- February 28, 2014
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, 2014
Urban Velo’s new City Report will be an ongoing, reader-contributed segment that highlights cities around the world. We’ve..
- February 17, 2014
The following is a new reader-submitted feature we are piloting. We crafted the first one as a model for future contributions. Click here..
- February 3, 2014
Carl Schlemowitz founded Vicious Cycles in 1994, and has been building custom steel frames in picturesque upstate New York ever since. Like..
- January 27, 2014
Via Bicycle and proprietor Curtis Anthony are Philadelphia cycling fixtures. There’s no telling how many used bikes of all vintage have..
Chrome is getting into the commuter adventurer pannier game with the Knurled Welded Waterproof Rolltop bags. We first spied these at Interbike, and they are now available for purchase. Waterproof and lightweight are the key features of commuter and touring bags, and these ones are submersible u p to the opening to protect whatever it is that you need to carry on a daily basis. Loops on the outside allow you to carry bonus gear and accessories, and an included quick release rail system allows the bags to securely snap on and off of the bike. Guaranteed for life. See the lineup and Knurled Welded backpacks, panniers and front rack top bags at www.chromeindustries.com
Urban Velo’s new City Report will be an ongoing, reader-contributed segment that highlights cities around the world. We’ve prepared one on our own hometown of Pittsburgh, as an example of what we hope you’ll share with other readers.
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Stockholm and the riding both on the bike paths & in the forest is great. The city council is investing millions of kronor over the next five years to update / improve cycling aorund Stockholm.
Off-road the selection of rides is wide and varied, there’s definitely something for everyone.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I’ve tried London, Christchurch in New Zealand & Stockholm plus a day in Barcelona but I’d have to say Stockholm, in the summer – it’s wonderful riding around, finding somewhere to swim and enjoying the late evening sunlight.
Why do you love riding in the city?
Freedom of movement I would say is my main reason. I decide tempo, the route and it just happens to be something that puts a smile on my face. What better way to start the day than with a pedal.
It turns out that the Alamo in fact has a basement, and alleycats too. Next one up is March 2nd at Crockett Park in San Antonio TX, with more info available at bikebexar.tumblr.com
Winter Bicycles out of Springfield, OR makes some truly beautiful bicycles. I’ve had the privilege of meeting craftsman Eric Estlund at a few shows over the years, and shooting a few bikes of his in the process. He recently sent in these images of his latest rando build, featuring internal brake and light routing, custom Winter racks and stem, and a slew of top-end parts from craftspeople like Curtis Odom and Paul Price. Dubbed the “Painless Electric” for long hours and big smiles, you can see more at www.winterbicycles.com Images courtesy Winter Bicycles, via Anthony Bareno.
Stanridge Cycles is excited to announce their collaboration with Ben EINE for the 2014 Red Hook Crit. EINE is a world renowned graffiti artist who has collaborated with Banksy and has work hanging in the White House. Ben will be hand painting two Stanridge High Street frames that will be raced during this years Red Hook series. The Sabbath soundtrack doesn’t hurt.
Budnitz Bicycles makes titanium and steel city bikes that eschew flashy logos and NASCAR graphic treatments for a more refined and clean look. I love the curved lines of their bikes, and will admit I’m a total sucker for images like that shown of bikes broken down to their individual parts all laid out to see, even if it appears to be a collage of multiple images.
Pure Fix has released their Keirin and Keirin Pro framesets, starting at $199 and $299 respectively, with a polished finish running an extra $25. The frames feature identical geometry and overall construction, with the “standard” Keirin sporting hydroformed double butted 6061 aluminum tubes, and the Keirin Pro have lighter triple butted tubes. Taking a cue from higher end aluminum track frames, these feature stainless steel inserts to prevent knurled hubs from chewing up the track fork ends. The framesets ship with an aluminum fork, integrated headset and seatclamp and are available in 49, 52, 55 and 58 cm sizes. Great looking frames at a nice price, I suspect we’ll see a lot of these on the streets and on the track this coming season.
