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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 #pumpedhttp://t.co/33nDCCPfHx

— 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? http://t.co/IVquhHo4uY via @bikehugger pic.twitter.com/aMcYAZkOP5

— 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 http://t.co/PoTpihwfqz

— 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 ! pic.twitter.com/MbrlmagFho

— 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 pic.twitter.com/05jkwAYf31

— 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!

Another Mobile Social Edit

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:40


As the editor of this video Kevin from Hawley USA said, “easily one of the best times to be had in Vegas!” Agreed! And we’re planning next season already.

Thanks to our partners that make it possible and all those that rode with us.

Fat Bike Dunes

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:40


From Dronescape Media Consulting and with Bike Hugger Magazine contributor, @mathowie, Fat Bike Dunes. I asked Matt about the video and he said

I’ve been borrowing a fatbike off a friend for the last couple weeks and had a fun time riding the sand dunes near Pacific City. Then I realized my friend Kenji was getting really good at his drone video work and asked him to join me on a day at the beach. I climbed and descended the dunes a few times, then just rode around and he flew around me the whole time. It came out better than I imagined, but I hope to do it again in the spring after I’ve ridden those dunes a bunch more and figured out the right lines, tire pressures, etc.

You can read more about the fun Matt had on the beach with a fat bike, in Issue 17 on iTunes and the Web. His article is the free cover story.

More drone videos are available on Dronescape.tv too. What I’d like about Matt’s dune ride is there were no big-air ramps, no energy drinks, just a couple cyclists doing what they love.

Music: MDK, Shinespark.

Tourists and Folding Bikes

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:39

German tourists at Seacrest Park

After an errand for more beekeeping supplies at Home Depot and asking Santa Yoda career advice, we rode around Alki Beach. Stopped at a bike shop to adjust a derailer, and watched kayakers paddle around Elliott Bay. Then stopped for lunch at Marination at Seacrest park. That was part of our #2daysinseattle with folding bikes. The visual story was shared on G+.

Interbike: People You Need to Know

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:45

The Element.ly assignment during Interbike was to find and shoot the “The People You Need To Know In The Bike Industry” for a portrait gallery with a few Qs and As. The people are players, industry insiders, and colleagues we’ve known for years. This is who we’re drinking beer and swapping stories with, and catching up from the last time we rode together. After dragging these people off the show floor to a nearby (and very nice) set of palm trees, they were asked the same few questions.

Starting with Zellmann

Zellmann from SRAM

And…

The assignment also marks my first set of portraits. I’m normally shooting street scenes, bikes, and gear. Credit to Jim for the photo editing and Jakob the wordsmithing and thanks to those that participated.

Element.ly launched just a few months ago and are about being outside and telling stories. My previous contribution was a time warp on a bike path.

Kona Growing Up Cross

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 08:28

Kona Growing Up Cross from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.

As Kona said in the intro to this edit, “For us, it’s not only about creating bikes for future champions, but also inspiring a love for cycling that lasts a lifetime.” And Mark V just dug one of their old bikes out of the back of the closed shop and is restoring it.

Maybe he’ll race it cross one day too…

A Hahanna

Riding the Sand

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 06:30

Lars van der Haar shows you how it’s done

Watching the elites at Gieten today, I was reminded of how well they ride the sand and we do not. Racers in the Seattle area are at Silver Lake today and reaching the beach, hopefully finding a good line. In the 3rd issue of our magazine, Matt Hill explained how Wellens rides the sand. For anyone that’s face planted into a sand pit or just stalled after a bike length, it’s a mandatory read.

Issue 3 is available as a back issue in our iOS Newsstand app and on the web for $4.00 per issue or with a $16.00 annual subscription.

So how the heck do those Euro guys blast through the sand sections with such grace and style? Well, Matt breaks down footage of archetypal Euro Cross star Bart Wellens, showing the US peons just how to get things done.

Wellens in the sand

Back in the Day: Ft. Devens Supercup

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 04:07

First the men

Like Meyerson said, “Can you believe this flyover?! Oh wait, that’s just a hill, you say? ‘Cross is sometimes hard, you say?” Huh and this was way before the “hard flow” favored by today’s course designers by race promoters, like McClung from MFG.

And the women

While racers lost lots of time on that muddy run up topped with a barrier, at the time the course was the anti-jungle ‘cross. Look how wide those lanes are for passing. Not too long ago, here in Seattle at North Seatac we had a drop off into a fire pit (not lit, of course, just the burned out logs), followed by a singletrack through brick and bramble. Part of the skill required was not crashing out.

Sliver Lake in 11

This weekend, racers are lining up at Silver Lake, arguably the hardest course in the area. It’s situated next to a lake and each lap a beach is stormed, before an ascent up the banks, into the trees, and back down…

Moments of Rampage

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:33

Of all the in-house content being produced, the brand storytelling in the bike biz, Scott stands out for the presentation and photography. Like this piece from the Red Bull Rampage. And as Jakob said, Arcteryx too

@Arcteryx does some of the best brand storytelling, hands down. http://t.co/IxfanBbFNJ

— Jakob Schiller (@jakobschiller) April 25, 2014