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Sage Lucky Envelope Cyclocross Team

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 07:07

Sage Titanium, CX

Today the Sage/Lucky Envelope Brewing cyclocross team was announced for the 2015/16 season. As you can see on the back of the jersey, Bike Hugger is involved as a media partner. The Sage/Lucky team will focus on strong race results in the Pacific Northwest, Single Speed Worlds, and Nationals, but more importantly connecting with, and contributing to the cycling community. “Sage is extremely proud and excited to partner with Lucky Envelope Brewing,” said Sage Cycles owner David Rosen. “Sage has been a feature on the Portland cross scene for the past couple of seasons, and by partnering with Lucky Envelope Brewing we are able to expand our racing schedule throughout the Northwest. Lucky Envelope Brewing is a true supporter of cycling and an ideal partner.”

“After meeting with Sage and hearing about the vision for their quality-crafted cycles, we saw many similarities with our business goals here at Lucky Envelope Brewing,” said Raymond Kwan of Lucky Envelope Brewing. “Our decision was largely driven by Sage’s desire to build a relationship between their brand and the CX community, both on and off the course.

Pint of Lucky Envelope Beer

That meeting took place at Lucky Envelope’s brewery in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. As Raymond told me, “Cyclists are a major part of our customer base and of interest to our staff, so this sponsorship extends the Lucky Envelope family beyond the tasting room and into the growing cycling community in the Pacific Northwest.

The tasting room

Sage and Lucky are excited about the new team and so am I with the rest of the story to follow. It’ll start at CrossVegas later this month with events at Lucky’s tasting room to follow; and, of course, at the races too.

Issue 27: The Tour

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 03:24

The Tour de France is the grandest of all bike races, including a rich history with racing innovations that have changed how we ride. Issue 27 shares our take on the most famous bike race across France and dropped yesterday on iTunes and the Web.

While editing the issue, with an admittedly negative view of the Tour, I found and cited Harakirimushi’s manga in my editor’s letter. Because Froomey petting a lion reminded me to not take it and the sport so seriously. I mean even a big-headed, skin-and bones alpha roadie with an eating disorder looks adorable in whimsical drawings.

Right?

The free cover story discusses Froome’s miraculous performances and reminded us of the US Postal Service squad and it felt like we watched another sequel in a bad movie franchise.

Available on iTunes and the Web, the 27th issue of the magazine costs $4 an issue or $16 per year. Ad-free and published monthly, your money directly supports the authors, photographers, and editors who contribute to Bike Hugger.

A Line on a Cross Bike

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:48

Well that reminds me, it wasn’t quite A Line at Whistler, but did ride a Scott CX bike at Park City

1st Ride Playlist: Nail driver to Road to Ruby, to a Fire Road, descend Empire Pass; then to Silver Baron and lifted back. @bikeonscott Addict CX #scottweek

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on Jul 20, 2015 at 1:57pm PDT

and it was as much fun as the video above. Best part too, watch how he slides off the bike when the front tire loses traction.

Bike Share Boom

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 02:43

From that time we rode Velibs in Paris

Ever since Velib, Barclays, bCycle, CitiBike and the like, we’ve noticed the bike share boom too. And while I believe that capital would be better spent on infrastructure, instead of sharing schemes, the numbers are impressive. City Lab breaks them down in a visual story that started with free bikes in Amsterdam…

Does it feel like suddenly, bike-share programs are everywhere? The seemingly simple concept has indeed swept across the globe in a matter of just a few years. This is the story of just how quickly a great idea can spread when combined with the right technology—and a few fateful bumps along the way.

Seattle’s bike share kicked off last year, and is also reporting success with a major corporate partner, Alaska Airlines.

Yellow Pool Noodles

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:48

Damn it! If the timing had been better, would’ve ran quotes from this Reddit thread in Issue 27 The Tour. The original poster asked

You can add one rule to the Tour de France to make it more entertaining. What is it?

And the best commentis? This one…

One cyclist out of every team gets a pool noodle, which he may use to sabotage the competition in any way he sees fit. Think about how awesome it would be to see a bunch of grown men with their serious game faces on, participating in one of the most grueling tests of endurance and fortitude in all of sports, but also a few assholes mixed in just beating the shit out of people with pool noodles.

In this artistic rendering of the Tour Pool Noodles, the eventual winner Froome is also seen wearing the Pool Noodle Marie Antoinette Wig on the podium!

Joking aside, Issue 27 is our take on the Tour and is available on iTunes and the Web.

SRAM Red eTap Tested Extensively

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:31


Based on our (apparently unlucky) experience with di2, we’re concerned about reliability of electronic shifting. On a ride at Eurobike, GCN get’s the quotes from Scott McLaughlin, SRAM’s Global Director of Drivetrain Development, that we’ve been wondering about. Highlights include an enormous about of field testing and laboratory testing for 5 over years; including, at least 100 systems out on the road.

We’ll ride SRAM Red eTap in a couple weeks in Vegas during Interbike.

