Posts in the category Commuter

Updated Shimano STePS – Fully Automated Di2 Shifting with E-bike Power Assist

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Last year Shimano introduced an E-bike system on the European markets called STePS, as direct competition to the similar Bosch crank-based motor. Now a year later Shimano is taking it a step further and integrating the STePS drive motor with its Di2 internally geared hubs to offer a system with full automatic shifting. Shimano has rated the updated E-bike systems for “Light Off Road” use, which generally means trekking on gravel and forest roads but not actual mounting biking. But it is interesting that the bike they featured in the press release looks to have a true MTB tire and a low-riser bar. The system has apparently been beefed up for better shock absorption and has been updated to an 11-speed chain and chainring to add “compatibility for its 11-speed mountain bike rear derailleurs.” That sounds like something that could have more potential then Shimano is letting on to now.

Read on past the break for more info, and where we think it could lead…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • This spring, REI will be adding nine unique mountain-biking classes to their REI Outdoor School lineup. From leisurely group rides to intensive skills training, these new classes have everything cyclists of any level need to increase their involvement and knowledge of the sport. To learn more and find REI Outdoor School cycling classes in your area, visit REI.com/learn.
  • Clearance Sale Alert! Podium Cycling is having a clearance sale. Be sure to use the Coupon Code: BIKERUMOR for 50% off!
  • Save the trails in Pisgah in North Carolina!! There is a possibility that parts of Pisgah will be designated as “wilderness areas” and mountain bikes will be forbidden. Of particular concern are the South Mills and Davidson River areas near the Pisgah Forest community. Today (February 27th) is the last day for public comment so go to this link on SORBA to submit your comments.
  • Southern Cross Ultra Gravel Grind has been rescheduled to March 14, 2015 due to Storm Damage in North Georgia. On Monday, February 16th, North Georgia was hit with freezing rain that has caused considerable damage in some areas, particularly the National Forest land being utilized for the course. REGISTRATION IS OPEN until 8 pm on Wednesday March 11th!
  • Connecting a Town with Singletrack Sidewalks. Our friends at Outside Online posted this article about the town of Eagle Colorado and their plan to make their town more “mountain bike-able”.
  • Strider Bikes Announces 2015 National Championship Racing Series for Toddlers. There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Here are the four dates: Saturday, April 25: Bradenton, FL, Saturday, May 9: Ventura, CA, Saturday, June 6: Pittsburgh, PA and Saturday, August 8: Salt Lake City, UT. Visit Strider Bikes Event Page for further information.
  • Tuscany’s famed L’Eroica vintage bike ride will be coming to the United States for the first time in its nineteen year history this spring. After visiting this past fall, L’Eroica creator Giancarlo Brocci himself chose Paso Robles as the location for the first L’Eroica in the United States. The event will be April 10-12, 2015, with registration limited to 1000 riders and a cost of $150 per-entrant. Visit eroicacalifornia.com for more information.
  • Ride Local with Jamis Bicycles at the Farm to Fork Fondo in Vermont! The mass-participation cycling ride will be held July 12, 2015, at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont, with 500 participants expected from throughout North America. For more details visit the Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont web site.
  • And if you’d prefer to ride in France then perhaps you should check out  Trek Travel’s “Legends Series” Featuring Special Guest Pro Cyclists Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt. As part of this series, Andy Schleck will join the Etape du Tour trip during the Tour de France while Voigt will join Tour de France Alps to Paris Ultimate VIP race experience. For further information contact Trek Travel at 1-866-464-8735 or visit trektravel.com.
  • Attention Mountain Bikers: You have a personal invitation from the Polish Mountainbikers Alliance (POMBA) to ride the varied trails in that beautiful country. You may need to brush up on your Polish but visit the Alliance’s Facebook page anyway to see photos of just how good the riding is.
  • The Mongoose team has added mountain bike slopestyle and dirt jump rider, DJ Brandt its roster of talented athletes. The 21-year-old Denver, Colorado native joins fellow slopestyle and dirt jumpers Greg Watts and Mike Montgomery, as well as top trials rider Chris Akrigg. Visit Facebook.com/MongooseBikes for the latest from the brand and its team riders.
  • In last week’s Friday RoundUp our headline was about peer-to-peer global bike sharing site Spinlister. Well, it was brought to our attention that there’s another app called Spokefly that does the bike rental thing as well, albeit a bit differently. Instead of you contacting the bike owner directly, you simply use the app to pick a bike to ride and go to its location and unlock it. You may then ride it anywhere and not have to return it to the spot where you originally got it. Visit the Spokefly site for details and how you can make money by putting one of your bikes into service.
  • If you’re a triathlete who is looking for new (to you) gear or if you have a bike to sell then be sure to check out the new Cyclone site. They’ve done a major redesign of the site and added many new features to make it more user friendly. Focusing entirely on premium quality, high-value pre-owned bicycles from around the world, the online marketplace allows its customers to easily search and sell via a specialist catalogue.
  • We want to send our get well wishes to Debra Banks of Rivet Cycle Works. Several weeks ago Debra was out on a road ride with friends when she and some of the other riders were struck by a drunk driver. Unfortunately Debra suffered a severely busted ankle requiring 7 hours of surgery. She’ll be off the bike for a while and also won’t be able to make it to NAHBS as she cannot put weight on that ankle. Get well Debra, and we hope you’re back on the saddle real soon.

