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  • September 5, 2014Eurobike 2014 Image Dump

    Eurobike 2014 Image Dump

    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, 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..

    Bicycle Chain Cufflinks

    photo 3Is there anything bike chains can’t be turned into? Hand-made one at a time by craft artists, Linda and Ann, in Oregon, these beautiful cufflinks are made out of reclaimed bicycle chains. Each cufflink starts as a used bicycle chain, before they go through a rigorous cleaning process in order to be hand brazed into these cycling inspired cufflinks. The four links are then brazed onto the brass base plate before they are given one final clean.

    You can purchase these cufflinks through the online bicycle boutique, BicycleAge, out of Sydney Australia, for around $50 each. They come packed in a synthetic-leather case and are ready for wrapping and gifting.

    PDW Omnium – Alpenrose Velodrome August 9th

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    If you are in Portland this weekend, don’t miss the 2014 Portland Design Works Omnium held at the Alpenrose Velodrome. $15 for adults to race, $5 for juniors, and free entry for the attendees. Head on down and enjoy some free BBQ, free rootbeer and free ice cream and watch a bunch of people go fast and turn left. Party down, wish I was there.

    Clitoral Mass 2014

    On August 16 all Womyn-identified folk are invited to ride with the third annual Clitoral mass in Los Angeles. More information at OvarianPsycos.com.

    2015 Frog Bikes at Eurobike

    Frog-Road-58-low-res2Kids bike company, Frog Bikes, is just over a year old and still growing strong. They’ll be making an appearance at Eurobike at the end of August, showcasing their 2015 line of high-quality bikes designed for a child’s physique. Mind you, these aren’t just cheap kick bikes, but solid rides with decent components and frames ranging from balance bikes to hybrid, road, mountain and cyclocross bikes for wee humans. Frog bikes utilize narrow and short-drop handlebars, easy reach gears and brake levers, and lightweight frames at an affordable price. They aren’t available in the States just yet, but it would be great to see a more diverse line of rides available for kids over here.

    Frog on Facebook
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    Dahon Explorer Program

    DAHON EXPLORER FLYER

    Dahon has recently announced their Explorers Program, and is looking for half a dozen riders to share how they use a folding bike to explore their world. Apply and you might find yourself with a new bike.

    Cyclist are encouraged to submit a brief description of why they would be a perfect brand ambassadors for DAHON and how their stories could inspire others to incorporate bike into their lifestyle.

    What makes the commute to work exciting?
    Where will your DAHON bike take you?
    How will a folding bike change the way you live, experience the environment on a deeper level and move around without constraints?

    Submissions will be accepted until August 20, 2014 at explorers@dahon.com

    What Should They Do?

    bikecarThis short survey is part of a study designed to evaluate interactions between cyclists and motorists from North Carolina State University. It takes less than five minutes, and the results will be published in October 2014. The study is intended to contribute towards improving roadway design in the United States. You must be 18 to take the Bike Car survey.

    Crew Bike Company

    crewA new urban-centric bike company with a stripped down aesthetic has entered the game. Crew Bike Co. out of Southern California offer frames starting at $149 and frame/fork sets at $399.

    Crew Bike Co. is a new urban cycling and lifestyle company based out of Southern California. Although a relative newcomer to the scene, the team behind Crew Bike Co. has over 20 years combined experience in the cycling industry. Geared towards urban cyclists, Crew Bike Co. incorporates a distinctive mixture of cycling technology and race-inspired design combined with a modern street aesthetic.

    Crew website
    Crew Facebook
    Crew Instagram

    I Love Riding in the City – Jeff Bequette

    cityrideNAME: Jeff Bequette
    LOCATION: Omaha, Nebraska
    OCCUPATION: Railroad

    Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
    Omaha Nebraska, a great town to raise kids and bike, if you like going North-South. Unfortunately, I live West and must go East to get to work. Very active in the bicycle world with a City Coordinator, great organizations and a plethora of shops covering the bike spectrum. It also helps we are next door to RAGBRAI and minutes from the Taco Ride.

