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Slow Roll Detroit

Slow Roll Detroit Block Party from Detroit Digital on Vimeo.

We tapped Slow Roll Detroit for our printed piece on Fun Rides in the last issue of Urban Velo. They created this promo piece to give a feel of the Slow Roll rides, where no one is dropped, traffic rules are followed, and an overall good time is had. The next ride goes down on Monday the 8th.

I Love Riding in the City – Paul Unnasch

Rad_Red_FlannelNAME: Paul Unnasch
LOCATION: Milwaukee, WI
OCCUPATION: High School Student

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Milwaukee, WI. Potholes, potholes, potholes. Once I look past that, it really is a beautiful city to ride in, and is best experienced by bike. The trail system around the Milwaukee area is well thought out, and makes commuting a much easier and less stressful task than in bigger cities. Not as many car horns are directed toward cyclists here either!

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Milwaukee. I’m 17 and I have not had the pleasure of experiencing other metro areas!

Why do you love riding in the city?
Riding has allowed me to form a bond with the city. There are so many details in the downtown area that would otherwise be lacking when in a car. We also have a great system of MTB trails set up by the Milwaukee chapter of the IMBA. Mountain biking is really my favorite way of blowing off steam- a way that riding a track bike during rush hour couldn’t accomplish. Nevertheless, Milwaukee has a small town feel to it, in that I will probably/definitely run into someone I know from the cycling community when I go out for a ride.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?

Potholes, ice, snow, and bad bus drivers. I love it here.

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Blackburn Outpost Bikepacking Handlebar Roll and Seat Pack

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One of the best parts about riding in the city is when you’re able to take the road out of town, whether for a single night or weeks on the road. Blackburn has introduced the a new line of new-school bikepacking gear for those looking to shed the panniers, namely the Outpost HB Roll and Seat Pack. The $75 handlebar roll features a quick release bracket for 25.4 or 31.8 mm bars coupled with around-the-bar straps to keep the load in place, with a weatherproof, but not true submersible drybag, included. There are light mounts and places to lash other lightweight goods, with a total listed load limit of 8 lbs. The $100 seat pack expands to hold clothing and a ground roll, and is contructed out of Ripstop nylon and treated for water resistance. Carry it all, carry a bit less, even fits a “standard” drybag if you’re riding through a monsoon. Great looking gear that bring the lightweight bikepacking experience accessible to more riders.

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.

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