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Allite Super Magnesium

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 14:58

Because of a schedule conflict, I won’t attend Interbike this year.  If I did, one product I’m interested in is the new Elite Super Magnesium from Allite.

Magnesium was experimented with as a frame material post Cold War and came from demilitarized Russian sources. I saw a frame or two come through the shop back then.

I also spotted a Kirk Precision a few years ago too on a ride and Mark V saw one in Berlin.

Like Ti, it’s light and strong. At the time though, it was very difficult to weld and could get brittle if not treated correctly. The Kirks were cast.

Yesterday, Allite told me about their new Allite Super Magnesium 

Weighing 33% less than aluminum, while also being stiffer and stronger, pound for pound, Allite Super Magnesiumis the lightest of all structural materials. The revolutionary new alloy, which has been utilized in classified defense and aerospace applications, can also be leveraged in a variety of applications, products and components within the cycling industry and beyond.  In certain applications, it is just as strong and effective as carbon fiber at a much more affordable cost.

A material that’s lighter and stronger than aluminum and cheaper than carbon is certainly interesting for independent builders. It’s also, according to Allite, the most eco-friendly and sustainable metal. The frame shown in the photos was welded and not cast like the Kirks.

No word on how easy it is to work with in the shop.

The press release is below.


Premium alloy now available to build lighter, more durable bicycles and components

Dayton, OH, September 13, 2018 – Allite®, Inc. announces its proprietary, high-performance Allite® Super MagnesiumTM today, with the premium alloy now available to the cycling industry.

Officially launching at Interbike next week, Allite Super Magnesium is the first material to go-to-market from Allite, Inc., an Ohio-based company with cycling industry veteran Bruno Maier at the helm. Lighter and stiffer than aluminum, less expensive than carbon fiber and with the lowest carbon footprint of any structural material throughout the value chain, Allite Super Magnesium is the premier choice for industries, spanning sporting goods, aerospace, automotive and beyond.

“We are thrilled to unveil Allite Super Magnesium and all of the superior benefits that it provides to brands and products across a variety of industries,” said Bruno Maier, President of Allite, Inc. “With an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and high-performance composition, Allite Super Magnesium is simply the best choice for any distinguished brand seeking materials to make their products lighter, faster, stronger, and more environmentally friendly.”

Weighing 33% less than aluminum, while also being stiffer and stronger, pound for pound, Allite Super Magnesium is the lightest of all structural materials. The revolutionary new alloy, which has been utilized in classified defense and aerospace applications, can also be leveraged in a variety of applications, products and components within the cycling industry and beyond.  In certain applications, it is just as strong and effective as carbon fiber at a much more affordable cost.

Furthering its appeal for an increasingly environmentally aware consumer base, magnesium is considered to be the most eco-friendly and sustainable metal in the world, as it is 100% recyclable and has widespread natural occurrence with unlimited reserves.

“The superior benefits of magnesium are becoming more well-known and it is exciting to see Allite Super Magnesium delivering a material that can benefit such a vast array of industries,” said noted material science engineering expert and professor at The Ohio State University, Dr. Alan Luo. “In addition to being earth friendly, magnesium has increased solubility, and is stronger than other comparable materials, making it a wise choice for the cycling industry and beyond.”

About Allite®, Inc.

Founded in 2018, Allite®, Inc. is a full-service material sciences organization that develops and manufactures high-performance metal alloys for industries around the globe. They supply proprietary material science consulting, offer raw magnesium ingot, produce semi-fabricated product, including extrusion and sheet/plate, and provide custom engineering, manufacturing, and fabrication on a global scale.

Allite®, Inc. created and produces Allite® Super MagnesiumTM, a premium alloy that is the lightest of all structural materials and is diversely appealing across vast industries where weight, performance and efficiency are critical. Considered to be the most eco-friendly and sustainable metal in the world, magnesium is 100% recyclable, dissolves naturally leaving no trace, and has widespread natural occurrence with unlimited reserves.

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Manhattan Beach Grand Prix: Justin Williams

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 14:35

I don’t cover racing much anymore, but heard about Justin Williams at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. After an early attack he stayed away and won by a healthy margin. Then, he went onto take both the road and criterium amateur national championships.

