- 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..
Chrome started in bags but has made a strong push into clothing over the years, creating what have become some of my favorite technical/casual clothing pieces. Merino wool is popular for all the right reasons (warm when wet, doesn’t retain odors, heat-regulating) and has made it’s way into more clothing items at home on and off the bike. Chrome has reworked their wool offerings with the $140 – 160 Chrome Merino Cobra line of pullover, full-zip and hooded riding sweaters. As I sit here in a couple of season old merino hoodie I’ll be the first to admit that wool doesn’t hold up as well as cotton after a few years, but nothing remains as comfortable to me all day long. More women’s cut items are promised, but the full zip hoodie is also available at this time as the $160 Chrome Pasha.
The Paleo Diet Bar is endorsed by Loren Cordain, founder of the well-known Paleo Diet. The bar is free of soy, gluten and preservatives. Each bar provides 17 grams of protein and 28 grams of carbs. While they have 15 grams of fat, consider that it comes from healthy ingredients such as almonds, dates, egg whites and sunflower seeds.
Check out www.thepaleodietbar.com
The Midnight Drag Race is an all out sprint race across the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles CA. This is the final race of the 2013 Unified Title Series. 2 Winners, one man and one woman will receive Dog Tags, the Chrome coveted jersey and cash. Points are awarded towards the Unified Title Series Championship. Video from the September 7th, 2013 event.
Stacking up bikes on a trunk rack or inside of a van can lead to pedal-induced damage to paint and bikes alike. The Pedal Sock is a simple pair of drawstring bags to protect your car and other bikes from pedal impact while in transit. I’ve dinged a few bikes and trunks over the years, and maybe if I had a bunch of fancy carbon bikes I’d find the $18 for a pair of Pedal Socks, or just DIY a similar solution. Take a trip back in time with the Pedal Sock website at www.techno-quest.net
This is a ride I wish I could make it across the Pacific for – the Newcastle Overnight, a 100 mile overnight ride from Sydney, Australia to Newcastle followed up by a morning swim. Loosely organized, you are more or less on your own with nothing but a cue sheet and a few friends. Head out around 8pm on November 16th this year. From my experience “racing” in a number of 24hr mountain bike events riding through the night with the sun coming up is a surreal and invigorating experience like nothing else, and I’ll bet immediately taking an ocean swim makes it even that much better.
Roll with the red dragon and a winning hand with our latest shirt. The art was originally made for our annual Spring Roll alleycat but we decided it would work well on a shirt as a standalone piece. White Gildan Dryblend 50/50 shirt. Just $9 plus shipping! Get them while they last, we printed 100 of these and we’re out.
This is a provocative piece making the rounds – “It’s Time to Stop Sharing the Road.”
The burden of mortality is always on the person riding a bike, yet the burden of responsibility for using a car to kill or maim a person virtually never falls on the driver. If that pisses you off, it’s time to start acting like it. We’ve come to a point where all the soft-ball pitching of our needs has failed to deliver streets that are safer. Asking for permission to ride without fear doesn’t work – motorists don’t care, or they can’t hear you. It’s time to start adopting principles of two-wheeled liberation.
What are your thoughts? Has mainstream bike advocacy taken too soft a stance on the victim-blaming mentality of most every car/bike collision?
This makes me want to get out and ride. Follow a crew of fixed riders from Portland to San Francisco on multi-day epic.
Rear view mirrors are arguably an important safety feature, yet relatively few riders use them. Maybe it’s fashion or simply not wanting to be bothered by them, but I know I’ve never been in the habit while cycling. RearViz is a new company trying to make it easier and more fashionable to use a mirror with their arm band mounted, folding version. It keeps the mirror in view but tucked out of harms way while riding, and a simple fold or removing the arm band saves the mirror from the usual death by dropping of bar or helmet mounted ones. Available starting at $33, with the “classic” version going for a $10 premium and having a higher quality band and a space to insert a medical ID tag. Don’t panic, it’s an Australian product, they’re not all riding on the wrong side of the road on the RearViz website.
Bruce Gordon is a living legend in the bike world, a master frame builder from the era when bikes were made of metal and suspension had yet to be figured out. Bruce has been making frames for decades, and has a claim to really helping to push larger tires on 700c rims with his Rock n Road tourer meant for gravel epics before people started calling them grinders. The Bruce Gordon shop is expanding to include a retail boutique featuring high end bikes and parts, along with every bike Bruce has built for himself over the past 40 years. I had the chance to see much of his personal collection a few years ago at NAHBS in San Jose, and would recommend the eye-candy to anyone. Check out the new gallery and old bikes at the grand opening on October 26th. There will be beer, and Bruce might wear a fez.
I never thought I’d put a video of someone on a trainer on Urban Velo, but there’s a first for everything. Soigneur #5 features a photo gallery on a talented, young Belgian rider Jordan Schurmann, with this short video of him training at home to go along with.
Even years after they first re-appeared on the bicycle consumer radar, bamboo bikes continue to attract attention. Just trying walking down the street with one. Bamboobee is a relative newcomer to the game, having started this past March with a single bike, and recently expanding the line to include the Phoenix Sonata. Definitely meant as an urban cruiser, the two-speed bike has a Sturmey-Archer Duomatic kickback coaster brake rear hub and specs a v-brake caliper on the front, despite the image of a disc brake rotor and no brake. The bamboo tubes are honeywax infused to prevent cracking and weathering before being bonded to aluminum lugs. The $1340 Phoenix Sonata has a matte finished frame and swept back bars that I can’t help but find reminiscent of the look of the Monark Silver King frames. Woodgrain decal rims and white accents finish out the look nicely. See more at www.bamboobee.com.sg