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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
Anyone that rides that knows bike theft is a big issue, and bike locks are big business. The pictured Yerka project was brought about by three engineering students looking for a different way of securing a bicycle, one where breaking the lock means breaking the bike, rendering it worthless. The articulated downtube is complicated, and the extra long seatpost used as a lock shackle isn’t exactly the most cut-proof piece of metal around, but it’s an interesting idea nonetheless. Even if I don’t think it’s a viable solution as it stands, the Yerka project is worth a look for some out of the box thinking.
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