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You were expecting Halloween bike, right? So were we and here it is from Make and Kyle Scheele

Far more elaborate then my wraith bike with granny basket.

Another Hour Record Attempt Tonight

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:12

Another hour record tonight from Scott Sports and Matthias Brändle, an Austrian rider with the Swiss UCI Professional Continental Team IAM Cycling.

From the Archives: Halloween Tweets

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:39

Ha! A podium girl showed up at our house AND said we were the only ones that noticed.

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) November 1, 2013

Gotham Strikes at rei HQ

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) October 31, 2013

@bikehugger Is that a good thing?

— Words to Sweat by (@wordstosweatby) October 31, 2013

The Wicked Witch Rides a Bike

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) October 31, 2013 2012

From earlier today, Lance and Doc make the Halloween scene.

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) October 29, 2012

Correction that's Oscar the Grouch that showed up at 8:30 wanting candy.

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) November 1, 2011 2011

These two just showed up at Hugga HQ and I said, "hey you meddling kids, you've ruined my plan to cancel Halloween!"

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) October 31, 2011 2010

Scary bandit girl stealing Halloween candy from @ridingpretty

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) November 1, 2010 2009

Photo: Delhi Halloween Party Girls

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) October 31, 2009 2008

Wraith Bike: Late this afternoon, right as the sun is setting, Bettie and I will emerge from the Hugga..

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) October 31, 2008

James Franco Rides a Bike and is Fast on That Thing

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:24

Normally let other blogs covers celebs on bikes, but since Franco tweeted it himself and it’s just him riding around in a circle, posted!

As the fans say, “He’s fast on that thing.”

Me on a bike … even their camera can’t keep up #ad #Droid #FrancoFast

— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) October 27, 2014

Also, that’s the new Droid Turbo he’s holding.

Road Disc Adoption

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:59

Road disc, equipped

A small sampling, but the results surprised us. Most of our readers on G+ that responded are already using disc brakes, 64% of them. What prompted the poll was our magazine contributor, Patrick Brady wrote on his blog that he’d finally accepted them. For me, the on again/off again relationship I have with hydraulic disc brakes started with a cargo bike (Avid juicys) to trying and hating crappy mechanicals, then loving SRAM’s hydro, a failure/recall, and back again with their new, improved revision. I’ve also ridden and adored Shimano’s hydro on the new Tarmac, despite their tendency to chirp under heavy load.

Poll results

Considering the record rain in Seattle already this season, I prefer the hydro-equipped Crux for the discs, and await our next demo road bike with discs from Scott. That’s the Solace and reviewed in issue 15

The Solace disc is equipped with Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 disc group. It’s fair to say that prior to the introduction of these parts a road bike had never shifted or braked so well. And the point isn’t just about faster or more power; what a rider gains is better control. The faster shifts thanks to Di2 result in you entering the gear you need often a full pedal stroke sooner than you would have with a mechanical group. Similarly, the advantage to disc brakes isn’t that they give you more power; most riders I know weren’t complaining that they couldn’t stop. No, the disc advantage is better modulation, which goes to the heart of riding in the mountains.

Disc Solace

Why discs took so long to get to market, then started off with recalls (both Shimano and SRAM), is a topic for another post. What we know today is that cyclists are riding them, like Patrick and me.

How about you?


Mon, 10/27/2014 - 05:59

In case you missed the SSCXWC 14 shenanigans this weekend (and I did), find photos and posts with these hashtags #kyfncx, #sscxwc14ky. Like cowboy boots with cleats AND spikes for mud and the ink on the winner’s arm

History of Cyclocross: 1901, 32, 43, and 74

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 03:35

The course featured 9 kms of coastline, 8 kms downhill, 1408 steps 400 meters from the woods, and 50 riders competing in Montmartre. It was 1943. Also see, what the racing was like in 1932, 1974, and what is thought to be the first cyclocross race

Think about a cyclist in wartime. He can’t use the main roads; he has to ride or walk across unmade roads and worm his way through the undergrowth and clamber across ditches. Think of that and you’ll get the principle of the cross cyclo-pédèstre.

Like Le Tour, the racing was created to sell more newspapers.

Crosstoberfest Drone

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 02:25

And edit from Mill Creek Multimedia and from last weekend, a favorite course and race of ours too, Crosstoberfest at St. Edwards Park. Narrated by Peter from Woodinville Bicycle and shot with a drone.