I honestly just want to make cycling better than it is in its current form. By creating great content that inspires people, integrating popular culture into cycling in a way that makes sense will help give kids someone to look up, and relate to. I’m very fortunate to have a brand such as Muscle Monster who believes in my vision back me, and want to be part of the movement.” — Justin Williams

Muscle Monster sent this edit and I’m sharing it.

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Milkit: Simpler Tubeless

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 19:15

The Milkit tubeless tire valves are simpler because of the one-way valve system when the valve core is removed from the valve.

This allows for easy tubeless inflation as airflow is significantly increased into the tire without the valve core inside the valve but then will also hold the air in the tire once it isn’t being inflated anymore.

(I have a hard time visualizing that, so watch the video).

The Milkit Compact Kit ($55 on Amazon) uses a standard syringe paired with a long tip to be able to check and refill your tire sealant without having to remove your tire.

Milkit turns a 15-minute messy process into a 3-minute simple and effortless system. I think it also means that sealant won’t foul the valve core either.

The process is

  1. Screw out the milKit valve core no air is lost, thanks to closed rubber flaps
  2. Insert the milKit applicator through the valve to measure the sealant in the tire.
  3.  Identify how much extra sealant is needed
  4. Inject sealant with the milKit applicator
  5. Put back the valve core and go ride!

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Earin M–2 Wireless Earbuds

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 21:43

I remember the PR for Earin Wireless Earbuds and later a Kickstarter that didn’t quite deliver its promise. That was a first generation product and the Swedish company, acquired by’s at the start of the year, is back with a second rev.

Now available in Europe and the US for $249, it’s expensive gear with impressive technology into a small form factor. Most interesting for cycling is the handsfree calling, turn-by-turn instructions, and Google Assistant.

Bluetooth 4.2 connects the left earbud to your music source, Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) in the form of NXP Semiconductor’s MiGLO technology enables a low-power connection to the right earbud.

AAC, aptX, and SBC are all supported by the M–2, which boasts a 20-20000 Hz frequency range. A built-in accelerometer figures out which earbud is in which ear, eliminating the need for L and R labels.

Each earbud also has the same touch control interface for playing/pausing, answering calls, and summoning the Google Assistant. Intelligent noise reduction works with 2 microphones on each side.

Earin M-2 True Wireless Earphones are now available for purchase online in both white and black. The $249 USD/Euro retail price includes the earphones and charging capsule, custom ergonomic tips to ensure a perfect fit and high-quality audio, and a micro USB charging cable.

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Pivot Cycles Mach 5.5 with Fox Live Valve

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 08:13

We’re off for the holiday weekend and wanted to share news about Pivot before we go… the PR is below.

Fox Live Valve Takes The Mach 5.5 To The Next Level Of Trail Bike Performance

PHOENIX, AZ – Pivot Cycle’s Mach 5.5 with fully integrated Fox Live Valve redefines trail bike category boundaries.

The most sophisticated trail bike suspension ever developed, Fox Live Valve is here, and the Pivot Cycles Mach 5.5 is fully integrated and available with this game-changing suspension technology. The Mach 5.5 is already the best trail bike on the market, getting rave reviews from media and owners alike – live Valve technology takes that class-leading performance to the next level.

“We began working with Fox on this project almost three years ago when the Mach 5.5 and the Live system were in their earliest prototype stages,” says Pivot Cycles President and CEO, Chris Cocalis. “Even then in its most basic form, we realized the performance benefits and knew we had to integrate it into the Mach 5.5. The evolution since then has been nothing short of incredible.  The new FOX Live Valve system delivers even greater levels of versatility taking the Mach 5.5’s reputation as the one bike that can do it all to another level.”

Live Valve gives the Mach 5.5 an incredibly broad spectrum of suspension performance that makes it pedal and climb like our Mach 4 yet descend with performance that rivals our longer travel Mach 6. Live Valve enhances the Mach 5.5’s already incredible capabilities by increasing pedaling efficiency seamlessly and instantly while making the suspension more supple and reactive.  Incredibly, Live Valve’s computer does everything automatically and, in less time, than a blink of the eye – 100 times faster.  With Fox Live Valve the dream of perfect suspension for every part of the ride becomes a reality.

Pricing, Specifications, and Availability

The Mach 5.5 with Fox Live Valve upgrade is available now in Pro and Team level builds ranging in price from $8,199 to $11,099 USD, in all sizes, at key Pivot dealers worldwide. For more information, visit Pivot.

