Brooks continues 150th anniversary Dashing Bikes project with Condor, Schindelhauer, Tokyo Bike, Achielle & more…

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This spring we saw the first of Brooks’ 150th anniversary collaborations with the UK’s own Brompton, German consumer direct Canyon, Skeppshult of Sweden, and the touring aficionados of Tout Terrain. Each of the bikes is produced in limited numbers and sold around the world. The single theme to link them all together (other than the drive to make a dashing looking bike, hence the name) has been the incorporation of copper throughout. Based on Brooks’ iconic copper riveted saddle, the project attempts to tie together a timeless look that can work from a small wheel folder to a full-sized commuter. Now they have taken the next step bringing the concept to more styles of bikes with offerings from Condor, Schindelhauer, Tokyo Bike, Achielle, plus other bikes on the way from Pegoretti, Pelago, Moustache, and Salsa…

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This spring we saw the first of Brooks’ 150th anniversary collaborations with the UK’s own Brompton, German consumer direct Canyon, Skeppshult of Sweden, and the touring aficionados of Tout Terrain. Each of the bikes is produced in limited numbers and sold around the world. The single theme to link them all together (other than the drive to make a […]

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EB16: Casco finalizes well-vented Full Air RCC helmet, plus reworks affordable Activ 2 lid

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Last autumn we took a look at the prototype of German helmet maker Casco’s new Full Air helmet that takes aimed to see how they could boost ventilation in a helmet and ended up rethinking a bit how they draw air in and across the head. The resulting Full Air RCC helmet is now available for both road and mountain biking, so we take a closer look. Casco has also taken their best selling and affordable all around helmet and  reworked it as the Activ 2. Check out what’s new with each after the break….

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Last autumn we took a look at the prototype of German helmet maker Casco’s new Full Air helmet that takes aimed to see how they could boost ventilation in a helmet and ended up rethinking a bit how they draw air in and across the head. The resulting Full Air RCC helmet is now available […]

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Electra remasters color and style for Loft commuter and fashion cruisers

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Since their inception, Electra has been all about making bikes fun for the average rider. Little gets the “I’m not a racer” consumer out more than a comfortable seat/position and some cool designs. That being said, Electra is now offering their Loft model in three new colors, also a few new fashion cruisers are also taking to the streets.

Cruise past the break for more…

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Since their inception, Electra has been all about making bikes fun for the average rider. Little gets the “I’m not a racer” consumer out more than a comfortable seat/position and some cool designs. That being said, Electra is now offering their Loft model in three new colors, also a few new fashion cruisers are also taking to the […]

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The OTTOLOCK cinch lock is light, small and much stronger than it looks

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The age-old problem of bike locks is that they either lack security or they’re too bulky and heavy to carry – especially on a serious road ride. While many minds have attempted to find the ideal balance between these priorities a few folks from Portland, Oregon have come up with a unique solution: the OTTOLOCK.

The cinch-style OTTOLOCK is lightweight and flexible but also durable enough to resist cutting from pliers or bolt cutters. It’s quite small as well, rolling up to just 3” around and weighing about a quarter of a pound.

The OTTOLOCK has already more than doubled its funding goal on Kickstarter, and there’s still plenty of time left in the campaign. Read on to find out how this simple looking lock defeats cutting tools with its clever strap design…
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The age-old problem of bike locks is that they either lack security or they’re too bulky and heavy to carry – especially on a serious road ride. While many minds have attempted to find the ideal balance between these priorities a few folks from Portland, Oregon have come up with a unique solution: the OTTOLOCK. […]

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Silca cinches down the Seat Roll Premio, riding essentials secured by BOA

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So back at the start of the fourth month of the year, Silca promised a true innovation in how we carry spare tubes and inflation on our rides. While they were clearly unsatisfied with the current state of saddle bags, sadly a quick look at the date meant that the Silca Personal Support Drone wasn’t likely to materialize. But much to our pleasant surprise, it seems that the simple saddle bag was on their radar, and now Silca has a better solution. Pairing the simple classic structure of a tool roll, with the precise dial-to-fit security of a BOA closure, the new Seat Roll Premio will haul your everyday essentials in a more elegantly executed package. Check it out up close after the break, plus pricing and availability…

