Posts in the category Commuter

Raleigh STEPS Into Premium Ebikes with Shimano Equipped Misceo Commuter

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As part of the Accell Group, the team behind Raleigh has access to a lot of electric bikes. Siblings to Currie Technologies, Haibike, IZIP, and eFlow as well as Raleigh all fall under the same roof. Because of that relationship Raleigh has been able to easily slip in a few e-bikes to test the waters with U.S. dealers. After exceeding their expectations with their entry level hybrids, it was time to step it up.

The Misceo is not Raleigh’s first ebike, but it is certainly the most advanced. One of the very first bikes in U.S. to use the new Shimano STEPS electric bike drivetrain, the Misceo will slot into the product range as their top end model. However, thanks to the Shimano system the Misceo will end up less expensive than comparable Bosch equipped bikes. Technically a 2016 model year product, Raleigh is giving consumers a chance to buy the future with Misceos available soon…


The Efneo Bicycle Gearbox Crank Hits Indiegogo, Puts 3 Speeds Up Front And Internal

Back in October, we showed you Efneo, a company out of Poland trying to bring a planetary gearbox crank to market. They have finally gotten the crank to crowdfunding on Indiegogo, and amazingly have already reached more than 1/3 of their goal in just 3 days.

Internal transmissions can be a love it or hate it idea for cyclists, but they are an excellent option for more casual cyclists, and the Efneo is created for these riders. Riding through a city, coming to many stop signs, and then taking off from each one, it takes time to train your mind to downshift your bike before each stop, and many casual users end up trying to take off again in a hard gear. The beauty of most internal drivetrains, and the Efneo, is that it can be downshifted without moving.

The other thing that sets the Efneo apart is a decently low price. Starting at just $220 during the campaign, it is considerably less expensive than say, the Truvativ Hammerschmidt, and still less than the similarly designed FSA Metropolis.

Take a look after the jump where the director of Manufacturing, Wictor, shows you how it works…


Obsydian Invictus welds a bulletproof bike for the big boys

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British bike manufacturer Obsydian is new to the industry as of 2013 but came to market unlike the gram counting, carbon obsessed pretty-boys who are so in vogue today. Obsydian wanted to go about things differently, offering a lifetime guaranteed road chassis capable of taking whatever abuse and pounding even the heaviest of riders could throw at it. The Invictus frameset is Obsydian’s first offering for the hammerhead-clydesdales amongst us. It’s for those who ride hard and put it away dirty. If you cringe at the sight of advertisements heralding 7.3% decreases in frame weights for a price tag rivaling the average family sedan, read on…


LEAFXPRO Bicycle Umbrella Leaves You Dry and Protected

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To be entirely honest, it will probably be awhile before products like the LEAFXPRO catch on in the U.S. Far more likely to succeed in countries where infrastructure is built around cycling as a true form of transportation, not just an afterthought, LEAFXPRO is the next evolutionary step in protection from the elements. Almost certain to draw some stares, a bicycle umbrella is as it sounds – a protective barrier from the wind and rain. Only, this umbrella is attached to the bike so you don’t have to ride with one hand and fight with an umbrella at the same time.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like the LEAFXPRO either as you couldn’t step foot outside Eurobike without running into similar contraptions. Where the LEAFXPRO stands out though, is in the aerodynamic design and modular construction. It may look funny, but the bicycle umbrella should keep you dry if you choose to use it…


Found: Woodster CNC Machines Dead Trees Into Beautiful Bicycles

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It seems that wood bikes are the new thing that every designer wants to solve, and they all do it a little different. Woodster departs from the idea of craftsman putting a lot of hours into a piece of art, and takes a technological approach, CNC machining them into hollow structures to build a precise, consistently manufactured frame.

They say one of their reasons for using wood is that it is eco friendly, and they say buying a Woodster keeps 14kg of CO2 from the atmosphere, since wood is natural storage for CO2 pulled from the air by the living tree. We think it would actually reduce quite a bit more than that when you factor in the energy used to do heat treatment and welding on a steel frame.

Check out a few shots and a video of the swoopy cellulose rides after the jump…


SKS Helps Fatter 29″ Tires Cover up with New X-Tra Dry XL and Shockboard XL Fenders

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If you’re lucky enough to have somewhere to ride your mountain bike when it rains, decent fenders can be a helpful addition to your bike. But since no one really likes to ride around with fenders when it’s dry out, it helps if the fenders can be quickly removed and installed – otherwise they’re going to sit in your garage unused. As tires continue to get bigger, so must the fenders which is why SKS has introduced the new X-Tra Dry XL rear and Shockboard XL front fenders. Designed to provide more coverage, the X-Tra DRy XL measures in at 80mm longer and 10mm wider than the original, while the Shockboard XL adds 60mm in length as well.

