Voting begins today for The Bike Design Project, a design competition which partners five design firms with American bike builders to create the “Ultimate Urban Utility Bike.” The competition includes teams from Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. The winning design will be announced on August 4th and the winning design will be manufactured by Fuji Bikes in 2015.
Check out oregonmanifest.com/vote
Montague is giving away a Crosstown—a 7-speed, 700c folding road bike. You just have to answer two questions: If you receive a Montague Crosstown, what would you use it for? How would you utilize the bike’s folding feature? Click here to enter.
Last year Surly released the Straggler upon the world, basically a disc brake equipped version of the venerable Crosscheck, but different. It’s a great bike, we’ve been riding a pair of them since their introduction with a review of the 700c version slated for Urban Velo #43.
Surly has just announced the Straggler 650b, another different take on more of the same. This isn’t just a spec change, the frame and fork feature different geometry to fit the 650b wheels, a boon for people of shorter stature that have experience toe overlap problems on the 700c Straggler, and for everyone else that is finding the benefits of the ‘tweener wheel size. As the big brains at Surly say, “650b wheels strike a nice balance between the benefits of both 26” and 700c sizes. The smaller wheel allows smaller riders to fit well on smaller frames, produces a stronger wheel, makes fitting big ass tires easier and are more agile than their larger counterparts.”
Felt Electric, the eBike wing of their company, is now live. The Felt Electric line currently hosts 5 models consisting of a fat bike, full-suspension mountain bike, aggressive mountain/city racer, and a commuter model which includes a step-through frame version.
In addition to the new site, they will be introducing their 2015 models next week. The electric line allows the rider to achieve nearly 300% power assist if they so choose, or two other levels for more manual operation.
The Glowbelt is one of those crossover products that makes a lot of sense, in a lot of applications. The pocket sized device hides a spring loaded 50″ length of LEDs that is adjustable in length to wear around your waist, over your shoulder, around a backpack, or as small as an armband. The Glowbelt runs for nearly 60 hours on two CR2032 batteries, that while not rechargeable are pretty shelf stable if you were to stash the Glowbelt for emergency use. Given the power source and small LEDs, the Glowbelt is best as a secondary bit of safety lighting. Available in a few colors, see more and look for their upcoming Kickstarter at glowbelt.co.uk
Enter our Facebook contest to win an Abus Bordo 5700.
With the Bordo, ABUS has revolutionized the bicycle lock and established an entirely new type of lock. The Bordo family offers light weight and flexibility in a compact design. Features include 5 mm steel bars and a premium cylinder for high protection against picking. Click here to enter.
Contest ends August 10, 2014.
Generally speaking, the faster the bike the less fashionable the bike bell. That’s not to say they’re not useful on road bikes too, just that you don’t see too many of them out there. The Osaka Roadie Bell is a mini bell that can fit on the inside of the brake hood or on the cable housing, providing a temporary unobtrusive bell that doesn’t take up handlebar space. The bell attaches with an aluminum clip, and is easy to remove or switch bike to bike. Available at your local shop or via the Soma Fab webstore for $18.
WOHO has released an updated version of their Flying Fender. Version 2.0 is one-size-fits-all, and has a distinctly Gundam Wing inspired design. Like the previous version it’s super lightweight (45g) and attaches with Velcro. It can be rolled up and stored in a number of ways, and retails for $14.99.
Check out www.wohobike.com
Brooks England’s leather saddles have been a classic bike component for a century, with countless people swearing by their well worn, old-school Brooks over more modern materials and construction. Just a couple of seasons ago Brooks introduced their first Cambium saddle made not of leather but of an organic canvas and vulcanized rubber top, providing a waterproof and maintenance free Brooks. The latest is the narrower and racier C15 Limited Edition, meant for distance riders and people that prefer a lower profile perch. Brooks saddles have never come cheap and the C15 retails for $225, but given that it isn’t rare to find decades old saddles still in service the price can be a bit easier to swallow. See more at www.brooksengland.com
I’ve always had 2 reservations with hanging my bike on a wall. 1. The stress the weight of the bike can place upon my wheels and spokes, and 2. The fear of the mount ripping from the drywall. Clug manages to avoid both of these issues by utilizing floor support and taking the gravitational pull off the bike itself. Really, why do we need to have the bikes OFF the ground in the first place? It’s a clever, space saving, easily installed solution for bike storage needs.