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  • September 5, 2014Eurobike 2014 Image Dump

    Eurobike 2014 Image Dump

    The show wrapped up a week ago, but we still have product images to share from Eurobike 2014. Fashionably late to the party, but still..

  • 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..

    Bamboobee Build It Yourself Bamboo Bicycle Kit – $170

    image00 Bamboobee produces their own complete bamboo and aluminum bicycles, and using what they’ve learned over the past couple of years is ready to introduce a Build It Yourself bamboo bicycle kit. Each kit will ship with a single use jig, a complete set of bamboo tubes, stainless dropouts, an aluminum headtube and bottom bracket shell, and all of the hemp twine and wire you need to complete the project. The amazing part is that the planned crowdfunding price is just $170 for a single kit, making it a tempting purchase no matter how many project bikes are already in the garage. I’d be willing to bet this kit will be very popular, I know I’d love to tinker with one — why not? See more details at Prefundia.

    Interbike’s Best in Show

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    We came, trekked the show floor for hours each day, talked specs until our throats went hoarse, and invaded Vegas with bikes for a solid week. In many ways, Las Vegas is a strange place to hold a bike show, but when you consider how indulgent we cyclists can be, it kinda makes sense. Viva Las Interbike!

    It’s great to see companies have fun with their booths, especially the ones that make something interactive, because navigating through the labyrinth this is the Mandalay Bay convention hall can be daunting, and checking out all the latest in bikes and gear is the ultimate tease when you can’t hop on and go for a quick spin. Here’s what made our Best In Show list:

    • DZR – Most Creative Display – DZR went wild with Rita the bearded dragon, a few goldfish and a furry little tarantula.
    • Abus – Most Fun Booth – with a locked box full of poker chips and a lock, Abus had people scurrying back and forth to partner booths near and far to pick up a key that might unlock the case.

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    • Ryders Eyeware – Most Disturbing Display – is that a dead horse? Uh…rider down!
    • Mission Workshop and Acre Supply for Best Recreation of an Outdoor Setting – The smell and feel of actual grass below your feet really made us wonder what the heck we were all doing inside a convention hall.
    • Chrome Industries for Best Spot to Chill – As if churning out shoes and custom bags on-site wasn’t enough, the DJ’s, karaoke, beer and plenty of picnic table seating made the Urban Yard the ideal spot to be – a respite amid the clusterfuck of angles that made up the show floor.

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    • Gary Fisher for Best Dressed  Plaid is rad.

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    Maniacc Dblocks Beastmode Wheelie King

    “I play chicken with a Mac Truck.” This guy has the wheelie gene for sure, and potentially a death wish.

    Cinelli Rider Collection


    Cinelli recently introduced their Rider Collection caps, each one designed in part by one of their riders. The video above is with repeated winner of the Red Hook Crit, Neil Bezdek, explaining his introduction into bikes, work with the New York Bikeshare, and collaboration with Cinelli.

    Caps can be purchased here.

    Taiwan: The Bicycle Kingdom

    The Financialist recently published this article on what the expected growth of the bicycle industry over the next five years means for the Taiwanese economy, Taiwan: The Bicycle Kingdom.

    The global bike market is expected to grow from $51 billion in 2014 to $65 billion in 2019 – a 5.2 percent annual increase – according to a report by NPD Group.

    China, the world’s largest producer of bicycles, stands to benefit from the increased demand. But it won’t be the only one. Although the country produces 67 percent of the world’s bicycles, most of them are low-end units that sell for less than $100 apiece. The real winner is actually Taiwan.

    Instead of engaging in a race to the bottom, Taiwan’s largest bicycle makers instead ceded the low end of the market to China and began shifting their focus to mid- and high-end bikes. As a result, the average selling price of Taiwan’s bikes has increased nearly five-fold over the past decade, and the island’s total bike exports nearly tripled, to $1.2 billion in 2009 from $480 million in 2002.

    Read the full article at www.thefinancialist.com

    YNOT Limited Edition Straps

    YNOT strapBag and accessory maker, YNOT, have begun releasing very limited edition straps on a monthly basis. The image shown is the first release for the month of September. From the YNOT blog,

    So here’s the deal, from here on out once a month, we’ll be dropping a brand new set of Limited Edition Straps! They will be an extremely small run, never done before and never to be repeated. Every run will be numbered and signed by the YNOT crew member who made them (because we actually make everything in house). This first run is only 15 sets, so once they’re gone… they’re gone.

    15 sets will probably roll out in a day, so be on top of this if you want in. The limited straps run for $54.99 and can be purchased here.

