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  • August 12, 2014Surly Straggler Review

    Surly Straggler Review

    Shortly after Surly introduced the Cross Check some fifteen years ago, someone chimed in that they wished for a disc brake option. After..

  • August 5, 2014ABUS Granit Futura Mini U-Lock

    ABUS Granit Futura Mini U-Lock

    The ABUS Granit Futura Mini U-Lock has been my go-to lock for almost three years now, locking up my bike on streets across the country and..

  • August 1, 2014Issue #43 – Available Online

    Issue #43 – Available Online

    Contents include: I Love Riding in the City, NAHBPC 2014, Amtrak Roll-On Service, Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit, Product Spotlight:..

  • July 14, 2014New Albion Homebrew

    New Albion Homebrew

    In 1579 Sir Francis Drake landed in northern California and dubbed it New Albion. In 1976, Jack McAuliffe founded the now defunct New..

  • July 10, 2014Worksman Cycles Gallery

    Worksman Cycles Gallery

    Housed in a former candle factory in Queens, New York is one of America’s oldest manufacturing traditions. Worksman Cycles is a..

    San Fran Yellow Bike Project


    Still in the fund seeking stages, the San Francisco Yellow Bike Project is trying to get their project off the ground. I’m quite interested to see how this develops as traditional yellow bike projects have a history of failure. This structure, however, seems to involve more than putting free bikes into the public, with maintenance classes, safety demonstrations, Build a Bike workshops and more.

    Tektro Disc Brake Bleeding Pump

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    Now that disc brakes have been standard equipment on mountain bikes for years and are quickly becoming so on ‘cross and alt-road bikes it’s no surprise to see the shop tool side of things getting more serious. Bleed kits with hydraulic fluid syringes and reservoirs specific to given brake models are nothing new, but this vacuum bleeding pump from Tektro promises to make bleeding mineral oil brakes an easy, flawless procedure with no trapped air bubbles. Didn’t manage to get pricing info, but this isn’t a home bench tool.

    GT Grade EnduRoad Line

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    If you’ve been paying attention it is clear the winds of change are blowing. Road bikes from major manufacturers are no longer just for racing, with a slew of bikes now available for the rest of us that are more apt to ride the local backroads than pin on a number. GT has introduced the Grade bikes as their EnduRoad line, with disc brakes and large tire clearance across the board for a more versatile, yet performance oriented, road bike. Pictured above is the $1400 GT Grade Alloy 105 bike, with a hydroformed tubeset, tapered steerer carbon fork and Shimano 105 11-speed shifters and derailleurs. Triple triangle as always, with fender mounts all around and six frame sizes to choose from.

    For those looking for a lighter version, GT also makes the Grade in a carbon version, shown here with the top end $3500 Ultegra level build. Note the front thru-axle, carbon triple triangle and the clip-on fender bridge. At the entry level look for a sub-$1000 Sora spec’d version as well.

    Cross Season is Coming

    Skittle Thug Is The New Black At Eurobike 2014

    Straight from the slopes to a bicycle near you — skittle thug is the new black. Definitely coming from the enduro mountain bike side of things, the mismatched, matte neon look is making a strong appearance this year. Sure to trickle into the urban and commuter realm, better put your sunglasses on so you can see a little. Earthtones are out, skittle thug is in, I’ll stick with black.

    Bike Friendly Cities – Video Series

    Earlier in the week we posted an uncut interview with Mikale Colville-Anderson on the ideas of Copenhagenize. This video contains excerpts from the interview as a new series by the people at WeLoveCycling who are showcasing bike friendly cities around the world. Then content for Copenhagen is up now and more cities are soon to follow.

    “…It was a pleasure to talk with famous urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen. Or with Morten Kabell, head of Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Administration. And we’re sure you will love the wizards from bike repair shops or the beautiful lady who ferries sperm samples to fertility clinics around Copenhagen on a sperm-shaped cargo-bike.

    For a number of days we researched whether Copenhagen really is paradise on Earth for cyclists. You can find the answer in our report.

    Bike Hack: Presta Valve Adapter

    Obviously.

    Sun Strap – Solar Charger

    I love the cycling related possibilities of this sun strap solar charger. Not only does it eliminate the need to search for an outlet, hanging out while your device boosts power, but you can also power up and charge while still riding. It probably has sufficient applications in a rural setting, but I imagine using it on centuries, weekend cycle camping trips, and just longer rides in general where you need to stay connected, but would rather keep rolling.
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    The research group hopes to ship first runs of the strap charger to initial backers by December of this year. Base level backing starts at $55 to pre-order the product. The campaign is over half-way funded with approximately 12 days to go.

    M Lock iPhone Bike Mount


    Studio Proper recently released this anodized aluminum iPhone bike mount, corresponding with it’s M Lock iPhone case. The mount allows for quick installation, adjustable range of views and secures the phone via high powered magnets. The mount retails for around $60 while the case runs at $30. Buy them both here.

    I Love Riding in the City – Dr. Hank

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    LOCATION: Charlotte, NC
    OCCUPATION: Dog

    Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
    I live in the great neighborhood of Plaza Midwood here in the Queen City of North Carolina. Riding in the city can be hairy, but mostly I cruise the quiet side streets (of which there are plenty), and I love barking at the other dogs and squirrels as I cruise by with my people.