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Womens XCO Finals La Bresse 2018

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 07:08

Now this is a bike race. The top 4 mtb racers in the world are featured. The lead changes frequently and it’s for the overall win in the UCI World Cup.

The different styles of each racer plays to the various sections of the course. And, each racer has a different style that plays to the different sections of the course: muddy, slippery, steep, rooty, jumpy, and impossibly hard.

Those racing include:

  • World Champ
  • Canadian Champ
  • French Champ
  • Swiss Champ

At the 17 minutes you get the call ups and who’s who. It’s worth the 90 minutes to watch the thrill of victory and agony of defeat. Also see the men’s recap (not as thrilling).

So What Happened?

The UCI World Cup leaders in both the Elite Women’s and Men’s competition completed the season by winning their respective races: Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing) took her third Women’s overall title and Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) his sixth Men’s title.

It was Schurter’s 30th World Cup win, putting him in an exclusive club with Julien Absalon and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa.


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First Impression: Evil Bikes

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 19:54

The smoke lifted and we’ve got our summer back. Then took a pair of Evils first to Raging River and then Freund Canyon in Leavenworth. On vacation I don’t have too much to say now but the first impression is I now know why Evil is a bike with a lot of buzz in the Pacific Northwest. 

In my time covering the bike industry, I’ve ridden many of the best (the worst too) and I also understand why mountain bikers buy from an internet retailer instead of a brand with a retail presence. It’s the budget sure and with Evil, a bike that was designed for the terrain around here. 

I rode the Wreckoning and Pam the Calling. Both framesets cost $3099. 


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We were both impressed. 

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Trek Updates Remedy Trail Bike

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 15:35

It feels like I’ve written a months worth post content in a week…all while holed up at Hugga HQ because of the bad air quality. Well, the air has finally cleared up and I’m about to head out for a ride but not before sharing the news that Trek has updated their Remedy Trail bike.

It looks fantastic and I’m sure performs as well too. The new Remedy is built up with 27.5˝ wheels and long-travel suspension (150mm or 160mm) and can ran 27.5×2.6 or 27.5×2.8. The new frame also has a slightly steeper seat tube angle for more pedaling efficiency and a fixed lower shock mount that opens up the lower frame area to accommodate stronger, stiffer chainstays.

Of course it’s stiffer and has a slighter steep seat tube angle for better pedaling uphill. The Trek-exclusive frame and suspension tech, includes: ABP, Straight Shot down tube, Knock Block frame defense, RE:aktiv, and RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft.

Available in 5 models (and a frameset), that ship with 1×12 SRAM Eagle drivetrains, the new RockShox Lyrik with DebonAir fork on most models, and wide carbon rims on Remedy 9.8 and Remedy 9.9. That all makes for a trail bike that’s fast on rough singletrack and more capable than ever on big, all-mountain adventures. You can order one in understand black or Miami green.

Prices for complete bikes range between $3,299.99 MSRP and $6,999.99 MSRP, with Remedy 7 and Remedy 9.9 at either end of the spectrum.

See all the specs an options at While their top-shelf spec, the 9.9 retails for $6999, which is a lot of bike for the money.  It’s equipped with a 160mm FOX Factory 36 Float fork, 150mm of rear suspension travel with Trek’s exclusive RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft damper, Bontrager Line Carbon wheels with a 54-tooth Rapid Drive rear hub, a 1×12 SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain, and a Bontrager Line dropper post.

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Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:24

While in Brooklyn for a weekend shoot with Sony on World Photography Day, I also got my hands on the new DJI drones: Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

I was introduced to the new drones in a truck driving around Brooklyn.

The TL;DR on is this…they’re now flying around with Hasselblad cameras on the gimbal and that means resulted in significantly improved optics and a zoom camera.

The zoom is 96mm by combing 2 x optical with 2 x digital and captured in full HD lossless video. And, that’s not all…Hybrid auto-focus combines phase and contrast detection for higher focus accuracy with a 40% faster focus speed.

Positioning the Mavics as floating cinematography tools, the Pro is for capturing video with utmost video quality and the Zoom is for, well, zooming.

That hasn’t been possible in a drone camera until now.

