Christmas is right around the corner and if you are stuck scrambling for unique gift ideas we’ve got a few good ones for ya. Hit the break for the goods: a killer “Après” jacket to keep you warm and lookin’ good post ride; a truly vintage, hand-crafted merino wool jersey direct from England; and yes, Victoria’s Secret’s first ever heart-rate bra…
Posts in the category Commuter
Taking visibility to the next level, Bikes and Arrows is a new company out of Maryland working to keep cyclists safe by keeping them conspicuous. Intended to be better looking than a neon safety vest, they are “safety conscious for the style conscious cyclist”. The Enhanced Visibility Long Sleeve Workshirt pictured above sells for $50 and features a full button front, reflective graphics, and is machine washable.
The work shirts are a durable and brightly colored 100% polyester in both long and short sleeved versions. Available in safety yellow with safety orange embroidery, safety orange with safety yellow embroidery and black with safety orange embroidery, they are sure to make you noticeable in the bike lane.
Jump past the break to take a high visibility look at the rest of the line…
The market of cycle commuters is not huge, and not as sexy as road or mountain bike racing. Typically underserved, Kickstarter has offered a way for a lot of ideas for commuting cyclists to come to life, offering exposure and funding for these ideas, as well as a quick test of the market reaction to the idea. With these three parts of going-to-market rolled into one service, its a nice easy way to get ideas out there. The service requires that inventors make a design and prototype before posting on the site, which can already help weed out the good from the bad. It is also a lot easier to pitch an idea with pictures and physical samples to show. For instance, did you know the jacket above features LED lighting so the rider can be seen better?
Check out the ideas for clothing, gear storage, foldable helmets and more after the jump…
- Spin Cycle: Cleaning Up With Investors After Bootstrapping A Business by OPEN Forum. Each week, MSNBC’s Your Business features experts to share their secrets for improving your business. This week they featured Wash Cycle Laundry in Philadelphia.
- Trek Travel is now offering their lightest road bike, the Trek Emonda SLR™ to their fleet. So now when you’re touring with Trek Travel in the rugged Alps of France or Italy’s Dolomite Mountains you’ll have the option to upgrade to the lightest production road bike ever built.
- Kogel Bearings is offering 20% off store wide on their web site www.kogel.cc until December 24 . Use code ‘HOLIDAY20S’ at check-out. This offer extends to IBDs as well. Shops can contact Kogel Bearings via email@example.com to take advantage.
- Access to sweet singletrack in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests may be in jeopardy. Please Comment on Timber Production, Wilderness Designations, and Management Prescriptions in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests by January 6th, 2015 by going to this email address: NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us and let them know you that do not support USFS timber production in areas of the forests with heavy recreational use.
- Increased travel costs and a desire to become healthier are fuelling a revolution on the roads. Lots of people are cycling and as a result professional drivers need to become more and more aware of how to act around this new wave of vulnerable road users. The UK’s leading Cycle Training Organisation…BikeRight! who train over 20,000 individuals each year in cycling safety and maintenance have launch a new series of training courses aimed at shared road use in the urban environment.
- Beginning in April 2015 Phil Brotherton will spend roughly 3 months travelling across 12 countries to raise money for the Royal British Legion and the German Volksbund. His journey, The Trail of Poppies, will cover 3500 miles whilst leaving a trail of 2015 Poppies as a sign of remembrance to all who died from both sides in the Great War. You can also follow Phil’s preparation and progress on his Facebook page.
- The awesome features of TICKR X and TICKR RUN are now available on the Wahoo Fitness App for Android! Be sure to download the Wahoo Fitness App in the Google Play Store.
- Gravel Grinder News has merged with Riding Gravel. After a lot of work on both sites separately, Guitar Ted and Ben Welnak, have brought their collective works together into one source for riders. Follow this link for more details about the merger.
Priority Bicycles, the brand that brought us the wildly successful Kickstarter commuter bike, has announced they will be partnering with children’s product brand Peg Pérego. Priority Bicycles initially gained fame by blasting through a crowdsourcing campaign with over 1800% more than their expected funding on an inexpensive belt-drive, internally geared commuter bike. Peg Perego has been making childrens products in Italy since 1949, and has a range of strollers, making children’s bicycle seats a next natural addition to the line.
Priority will supply Peg Pérego with their first ever children’s bicycle seat, the 10+. The seat will be available for $149.99 on the Priority Bicycles web page, starting in December. The 10+ rear-mounted children’s bicycle seat features one-click installation, a reclining design, a suspension system and adjustable footrests. The seat does not use any permanent rack attachment to the bike, instead uses a quick-release clamping mechanism on the seat tube that has its own integrated rack.
“As a father I have always turned to Peg Pérego for high quality and great looking products for my son,” said Dave Weiner, founder of Priority Bicycles. “When I found out it was developing bike seats, I knew the product would be a perfect fit with the Priority Bicycles brand. I hope this partnership encourages more parents to take their kids out on their bicycles and feel safe and confident doing so.”
If your idea of a commuter is drop bars with bigger tires and a fast ride, Lynskey would like to present the UrBANsky. Previously, Lynskey had offered their Cooper CMT or Cooper Commuter which was basically their Cooper CX bike dressed up for work. Built with new road specific cable routing, the UrBANsky combines tire clearance for 33mm tires (when running fenders), plus rack and fender mount compatibility.
Check the video break down from Lynskey, plus the modular dropout system next…
Building on their mantra of “real bikes for real people”, Brodie Bikes from Vancouver, BC, is releasing new models for adventure off-roading, as well as complete bikes in their high-end frame designs.
“We’re in the business of making bikes we can be stoked on”, says Bruce Spicer, Product Manager. “We continually evolve the bikes, depending on technology advancements, our own riding styles, and the needs of our customers.”
One such bike is the new Wolff, a stainless steel disc brake road bike in their Speed series. The Romulus, Remo and Tiber all switch over to disc brakes, too, all with clearance for wider tires and/or fenders. Some that don’t get discs move to long-reach rim brake calipers to get the same benefit. Plus, the bikes will be offered in more complete builds of both the titanium and stainless steel frames…
Allen Sports’ new ASL5X light sets come as a marched pair of polished alloy front and rear units with a versatile mounting system.
The front pumps out a claimed 280 lumen max as either a steady beam or blinking and runs off an included rechargeable AA battery. It’s plugs in with a USB cable, but the standard size battery means you could sub another AA in a pinch.
The rear runs off two coin cell batteries and has several output modes. It has six LEDs and emits 5 lumens worth of illumination. The mount swivels and adjusts to fit anything from a seatpost to a chainstay, which is a very nice feature.
Berliner Fahrradschau, also known as the international cycling lifestyle show, has been highlighting the world of commuting by bike for 6 years now. To celebrate the 6th edition of the show starting on March 20, 2015, Berliner Fahrradschau has teamed up with Schindelhauer Bikes to create the Limited Edition BFS ThinBike.
Already a Red Dot Design and iF Design award winner, the ThinBike gets some custom BFS upgrades to create an even more striking bicycle. Perfect for city living, the ThinBike is designed to ride well but also take up less room in your house or apartment. Limited to just 25 pieces, there’s probably a thin chance of getting one for yourself…