Posts in the category Commuter

Review Showdown: NiteRider Stinger USB VS Cateye Rapid X Taillights

NiteRider Stinger USB Taillight

With the kids back to school, cyclocross season starting, and summer ending, it’s time to bust out the commuter lights again.  Personally, I prefer easy to mount lights that recharge via USB and have good battery life.  The NiteRider Stinger USB and the Cateye Rapid X fit the bill.

Flash past the break for the reviews.

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EB14: Euro-Bytes – Lauf Forks, Brake Force One & Schlumpf Advanced Belt Drive

Following the recent announcement if their new 27.5″ fork, Lauf has revised their already really light short travel leaf spring 29er fork to be a bit lighter and a bit stronger.

The revised lower section around the axle is cleaner looking, and it now holds their own bolt-in thru axle rather than being spec’d with the Rockshox Maxle. It’s just 47g, a considerable drop, and ther are new molded axle guides that the wheel can rest on while being installed.

More weight savings come from the full carbon bump stop, which replaces the alloy one on the original. You’re only goin to hit it when you bottom out the 60mm of travel, which is harder than you’d think.
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Giro & Bell Partner With MIPS & IceDot, Plus Bell Launches New Multi Impact Rated DJ Helmets

 

Giro MIPS Diagram

If you’re unfamiliar with the technology, MIPS is the biggest buzzword in helmet safety today. The acronym stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, and is a technology that seeks to reduce the damage from angled impacts. It works by using a liner inside the helmet as a low friction slip plane, which allow the helmet to rotate slightly in a crash and helps absorb rotational energy.

Both Giro and Bell will be launching helmets with the technology that span their commuter, road, and mountain bike line ups.

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PDW’s new Ninja Pump and BarKeep Inflation Tools

pdw ninja pump

Portland Design Works (PDW) has recently expanded their inflation tool lineup with two new models. The Ninja Pump is there when you need it, and out of the way when you don’t.  The BARkeep is both a pressure gauge and a CO2 inflator.

The PDW Ninja Pump is the MMA fighter of the mini pump world.  It has trained hard to master the art of Presta and Schrader.  CO2 inflation is a breeze with the airflow control knob.  The alloy mini pump is capable of conquering the toughest 120psi tire.  It’s lightweight at 76 grams.  And, it mounts under your bottle cage.  You’ll find one in my Ride Pouch.  Add one to yours for $35.

Breeze through the break for the BARkeep.

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Review: The Ride Pouch from Eleven Velo and Waterfield Designs

Eleven Velo Ride Pouch Front

For those that follow The Rules, you know #29. For those that do not:

“Rule #29 – No European Posterior Man-Satchel. Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.”

Eleven Velo and Waterfield Designs joined forces and come to the rescue with their new Ride Pouch. This beautiful leather case is designed to hold all of your goodies and fit nicely in a jersey pocket, freeing your bike of that eye sore that is the saddle bag.

Join us on the other side for the details.

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The Unstealable Bike? With Yerka Project, the Bike IS the Lock

Yerka project unstealable bike frame lock (2)

As more and more citizens look to bicycles as a means of transportation, bicycle locks seem to be under increased scrutiny. Many companies are looking for ways to improve the portability and effectiveness of current lock designs, but some bike designers are looking at it from another angle. Instead of carrying around bulky, heavy locks, why not make the bike a lock. After getting their own bikes stolen, that’s exactly what three engineering students from Chile are setting out to do with the Yerka Project.

The idea behind the project is pretty simple – most lock can be broken while still leaving the bike intact. When the lock is part of the bike, if thieves try to break the lock, it will essentially break the frame rendering the bike unrideable. Continue on to see the Yerka Project in action…

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Nisnas Industries’ Daily Grip Supports Arab and Palestinian Youth Of Israel

Nisnas Industries’ Daily Grip Wooden Brass Mahogany On Mountain Bike

Nisnas Industries of Israel does astounding woodwork. Already well versed in multiple products for both on and off the bike use, including wooden fenders and leather/wood bags, recently Nisnas turned their craftsmanship toward a gorgeous wooden bicycle grip. But Nisnas is not primarily focused on the bottom-line like most companies. Rather, with all designs and products creating a profit sharing project, Nisnas Industries is focused upon creating opportunities for the local youth of Israel. But this story is not only about Nisnas’ business model, their new Daily Grip appears to have been executed so well it may just make you want to ride your bike more.

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Smartglasses Get Smarter with Virtual Finger Control from Myo Armband

myo band recon jet

You’ve probably seen the guy by now. You know, the one person you know that has Google Glass furiously swiping at their temple trying to access the camera instead of accidentally searching for something in Google? Thanks to Thalmic Labs’ Myo arm band, there is a smarter way to navigate through smartglass options without even touching the device. The big news for cyclists is that in addition to Google Glass, the Myo band is also designed to work with the Recon Jet – cycling glasses with a built in heads up display.

Using hand gestures alone, users can control the Jet’s functions while keeping their hands close to the bars. Compatible with both snow and bike applications from Recon, the Myo arm band offers a direct connection to the Jet by using the official Myo remote application.

See the Myo/Jet combination in use after the break…

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The Making of the Kryptonite Messenger Collection – Part 1

Ever wonder where the design of bike locks comes from? Judging by the amount of bike thefts reported on social media, peace of mind is still hard to come by when locking up your baby on the mean streets. In the process of designing a new Messenger Collection, Kryptonite looked to direct feedback from professional messengers across the country to help develop the next generation of locks. Look for the Messenger Collection to be launched at Interbike, and in stores late this year.