Long-term test: Flexible FABike Carbon Road and Trail Bike

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It’s been more than half a year since we introduced you to our test of the multi-surface FABike road bike. During that time we had the chance to spend a few months with the bike, but also had a couple of separate occasions to meet up with the bike’s designer and sales director to do a bit of riding with the FABike team. This let us talk a bit more about what we though of the bike, to really get a good hands-on experience of the bike in several of its different setup iterations, and to discuss how the company is going forward with the bike. One topic that might interest our readers is the good discount on their current stock through the month of March.

Follow me across the break, and find more details and see our overall thoughts of the bike…

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Pedal at Highway Speeds with the RAHT Racer

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For some, commuting to work by bicycle can be a drag. There is the preparation time required to kit up, packing lunch, packing clothes and the motivation factor. Sure, you may be the type who is organized and carted the week’s clothes into work last Friday, but swinging a leg over the top tube when the temperature is below 32º Fahrenheit isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And, there’s the complication of lugging around a laptop or running errands during a lunchbreak.

However, for those who like to commute to work by bicycle, but are looking for similar benefits offered by an automobile, there may be a solution for you, RAHT Racer; Recumbent-Automotive-Human-Transport. It takes pedal power to a whole new level… READ MORE ->

Review: Louis Garneau WINDTEX Eco-Flex II cold weather gloves

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Back when I was a BMXing teen in Ontario, I decided a good pair of cold weather gloves would be worth buying. A car was still a few years off, and the weather wasn’t going to keep me from hanging out with my friends in June, October or January. I bought a pair of Louis Garneau winter gloves and instantly loved them for being thin but surprisingly warm.

Unfortunately, I lost one of those gloves and missed them dearly for several years. After finding a new home in Pemberton, B.C. and diving into the MTB scene, I finally decided to get another pair for last fall’s final trail rides. I found the updated gloves, now known as the WINDTEX Eco Flex 2 and reunited myself with an old friend. As suggested by the above photo, I’m quite happy with them.

Find out why the Eco-Flex 2 deserves two thumbs up after the jump…

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Flipcrown Helps Slim Your Bike for Easy Storage

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As more of us take to two wheels for our commute, Belgian cyclists-slash-designers Patrick Jacquet and Rob De Schutter developed the Flipcrown to make bike storage easier, especially for riders living in cramped urban areas.

Intended for commuter, vintage or cruiser bikes with either a 1” or 1-1/8” threaded headset, the Flipcrown replaces the headset’s top crown nut and enables the rider to rotate the handlebars 90º for storage and easily snap them back into position for riding. This makes it easier to store bikes in narrow hallways, hang them on walls, carry bikes down stairways, jam them into stuffed bike racks, and fit multiple bikes on car-mounted racks.

