Posts in the category Commuter

Roundup: Weird & wonderful racks, lights, bags, helmets, aliens and things to keep you aero


With several of us also being fans (or wanting to as midlife approaches, anyway) of motorized two wheel transportation alongside our bicycles, finding ways to combine the two always catches our eyes. This rack from 2×2 Cycles lets you take along a couple bikes, a skateboard and your bags.

Throttle past the break to see it and a whole lot more random things…


Sneak Peek: Fairdale’s 2016 Line Expands with More Stylish, Fun, and Functional Bikes


If you are familiar with Fairdale bikes or founder Taj Mihelich, you know the name of the game is fun. How can you not love a company that the founder sends you custom artwork for our “Sneak Peak?” Sneakers on mountain tops aside, Fairdale offers a unique take on the world of every day bicycles. Drawing on his experience as a World Champion BMX rider, Taj took his ideas to Odyssey BMX to create a brand that blended BMX durability and fun with bigger wheels and frames to create bikes that met the needs of most riders.

In 2016, the line expands with even more options for riders whether you’re looking for a 26″ BMX or a step through 3 speed city bike…


Sneak Peek: Fortified Teases the Invincible, the “City-Proof” Bike


If you’ve ever ridden in the city, or hell, even just walked in a city you’ve seen them. Missing parts, rusted out, vandalized, neglected, the mean streets are usually filled with the remains of bicycles that couldn’t handle the abuse. So what is one to do? Stop riding? Buy disposable bikes?

For Fortified co-founders Slava Menn and Tivan Amour, the answer isn’t changing how you’re riding, but what you’re riding. After interviewing numerous city commuters, the pair found that most riders weren’t actually riding city bikes. And because those bikes weren’t designed to survive life chained to a bike rack in the city, the bikes don’t last long.

Along the same lines as their Fortified bike lights, the team is turning their attention towards a complete bike. Appropriately named the Invincible, Fortified claims this bike is purpose built to survive any harsh city environment…


Philly Bike Expo Roundup: Beautiful Handmade Bikes from Around the Globe Pt. 2

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Continuing from where we left off, the Philly Bike Expo was filled with examples of just what makes handmade bikes stand out. It wouldn’t be a selection of handmade bikes without something from Richard Sachs, right?


Philly Bike Expo Roundup: Beautiful Handmade Bikes from Around the Globe Pt. 1

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The Philly Bike Expo is an interesting and entertaining show. A true mix of almost all of cycling’s weird niches, eccentricities, and different segments, it’s a great representation of city cycling as a whole. It’s also almost a mini NAHBS with handmade bikes from a number of different builders that are sure to stop you in your tracks.

Bikes like this wild Stijl Uber Commuter. Between the burly titanium tubing, gorgeous paint, and smart parts selection, this was a show favorite…


Roundup: Random look-worthy bikes (and sort-of bikes) from the shows


It’s not everyday you get to hop aboard a pro’s bike to demo parts, but Pioneer had Hollywood Daniel Holloway’s Felt road bike on hand to show what their powermeter could do. The bike’s paint scheme showed off the American colors in grand style, and a couple other custom touches helped personalize the bike further.

Check out more pics of this and other random, weird, useful and downright cool bikes and bike-ish things below…


A week in review: Smart helmets, pink bikes, and that beee-utiful Garbaruk cassette adapter

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This week we have some great round ups from the Philly Bike Show, Peaty is getting ready to say adios…. but not yet, and what is with all the things lighting up that are not lights? We took a look at new kicks from DZR and Northwave as well as a lot of really nice apparel from Rapha and the new to the U.S. eye-catching Attaquer brand.

Move on past the break to take a rather in depth glimpse of our week in review…..


Philly Bike Expo Roundup: New Parts and Accessories From Boyd, Upstand, Thomson, Tetra Bike, and More

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Compared to Interbike or Eurobike, Philly Bike Expo is certainly less focused on new product and more focused on hand made bikes and the consumer. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a number of little Easter Eggs of new parts out there if you knew where to look.

Boyd Cycling was there to promote their ever expanding line of wheels and impressive hubs, but a few other projects caught our eye. Like these colorful spokes. According to Boyd the official details aren’t yet available other than they are working on a custom powder coated spoke program that is sure to make your wheels stand out…


Torch Flux Packs a bright punch with the largest rear light available, integrated into a backpack

Torch Flux fiber optic LED cycling messenger backpack with large light panel

Why put lights on your bike when your actual gear can be the light? Starting with their T1 helmet, Torch has taken advantage of today’s light tech to create pieces with integrated illumination. Now they’ve made what you could call a huge move and  incorporated a massive light system right into their new Flux pack’s actual material.

Check out how this thing works and see it in action past the break….