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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.

YNOT Limited Edition Straps

YNOT strapBag and accessory maker, YNOT, have begun releasing very limited edition straps on a monthly basis. The image shown is the first release for the month of September. From the YNOT blog,

So here’s the deal, from here on out once a month, we’ll be dropping a brand new set of Limited Edition Straps! They will be an extremely small run, never done before and never to be repeated. Every run will be numbered and signed by the YNOT crew member who made them (because we actually make everything in house). This first run is only 15 sets, so once they’re gone… they’re gone.

15 sets will probably roll out in a day, so be on top of this if you want in. The limited straps run for $54.99 and can be purchased here.

Lazer Cappuccino Helmet Lock


Lazer is releasing a number of products recently, with a humorous set of promotional videos. The Cappuccino lock is really just a very simple deterrent mechanism for preventing your helmet or bike from getting stolen…at least while keeping it in eye shot when free locked. The video, however…is worth watching.

Coke Recycle Bicycles

Coke Bicycles.mp4 from Wildlands Conservation Trust on Vimeo.

Let’s not mince words here….this is a coke commercial more than anything else, and there are glaring hypocrisies to be found throughout, but hell, let’s just look at the value of the bikes in this context for the time being. I’ll leave the critiques up to you in the comments.

Cyckit Aeroclam

aeroclamaeroclam 2There is a new saddlebag on the scene made by Cyckit out of New Zealand. The idea of the Aeroclam (P1 & P2) is to offer a saddle mounted carrying case for all the basics, but that is aerodynamic, integrated into the seat in a way that eliminates all movement, and is aesthetically seamless with no zipper. The Aeroclam claims to hold 1 tube, 1 CO2 canister, 1 CO2 inflator, 1 small multitool, and 2 Cyckit tire levers….the basics for a tube change. Dangling zippers are eliminated by a snap closure and the Areoclam fits over 30 seat designs, though the saddle may need to be removed from the post for proper one-time installation. The Aeroclam P2 was created to fit larger saddle designs. The kits retail for approximately $50 and can be purchased on their site. Other products by Cyckit are currently in design stage as well.

Apple and Slow Roll

slow roll dYet another mention, on this site and elsewhere, of the growing fun ride that is Slow Roll Detroit. By now you’ve probably seen the commercial Apple has created using Slow Roll, but they also gave a more extensive feature on their site, as seen here, explaining how the iPad was used in the organization and implementation of the ride, along with various apps. Call it grassroots appropriation, or just mutual aid, but Slow Roll Detroit is going full speed ahead with this push by Apple, well…full roll ahead anyways.

Trek Lync Unveiled

TK14_Lync_ABC_Detail_2Trek has upgraded their commuter line with the Lync, a commuter ride decked out with integrated lighting and bluetooth compatible monitoring. Instead of buying a commuter and having to select various lighting, phone mounts, and software additions, new purchasers can have a ride that is ready to go without aesthetic adjustments.
_J6A1845The Lync retails around $900 to start and fully loaded models run for $1200. Trek utilized some clever solutions to keep the bike functional, but aesthetically clean, such as lighting adjustments burrowed beneath the top tube and subtle rear lights embedded into the seat stays. The decals are also reflective and the wiring internal. For those just entering the commuter lifestyle and looking to buy from a name brand, there is a lot of value and safety to be found in the Lync.

Netherlands Rush Hour


Let’s just look at this for awhile. Just..I mean…just look at it.

Red Hook Crit Short Doc

RED HOOK CRIT – 2014 from UnbundledUnderground on Vimeo.

A recap of the Red Hook Crit origins and this year’s wet and chaotic race in March.

No Charges Against Killer Cop

ghostAccording to this article by the LAist, no charges will be filed against the officer in the higher-profile case wherein he veered into a bicycle lane WHILE TYPING ON HIS COMPUTER then struck and killed a cyclist, who happened to be an executive at Napster. A released statement even clarified that what the officer did was COMPLETELY LEGAL.

“Wood entered the bicycle lane as a result of inattention caused by typing into his (Mobile Digital Computer),” according to the declination letter prepared by the Justice System Integrity Division of the District Attorney’s Office and released Wednesday. “He was responding to a deputy who was inquiring whether the fire investigation had been completed. Since Wood was acting within the course and scope of his duties when he began to type his response, under Vehicle Code section 23123.5, he acted lawfully.”

What is it going to take to protect ourselves as cyclists in this country?

Slow Roll Detroit

Slow Roll Detroit Block Party from Detroit Digital on Vimeo.

We tapped Slow Roll Detroit for our printed piece on Fun Rides in the last issue of Urban Velo. They created this promo piece to give a feel of the Slow Roll rides, where no one is dropped, traffic rules are followed, and an overall good time is had. The next ride goes down on Monday the 8th.

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