Posts in the category Commuter

SOC 14: Metropolis Shows Seatpost Saddle Quick Release Prototype, Plus New Gravity Gradient Carbon Components

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This next one goes out to anyone who has ever worried about leaving a saddle on their bike when locking it up or loading it on a car rack. Instead of using a saddle cover or a plastic bag and locking it up, what if you could easily remove the saddle in seconds without messing with your adjustment? That’s what the company is wondering with their prototype Metropolis seat post. The design is sound, but Metropolis is wondering how many people would take advantage of the seatpost design. Find out how it works after the jump…

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Wednesday Group Ride – Fresh Goods from Selle Anatomica, CDI Torq Tools, Profile Designs, Restrap & More

CDI Torq Tools adjustable t-handle torque wrench

A while back, we reviewed CDI’s miniature T-handle torque wrenches positively for their ease of use and convenient one-torque setting. But, with the myriad torque requirements of stems, handlebars, seat posts and saddle clamps, it could very easily become a wall full of individual wrenches.

Now, they’ve got an adjustable TorqControl wrench, spanning from 2nm to 8nm with a cam-over-clutch design for error proof settings. It uses a magnetic tip that holds standard 1/4″ bits and comes with 4/5/6mm and T25 Torx bits plus 4″ long 4mm and T25 bits. And a certificate of accuracy. Retail is $80, available through SnapOnIndustrialBrands.com.

Twist into more new gear below…

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SOC14: Marin Introduces Rift Zone Carbon, Indian Fire Trail Hartdtail, & Updates the Lombard

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The Rift Zone is a model that has been in Marin’s line up for years, but it was time to give it some fresh legs. Sticking with the 29″ wheel platform, the new Rift Zone is what Marin calls their Trail 29er with 110mm rear, and 120mm front travel. Other than the material change to carbon, the Rift Zone XC 9 gains Marin’s new Isotrack rear suspension design which uses a flex stay in place of the rear pivot. The result is a 29 FS just over 25 lbs that will be the enduro race weapon of choice for Kyle Warner…

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NAHBS 2014: Bike Roundup – A.N.T., Helavna, Brompton, Rob English & More!

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As our NAHBS coverage wanes, we’ve got a few more roundups and posts to mix in with the rising Sea Otter news. Above, Rob English didn’t have a booth this year, but he peppered a couple booths with his fantastic looking bikes. This road bike sat in Campagnolo’s space, but was paired with TRP’s Spyre mechanical discs, not Campy disc brakes (we think you probably won’t have to hold your breath too much longer).

Check out the rest of the frame and many more from several builders below…

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It takes 6 GoPro Cameras To Create This Trippy Bicycle Ride

To record this trippy 360 footage, Jonas Ginter used a 3D printer to create a mount for his six GoPro cameras. He then used software to stitch together the footage into a spherical panorama.

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NAHBS 2014: Calfee Builds a True Workhorse, Plus more Custom Gates Equipped E-Bikes

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Quick, what can you make from some wood, axe and hammer handles, some pipe, saw blades, and a handfull of bike parts? Answer – Craig Calfee’s humorous take on the “workhorse” bike. Easily one of the most creative uses of non-bike-parts-as-bike-parts of the show, the Workhorse is definitely hand built, and definitely unique…

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NAHBS 2014: Bicycles from BME Designs & Speedhound

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We had a solid interview with BME Design’s Brano prior to the show, so it was neat to see his stealthy city bike up close. The carbon fiber frame is built with angular tubing that gives it a very advanced, modern look.

Contrasting that, his other bikes and frames used bamboo tubes (and titanium and more carbon), and then there were the more classic looking steel bikes from Speedhound…

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SRAM Kicks Back with 3 Speeds for WBR, and a Hub that can Shuck Corn

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Amongst all of the high zoot show bikes of NAHBS, SRAM had something new that was decidedly not as sexy, but still very important. Bolted onto the back end of a World Bicycle Relief Buffalo bike, SRAM was showing prototypes of their new 3 speed kick back hub. Simplicity and durability are important, especially when you’re talking about a bike that will reside in remote villages in Africa without a modern bike shop close by. So to offer more speeds without the need for a shifter or cables, SRAM has upped their sealed kick back hub to 3 speeds. Offering a 186% gear range, shifts are carried out by back pedaling slightly which clicks up to two, then three. As soon as you brake on the coaster brake, the system resets to first gear.

The hubs will make their way onto bicycles for regular consumers as well, but for the Africa bikes, the hub includes a special feature…

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NAHBS 2014: Don Walker’s Still in Steel, Jim Kish Keeps it Titanium

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As promised in his pre-show interview, NAHBS president Don Walker kept it simple this year. His traditional cyclocross, track and road bikes (this time a tandem) are unchanged, but he continues to highlight some great paint schemes year after year.

Last year we saw a Star Trek theme that was a bit out there. This year, things were a little more down to earth, including a digital camo and a few bold two-tones with lines as sharp as a razor. Check out the gallery below, along with Jim Kish’s beautiful titanium bikes…

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