Urban Velo

Feedback Sports Maintenance Tracking App

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.

Win a Cinelli Mystic Rats – Facebook Contest

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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!

GreenGuru FreeRider Commuter Pannier

The GreenGuru FreeRider is a simple open top pannier meant to be left on the bike, doing duty holding a backpack or other cargo. The FreeRider locks in place for an extended stay on your rear rack, and is made in the USA of durable, upcycled materials. Top compression straps cinch it down to a slim profile when not in use, and the addition of a reflective triangle panel never hurts visibility. Available with either bicycle tube or vinyl awning scraps as the body panel. For the dedicated utilitarian rider, a locking bag like this might be a simple solution to prevent bag theft without having to remove and attach panniers at every stop.

Sometimes the best crowdsourced projects to feature are the ones that quickly reach their funding level. This one took only two weeks time, showing that people are into this $60 – $75 bag for their carrying needs. If you like what you see there is a little over a month to go to preorder your own at the FreeRider Kickstarter.

Freitag F151 Victor & F153 Jamie

Truck tarp recycling bag company, Freitag, have just released a couple new designs to their lineup. The first, F151, is highlighted in this “uplifting” video and boasts 16 to 23 liters of volume with all the water-proofed, u-lock holstering bells and whistles.

The second release, the F153 Jamie, is a standard hip bag with pen and u-lock holster, outside zipper and double belt anti-torsion system. freitag

Fyxation Leather Six Pack Caddy – Facebook Contest

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Where will you take your six pack? Where will your six pack take you? “Like” the Urban Velo Facebook page and tell us where you plan to travel with refreshments in hand and be entered to win a Fyxation Leather Six Pack Caddy. Made in the USA to carry six beverages in style, the caddy easily unhooks from the top tube for off the bike travels.

Click here to enter.

Timbuk2 Launches Life Cycle program

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In celebration of Earth Day, Timbuk2 is unveiling a new initiative, Timbuk2 Life Cycle. It’s billed as “an environmental responsibility program to reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, and reimagine Timbuk2 bags”. It includes partnerships with organizations such as yerdle, iFixit, and TerraCycle. They’ve also hired a full-time repairs sewer for their San Francisco operation.

Learn more at lifecycle.timbuk2.com

Fyxation Quiver Complete 1×10

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Last year we reviewed the Fyxation Quiver frameset, and now a complete 1×10 build is available. The bike has a SRAM Apex build with a 46 tooth chainring and an 11 – 32 cassette. It doesn’t quite have the gear range of a double road or ‘cross bike, but it’s wide enough for most riding. The bike fits up to 47 mm tires, or 35s with fenders, for whatever sort of roadway you’re looking to throw at it. Track ends allow you to convert to singlespeed later, be it for bad weather or just a change of pace. Retail price for the complete bike is $1100, you’ll have to budget another $40 for the made in the USA leather wine bottle caddy from the Fyxation leather line.

Double O Bike Light

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Rechargeable bike lights are big business, with theft resistance being the next nut to crack. Most lights are easily removable to make taking them with you a reality, and the Double O takes it an extra step with a magnetic fastening system. The Double O light bodies snap together when off the bike into a single unit, and the hole is large enough to pass a u-lock through if you’re looking to fairly inconspicuously and securely leave them behind. Pretty cool idea. The lights are USB rechargeable, with a 2 hour steady and 4 hour flashing runtime, with 80 lumens of front and 45 lumens of rear output. You’re definitely paying for the unique industrial design — the pair is available for Kickstarter preorder for $130.

Niner RLT 9

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Gravel and mixed surface road racing is great fun, and the quick rise in popularity of this sort of riding has brought forth a number of versatile, performance bikes. No longer are road designs completely dominated by the needs of racers, there is a proliferation of bikes for the way the rest of us ride. The Niner RLT 9 is the mountain bike brand’s first foray into not-mountain-twentyniners, and an impressive looking bike for the serious all-around rider. The hydroformed aluminum frame and full carbon fork features “fire road” geometry — slightly longer chainstays, a slacker headtube angle, and a lower bottom bracket than road road bikes. The bike has clearance for up to 1.9″ wide 29″ tires without fenders, or meaty 700c tires with fenders. While the frame and fork do have fender mounts, they also feature the latest in tech with a tapered headtube, PF30 bottom bracket shell and internal routing compatible with traditional cables and Di2 electronic systems. A great real world bike that can get you to work one day, get dirty on some light singletrack the next and tackle a dirt road century on the weekend. The frameset retails for $1049, with complete bikes starting at $1999. Check the full geometry and spec at www.ninerbikes.com

Roulant The Wolves Kit

The Wolves Kit from Roulant Clothing is available for pre-order until April 22nd, with 5% of purchases going towards the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund.

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