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  • March 24, 2014NAHBS 2014 Image Gallery

    NAHBS 2014 Image Gallery

    Behold all of our 2014 NAHBS bike images in one place for easy gallery viewing. This was our seventh year at the show, check..

  • February 28, 2014Getting Rad at Shopbike Shootout

    Getting Rad at Shopbike Shootout

    When there is a party in the back alley of One on One Bicycle Studio, it is not to be missed. Over the years 115 N Washington St has become..

  • February 19, 2014City Reports Wanted

    City Reports Wanted

    Urban Velo’s new City Report will be an ongoing, reader-contributed segment that highlights cities around the world. We’ve..

  • February 17, 2014City Report – Pittsburgh

    City Report – Pittsburgh

    The following is a new reader-submitted feature we are piloting. We crafted the first one as a model for future contributions, so share..

  • February 3, 2014Vicious Cycles / Metal Guru Shop Tour

    Vicious Cycles / Metal Guru Shop Tour

    Carl Schlemowitz founded Vicious Cycles in 1994, and has been building custom steel frames in picturesque upstate New York ever since. Like..

    Kinfolk Kits on Pre-sale

    kinfolkYou’ve only got till May 2nd to pre-order this run of stylin’ Kinkfolk Kits created with Endo Customs. If you didn’t like the colors from the first offering, these are a little more stealth in a black and grey color selection. The bibs and jerseys (of both colors) can be purchased here.

    Kinfolk also produces these videos highlighting some of their people and programs…like this one here.

    Undercover Houston Bike Cops Bust Dangerous Drivers

    3028416-poster-p-houston-police Houston has a thriving bicycle culture, but ranks among one of the least safe places to ride in the country according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Fast Company is reporting on a new program to catch dangerous drivers in the act, and bring cycling fatalities in the city to “Goal Zero.”

    “We asked them to put police officers in plain clothes on bicycles with support in the area, so if someone did pass them too closely, they could call on their support to pull over that driver and issue a citation,” explains Mike Payne, executive director of BikeHouston, the organization that originally went to the mayor’s office with the idea. “They just started running special missions, if you want to call them that, where they send people out to different neighborhoods to do this. And they start writing citations and warnings.”

    Payne hopes that policies like these will turn Houston into a cycling mecca. The city is flat, he points out, and has wide streets–ideal for riding bikes.

    No word on the actual number of citation issued yet. Read the original article at www.fastcoexist.com

    San Francisco Bait Bikes

    00M0M_1s1cdUk4QM_600x450The Bay Area has quite the bike theft problem. No doubt some people are making a full time income from bike thievery. From San Francisco Craigslist.

    We have bait bikes deployed all over the city. Our bikes have trackers. You steal our bikes and we will definitely come for them.

    If you think the bike you are selling on craigslist is stolen, then it probably is. Guess what, you are subject to felony arrest if/when we find you. Jail is waiting and your face will be all over social media.

    sfbay.craigslist.org

    Bamboo Bicycle Club

    The Bamboo Bicycle Club is partnership between James and Ian, two bike-riding engineers who aim to create a knowledge sharing community for building robust and safe bamboo bicycle frames. We want to transfer the skills and experience we have gained over the last two years – helping those riders who don’t have the time to research materials or test jig set-ups to realise their dream and own a bamboo bicycle which they have built to their chosen geometry.

    I Love Riding in the City – Valdemaras

    avatarNAME: Valdemaras
    LOCATION: Vilnius, Lithuania
    OCCUPATION: Airline agent

    Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
    I live in Vilnius, Lithuania. Riding in my city is pretty much the same as in any other small capital of a small country. Cycling isn’t really popular and riders are frowned upon, but to be honest that just makes me smile and ride more. It was freezing last few weeks (below °20C) and people did give me strange looks. I don’t mind that. Makes me feel special.

    What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
    Apart from Vilnius and my hometown I didn’t ride in any other city, but I plan to visit Amsterdam or Copenhagen this spring – it should be amazing. They are _the_ best cities to ride in.

    Why do you love riding in the city?
    Not only it takes me places and keeps me healthy and strong, it gives me energy and a great feeling of accomplishment, especially when I bike to work in freezing cold, snow or rain. Even if I have to dry my clothes and backpack afterwards, it’s still worth it. I wouldn’t give it up for a car or go back to public transportation. You feel connected to the street and even more aware of the surroundings. I’ve noticed so many things I didn’t see before in just a couple months, and I’ve been going the same route for more than 3 years by bus!

    Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
    I am currently trying to persuade my girlfriend to cycling, bought an old bike and I’m now restoring it to it’s original state without her knowing it, and when it’s done I will give it to her as a gift. Wish me luck!

    Timbuk2 Launches Life Cycle program

    Timbuk2 Life Cycle

    In celebration of Earth Day, Timbuk2 is unveiling a new initiative, Timbuk2 Life Cycle. It’s billed as “an environmental responsibility program to reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, and reimagine Timbuk2 bags”. It includes partnerships with organizations such as yerdle, iFixit, and TerraCycle. They’ve also hired a full-time repairs sewer for their San Francisco operation.

    Learn more at lifecycle.timbuk2.com

    Monster Track XV Teaser Video

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    Monster Track. Love it or hate it, it happens. I’ve always wanted to go but missed it again this year, this video will have to suffice for another round. Full edit coming soon, as seen at www.urbancyclistworldwide.com

    Fyxation Quiver Complete 1×10

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    Last year we reviewed the Fyxation Quiver frameset, and now a complete 1×10 build is available. The bike has a SRAM Apex build with a 46 tooth chainring and an 11 – 32 cassette. It doesn’t quite have the gear range of a double road or ‘cross bike, but it’s wide enough for most riding. The bike fits up to 47 mm tires, or 35s with fenders, for whatever sort of roadway you’re looking to throw at it. Track ends allow you to convert to singlespeed later, be it for bad weather or just a change of pace. Retail price for the complete bike is $1100, you’ll have to budget another $40 for the made in the USA leather wine bottle caddy from the Fyxation leather line.

    Bike Cult Show

    bikecultNYC is hosting their very own Hand-made bike show titled, Bike Cult, on August 16th and 17th at the Knockdown Center. This is the show’s second year. Bike Cult boasts a true “show”, without awards or prizes for builders, just the best of their creations for you to drool over. There will also be bicycle-related non-profits, music, food trucks, and all sorts of other events going down over the weekend.

    “Our mission is to showcase the industry of small-scale hand- and machine-made bicycle products to promote the pedal-powered tools of sport, transport & recreation that transcend ordinary throw-away consumer products and to revitalize people and places with one of the world’s best inventions.”

    Show specifics are as follows:

    Bike Cult Show
    2nd Annual Hand-Built Bicycle Show in NYC

    Knockdown Center
    52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens, NY 11378

    Saturday, August 16, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Sunday, August 17, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Entry:
    General admission, $10 per day, Children under 14 free.

    www.bikecultshow.com

    I Love Riding in the City – Greg Lang

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    NAME: Greg Lang
    LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA
    OCCUPATION: Designer, Writer, Entrepreneur, Graduate Student, Administrative Assistant.

    Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?

    i live in West Philadelphia. On my side of the city we have some small hills and Fairmount Park is close. The drivers in all of Philly are not kind towards cyclists. It seems like they don’t pay much attention, they get very close behind you and pass within a foot many times. J-walkers, double parked cars and passenger doors are in abundance. We have deep trolley tracks, lots of potholes and narrow streets as well. But, the bicycle infrastructure here is really good in Philly so that does give some relief from the traffic. Bicycle advocacy groups have done a really good job to get the city to make wider bike lanes as well as more overall. Regardless, the terrain and people in it make for great adventures, stories and dangerous conditions.

    What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
    Philly is my favorite because I have never ridden a bike anyplace else and I live here. Lots of people ride bikes so there is almost always something bike related going on.

    Why do you love riding in the city?
    I enjoy exploring urban environments and a bike makes that endeavor easier as well as super fun. Riding fast in the traffic with cars is a rush. Not knowing what scene will be around the next corner and the city as it is always changing makes for motivation to keep looking around and experiencing all it has to offer. It is easy to make cycling into a lifestyle in the city. Seeing a city by bike is an intimate experience that pushes a person to live the city rather than just observe it. A bicycle is the perfect machine for a Flaneur.

    Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
    Walking out the door and setting the bike in the road. Tossing one leg over and stepping on the pedal. One push and one is off and into the stream. A cyclist swims in the flow of traffic feeling the current as well as creating one. All the while not forgetting to have fun.

