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.
Cleveland held a rad, diverse cycling festival, which is rad and all…but did you see the arcade games they set up? Now that makes for am awesome event! Dear event organizers, arcade games at all future bike events, k? Check out NEOCycle for information on next year’s event.
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Manila knows how to party, throwing down a gold sprint event outside the Goldsprint Kitchen for their grand opening.
The bike (and hike and climb, etc.) apparel makers at Swrve have announced an Instagram photo contest in which you can win a $100 gift certificate. The winner will be announced on December 22nd after all submissions have been accounted for. The rules are as follows:
1. Wear something Swrve related.
2. Be out in the winter doing something.
3. Hashtag #swrve14winter and #swrve
There are 5 categories to enter in order to increase your chance of winning. Get all the details on the Swrve site here.
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Newark, New Jersey and I’m proud to call it home. A Jersey boy at heart I love riding around my city and taking in all of its sites and history. I find it cool to ride past locations that I have seen in various movies. For example Rounders staring Matt Damon and Find me Guilty staring Vin Diesel are two of my favorite movies that were filmed in areas that I ride past every day. Passing by such places often gets me thinking about all of the different possibilities that life has to offer. Anyway in terms of safety I find Newark to be quite safe because people generally respect bike riders and keep their distance when they spot a biker on the road. Besides everything else already mentioned the geography of the area offers a great variety of flat stretches of land, hills and parks that are lot of fun to ride
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
My favorite city to ride in is New York City. Whether cruising up or down one of its many bike lanes, streets, or avenues there is always something new to take in. Riding in NYC is like eating a really good piece of apple pie. You have to use all five of your senses or your surly to miss something special and fun. I especially love riding on the 12 plus mile bike lane/trail that starts on the Westside of downtown New York City and ends all the way up in the city of Inwood. Whether your young or old the buzz of the city and the good vibes of the people will motivate you to keep pedaling onwards no matter how tired you feel. Basically, I love NYC energy.
Why do you love riding in the city?
I love riding in the city because things are always moving and changing. Either your keeping up with things or your getting left behind. I live for the push and every time I ride I look forward to pushing myself harder than all the other elements racing against the wind.
Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
I rode last night on lighting and we rode yesterday morning on sunshine.
We still ride every second of every day don’t we?
Like rays of light we traveled in time and met somewhere past the finish line.
Even though along the way somebody got a flat everything was ok.
Strangers helped one another that day and became friends forever plus one more day.
So this is the end, you get your bike and I’ll get mine and I’ll race you to the start of new beginnings.
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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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Purchase it here for $50. Remember, it’s limited edition, as in only 50 to be made, so get it before it’s gone.