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Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

Urban Legend Cyclewear


If you want to ride on a bike backwards…helmet-less…drinking alcohol…while also looking stylish, apparently Budapest, Hungary is the place to do it. Poor riding advice aside, the new Adventurers collection by Urban Legend is designed for the urban cyclist who is just as fashion conscious as they are in need of all-weather materials. The summer collection consists of pack away jackets and cape-dresses that also double as pillows when crumpled up.

Check out the full collection here.
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The Becket by YNOT

YNOT Cycle: The Becket Backpack from YNOT Cycle on Vimeo.

YNOT just released a new bag for Spring, The Becket, which retails for $139 at base. The Becket features a roll top enclosure, side facing U-lock strap, and breathable back panel among other features, including the option to add a pocket lid for more storage.

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Am I Invisible? Opening

am i invisible?Bicycle portrait contest and gallery show, Am I Invisible?, is opening Tuesday, April 8th at the Old Stone House in New York City. The portrait project is meant to “encourage greater awareness of issues of sustainability, health and cultural diversity in the urban space.”

Attendees of the opening can participate in a bike and photography part raffle and view the 5 winning portraits. In concert with the opening, Am I Invisible? “will combine online experiences with a series of community events taking place throughout April and May at the Old Stone House. The public art installation uses image recognition technology to connect viewers of large-format images placed around the city to videos via their mobile devices.”

More info about the opening and following events are here.

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Friday Follow – Shawn182

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Shawn182 was our dude here in Indy until he went searching for bigger adventures in NYC, where he seems to be running things with Kinfolk Bicycles and the Brooklyn King Kog shop. His IG feed is pretty standard for a two-wheeled hipster with shop shots, CX action images and other amusing shenanigans. Give him a high five if you see him around town.

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Opus Video Series

This is my Opus: The Commuter from Opus Bike on Vimeo.

Canadian bike manufacturer, Opus, has just released the first of five videos “that examines bike riders and the forces that drive them.” The first release is this video titled, The Commuter, but I can’t tell if this is just a teaser or the video in it’s entirety.

Check their Facebook page for more information on the videos to come.

New York Bike Jumble

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Are you going to be in the NYC area May, June or September? In conjunction with Transportation Alternatives, The NY Bike Jumble will be hosting 3 swaps in the coming months, billed as the “anti-craigslist”, allowing you to see, hold and possibly test the products before you buy them.

The locations this year are as follows:

Saturday May 17th – Park Slope 10AM – 4PM
The New York Bike Jumble returns to Washington/JJ Byrne Park around the Old Stone House at Fifth Avenue and 4th street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. for the sixth year in a row. Fulfill all your cycling needs for the summer! Get yourself a new or used bike, new and used accessories, clothing, collectibles, artwork, overstocks, and bargains galore.

Sunday June 1st – Red Hook – 10AM to 4PM
The New York Bike Jumble presents The Red Hook Bike Jumble in conjunction with Transportation Alternatives’ Tour de Brooklyn. Join us by the Red Hook Ikea for a day of awesome bicycle flea-marketing.

September – Park Slope
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Bookman Cup Holder

Stokholm-based bicycle product designer, Bookman, have just released this interesting take on the handlebar mounted cup holder. Let’s be real though, it’s a coffee cup holder. Why would you want to put anything else in a cup, really? The cup holder is a screw-less contraption that functions through tension, making for an easy install and removal from the handlebars. It can be flipped in order to hold a 16 oz. or 12 oz. cup of coffee and is easily stowed away.

I have not tested this product, but my initial concern is the stability of the holder on bumpy streets. The video shows a little demonstration of agitation, but nothing that compares to the shaking that occurs riding normal streets. If it does hold steady, despite typical street obstacles, this is a great solution for us “caffieneds” who don’t want more clutter attached to our bikes. The Bookman Cup Holders retail for $39 and can be purchased through their site.

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Cyclist Hit By Car

We know this happens every day, the impatient driver BLATANTLY hitting a cyclist with their vehicle, but I still can’t get used to the visuals when I see it happen. I post this as a reminder. It’s all too easy to get comfortable riding in traffic, not expecting drivers to do the insane. Consider this a PSA.

Friday Follow – xchrizzzlybearx

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Chris Lee – AKA xchrizzzlybearx – is constantly documenting various niches of bike culture in the NY area, focusing primarily on the messenger scene and it’s endless personalities. A legitimate pro with the camera, Lee’s photos aren’t taken in the squared IG format, as evidenced on his flickr site. I really like that his images are primarily of bike culture, but more represent the individual in the setting.
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Makers & Riders

makersHeads up, there is a new (relatively) active wear brand, Makers & Riders, putting out apparel that is both functional and highly stylish, following the path of “small batch craftsmanship.” The product line is limited at this point, but I hear they have many projects in the works and what they do offer is of the highest quality. 3-season waterproof pants, 4-season commuters, waterproof trousers and a weatherproof jacket make up the active wear, and a t-shirt with a pocket cut from vintage cycling jerseys adds a nice stylistic finish.

Follow Makers & Riders for their latest releases.

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