Flip past the break to see how it works…
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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Do you rent bikes in the cities you travel to? Did you ever wonder if you could make money by renting one of your bikes to someone who wanted to check out your local trails. Well, wonder no more. Spinlister, the peer-to-peer global bike sharing site (think AirBNB for bikes), is proud to announce a number of new national and regional partnerships to bolster existing communities and help bring reliable bicycle transportation to the masses. Launched on April 1st 2012, Spinlister allows users to rent and list not only bicycles but also skis, snowboards, SUPs, and surfboards from each other in over 50 countries worldwide.
  • Cannondale is celebrating 15 years making its Lefty fork with a demo tour. Check here to find locations and dates (three spots, all in California) and ride with the likes of Mark Weir, Jason Moeschler and Tinker Juarez while testing out the Lefty on some epic trails.
  • Looking for a unique cycling vacation for this summer? The Cycling House has added a new bicycle trip for summer 2015 that goes from Glacier to Yellowstone National Park. The 7 day/6 night trip begins in Glacier National Park on the epic Going-to-the-Sun Road and then parallels the Rocky Mountain Front to Yellowstone National Park. The trip runs July 27 – August 2, 2015 for $1595 per person. To learn more visit thecyclinghouse.com or call (406)219-1318.
  • Attention mountain bikers in the Southeast! Registration is now open for the 2015 Southern Mountain Bike Summit! Join your friends and fellow advocates to learn more about what SORBA is doing in the Southeast to create, enhance, and preserve great mountain biking experiences! Summit dates are March 20-21, and we’re meeting in Auburn, AL, home to the great trails at Chewacla State Park. Visit southernmountainbikesummit.com for more information.
  • Artist Mona Doerksen has designed a poster that celebrates the sport that we all love. “Joy on Two Wheels” is a 24″ x 18″ print upon high-quality poster paper. The design “celebrates the beautiful sport of cycling” and she’s just kicked off a Kickstarter Campaign so take a look at this cool design and order one for yourself or your cycling friends.
  • Got an old, ugly jersey hanging around in the closet that you never wear but just can’t see a reason to get rid of it? Well, here’s a reason. Twin Six cycling apparel is giving you the chance to go from ugly to awesome with their Chump to Champ jersey exchange program. In exchange for $40 and one of your old ugly jerseys, we will send you a brand new Twin Six jersey and your ugly jersey submission will make you eligible to win you a 2015 T6 Standard Rando frameset. Let the closet-raiding commence!
  • Is this the year you conquer Mt. Mitchell, by bike? Registration is now open to the public for one of the Southeast’s most challenging and well-known uphill rides: the 103-mile Assault on Mt. Mitchell and its sister ride, the 74-mile Assault on Marion, scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015. Hurry! They’re already halfway to selling out.
  • Want a stylish way to secure your fixie while you visit the coffee shop? Kaufmann Mercantile now offers an Italian leather covered bike chain lock. The leather that envelops the marine-grade stainless steel chain not only looks great but it will protect your frame’s finish. And, match your Italian loafers.
  • Abbey Bike Tools, makers of heirloom-quality tools, are now available in the United Kingdom through Ben Thomson’s Cycleworx. This means that they’re able to sell Abbey Tools in the UK for a better price than if you were to buy direct from the US.
  • Do you plan on rockin’ the green on St Patrick’s Day? Then show your cycling pride by picking up the “IRISH I was on a bike” bamboo t-shirt from Bike Rags. The order deadline is March 1st get off yer arse and order one!
  • K-EDGE, makers of high-quality cnc’d products, has announced their new Australian distributor, FE Sports. The Australian market now has easy access to the chain catchers, computer and camera mounts that many of the Pro Tour teams in the TDU were using.
  • Recall Alert!! Scott USA has recalled their Vanish Evo bicycle helmets due to head a injury hazard. Go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for more information.
  • Gravel Racing is coming to Castle Pines, Colorado! The City of Castle Pines announces the newest event to the Wild series, The 1st Annual Dirty 40 Ride Wild scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2015 in Castle Pines CO. The course travels over dirt, pavement, packed dirt, crushed pavement and off road goat track. All types of bikes and abilities are welcomed! Registration information after the break…

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Carmichael & Co. Expands Pannier Color Offerings In New Kickstarter

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In time for Spring and Summer, Carmichael & Co. is expanding the color offerings of their affordable and classically inspired pannier via Kickstarter. A refreshing visual departure from many commuter products on the market, these bags are available through this preview in vibrant Yellow, Blue, Tangerine, Cream, Pink, and Seafoam for visibility on the road and personal expression.  Carry on for the video…

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Cycliq Fly12 Packs a POV Camera and 400 Lumen Headlight into One Compact Body

The Fly12 is a compact pov camera/headlight combo

The Fly12 squeezes an HD pov camera and 400 lumen headlight into this compact package.

In recent years, dashboard cameras have become a common tool for motorists seeking to protect themselves from liability in the event of an accident. Cars aren’t the only ones using the road however, so Leedville, Australia’s Cycliq decided similar devices would be ideal for commuters and road cyclists too. Last year Bike Rumor covered the release of Cycliq’s Fly6, a rear-facing light with a built-in camera, through their successful Kickstarter campaign.

Upon the insistence of many Fly6 owners, Cycliq has just announced another Kickstarter campaign for their new product, the Fly12. In short, it’s a front-facing adaptation of the Fly6 that combines a high-definition POV camera with a 400 lumen head light. The name is supposed to insinuate a ‘fly on the wall’ that’s watching out for you, either at 6 o’clock or 12 o’clock.

With a host of features designed to collect video evidence, the Fly12 is probably most useful for commuters who are concerned about vehicular collisions…

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