Contents Include: I Love Riding in the City, Product Spotlight Abus, Track of Ages, Roland Burns, NAHBS 2013 Gallery, Alexander Montsenigos and the Unwinnable Argument, Building Bike-Friendly Cities of the Future, Product Reviews, Ramps and Pins, and Monster Track 14.http://www.urbanvelo.org/issue36
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A friend of mine has been living in the United States for about nine months. Back in Japan, his primary form of transportation was a motorcycle, but since it would have been prohibitively expensive to bring a CB250 on the plane he was left with the options of bicycling, riding the bus, or walking. As a fellow member of the two-wheeled cult, he naturally threw a leg over his host-family’s loaner bike and headed for the college part of town. That was his first and last foray into bicycle transportation in America.
Arriving with wet shoes is an inevitable part of bike commuting—sometimes you’re just going to have to pedal through the rain. Putting those wet shoes back on hours later never feels good, no matter the temperature. Putting your shoes on a heating vent or radiator may work, but can lead to cracked leather and stressed synthetic uppers.
Bottom bracket height affects bicycle stability and pedaling clearance, and is an important specification to consider when choosing a frame or otherwise looking at geometry charts. Generally speaking, road and touring bikes have low bottom brackets for stability over the long haul, while track and mountain bikes sit higher for ground and cornering clearance. Confusion may arise when comparing geometry specifications from different manufacturers as some quote bottom bracket height and others quote bottom bracket drop, here we explain the relationship between the two.