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Cogma Bikewear Brigitte Riding Dress

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Cogma is a small clothing manufacturer out of Steamboat Springs CO, founded out of the frustration of a long time racer’s feelings that the technical female clothing choices were particularly lacking. The Brigitte riding dress is made in San Francisco from 4-way stretch Italian fabric, and sports a large rear pocket and on-the-bike features that don’t leave it looking out of place the second you step into the coffee shop. The $105 dress features a large back pocket with reflective accents, a long front zipper for ventilation, and a pleated back opening to prevent snagging on the bike seat. What the dress doesn’t have is a liner or shelf bra — the Brigitte is meant to be pulled over your favorite sports bra and riding shorts. I’m admittedly not the best at picking out women’s clothing, but I could see this one from Cogma reaching a number of riders that otherwise haven’t been able to find riding clothes that fit their style. Available in grey or mint, see more at www.cogmabikewear.com

Timbuk2 TerraCycle Upcycled Messenger Bag

TerraCycle Upcycled Messenger BagTimbuk2 partnered with New Jersey based TerraCycle to create these unique messenger bags. Made from reclaimed US Postal mail bags, each one is slightly different. Otherwise, expect the same high-quality bag that Timbuk2 is known for.

Check out www.timbuk2.com

2014 Soma Rush Frameset

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There is no question that fixed gears have peaked, the era of any old bike with track ends being desirable is over as the market was flooded with street track bikes over the past decade. Contrary to popular belief however they aren’t disappearing, and there are plenty of new and old riders that love the look and feel of a track frame on city streets. Soma was early to the game with their original Rush frameset, and for 2014 have revamped it to reflect the style that brought so many of us into track bikes — the classic steel Japanese keirin frame. Small diameter tubes, side tacked pencil seatstays and a one-inch threaded headset yield a classic look, TIG welded construction keeps the costs down. And since most people will be riding this in the real world rather than on a banked track, the bike has clearance for 32c tires and sports a single seat tube bottle boss. And yes, it is drilled for brakes. Available in chrome in sizes 49, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61cm. See more at www.somafab.com

Abbey Bike Tools Crombie and Whip-It Combo

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abbey_bike_tools-1 Assuming you are actually using them, quality tools are typically worth the expense. Few things are worse than breaking parts while wrenching with sub-par tools, or sub-par tools themselves breaking after light use, and while quality tools can set you back a few extra dollars, the longevity tends to pay for itself over time. Abbey Bike Tools is a relatively new entrant to the game, making short run tools for professional mechanics for the past couple of seasons. Pictured is the double sided Crombie, a $45 tool with a Shimano/SRAM cassette lockring tool on one side, and a Campagnolo spline on the other. The long, solid handle gives plenty of leverage to break a stuck cassette lockring free, and more than enough to tighten it down far too much if you’re not careful. Since you tend to use a cassette lockring tool in conjunction with a chain whip, conveniently so the Crombie handle is designed to slip inside of the $40 Whip-It chain whip for one stop shopping. Really great looking stuff coming from this Bend, OR shop. Check out their HAG derailleur hanger alignment gauge too, billed as a rebuildable, shop quality tool and the last one any shop will ever have to purchase.

Blue Lug Now Offers International Shipping

etbackIf you’ve been to Japan, you know how good their bicycle shops are. And Blue Lug is one of the very best. They not only sell and service many of the top brands, they have lots of exclusive and original products.

Check out bluelug.com for more info.

Cogly Bike Drivetrain Cleaning Tool

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Cleaning the gunk between your cassette cogs or front chainrings is a job everyone should do, but doesn’t have 100% buy in. Like flossing, but for your bike. I’ve always used a stiff nylon brush and the edge of a rag, but the Cogly takes it a step further with a hacksaw like frame that holds a strip of rag just-so to fit between the gears and give every surface a thorough cleaning. Interesting idea, and seems something that could be hacked at home with an old hacksaw frame. You have almost two days to pick up your own through the Cogly Kickstarter for just $15 assuming it gets enough of a final funding push.

Makers & Riders

makersHeads up, there is a new (relatively) active wear brand, Makers & Riders, putting out apparel that is both functional and highly stylish, following the path of “small batch craftsmanship.” The product line is limited at this point, but I hear they have many projects in the works and what they do offer is of the highest quality. 3-season waterproof pants, 4-season commuters, waterproof trousers and a weatherproof jacket make up the active wear, and a t-shirt with a pocket cut from vintage cycling jerseys adds a nice stylistic finish.

Follow Makers & Riders for their latest releases.

Facebook : Makers & Riders
Instagram : Makers_Riders
Twitter : MakersandRiders

Banana Holder

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Someone made this. I’ll let the comments section pass judgement…but there it is. It exists.

From cycling accessory company, Biken, who do make more products than just banana hammocks. You can purchase this banana holster on Etsy for $55.

NAHBS 2014 Image Gallery

Behold all of our 2014 NAHBS bike images in one place for easy gallery viewing. This was our seventh year at the show, check www.urbanvelo.org/nahbs for images going back to 2008.

Giant To Promote Sub $500 Bikes

Screen shot 2014-03-20 at 10.00.29 PMFrom Bicycle Retailer:

Giant USA is targeting new, entry level bike consumers with a new campaign that includes lower retail prices on 30 models of bikes starting March 31.

The company is calling the campaign “Gateway to Adventure,” and said it will be more than just a short-term promotion.

“This is a long-range strategic change,” said John “JT” Thompson, Giant USA’s executive sales director in a statement Wednesday. “We’re making every effort possible to broaden the market and get more new consumers into our retailers’ stores.”

Read more.

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