Still just as easy to put on and take off, the pair is worth a look for anyone riding 29ers or fat 700c tires…


Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Yuba Bicycles make carrying kids fun, safe and easy because they are purpose-built for doing just that. And now, Yuba is coming to your town! Come see “What a Bicycle Can Do” at the Yuba Bicycles Power-up Bike Tour. See their Facebook page page for more information on meet-up locations and a map of the tour’s route.
  • Speaking of bikes to carry your kids around, here is your chance to win a Buddy Bike or other adaptive bicycle for your special needs child. Choose the bike you want to win, submit your entry with a picture of your child with special needs along with a short explanation why your child needs an adaptive bike and get 50 nominations by MARCH 4 to be entered in the drawing to win. Contest begins February 10th so Click Here to Enter or Donate.
  • This is your last reminder that registration for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the world’s biggest charitable bike ride) opens on January 20th. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! The Tour itself is May 3rd and is an amazing way to see New York. Visit for more information.
  • Showers Pass is very pleased to announce that it has signed on as an annual sponsor of the nonprofit National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Showers Pass president Kyle Ranson saw the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis firsthand as he watched a 20-year-old friend suffer from the disease. Bike MS is for cyclists of all abilities and anyone seeking a personal challenge and a world free of multiple sclerosis.
  • KEEN Unveils New Season of KEEN Effect Program – After its successful inaugural season of the 2014 KEEN Effect, the company is announcing its second year of the KEEN Effect program to support non-profits globally. For 2015, the KEEN Effect II will award 10 grants to non-profits around the world. To learn more about the KEEN Effect II, please check out: or contact
  • If you’re a bicycle brand, component brand or bike shop and want to be included in our LINKS LIST pages, please check to see if you’re there and if not, use the Submit Tips form to send us your brand name, phone and website. For Bike shops, include your city and state.

Lots more below…


Rob English Glow Bike lights up the night in Seattle


We’ve seen some pretty sick custom builds from Rob English in the past, proving he’s one of the most creative frame builders around. He’s also pretty darn good at making steel both aero and lightweight.

But for this Seattle customer, English Cycles used paint to make a commuter bike really stand out, especially at night. Featuring a special “Glowbee” clearcoat that glows in the dark, it will definitely be seen on the roads after the sun goes down.

See what happens when the lights go out below…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Their slogan is “If you like riding bikes, you’ll dig our shirts.” Two riders from Brevard, North Carolina started The A-Line in September 2014 to make apparel that is a celebration of the cycling culture and subcultures within it, because bikes make life better. They’ve got about eight designs now and can create custom designs as well. The A-Line: Cycling apparel for life on two wheels.
  • As promised, here is another reminder that registration for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the world’s biggest charitable bike ride) opens on January 20th. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! The Tour itself is May 3rd and is an amazing way to see New York. Visit for more information.
  • Tired of the lousy coffee in your office break room? Do you want French Press quality Joe for your next camping trip but don’t want the mess? Then check out The Coffeebrewer which is a resealable packet of coffee contained in its own filter. Pour in hot water, reseal it, let it steep and then pour yourself piping hot coffee from its attached spout. Check it out at
  • Team Giant-Alpecin is now the third team in the pro peloton to use the Pioneer power meter system as their training tool. Pioneer is sponsoring the men’s and women’s cycling teams by outfitting each team’s race bicycles with the advanced dual-leg power meter crank sets and the SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer. Team Giant-Alpecin’s 2015 season kicks off at The Tour Down Under in Australia on January 17th.
  • Lazer sponsored racers are coming off a fabulous 2014 and are looking forward to great results in 2015. One of the first events is the 2015 Tour Down Under. Follow Lazer on Facebook for team updates and you’ll get first looks at contests for some lucky fans to win Lazer gear!
  • The first annual Idaho Enduro Series kicks off Feb. 5, 2015 with the premier of “The Rise of Enduro” movie. The showing will be at the Basque Center, 601 W. Grove Street in Boise, Idaho. Besides screening the movie, they’ll be introducing the race series sponsors and unveiling the details of the Idaho Enduro Series. Tickets are $10 and include a raffle entry and beverage from Woodland Empire. Doors open at 6pm and the movie starts 7pm. The Idaho Enduro Series is a three event mountain bike race series that is open to riders of all abilities. The actual racing thankfully starts in May, when it’s a bit warmer.