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Banana Holder


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.

Chrome Folsom Pants

folsom_pant_hero_7 Chrome has been making knickers and shorts for a few seasons, and has now introduced their first full length pant, the Folsom. Made with water and stain resistant 2-way stretch Schoeller fabric the pants are made for riding throughout changing conditions while still being comfortable and passable off the bike. Double layer crotch and flat seams make it long wearing, with a reflective patch and u-lock holder on the back. Five pockets give you a place for hands and a wallet, and a place for a mini u-lock as the built in holster fits full sized versions only. Available for $160 in 28″ to 36″ men’s sizes.

Zoic Really Long Socks

ZOIC Really Long SockHere’s a good idea for cold weather cycling—really long socks! Or really tall, if you will. The ski industry has been hip to this for years, and a few wise and fashion-forward bike brands have offered them, but I contend there’s still not enough. At 18″ tall, Zoic’s Really Long Sock adds warmth and versatility to your winter gear selection. They’re especially good for days when the weather might shift, as you can push them down the same way you do with arm warmers.

These socks are made from 70% polyester, 12% nylon and 18% spandex. They come in S/M or L/XL and retail for $15. Check out www.zoic.com

Engin Force CX1 Cyclocross at NAHBS


The one goes to eleven. Engin’s latest titanium cyclocross bike is outfitted with the hot of the presses SRAM Force CX1 1×11 group and built for race day. Perhaps the only nod to riding besides racing is the single bottle mount for training rides where you just might get thirsty. www.engincycles.com

Cherubim NJS Track Bike at NAHBS


Straight from the track to the show, this bike from Cherubim is beyond full NJS, it is heading back into active keirin duty. Years after the NJS ship sailed I still love the aesthetic and classic simplicity of steel NJS bikes. Cherubim makes some of the finest bikes around, and it was great to get a chance to see a raced-used rather than show bike up close. This very bike has gone very, very fast with piles of money on the line. www.cherubim.jp

Don Walker Throwback Stayer Bike at NAHBS


This throwback stayer bike by Don Walker was making a repeat appearance at the show and I had to give it another shot. Stayer racing is a type of racing where people ride purpose built bikes like this within the draft of a motorcycle on a banked track, reaching pretty incredible speeds in the process. The “backwards” fork and braced saddle and bars are all meant for stability at speed. Newly built to resemble bikes from the 1950′s, this bike has custom Curtis Odom hubs and chainring and genuine wooden rims for that period look. www.donwalkercycles.com

Independent Fabrications Belt Drive Ti Travel Road Bike at NAHBS


Independent Fabrication is well versed in belt drives and S+S couplings, and created this travel road single speed for this year’s show. No oversized luggage fees, no grease when you reassemble in some far off hotel room. www.ifbikes.com

ANT Bike Truss Fixed Gear at NAHBS


ANT proprietor Mike Flanigan loves the old Iver Johnson truss bikes, and has made a number of modern models with the truss toptube design. Originally in place to strengthen weak tubes, today it’s mainly a matter of style and continues to build a durable frame. This fixed gear is meant for meandering road rides, and looks the place of turn of the century scorcher with today’s parts and handling. I could see many years of rides on a bike like this. antbikemike.wordpress.com

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