- December 1, 2013
- November 26, 2013
Johnny Coast builds his Coast Cycles out of an unassuming garage on a Brooklyn dead-end. His bikes are traditional in look and..
- November 19, 2013
It’s not everyday that you see a $12,000 custom bicycle, let alone a newly constructed one with ’90s era Shimano and Dia-Compe..
- November 5, 2013
Racks, baskets and on-the-bike bags are essential accessories for making cycling a part of everyday life, at least as far as I’m..
- October 21, 2013
More than 300 individuals representing 80 organizations gathered in New Orleans for the 10th anniversary of BikeBike, revisiting the city..
As you might expect, the bike industry is full of lifelong cyclists, especially in the smaller, upstart brands that don’t always get a lot of media. Check out Jim Decker back in 1977. He’s not just still riding, he’s busy designing a carbon fiber 29″ beach cruiser. Check out www.soulcruzers.com for more info.
Read more about the evolution of Cranksgiving in our feature story from earlier this year in Urban Velo #35, From Cranks To Food Banks.
People love riding with their kids, but traditional rear mounted seats and trailers have all sorts of shortcomings for city and trail riding alike. Top tube mounted seats are nothing new overseas, even if a relatively rare sight in the United States, with Mac Ride trying to bring a new version of the child bicycle seat to market. Glen Dobson was inspired by wanting to ride offroad with kids, the seat attaches to most bikes with but a headset spacer mounting bracket in place when the kiddo is taking a nap and the seat is removed. The child gets to hold onto the bars and experience the ride just like an adult, but suspended on a saddle between the adult rider and the bars. See more details at the Mac Ride Kickstarter.
From the New York Times:
In stories where the driver had been cited, the penalty’s meagerness defied belief, like the teenager in 2011 who drove into the 49-year-old cyclist John Przychodzen from behind on a road just outside Seattle, running over and killing him. The police issued only a $42 ticket for an “unsafe lane change” because the kid hadn’t been drunk and, as they saw it, had not been driving recklessly.
Chamois cream or balm takes many people years to try for one reason or another, but is in my opinion os one of the least expensive ways to make long rides more comfortable out there. For just a couple of dollars you can prevent the chafing and saddle sores that can make a ride torture, and grind days, weeks or a whole season of riding to a halt. I’m sold, and use chamois cream on any ride more than a couple of hours. I’ve not personally used the Donkey Label Chamois Balm, but if there was a place to use organic small batch ingredients it might just be balm for your most sensitive parts. $25 gets 4 oz of this water and preservative free balm, all with a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee. If not Donkey Label I implore you to try some sort of chamois cream, it’s a cheap accessory that can really make all of the difference between a pleasureable ride and painful chafing.
Lucetta is a small pair of magnetic bicycle blinkies from Pizzolorusso Industrial Design. Easy to place on your (steel) bicycle when you head out, easy to snap together and put in your pocket at the end of the ride. They claim that the lights will stay attached over rough roads, but you can color me skeptical that I wouldn’t lose one or both within a couple of rides.