Urban Velo

About Scott Spitz

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

What Rides May Come

So, this is a clever way to promote your semi-custom frames, no?
Nolobi sells customizable frames with variations in colourways, wheel sets and accessories.

Etnnic Bikes


Etnnic Bikes is a new frame maker from overseas, specializing in unique urban frames that are both utilitarian and compact. They will be releasing electric models, 20″ fixies and more in the near future.

Etnnic on Facebook

Felt eBikes Site Now Live

felt-lebowskeFelt Electric, the eBike wing of their company, is now live. The Felt Electric line currently hosts 5 models consisting of a fat bike, full-suspension mountain bike, aggressive mountain/city racer, and a commuter model which includes a step-through frame version.

In addition to the new site, they will be introducing their 2015 models next week. The electric line allows the rider to achieve nearly 300% power assist if they so choose, or two other levels for more manual operation.

Bicycle Family Tree


Not only would the research for this “Bicycle Family Tree” be quite time consuming, but the designers at Wyatt 9 also illustrated the entire poster…each bicycle. That’s impressive. Kickstarters are purchasing a copy of the final print in various sizes, and greater contributions get a t-shirt, name inscription and a vote for the three absent bikes in the piece. Well done Wyatt 9.

See more of their bicycle themed prints and shirts here.

Distance Over Time


A short film about cyclist, James Golding, who attempted to ride the 7 Day Distance Challenge in France after surviving his first bout of cancer, only to be diagnosed again in 2011.

In the film, we learn about the things that drive James forward, how he overcomes the challenges in his life and what goes through his mind as he attempts to cycle over 220 miles per day. The message is clear; with the right mindset and determination a person is capable of incredible things.

London Share The Road PSA


I love this. It’s a Transport For London PSA that addresses road rage by all users (cyclists included), but seems to go beyond faulting poor transport habits and touches something deeper, maybe something more human. In the end it calls for a sense of calm, as if the problems we face on the road are unavoidable and maybe we need a new approach to their management. It’s a little pie-in-the-sky thinking, but a suitable reminder regardless.

Le Tour de What?

What Do You Think About The Tour? from Road Holland on Vimeo.

Oh America..you so cute. Now enough with the jokes, let’s go Lance!

Stravasshole


It’s funny because it’s true. What?..any opportunity to take a good natured jab at Strava is ok with me.

Ride Like a Girl

Oh man…this blog post by Nikki Lee is so good on many levels. Well-written, clever and right to the point…on both issues.

If one of those cars does hit you, you’re probably going to get blamed. The police will assume that you were riding unsafely, and what you could have done to better protect yourself. The driver most likely won’t be punished at all. If anything, it’ll be a slap on the wrist.

Now, a follow up post explaining ways to make both situations better would be rad.

Froome Rides the Chunnel


Ok Le Tour, we’ll throw you a bone. Chris Froome of Team Sky becomes the first rider to cycle the entire 50k of the English Chunnel. So yeah, that happened. Now let the rest of us do it.

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