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Cyclist Found Guilty for Riding in Street

BIKECOMMUTER1The Midwest, my home state included, is stereotyped as backwoods rednecks for a reason…this is one of them. A cyclist in Kentucky was found guilty, after being cited for a few traffic offenses a year ago. She was cited for riding in the middle of the lane instead of moving as far to the right of the lane as possible, which we all know invites cars to dangerously squeeze by us. It was even suggested she should have been riding in the shoulder that is riddled with pot holes, debris and RUMBLE STRIPS.

According to Kentucky state law, vehicles moving slowly have to stay as far to the right as possible on the highway. Prosecutor Eric Wright says the key word there is “highway.” That includes the shoulder – the reason Schill broke the law by riding in traffic on U.S. Route 27, he said.

“If the shoulder is usable, and it’s practicable for it to be used and it can be safely used, and you’re moving more slowly than other traffic on the highway at the time, you are to get as far to the right as practicable,” Wright said.

Technically, this means slower moving motor vehicles are also allowed to drive in the shoulder lane, no? Admittedly, I probably wouldn’t choose this route as part of my daily commute, but I don’t know what other options this cyclist has available. Regardless, the law is the law. She plans to appeal.

Story Development: The cyclist was arrested for riding on the road again.

Interbike’s Best in Show

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Photos by Mikey Wally

We came, trekked the show floor for hours each day, talked specs until our throats went hoarse, and invaded Las Vegas with bikes for a solid week.

In many ways, Vegas is a strange place to hold a bike show, but when you consider how indulgent we cyclists can be, it kind of makes sense. Viva Las Interbike!

It’s great to see companies have fun with their booths at Interbike, especially the ones that bring something interactive, because navigating through the labyrinth that is the Mandalay Bay convention hall can be daunting, and checking out all the latest in bikes and gear is the ultimate tease when you can’t hop on and go for a quick spin.

Here’s what made our Best In Show shortlist from Interbike this year:

  • DZR – Most Creative Display – DZR went wild with Rita the bearded dragon, a few goldfish and a furry little tarantula.

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  • Abus – Most Fun Booth – with a box full of poker chips behind a lock without a key, Abus had people scurrying back and forth to partner booths near and far to pick up the key that might unlock the jackpot. 

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  • Ryders Eyeware – Most Disturbing Display – Is that a dead horse? Uh…rider down!
  • Mission Workshop and Acre Supply for Best Recreation of an Outdoor Setting – The smell and feel of actual grass below your feet really made us wonder what the heck we were all doing inside a convention hall.

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  • Chrome Industries for Best Spot to Chill – As if churning out shoes and custom bags on-site wasn’t enough, the DJ’s, karaoke, beer and plenty of picnic table seating made the Urban Yard the ideal spot to be – a respite amid the clusterfuck of angles that made up the show floor.

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  • Gary Fisher for Best Dressed  Plaid is rad.

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Maniacc Dblocks Beastmode Wheelie King

“I play chicken with a Mac Truck.” This guy has the wheelie gene for sure, and potentially a death wish.

Taiwan: The Bicycle Kingdom

The Financialist recently published this article on what the expected growth of the bicycle industry over the next five years means for the Taiwanese economy, Taiwan: The Bicycle Kingdom.

The global bike market is expected to grow from $51 billion in 2014 to $65 billion in 2019 – a 5.2 percent annual increase – according to a report by NPD Group.

China, the world’s largest producer of bicycles, stands to benefit from the increased demand. But it won’t be the only one. Although the country produces 67 percent of the world’s bicycles, most of them are low-end units that sell for less than $100 apiece. The real winner is actually Taiwan.

Instead of engaging in a race to the bottom, Taiwan’s largest bicycle makers instead ceded the low end of the market to China and began shifting their focus to mid- and high-end bikes. As a result, the average selling price of Taiwan’s bikes has increased nearly five-fold over the past decade, and the island’s total bike exports nearly tripled, to $1.2 billion in 2009 from $480 million in 2002.

Read the full article at www.thefinancialist.com

YNOT Limited Edition Straps

YNOT strapBag and accessory maker, YNOT, have begun releasing very limited edition straps on a monthly basis. The image shown is the first release for the month of September. From the YNOT blog,

So here’s the deal, from here on out once a month, we’ll be dropping a brand new set of Limited Edition Straps! They will be an extremely small run, never done before and never to be repeated. Every run will be numbered and signed by the YNOT crew member who made them (because we actually make everything in house). This first run is only 15 sets, so once they’re gone… they’re gone.