The fit and finish of the drones is much improved and you can’t miss the the Hasselblad logo. Also important in this release, is the drones have 10 sensors on all sides to avoid collisions.

The TL;DR on #mavicpro2 is this… they’re now flying around with Hasselblad cameras on the gimbal.

While the photos looks clandestine on a truck dashboard, what happened was a DJI rep picked me up at my hotel. We were supposed to find a spot to fly the drones but the weather didn’t cooperate. We ended up driving around, talking spec, and the positioning of the new flagships.

I eventually left for the Sony shoot, and DJI shot video from the drones when the weather cleared and shared it with me.

Admittedly a skeptic when it comes to drones, I’m now convinced they should be in a creative’s toolkit and where I’m using them is to set the location for the bicycle-related videos I create. See this

It’s cars in their promo, but whatever, in my mind that’s you riding a bike down a mountain and recording the next sick edit.

Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom Technical Highlights

These are consumer drones but with pro features for aerial content creation. Both shoot in 4K recording at 100MBP using H.265, for photographers the stills can be shot in HDR with 14 stops of dynamic range for the Pro and the Zoom has 13. The preprogrammed flight modes include

  • Hyperlapse—a sequences of stills
  • Free—manual flight with a sequence of stills
  • Circle—the drone circles for all the stills
  • Course Lock—it’ll follow a predertimed course
  • ActiveTrack— It’ll track a subject and with the Zoom, zoom in.
  • More Aero with Extended Flight time—Body drag has been reduced by 19%, and flight time is up to 31 minutes, and the blades are quieter.

There’s much more, but know this is pretty much a pro drone at consumer pricing.

Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom Pricing

The Mavic 2 Zoom will retail for $1249 USD and the Mavic 2 Pro is $1449. Available now direct and at their stores, the drones ship with battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers. A Fly More Kit, including two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, retails at $319 USD. A gimbal replacement service exclusively for Mavic 2 was also mentioned. That’s a service that will swap lenses between the drones.

Amazon hasn’t listed the 2s yet, but when they do you’ll get free shipping.

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Sierra Nevada: Death Ride

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 20:56

The founder and owner of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Ken Grossman (63) recently recently completed California’s infamous bike tour, the Death Ride, with his coworkers.

He had a film crew with him and uploaded it today. The takeaway?

There’s a point in time when it comes down to personal grit.

Also, I know Sierra Nevada supports cycling and has done so as long as I’ve been involved, so it’s great to see the owner out riding.

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Water Cycle: Ocean, Surf By Bike

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:24

Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design has created WATER CYCLE, an ongoing documentary film project.

In the second chapter, OCEAN, the documentary follows Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California. Ashley took time away from her shaping studio to travel with her husband and son to Mexico in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access and aren’t on any map. Fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family.

These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring.

Ashley has been an avid surfer since she was a child, eventually turning her passion into a career shaping surfboards and teaching new riders.

As she became closer to her craft and the ocean around her, she adopted an emphasis on sustainable building practices that respected both her ability to ride huge waves, and desire to do as little harm as possible to the planet.

Our fragile oceans sustain life on our planet, but increasingly, they are polluted with plastic waste. This waste can range from single use plastic products like cup lids, and take out bags, to microscopic particulates that kill fish and foul beaches.

As recreationalists, we’re able to reach parts of the earth  in the saddles of our bikes or on our surfboards that are unimaginable when sitting behind a desk.

Protecting oceans is important to Blackburn and so for this project they partnered with Sustainable Surf to bring attention to the continued need to be stewards of our oceans.

If this is something that resonates with you too, consider becoming involved with one of Sustainable Surfs initiatives.

Watch the first film from the series on YouTube.

It’s about riding a bike to fish.

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The Swift Campout in Idaho

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:22

Seattle’s Swift Industries built a brand in a fast few years by creating high-quality, beautifully-designed products for a particular community: bike commuters and bike tourers.

A Swift boxy bike bag sits on the front of my personal bike. Writing about them since 2012, we’ve also been following their evolution, and what they’re doing with the annual Solstice Campout.

So scenic we stopped for the photo.

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The campout is a global call for riders to get out of town on a bike-camping adventure with friends. Riders can join up with local Campouts published on their site, or they can do their own thing.