One-Handed Umbrellas

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 03:12

As the Dutch sat, “You are not made of sugar, you won’t melt in the rain!” Note the one-handed umbrella holding…

Puddles Are Gathering

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 05:54

Puddles Are Gathering

Yesterday updated the Medium Bicycles collection with a vignette about the rainy season and announced the theme for Issue 18 of our magazine that’ll drop next month. It’s how the rain weighs on us, here in the Pacific Northwest, and yesterday I rode in it, all the record-breaking inches….

For the balmy 55 degrees, I wore merino wool, Gore ActiveShell, knickers and a variation of the bootie-boots. The Xenon is my fav shell for Fall temperatures, until the winter when the Showers Pass, Novara Verita, or Gabba comes out.

Read more about riding in the rain in our archives while the puddles gather.

Issue 17 of our magazine is available now on iTunes, the Web, and is about the fun we have with the bike.

Next month, Issue 18 we’ll share how heavy rain weighs on our minds.

Le Tour 2015 in 3D

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:59

Le Tour de France announced their route earlier today and uploaded this 3D edit of it and Froome immediately said, he may not race it.

There’s no two ways about it, next year’s Tour is going to be about the mountains.

The route will feature high winds, cobbles, and l’Alpe d’Huez. It starte in the Netherlands city of Utrecht and features five mountain-top finishes, but only 14km of individual time trial.

While not saying anything like Froome, expect Italy’s Nibali, Colombia’s Nairo Quintana and France’s Thibaut Pinot to relish this course.

SXSW 2015: Damn Good

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:45

Yup, damn good

Yesterday SXSW announced their 2015 programming, including a mentor session with yours truly… you can ask me anything during that time in Austin, like the tire pressure I run with tubulars or how to publish independent content, for more than a decade.

Bikes lots of them

Of course we’re ride another Mobile Social, and assemble a panel of mobile photographers in the Create space. We’re working that all out and for now, booking our trip back to Austin and it’s gonna be damn good.

Have a look at our photos from earlier this year, on G+. We ate a lot of great food.

Great food

Bullitts on The Amazing Race

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:36

Seeing Bullitts on The Amazing Race this weekend, reminded me of Mark’s take on cargo bikes from our archives – he had so much to say, it was written in 4 parts. If we had out magazine back then, that could’ve been a whole issue…

and he noticed the Bullitts too in 09.

What sets this bike apart from many other long-wheelbase cargo bikes is the use of aluminium in large diameter tubes as opposed to steel. Much as I like the ride of a good steel bike, a cargo bike is a great opportunity to allow aluminium to shine, especially when a manufacturer can really engineer the shapes and diameters of tubing. A lot of cargo bikes are begging for some extra rigidity. The Bullitt comes in 13 versions, with disc brakes and choice of internally geared rear hubs or derailleurs. The lightest version weighs 48lbs.

Kym & Alli rode well to win Episode 4, comparing the ride to a fixed-gear, and did their share of annoying the locals on the path.

We did our share of that too, this one time in Amsterdam… Great to see cyclists doing well – it seems every season Phil adds more bikes into the mix, and now cyclists are winning.

#WINNING! @kymnonstop and I dominated Copenhagen! 1st place AND we won cars #pumped

— Alli Forsythe (@alliforsythe) October 18, 2014

Get to know Kym more in this interview from Well+Good. I was confused at first as to what competitive street cycling is from the intro to the season. That’s racing fixed gears, Phil replied and Kym is a SoulCycle instructor while Alli is a personal trainer.

O how I love bikes @NoOppWasted @VisitCopenhagen #AmazingRace 50% of population use bikes to commute:)

— Phil Keoghan (@PhilKeoghan) October 18, 2014

Issue 17 Fun for Fall

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:06

Issue 17 drops this week

That time on a long straight road, where you were the only human being for miles, and you sang at the top of your lungs.

That was fun and so is Issue 17 dropping this week on iOS and the Web.

Fun with Fatbikes

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:06

Fat on the beach

The Issue 17 cover story by Matt Haughey is about fun with fatbikes and it’s free with a signup. To read the rest of the issue, please subscribe via iOS or the Web: annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4. Your money directly supports the authors, photographers, and editors who contribute to Bike Hugger. Our content is original and not biased by ads. In fact, they’re are no ads in the issues. Just photos and words…like these

The huge four and five inch tires rolled effortlessly down the street. I jumped off a curb, I darted through traffic, I popped a wheelie. However much this bike tipped the scales, it felt like any random 20lb hardtail mountain bike, and it was wickedly maneuverable, which surprised me even more. I fell instantly in love with this giant overgrown BMX bike underneath me.

