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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.

Instagram : Shawn182
Facebook : Shawn Wolf
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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
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I Love Riding in the City – Melissa Braxton

MelissaBraxtonNAME: Melissa Braxton
LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY
OCCUPATION: Architecture Student

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?

I moved to Brooklyn from Austin a few years ago and I have to say the best part of riding here is no longer sweating enough to pass out whenever I ride. Don’t get me wrong, winter riding isn’t the greatest here. But 50% of the year is beautiful, non-sweat inducing or finger-freezing weather.

Living in Brooklyn there seem to be a thousand different places to ride for leisure – Prospect Park, Central Park, Kissena Velodrome, and on and on. Not to mention how refreshing, fast, and inexpensive it is to get to work or where ever you need. Every neighborhood is different, there’s always something exciting going on around you, you’re always having to be on edge and ready for whatever the road swings your way.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Automatically I think Copenhagen, simply because cycling culture there is so mainstream as to be placed above automobiles. But after living there for a bit I missed the feeling of passing cars in traffic, making brief eye contact with a miserable person eating McDonalds in their gas-guzzler stuck in traffic (a bit harsh, I apologize).

Riding anywhere in the US raises awareness for cycling as a form of transportation, which I believe we need oodles more of. That’s probably why I would rather stake my claim on the pollution-filled roads of NYC than fit in to the pre-existing and already extremely progressive cycling culture of Copenhagen.

Why do you love riding in the city?
I love the freedom and simplicity of riding. You don’t have to depend on anything or anyone to get where you need to be. There’s not much more to be said, it’s hard to put in words the exhilaration of cycling.

And if you ride, you probably look good naked without trying.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
Riding for me is about comfort and invitation. Cities should no longer require that you own an automobile. It is clear that cars have done nothing but detrimental damage to our urban environments. Cities should be designed for people, whether on foot or on bicycle. Working in the architecture & urban design fields, my dream is to make cities comfortable and inviting for everyone. Desolate, highway-ridden cities are NOT happy, cities.

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Bookman Cup Holder

Stokholm-based bicycle product designer, Bookman, have just released this interesting take on the handlebar mounted cup holder. Let’s be real though, it’s a coffee cup holder. Why would you want to put anything else in a cup, really? The cup holder is a screw-less contraption that functions through tension, making for an easy install and removal from the handlebars. It can be flipped in order to hold a 16 oz. or 12 oz. cup of coffee and is easily stowed away.

I have not tested this product, but my initial concern is the stability of the holder on bumpy streets. The video shows a little demonstration of agitation, but nothing that compares to the shaking that occurs riding normal streets. If it does hold steady, despite typical street obstacles, this is a great solution for us “caffieneds” who don’t want more clutter attached to our bikes. The Bookman Cup Holders retail for $39 and can be purchased through their site.

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Issue #41 – Available Online

issue41It’s been a long cold winter, but we’re back with a spring issue!

Contents Include: I Love Riding in the City, News and Views, Marathon Crash report, Shopbike Shootout, Product Spotlight, City Report: Pittsburgh, Bandit Cross, NAHBS 2014, Product Reviews, Bicycling Art in a Melting Pot, Bicycle Insurance, Cetma, Multi-Speed Chain Length, and Bilenky Junkyard Cross.

Download it for free, purchase it from the Apple Store or order a printed copy online.

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