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San Fran Yellow Bike Project


Still in the fund seeking stages, the San Francisco Yellow Bike Project is trying to get their project off the ground. I’m quite interested to see how this develops as traditional yellow bike projects have a history of failure. This structure, however, seems to involve more than putting free bikes into the public, with maintenance classes, safety demonstrations, Build a Bike workshops and more.

Tektro Disc Brake Bleeding Pump

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Now that disc brakes have been standard equipment on mountain bikes for years and are quickly becoming so on ‘cross and alt-road bikes it’s no surprise to see the shop tool side of things getting more serious. Bleed kits with hydraulic fluid syringes and reservoirs specific to given brake models are nothing new, but this vacuum bleeding pump from Tektro promises to make bleeding mineral oil brakes an easy, flawless procedure with no trapped air bubbles. Didn’t manage to get pricing info, but this isn’t a home bench tool.

GT Grade EnduRoad Line

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If you’ve been paying attention it is clear the winds of change are blowing. Road bikes from major manufacturers are no longer just for racing, with a slew of bikes now available for the rest of us that are more apt to ride the local backroads than pin on a number. GT has introduced the Grade bikes as their EnduRoad line, with disc brakes and large tire clearance across the board for a more versatile, yet performance oriented, road bike. Pictured above is the $1400 GT Grade Alloy 105 bike, with a hydroformed tubeset, tapered steerer carbon fork and Shimano 105 11-speed shifters and derailleurs. Triple triangle as always, with fender mounts all around and six frame sizes to choose from.

For those looking for a lighter version, GT also makes the Grade in a carbon version, shown here with the top end $3500 Ultegra level build. Note the front thru-axle, carbon triple triangle and the clip-on fender bridge. At the entry level look for a sub-$1000 Sora spec’d version as well.

Cross Season is Coming

Skittle Thug Is The New Black At Eurobike 2014

Straight from the slopes to a bicycle near you — skittle thug is the new black. Definitely coming from the enduro mountain bike side of things, the mismatched, matte neon look is making a strong appearance this year. Sure to trickle into the urban and commuter realm, better put your sunglasses on so you can see a little. Earthtones are out, skittle thug is in, I’ll stick with black.

Bike Friendly Cities – Video Series

Earlier in the week we posted an uncut interview with Mikale Colville-Anderson on the ideas of Copenhagenize. This video contains excerpts from the interview as a new series by the people at WeLoveCycling who are showcasing bike friendly cities around the world. Then content for Copenhagen is up now and more cities are soon to follow.

“…It was a pleasure to talk with famous urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen. Or with Morten Kabell, head of Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Administration. And we’re sure you will love the wizards from bike repair shops or the beautiful lady who ferries sperm samples to fertility clinics around Copenhagen on a sperm-shaped cargo-bike.

For a number of days we researched whether Copenhagen really is paradise on Earth for cyclists. You can find the answer in our report.

Bike Hack: Presta Valve Adapter

Obviously.

Sun Strap – Solar Charger

I love the cycling related possibilities of this sun strap solar charger. Not only does it eliminate the need to search for an outlet, hanging out while your device boosts power, but you can also power up and charge while still riding. It probably has sufficient applications in a rural setting, but I imagine using it on centuries, weekend cycle camping trips, and just longer rides in general where you need to stay connected, but would rather keep rolling.
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The research group hopes to ship first runs of the strap charger to initial backers by December of this year. Base level backing starts at $55 to pre-order the product. The campaign is over half-way funded with approximately 12 days to go.

M Lock iPhone Bike Mount


Studio Proper recently released this anodized aluminum iPhone bike mount, corresponding with it’s M Lock iPhone case. The mount allows for quick installation, adjustable range of views and secures the phone via high powered magnets. The mount retails for around $60 while the case runs at $30. Buy them both here.

I Love Riding in the City – Dr. Hank

hankNAME: Dr Hank Morrill
LOCATION: Charlotte, NC
OCCUPATION: Dog

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in the great neighborhood of Plaza Midwood here in the Queen City of North Carolina. Riding in the city can be hairy, but mostly I cruise the quiet side streets (of which there are plenty), and I love barking at the other dogs and squirrels as I cruise by with my people.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?

Previously I had lived in The Minne-Apple, and I really like that. Plenty of dog parks to bike to, etc. That is my only basis for comparison. I’m pretty sure Portland would be great; what with their density of dog-friendly businesses and all. Really though, I’m pretty happy running around where I am, in the moment, just loving running around with a bike!

Why do you love riding in the city?
Is that even a question? Why would you not? I like cruising around, seeing the people, smelling the smells, just getting into my local environment….I mean, what else do you need?

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
I roll every day before the guy that feeds me goes somewhere to “work”. We roll a little more later-on also, and I love every minute of it. As soon as I see that bike come out of the shed, I’m barking to go! I mean…who wouldn’t? I just really, really love cruising around the Queen City – so much so see and do and smell and pee on. I really feel like the bike culture is coming up around here, and I love seeing more bikers on the roads! Also, I love chewing on your rags before the bike dude gets to read ‘em, so props on the paper stock choice(s) – lovin’ it!

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