    Check out greendivisionprojects.com

    Iron City Bikes Grand Opening Party

    ICB_lvillegrandopen_webLongtime Urban Velo supporter Iron City Bikes is celebrating the grand opening of their second location with a serious party. We’re talking free beer, food, giveaways and live performances by 10 time national trials champion Mike Steidley.

    If you’re in Pittsburgh on April 27th, stop by anytime from 10 am until 8 pm. Visit www.ironcitybikes.com for more.

    Yellow Jersey Cover Designs

    yellowjersey1_0yellowjersey2_0Yellow Jersey Press, publisher of cycling classics, has redesigned the covers for five of their books leading up to the Tour de France this July. It seems to be a media fight for publishing companies to stand out from the printed peleton come Tour de France time and where most publishers will release a new book, Yellow Jersey Press has taken a handful of their classics and designed conceptual covers that meld together as a visual set. No word yet on when they will be available for purchase.

    Via Creative Review.

    Double O Bike Light

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    Rechargeable bike lights are big business, with theft resistance being the next nut to crack. Most lights are easily removable to make taking them with you a reality, and the Double O takes it an extra step with a magnetic fastening system. The Double O light bodies snap together when off the bike into a single unit, and the hole is large enough to pass a u-lock through if you’re looking to fairly inconspicuously and securely leave them behind. Pretty cool idea. The lights are USB rechargeable, with a 2 hour steady and 4 hour flashing runtime, with 80 lumens of front and 45 lumens of rear output. You’re definitely paying for the unique industrial design — the pair is available for Kickstarter preorder for $130.

    Electric Assist Solar Car-Like Tricycle

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    Let this documentary take you back to TV day in science class. It’s definitely nerdy, but potentially part of a solution to relatively local travel problems. Fast forward to 5:30 for what I suspect is what most bike people think of things like this. I guess this could help bridge the gap between bike and car, but I’d rather not see these on current bike-ped pathways.

    This Is My Opus — Urbanista

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    Synchronized yoga in the park follow by coffee with handmade chocolates. Things are different in Montreal.

    Kaleidospoke Santa Fe

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    Kaleidospoke2014 copy Kaleidospoke is back for a fourth year. This Santa Fe, NM bicycle festival is coming up on May 16-18 at Railyard Plaza with bicycle art, rides, parties and fun going on throughout the three days. Check www.thekaleidospoke.com for more information.

    ALFEX “Art On Wheels”

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    It’s a well shot video, even if it is a nice yet fairly mundane bike build. And a watch advertisement.

    Niner RLT 9

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    Gravel and mixed surface road racing is great fun, and the quick rise in popularity of this sort of riding has brought forth a number of versatile, performance bikes. No longer are road designs completely dominated by the needs of racers, there is a proliferation of bikes for the way the rest of us ride. The Niner RLT 9 is the mountain bike brand’s first foray into not-mountain-twentyniners, and an impressive looking bike for the serious all-around rider. The hydroformed aluminum frame and full carbon fork features “fire road” geometry — slightly longer chainstays, a slacker headtube angle, and a lower bottom bracket than road road bikes. The bike has clearance for up to 1.9″ wide 29″ tires without fenders, or meaty 700c tires with fenders. While the frame and fork do have fender mounts, they also feature the latest in tech with a tapered headtube, PF30 bottom bracket shell and internal routing compatible with traditional cables and Di2 electronic systems. A great real world bike that can get you to work one day, get dirty on some light singletrack the next and tackle a dirt road century on the weekend. The frameset retails for $1049, with complete bikes starting at $1999. Check the full geometry and spec at www.ninerbikes.com

    Friday Follow – XSTEEVOX

    steevo1Steevo is our dude. I think Steevo is a lot of people’s dude…but he’s our dude first. We called it. Dibs. Anyways…he’s our dude for a lot of reasons, but mostly because his IG feed is entertaining. You’ll get cyclocross photos, probably images of him winning the Dirty Dozen (a million times in a row), and then scooter shots, puffy jackets, cute kids and maybe an embarrassing one of him in a suit or something. Mainly we just love his goofy mug close ups. steevo2

    Roulant The Wolves Kit

    The Wolves Kit from Roulant Clothing is available for pre-order until April 22nd, with 5% of purchases going towards the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund.

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