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All-City Nature Boy 853

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Taking cues from the Macho King, All-City is releasing a top-end build of their Nature Boy with 853 tubes and a Whiskey carbon fork. Single speed with classic track ends and a sliding caliper mount and a tapered headtube, the Nature Boy 853 appears to be a race-ready cross rocket. Looking good! Expected availability is in early November with a $1200 pricetag on the frameset only and a $2200 complete build.

Paul Comp Klamper Mechanical Road / Cyclocross Disc Brake Calipers

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Coming soon, the Paul Component Engineering Klamper, a mechanical road or cyclocross disc brake full of CNC’d goodness. Even without seeing it in person I’d say that this is the must-have part of the season. No word on availability, we’ll know more next week at Interbike.

No Charges Against Killer Cop

ghostAccording to this article by the LAist, no charges will be filed against the officer in the higher-profile case wherein he veered into a bicycle lane WHILE TYPING ON HIS COMPUTER then struck and killed a cyclist, who happened to be an executive at Napster. A released statement even clarified that what the officer did was COMPLETELY LEGAL.

“Wood entered the bicycle lane as a result of inattention caused by typing into his (Mobile Digital Computer),” according to the declination letter prepared by the Justice System Integrity Division of the District Attorney’s Office and released Wednesday. “He was responding to a deputy who was inquiring whether the fire investigation had been completed. Since Wood was acting within the course and scope of his duties when he began to type his response, under Vehicle Code section 23123.5, he acted lawfully.”

What is it going to take to protect ourselves as cyclists in this country?

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.

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.

Sun Strap – Solar Charger

I love the cycling related possibilities of this sun strap solar charger. Not only does it eliminate the need to search for an outlet, hanging out while your device boosts power, but you can also power up and charge while still riding. It probably has sufficient applications in a rural setting, but I imagine using it on centuries, weekend cycle camping trips, and just longer rides in general where you need to stay connected, but would rather keep rolling.
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The research group hopes to ship first runs of the strap charger to initial backers by December of this year. Base level backing starts at $55 to pre-order the product. The campaign is over half-way funded with approximately 12 days to go.

Interview – Mikael Colville-Andersen

The people of WeLoveCycling interview the founder of the site/movement Copenhagenize to discuss the group’s origins, intents and where they hope to go next.

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