Posts in the category Commuter

New Pahoj dual purpose child seat lets you ride with your stroller

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It’s always cool to see a product come through Kickstarter, especially when it strives to resolve basic experiential gaps in cycling. The innovative Pahoj easily falls under this category by creating a bicycle child seat that doubles as a stroller, making child-wielding more reasonable while maintaining an active and car-free (or at least limited) lifestyle.

Check out how the Pahoj will replace both your child seat and stroller after the jump…

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Litelok: Lightweight Flexible Bike Lock, Last Chance on Kickstarter

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We’ve been keeping an eye out for alternate bike locks for years, ever since stuffing heavy u-locks down our waistbands or having their plastic frame mounts rattle and fail. Several weeks ago we spotted a different solution in what looks like a more flexible lock from upstart Litelok that makes use of a series of layers of lightweight materials, which combine together with an easy to use locking mechanism to offer pretty solid security (and resistance to attack) at a fraction of the weight we are used to.

Plus, that day-glo green is pretty cool too. Click past the break quickly as their Kickstarter only has a couple of days to go, and get some more details on the Litelok and its options…

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Berliner 2015: Classic and Urban Lace-up Appeal from Quoc Pham Shoes

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Quoc Pham Cycling Shoes have been around for several years, but we hadn’t really gotten around to them in much detail, really only mentioning them in passing and in their collaboration with Ergon on a unique Bavarian leather grip. They are a small UK-based company intent on bringing classic styling and hand-lasting to high-performing cycling shoes. Working primarily with full leather uppers, they have developed a line of traditional-looking shoes for urban cycling and touring that don’t shout bike shoes, allowing them to blend in off the bike while offering efficient functionality while pedaling. This goal of an all-day cycling shoe has led them to develop some great looking shoes that we wouldn’t have expected to be SPD-compatible at first.

We got the chance to chat briefly with company director Quoc Pham at the Berlin Bike Show about his eponymous shoes and their motivations, to have a look at their first non-leather offerings, and talk about what they have in the works. Step past the fold for some detail shots, their typical pricing, and some more info…

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Dero expands non-rack selection with new fully enclosed Bike Locker

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Dero of Minneapolis continues to expand its proprietary offerings outside of bike racks, for which it is best known, with the release of the Dero Bike Locker. Constructed of 99% recycled steel like many Dero products, the locker is available in 20 standard powdercoat colors (or a galvanized finish if you’re into it) which is a stylish and customizable departure from their existing fiberglass locker offerings.

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TPE15: New bikes, designs and chains from Blue, Bion-X and KMC

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KMC illustrated the durability of their new chains by showing Julie Bresset’s London Olympics XC race bike covered in mud. Fortunately the new chains were very clean, letting us get a detailed look at the new DLC hard, slick coatings and EPT environmentally safe coatings that promise enhanced rust protection and smoothness without harmful chemicals or treatments.

Nearby, Blue Competition Cycles had some small updates and a foreign market fat bike, and Bion-X was showing the next evolution of e-bike integration…

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NAHBS 2015: Roundup – Bikes from Cadence, Iride, Repete & Della Santa

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Low Bicycles are handmade in San Francisco, all falling into the racing aluminum frames category. This particular example was used to showcase a new bar tape design from Cadence Cycling, who’s done some great collaborations with Ritchey in the past and offer denim and other clothing catering to the performance cyclist.

Check the detailed paint and attention to detail, plus bikes from a variety of other builders, below…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Battle Royale 2 – The Ultimate Bike Battle returns Saturday April 18thEngland – The Morvélo Battle Royale was originally a one-off event. The response was so positive and the racing so exciting that they’re doing it again. Using a natural concrete oval in an abandoned old market in central Brighton, it pitched all types of riders and bikes against each other in a series of fast and furious knockout heats. The Circus Street Market is being redeveloped in June, so this will be the last time it can be held at this unique venue.

Much more including the finalists for the Bell Built Trail competition after the break!

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Six Fyx 6-Speed Drivetrain Conversion Kits for Fixies Now Available

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While fixies are fun, simple and easy to maintain there are times when it pays to have a few gears at hand. While they’re adamant that they aren’t trying to ‘fix’ anything, Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Fyxation has released a conversion kit that adds a six-speed drivetrain to your 120mm spaced frame.

The crew at Fyxation are clearly single-speed enthusiasts, but options are always good. The conversion kits are intended for fixed gear or track bike riders who want to give their knees a break, have hilly terrain to contend with, or for anyone who has a fixie that they like and fits well but would happily accept a bit more versatility. Bikerumor first previewed the Six Fyx conversion at Interbike in 2013, but the kits have just recently become available to consumers.

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Review: Showers Pass Refuge Rain Jacket and Body Mapped Baselayer

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No matter how much money you sink into cycling gear, there always seems to be at least one or two pieces that are hard to add to the collection. For me, one of the biggest offenders was always a quality rain jacket. Decent jackets are quite expensive, and mountain biking typically isn’t too friendly towards pricey pieces of clothing. For many years I suffered with mediocre jackets that were soaked through after an hour. Since then I’ve used a number of waterproof jackets with prices that range from $40 to 400 which are usually separated by one key factor – breathability.

In order to make a jacket truly breathable it usually requires some advanced technical fabrics that equate to a very expensive garment. Ultimately though, that breathability is what allows excellent rain shells to be used for more than just a rain jacket, as I found with the Showers Pass Refuge. After practically living in the Refuge all winter, it turns out to be an amazing jacket that competes with some of the most expensive on the market…

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