From the Alliance for Biking & Walking:
In a new report from PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, 15 entrepreneurs and business leaders from major U.S. cities explain how protected bike lanes — on-street lanes that are physically separated from automobile traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts — has meant big benefits for their companies.
The report combines this original reporting with an overview of the latest academic and technical research to find changes associated with four mega-trends.
Tickets are now on sale for Bespoked 2014, London’s handmade bicycle show. Bespoked is scheduled for April 11-13 at the Lee Valley Velopark.
Check out www.bespoked.cc
The following is a new reader-submitted feature we are piloting. We crafted the first one as a model for future contributions. Click here to submit your own!
Nickname: The Steel City, the Iron City, or the City of Three Rivers.
History in 100 Words (or less): Pittsburgh began as a fort during the Seven Years’ War between the French and British. The British won, and Fort Pitt became a city, which in turn became famous for the production of iron, then steel, then the development of aluminum. Pittsburgh played a significant role in the development of nuclear power, and today stands as one of the world’s foremost medical and technological centers. It’s also a big time food city, owing to an early influx of eastern European immigrants, followed by the more recent proliferation of Asian cuisine.
Random Fact: Mr. Rogers is from Pittsburgh. His neighborhood is a fictitious amalgamation of Pittsburgh neighborhoods, but the show featured a who’s who of Pittsburgh citizens, including regular appearances by storied jazz musician Joe Negri as Handyman Negri.
City’s Terrain: Pittsburgh is hilly with narrow streets and lots of bridges. As part of the Rust Belt, road maintenance takes a backseat to other public interests, but bike lanes continue to pop up as the economy continues to rely more on the education, technology and medical fields. As a relatively small city, Pittsburgh is very “bikeable” as long as you’re either young and strong, or you stick to the bike lanes and the bike paths which are flat and run along the rivers.
Weather Forecast: Pittsburgh sees the best and worst of all four seasons, but the climate is generally pretty mild. Expect snow and ice in the winter, and hot, humid summers, but it’s seldom as extreme as the conditions in cities like Minneapolis or Tucson.
Top Shop(s): Hands down, the most famous shop in Pittsburgh is Kraynick’s. The top two shops for urban cyclists are Thick Bikes and Iron City Bikes. But Pittsburgh has more than a dozen individual shops, several of which have numerous locations, such as Trek of Pittsburgh.
Best Watering Hole(s): In this writer’s opinion, Kelly’s Bar & Lounge is the finest dive bar in Pittsburgh, but we would be remiss to overlook Over The Bar Bicycle Café, which now has two locations. D’s Six Pax & Dogz, a hotdog shop located right next to the mountain bike trails of Frick Park, is a beer lover’s dream. Also, the Church Brew Works is a stunning repurposing of an old church that now serves craft beer that’s brewed on site.
Authentic Local Food: It’s hard to talk about Pittsburgh without mentioning Primanti Bros., home to the greasiest, messiest, most delicious sandwich in America. You don’t get fries with it, you get fries on it. As well as cole slaw and cheese. French fries and provolone cheese are common toppings for salads in Pittsburgh, and if you order a fried fish sandwich, be prepared for the filet to extend way beyond the bun.
Best Coffee Shop(s): Pittsburgh has numerous high-quality coffee shops, but the most notable is Tazza d’Oro, who sponsors weekly group rides dubbed Team Caffeine and Team Decaf. There are also several local coffee roasters, including Prestogeorge in the Strip District.
Must See: The Pittsburgh skyline is beautiful, and the city plays host to a number of cultural attractions including the Andy Warhol Museum and it’s many professional sports complexes. There’s also a bicycle museum just a stone’s throw from the casino.
Must Ride: If you only have an hour or two, you’ll want to take advantage of Pittsburgh’s most famous bike path, locally known as The Jail Trail. It runs from downtown to Oakland, where you’ll climb out of Panther Hollow up to the University of Pittsburgh. Stop and eat some fries at The Dirty O, then head into the East End, or back down and across the river to the Southside for drinks.
Need For Speed: Pittsburgh has a rich history of bike racing, including the infamous Dirty Dozen hillclimb race. There are regular crits during the summer, and more mountain bike races than you can shake a stick at, as well as cross races and alleycats. Pittsburgh also has a storied BMX history.