15 sets will probably roll out in a day, so be on top of this if you want in. The limited straps run for $54.99 and can be purchased here.

10 Reasons Not To Buy Fakes

Factory FiveVia Factory Five:

Counterfeit goods touch almost every industry. From watches and bags to milk and medicine there’s a fake for everything. Sometimes we laugh it off as harmless. They say mimicry is the best form of flattery. But what does it really mean to us? Read more.

Interbike Flash Report

_MG_9965All of the bikes! All of the shiny! Bestill my heart, Ritchey! I’m weak in the knees, Van Dessel! Oh Fairdale, how fair you truly are!  Interbike is best place to really do a good pulse check on what people are asking for, as the industry responds to the market with new and updated bikes, components and accessories. While the skittle-colored track frames have settled into their rightful place in the bike world, with muted tones and refined designs, bicycles made with the commuter or casual rider in mind are really coming to the forefront now.

At least a dozen different brands had city bikes on display this year, reasserting the look and feel of classic Dutch bikes, with swept-back bars, upright positioning and beautiful paint jobs. The trend is a direct response to what the riders want – with offerings from the likes of State and Pure Fix’s younger sister company, Pure City, it’s clear that the streets will soon be flush with handsome frames topped with fresh-faced cyclists. My favorite from the show were from Creme Cycles, a Polish bicycle maker that has recently entered the U.S. market.

What else is new, you ask? Here are 10 tidbits to whet your appetite:

  • State is releasing a single speed cyclocross bike in November that will go for around $500. CX Explosion in 5, 4, 3, 2…
  • Hero Bike unveiled its bamboo/carbon track prototype. Every bike in their line is custom by order and all bamboo is sourced locally in Greensboro, Alabama, where Hero Bikes is headquartered.
  • Brooks is releasing a helmet line in collaboration with Carrera. The collapsible helmets will come in seven colors and compliment the Brooks aesthetic seamlessly.  “We weren’t prepared to make our own but we wanted to do a collaboration,” said Gianmarco Maorni “Thinking about a normal commuter, something that can go in your bag and is easy to carry is a better option.”
  • Green Guru has added locking bolts to its panniers, and its 2015 product line will include the FreeRider fold-up carry-anything pannier that was successfully funded on Kickstarter earlier this year.
  • DZR has released a version of their Marco clipless shoe for women. Rejoice little feet!
  • Bern’s newest helmets made with Zip Mold Plus are 18 percent lighter than before. In addition to a lighter foam, they also found little ways to reduce weight by removing the plastic Y-dividers that held the two side straps together and replacing it with stitching.
  • The makers of The Interlock are developing a more secure version. The current design features a cable lock that extends from within a seatpost, so that a rider never need make room or forget it. “It’s the perfect lock for a low-risk area and a secondary lock for a high-risk area.”
  • Terry is turning 30 and re-releasing their classic Butterfly saddle, redesigned with Poron XRD for better shock dampening than foam. The biggest brand in women’s cycling began when Georgina Terry set to work in a basement welding shop fabricating a bike frame fit for a woman’s build; today Terry is the leader in women’s saddles, and have a men’s line of saddles as well. 
  • Linus is expanding its line to include a 29er made with the city in mind – the Rambler will be out in 2015, along with another crossover-style bike on 700′s called the Rover.
  • Boombotix will have a new product release in October. Couldn’t get them to spill the beans yet, so we will just simmer in anticipation for the next few weeks.

Interbike 2014 Image Dump Part 2

Coke Recycle Bicycles

Coke Bicycles.mp4 from Wildlands Conservation Trust on Vimeo.

Let’s not mince words here….this is a coke commercial more than anything else, and there are glaring hypocrisies to be found throughout, but hell, let’s just look at the value of the bikes in this context for the time being. I’ll leave the critiques up to you in the comments.

Cyckit Aeroclam

aeroclamaeroclam 2There is a new saddlebag on the scene made by Cyckit out of New Zealand. The idea of the Aeroclam (P1 & P2) is to offer a saddle mounted carrying case for all the basics, but that is aerodynamic, integrated into the seat in a way that eliminates all movement, and is aesthetically seamless with no zipper. The Aeroclam claims to hold 1 tube, 1 CO2 canister, 1 CO2 inflator, 1 small multitool, and 2 Cyckit tire levers….the basics for a tube change. Dangling zippers are eliminated by a snap closure and the Areoclam fits over 30 seat designs, though the saddle may need to be removed from the post for proper one-time installation. The Aeroclam P2 was created to fit larger saddle designs. The kits retail for approximately $50 and can be purchased on their site. Other products by Cyckit are currently in design stage as well.

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