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  • 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..

  • 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..

    Cannibal’s Bottle from Heavy Pedal

    cannibals-bottle-promoWell, this is gnarly. Heavy Pedal’s Campbell’s soup/Merckx/Warhol/etc. bottle design, now available on their site for $11.99. I wouldn’t suggest putting soup into this…stick with water, or human blood.

    City Report: Antwerp

    City: Antwerp, Belgium

    Nickname: Koekenstad

    Claim to Fame: Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium behind Brussels. Eighty percent of the world’s diamonds come through Antwerp, where they are bought and sold between dealers from around the world. According to some, the fashion industry in Antwerp ranks with those of Milan and Paris.

    History in 100 Words (or less): Local lore holds that Antigoon was an unfriendly giant who lived near the Schelde river. His job was to collect a fee from people who wanted to cross. You can’t pay the fee? Antigoon would cut off your hand and throw it in the river. Brabo was a brave young soul who found this act unacceptable. He gave Antigoon some of his own medicine before killing him. Brabo lopped off the hand of the mean giant and threw it into the river. From it grew the current city of Antwerp. The name, “Antwerpen” is actually a Dutch phrase that translates to “hand throwing.”

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    Kryptonite Messenger Collection

    How much does your bike mean to you? Check out a sneak peek of a new line of Kryptonite locks designed by bike messengers.

    The Louisiana Liberty Bill of 1890

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    Signed by Governor Francis T Nicholls on June 13, 1890, House Bill No. 81, also known as the Louisiana Liberty Bill, granted all bicycles and tricycles and other foot or hand operated vehicles full rights to public roads.

    The bill was finally passed after years of effort by members of the Louisiana Cycling Club, especially Harry H. Hodgson, who was the Chief Consul of the Louisiana Division of the League of American Wheelmen, and State Representative E.A. Shields, who was a member and president of the LCC.

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    Issue #43 – Available Online

    cover43Contents include: I Love Riding in the City, NAHBPC 2014, Amtrak Roll-On Service, Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit, Product Spotlight: Superb, Specialized, Gevenalle, and Brooks, City Report: Antwerp, MPLS Velodrome, Gallery: Kevin Sparrow, Product Reviews: Surly, New Albion, Ilumenox, and ABUS, Fun Rides, On the Move, Narrow-Wide Rings Explained and Knog Night Ride.

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

    Can’t Fool The Youth 3: Johnathan Davis

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    Fixed freestyle — not dead, still fun to watch.

    BibBits Magnetic Race Number Holders

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    It’s been a while since I’ve donned a number on my jersey, but the standard issue safety pins were always an annoyance. Between the risk of sticking yourself during the last minute adjustments, snagging expensive technical jersey materials, or forgetting about the pins and leaving rust stains coming out of the washing machine. I wouldn’t say that $15 for four sets of BibBits magnets is a smoking deal, but but it’s not going to break the bank and might be one of those niceties that makes the race day jitters easier to deal with, if you’re into that sort of thing. Imported my Canitoe Road.

    Airbus Bicycle Saddle Seats

    airbusVia Gizmodo:

    This newest patent is all about cutting down on “bulk,” the word here referring to seat backs, cushions, tray tables, half the seats themselves…

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    Banjo Brothers Convertible Waterproof Pannier Backpack Review

    banjo_backpack_pannier-1 Being a teacher carries with it many rewards, an unencumbered commute not being among them. Panniers help with this at least while on the bike, removing the overstuffed backpack and providing relief for the sweaty back and achey shoulders that can accompany. But how about when I dismount and unhook the panniers? Off the bike, most perform as well as a lopsided briefcase.

    The transformer mechanism of the Banjo Brothers Convertible Waterproof Pannier Backpack is one of those so-simple-it’s-stupid concepts. A large flap provides top closure and conceals the backpack straps in pannier mode, with a simple hook and elastic strap rack attachment. Unhook the bag from the rack, flip over the flap to expose the backpack straps and hide the pannier mounts, adjust the straps and you have a backpack. The pocket on the flap remains outermost in both modes, with zipper access on both sides, which is convenient for never fumbling for wallet and phone. Though it may not be my first choice for hiking around all day, the padded straps and chest strap make it a serviceable backpack. To transform back to pannier, the straps fold back neatly and quickly, securing the ends and requiring little fuss. Flip the flap and you’re good to go. Banjo Brothers’ execution is simple, fast, and functional.

    banjo_backpack_pannier-3The bag has 1100 cubic inches of space—plenty of room for laptop, change of clothes, work shoes, and lunch and the roll-top closure with burly, removable welded-seam waterproof liner keeps everything dry. Two side outer pockets, one zippered, one open, are decently sized and though the zipper was mangled on our sample, Banjo Brothers has a reputation for great warranty and replacement service. This bag would have been replaced right away, but I was too busy using it to care. Light loops and reflective piping help with low-light visibility

    When overstuffed with an open top the roll-top waterproofing is null and void, and unfortunately, the straps to clip the flap over the top in backpack mode when it’s this full sometimes aren’t long enough to reach. At 3 lbs it’s not the lightest, although removing that waterproof liner on dry days can save almost half a pound. At $80 it’s a total commuter bargain.

    Written by Katie Horowitz, VP of Education, PPWP.

