Timbuk2 and Red Hook Crit Founder David Trimble set out to create the perfect pack for competitive cyclists en route to the big race. And one that’s also good for everyday cyclists riding around town. The Red Hook Crit Backpack features super-lightweight materials and specialized pockets for your helmet, U-lock, cycling kit, cleats and traveling essentials. It easily converts from a backpack to duffel, it’s water resistant thanks to silicone coated fabric and PU coated zippers, and there are reflective elements for nighttime visibility. MSRP #99. Check out www.timbuk2.com and www.redhookcrit.com
Always a fan of the videos that Portland Design Works produces — here’s the latest showcasing their $35 Ninja pump that works with either a CO2 cartridge or old fashioned arm pumping.
Green Goddess is a female friendly extension of Green Guru, with the first product being the Athena Clutch. Meant as a go-to clutch that can attach to the bars, frame or rack easily for the ride and work as a small clutch for the essential off the bike. Made from either repurposed bicycle tubes or the colorful outdoor banner discards. It features a divided interior to keep your keys and phone separate, and a magnetic closure on the flap for a clean finish. Available for preorder for $58 each at the Green Goddess Kickstarter launch.
Anyone that rides that knows bike theft is a big issue, and bike locks are big business. The pictured Yerka project was brought about by three engineering students looking for a different way of securing a bicycle, one where breaking the lock means breaking the bike, rendering it worthless. The articulated downtube is complicated, and the extra long seatpost used as a lock shackle isn’t exactly the most cut-proof piece of metal around, but it’s an interesting idea nonetheless. Even if I don’t think it’s a viable solution as it stands, the Yerka project is worth a look for some out of the box thinking.
Wooden grips are a classic piece of bicycle kit, but have never been easy to actually affix to the bars. Nisnas has introduced their take on a wooden grip, with a one-piece grip section press fit on an aluminum core that tightens to the bar with a pair of recessed brass screws. The $65 grips are an elegant finishing touch, showing an attention to detail more akin to handmade knives than bicycle grips. Available in maple or mahogany bodies, see more at their Kickstarter.
Upright needs to make room in their warehouse, so they’re having a sale. Enter “sunset” at checkout to save 30% or more. Check out www.uprightcyclist.com
Check out behind the scenes footage of the development of Kryptonite’s Messenger Collection.
The Soma Wolverine is a 700c adventure frameset — call it a gravel grinder, call it a monster-cross bike, call it whatever you’d like but it’s yet another entry into the non-racer offroad capable road bike. The $600 frameset has full chromoly tubing, with a matching lugged Tange chromoly fork. The frame is disc specific, has clearance for 45 mm tires, an English threaded bottom bracket, and has rear rack and fender mounts all around. The sliding dropouts make it derailleur or internally hub geared, or single speed compatible, and are split for Gates Carbon belt drive compatibility. The sliders are compatible with aftermarket Paragon sliders if you’re looking to run a Rohloff hub. Pretty great looking frameset, I can see many miles upon such a build. See more or order direct at store.somafab.com
Raleigh found that a lot of people are hitting the road less traveled on their skinny tire bikes and sold through the disc brake equipped Tamland last year. The industry calls them gravel bikes, a whole lot of non-racers call them the road bikes they’ve always wished for, and Raleigh is introducing the Willard line for these sorts of riders in 2015. The pictured Willard 2 has a retail price of $1750, and features a disc specific 6061 aluminum frame and carbon blade/tapered alloy steerer fork with a Shimano 105 11-speed build and TRP Spyre disc brakes. The bikes ships with 40 mm tires and has fender tabs for foul weather riding and commuting and has real-world 50/34 x 11-28t gearing. The published weight is just under 23 lbs. Also look for the $1300 Sora equipped model. Availability at shops should be in time for those prime October gravel rides.
Bianchi has updated their popular Volpe line of do-it-all cyclocross bikes with the 2015 Volpe Disc. The disc specific steel frame and fork has rack and fender mounts for versatility and ships with 35 mm tires, a 10-speed 50/34 double Tiagra drivetrain, and Hayes mechanical disc brakes. If disc brakes aren’t your thing the Volpe Classic has a triple drivetrain and cantilever brakes on a similar platform. See more of the 2015 sneak peak, including the new full carbon disc equipped Zolder cyclocross bike, from a Bianchi insider at www.stickboybike.com