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Ilumenox Slash USB

Ilumenox Slash USBPretty much every urban cyclist needs bike lights, but almost every urban cyclist’s needs are a little different. Some need extreme brightness, others need long battery life. And different bikes require different mounting options. This keeps the light manufacturers busy, and arguably, happy. Take for example, our friends at Ilumenox. The Taiwanese light manufacturer already has an array of lights, not to mention it’s offerings under the brand names S-Sun and Skully.

Ilumenox Slash USBThe Slash USB is a decidedly modern looking light, with five SMD LED bulbs, numerous beveled edges and a narrow profile that makes it look like it belongs on a fast bike. And that’s no accident, as the Slash USB is designed to fit aero seatposts, carbon fork blades and any number of shapes. But it’s equally at home on a round seatpost, mountain bike handlebars or even strapped to a bike rack. With three different sized elastomers and an optional rubber mounting pad provided, the mounting system is extremely versatile.

DSC_1282The Slash USB is reasonably bright with good runtimes (up to 12 hours for the white light, 9.5 max for the red light). As a headlight, it’s more for being seen than for seeing, though it will get you home if the streetlights go out. As a taillight it’s excellent, providing more than 180° of visibility. Unfortunately, the headlight is also visible from more than 180°, which means it might cast light back towards the rider depending on how it’s mounted.

DSC_1278Of course the Slash USB is rechargeable. I’m a fan of this particular design, which incorporates the male USB input jack into the light unit, eliminating the need for a cable.

DSC_1289Both the red and white lights are available in five different body colors and retail for $35.29. Check out www.ilumenox.com

WOHO Flying Fender

WOHO Flying FenderWhen I was a kid, the very essence of cool was simplicity. My friends and I wanted our bikes stripped down—no reflectors, no kickstands, no safety pads. Fenders? Forget about it!

A certain part of me still hangs on to that childhood ideal. While I’m certainly older and wiser, and admit that fenders serve a very useful purpose, I generally prefer not to have them on my bike. Enter the removable fender. There have been several on the market for many years, but in recent years a few companies have introduced easily removable, foldable models. Of those, WOHO’s Flying Fender is among the best. It’s also the only model (to my knowledge) that claims to be made from non-toxic, biodegradable material, presumably a treated polyethylene.

DSC_1266Like most fenders of this sort, it’s shipped flat, cut, scored and perforated. You pop it out of the excess plastic, fold it according to the directions and use the hook and loop fastener strap to mount the fender. The Flying Fender is not only made for the rear wheel, it can be mounted to the downtube (hence the inclusion of a second strap).

Speaking of the straps, one side is coated with a non-slip material, This seems to be the key in keeping the Flying Fender from flying off to the side while you ride. I’m not saying it can’t be moved, but it stays in place remarkably well. When the fender is not in use, it can be simply rolled up and stowed away, or curled around any convenient tube on your bike.

WOHO Flying FenderThe Flying Fender comes in two sizes, M for road (70 x 10.5 cm, 45 g) and L for mountain (70 x 14.5 cm, 50 g). Both models come with two straps, and either size retails for $6. And they come in at least 10 different colors. Check out www.wohobike.com

Cinelli Mystic Rats Contest Winner

BuzzCongratulations to Buzz Morley of Charlotte, NC. He’ll soon be riding a brand new Cinelli Mystic Rats. An extra large one, at that!

When reached for comment, Buzz said:

I’m a bike share balancer. I get to see a lot nice fixed/SS everyday as I bike-trailer 150 lbs of bikes around Uptown Charlotte. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t covet one of my own for that next alleycat. Winning a Cinelli Mystic Rats is awesome. Upping my chance to finish top 3 in the upcoming Zombie Race? Priceless.

Stay tuned for upcoming contests and prizes.

Levi’s Commuter Work Shirt

Levi's Commuter Work ShirtThe Commuter Work Shirt comes from Levi’s Fall 2013 collection. Although it’s no longer on the Levi’s website, online retailers still a handful of these in circulation, and I imagine the same goes for a few brick and mortar outlets, as well.

Let’s get down to brass tacks—this is a sharp looking shirt. Long sleeves, hidden buttons, zippered chest pocket and technical fabric that doesn’t look like technical fabric. Said fabric is 66% cotton, 31% polyester and 3% spandex with 3XDRY treatment. It’s water-repellent, moisture-wicking and breathable.

The cut of the shirt did not exactly suit me—it’s a lot better suited for people who are truly fit. People like my neighbor Sam (pictured) who’s a certified athletic trainer, road racer and genuinely good guy. After I gave the shirt a few rides, Sam put it through the wringer and came back with positive comments, including that he was surprised at how it didn’t encumber his movements or position on the bike (Levi’s touts gusseted shoulders for improved mobility) and that the fabric felt very appropriate for mild weather (hence its origin in the Fall collection).

The Commuter Work Shirt retails for $88. Check out www.levi.com

Fyxation Leather Six Pack Caddy Contest Winner

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 9.41.17 AMDuncanCongratulations to Duncan Graham of Tallahassee, FL for being the winner of our inaugural Facebook contest. He’ll be receiving a Fyxation Leather Six Pack Caddy, which he says he’ll take, “Down to the beaches of St. George Island to celebrate my wife’s graduation!”

Check out our current contest where you can win a complete Cinelli Mystic Rats bike.

Especial Raider Backpack – Now In Colors

Raider in RedUntil now, Timbuk2′s Especial Raider Backpack was only available in black. Today they’ve launched three new colorways. Not exactly earth shattering news, we know, but choice is always a good thing. We’ve got one of the original black ones under review at the moment, so stay tuned for a full write up. MSRP $79. Check out www.timbuk2.com

Win a Cinelli Mystic Rats – Facebook Contest

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Enter to win a Cinelli Mystic Rats complete bike for Bike To Work Week. Mystic Rats hails from Cinelli’s Bootleg series of urban bikes. Columbus custom aluminum tubing and a Columbus carbon fork are the heart of this machine. Supplied with brakes, but with a simple flip of the rear wheel you can go full fixie. New reflective graphics, Unicanitor saddle, Cinelli stem and Maxxis tires. Click here to enter!

Fyxation Leather Six Pack Caddy – Facebook Contest

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Where will you take your six pack? Where will your six pack take you? “Like” the Urban Velo Facebook page and tell us where you plan to travel with refreshments in hand and be entered to win a Fyxation Leather Six Pack Caddy. Made in the USA to carry six beverages in style, the caddy easily unhooks from the top tube for off the bike travels.

Click here to enter.

Timbuk2 Launches Life Cycle program

Timbuk2 Life Cycle

In celebration of Earth Day, Timbuk2 is unveiling a new initiative, Timbuk2 Life Cycle. It’s billed as “an environmental responsibility program to reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, and reimagine Timbuk2 bags”. It includes partnerships with organizations such as yerdle, iFixit, and TerraCycle. They’ve also hired a full-time repairs sewer for their San Francisco operation.

Learn more at lifecycle.timbuk2.com

Iron City Bikes Grand Opening Party

ICB_lvillegrandopen_webLongtime Urban Velo supporter Iron City Bikes is celebrating the grand opening of their second location with a serious party. We’re talking free beer, food, giveaways and live performances by 10 time national trials champion Mike Steidley.

If you’re in Pittsburgh on April 27th, stop by anytime from 10 am until 8 pm. Visit www.ironcitybikes.com for more.

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