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  • August 12, 2014Surly Straggler Review

    Surly Straggler Review

    Shortly after Surly introduced the Cross Check some fifteen years ago, someone chimed in that they wished for a disc brake option. After..

  • August 5, 2014ABUS Granit Futura Mini U-Lock

    ABUS Granit Futura Mini U-Lock

    The ABUS Granit Futura Mini U-Lock has been my go-to lock for almost three years now, locking up my bike on streets across the country and..

  • August 1, 2014Issue #43 – Available Online

    Issue #43 – Available Online

    Contents include: I Love Riding in the City, NAHBPC 2014, Amtrak Roll-On Service, Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit, Product Spotlight:..

  • July 14, 2014New Albion Homebrew

    New Albion Homebrew

    In 1579 Sir Francis Drake landed in northern California and dubbed it New Albion. In 1976, Jack McAuliffe founded the now defunct New..

  • July 10, 2014Worksman Cycles Gallery

    Worksman Cycles Gallery

    Housed in a former candle factory in Queens, New York is one of America’s oldest manufacturing traditions. Worksman Cycles is a..

    Yerka Project – The “Unstealable” Bike

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    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.

    Urban Velo Wants You To Contribute

    contribute420Urban Velo wants you to contribute. Show off your hometown, share your images, help report on urban cycling culture.

    Writers: Urban Velo is always looking for new voices and perspectives to bring to the pages and report on news and trends in urban cycling. From feature length news stories and signature event reports, to cycling controversy and rider profiles we’re looking for fresh ideas and writers. Look through our free archive of Urban Velo back issues, get in contact with a pitch or story draft with brad@urbanvelo.org

    Photographers: There are a lot of great photographers documenting cycling culture, and we’d like to feature your work. Every issue features a 5-page gallery — sometimes a particular event, other times a collection showing off selections spanning years of work. News and event photography can find an outlet with online galleries and in print features, especially if paired with a story pitch. We’re always looking for a stunning cover image. Email brad@urbanvelo.org with your gallery samples and ideas.

    Daily Wooden Bicycle Grips

    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.

    Aaron Edge Interview

    Disclaimer : This is an interview I conducted and posted on my personal blog – Run Vegan
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    Aaron Edge was a co-founder of the cycling, altitude-driven lifestyle brand, Upness, which is no more. He has been battling the effects of MS for the past year and a half now, primarily through a combination of medicine and physical activity, namely his cycling passion. In this interview, he lays it all out with blunt honesty and no punches pulled, giving the reader a more human perspective on living with disease and what that means both physically and emotionally.

    Hell’s Belles 3 Barcelona Player Portraits

    _MG_7812_Hell’s Belles is a European women’s bike polo tournament, with the third running happening in November 2013 in Barcelona. Olivier Minh was on hand and shot a great assortment of black and white portraits of the tournament competitors, posted in full at www.olivier-minh.fr While almost a year old, the images are well worth flipping through.

    Upright Summer Sale

    summersaleUpright 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

    Survival Bike

    I’m not sure if the engine can be turned off in the event of apocalyptic gas shortages, enabling straight drivetrain engagement…but let’s just pretend.
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    From their disclaimer:

    Operating this motorized bicycle or bicycle engine kit involves some risk of bodily injury…We are not responsible for injuries and/or damages resulting from operating this motorized bicycle or bicycle engine kit…Obey all traffic regulations. Always wear a helmet while riding. Remember that you are riding a motorized bicycle and other traffic may not be able to see you. Never operate your motorized bicycle on a pedestrian through way or sidewalk while the engine is running.

    In the event of apocalypse…all disclaimer advice is irrelevant.

    Via Motopeds

    Gevenalle BURD Cyclocross Front Derailleur

    cxf_burned-300x287 Gevenalle (the artist formerly known as Retroshift) introduced the Blatantly Upgraded Rear Derailleur a couple of seasons back, taking a Microshift rear derailleur, swapping some pulleys and increasing the chain spring tension and giving riders a reasonably priced derailleur alternative better tuned for the grit of cyclocross. Now comes the Blatantly Upgraded and Rebranded Derailleur for the front shifting duties, this again uses a Microshift derailleur, this time their top-end road unit with a swapped out cage. Gevenalle removed the flimsy carbon cage and replaced it with a stiffer steel unit better tuned to the smaller double chainring sets on cyclocross, gravel riding and pro-commuter type bikes. The rear derailleur is available starting at $69, with the front derailleur $50 in either braze-on or clamp-on mounts, with economical crash replacement policies on each. See more BURD at www.gevenalle.com.

    Maestro Frameworks and Adaptive Bicycles

    pedal shop aug14 Local to Urban Velo framebuilder Michael Brown of Maestro Frameworks is making a name for himself building adaptive bikes, namely for Mike Trimble, a man born without arms in the wake of the Chernobyl accident who is now able to ride for pleasure and transportation. Pittsburgh Magazine ran an article about their project, and their plans to ride the 350+ miles to Washington DC together.

    Early retirement from Columbia Gas in 2009 gave him an opportunity to focus solely on bikes. He apprenticed under Mike Flanigan, a legendary Boston-area bike builder, before opening Maestro Frameworks in 2011, commuting by bike from his Squirrel Hill home.

