Posts in the category Commuter

EB15: Stevens Goes Big Boosting All 2016 Full-Suspension bikes, Gets a Fatter Mobster, and more on and off-road


Stevens was showing a bunch of new things from city bikes to an e-bike with automatic NuVinci shifting, but what first caught out attention was the fattening up of their mountain bikes (while still churning out a new 9kg carbon hardtail), and some updates to the cross bikes (including the race-winning Super Prestige Disc that we tested last cyclocross season). Not to be left out were bikes for the asphalt, and we picked up on two extremes: a gearbox driven urban monster with 2.4″ slicks over to the Ventoux road machine in either disc or rim brake variants. Get all the details with us after the break…


IB15: Dean Titanium Crafts Slick Cafe Racer, Revised Misfit Enduro & New Stock Road, Cross and Mountain frames

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Dean Titanium brought a lot of new goods to the show and it’s apparent that growing the brand is the focus…. and they are not being shy about it. They brought everything from beauty to brawn as well as nicely priced bikes for the masses.

Roll past the break and check out what all Dean Titanium has been up to!


IB15: Niterider powers up OLED displays, brighter trail lights, aero taillights & more


Niterider’s OLED Lumina are new, adding a digital readout up top so you know remaining battery level and run time per setting. Two models are available, the 600 and 800 with lumen output matching the model name.

Both get 90 minutes to 9 hours runtime on a full charge depending on setting. There’s a new solid output with strobe setting that lays a bright flash over top of a constant beam so you can always see where your going while still getting a safety flash to alert drivers.


IB15: Cycliq Shows Updated Fly6 and Impressive New Fly12 Lights with Integrated HD Cameras

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There has been a lot of talk lately about the concept of “car shaming” – the act of filming cars that put your safety at risk while riding your bicycle, and then posting them online. And why wouldn’t there be? There have been a number people killed or seriously injured while out riding their bikes recently, and we’ve all been out on a ride when a driver intentionally tries to buzz you, or worse hit you, throw things at you, shoot you with a paintball gun… Whatever the scenario, there’s a lot of stupid things that could put your safety at risk while riding.

For Andrew Hagen, the CEO of Cycliq, the answer may not be in the filming itself, but in the threat of any cyclist having an onboard camera. In his mind, if enough riders start reporting dangerous drivers to the police, the threat of having video evidence against them may make drivers think twice before trying to intimidate a cyclist.

To make this as easy possible, Cycliq has introduced two cycling lights with integrated HD cameras that film on continual loop. Since the camera is always on, you know that if you do have an altercation the camera will have captured it. And if you don’t have an altercation, well, the lights probably did their job and you can head home to charge for another ride. We’ve seen the Fly6 rear light previously and while it does get some improvements, the real story is the impressive functionality of the forthcoming Fly12 front light…


Forget the Pope Mobile, Papa Francisco Now Has a Custom Breezer Downtown 8

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Whatever your stance on religion, if there’s one thing we can all probably agree on here, it’s the gospel of the bike. Bicycles are more than just a high-performance toy. They are an effective mode of transportation all around the world. Due to his positive stance on more environmentally friendly modes transportation, Pope Francis was presented with a custom Breezer Downtown 8 by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia Bicycling Advocacy Board to commemorate the Papal visit.

Designed by Breezer bikes with graphics by the head of ASI’s graphic design team, Amanda Dirksen Catanzaro, custom metal accessories from Carl & Rose, and paint by Toronto-based VeloColour, the Downtown 8 was chosen by Mayor Nutter due to its positioning as a “people’s bike.” Along with the gift to Pope Francis, Breezer’s parent company Advanced Sports International also donated 100 bicycles to Bicycle based Community programs in Philadelphia.


Proviz Gets More Technical with new Reflect360+ and Switch Jackets


Hailing from a land that is already starting to slip back into autumn as the days are getting noticeably shorter again, London-based Proviz know a thing or two about trying to stay visible riding year round. They had a lot of success with the fully reflective Reflect360 series that was introduced last year, and have reworked their bestselling jacket to make it more breathable and performance-oriented while keeping the exceptional visibility and waterproofness. At the same time they’ve added a new Switch range this summer with reversible men’s and women’s vests and jackets that offer one fully reflective side and either black or high-vis on the other to suit a broader set of tastes.

Read on for a close look at both the Plus and Switch line-ups…


IB15: Advocate Cycles Speaks for the (700)c’s, with New Lorax Gravel Bike

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After starting with fat and plus size tires, Advocate Cycles is moving to something a bit skinnier. Based out of Minneapolis, Advocate has been making noise in the bicycle world thanks to their positioning as a Special Benefit Corporation. The arrangement allows for Advocate to operate as a business while giving back 100% of the profits after expenses to bicycle based advocacy. Perhaps the way forward for many businesses, it was recently announced that Kickstarter is now a similar Public Benefit Corporation as well.

For Advocate cycles though, it’s not just about the advocacy, but it’s also about the bikes. Founder Tim Krueger mentioned he didn’t want to sell product he wasn’t proud of just because of the advocacy model. Instead he wanted to make the bikes he really wanted to ride while also giving back to the community. Their new Lorax is an example of just that – it’s meant to be an affordable, steel cross/gravel/do it all bike with modern components and a fun ride…


Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #3 PLUS 2015 Interbike Preview:

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We’re back from Interbike yet still have lots to bring you from Eurobike. Here is the 3rd installment of Eurobike coverage as well as a preview of some of the things coming up from this past week’s Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. Grab your favorite Fall beer, relax, and enjoy!

And if you need to catch up, here is Week 1 and Week 2’s indexed coverage of Eurobike 2015.


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Human Powered Vehicle Breaks 85 MPH! – We found this story first on Aerovelo’s speed bike Eta premiered at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada in 2014. Despite mechanical issues, the team placed third overall. Now Aerovelo is getting ready for another record attempt in the 2015 challenge. Get updates from this year’s challenge at