For this year, Coal Headwear decided to build their own ambitious 4-day backcountry route in rugged Central Idaho. They invited friends from Tenkara Rod Co. and Latigo Coffee to join them, and opened up the ride to anyone else who might be interested, ultimately making a crew 14 deep from Seattle, PDX, LA, SLC, Denver, Boise, and Bozeman.

Also as the edit below shows, in the mix were 2 videographers and 4 photographers they documented the adventure.

Coal isn’t a brand I’m familiar with, but snowboarders love to camp too. And, maybe they’ll get into fat biking in the snow this winter?

Regardless, watch the video…it sure looks like they had a great time in Idaho. I’m also enjoying the transition to riding a sporty 650b bike as I’ve been talking about this year.

Seattle has changed so much, but riding a Davidson around is just like the old times. I’m packing quite a bit of stuff in that bike too. It’s my rolling test jig and has far exceeded all expectations of a custom bike made even better with a boxy bike bag.

While I don’t bike camp like Swift and Coal, I appreciate what they’re doing, the vibe, and getting out into the trees with bikes, good friends, and camping gear.

With the decaleur and boxy front bag installed, the transition to a sporty 650b bike is complete. I'm also officially old and riding long miles for pleasure; instead of you know, "training" and racing.

HT @OriginalMarkV @SwiftIndustries and Compass Cycles.

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) January 26, 2018



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Wired: An Affordable Electric Cargo Bike

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:28

I was just going to note that I’m seeing more electric cargo bikes around town. And, one with two kids on it at the Sub Pop Festival. Then, noticed Wired’s review of an affordable electric cargo bike, the RadPower Rad Wagon.

Their take:

Affordable. Home delivery and mobile assembly available. Five assist modes from a water-resistant electric system. 21 speeds. Extended rear rack with a plethora of accessories. Disc brakes.

At $1500 it’s less than half the cost of the Tern GSD, its range is also limited to 45 miles, where the GSD can go 150 miles with dual battery packs.

The GSD is positioned as a car replacement and the Rad Wagon more of an addition to your garage at that price.

The mom who was riding one told me she got it to get up the hills and for all the other benefits of a bike in the city: faster commute, no parking worries, saving gas, not polluting.

I’ve not ridden the Rad Wagon, but plenty have, Wired’s complaint about it is the lack of stock and lower specs

Goes out of stock quickly. A Shimano or Bosch e-assist system sure feels a lot nicer. Short battery life. Lower top speed.

Where I’d recommend a more upmarket cargo bike like the GSD or Yuba, it’s great to see more choices in the market and parents moving the kids around town by bike instead of an SUV

Rad Power Wagon Specs
  • Powerful 750W Shengyi direct drive hub motor with regen braking
    48V 14Ah (672Wh) Lithium-Ion battery using Samsung cells Rated for 800 charge cycles
  • Total Payload Capacity: 350 lbsRear Rack: 120 lbs
  • Kickstand: 100 lbs
  • Running Boards: 40 lbs per side
  • 20 mph top speed
  • Estimated 25-45+ mile range
  • Half twist throttle and intelligent 5 level pedal assist
  • Full LCD display including speedometer, wattmeter, and odometer
  • Integrated headlight
  • 28’’ cargo rack with wood panels (20 mm diameter tubing)
  • 21-speed Shimano Altus drivetrain
  • Dual-leg, spring-loaded kickstand
  • 180 mm Tektro mechanical disk brakes
  • 26″ x 2.3″ Kenda K-Rad Tires
  • Bike Weight: 72 lbs

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The Worst Doping Excuses

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:14

From CGN today, the worst doping excuses…they vary from their Aunties sweets to absorbing a conjoined twin. These were all real excuses used by the pros for failing a drugs test! I’ve heard them all.

Gilberto Simoni – Midway through the 2002 edition of the Giro D’Italia the previous years champion Gilberto Simoni of the Saeco team, tested positive for cocaine and was promptly withdrawn from the race, the day after winning stage 11. The Italian’s defences to how the recreational drug had found its way into his system were quite imaginative. First, he proclaimed that an anaesthetic from his dentist contained cocaine, and secondly that the positive test came from some Peruvian sweets given to him as a gift by his aunt that he’d eaten and that contained the banned party drug of choice.

