Urban Velo

Riding Into The Future

Latvia’s capitol Riga enjoys all the charm and dignity of its other, more renowned European counterparts, yet the local architects’ uniquely animated take on the art nouveau architectural style really sets the place apart. All across the city’s center, stone buildings bearing expressive faces, whimsical figurines and frolicking nature scenes populate streets large and small, each capturing a distinct mood or personality. These enduring attributes will draw even more visitors in 2014, when the city represents Europe as its Capital of Culture for the year.

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The CPSC And Me

In my role as a bicycle forensic investigator, I often look into the details of an injury to a cyclist due to a defective bicycle or bike accessory. In some of these cases the part that failed and contributed to the crash was known to be unsafe and a recall notice issued to consumers and dealers. The CPSC is a government agency that is responsible for issuing those recalls. It also ensures that the products we buy are safe when used as intended. In this article I’ll provide some information about what the CPSC is, how they create safe design criteria to the bicycle industry, how they address unsafe products that make it into the market and what you as a bicycle rider can do to verify that the bike you’re riding is free of defects.

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Urban Cycling Hall Of Fame Inaugural Class

The nine inaugural inductees to the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame include some names notorious and others that should be: Longtime New York messenger and originator of Cranksgiving, Antonio “Tone” Rodrigues; the godfather of global messenger culture James Moore, who was riding brakeless track bikes on the street before most of today’s fixie youth were even born…

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Hub Spacing

Hub spacing varies front to rear and bike to bike, and is an important consideration in parts and frame compatibility. Spacing is measured from the outside faces of the hub locknuts or axle-ends or the inside faces of the frame dropouts or fork ends, and is commonly referred to as the O.L.D or over lock-nut distance. In general front hub spacing has stayed pretty steady over the years, with rear hub spacing increasing gradually as deraileur systems add gears.

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Issue #39 – Available Online

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Contents Include: Interbike and Eurobike Product Spotlight, Powderhorn 24, Urban Cycling Hall of Fame, I Love Riding in the City, Latvia’s Cycling Renaissance, Hub Spacing, The CPSC And Me, Vincent Rodriguez, All-City, Dahon, Fyxation, Light & Motion, Avid, NiteRider and more.

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Tradeshow Product Spotlight

Gravel racing is hot, with Raleigh jumping in with the disc brake equipped Tamland 2. With a longer offset fork and a slightly extended wheelbase as compared to a cyclocross bike the Tamland is just as at home on epic rides or as a daily commuter. The bike has a double butted Reynolds 631 steel frame and Ultegra-level spec and a serious enthusiast or pro-commuter price of $2400.

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Urban Velo #38 Print Copies Available

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After a short delay at the printer, paper copies of Urban Velo #38 are now available. Pick one up at your local shop next week, or order one direct for a few dollars and have it delivered to your door. As always, you can view the entire magazine online for free at urbanvelo.org/download, no catch.

Contents include: I Love Riding in the City, Product Spotlight, Alleycat Explosion, Gallery: The Bike Messengers, Product Reviews, The Cheetah: Nelson Vails, Denver’s ReCyclery Café, Cycling Legalese, Rim Brake Maintenance, Fixed Without Dix.

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Denver’s ReCyclery Cafe

My first step into the ReCyclery Café caused a moment of gear-head geek out. Just about everything was once another man’s trash and, in most cases, that trash was a piece of a bicycle. Combination bike and coffee shops aren’t new in Denver, entrepreneurs have begun to realize they can squeeze everything Colorado cyclists want into one storefront: coffee, beer, quick healthy food, and a solid repair shop. The ReCyclerly Café in Denver’s thriving Capitol Hill neighborhood stands out among the pack.

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The Cheetah: Nelson Vails

Nelson Vails got his nickname “The Cheetah” from an announcer at a race at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania early in his racing career—a career that includes racing professionally in Europe and Japan, induction into the Cycling Hall Of Fame, a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games, and it all began as a bicycle messenger. I met him at Toga Bicycle Shop in New York City, where Nelson Vails was having a party to preview his cycling clothing line and working with a film crew on a documentary film about his life called “The Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story.”

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Alleycat Explosion

Today nearly everyone and their cousin has heard stories of infamous alleycat races—of messengers jetting between cars and skidding through intersections, reckless and crazed, like a sharknado on bikes. In the last decade, alleycats have gone from underground to ordinary, almost de rigueur. Races like Monster Track, Quake City Rumble and Stupor Bowl have established themselves as long-standing traditions, while countless others in cities across the country are one-and-done affairs of varying size and intensity.

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