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  • September 5, 2014Eurobike 2014 Image Dump

    Eurobike 2014 Image Dump

    The show wrapped up a week ago, but we still have product images to share from Eurobike 2014. Fashionably late to the party, but still..

  • 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..

    Trek Lync Unveiled

    TK14_Lync_ABC_Detail_2Trek has upgraded their commuter line with the Lync, a commuter ride decked out with integrated lighting and bluetooth compatible monitoring. Instead of buying a commuter and having to select various lighting, phone mounts, and software additions, new purchasers can have a ride that is ready to go without aesthetic adjustments.
    _J6A1845The Lync retails around $900 to start and fully loaded models run for $1200. Trek utilized some clever solutions to keep the bike functional, but aesthetically clean, such as lighting adjustments burrowed beneath the top tube and subtle rear lights embedded into the seat stays. The decals are also reflective and the wiring internal. For those just entering the commuter lifestyle and looking to buy from a name brand, there is a lot of value and safety to be found in the Lync.

    The Dawn of Cycling Culture in Belarus

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    July, 26th marked an important milestone in the history of Brest, a city on the southwest of Belarus, right at the EU border as there happened to be the first-ever cycling festival. The date was carefully chosen as the festival happened simultaneously with the City’s Day, when Brest celebrated its 995th birthday. The event didn’t come out of the blue as cycling community of Brest started promoting it late winter, but it was a brand-new experience for Belarus. If bike riders want to make a step beyond urban commuting or weekend countryside tours (which are extremely popular with the youth) – why don’t we grant them such opportunity? That is probably what the city’s executive committee and the regional sports club thought when organizing the festival.

    As the hosts claimed, the festival was truly international: apart from the local riders, cycling lovers came from countries nearby – Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Want to feel global to a bigger extent? The hosts later said there were a couple of participants from Switzerland and even Australia (though I failed to meet them).

    I wonder if the central railway terminal has ever seen so many bikes at the same time – more than a hundred people came from Minsk, the capital city, which is around 215 miles away. The first riders began to arrive early morning, so that they could get some feel of the old Brest and warm up before the event. However, it was neither a marathon, nor a serious race – pure joy filled every inch of the 6.5-mile main route and every moment of the opening, which took place in the 19th-century Brest Fortress. Teenagers on a fleet of MTBs, middle-aged men on road bikes (almost no hipsters on polished fixies, though) – the fortress and its surroundings looked much more vibrant than on a typical weekend.

    The hosts were aimed to get at least 995 participants in honor of the city’s birthday, and they did: the number of cyclists who officially registered exceeded 1300 people. Which is all right as the first experience for a city with about 330,000 inhabitants in a country that is less bicycle-friendly than most of Europe, let alone Denmark or Germany.

    Some people claimed to be disappointed due to the absence of workshops, entertaining competitions or performances of professional riders. I hope these points will be included into the next big event in Brest, which is due to kick off in September, on the World Car Free Day.

    Words and images contributed by Pavel Mylinkov, currently based in Smolensk, Russia, a day’s travel from Brest, Belarus.

    Put Some Antlers On It

    eurobike_antlers-4 When I think of bikes, I think of antlers. Bar ends on bar ends flying down the path, skipping through the trees with the grace of a moose.

    Along with skittle thug, the latest in Eurobike style is antlers or horns, the perfect branding accessory to set yourself apart from the rest of the same. Show your organic roots and love of nature’s design with a single accessory. Throw the horns, sell some stuff. Put some antlers on it.

    “Bicycle” Documentary Trailer

    Netherlands Rush Hour


    Let’s just look at this for awhile. Just..I mean…just look at it.

    Havana Bikes

    All-City Nature Boy 853

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    Taking cues from the Macho King, All-City is releasing a top-end build of their Nature Boy with 853 tubes and a Whiskey carbon fork. Single speed with classic track ends and a sliding caliper mount and a tapered headtube, the Nature Boy 853 appears to be a race-ready cross rocket. Looking good! Expected availability is in early November with a $1200 pricetag on the frameset only and a $2200 complete build.

    Encino Velodrome Omnium

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    The Ride The Black Line season ending omnium was held at the Encino Velodrome on September 3rd, just a few days ago. Samuel Arechiga was there to bring us this footage of the evening.

    Eurobike 2014 Image Dump

    eurobike_2014_gallery-110The show wrapped up a week ago, but we still have product images to share from Eurobike 2014. Fashionably late to the party, but still worth a look.

    We made the rounds and between getting lost amongst the zeppelin halls shot some of the latest that caught our eye from the likes of Giro, Abus, GT, Bombtrack, Koga, Kryptonite, Surly, Pashley, Blackburn, Hiplok, Brooks, Canyon, Lezyne and more.

    Red Hook Crit Short Doc

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    A recap of the Red Hook Crit origins and this year’s wet and chaotic race in March.

    Paul Comp Klamper Mechanical Road / Cyclocross Disc Brake Calipers

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    Coming soon, the Paul Component Engineering Klamper, a mechanical road or cyclocross disc brake full of CNC’d goodness. Even without seeing it in person I’d say that this is the must-have part of the season. No word on availability, we’ll know more next week at Interbike.