Tyler Hamilton – In 2004 American Tyler Hamilton of team Phonak tested positive for a blood transfusion, shortly after winning Gold in the individual Time Trial at the Athens Olympic Games. After originally being able to continue riding as his B sample was frozen he tested positive again at that years Vuelta Espana where he was banned for two years. However, one of the rather fantastical defences used by Hamilton was that he may have absorbed a twin in utero and is, therefore, a tetragametic chimaera.

And more…my fav is Jack Daniels by Landis. Also see, from 06, 11 doping scandals in 5 years.


Don’t forget Lance told us he was the most-tested athlete on earth. Too much sex is another, that’s what Bjorn Leukemans claimed. Before that, when Vino tested positive for homologous blood doping at the 2007 TDF. His defense iss that the test took place after a crash the day prior, and all the blood had rush to his legs.

Vino initially retires but, once his two-year ban is up, returns to the sport and wins the 2012 Olympic road race. I miss Vino. He was the perfect villain.



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Tonight on King 5: Bike Shares

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:52

Tonight King 5 is running a story about bike shares and Ofo…tune in at 5 for the local Seattle news. I was interviewed and shared my thoughts…also showed off one of my fav bikes.

Just back from a @KING5Seattle interview with @MichaelReports about bike shares and Ofo.

The story is scheduled to run tonight, if it makes the cut, I plugged @seabikeblog + @jasongay

— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) August 8, 2018

The story is now up….

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Summer Reading: Lands of Lost Borders

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:33

An, “Inspiring, moving, heartfelt, and often breathtaking,” story about riding 4350 miles of the Silk Road should be on your summer reading list.

It’s on mine and the book ships 8/21. Lands Of Lost Borders: A Journey On The Silk Road ($24.99 on Amazon)

About the Book

While Cheryl Strayed’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail in Wild was spurred by the traumatic loss, it seems Kate Harris’s journey had been waiting to be taken for her entire life. From a very young age, Kate felt called to explore; first looking outward toward Mars with dreams of becoming an astronaut. But in between her studies at Oxford and MIT, during an impromptu bike ride on the Tibetan Plateau, Kate realized that the farther she traveled here on Earth, the closer she came to a world as wild as she felt within. She decided to quit her Ph.D. program at MIT and instead set off across the fabled 4,350 miles of the Silk Road with only her childhood friend, a backpack, and a bicycle. She chose the Silk Road because of how enamored she became with the Tibetan Plateau when she first visited between her studies a few years prior.

In Lands Of Lost Borders, Kate writes a beautiful narrative, a sense of wonder on the page, and thoughtful meditation about the world around us.

With this book, Kate wants to inspire cyclists to live outside of their own lines and live life to the fullest.

What you need to know is, getting to ride alongside Kate on her Silk Road journey puts the reader into the nature of limits and the wildness of the self.

As a cyclist, the author of a book and the publisher of several websites, I’m always amazed at cyclists who not only give it all up to live this dream, but then write about it. And, get it published.

Learn more about Kate in this CBC interview and on her site.

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LeBron James is a Cyclist

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:49

Having just shared a heartwarming video of a mountain bike daycare, I also want you to know Lebron James is a cyclist just like all of us.

Sure, he’s better known as a ball player and being King James, but what he said in his WSJ interview with Jason Gay is so wholesome and true.

Me and my friends, when we got on our bikes, we would just ride,” he recalled. “Sometimes we would even get lost, because we’d be gone for so long. But there was a sense of joy and comfort. There was nothing that really could stop us. We felt like we were on top of the world.

That’s pretty much exactly how I spent my youth and later in life recalled those days and write about the bike now.

It was a way of life. If you had a bike, it was a way to kind of let go and be free.

Also true and I hope there are marketers in a cube farm somewhere thinking about the next bike to market and consider what LeBron said to the Wall Street Journal.

Bikes are freedom. Always have been and will be. Sure there’s racing and training, but reaching new markets doesn’t have to be about performance, Strava, and personal bests.

Make them about having fun.

Big fun.

There’s a lot more in the article and more quotable quotes. LeBron rides a Cannondale, a hybrid one and with flat pedals. I’d like to see him on gravel or singletrack out in the trees and away from the news cycle. He rides to clear his head and stay in shape off the court.

LeBron is best known as the best b-ball player there is. But also, I think more importantly, he’s a cyclist and one that gets what we do.

