Urban Velo

Nutcase Unframed

Between their usual wide breadth of stock colors and now the latest limited edition Nutcase Unframed artist helmet designs there is no shortage of different styles to choose from. The first run of Nutcase Unframed edition helmets features art by Sandra Ramirez from Columbia, Ray Moore from Germany and Todd Standish from San Francisco. In addition to the helmets, art panels will be on display in the Nutcase booth at Eurobike and Interbike, and auctioned off to benefit World Bicycle Relief.

Vier Compact Collapsible Lock

We first showed you the Vier compact lock about a year back, and since then the design has been further refined and has hit Kickstarter for the final push into production. Perhaps not as quick to deploy as a u-lock, but it packs down much smaller thanks to the way that all four parts separate and fit into a small pouch. Click and twist the 14 mm shackles into the non-locking end body, then slide the body with the lock core on and go, just like the u-lock you’re familiar with. While compact, it’s not hte lightest at approximately 3.25 lbs. Eventually you’ll be able to order up longer shackle sections for securing multiple bikes in a garage or apartment, definitely an intriguing concept for home or work storage that is higher security than the braided cable so many of us rely on indoors. No lock is perfectly secure, and the Vier team has their mind straight on it, “Our main goal was to design a lock with the same level of security as a U-lock but in a compact form. VIER will protect your bike against lock picking, prying, hacksaws and bolt cutters. No lock on the market can protect us against angle grinders and hydraulic powered jacks.” Get in early for $65 at their Kickstarter and receive your lock by the new year.

Bicycle Chain Cufflinks

photo 3Is there anything bike chains can’t be turned into? Hand-made one at a time by craft artists, Linda and Ann, in Oregon, these beautiful cufflinks are made out of reclaimed bicycle chains. Each cufflink starts as a used bicycle chain, before they go through a rigorous cleaning process in order to be hand brazed into these cycling inspired cufflinks. The four links are then brazed onto the brass base plate before they are given one final clean.

You can purchase these cufflinks through the online bicycle boutique, BicycleAge, out of Sydney Australia, for around $50 each. They come packed in a synthetic-leather case and are ready for wrapping and gifting.

PDW Omnium – Alpenrose Velodrome August 9th

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If you are in Portland this weekend, don’t miss the 2014 Portland Design Works Omnium held at the Alpenrose Velodrome. $15 for adults to race, $5 for juniors, and free entry for the attendees. Head on down and enjoy some free BBQ, free rootbeer and free ice cream and watch a bunch of people go fast and turn left. Party down, wish I was there.

Clitoral Mass 2014

On August 16 all Womyn-identified folk are invited to ride with the third annual Clitoral mass in Los Angeles. More information at OvarianPsycos.com.

2015 Frog Bikes at Eurobike

Frog-Road-58-low-res2Kids bike company, Frog Bikes, is just over a year old and still growing strong. They’ll be making an appearance at Eurobike at the end of August, showcasing their 2015 line of high-quality bikes designed for a child’s physique. Mind you, these aren’t just cheap kick bikes, but solid rides with decent components and frames ranging from balance bikes to hybrid, road, mountain and cyclocross bikes for wee humans. Frog bikes utilize narrow and short-drop handlebars, easy reach gears and brake levers, and lightweight frames at an affordable price. They aren’t available in the States just yet, but it would be great to see a more diverse line of rides available for kids over here.

Frog on Facebook
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Dahon Explorer Program

DAHON EXPLORER FLYER

Dahon has recently announced their Explorers Program, and is looking for half a dozen riders to share how they use a folding bike to explore their world. Apply and you might find yourself with a new bike.

Cyclist are encouraged to submit a brief description of why they would be a perfect brand ambassadors for DAHON and how their stories could inspire others to incorporate bike into their lifestyle.

What makes the commute to work exciting?
Where will your DAHON bike take you?
How will a folding bike change the way you live, experience the environment on a deeper level and move around without constraints?

Submissions will be accepted until August 20, 2014 at explorers@dahon.com

What Should They Do?

bikecarThis short survey is part of a study designed to evaluate interactions between cyclists and motorists from North Carolina State University. It takes less than five minutes, and the results will be published in October 2014. The study is intended to contribute towards improving roadway design in the United States. You must be 18 to take the Bike Car survey.

Crew Bike Company

crewA new urban-centric bike company with a stripped down aesthetic has entered the game. Crew Bike Co. out of Southern California offer frames starting at $149 and frame/fork sets at $399.

Crew Bike Co. is a new urban cycling and lifestyle company based out of Southern California. Although a relative newcomer to the scene, the team behind Crew Bike Co. has over 20 years combined experience in the cycling industry. Geared towards urban cyclists, Crew Bike Co. incorporates a distinctive mixture of cycling technology and race-inspired design combined with a modern street aesthetic.

Crew website
Crew Facebook
Crew Instagram

I Love Riding in the City – Jeff Bequette

cityrideNAME: Jeff Bequette
LOCATION: Omaha, Nebraska
OCCUPATION: Railroad

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
Omaha Nebraska, a great town to raise kids and bike, if you like going North-South. Unfortunately, I live West and must go East to get to work. Very active in the bicycle world with a City Coordinator, great organizations and a plethora of shops covering the bike spectrum. It also helps we are next door to RAGBRAI and minutes from the Taco Ride.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Besides Omaha? Fayetteville/ North Cacalackey, was fun as day after day I proved it was faster to ride my bike to work (Ft. Bragg) than it was to drive, and minutes from urban were winding rural roads that begged to get hammered.

Why do you love riding in the city?

Riding in the city keeps you conscious, having to think a bit faster than the next cager coming at you and anticipate you moves ahead of time for the interplay of traffic. And to be in the right gear for the next hill.

Or just say whatever you want:
Dawn is breaking as I dodge another pothole I’d never noticed in my car. Commuting by bike enhances my awareness of the road, life stirring in the city, the golden light reflecting from buildings as the Sun cranks up for another day. Working third shift, my ‘morning’ commute starts at 8:00 PM, pouring coffee from the press into a thermos, checking the work clothes a last time, tightening the straps and turning on the lights. I clip in and am off on an 18 mile ride through West Omaha, then Grover and Vinton, discovering new communities on this route. A little boy waves to me from his porch and I wave back through the gathering dark, a blinking shape cutting through the night. I change at work and start bleeding off job stress with the first pedal stroke, heading west in the morning, cranking up from riverside towards home. Traffic starts to thicken as cagers rush eastwards to work, but stays light in the westbound lane. I dodge potholes and morning sprinklers, sprinting for lights and euphoric by the time I arrive home, warm and stress free, almost disappointed to end the day by going to bed.

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