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So back at the start of the fourth month of the year, Silca promised a true innovation in how we carry spare tubes and inflation on our rides. While they were clearly unsatisfied with the current state of saddle bags, sadly a quick look at the date meant that the Silca Personal Support Drone wasn’t likely […]

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Review: Coros Linx smart helmet connects your smart phone to your head

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There has been a tidal wave of technology flooding the bicycle industry trying to integrate the power of our hand-held computers (with phone service) to our riding experience. While many may think this sounds ludicrous, many of the potential soon to be cyclists expect this sort of standard because… well what don’t smartphones do for us nowadays? Coros sent me an early run of their Linx “smart helmet” to try out. The Linx takes many of the most commonly used functions provided by your phone and wraps them up in a safe, hands-free place around your head.

Stick with me here and see why this could be more of a benefit than you might think…

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There has been a tidal wave of technology flooding the bicycle industry trying to integrate the power of our hand-held computers (with phone service) to our riding experience. While many may think this sounds ludicrous, many of the potential soon to be cyclists expect this sort of standard because… well what don’t smartphones do for us […]

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Rawland unpacks the Ravn & Ulv bikes for adventure-loaded gravel exploration

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The new Rawland Ravn is a triple-butted steel drop bar bike that’ll fit anything from 26″ mountain bike tires up to 700×44, giving you every practical option under the sun for heading off the beaten path. And with rack, fender and accessory mounts, you can take everything you need to stay out there a while.

Its geometry is designed to let you ride fast over mixed surfaces, even when carrying a load, or just whip through traffic using it as a super commuter. Larger 650b x 58mm (2.25″) tires (or 42mm/1.65″ with fenders) give it floatation over rocks or potholes. Thru axles front and rear keep it stiff where it needs to be, but the steel frame helps make it lively. They’re calling it an “all-road enduro” bike that’s perfect for singletrack, rando, touring, gravel, bike packing and adventure. ‘Nuff said.

Unless you wanna go bigger…

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The new Rawland Ravn is a triple-butted steel drop bar bike that’ll fit anything from 26″ mountain bike tires up to 700×44, giving you every practical option under the sun for heading off the beaten path. And with rack, fender and accessory mounts, you can take everything you need to stay out there a while. […]

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Flatbike brings Change folding bikes and space-saving accessories to the USA

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While simplicity is often the game, commuter bikes can still employ some pretty nifty gadgets – Where else in the cycling realm will you find folding frames and components? If storage or transit is a concern, folding bikes are a viable option, but if you don’t want to go quite that far a folding stem and quick-release pedals can reduce your ‘normal’ bike’s footprint too.

Flatbike.net is based in Kirkland, Washington, and acts as the US distributor for the UK’s Change Bikes. This UK-based company’s folding commuter, hybrid and MTB bikes are equipped with full-sized wheels and weigh in at some pretty reasonable numbers.

The site also offers some clever aftermarket accessories like folding stems, quick-release pedals and a euro-style frame mounted wheel lock. Read on for details and pics of the bikes and components…
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While simplicity is often the game, commuter bikes can still employ some pretty nifty gadgets – Where else in the cycling realm will you find folding frames and components? If storage or transit is a concern, folding bikes are a viable option, but if you don’t want to go quite that far a folding stem […]

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Bike Friday’s new pakiT city bikes start at 14.9 lbs and fold up into a backpack

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If you’re supposed to travel with a bike, it only makes sense that it should be both compact and lightweight. Bike Friday is a family-owned manufacturer from Eugene, Oregon who’s been making folding travel bikes for 24 years, and they’re recently released the pakiT. With a single-speed model that comes in at just 14.9 lbs, they say it’s the lightest folding bike ever.

The pakiT not only offers a quick-fold mode, it also further folds up into a backpack that can be purchased with the bike, or into a standard sized suitcase for airline travel. The bikes come in single, 3 or 11 speed options all driven by grease-free Gates belts, and six different frame sizes are available to accommodate a wide range of riders.

The company has already well exceeded their Kickstarter campaign funding goal, and while the early bird deals are gone there’s still time to buy in…
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If you’re supposed to travel with a bike, it only makes sense that it should be both compact and lightweight. Bike Friday is a family-owned manufacturer from Eugene, Oregon who’s been making folding travel bikes for 24 years, and they’re recently released the pakiT. With a single-speed model that comes in at just 14.9 lbs, […]

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