- September 5, 2014
The show wrapped up a week ago, but we still have product images to share from Eurobike 2014. Fashionably late to the party, but still..
- August 12, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
Contents include: I Love Riding in the City, NAHBPC 2014, Amtrak Roll-On Service, Wolfpack Hustle Civic Center Crit, Product Spotlight:..
- July 14, 2014
In 1579 Sir Francis Drake landed in northern California and dubbed it New Albion. In 1976, Jack McAuliffe founded the now defunct New..
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in the great neighborhood of Plaza Midwood here in the Queen City of North Carolina. Riding in the city can be hairy, but mostly I cruise the quiet side streets (of which there are plenty), and I love barking at the other dogs and squirrels as I cruise by with my people.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Previously I had lived in The Minne-Apple, and I really like that. Plenty of dog parks to bike to, etc. That is my only basis for comparison. I’m pretty sure Portland would be great; what with their density of dog-friendly businesses and all. Really though, I’m pretty happy running around where I am, in the moment, just loving running around with a bike!
Why do you love riding in the city?
Is that even a question? Why would you not? I like cruising around, seeing the people, smelling the smells, just getting into my local environment….I mean, what else do you need?
Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
I roll every day before the guy that feeds me goes somewhere to “work”. We roll a little more later-on also, and I love every minute of it. As soon as I see that bike come out of the shed, I’m barking to go! I mean…who wouldn’t? I just really, really love cruising around the Queen City – so much so see and do and smell and pee on. I really feel like the bike culture is coming up around here, and I love seeing more bikers on the roads! Also, I love chewing on your rags before the bike dude gets to read ‘em, so props on the paper stock choice(s) – lovin’ it!
Timbuk2 and Red Hook Crit Founder David Trimble set out to create the perfect pack for competitive cyclists en route to the big race. And one that’s also good for everyday cyclists riding around town. The Red Hook Crit Backpack features super-lightweight materials and specialized pockets for your helmet, U-lock, cycling kit, cleats and traveling essentials. It easily converts from a backpack to duffel, it’s water resistant thanks to silicone coated fabric and PU coated zippers, and there are reflective elements for nighttime visibility. MSRP #99. Check out www.timbuk2.com and www.redhookcrit.com
Always a fan of the videos that Portland Design Works produces — here’s the latest showcasing their $35 Ninja pump that works with either a CO2 cartridge or old fashioned arm pumping.
I love riding in the city, but there is something to be said for riding away into less populated territory. I’ve really grown to love the Deux North produced videos, and now this photo set from Johan Bjorklund documenting the Sverigetempot, the world’s longest brevet in 2014 with 2100km to cover in 177 hours across Sweden. In this age of cheap digital cameras, shooting with disposable film cameras can be seen as gimmicky, but it also lends an unmistakeable look. Love this one, see the full set at www.deuxnorth.com
Don’t you hate it when motorized vehicles use the bike lane? I mean, hate hate hate it?! Don’t you wanna ride up next to them and kick em over. Don’t you get so enraged you wanna..wait….oh, never mind.
Co.Exist posted an article last week exploring a recent study out of New Zealand showing that for every dollar a city spends today on creating separated bike lanes, up to $24 could be saved in future pollution and healthcare costs.
They found huge differences: If the city built a network of separated lanes and slowed down traffic speeds, it could increase cycling by 40% by 2040, but adding a few lanes in a few places might only increase bike traffic by 5%. The more people ride, the more the cost savings would add up for Auckland–the biggest factor being a reduction in health care costs. A smaller investment would have little impact at all; the city is so bike-unfriendly that major changes are needed.
Though the study focused on Auckland, the researchers think that the general principles would apply to other cities where cars rule the road. “Auckland is very similar in design and transport patterns to many US cities, so we expect our findings to be relevant to the US,” MacMillan explains. The exact savings would be different; the study wasn’t trying to predict exact numbers, but show how different scenarios compare to each other.
