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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.

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).

Timbuk2 Introduces the Red Hook Crit Backpack

Timbuk2 RHC BackpackTimbuk2 and Red Hook Crit Founder David Trimble set out to create the perfect pack for competitive cyclists en route to the big race. And one that’s also good for everyday cyclists riding around town. The Red Hook Crit Backpack features super-lightweight materials and specialized pockets for your helmet, U-lock, cycling kit, cleats and traveling essentials. It easily converts from a backpack to duffel, it’s water resistant thanks to silicone coated fabric and PU coated zippers, and there are reflective elements for nighttime visibility. MSRP #99. Check out www.timbuk2.com and www.redhookcrit.com

Upright Summer Sale

summersaleUpright needs to make room in their warehouse, so they’re having a sale. Enter “sunset” at checkout to save 30% or more. Check out www.uprightcyclist.com

The Making of the Kryptonite Messenger Collection – Part 1

Check out behind the scenes footage of the development of Kryptonite’s Messenger Collection.

The Story of the ShurSave Bike Racks

Will-Simmons-letter-to-Shursave-620x878From BikePGH:

I do my grocery shopping by bicycle probably seven months out of the year and it’s a total bummer that I have to lock it to literally the only thing available – the one section of closed cart gate still remaining.

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Operation Safe Cycle

NYPDFrom The Gothamist:

Last night, the NYPD announced it was starting a “Operation Safe Cycle, a two week bicycle safety enforcement initiative,” today, August 13, through Tuesday, August 26. So… does this mean more police cruisers in the bike lane? Especially at dinner time, outside Papa John’s?

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Things I’ve Learned About Bikes

things-about-bikesThis article from NSMB.com is weighted towards the mountain bike side of the bike industry, but some of these points are universally true:

Rule #1 – If the primary upgrade over last year’s bike is a new graphics package, think about looking elsewhere. If you buy that bike, when next years graphics package comes out your bike is going to feel old. Single colour paint schemes age better than the flashy shit.

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City Report: Antwerp

City: Antwerp, Belgium

Nickname: Koekenstad

Claim to Fame: Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium behind Brussels. Eighty percent of the world’s diamonds come through Antwerp, where they are bought and sold between dealers from around the world. According to some, the fashion industry in Antwerp ranks with those of Milan and Paris.

History in 100 Words (or less): Local lore holds that Antigoon was an unfriendly giant who lived near the Schelde river. His job was to collect a fee from people who wanted to cross. You can’t pay the fee? Antigoon would cut off your hand and throw it in the river. Brabo was a brave young soul who found this act unacceptable. He gave Antigoon some of his own medicine before killing him. Brabo lopped off the hand of the mean giant and threw it into the river. From it grew the current city of Antwerp. The name, “Antwerpen” is actually a Dutch phrase that translates to “hand throwing.”

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Kryptonite Messenger Collection

How much does your bike mean to you? Check out a sneak peek of a new line of Kryptonite locks designed by bike messengers.

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