back on the bike is the antidepressor.

Like a Minivan

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 13:16

Shawn’s cargo bike

Shawn O’Keefe was explaining to me how he bought a cargo bike to take his kids to school, but the convo was really about getting old, being responsible, and two friends that don’t ride together as much anymore.

“It’s like your minivan,” I said.

I think he secretly hated that bike, like you hate a minivan for being so practical, and the right thing to do for the wife and kids.

“When you kids get older, they’ll weight too much for it, so you can retire it then.”

That’s what I did and got a race bike, like this one.

An unrelenting bike

Getting your groove back on the bike, experiencing that momentum once again, and immersing yourself in the ride is the theme for the next issue of our magazine, number 23. Our back catalog is on iTunes and the Web and cost $4 or $16 for an annual subscription. The current issue, number 22, in is about Sounds, like the one the chains and huge lock made when Shawn unlocked his cargo bike from that tree.

Remy Team Edition

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:33

Had a lot of fun riding Scott bikes in Austin a couple weeks ago, like these two Sparks. During Scott Week last year, rode a Tuned Genius LT too, and their downhill bike. Scott PR shared these photos of the Genius LT 700 Remy Team Edition, as seen at the Enduro World Series stop in New Zealand.

A “DH” configuration with big pedals, tires and wheels: Without the carbon rims, it weighs in at only 13.4kg (size large). Syncros 760mm bars and 50mm stem are colour matched to the frame. Shimano Di2 lets Remy customize his shifting to his own preferences and the demands of the course. Smart integration of the Di2 cables: the hoses and wires are neatly integrated into the frame.

Also see this Scott Bike story from Issue 15 of our magazine about riding in the mountains and the Scott Bikes tag.

The rest of the Remy bike photos are on G+.

Issue 22 Sounds Like Dogs

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:19

Setting up the wide-angle shot

These dogs photobombed our shoot with their own ideas about disruption and getting our attention during SXSW.

And this dog photobombs us.

With his buddy.

The sounds they made – sniffing, snorting, and cavorting – is what the latest issue of our Magazine is about. What we hear when riding our bikes. Available now on iTunes and the Web, Issue 22 Sounds cost $4 or $16 for an annual subscription.

SXSW 15: MTB Meetup

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:19

Wiley and Johnny

Well that was a crazy lovable mess when we had an impromptu MTB meetup in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, including a river portage. That’s my new best advice for SXSW attendees, spend a few hours away from the convention riding mountain bikes!

More of the MTB Austin story to follow. Later today our annual Mobile Social.

SXSW 15: El Gato Burped

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:18


On the trail with El Gato, during a MTB meetup at SXSW in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, he said

I’m still smooth, but fatter, so I think burped it.

He did AND showed me the new Giant Bicycles​ Anthem Advanced SX.

Issue 22 is available now and is about sounds.

Tires on the road, shifting, excuses, praise, music; the sounds we hear when ride.

And a tubeless burp, the sound of a swollen creek as you cross it….

Kaena Point

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 06:49

Today in the Medium Bicycles Collection, Patrick Brady writes about Kaena Point.

Kaena Point

Mobile Social SXSW 15 Photos

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 06:04

Ready to ride around town

Select photos from our ride in Austin…we hosted Bikes v. Cars and rode to the world premier.

Chris Paine, Who Killed the Electric Car and Fredrik Gertten, director of Bikes v. Cars

A stop at the Roy Montelongo Scenic Overlook

See the rest on G+ and Flickr. Also the annual capital steps photo in [this post](SXSW 15: Standing In Line) from last week.

SXSW 15: Best in Show

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:42

Timberline

Of all the bikes seen in Austin, including the ones we rode during SXSW, this Huffy Timberline wins Best in Show. It even matches your cords! The vintage bike from the 70s maybe worth a hundred dollars or so, but much more in style points.

