Stainless steel bottles are where it’s at for clean tasting water as they don’t leach plastic chemicals into the water, or hold flavors from what you poured in there over the weekend. 24 Bottles is an Italian company making stainless bottles, and the Porta Bottiglia holder. Carry a bottle on a bike without bosses, add a holder for the extra long ride. I’ve not used one, but I’d worry about the Porta Bottiglia eventually swaying and interfering with the drivetrain when mounted to anything but the toptube. Given the woven construction there shouldn’t be any rattle and even with the swaying concerns, love the easy way it attaches to most any tube.
CMWC 2014 is happening right now in Mexico City, with some great images surfacing as the events unfold. Pretty into this Flickr set from Juan Jose Mesa Sanchez, with more to appear as the weekend continues.
Rollapaluza paired up with Guy Martin, the British paced land speed record holder, to see just how fast you could spin up the Rollapaluza roller racing setup using Martin’s record setting bike. Think 380 gear inches — huge. Top speed for Craig Maclean, fastest man of the night: 142 mph. See more at the Rollapaluza blog.
Read more about the history and rebirth of roller racing in Urban Velo #5 from November 2007.
Tallinn Bicycle Week and Tour d’ÖÖ group rides are activities brought to life by a circle of bicycle aficionados in order to bring different bike lovers together,
grow “the pack” of cyclists on the streets of Tallinn and other Estonian cities and to celebrate the bicycle as one of the greatest thought and action inspiring mechanisms ever invented. This is the fourth year, still completely independently run and financed at a grassroots level.
Snapguide is a member generated DIY how-to site, and they are sponsoring a Bike Hack contest through June 4th. None of the entries so far are mindblowing in my opinion, though I never tire of seeing retro-direct drivetrains, perhaps you have something on your bike that can carry the contest. Write up your best home hack and enter to win a bunch of stuff from Portland Design Works and Walnut Studiolo at www.snapguide.com.
3D printing is all the rage amongst the serious home tinkering nerd, with a number of websites providing plans to download and print your own products. MyMiniFactory is one such site, and has a number of printable bicycle accessories to download, modify, hack and make your own. Nothing is groundbreaking, home 3D printing and design is still in its infancy with significant polymer and printing limitations, but the ability to make an affordable one-off holder just for your bottle or flashlight is a pretty awesome eventuality.
Do you have your own 3D printed hack for a bicycle problem? Email us, we’d love to see it.
Wraith Fabrication is a new brand of production frames by Adam Eldridge of Stanridge Speed out of Columbus, OH. For a relative bargain price of $1100 one can pre-order the pictured USA made Hustle road bike or the Paycheck cyclocross frame, each built with full Columbus tubesets and S-bend stays. Both bikes include the newly released Columbus FEL 1.5″ tapered forks and a durable powdercoat finish. Stock sizing keeps costs in control, and let’s face it, we don’t all need custom geometry for a bike to fit like a glove. The pricing puts this bike in line with many overseas bikes, and well below what most small builders are going to charge, making it a real looker. With some smart component picks you could build up a killer bike with the coveted made in the USA steel soul in the $2500 range. See more at www.wraithfabrication.com
iSSi is the latest brand out of the bike parts distribution giant QBP, an SPD compatible pedal system meant to compete with the more established pedal companies with pricing, color choices and serviceability. The pedals are available in eight color options to match the drapes, spinning on a bearing and bushing each. The pedals are completely rebuildable, with small parts kits available for the people prone to breaking or plain wearing out their pedals. Besides the standard length spindle, additional 6 mm and 12 mm longer options to tune your q-factor are in production should you want or a wider stance. A “trail” pedal is also in the works, featuring a small platform and similar color and spindle options. Look for a three bearing Duro version at some point this season for the people that really churn the miles. Recessed, two-bolt mountain style pedals are key to any sort of riding where there is the possibility of any walking or standing around , and these pedals from iSSi look to fit the city bill. The iSSi pedal uses a Wellgo cleat, and while not explicitly compatible with Shimano SPD cleats it seems as if some users out there in TV land are reporting success mixing brands. Look for these pedals at your local shop for $75, with the longer spindle options running but a few dollars more. We recently received a set of iSSi pedals for review, and look forward to reporting back after some real time with them.
The Red Bull Ride + Style has become a defining competition in the fixed freestyle genre. Great video coverage from Wheel Talk & Chop Em Down Films.