- December 1, 2013
- November 26, 2013
Johnny Coast builds his Coast Cycles out of an unassuming garage on a Brooklyn dead-end. His bikes are traditional in look and..
- November 19, 2013
It’s not everyday that you see a $12,000 custom bicycle, let alone a newly constructed one with ’90s era Shimano and Dia-Compe..
- November 5, 2013
Racks, baskets and on-the-bike bags are essential accessories for making cycling a part of everyday life, at least as far as I’m..
- October 21, 2013
More than 300 individuals representing 80 organizations gathered in New Orleans for the 10th anniversary of BikeBike, revisiting the city..
Sometimes it’s all about style. The Garage 271 Lightning Clunker is for people that grew up on BMX bikes or wished they did. A 26″ BMX cruiser at heart, the full chromoly frame and fork are built for the local trails or indoor bike park with a single rear brake and chrome finish in proper ’80s style. Maybe the double lightning toptube is for you. Asking price is a cool 999€, or $1375.
The eighth annual Supermarket Street Sweep is scheduled for December 7th, with riders heading all over San Francisco to collect food for the local food banks. Help add to the over 118,000 meals collected over the past seven events. Cargo race, speed race and plenty of folks just along for the ride… see more at supermarketstreetsweep.blogspot.com
Ibex Clothing has created the Circles series of videos to explore and show off groups that make up the greater cycling community. Check out the first episode with Firefly Bicycles out of Boston MA.
It used to be that the only technical gear available that actually fit featured full-body psychedelic frog prints. Luckily those days are behind us and there are more choices than ever in cycling clothing that doesn’t make you want to gag. Ornot is a new company making high-end race-cut cycling clothing with minimal branding and a clean aesthetic that isn’t covered in NASCAR logos. Designed in San Francisco and made in Southern California, Ornot isn’t the least expensive option out there but quality, made in the USA goods rarely are.
Fixed freestyle is alive and well.
Bicycle storage can be a bear, with any number of solutions on the market to make it more convenient and space efficient than just leaning them against the wall. My house features a couple of dozen plastic coated utility hooks in the basement, but if if I had tall ceilings I’d use some sort of hanging system to double stack, or at least get some bikes off the floor to free up space. The Bike-Nest works like self retracting window blinds – give it a slight tug and the Bike-Nest pulls your bike to the ceiling as you guide it on home, retrieve your bike by gently pulling it back down. No motors involved, just a heavy duty spring. The single attachment point means you need to loop it around the toptube near the bike’s balance point and guide your bike up to the ceiling where it rests against the bars and saddle. Easy enough, but I can see some folks not wanting their high end saddle or brake hoods in contact with what may be a rough, painted ceiling. For people with high (or low) enough ceilings that dinging your head on the chainrings isn’t an issue it’s an interesting solution. Pre-order your own for $115 ($85 for earlybirds) at their Kickstarter page.
Outdoors people tend to have varied interests; biking, camping, swimming, hiking all go together. While it’s nice to have lights specific to given applications, it can be a burden to purchase basically the same item in a different package for hiking or diving when you have already dropped significant coin on bike specific items and mounts or vice versa. Light and Motion just released the GoBe anywhere light that features six interchangeable light heads to tailor the light for the purpose. Max output is 700 lumens with either the spot (20º) or wide (60º) light head, with a 500 lumen spot, a 500 lumen red spot to maintain night vision, a 500 lumen 8º search head and a bluish 20º head for night sea adventures. Shock proof and fully submersible, the whole package weighs 160 g and has an easy to use USB recharging interface. Light duration depends on the head and the power level, with quoted times varying from 1.5 – 36 hours. See more about the GoBe and enter to win a trip to the Monterey CA factory or your own GoBe at www.lightand motion.com/gobe
The Washington DC alleycat crew seems to have their ducks in a row and is putting on the fourth annual Dead City Halloween Alleycat, a team event set to take place on November 2nd. Meet up at Thomas Circle with your teammate at 5 pm and pedal like mad.