Two Wheeled Celebrities: Pittsburgh’s most notable bike celebrity is known as the Bumper Bike guy. He has several bikes, each with an automobile bumper lashed to the handlebars, making for an unusual but unforgettable sight.
Top Tourist Attraction(s): Sports, sports, sports, sports, sports. The Carnegie Museums are world class, including the aforementioned Andy Warhol Museum. The city hosts numerous gallery crawls, a large annual arts festival, a regatta, and countless theatrical, musical and other cultural events.
Advocacy: Pittsburgh’s advocacy organization, BikePGH has been named the national advocacy organization of the year. With strong support and equally strong leadership, the local non-profit has made big changes in a city that’s deeply rooted in car culture. To date there are nearly 60 miles of bike lanes, and they’re still gaining momentum.
Locals Only: The city has three rivers, and their shores are an excellent place to congregate on warm summer nights. Locals can show you secret party spots, rope swings and more.
Brooks is proud to announce the re-issue of the classic Conquest saddle. Retailing for €130, the genuine leather comfort saddle features hand-hammered rivets and a black enameled steel frame.
Check out www.brooksengland.com
The Hobo’s name is a nod to the great American tradition of exploring wide open spaces in total freedom. A touring bike like none other, Hobo guarantees one of the most intense man-vehicle relationships of all time – ever since the taming of the horse.
Check out www.cinelli-usa.com
The titanium alloy frame claims to be one third lighter than a traditional frame. But the real advantage is in the tooling required, or lack thereof, which reduces the manufacturing costs.
Check out dezeen magazine for more info.
From the All-City blog:
One of the hardest aspects of being a Rockstar Bike Design Engineer, aside from the non-stop parties and the hoards of superfans recognizing me everywhere I go, is showing off new product. By the time we drop new stuff on the public, like at Frostbike in a few weeks, I’ve been looking at it for a really, really long time.
Sometimes, a project goes on for way too long. This can happen because of performance issues, or tooling issues. Sometimes, though, it takes too long because the All-City team, a passionate and opinionated group of people, agonizes over how pretty it is. And sometimes, this agony is over a part of a frame that most people will never think twice about.
What do bikes and giraffes have to do with each other? OK, maybe nothing–except for this music video from And the Giraffe. The Nashville band shot the video with a couple hundred bucks and a handlebar-mounted camera pointed at the rider instead of the road.
While bikes and music are joining forces in the music capital of the country, bikes are making an appearance at the Olympics, where the Finnish Olympic hockey team is riding bikes provided by the Finnish Olympic Committee to get to their matches in Sochi.
Ever wonder why bike mechanics tend to be so svelte? It might not be from putting in miles. Donny Perry’s informative slideshow on bike mechanic saleries inspires us to consider the value of our trusty shop mechanic, who earns on $18,000 less than the national average income.
It’s Valentine’s Day, so make sure you tell your bike how much you love it.
Our WorkRide pants are made of medium-weight all cotton duck cloth. They’re durable, roomy and comfy. We’ve done a few things to make them riding pants instead of just pants you can ride in. First, we altered the seam structure in the crotch, moving pressure points away from where you sit. We also added an extra layer ‘down there’ to mitigate any pressure effects of the seams that remain. The knees are articulated for easy bending, and the right leg employs a nifty snap to keep them out of your chainring. There is even a snap-loop U-lock keeper on the left rear pocket. Ride to wherever, do what you gotta do (work, chop wood, whatever), then ride home again.
Check out www.surlybikes.com
Amanda’s behind this. It’s going to be good.
As reported by Yahoo Sports, players for the Finnish Olympic hockey team rode to their first game on bikes provided by the Finnish Olympic Committee. It’s all of a five minute ride, if it wasn’t for the location and team it’s not that remarkable of a feat, but shows a different attitude towards transport. Player Olli Jokinen said he hadn’t ridden to a game since his days in Kuopio, Finland, as a youth player. “My parents didn’t have a car, so I would ride my bicycle every time.”
Read the original article at sports.yahoo.com.