He’ll ride to the Lakers games that’s for sure.


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Dead Baby Downhill 22

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 07:26

As is turned out that Gaimon v. Cancellara grudge race was shit…this though, after 22 years, the Dead Baby Downhill will deliver unprecedented awesomeness and it’s tonight!

I’ll be at the Pixies/Weezer concert, but you should be there.

Here’s a video of the last edition for the why.

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Raptor AR Smartglasses Now Shipping

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 07:43

This week, Everysight started shipping their Raptor AR Smartglasses. The Raptors are intended to enhance performance by using augmented reality with the real-time data: heart rate, cadence, speed, power, distance and maps.

Available direct from Everysight, the US pricing is $649.00.

Last year I tried out the Raptors (also tried Google glass) and was impressed with the resolution. The tech is similar to the heads-up displays fighter jet pilots use. The Raptors also record your ride. I have a pair of the shipping version and will try them out later this month with a post to follow.

Christian Van Velde wore them riding the last few hundred meters near the summit of Col Du Portillon, Stage 16 of the TDF, 2018.

The Raptors aren’t for the cyclist looking to disconnect, but do offer an impressive feature list that keeps your eyes on the road instead of looking down at the computer on your stem.

Raptor AR Smartglasses Features
  • Displaying What Matters in Real Time — Patented BEAM Technology and ANT+/BT connectivity mean that Raptor overlays sharp, high-resolution, yet semi-transparent, information such as heart rate, cadence, speed, power, distance and more, out in front of riders at all times.
  • Delivering Navigation — Built-in GPS/GLONASS and the Raptor navigation display mean riders will never miss a turn while moving.
    Maximizing Safety — It is safer to view a semi-transparent display of the data projected in the visor than to look down, away from the road, at a cycling computer while in the paceline, on a technical riding section, or while riding to work through traffic.Raptor Speaker allows riders to listen to music or receive phone calls without covering the ears.
  • Staying Connected — Bluetooth connectivity allows Raptor to deliver phone notifications while on the go, so riders will never miss an important message or have to search for their phone in their back pocket while riding.
  • HD Camera — A built-in look-and-shoot HD camera with voice and data overlay enable riders to capture the essence of their cycling experience, whether that’s on a training ride, a joy ride, or a race. All images and videos can be shared with friends, followers, or coaches through any social media channel post ride.
  • Ride Time — Everysight’s BEAM Technology minimizes power consumption allowing riders to enjoy up to 8 hours without having to recharge.
  • Easy Function Control — Rides can use voice commands or simply swipe and tap the touchpad located on the right temple of the Raptor to alter their view, control maps, volume, brightness, data screens and more.
  • Companion App — All captured information (heart rate, cadence, speed, power, etc.) uploads to Raptor’s companion app (Android and iOS), and can be shared through social media channels or synced to popular third-party fitness and cycling apps.
Raptor AR Smartglasses Accessories

Raptor will also come with a selection of accessories.

  • Handlebar Control System: A handlebar controller ($59 USD & GBP/69 EUR/79 CAD) will allow riders to control all Raptor functions with their thumb or finger.
  • RX Frames: Riders with prescription lenses will have the option to purchase RX frames for $29 USD & GBP/35 EUR/39 CAD (prescriptions must be filled by optometrist).
  • Tinted Visors: Everysight will offer dark and light-tinted visors for different riding conditions ($79 USD & GBP/89 EUR/109 CAD).

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Living in the Summer is Easy with Bernard Kerr

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 18:58

What I like best about the Bernard Kerr and the work he does with Pivot is it usually gets released right about the time I’m buried in photos and stories from a trip.

Well, just back from the Grand Targhee, I’m getting caught up. And, Bernard Kerr is back with Summertime Living… in the downtime between Crankworx and the World Cups Kerr gets out on his Pivot Phoenix and Mach 5.5 where he rides Les Gets, France and then it’s off to Italy where he rips Pila Bike Park with a stop in Milan and one of his favorite motocross tracks, Dornoland.

Closer to retirement than starting or mid career, I wouldn’t event attempt the lines Kerr does, but I promise you having just as much fun.

Chased the sunset tonight @grandtargheeresort then back in time for dinner. #targhee #grandtarghee #mountainbike #intothesunset #goodlight

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