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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

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.

Brompton US Championships 2014 DC

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The 2014 Brompton US Championships are coming to Washington DC July 11-13. Suit jacket, shirt and tie required. Winner gets a trip to the World Championships in London. www.bromptonuschampionship.com

Check out our Brompton factory visits from back in 2009. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Marin Lombard 2015

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Murdered out bikes don’t always work, but the new 2015 Marin Lombard is an example of it working and working well. This $1500 complete bike features an aluminum frame and carbon fork with geometry brought over from their cyclocross race bike and massaged just a bit for better all day performance. Avid BB7r disc brakes do the stopping with SRAM Apex 10 speed shifters mated to an X7 mountain clutch rear derailleur changing gears and preventing thrown chains. The 50/34 front rings and 11-36 cassette have plenty of range for the commute or all-day mixed surface ride. The tubeless ready rims are a great touch at the price point, and the front fender mounts and double eyelets in the back make it a capable commuter or light tourer. The color scheme will look good no matter the current day’s style, with reflective highlights adding a touch of shine to the black on black frame. I had the chance to ride the new Lombard around San Francisco for along day of exploring, and it proved to be a fun and capable ride. It had the gear range to handle the steep climbs, and felt stable bombing and weaving the other side. Predictable and aggressive, the Lombard proved the versatile kind of bike I tend to prefer. Road, light trails, anything in between. I can see fast weekend rides, in-town commutes, and the occasional two or three night tour on this platform. Look for full specs on this and the lower tiered $1000 model soon at www.marinbikes.com

Atlanta Streets Alive

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The 2014 car-free season is kicking off this weekend on April 20th with the first Atlanta Streets Alive of the year. Nearly three miles of roads will be closed to car traffic, and instead filled with free activities and local business. This isn’t your typical street festival — no carny food stands or games, only the businesses local to the route opening their doors and spilling into the street. “By opening up our streets to human-powered activity, this event makes it possible for people of all ages and fitness levels to experience the cultural and architectural delights of the West End with their kids, their dogs, their bicycles, or just their own two feet,” said Rebecca Serna, Executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Some 15,000 people are expected to participate in one way or another, see more details about the route and activities at www.atlantastreetsalive.com

Sea Otter Cyclocross Gallery

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The Sea Otter Classic is the race season kick-off event, with three days of mountain and road racing centered around the midfield of the Laguna Seca Raceway. The expo area is always home to new product announcements, the race courses new faces and teams. Not a bad place to find oneself in mid-April, and I managed to turn my lens towards the Women’s and Men’s Cyclocross Pro/1/2 races between other engagements. ‘Cross in the sand and sun may seem out of place, but it makes for some great racing ripping through the expo. The packed men’s run at the very end of the day proved to be a rowdy time, as expected after a couple of days of sun where beers at 9 am was hardly a rare sight. Good times. Results available for download at www.seaotterclassic.com

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