Urban Velo

  • 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..

  • July 9, 2014Wolfpack Civic Center Crit Racer Profile: <br /> Sean “Young Blood” McElroy

    Wolfpack Civic Center Crit Racer Profile:
    Sean “Young Blood” McElroy

    Sean McElroy had only known about the Civic Center Crit for a week, maybe two, before coming to claim the dog tags in the men’s road..

  • June 4, 2014Fuji Feather CX 1.1 Bike Review

    Fuji Feather CX 1.1 Bike Review

    Cyclocross bikes have long been a choice for the rider looking for a versatile machine—enjoyable on long road rides, capable on trails..

  • June 2, 2014Issue #42 – Available Online

    Issue #42 – Available Online

    Contents Include: Utilitarian Bicycles in China, City Report: Washington DC, Gallery: SF Courier Portraits, Redhook Crit Women’s Race,..

    Wolfpack Hustle Criterium (Video)

    Wolfpack Hustle Criterium July 12th. from Wolfpack Hustle on Vimeo.

     

    Amateur and pro racers will compete on the sunny streets of downtown L.A. in the second Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit on July 12. www.wolfpackhustle.com.

    Ride Like a Girl

    Oh man…this blog post by Nikki Lee is so good on many levels. Well-written, clever and right to the point…on both issues.

    If one of those cars does hit you, you’re probably going to get blamed. The police will assume that you were riding unsafely, and what you could have done to better protect yourself. The driver most likely won’t be punished at all. If anything, it’ll be a slap on the wrist.

    Now, a follow up post explaining ways to make both situations better would be rad.

    Worksman Cycles Gallery

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    Housed in a former candle factory in Queens, New York is one of America’s oldest manufacturing traditions. Worksman Cycles is a 116-year-old, family-owned bicycle maker producing machines first designed in the 1930s and whose best-selling model, says Worksman spokesman Bruce Weinreb, is not a carbon-fiber road bike but a steel tricycle designed for carrying 500-pound loads across factory floors.

    From the rugged-looking building to the decades-old machines used for bending and crimping the steel tubes for the bikes, every part of the company’s business model seems to be philosophically in line with the bicycles they produce: low maintenance, no frills, and designed to last forever. For more than a century, Worksman has survived by focusing on the niche market of manufacturers needing industrial bikes to carry people and equipment on their factory floors, and Worksman show few signs of changing.

    The company itself began in 1898 in a lower Manhattan store run by Morris Worksman. Worksman started out selling Columbia bikes, says Weinreb, but began selling his own design that was purpose-built for workers carrying heavy loads around the city. Worksman’s 1915 patent shows designs for a tricycle with a removable back box.


    Read the rest of our feature article on Worksman Cycles in Urban Velo #42 written by Adam Kroopnick and check out an extended gallery of images from the inside of the factory by Takuya Sakamoto.

    Froome Rides the Chunnel


    Ok Le Tour, we’ll throw you a bone. Chris Froome of Team Sky becomes the first rider to cycle the entire 50k of the English Chunnel. So yeah, that happened. Now let the rest of us do it.

    Win an Abus Bordo 5700

    uGripBordo5700_IMG_3741 copyEnter our Facebook contest to win an Abus Bordo 5700.

    With the Bordo, ABUS has revolutionized the bicycle lock and established an entirely new type of lock. The Bordo family offers light weight and flexibility in a compact design. Features include 5 mm steel bars and a premium cylinder for high protection against picking. Click here to enter.

    Contest ends August 10, 2014.

    Wolfpack Civic Center Crit Racer Profile:
    Sean “Young Blood” McElroy

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    Photo by Warren Kommers

    Sean McElroy had only known about the Civic Center Crit for a week, maybe two, before coming to claim the dog tags in the men’s road category in 2013. None of L.A.’s local bike racers had seen him before, and none of them had any idea that their biggest competition that day would be a 14-year-old from Palmdale.

    “It was really last minute, to be honest,” said McElroy, who had found out about the race from his friend and mentor, Rich Bartlett. “He told me it was going to be a pretty big turnout, and it was in L.A., so I just decided to go do it.”

    The young cyclist may have been a last-minute entry, but he was prepared nonetheless: With three years of road racing under his belt, McElroy was already gearing up for the Junior National Road Racing Championships that would be held just a week and a half later.

