Urban Velo

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

Things I’ve Learned About Bikes

things-about-bikesThis article from NSMB.com is weighted towards the mountain bike side of the bike industry, but some of these points are universally true:

Rule #1 – If the primary upgrade over last year’s bike is a new graphics package, think about looking elsewhere. If you buy that bike, when next years graphics package comes out your bike is going to feel old. Single colour paint schemes age better than the flashy shit.

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The Louisiana Liberty Bill of 1890

LLBVia Shadow Steeds in the Crescent City

Signed by Governor Francis T Nicholls on June 13, 1890, House Bill No. 81, also known as the Louisiana Liberty Bill, granted all bicycles and tricycles and other foot or hand operated vehicles full rights to public roads.

The bill was finally passed after years of effort by members of the Louisiana Cycling Club, especially Harry H. Hodgson, who was the Chief Consul of the Louisiana Division of the League of American Wheelmen, and State Representative E.A. Shields, who was a member and president of the LCC.

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BibBits Magnetic Race Number Holders

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It’s been a while since I’ve donned a number on my jersey, but the standard issue safety pins were always an annoyance. Between the risk of sticking yourself during the last minute adjustments, snagging expensive technical jersey materials, or forgetting about the pins and leaving rust stains coming out of the washing machine. I wouldn’t say that $15 for four sets of BibBits magnets is a smoking deal, but but it’s not going to break the bank and might be one of those niceties that makes the race day jitters easier to deal with, if you’re into that sort of thing. Imported my Canitoe Road.

Airbus Bicycle Saddle Seats

airbusVia Gizmodo:

This newest patent is all about cutting down on “bulk,” the word here referring to seat backs, cushions, tray tables, half the seats themselves…

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LA Bicycle Commuters Form ‘Bike Trains’ For Safety

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.32.57 PMFrom NPR:

A grassroots project in Los Angeles – a city, of course, dominated by cars – is helping those who commute by bicycle but don’t like being out there alone in traffic – called LA Bike Trains. It’s built on the idea of strength in numbers.

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Modify Watches Cycling Designs

15009da8290aca5bb811a9977dfeeb0c Modify Watches is a couple year old company making relatively affordable customizable watches that allow you to choose the face design and band color, even allowing you to create your own completely custom face artwork if you’re so inclined. A number of bike brands large and small have gone ahead and created their own designs as shown, but you’re only going to the cycling collection watches in person at shops like One on One in Minnepolis, West End Bikes in Portland and Fast Folks Cyclery in Austin to name a few.

How To Tie and Solder Spokes

Tied and soldered spokes were once a final touch from the finest mechanics upon the highest quality wheels, but have for the most part faded into obscurity. Seen only rarely these days, many cyclists have never personally laid eyes upon a set of tied and soldered wheels, let alone question the history of the practice or learn to tie their own.

Back in Urban Velo #11 published in January 2009 we explained the practice and showed you how to get started with the help of local old school wheel wizard Scott Wickham Jr.

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