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  • March 24, 2014NAHBS 2014 Image Gallery

    NAHBS 2014 Image Gallery

    Behold all of our 2014 NAHBS bike images in one place for easy gallery viewing. This was our seventh year at the show, check..

  • February 28, 2014Getting Rad at Shopbike Shootout

    Getting Rad at Shopbike Shootout

    When there is a party in the back alley of One on One Bicycle Studio, it is not to be missed. Over the years 115 N Washington St has become..

  • February 19, 2014City Reports Wanted

    City Reports Wanted

    Urban Velo’s new City Report will be an ongoing, reader-contributed segment that highlights cities around the world. We’ve..

  • February 17, 2014City Report – Pittsburgh

    City Report – Pittsburgh

    The following is a new reader-submitted feature we are piloting. We crafted the first one as a model for future contributions, so share..

  • February 3, 2014Vicious Cycles / Metal Guru Shop Tour

    Vicious Cycles / Metal Guru Shop Tour

    Carl Schlemowitz founded Vicious Cycles in 1994, and has been building custom steel frames in picturesque upstate New York ever since. Like..

    New York Bike Jumble

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    Are you going to be in the NYC area May, June or September? In conjunction with Transportation Alternatives, The NY Bike Jumble will be hosting 3 swaps in the coming months, billed as the “anti-craigslist”, allowing you to see, hold and possibly test the products before you buy them.

    The locations this year are as follows:

    Saturday May 17th – Park Slope 10AM – 4PM
    The New York Bike Jumble returns to Washington/JJ Byrne Park around the Old Stone House at Fifth Avenue and 4th street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. for the sixth year in a row. Fulfill all your cycling needs for the summer! Get yourself a new or used bike, new and used accessories, clothing, collectibles, artwork, overstocks, and bargains galore.

    Sunday June 1st – Red Hook – 10AM to 4PM
    The New York Bike Jumble presents The Red Hook Bike Jumble in conjunction with Transportation Alternatives’ Tour de Brooklyn. Join us by the Red Hook Ikea for a day of awesome bicycle flea-marketing.

    September – Park Slope
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    I Love Riding in the City – Melissa Braxton

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    LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY
    OCCUPATION: Architecture Student

    Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?

    I moved to Brooklyn from Austin a few years ago and I have to say the best part of riding here is no longer sweating enough to pass out whenever I ride. Don’t get me wrong, winter riding isn’t the greatest here. But 50% of the year is beautiful, non-sweat inducing or finger-freezing weather.

    Living in Brooklyn there seem to be a thousand different places to ride for leisure – Prospect Park, Central Park, Kissena Velodrome, and on and on. Not to mention how refreshing, fast, and inexpensive it is to get to work or where ever you need. Every neighborhood is different, there’s always something exciting going on around you, you’re always having to be on edge and ready for whatever the road swings your way.

    What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
    Automatically I think Copenhagen, simply because cycling culture there is so mainstream as to be placed above automobiles. But after living there for a bit I missed the feeling of passing cars in traffic, making brief eye contact with a miserable person eating McDonalds in their gas-guzzler stuck in traffic (a bit harsh, I apologize).

    Riding anywhere in the US raises awareness for cycling as a form of transportation, which I believe we need oodles more of. That’s probably why I would rather stake my claim on the pollution-filled roads of NYC than fit in to the pre-existing and already extremely progressive cycling culture of Copenhagen.

    Why do you love riding in the city?
    I love the freedom and simplicity of riding. You don’t have to depend on anything or anyone to get where you need to be. There’s not much more to be said, it’s hard to put in words the exhilaration of cycling.

    And if you ride, you probably look good naked without trying.

    Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
    Riding for me is about comfort and invitation. Cities should no longer require that you own an automobile. It is clear that cars have done nothing but detrimental damage to our urban environments. Cities should be designed for people, whether on foot or on bicycle. Working in the architecture & urban design fields, my dream is to make cities comfortable and inviting for everyone. Desolate, highway-ridden cities are NOT happy, cities.

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    Bookman Cup Holder

    Stokholm-based bicycle product designer, Bookman, have just released this interesting take on the handlebar mounted cup holder. Let’s be real though, it’s a coffee cup holder. Why would you want to put anything else in a cup, really? The cup holder is a screw-less contraption that functions through tension, making for an easy install and removal from the handlebars. It can be flipped in order to hold a 16 oz. or 12 oz. cup of coffee and is easily stowed away.

