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
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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.
Flasks make great gifts, even if most everyone who wants one already has one. Check this 6 oz printed Ted Baker flask featuring an early racing motif.
Want. The All-City JYD is a rare bird these days, a rim brake mountain bike platform without any of the bells and whistles that make modern bikes heavy, complicated and expensive. It goes back to the days of old, one bike for most everything, a simple and bombproof build with a single gear, rim brakes and no provision for suspension. Put some knobby tires in it to thrash in the woods, put some big slick tires on for the city, add fenders for the adventure. It doesn’t have fork mounted bottle bosses. It doesn’t have disc tabs. It doesn’t have a press-fit bottom bracket or a tapered steerer tube or any woven plastic. It does have two wheels, a fancy 5-piece segmented fork, and enough of that old-school mountain look to get my nostalgia meter going.
Is it a pure mountain bike? A giant BMX cruiser? Neither really, more a pure ripper for whatever you’ve got going on. It’s a modern take on the ’90s mountain bikes that make such good city rides, but with 29″ wheels for more getting rad. My personal favorite flavor of the month isn’t far off from this one, a rim brake single speed ‘cross build with riser bars and v-brakes, though I’d certainly welcome the larger tire clearance. Just 150 framesets slated for this year at about $550 from your local dealer.