UPDATE

Since we posted this photo here and on Instagram, Cycleast commented

We rescued this bike from destruction, rebuilt it and rented it out during SXSW. It is now sitting at the shop waiting for someone to come and adopt it and give it a forever home.

If you’re still in Austin, go get it!

SXSW 15: Standing In Line

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 01:05

“Who you standing in line for?”

“Nice bike,” she replied.

The complaints you may hear about SXSW are mostly valid: Too corporate and too crowded, but if you seek out venues like the Sweden showcase, there you’ll find music like this…


I hope that’s who, or what, she was in line for. After hosting the Swedes and riding with them to the world premier of Bikes v. Cars, I know they’re in Austin for the art and culture. They brought their bikes, meatballs, and music.

Another Mobile Social Moment

Sure SXSW is a hectic, crowded, oversold and a hyped cultural happening where Miley makes a surprise appearance; there’s a secret P-Diddy party with Lil’ Wayne, and long lines to get wristbands for parties. But Tim Johnson hosted a CX meetup, with a dozen more bike-related panels, and events like ours too.

A CX Meetup

As I wrote in the Medium Bicycles Collection before arriving in Austin, SXSW is what you make it, and we continue to make it about the bike.

Here we are riding through the thick of it, as we’ll do next year.

And what bike was I riding? This Verge.

Hidden City: Merge

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 05:33

Even during SXSW, get up real early to ride and the streets are this quiet. In Austin’s Hidden City, away from the tourists, we didn’t see many cars, just a handful during the ride.

PowerTap History of Innovation

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:54


In what’s expected to be another flat year for bike developments, Saris is getting buzz for their new, updated line of Power Meters. We’ll have them in to ride, as soon as they ship. The updates included, chain-ring based and pedals.

Hashtag Americana at the ABGB

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:49

A fav image from Austin this weekend and Americana in Texas at the ABGB, also featured by Sony Mirrorless Pro via our photography editor David Schloss. Besides all the riding and the bike, the assignment was to find the Hidden City during SXSW and we did just that.

More to follow with words in the upcoming issue 23 of our magazine. For the camera nerds, that photo was shot with the new Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 lens. And, there’s a problem in Austin with some many young parents – children and bars, pubs, and breweries.

SXSW 15: River City Camo Kit

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:21

The timing is such that I rode with Wiley in his cameo River City kit in Austin and then back home in Seattle, noticed this new edit from that famous shop.


Small world, huh?

It is and still getting through gigs of photos to share from our rides during SXSW with people from all over.

SXSW 15: Heard A Ruckus

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 04:30

Hill intervals

That ruckus yesterday during SXSW was our social ride and then the Flaming Lips!

Before riding around town, rode up into the hills of the 04 neighborhood. And one thing I can def ‘till you about “road,” is if you’re riding to a “dam” for a photo, that inevitably means climbing. Sharp, punchy, steps up, and then back down…

Social ride

Fair weather brought the cyclists out and we enjoyed a loop that included our annual Capital steps photo.

Needed a wide angle to fit them all in

A world premier of a film too… I asked @deathandfood who attended the Bikes v. Cars screening for a quick review and got this text back

I liked it. Happy it wasn’t all white guys. Would have like more cities shown. Still too much talking heads, but they did well with the graphics.

The presentation in the park with the bike powered screen added to the energy. Despite the late start, the crowd was invested, cheering, booing Rob Ford and good applause at the end.

Rob Ford getting booed in Austin! That’s a good ruckus.

Our partners make the bike riding in Austin possible and include, Tern Bicycles, Scott Bikes, Ibex, Try Swedish, Create ATX, SXSW, and Sony Mirrorless Pro.

Issue 22 Sounds

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 05:31

Tires on roads, shifting, excuses, praise, music; the sounds we hear. Issue 22 is available now. It dropped on iTunes and the Web as we arrive in Austin, a city that vibrates with sound, and where we ride every year during SXSW.