    What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
    Besides Omaha? Fayetteville/ North Cacalackey, was fun as day after day I proved it was faster to ride my bike to work (Ft. Bragg) than it was to drive, and minutes from urban were winding rural roads that begged to get hammered.

    Why do you love riding in the city?

    Riding in the city keeps you conscious, having to think a bit faster than the next cager coming at you and anticipate you moves ahead of time for the interplay of traffic. And to be in the right gear for the next hill.

    Or just say whatever you want:
    Dawn is breaking as I dodge another pothole I’d never noticed in my car. Commuting by bike enhances my awareness of the road, life stirring in the city, the golden light reflecting from buildings as the Sun cranks up for another day. Working third shift, my ‘morning’ commute starts at 8:00 PM, pouring coffee from the press into a thermos, checking the work clothes a last time, tightening the straps and turning on the lights. I clip in and am off on an 18 mile ride through West Omaha, then Grover and Vinton, discovering new communities on this route. A little boy waves to me from his porch and I wave back through the gathering dark, a blinking shape cutting through the night. I change at work and start bleeding off job stress with the first pedal stroke, heading west in the morning, cranking up from riverside towards home. Traffic starts to thicken as cagers rush eastwards to work, but stays light in the westbound lane. I dodge potholes and morning sprinklers, sprinting for lights and euphoric by the time I arrive home, warm and stress free, almost disappointed to end the day by going to bed.

    Fyxation Pixel

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    We’re getting one of these in for review soon, but until then check out the Pixel on video.

    ABUS Granit Futura Mini U-Lock

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    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 throughout Western Europe. Whether making my daily Post Office run or locking up in high theft cities like New York, San Francisco and London, in every instance my bike has been there when I’ve returned, which is perhaps the ultimate positive review.

    One only needs a lock better than the next person to avoid theft in most cases, and the sense to only lock to sturdy immovable objects, and with this mini u-lock from ABUS I’m fairly certain that in the vast majority of cases I have the next guy down outgunned. The reputation of German engineering is well-earned, and the family-owned ABUS lock company upholds the lofty national standards. The 11 mm shackle and case are made of a custom formulated hardened steel alloy with a double locking cylinder that requires a thief to cut the shackle twice in order to free the lock without a key. The top-end lock cylinder is pick and corrosion resistant—I’d know, as an unplanned back pocket lock ejection left one of my ABUS Granit Futura locks laying out in the rain and mud for a weekend before being retrieved, and working as well as ever. Each lock ships with a pair of keys and a key code card for additional keys, or for ordering an identically keyed lock. It’s hard to explain how convenient having a pair of u-locks using the same key has proven in high-risk theft areas.

    At 690 g the ABUS Granit Future mini is the lightest high security mini-shackle lock I’ve used, beating similar competition by 300 g or more. Be forewarned however that at just 2.75” wide the shackle opening can be impossible to fit around certain parking meters or large diameter signposts other locks slide over. That said, over the years I’ve yet to find myself completely frustrated by the size—quite the contrary, it easily slides into pants’ rear pockets and my backpack and I’d prefer the lighter weight to larger shackle any time. Being made in Germany by well-compensated, dedicated employees with top-end materials and testing comes at a retail price of $85. There are less expensive locks, there are higher security locks, but this one fits my needs just right.

    Ride The Black Line Series

    Encino Velodrome – Ride The Black Line Summer Series 2014 from Rafael Hernandez on Vimeo.

    Cross Season is coming, but velodrome racing is still in full swing. Catch some of the action going down at the Encino Velodrome during the Ride The Black Line summer series every other Wednesday night through September 3rd.

    Things I’ve Learned About Bikes

    things-about-bikesThis article from NSMB.com is weighted towards the mountain bike side of the bike industry, but some of these points are universally true:

    Rule #1 – If the primary upgrade over last year’s bike is a new graphics package, think about looking elsewhere. If you buy that bike, when next years graphics package comes out your bike is going to feel old. Single colour paint schemes age better than the flashy shit.

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    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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