    I Love Riding in the City – Serge Kulyk

    sergeNAME: Serge Kulyk
    LOCATION: Washington DC
    OCCUPATION: Systems Analyst

    Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
    Washington DC. At times it can be quite a challenge. With or without bike lanes, motorists in DC are not super attentive, not super informed or worst yet could have gotten their driver’s license in Maryland.

    What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
    I have actually found that cities in Michigan, in particular Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Traverse city are some of the neatest places to ride. For the most part it has to do with density, in a city like Grand Rapids there is a good network of long trails, plenty of room on the roadways and with a favoritism towards highways and high speed roadways this leaves suburb streets and smaller/slower city street open and well maintained for bicycles. Ann Arbor in general is just a great city for cycling and Traverse City is just a vacation spot city, with a very laid back attitude and plenty of empty/twisty country roads just outside of town.

    Why do you love riding in the city?
    It is the ultimate in stress relief. It heightens all the senses you use in cycling. It is incredibly demanding but encourages and rewards the practice of observing good fundamentals.

    Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
    Riding in the city is embracing what the bicycle was invented for. It is the future for the population growing, urban environment. It is appropriate that the tool humans created to enhance their mobility and celebrate their freedom will propel mankind to a green, healthy and bright future.

    Check out www.thebikehouse.coop

    LA Bicycle Commuters Form ‘Bike Trains’ For Safety

    Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.32.57 PMFrom NPR:

    A grassroots project in Los Angeles – a city, of course, dominated by cars – is helping those who commute by bicycle but don’t like being out there alone in traffic – called LA Bike Trains. It’s built on the idea of strength in numbers.

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    10th Annual Aeolian Ride

    10 years ago, 52 people showed up on bikes and Jessica Findley put inflatable costumes on them and they rode from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Check out www.aeolian-ride.info

    Cop Does Their Job!


    Wow…this happened. A typical angry, tailgating driver gets pulled over BEFORE they hit a cyclist…and gets ticketed! The cop is even heard to say, “Just letting you know I care.” Well, man, can we get this guy to travel the country advising other cops on how to take preventative measures and protect the most vulnerable of travelers?

    The Bike Design Project – Voting Now Open

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    Voting begins today for The Bike Design Project, a design competition which partners five design firms with American bike builders to create the “Ultimate Urban Utility Bike.” The competition includes teams from Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. The winning design will be announced on August 4th and the winning design will be manufactured by Fuji Bikes in 2015.

    Check out oregonmanifest.com/vote

    Montague Folding Bike Giveaway

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    Montague is giving away a Crosstown—a 7-speed, 700c folding road bike. You just have to answer two questions: If you receive a Montague Crosstown, what would you use it for? How would you utilize the bike’s folding feature? Click here to enter.

    Modify Watches Cycling Designs

    15009da8290aca5bb811a9977dfeeb0c Modify Watches is a couple year old company making relatively affordable customizable watches that allow you to choose the face design and band color, even allowing you to create your own completely custom face artwork if you’re so inclined. A number of bike brands large and small have gone ahead and created their own designs as shown, but you’re only going to the cycling collection watches in person at shops like One on One in Minnepolis, West End Bikes in Portland and Fast Folks Cyclery in Austin to name a few.

    L&L Society Tahoe Ride


    I was asked to fundraise for and ride at this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Tahoe ride, but had to decline for various reasons. Riding for and with the L & L Society was a great experience and I plan to do it again, but this video of the Tahoe ride convinces me that I’m going to focus on this event next time. I hear this is the best, and most challenging, ride to participate in and now I believe it. Also, the ride experience is one thing, but the satisfaction of, and people you meet through, fundraising is genuinely the most rewarding part of it all.

    How To Tie and Solder Spokes

    Tied and soldered spokes were once a final touch from the finest mechanics upon the highest quality wheels, but have for the most part faded into obscurity. Seen only rarely these days, many cyclists have never personally laid eyes upon a set of tied and soldered wheels, let alone question the history of the practice or learn to tie their own.

    Back in Urban Velo #11 published in January 2009 we explained the practice and showed you how to get started with the help of local old school wheel wizard Scott Wickham Jr.

    Read the whole article in our magazine archives, and check out the other 42 issues we’ve published to date absolutely free, no catch.

    HouseTrike

    Bike camping seems to be the rage right now, but for slower traveling nomads or those living in the city, popping up a tent in public gets you in trouble almost immediately. An Amsterdam artist, Bas Sprakel, has considered this dilemma and created an intermediate between bike camping and homeless domiciles, called the HouseTrike. The mobile temporary home includes a bed with an internal locking mechanism for safety. Sprakel is considering making adjustments in the next fabrication and taking the bike on a tour of Europe to show it’s practical nature.

    To me it was important that is was multi-functional and practical for all most everybody who is living without a roof above their head. It didn’t need to be luxurious but it had to be a device solving their basic needs, both psychical and mentally. So it is a bed that can be locked from the inside so you sleep well and feel fresh the next day. The box has a lot of space to store a lot of stuff but is still small so it is stil light and easy to use. Also extended it is still small and therefore you can sleep anywhere you want, also in the city without being noticed that fast. It provides in a very sober way all the basic needs.

    That’d Be Rad

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    That’d be rad… that was rad. Absolutely amazing family film from the Zenga Bros.

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