    No Charges Against Killer Cop

    ghostAccording to this article by the LAist, no charges will be filed against the officer in the higher-profile case wherein he veered into a bicycle lane WHILE TYPING ON HIS COMPUTER then struck and killed a cyclist, who happened to be an executive at Napster. A released statement even clarified that what the officer did was COMPLETELY LEGAL.

    “Wood entered the bicycle lane as a result of inattention caused by typing into his (Mobile Digital Computer),” according to the declination letter prepared by the Justice System Integrity Division of the District Attorney’s Office and released Wednesday. “He was responding to a deputy who was inquiring whether the fire investigation had been completed. Since Wood was acting within the course and scope of his duties when he began to type his response, under Vehicle Code section 23123.5, he acted lawfully.”

    What is it going to take to protect ourselves as cyclists in this country?

    Slow Roll Detroit

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    We tapped Slow Roll Detroit for our printed piece on Fun Rides in the last issue of Urban Velo. They created this promo piece to give a feel of the Slow Roll rides, where no one is dropped, traffic rules are followed, and an overall good time is had. The next ride goes down on Monday the 8th.

    I Love Riding in the City – Paul Unnasch

    Rad_Red_FlannelNAME: Paul Unnasch
    LOCATION: Milwaukee, WI
    OCCUPATION: High School Student

    Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
    I live in Milwaukee, WI. Potholes, potholes, potholes. Once I look past that, it really is a beautiful city to ride in, and is best experienced by bike. The trail system around the Milwaukee area is well thought out, and makes commuting a much easier and less stressful task than in bigger cities. Not as many car horns are directed toward cyclists here either!

    What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
    Milwaukee. I’m 17 and I have not had the pleasure of experiencing other metro areas!

    Why do you love riding in the city?
    Riding has allowed me to form a bond with the city. There are so many details in the downtown area that would otherwise be lacking when in a car. We also have a great system of MTB trails set up by the Milwaukee chapter of the IMBA. Mountain biking is really my favorite way of blowing off steam- a way that riding a track bike during rush hour couldn’t accomplish. Nevertheless, Milwaukee has a small town feel to it, in that I will probably/definitely run into someone I know from the cycling community when I go out for a ride.

    Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?

    Potholes, ice, snow, and bad bus drivers. I love it here.

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    Blackburn Outpost Bikepacking Handlebar Roll and Seat Pack

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    One of the best parts about riding in the city is when you’re able to take the road out of town, whether for a single night or weeks on the road. Blackburn has introduced the a new line of new-school bikepacking gear for those looking to shed the panniers, namely the Outpost HB Roll and Seat Pack. The $75 handlebar roll features a quick release bracket for 25.4 or 31.8 mm bars coupled with around-the-bar straps to keep the load in place, with a weatherproof, but not true submersible drybag, included. There are light mounts and places to lash other lightweight goods, with a total listed load limit of 8 lbs. The $100 seat pack expands to hold clothing and a ground roll, and is contructed out of Ripstop nylon and treated for water resistance. Carry it all, carry a bit less, even fits a “standard” drybag if you’re riding through a monsoon. Great looking gear that bring the lightweight bikepacking experience accessible to more riders.

    San Fran Yellow Bike Project


    Still in the fund seeking stages, the San Francisco Yellow Bike Project is trying to get their project off the ground. I’m quite interested to see how this develops as traditional yellow bike projects have a history of failure. This structure, however, seems to involve more than putting free bikes into the public, with maintenance classes, safety demonstrations, Build a Bike workshops and more.

    Tektro Disc Brake Bleeding Pump

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    Now that disc brakes have been standard equipment on mountain bikes for years and are quickly becoming so on ‘cross and alt-road bikes it’s no surprise to see the shop tool side of things getting more serious. Bleed kits with hydraulic fluid syringes and reservoirs specific to given brake models are nothing new, but this vacuum bleeding pump from Tektro promises to make bleeding mineral oil brakes an easy, flawless procedure with no trapped air bubbles. Didn’t manage to get pricing info, but this isn’t a home bench tool.

    GT Grade EnduRoad Line

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    If you’ve been paying attention it is clear the winds of change are blowing. Road bikes from major manufacturers are no longer just for racing, with a slew of bikes now available for the rest of us that are more apt to ride the local backroads than pin on a number. GT has introduced the Grade bikes as their EnduRoad line, with disc brakes and large tire clearance across the board for a more versatile, yet performance oriented, road bike. Pictured above is the $1400 GT Grade Alloy 105 bike, with a hydroformed tubeset, tapered steerer carbon fork and Shimano 105 11-speed shifters and derailleurs. Triple triangle as always, with fender mounts all around and six frame sizes to choose from.

    For those looking for a lighter version, GT also makes the Grade in a carbon version, shown here with the top end $3500 Ultegra level build. Note the front thru-axle, carbon triple triangle and the clip-on fender bridge. At the entry level look for a sub-$1000 Sora spec’d version as well.

    Cross Season is Coming

    Skittle Thug Is The New Black At Eurobike 2014

    Straight from the slopes to a bicycle near you — skittle thug is the new black. Definitely coming from the enduro mountain bike side of things, the mismatched, matte neon look is making a strong appearance this year. Sure to trickle into the urban and commuter realm, better put your sunglasses on so you can see a little. Earthtones are out, skittle thug is in, I’ll stick with black.

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