    10 Reasons Not To Buy Fakes

    Factory FiveVia Factory Five:

    Counterfeit goods touch almost every industry. From watches and bags to milk and medicine there’s a fake for everything. Sometimes we laugh it off as harmless. They say mimicry is the best form of flattery. But what does it really mean to us? Read more.

    Samuel Arechiga’s Interbike 2014 Video Recap

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    Interbike Flash Report

    _MG_9965All of the bikes! All of the shiny! Bestill my heart, Ritchey! I’m weak in the knees, Van Dessel! Oh Fairdale, how fair you truly are!  Interbike is best place to really do a good pulse check on what people are asking for, as the industry responds to the market with new and updated bikes, components and accessories. While the skittle-colored track frames have settled into their rightful place in the bike world, with muted tones and refined designs, bicycles made with the commuter or casual rider in mind are really coming to the forefront now.

    At least a dozen different brands had city bikes on display this year, reasserting the look and feel of classic Dutch bikes, with swept-back bars, upright positioning and beautiful paint jobs. The trend is a direct response to what the riders want – with offerings from the likes of State and Pure Fix’s younger sister company, Pure City, it’s clear that the streets will soon be flush with handsome frames topped with fresh-faced cyclists. My favorite from the show were from Creme Cycles, a Polish bicycle maker that has recently entered the U.S. market.

    What else is new, you ask? Here are 10 tidbits to whet your appetite:

    • State is releasing a single speed cyclocross bike in November that will go for around $500. CX Explosion in 5, 4, 3, 2…
    • Hero Bike unveiled its bamboo/carbon track prototype. Every bike in their line is custom by order and all bamboo is sourced locally in Greensboro, Alabama, where Hero Bikes is headquartered.
    • Brooks is releasing a helmet line in collaboration with Carrera. The collapsible helmets will come in seven colors and compliment the Brooks aesthetic seamlessly.  “We weren’t prepared to make our own but we wanted to do a collaboration,” said Gianmarco Maorni “Thinking about a normal commuter, something that can go in your bag and is easy to carry is a better option.”
    • Green Guru has added locking bolts to its panniers, and its 2015 product line will include the FreeRider fold-up carry-anything pannier that was successfully funded on Kickstarter earlier this year.
    • DZR has released a version of their Marco clipless shoe for women. Rejoice little feet!
    • Bern’s newest helmets made with Zip Mold Plus are 18 percent lighter than before. In addition to a lighter foam, they also found little ways to reduce weight by removing the plastic Y-dividers that held the two side straps together and replacing it with stitching.
    • The makers of The Interlock are developing a more secure version. The current design features a cable lock that extends from within a seatpost, so that a rider never need make room or forget it. “It’s the perfect lock for a low-risk area and a secondary lock for a high-risk area.”
    • Terry is turning 30 and re-releasing their classic Butterfly saddle, redesigned with Poron XRD for better shock dampening than foam. The biggest brand in women’s cycling began when Georgina Terry set to work in a basement welding shop fabricating a bike frame fit for a woman’s build; today Terry is the leader in women’s saddles, and have a men’s line of saddles as well. 
    • Linus is expanding its line to include a 29er made with the city in mind – the Rambler will be out in 2015, along with another crossover-style bike on 700′s called the Rover.
    • Boombotix will have a new product release in October. Couldn’t get them to spill the beans yet, so we will just simmer in anticipation for the next few weeks.

    Lazer Cappuccino Helmet Lock


    Lazer is releasing a number of products recently, with a humorous set of promotional videos. The Cappuccino lock is really just a very simple deterrent mechanism for preventing your helmet or bike from getting stolen…at least while keeping it in eye shot when free locked. The video, however…is worth watching.

    The Warriors Summer 2014 Fun Ride

    The Warriors summer 2014 fun ride intro 1.1 from New York Bike Dreams on Vimeo.

    Discover what an all-night Warriors bike ride teaches you (fair warning, you’re going to see Corey the Courier in a thong).

    Interbike 2014 Image Dump Part 2

    Coke Recycle Bicycles

    Coke Bicycles.mp4 from Wildlands Conservation Trust on Vimeo.

    Let’s not mince words here….this is a coke commercial more than anything else, and there are glaring hypocrisies to be found throughout, but hell, let’s just look at the value of the bikes in this context for the time being. I’ll leave the critiques up to you in the comments.

    Interbike 2014 Image Dump

    cory-1 Interbike 2014 is upon us, and we’ve been roaming the floor kissing bicycle parts and shaking babies. Check out the latest and look for more detailed product highlights in the coming days and weeks.

    Cory the Courier says, “I’m real fast.” Check out our first Interbike gallery installment below. Be sure to click through our Eurobike gallery from just a few days back as well.

