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More tech than ever at this year's tour with Dimension Data parsing the numbers.
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Ultra Endurance Advice
Some advice to anybody considering ultra distance racing: Get your metrics tested. I went to see Steve and Aubrey at Cycle Science Training in Tukwila (team discounts available, contact me for more...
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Doubt I'll ever attempt something like that, but a good read none the less! 
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For the unpredictable weather in Belgium, the Rapha Pro Team Shadow Jersey uses a pioneering fabric that protects the riders from foul weather and yet which is comfortable enough to be worn like a jersey. It protects from the wind, the rain and the cold and is an innovative response to the demands of WorldTour cyclists racing at the highest level of the sport.

In changeable conditions, the team’s riders can now wear just one garment all day, remaining shielded from the elements throughout. It is a whole new approach to bad-weather clothing in the sport and the jersey has been raced in by Team Sky since the start of the season to great effect.

With conventional rain jackets, even the most acclaimed options are made of a fabric with a laminate. The construction invariably includes a waterproof membrane and is taped at the seams. No rain comes in but no perspiration can escape either, so the rider gets hot and sweaty very quickly. The Rapha Pro Team Shadow Jersey in contrast, is far more breathable than all other wet-weather options, yet maintains impressive ‘hydrophobic’ qualities to keep the rain off too. It is both very comfortable and highly protective.

The key is in the fabric, extremely stretchy and densely woven, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish applied to both the yarn and the finished fabric. Rainwater rolls off, yet the woven fabric and lack of a laminate lets body heat out. Add to this a brushed inner face and the jacket can be worn comfortably over a base layer or even directly against the skin.
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Haven't seen it, but that's the benchmark and since they didn't say Gore, it's a laminate like or is eVent. 
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A Good Wheel to Follow
Irving Schachter loved riding a bike as much as anyone. Last August, he died after being struck by a cyclist in Central Park. Jason Gay writes a tribute to Schachter and what it means to be a cyclist, in New York and everywhere else.
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Pre tour...and Jason.
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Don't let this happen to you, courtesy of the US government's video on firework safety.
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Ha!
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Ben said it...aero road bikes don't ride well.
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Have them in circles
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Finally, GoPro at the Tour.
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I think rules should mandate that every bike must be fitted with a GoPro. That would produce some amazing footage.
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Buzz Du Jour

#RohanDennis #BMC becomes the 7th Aussie to don the #MaillotJaune after setting a new #TdF record for an #ITT! 55.4 kph 
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T-Rex Bike

As seen by +Kent Peterson, a giant rideable T-Rex Art Bike on Craigslist.
Presenting your chance to be the proud owner of the only dinosaur skeleton that has been reanimated through the mysteries of science and technology. She is a beautiful fosillized juvenile...
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it’s got a really good vibe and shows a sneak of Emilie’s work with Bernard on her style – those whips are coming along nicely!
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+Bike Hugger What is the name of the song in the video? It captivated me since I first saw it and iv'e been trying to I.D. it with no luck.
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Happy Canada Day!
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And Brooklyn's (NYC) Red Hook beer :)
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Introduction

Bike Hugger® is bike culture blogged. As a group blog, with different voices, we cover diverse topics, but the bike centers us. You won’t find a marketing box to put us in or a label to slap onto what we do. Much of it is in the moment and we try to do interesting, epic stuff.

We also believe the bike is a connector with web designers, developers, and creative professionals. That’s why you’ll find us at events like SXSW with our Mobile Socials 

For the past 8 years we’ve built an audience on our blog and in social channels, like TwitterG+InstagramFlickrFacebook, and Tumblr(s). We publish photos on Flickr, videos on YouTube, and podcasts on iTunes

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Each month in our magazine we cover diverse topics in longform with the bike centering us. We believe it's a connector and the context for what we write about. We chase interesting, epic stuff and share our opinions about what we've ridden and where. Subscription revenues directly support the writing, editing, and production of our Magazine. It’s ad free and published monthly on iTunes and the Web.

A Big Tip Jar

Tugboat Yards is a platform for publishers to get support directly from readers for ad-free content and we use it like a big tip jar. It helps us pay our mechanics, editors, and photographers, or underwrite a whole issue if you're a big tipper. 

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