    People with disabilities started seeking him out. “I didn’t go out of my way to look for this market, but people keep finding me to do custom things that nobody else would touch,” Brown says.

    A Pittsburgh woman with one short arm, on which her hand protrudes from her elbow, asked Brown if he could get her on two wheels for the first time in her life. He designed a bike that allowed her to shift gears with her longer arm while resting the shorter one on a modified handlebar. He also built a bike for a young man with dwarfism who had been riding ill-fitting children’s bikes and was ecstatic to ride a high-performance bike that fit him.

    Then came Trimble’s request — at that time Brown’s biggest engineering challenge to date. To design the steering system, Brown says he sat on the bike and imagined that he had no arms. His first prototype extended the bar to underneath the armpit, but that made Trimble lean to the right. The second version, which Trimble controlled with his stump, allowed him to steer.

    Read the whole article at www.pittsburghmagazine.com

    The Making of the Kryptonite Messenger Collection – Part 1

    Check out behind the scenes footage of the development of Kryptonite’s Messenger Collection.

    Bikeable Zoo

    zoo2Let’s be real here…this is NOT going to happen, but sometimes design firms have too many workers and need to keep them occupied, so they pitch ideas that tend to be a little far-fetched. Maybe I’m being overly cynical here, but let’s entertain the idea of this project regardless. The Danish design firm BIG pitched a concept for overhauling the current zoo in Givskund, Denmark. In this redesign, they have spectators viewing the animals in a more direct manner, but with less perceived intrusion. One way they do this is by having people riding in, what look like, bubble bikes, with a mirrored surface so the people can’t be seen by the animals.

    My first thought when I saw this design was, “Have you ever seen an animal look at itself in the mirror?” That never turns out good. I can imagine a primate or other predator animal feeling threatened by the reflection and attacking the bubble bikes, knocking them over and pounding the crap out of them. But hey, that will be an animal encounter a young child will never forget.

    Then there are the mechanical issues. What happens with flat tires, broken chains, operators ignoring the red lights of the jungle and speeding through a herd’s attempt at an enclosed stampede?

    Ok, I kid. Let’s look at the pictures of the Jetson’s bikes we’ll be riding in the future.
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    Via AnimalNewYork

    Soma Wolverine 700c Adventure Frameset

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    soma-wolverine-adventure-touring-frame-set-3.gif 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

    BikeTrails

    BikeTrails by STOPNOWHERE™ from STOPNOWHERE on Vimeo.

    BikeTrails is a ride diary by STOPNOWHERE, but instead of just being a traditional log, it’s also a way to engage with a larger BikeTrails community online, challenging each other in a Strava-like way, but with a more analog approach.

    BikeTrails can be purchased for approximately $26 here.

    Idaho to Oregon: The Final Days

    IDAHO TO OREGON : THE FINAL DAYS from Kate Dougherty on Vimeo.

    Ben Towill and friends rode from Colorado to Oregon, documenting the trip along the way. I’m digging the 70s surf movie feel of their videos, this final piece being the last leg of the trip, concentrating more on the details of riding rather than the journey itself. Towill explains the reason behind this ride along parts of the TransAmerican Bike Trail,

    I am riding for a New York charity called Just Food, an organization working to make NYC a healthier place to live and eat, and will be working with them on their Youth Community Chefs program.These inspiring young people are participating in urban farming and gardening initiatives and then sharing their knowledge of and passion for good food with their neighbors.

    The Story of the ShurSave Bike Racks

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    I do my grocery shopping by bicycle probably seven months out of the year and it’s a total bummer that I have to lock it to literally the only thing available – the one section of closed cart gate still remaining.

    Read more.

    NYTimes: Memorializing Traffic Deaths With An Aritist’s Touch

    05jpGHOST1-master675 Last week the New York Times published an article about a group of artists memorializing pedestrian and cyclist traffic deaths with sidewalk stencils. Worth the read, Memorializing Traffic Deaths With an Artist’s Touch.

    “Instead of just saying Seth died here, this is where something terrible happened, those wings are saying Seth is flying by, Seth lives here,” said his mother, Debbie Kahn, who watched the image being created. “It’s also a warning: Be aware, be careful, life is precious.”

    Read the complete article at www.nytimes.com

    Johnathan Ball – Bombtrack

    Johnathan Ball | Bombtrack Welcome from JBall on Vimeo.

    Johnathan Ball keeps you dizzy with an edit from the last year of FGFS for Bombtrack.

    Operation Safe Cycle

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    Last night, the NYPD announced it was starting a “Operation Safe Cycle, a two week bicycle safety enforcement initiative,” today, August 13, through Tuesday, August 26. So… does this mean more police cruisers in the bike lane? Especially at dinner time, outside Papa John’s?

    Read more.

    Raleigh Willard Gravel Bikes

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    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.

    Levis The Ride Film Series – Tyrone Stevenson, Jr. of Scraper Bike Movement

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    These guys so get it. Bikes are fun, spread the word. Check out this video with Tyrone Stevenson Jr, founder of the Oakland Scraper Bikes crew inspiring kids to spend their time wrenching and riding.

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