Adventure Bikes: a Nostalgic Trend

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 08:04

It is said that the early two-wheeled hobby horses were designed to deal with a lack of real horses during the early 19th century, though those contraptions were not much more than a scooter that a rider stood on. A true bicycle, powered by a person through pedals, came about later in the Industrial Age, and then more as a sport and social pastime of the landed gentry and the new urban bourgeois rather than a transportation solution. But soon an era of adventure cycling seized bold Victorians who wanted to explore the wilds beyond the towns or perhaps the furthest reaches of the Empire. They left the roads that were made for them (and back then the roads WERE made for cyclists) to gallivant across the roughness of an older world. Leaping forward about a century, cycling in America experienced a boom in the 1970s, as a solution to petrol prices making the automobile use prohibitive, followed by a period in which sport bicycles were the focal point of design. Perhaps it’s expected that today’s cyclists are finding a wanderlust to explore those routes beyond their daily commute and outside the realms of conventional competition. Noticing this trend, manufacturers are responding with adventure categories and the marketing is way less limiting than calling them “gravel” for grinders (races on gravel roads) and dirt fondos (charity rides on dirt).

These are road bikes with the most room possible for wide tires and mounts for racks. Whether cyclists are riding to compete or camp, we’re welcoming more options and better built frames that’ll handle the terrain. Like the venerable Trek 520 in steel or the 720 outfitted with a companion dry bag system.

This category is an homage to the days when riding your bike across America captured imaginations and cargo containers of bikes were imported in response to the gas crisis. This was before Lemond, “Jock” Boyer, or Phinney taught us about racing in France and what it was like to ride fast.

Nostalgia for the 70s in this instance — excluding pleated polyester pants or sansablets — is about getting out and riding and that’s wherever the road takes you.

Today Trek unveiled a new adventure line and a “Driven by Adventure” contest.

We’re so excited to have the opportunity to send riders out on cycling adventures with these new bikes,” said David Studner, Assistant Product Manager for the City Bikes category. “Each bike was designed with a particular flavor of adventure riding in mind, and it will be really interesting to meet these riders and hear about the adventures and memories they create on them.

Issue 04 of our magazine is all about adventure too, including a 100 miles in Idaho. To read it please subscribe: annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4.

Making it About the Bike

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 13:54

Before SXSW, just chilling for a few days, getting in some miles, and then all the biking in Austin goes down. Here’s a post from the Medium Bicycles Collection about our annual event.

Too Cool for Southby 15?

Apple Watch for Cyclists

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 08:49

So much cycling imagery in Apple’s event today and we’re wondering if the Apple Watch with fitness apps could replace your bike computer? Wondered about that too with Google Glass (and no it didn’t). Most importantly in all that was mentioned was Glances. That’s what intrigued me the most from my experience with Glass, was the concept of glanceable computing at just what you need, instead of all the distractions. Sure many companies are working on SmartWatches/wearables and consumers don’t seem to care, but haven’t seen the finesse or completeness of what Apple announced today. Last month, Microsoft updated their Band with a bike tile.

We’ll see where this market goes and David Schloss, a long-time contributor, has his watch on order. Also in the event today was the topic of corporate wellness. In light of the UCI’s doping report, I said this on Twitter.

Corporate wellness by Apple today, and hoping the bike industry understands that they're selling fitness equipment and not racing anymore.

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) March 9, 2015

Considering new markets in health and fitness, there’s a huge opportunity for the sport of cycling to distance itself from that win on Sunday, sell on Monday mantra, but that’s all the companies in the market know. And for sure the show must go on with Paris-Nice happening now. Oh and today we learned that Lance is seeking a ban reduction….

DKCB: Spindle Speed

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 04:42

Tortoise or Hare

After the opening party and booking orders, DKCB (Davidson & Kullaway Custom Bicycles) is about to start making bikes. This is just one of the machines in the shop they’ll use in their craft. Notice how it’s in the danger zone….Bill may just crank it up to 3300 to meet demand!

Shavings from another machine

A 333 frame on the wall, that was made by Kullaway