SRAM eTap

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:13

Exquisitely timed for the launch of another electronic group, last night at Tuesday Worlds, an SBCU racer says, “forgot to charge my bike,” and was stuck in the 39 for 12 laps. I’ve had my angry moments with di2, failed for Mark V once, and while understanding why cyclists are into it, I prefer mech shifting and not being isolated from the drivetrain by servo motors. That’s not to say I and Hugga aren’t into the new and welcome the opp to ride eTap, we just try to decompress as much as possible on rides and limit the amount of devices with batteries. Don’t like to spend a lot of time stuck in the 39 either or fighting with skipping chains.

So with that electro shifting intro, let’s get on with it…here are the photos and all-caps from SRAM’s PR at Eurobike this week. As soon as we ride it, I expect at Interbike, reports and posts to follow. MSRP is $2,758 for the groupset.

AIREA™ (Area)

Utilizing 128-bit encryption, eTap shift signals are transmitted and received in accordance with SRAM’s proprietary wireless protocol known as AIREA. Each time an eTap groupset is paired, a new encryption code is generated and assigned to the components in this group to ensure complete shifting security.

eTAP®

All of the underlying tech in our new SRAM RED eTap groupset such as wireless shifting, advanced battery power management and mechatronic technologies are all meant to serve one ultimate purpose, to facilitate the most intuitive and consistent shifting available. This shift logic is called eTap. Right lever makes it harder, left lever makes it easier, both levers shift the front derailleur. Simple, unmistakable, and intuitive.

BLIPS™

Drop bars exist to give riders multiple hand positions. SRAM RED eTap Blips turn each of those positions into a location that can be shifted from. With two Blip ports available on each drop bar shifter, multiple positions can be connected without any additional hardware. Easily placed underneath bar tape with no need to cut the tape to expose the switch, Blips maintain the beautiful lines of your cherished ride. Blips are available in lengths of 150mm: 6g, 230mm: 7g, 450mm: 8g, 650mm: 9g

COMPATIBILITY

SRAM RED eTap brake levers and derailleurs are compatible will all SRAM 22 cranksets, chainrings, chains, mechanical brakes, and cassettes with a max cog size of 28-teeth.

POWER MANAGEMENT

SRAM engineered intelligent, energy efficient wireless components. In addition to providing easy to understand LED power indication, sensors within each wireless component power up the component automatically when your ride starts, and enter sleep mode automatically at the end of your ride to extend available riding time between charges. Every component features LED power indication.

YAW™

SRAM’s proprietary Yaw front derailleur cage rotates to maintain a consistent angular relationship with the chain for ideal shifting performance in every gear combination.

EASE OF CHARGING

eTap batteries are literally a snap to remove and charge. Just flip the tool-free battery latch up and slide the battery up and out of the derailleur. Then snap the battery into the USB powered charger and connect the charger to any USB power source or A/C USB adaptor. A full charge takes only 45 minutes to complete.

DEVICES

Whether you are a Mac or PC user, SRAM RED eTap can communicate with your computer. Firmware updates are handled quickly and wirelessly using the USB stick included with complete aftermarket groupsets. We worked with Garmin throughout the development process to develop communication capability between eTap and Garmin GPS devices. Please contact Garmin for GPS model compatibility information.

Road is Barely Holding On

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 04:44

At 0:28, the team car pulls up, Nibali grabs on, and is pulled away, and up the road

Sure that happens (I’ve done it in the amateur ranks), but so flagrant? Damn… was it desperate times, blocking in the group? Don’t know, cause we were out riding getting ready for Cross, but this is the star of the team, a champion caught flagrantly cheating like that. Trying to keep it positive, but keep shaking my head about road these days. Talked about the issues at length in Issue 27 of our magazine, available now on iTunes and the web.

Sannino: One Thing Led to Another

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 08:57

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

The Roots of Mountain Biking

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 04:56


Sharing a great story from N1NO`s Hunt for Glory, as I’ve been spending more time back on the dirt too, riding in Park City, Colorado, and Bend.

N1NO`s 5th chapter of his #huntforglory webisode is all about a journey to the roots of Mountain biking. The 3x MTB World Champion meets one of the Godfathers of Mountain biking, Tom Ritchey, at his home place in Skyline, Northern California. Tom Ritchey is the guy who was already racing bicycles, which we call “Mountain bikes” today, back in the 1970s on his backyard trails in the hills of Skyline and Santa Cruz. He built the first Mountain bike frame, and since those early days, every new invention has been chased by another.

Over the years Tom’s focus has shifted from frame building too component design, but his obsession with functional, lightweight and reliable equipment has not wavered. Many Ritchey designs and manufacturing methods have become industry standards.

Mountain bike racing has always been something Tom Ritchey was passionate about. 3x World Champion Thomas Frischknecht was part of Ritchey’s Racing team in the 90s. Still today, Tom creates World Championship winning parts for the top guys- like N1NO. As a Co-Sponsor of SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing, Tom contributes to the Team’s success with innovative products and his experience.