    “I was definitely fit, but I didn’t really come expecting to win the race,” he said of the fateful day he joined the elite ranks of dog tag holders on 2013—Jo Celso, Willo Juarez, Kathryn Donovan, Veronica Volok, Craig Streit, Evan Stade, Walton Brush, Nate Koch, Shelby Walter—and Sean McElroy, the youngest among them by nearly a decade.

    And while there was much surprise to see a 14-year-old even entering the race, his performance is ultimately what blew everyone away. With Barlett in the race with him, the two were able to work the peloton and split the field.

    “Rich told me that there’s going to be people just going off the front, and the guy that went, Jon [Budinoff], was right in front of me so I was on his wheel, so when he went I just went with him, not really with the intention of getting a break,” he says. “As soon as we saw the gap, I just started working; when people tried to close the gap Rich would chase them down and slow down the pace of it. He really helped me to win, it was really just a real team thing. Read more →

    Osaka Roadie Bell

    Generally speaking, the faster the bike the less fashionable the bike bell. That’s not to say they’re not useful on road bikes too, just that you don’t see too many of them out there. The Osaka Roadie Bell is a mini bell that can fit on the inside of the brake hood or on the cable housing, providing a temporary unobtrusive bell that doesn’t take up handlebar space. The bell attaches with an aluminum clip, and is easy to remove or switch bike to bike. Available at your local shop or via the Soma Fab webstore for $18.

    Useeme Bicycle Turn Signals

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    Great video from the team behind Useeme bicycle turn signals. Flashing wrist bands with motion sensors, Useeme automatically begins flashing when you hold your hand up to signal a turn, and stops when you return it to the bars. Final products should be available this fall — get in earlier with the Indiegogo campaign.

    Cyclist Getting Charged?


    So yeah, this is happening. According to the LA Times, after this Orange County cyclist gets bottles thrown at him while riding in the bike lane, and after he submitted the video to the authorities in order to press charges against the offenders, he’s now facing potential charges of “words in public likely to illicit a violent reaction,” because….uhh….that’s a thing. What? I’m at a loss for words here, and if I had them, they might illicit a violent reaction or something. Is this highly unconventional or is this just standard car-centric LA procedure?

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    Third Anniversary Rapha SF Ride

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    Mama Agatha Documentary Teaser #1

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    The upcoming documentary Mama Agatha follows a group of migrant women from all around the world who are learning how to cycle in Amsterdam. Their teacher is a 59-year-old Ghanaian community mother, shown in this teaser. Filming continues though graduation in August with a full-length film to follow.

    Trek & People For Bikes Partnership


    Bicycle advocacy organization, People For Bikes, has partnered with Trek Factory Racing to enhance and spread their efforts to accommodate cycling in cities around the country. Join in the effort on the PFB site and be entered to win a Domane 4.0.

    Cafe du cycliste Visits The French Riviera

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    People always love skinny tires, stairs and skids. Cafe du cycliste produced this video of riding in the quite beautiful French Riviera.

    Penny In Yo’ Pants!

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    Not that I’ve ever tried to wear a skirt while cycling (if only I had the courage), but this ingenious little solution somewhat solves the problem of showing off a little more skin than is desired…and all it requires is a penny and a rubber band! And can you believe it, they didn’t even try to Kickstart it!

    The All-City JYD Run Through The Jungle

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    WOHO Introduces the Flying Fender 2.0

    WOHO has released an updated version of their Flying Fender. Version 2.0 is one-size-fits-all, and has a distinctly Gundam Wing inspired design. Like the previous version it’s super lightweight (45g) and attaches with Velcro. It can be rolled up and stored in a number of ways, and retails for $14.99.

    Check out www.wohobike.com

    Fyxation Open Fixed Gear Street Crit

    Fyxation_Open_11x17_Flier_2048x2048 Fixed gear street crits have become quite the hit. Crossing over from alleycat to more official street racing, these races have been gaining in popularity and attracting riders from across the country to compete and July 26th brings the Fyxation Open to Chicago. An unsanctioned event held alongside a more official-like crit, it will be interesting to see how lap times compare. Fixed gear, drop bars, no brakes, and a $300 and Fyxation Eastside bicycle first prize. 75 rider limit, $30 to register at www.bikereg.com.

    Road Bike Party 2 – Behind The Scenes

    You’ve surely seen Road Bike Party and RBP2, but a behind the scenes documentary was released just a couple months ago. Here’s a little back story on these amazing videos and the riders involved.

    Tallinn Bicycle Week 2014 Recap Video

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