Retroshift is now Gevenalle, roughly “give all” in Dutch. Having expanded the line past the original Retroshift downtube-shifter-on-a-brake-lever, the makers of Retroshift and the B.U.R.D have rebranded to Gevenalle, and introduced a hydraulic version of the Retroshift that first put them on the map. The CX1 or CX2 hydraulic shifters ship with calipers and either 140 or 160mm rotors, with 9-, 10-, or 11-speed Shimano compatible shift units. The single front ring CX1 is $400, add $50 for the front derailleur compatible CX2. If you’re up on your scales the whole system weighs 850 g, making it a ultralight, and durable contender. Like other Retroshift units, these too are covered by a generous $75 crash replacement policy. See these and the new HOUP cassette spacer that allows you to drop the 11t cog for greater spoke to derailleur clearance at www.gevenalle.com
We reviewed the original Retroshift CX2 cantilever compatible brake/shift combo last year, and still love it.
Leather isn’t for everyone, so the folks at Oopsmark made this upcycled bicycle tire wine holder. The $34 bottle holder will fit most conventional frames with the antique brass fasteners. Maybe a bottle holder like this fits your style of riding, it sure does look great on a show bike. I think I’ll keep my bottles in a bag or backpack and avoid heartbreak on the way to the picnic.
There are a number of virtual build-a-bike online stores where any number of component choices are swapped out. Most of these are low-end builds, and can look a bit clunky to say the best. Scatto Italiano has Italian made lugged steel track frames with well selected component and color choices, making for final bikes that show a certain attention to detail. Component choices are fairly limited, but you can add a coaster brake hub, Paul handbrakes, or even wooden handlebars to your build if you’re so inclined. One of the better looking bikes of this type I’ve seen, check it out at www.scattoitaliano.it
This is a concept I can get behind — a backpack with a full charcoal grill kit inside. Tools, charcoal, grill, all in one and relatively easy to carry on your back to wherever that perfect picnic party spot may be. It’s at the idea and feedback stage over at Quirky.com right now, so go ahead and leave some thoughts if you’re so inclined. I’d imagine you might get a bit dirty on the way back from the party, but that just might be the tradeoff between grilling at any location anywhere and not.
A bag for every occasion, this one for carrying a light load on a small front rack. The Kaneg front micro pannier is just big enough to hold six bottles and a rolled up blanket, and has a carrying strap for when you get to your destination. It’s simple and I like it — just enough room for a light picnic or day ride. See more creations at www.kruschrhoades.com
Congratulations to Duncan Graham of Tallahassee, FL for being the winner of our inaugural Facebook contest. He’ll be receiving a Fyxation Leather Six Pack Caddy, which he says he’ll take, “Down to the beaches of St. George Island to celebrate my wife’s graduation!”
Until now, Timbuk2′s Especial Raider Backpack was only available in black. Today they’ve launched three new colorways. Not exactly earth shattering news, we know, but choice is always a good thing. We’ve got one of the original black ones under review at the moment, so stay tuned for a full write up. MSRP $79. Check out www.timbuk2.com
At home in the fanciest office or swank restaurant, the Detroit Cargo Griswold frame bag is positioned for those more apt to down fancy cocktails than tallboys. The Griswold is made from thick vegetable tanned leather with hand burnished edges and antique brass hardware. here is a single pocket on the inside and out, with a removable shoulder strap for when it’s not attached to the toptube. Give it a few years use and this bag is destined to show the wear like a classic professor’s briefcase. Available in three colors for $220, each bag is hand sewn in Detroit as one would expect.
I’d like to think I’m pretty good at keeping my bikes in check with regular maintenance, but I’m certainly not keeping anything to much of a schedule. I’ll be the first to admit I have no idea when the last time I changed a given chain or bled brakes was, even if in some cases it really does matter. If you’re the kind of person to keep things on schedule and track your maintenance needs and costs, Feedback Sports has a free iPhone app to help make sense of the garage. If you’re diligent, the app can help keep track of costs and weight savings, I could see this being helpful for people really looking to nerd out and track mechanical expenditures across multiple bikes.
Enter to win a Cinelli Mystic Rats complete bike for Bike To Work Week. Mystic Rats hails from Cinelli’s Bootleg series of urban bikes. Columbus custom aluminum tubing and a Columbus carbon fork are the heart of this machine. Supplied with brakes, but with a simple flip of the rear wheel you can go full fixie. New reflective graphics, Unicanitor saddle, Cinelli stem and Maxxis tires. Click here to enter!