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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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Crocodile Bicycle

Prepare to witness the greatest bicycle commercial ever made…

The commercial parodies the 2001 Thai film Krai Thong, which tells the the legend of the crocodile fighting hero, Krai Thong, and Chalawan, the evil crocodile king.

Not Only by Pedaling

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Not Only by Pedaling from ekramer on Vimeo.

2014 Soma Rush Frameset

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There is no question that fixed gears have peaked, the era of any old bike with track ends being desirable is over as the market was flooded with street track bikes over the past decade. Contrary to popular belief however they aren’t disappearing, and there are plenty of new and old riders that love the look and feel of a track frame on city streets. Soma was early to the game with their original Rush frameset, and for 2014 have revamped it to reflect the style that brought so many of us into track bikes — the classic steel Japanese keirin frame. Small diameter tubes, side tacked pencil seatstays and a one-inch threaded headset yield a classic look, TIG welded construction keeps the costs down. And since most people will be riding this in the real world rather than on a banked track, the bike has clearance for 32c tires and sports a single seat tube bottle boss. And yes, it is drilled for brakes. Available in chrome in sizes 49, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61cm. See more at www.somafab.com

Multi-Speed Chain Length

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Determining chain length on a single speed drivetrain is straightforward enough, but proper chain length on a multi-speed derailleur system isn’t as brainless.

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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.

Cetma – An interview with Lane Kagay

Lane Kagay is the owner and fabricator behind CETMA, and builds racks and cargo bikes in Venice, California. He recently took in his first apprentice, to share his skillset and improve his own production process. It all began 8 years ago when he built himself a rack to ease his work as a bike messenger. Since adding cargo bikes to his line, they have been embraced by parents and business owners to make their lives go a little smoother as well, including the University of Kentucky’s mobile bike shop, a bike rental and delivery business in Austin called Bikes on Bikes, and a coffee delivery business in Montana.

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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
date TBA

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