A while ago, when I wrote about Fat Bikes, my take wasn’t quite that enthusiastic. I didn’t ride on the beach though, but in the snow.

A cold Winter’s Bone out there on a Fat Bike

The rest of the issue includes

  • In a West End Town
  • Sandwich, Where We Rode Together
  • Stutter Bumps
  • Bro’d Out? Sure, But that Was Good Fun
  • Discounts

Deal Killers

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:05

Remains of the Day

In an issue labeled as fun, Patrick didn’t want to be the Debbie Downer, but what he wrote is important about the decline of shops in the US and it’s the bro deal.

The recent closing of Elliott Bay Bicycles is a bellwether for the larger concerns facing retailers throughout the sport. EBB had been around for decades, had attracted not just the best in mechanics, but was the home to one of the Pacific Northwest’s best-respected frame builders, Bill Davidson.

To read the article, please subscribe via iOS or the Web: annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4.

Also from 07, see Mark V’s popular post about the bro deal and the customers that asked him for it.

Hi. Thanks for coming into my shop and taking part of the consumer experience. Your disposable income is the sole source of our meager profit margins that support the shop’s overhead and indirectly my income.

An Infrastructure Cartoon

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:41

Popular on the Twitters last night and today, If Roads Were Like Bike Lanes from @stevepadams.

Best bicycle-infrastructure cartoon? via @bikehugger

— peloton magazine (@pelotonmagazine) October 19, 2014

West End Rickshaws

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:40

West End Bicycle Rickshaws

While in London earlier this month, noticed all the rickshaws too and don’t remember seeing them before. Today in The Economist, a story about how an unregulated industry has thrived.

Since the late 1990s the number of rickshaws in London has swelled. As they are unregulated, with no set fare or formal licensing structure, precise figures are hard to come by. The London Pedicab Operators Association, which represents 300 drivers, estimates that around 700 pedal the capital’s streets. Disgruntled taxi drivers suggest the figure is far higher.

It seems cab companies and traditional transportation businesses, have more to worry about than Uber and bike shares.

I wrote about our trip to London and the West End in Issue 17.

Good Coffee, Jeremiah, and KK

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:40

Convoy Coffee

Stopped by Seattle Interactive yesterday to see my friend Jeremiah speak about the sharing economy and outside in the lobby Convoy was making coffee delivered by bike.

Friend and colleague @jowyang is speaking at @seattleinteract today

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) October 15, 2014

Well badged, head tube

My kinda place, of course, where the bike and tech meet. I didn’t stick around to see if any beer arrived by bike too, but that wouldn’t surprise me. KK+ was there too and bunch of other people I know.

Show up at a tech conference in the Pacific Northwest and who do I see…wait for it… @kk !

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) October 15, 2014

Good to see them all and ride around downtown.

KK’s taken that bag around the world

The Old and New for Winter

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:40

Rapha’s hooded top

Well I had this reveal planned of my new, fav fall/winter jacket, but getting spotted in public wearing it will work just as well.

Because I can't anywhere without bumping into cycling pals, right @bikehugger? #SIC2014 #touchmeimSIC

— Spooooky Westbrook (@swestbrook) October 15, 2014

The reason I’m wearing a Rapha hooded top so much, besides the merino blend, style and cut, is that it’s just like another fav jacket of mine, from the 70s or early 80s (I think). The Moa Sport jacket is so tattered and torn, I don’t wear it anymore, but refuse to part with it. Bought the Moa from a vintage cloth store in Seattle long ago that had a shipment of wool kit from Italy arrive.

Thick merino and a plastic panel front

Wore that jacket before Gore and later eVENT and all the modern fabrics we have now. Showing its age, most of the teeth have fallen out of the zipper, and seams are coming apart, but at the time this jacket was “the one.” The wool moderated temperatures, even when wet, while the plastic front panel blocked the wind.

Misshaped, may just fall off the hanger one day, into a tired lump on the floor

Rapha’s Merino Hooded Top has all that too, with a storable hood, pink reflective accents, and a sport wool blend. I traveled to London wearing it and rode to and from the Seattle Interactive conference yesterday.

Brass teeth have fallen out

So sure, for the longer days, big miles, and hard riding this winter, I’ll wear a Gabba or something new from Showers Pass or Novara. For total comfort around town though, it WAS the Moa Sport and now this exceptionally nice piece from Rapha.

The Hooded Top is on clearance for $122.50 with smalls, larges, and XLs left in stock.

And if you ever see a Moa Sport jacket in a vintage clothe store near you, get it!