After more than seven years, Urban Velo printed its 45th and final regularly scheduled issue. Since 2007, the publication has documented bicycle culture in cities around the world. Urban Velo not only reflected the state of city cycling, it encouraged a global cycling culture. While the mainstream cycling media barely took notice, Urban Velo’s founders not only documented the burgeoning urban scene, they lived it, organizing alleycats, goldsprints, bike polo tournaments and film festivals.
One of Urban Velo’s great successes was spreading bike culture to the far corners of the globe. By distributing the magazine for free online, readers in Indonesia, Chile, Ukraine and countless locales became a part of a community that included New York, London and Tokyo. The magazine’s popular department I Love Riding in the City featured readers from dozens of cities around the globe, proving that despite being oceans apart, all city cyclists share the same passion.
Over the course of seven years, Urban Velo presented a plethora of unique content—from the midwesterner who rides his BMX in the underground sewers, to the street-side bicycle repairmen in Beijing, to the Los Angeles cyclists who raced the marathon course during the wee hours of the morning. Urban Velo also covered the bike industry with a fair and knowledgeable approach.
Despite the magazine and website’s undeniable editorial success, all businesses are subject to the vagaries of the marketplace. In light of the current trends in advertising, as well as the rising cost of doing business, the two man publishing team has decided to ride away with their heads held high. Back issues of the magazine will remain archived at www.urbanvelo.org, and the founders, Brad Quartuccio and Jeff Guerrero, can be reached at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org respectively.
Contents Include: Classics Bronx Club, Product Reviews, The Comedown, Grave Consequences, Product Spotlight, Product Reviews, and I Love Riding in the City. Download it for free online.
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The grips will be pretty familiar to anyone who’s used lock-on grips in the past. They’ve got aluminum clamps, 3 mm hex screws and a hard plastic core. The grip portion is thick and soft, with deep indentations around the graphics, making them very grippy. They’re comfortable, though some people with smaller hands may find that they prefer a thinner grip. I’m surprised WOHO missed the opportunity to brand the bar plugs with a logo, though. Measurements are 5.18″ x 1.3″ x 1.3″, they come in red, blue, black or white, and they retail for $16.49.
The EVA foam bar tape is also pretty standard, but it’s nice, thick and of course features an adhesive backing. In addition to pink monogrammed bar plugs and vinyl tape to finish the wrap, they include two extra strips for behind the brake lever clamps. The graphics are printed, so expect them to wear away with use. The tape measures 190 X 3 cm and retails for $15.49.
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From Upright Cyclist:
We just dropped the Workshirt, it’s a great piece. It’s styled in an institutional gray, and has some attitude. It’s built in a breathable polyester, is double stitched and bar tacked and is DWR finished to shed light precipitation. Color matched reflective paneling has been added to the rear shoulders and also to the underside of the pocket flap and bottom of the street side seam for visibility in low light. Powder-coated UPRT metal buttons cap everything off.
Available in sizes S-XL, MSRP is $119. Check out www.uprightcyclist.com
Photo by Jeremy J Matthews, jeremyjmatthews.virb.com
SyCip is best known for their custom frames, which have won awards and acclaim over the years. Recently, Jeremy has been working with the good folks at SimWorks in Japan to develop a line of handlebars. Pictured at left are the JJ Bars, one of their four offerings.
They just opened an online shop so fans can order these handlebars, as well as SyCip t-shirts. Check out sycip.com/store
Upright Cyclist is a Boulder-based apparel brand with a clear cut mission, “To design functional commuting apparel and accessories that perform like bike clothes when called upon, but look and feel like everyday clothes.” In other words, these are real clothes for people who ride bikes, not cycling apparel that looks like everyday street wear. Although these items were just released publicly last week, I’ve had samples for two months. Here are my impressions.
The Lakeshore Jacket looks and feels like a high-end workwear jacket. It’s built from cotton-blend Cordura, a fabric that’s tough enough to be used on a backpack, but designed to look and feel good as apparel. The jacket features stretchable nylon side panels for breathability and flexibility, wind-blocking interior panels, and a two-way zipper that allows for ventilation options.
Though it looks tough enough for the job site, the Lakeshore jacket is undeniably designed for cycling. The sleeves and tail are cut long for reaching forward, and the pockets, especially the breast pockets, are designed for on the bike access. The sleeves feature hidden cuffs that help seal out the cold, and if you’re not the tallest guy on the block you can cuff the ends of the sleeves inward.
The jacket is cut reasonably loose, but not as generously as most workwear, as to still look stylish and modern. In my experience it’s been just right for the fall weather when paired with a lightweight top, and with proper layering I expect to get a fair amount of use out of it in the winter. And while it’s not a raincoat, it does have some water resistance.
The construction quality is spot on, which is not surprising considering the current state of Chinese manufacturing. I’ve got just one nit to pick with the Lakeshore Jacket, and that is the lack of a loop inside the collar for hanging. I suppose Upright Cyclist might be sending a message, though, that a $249 jacket deserves a proper hanger.
You could say that denim was the original technical fabric, and while it’s seldom seen in the athletic apparel world anymore, it’s still a pretty good choice for people who spend time in the saddle (millions of cowboys can’t be wrong).
Upright Cyclist’s 12.5 OZ Riding Denim are 100% American-made. Sewn in Los Angeles from Cone Denim woven in North Carolina, these classically styled jeans have a few bike-specific touches that set them apart from the pack. Most notably, they have a reflective stripe integrated into the inside of the lower leg. When cuffed, the reflective panel can be seen. Every time I would wear these to work, a handful of people would stop me and ask about my pants. They would usually also comment that they’re good-looking jeans.
They also feature a high rear waist to avoid that plumber’s crack look. All of the sizes come pre-hemmed for a 34” inseam. Although they’re tapered to the cuff, cutting and hemming them all the way down to a 30” inseam did not seem to have an adverse effect on the fit.
Speaking of fit, I have to say this might be the first pair of casual cycling pants that I’ve had that really seem to fit. Most are too tight, obviously designed with hipsters in mind, and a few are just too roomy, which doesn’t really work well on the bike. $119 might be a little more than you paid for your last pair of pants, but quality and American craftsmanship don’t come cheap.
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Photos by Jeremy J Matthews, jeremyjmatthews.virb.com
From Upright Cyclist:
This is our play on the perfect cotton jacket cut for the city. It’s the right weight for short commute hops on windy cold days. It’s built in a Cordura ™ Cotton shell by Artistic Milliners. It’s a super durable, but breathable textile with long lasting use in mind. It’s cut for the street, but functional on the bike. A little moto, a little workwear, it’s styled with a coaches collar, has doubled nylon ribbing on the side panels and shoulder for stretch over the drops. Retail is $249.
Watch for a review soon. In the meantime check out www.uprightcyclist.com
Photo by Jeremy J Matthews, jeremyjmatthews.virb.com