    I have not tested this product, but my initial concern is the stability of the holder on bumpy streets. The video shows a little demonstration of agitation, but nothing that compares to the shaking that occurs riding normal streets. If it does hold steady, despite typical street obstacles, this is a great solution for us “caffieneds” who don’t want more clutter attached to our bikes. The Bookman Cup Holders retail for $39 and can be purchased through their site.

    Bookman Products

    Issue #41 – Available Online

    issue41It’s been a long cold winter, but we’re back with a spring issue!

    Contents Include: I Love Riding in the City, News and Views, Marathon Crash report, Shopbike Shootout, Product Spotlight, City Report: Pittsburgh, Bandit Cross, NAHBS 2014, Product Reviews, Bicycling Art in a Melting Pot, Bicycle Insurance, Cetma, Multi-Speed Chain Length, and Bilenky Junkyard Cross.

    Download it for free, purchase it from the Apple Store or order a printed copy online.

    Feedback Sports Pee-WeeElite Stand

    Action_1 Right tools are key to the job. There are a lot of child’s bikes and accessories on the market, but this might be the first repair stand. Built to the same specs as the adult stands, the Feedback Sports Pee-WeeElite is as much play stand as the ticket to get Sally gluing tubulars while you’re recovering from the morning’s bike path time trial. Maybe it’s all but a cruel April Fools’ joke Feedback is actually playing on themselves as parents with extra money call to order balance bike workstands for the garage.

    Goodbye Fabio Rattazzi

    1604406_10202927585780175_1073655652_n Goodbye Fabio. It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that after a long battle with illness that Fabio Rattazzi, co-founder of DZR Shoes, has passed on. He was a favorite person to run into at tradeshows, to talk bikes, and to talk fine food and travels. A world class observed trials rider in the ’80s, Fabio could outride most anyone no matter his illness. Watching him carve the San Francisco traffic was amazing, talking over coffee on the street and in the DZR offices something I won’t forget. Taken far too soon from us, such a gentle and wise soul. Jeff and I are going to miss you Fabio. So bummed.

    Abbey Bike Tools Crombie and Whip-It Combo

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    abbey_bike_tools-1 Assuming you are actually using them, quality tools are typically worth the expense. Few things are worse than breaking parts while wrenching with sub-par tools, or sub-par tools themselves breaking after light use, and while quality tools can set you back a few extra dollars, the longevity tends to pay for itself over time. Abbey Bike Tools is a relatively new entrant to the game, making short run tools for professional mechanics for the past couple of seasons. Pictured is the double sided Crombie, a $45 tool with a Shimano/SRAM cassette lockring tool on one side, and a Campagnolo spline on the other. The long, solid handle gives plenty of leverage to break a stuck cassette lockring free, and more than enough to tighten it down far too much if you’re not careful. Since you tend to use a cassette lockring tool in conjunction with a chain whip, conveniently so the Crombie handle is designed to slip inside of the $40 Whip-It chain whip for one stop shopping. Really great looking stuff coming from this Bend, OR shop. Check out their HAG derailleur hanger alignment gauge too, billed as a rebuildable, shop quality tool and the last one any shop will ever have to purchase.

    Cyclist Hit By Car

    We know this happens every day, the impatient driver BLATANTLY hitting a cyclist with their vehicle, but I still can’t get used to the visuals when I see it happen. I post this as a reminder. It’s all too easy to get comfortable riding in traffic, not expecting drivers to do the insane. Consider this a PSA.

    Anything Could Happen

    For many, bikes occupy a huge chunk of their lives. More than just a means of transportation, our bikes give people a way to move around, connect with their communities, and stay healthy. As a result of spending infinite hours in the saddle, cyclists often treat bikes like children: We name them, we groom them, and we protect them with our lives—but just like any good parent, you can’t always be there for your bike.

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    Team Cinelli Chrome

    The Cinelli Chrome Fixed Crit Racing TeamCinelli and Chrome have partnered to sponsor the new Cinelli Chrome Fixed Crit Racing Team.

    The new team will be comprised of 4 Italian riders and 3 Americans led by 2013 Red Hook Criterium Series winner Neil Bezdek. Along with Bezdek will be 4 time Monster Track winner Alfred Bobe’ Jr. who brings his elite alleycat skills and substantial urban cycling background. Representing the women for Cinelli Chrome is Kelli Samuelson, native of Los Angeles with a strong track and road racing background to complement her fixed gear crit experience. The Italians rounding out the squad are veteran rider and team director Giorgio Vianini, as well as Alessandro Bruzza, Paolo Bravini, and Giovanni Bocchi.