“Tom Ritchey is a pretty down-to-earth guy. It’s amazing to meet and ride with this legend, and it’s a privilege to have him on our side. Check out Chapter 5 and watch how we treated the trails, of which Tom stated, “That’s where it all started.”

N1NO and Frischi not only went out riding on the single tracks where Mountain biking was born, but Tom Ritchey also showed them where the first frames where welded and where all the inspiration came from. N1NO got to know more about the early days, and Tom Ritchey explained how Mountain Biking came into existence.

See the making of this story. I met Tom back in 07 and most recently at CrossVegas. So many stories to tell from him, Gary, and Mike too. I wrote a bit about it last month in issue 26 of our magazine and on Medium.

Elevate: A 3D Cycling Film

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 04:52

At the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado race fans can experience a new VR film using Samsung Gear VR at the Lexus Finish Festivals. The film, Lexus Elevate, is an immersive 360-degree film experience and tells the story of why pro cyclist Christian Vande Velde loves the sport. How he’s riding now with no agenda whatsoever and for Lexus, about those who spend their lives on the road.

10th Annual Mobile Social Interbike

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 01:29

The 10th annual Bike Hugger Mobile Social, presented by New Belgium Brewing and Tern Bicycles, will ride the Strip during Interbike. After departing from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino we’ll arrive in beautiful Downtown Vegas. Watch for details, as we firm them up, and we’ll see you there.

We’re celebrating 10 years of riding the Strip together….

10th Annual Mobile Social Interbike
  • Event: Interbike
  • When: September 17, 2015, Ride meets at 6:30 PDT
  • Where: Mandalay Bay Parking Lot
  • Who: Interbike Attendees, Locals
  • RSVP now at Facebook | G+

Taylor Phinney’s Win

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:20

Everybody loves a comeback, right? Not sure if Taylor Phinney is calling it a comeback, but he just won a stage of the US Pro Challenge.


See this video produced by Lululemon about Taylor’s recovery and his perspective on adversity with his father.


His way of thinking sure worked today and I reviewed Lulu’s kit on Medium, and in the latest issue of our magazine.

CrossVegas and Pro Bike Express!

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:20


After the Tour ends and before football starts is when cyclists start talking about Cross and this year the season opener in Vegas is a UCI WorldCup. As per the usual, we’ll be there shooting CrossVegas, blogging, and I’ll pin a number on and race again in the Wheelers and Dealers race. I’ll also not worry about getting my bike there, setting it up, or sending it home because Pro Bike Express is taking care of all that. A few season ago, they took care of me during CX Worlds in Louisville. I wrote about my race here and the pros for Wired. While my bike is being tended to, I’ll focus on my race, and photos of the pros, like last year….

If you’re interested in having the Pro Bike experience, their services and pricing are explained on their site.

See you there.

A Collapsible Helmet

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 07:04

A Collapsible cup … uhm helmet is available now and props for passing CPSC standards, because the previous folding helmets did not; including the Pango I wore and traveled with from Dahon (now Biologic). If the designers can figure out how to vent it in the next rev, then it’s looks more viable. As anyone who travels with a bike knows, a helmet takes up lots of unusable space in a case. I don’t wear a helmet as a fashion statement, so not sure who they’re targeting as a user, and there seems to be as many crowdfunded helmets as bike lights…

The Closca Fuga costs $99.00 from Indiegogo and ships this fall.

High Desert, Flow Trails

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 14:40

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on Aug 9, 2015 at 10:52pm PDT

A scene from Phil’s Trail in Bend. High desert, flow trails, and where we cleared our heads before heading back to Seattle. The singletrack complimented the road riding we did perfectly and Sun River resort is where that planned bike-path centric community, U.S. transportation advocates yearn for exits. For another look at riding in Central Oregon, see this tourism video.

Built: Make and Tell at DKCB

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 07:01

UPDATE

Due to a scheduling conflict, this event has been cancelled.

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.

Hirose Crafts a Fork End

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 03:39


Don’t know if craft builders compete for who has the strongest craft game, but if they did, Hirose would win. Read a story about Hirose in issue 24 of our magazine, and next week in Seattle learn from Mark V and Max how bikes get made while tasting whiskey.

Vacation Dad of the Year

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 02:50

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on Aug 7, 2015 at 8:17am PDT

Vacation Dad of the year riding the Sunriver bike paths. As we rolled up, he says, “Too many people watching the Republican debate and not out here riding.” Then sips his PBR, while his kids in the attached trailer are reading a book. His wife is just ahead laughing.

Last year in Sunriver, got lost on the extensive bike paths a few times, and shared my Mt. Bachelor playlist in Issue 15 of our magazine.

Under the Monorail with Larry and Harry

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:39

After Park City, Vegas, and Winterpark, time for R&R and Ben Moses sent in this photo of a messenger under the monorail. Thanks for filling in Ben. It looks like some food or something is getting delivered in downtown Seattle and with a Larry v. Harry.