Read the entire article at www.fastcoexist.com
Green Goddess is a female friendly extension of Green Guru, with the first product being the Athena Clutch. Meant as a go-to clutch that can attach to the bars, frame or rack easily for the ride and work as a small clutch for the essential off the bike. Made from either repurposed bicycle tubes or the colorful outdoor banner discards. It features a divided interior to keep your keys and phone separate, and a magnetic closure on the flap for a clean finish. Available for preorder for $58 each at the Green Goddess Kickstarter launch.
The East Atlanta Kids Club is celebrating their 10th Annual Brownwood Bike Rally on September 6th. Free kids events and races, safety check, and a helth and fitness fair along with street and ‘cross races for the kid-like adults. Proceeds will benefit the East Atlanta Kids Club, a nonprofit after-school tutoring and mentoring program for promising youth.
Anyone that rides that knows bike theft is a big issue, and bike locks are big business. The pictured Yerka project was brought about by three engineering students looking for a different way of securing a bicycle, one where breaking the lock means breaking the bike, rendering it worthless. The articulated downtube is complicated, and the extra long seatpost used as a lock shackle isn’t exactly the most cut-proof piece of metal around, but it’s an interesting idea nonetheless. Even if I don’t think it’s a viable solution as it stands, the Yerka project is worth a look for some out of the box thinking.
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Wooden grips are a classic piece of bicycle kit, but have never been easy to actually affix to the bars. Nisnas has introduced their take on a wooden grip, with a one-piece grip section press fit on an aluminum core that tightens to the bar with a pair of recessed brass screws. The $65 grips are an elegant finishing touch, showing an attention to detail more akin to handmade knives than bicycle grips. Available in maple or mahogany bodies, see more at their Kickstarter.
Disclaimer : This is an interview I conducted and posted on my personal blog – Run Vegan
Aaron Edge was a co-founder of the cycling, altitude-driven lifestyle brand, Upness, which is no more. He has been battling the effects of MS for the past year and a half now, primarily through a combination of medicine and physical activity, namely his cycling passion. In this interview, he lays it all out with blunt honesty and no punches pulled, giving the reader a more human perspective on living with disease and what that means both physically and emotionally.
Hell’s Belles is a European women’s bike polo tournament, with the third running happening in November 2013 in Barcelona. Olivier Minh was on hand and shot a great assortment of black and white portraits of the tournament competitors, posted in full at www.olivier-minh.fr While almost a year old, the images are well worth flipping through.
Upright needs to make room in their warehouse, so they’re having a sale. Enter “sunset” at checkout to save 30% or more. Check out www.uprightcyclist.com
From their disclaimer:
Operating this motorized bicycle or bicycle engine kit involves some risk of bodily injury…We are not responsible for injuries and/or damages resulting from operating this motorized bicycle or bicycle engine kit…Obey all traffic regulations. Always wear a helmet while riding. Remember that you are riding a motorized bicycle and other traffic may not be able to see you. Never operate your motorized bicycle on a pedestrian through way or sidewalk while the engine is running.
In the event of apocalypse…all disclaimer advice is irrelevant.
Gevenalle (the artist formerly known as Retroshift) introduced the Blatantly Upgraded Rear Derailleur a couple of seasons back, taking a Microshift rear derailleur, swapping some pulleys and increasing the chain spring tension and giving riders a reasonably priced derailleur alternative better tuned for the grit of cyclocross. Now comes the Blatantly Upgraded and Rebranded Derailleur for the front shifting duties, this again uses a Microshift derailleur, this time their top-end road unit with a swapped out cage. Gevenalle removed the flimsy carbon cage and replaced it with a stiffer steel unit better tuned to the smaller double chainring sets on cyclocross, gravel riding and pro-commuter type bikes. The rear derailleur is available starting at $69, with the front derailleur $50 in either braze-on or clamp-on mounts, with economical crash replacement policies on each. See more BURD at www.gevenalle.com.