    Cyckit Aeroclam

    aeroclamaeroclam 2There is a new saddlebag on the scene made by Cyckit out of New Zealand. The idea of the Aeroclam (P1 & P2) is to offer a saddle mounted carrying case for all the basics, but that is aerodynamic, integrated into the seat in a way that eliminates all movement, and is aesthetically seamless with no zipper. The Aeroclam claims to hold 1 tube, 1 CO2 canister, 1 CO2 inflator, 1 small multitool, and 2 Cyckit tire levers….the basics for a tube change. Dangling zippers are eliminated by a snap closure and the Areoclam fits over 30 seat designs, though the saddle may need to be removed from the post for proper one-time installation. The Aeroclam P2 was created to fit larger saddle designs. The kits retail for approximately $50 and can be purchased on their site. Other products by Cyckit are currently in design stage as well.

    Apple and Slow Roll

    slow roll dYet another mention, on this site and elsewhere, of the growing fun ride that is Slow Roll Detroit. By now you’ve probably seen the commercial Apple has created using Slow Roll, but they also gave a more extensive feature on their site, as seen here, explaining how the iPad was used in the organization and implementation of the ride, along with various apps. Call it grassroots appropriation, or just mutual aid, but Slow Roll Detroit is going full speed ahead with this push by Apple, well…full roll ahead anyways.

    Wolfpack HP Grand Prix – Registration Open

    The Huntington Park Gran Prix was a great success last year, and HP is becoming the new place to race. The Gran Prix will finish off the 2014 Wolfpack Hustle Unified Title Series in an all-out sprint for the finish. With the Marathon Crash Race neutralized in March, the Gran Prix will end off the series with a second sprint on September 27.

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    Registration is live now. Schedule and standings here.

     

    Andy Sparks l Dreams

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    Dope bike, dope moves, dope tunes.

    Trek Lync Unveiled

    TK14_Lync_ABC_Detail_2Trek has upgraded their commuter line with the Lync, a commuter ride decked out with integrated lighting and bluetooth compatible monitoring. Instead of buying a commuter and having to select various lighting, phone mounts, and software additions, new purchasers can have a ride that is ready to go without aesthetic adjustments.
    _J6A1845The Lync retails around $900 to start and fully loaded models run for $1200. Trek utilized some clever solutions to keep the bike functional, but aesthetically clean, such as lighting adjustments burrowed beneath the top tube and subtle rear lights embedded into the seat stays. The decals are also reflective and the wiring internal. For those just entering the commuter lifestyle and looking to buy from a name brand, there is a lot of value and safety to be found in the Lync.

    The Dawn of Cycling Culture in Belarus

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    July, 26th marked an important milestone in the history of Brest, a city on the southwest of Belarus, right at the EU border as there happened to be the first-ever cycling festival. The date was carefully chosen as the festival happened simultaneously with the City’s Day, when Brest celebrated its 995th birthday. The event didn’t come out of the blue as cycling community of Brest started promoting it late winter, but it was a brand-new experience for Belarus. If bike riders want to make a step beyond urban commuting or weekend countryside tours (which are extremely popular with the youth) – why don’t we grant them such opportunity? That is probably what the city’s executive committee and the regional sports club thought when organizing the festival.

    As the hosts claimed, the festival was truly international: apart from the local riders, cycling lovers came from countries nearby – Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Want to feel global to a bigger extent? The hosts later said there were a couple of participants from Switzerland and even Australia (though I failed to meet them).

    I wonder if the central railway terminal has ever seen so many bikes at the same time – more than a hundred people came from Minsk, the capital city, which is around 215 miles away. The first riders began to arrive early morning, so that they could get some feel of the old Brest and warm up before the event. However, it was neither a marathon, nor a serious race – pure joy filled every inch of the 6.5-mile main route and every moment of the opening, which took place in the 19th-century Brest Fortress. Teenagers on a fleet of MTBs, middle-aged men on road bikes (almost no hipsters on polished fixies, though) – the fortress and its surroundings looked much more vibrant than on a typical weekend.

    The hosts were aimed to get at least 995 participants in honor of the city’s birthday, and they did: the number of cyclists who officially registered exceeded 1300 people. Which is all right as the first experience for a city with about 330,000 inhabitants in a country that is less bicycle-friendly than most of Europe, let alone Denmark or Germany.

    Some people claimed to be disappointed due to the absence of workshops, entertaining competitions or performances of professional riders. I hope these points will be included into the next big event in Brest, which is due to kick off in September, on the World Car Free Day.

    Words and images contributed by Pavel Mylinkov, currently based in Smolensk, Russia, a day’s travel from Brest, Belarus.

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