    What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?

    Previously I had lived in The Minne-Apple, and I really like that. Plenty of dog parks to bike to, etc. That is my only basis for comparison. I’m pretty sure Portland would be great; what with their density of dog-friendly businesses and all. Really though, I’m pretty happy running around where I am, in the moment, just loving running around with a bike!

    Why do you love riding in the city?
    Is that even a question? Why would you not? I like cruising around, seeing the people, smelling the smells, just getting into my local environment….I mean, what else do you need?

    Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
    I roll every day before the guy that feeds me goes somewhere to “work”. We roll a little more later-on also, and I love every minute of it. As soon as I see that bike come out of the shed, I’m barking to go! I mean…who wouldn’t? I just really, really love cruising around the Queen City – so much so see and do and smell and pee on. I really feel like the bike culture is coming up around here, and I love seeing more bikers on the roads! Also, I love chewing on your rags before the bike dude gets to read ‘em, so props on the paper stock choice(s) – lovin’ it!

    Stubborn Cycleworks Taiwan

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    In a world of giant Taiwanese builders Stubborn Cycleworks is a small bicycle frame shop following the vision of a master craftsman, creating custom frames one by one. SOme eye catching lug work going on with some of their bikes.

    Interview – Mikael Colville-Andersen

    The people of WeLoveCycling interview the founder of the site/movement Copenhagenize to discuss the group’s origins, intents and where they hope to go next.

    Stunning Photos from the 2014 London Open

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    Will Melling’s photos are frequently gorgeous — this latest set from the 2014 London Open touches a whole new level of stunning, and really captures that inexplicable spirit of bike polo. Click here to see the full set.

    Timbuk2 Introduces the Red Hook Crit Backpack

    Timbuk2 RHC BackpackTimbuk2 and Red Hook Crit Founder David Trimble set out to create the perfect pack for competitive cyclists en route to the big race. And one that’s also good for everyday cyclists riding around town. The Red Hook Crit Backpack features super-lightweight materials and specialized pockets for your helmet, U-lock, cycling kit, cleats and traveling essentials. It easily converts from a backpack to duffel, it’s water resistant thanks to silicone coated fabric and PU coated zippers, and there are reflective elements for nighttime visibility. MSRP #99. Check out www.timbuk2.com and www.redhookcrit.com

    PDW Ninja Pump

    Always a fan of the videos that Portland Design Works produces — here’s the latest showcasing their $35 Ninja pump that works with either a CO2 cartridge or old fashioned arm pumping.

    Deux North Hunter 6: Johan Bjorklund

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    I love riding in the city, but there is something to be said for riding away into less populated territory. I’ve really grown to love the Deux North produced videos, and now this photo set from Johan Bjorklund documenting the Sverigetempot, the world’s longest brevet in 2014 with 2100km to cover in 177 hours across Sweden. In this age of cheap digital cameras, shooting with disposable film cameras can be seen as gimmicky, but it also lends an unmistakeable look. Love this one, see the full set at www.deuxnorth.com

    The Biker

    Don’t you hate it when motorized vehicles use the bike lane? I mean, hate hate hate it?! Don’t you wanna ride up next to them and kick em over. Don’t you get so enraged you wanna..wait….oh, never mind.

    Co.Exist: The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward

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    Co.Exist posted an article last week exploring a recent study out of New Zealand showing that for every dollar a city spends today on creating separated bike lanes, up to $24 could be saved in future pollution and healthcare costs.

    They found huge differences: If the city built a network of separated lanes and slowed down traffic speeds, it could increase cycling by 40% by 2040, but adding a few lanes in a few places might only increase bike traffic by 5%. The more people ride, the more the cost savings would add up for Auckland–the biggest factor being a reduction in health care costs. A smaller investment would have little impact at all; the city is so bike-unfriendly that major changes are needed.

    Though the study focused on Auckland, the researchers think that the general principles would apply to other cities where cars rule the road. “Auckland is very similar in design and transport patterns to many US cities, so we expect our findings to be relevant to the US,” MacMillan explains. The exact savings would be different; the study wasn’t trying to predict exact numbers, but show how different scenarios compare to each other.

    Read the entire article at www.fastcoexist.com

    Green Goddess Athena Clutch

    Green Goddess is a female friendly extension of Green Guru, with the first product being the Athena Clutch. Meant as a go-to clutch that can attach to the bars, frame or rack easily for the ride and work as a small clutch for the essential off the bike. Made from either repurposed bicycle tubes or the colorful outdoor banner discards. It features a divided interior to keep your keys and phone separate, and a magnetic closure on the flap for a clean finish. Available for preorder for $58 each at the Green Goddess Kickstarter launch.

    East Atlanta Kids Club Brownwood Bike Rally

    Adobe Photoshop PDF The East Atlanta Kids Club is celebrating their 10th Annual Brownwood Bike Rally on September 6th. Free kids events and races, safety check, and a helth and fitness fair along with street and ‘cross races for the kid-like adults. Proceeds will benefit the East Atlanta Kids Club, a nonprofit after-school tutoring and mentoring program for promising youth.

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