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    Bicycling Art in a Melting Pot

    An anonymous door below a green marquee with the number “35” in modest letters marks our destination. It’s a cold winters morning in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and we’re happy to get inside. Up old industrial stairs to the third floor, and we knock on the door. The clock has just chimed eleven.

    Until the 1960s, this was an old toy factory. Today, the third floor houses a huge studio and apartment. With dented doors, dusty windows and old wooden beams lining the ceiling, this is where Tahlia Lempert lived together with her boyfriend. Both bicycle enthusiasts, she’s an artist and he owns a bike shop over in Manhattan.

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    Fresh Off The Boat – Shanghai

    NYC restaurant owner Eddie Huang has been gaining an enormous amount of publicity thanks to his popular internet television show, Fresh Off The Boat, and his memoir. Though bikes are rarely more than part of the backdrop on his show, the Shanghai episode features a couple who make extensive use of a cargo bike, earning their living by selling xiaochi, which translates to small eats.

    It’s just really cool to see this family literally work out of their bedroom. They stack the chairs, the tables, all their equipment on one flatbed bicycle. This is their life, man. The thing that really hit home was that she said, “I’m just happy that everything I need is in these two hands. And I feel rewarded.”

    Click here to watch the episode on Vice.com.

    Publisher’s Statement #41

    Maybe I’m just getting old, but this winter seems like it was the hardest I’ve ever experienced. Along with a near constant barrage of ominously named winter storms, the Weather Channel kept reminding me that it was something called the Polar Vortex that was keeping the air temperature far below zero, not to mention the wind chill factor.

    And so here I am writing this a few days before the vernal equinox, lamenting the added pounds around my waist and the lack of snap in my legs. Taking the long way home has been a wretched thought the past few months, whereas the lure of takeaway curry and kung fu movies on Netflix has become increasingly hard to resist.

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    Bandit Cross

    Domestically, outlaw bike races have enjoyed an off-road, off-stage spotlight since the days of the Repack events on Mount Tamalpais back when Saber Tooth Tigers and Woolie Mammoths roamed the earth. Alleycats have been an urban cycling mainstay for almost two decades. In that time, roving bands of cyclists have eschewed traditionally organized events with insurance coverage and astronomical entry fees. The Bay Area has long been the home for off the grid events in every discipline of bike racing, and having a long and sordid history with these races, I was intrigued when Minneapolis resident and All-City Brand Manager Jeff Frane began organizing his own cyclocross series through the network of roads and trails along little traveled banks of the Mississippi River. Having watched the development of his races from afar, I was thrilled that one was to coincide with a previously scheduled trip to the Twin Cities.

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    Blue Lug Now Offers International Shipping

    etbackIf you’ve been to Japan, you know how good their bicycle shops are. And Blue Lug is one of the very best. They not only sell and service many of the top brands, they have lots of exclusive and original products.

    Check out bluelug.com for more info.

    Cogly Bike Drivetrain Cleaning Tool

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    Cleaning the gunk between your cassette cogs or front chainrings is a job everyone should do, but doesn’t have 100% buy in. Like flossing, but for your bike. I’ve always used a stiff nylon brush and the edge of a rag, but the Cogly takes it a step further with a hacksaw like frame that holds a strip of rag just-so to fit between the gears and give every surface a thorough cleaning. Interesting idea, and seems something that could be hacked at home with an old hacksaw frame. You have almost two days to pick up your own through the Cogly Kickstarter for just $15 assuming it gets enough of a final funding push.

    Sutro Shred

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    Peter Koch and Michael German are a couple of Bay Area 15 year olds hooked on riding and filmmaking. This is a short one from Sutro Forest in San Francisco, which looks like a pretty killer place to ride. Great work.

    Friday Follow – xchrizzzlybearx

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    Chris Lee – AKA xchrizzzlybearx – is constantly documenting various niches of bike culture in the NY area, focusing primarily on the messenger scene and it’s endless personalities. A legitimate pro with the camera, Lee’s photos aren’t taken in the squared IG format, as evidenced on his flickr site. I really like that his images are primarily of bike culture, but more represent the individual in the setting.
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    I Think I Can. I Think Icon. (Video)

    It’s all about the ride.

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