Urban Velo

Week in Biking : Track Bikes, Tax Benefits and Hot Dropouts

We’re not talking about college dropouts, here; this is about that special place where your rear wheel gets to connect with your frame. While there really isn’t much left to reinvent on the bicycle, dropout systems that add ease and versatility are a welcome development, including these new designs:

  • The new All-City Nature Boy Disc dropout, which features a sliding caliper design that with an integrated chain tensioner for perfect caliper to rotor alignment every time.
  • And Surly wants to help you achieve your dream on One Bike to Rule Them All with its new Modular Dropout System.

Now while versatility is cool, some would argue that nothing beats the pure pleasure of riding track bikes–as the market would attest.

  • Among the latest are the Keirin and Keirin Pro frames from Pure Fix. With stainless steel inserts in the drops (drops on drops on drops), and optional integrated headset and seatclamp, these frames pack a lot of potential for a small chunk of change–$199 and $299, respectively. 
  • Something sexy is underway from Stanridge Cycles: A collaboration with artist Ben EINE for the 2014 Red Hook Crit. Get a sneak peak here.

Whatever kind of bike(s) you ride, if you’re riding to work, you could be cashing in on the bicycle commuter reimbursement. Find out more about how you can put pre-tax cash  in your pocket for commuting by bike.

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About Krista Carlson

A regular contributor to the print edition of Urban Velo, Krista Carlson is a cyclist obsessed with bike polo, baking, pickles, and all things bike-y. She is a native Angeleno and is madly in love with the city and everything that makes it the beautiful, crazy place that it is.

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