Posts in the category Commuter

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • The 3rd Annual Tour of Sufferlandia is on! The Greatest Grand Tour of a Mythical Nation in the Whole Wide World starts January 24th and finishes on February 1st. Taylor Phinney of BMC Pro Cycling Team is the Honorary Starter. Last year’s event had 4,000 participants and raised $65,000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation.
  • Tour De Troit is kicking off 2015 with the first of six running and cycling events with the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bike Ride on January 19th. The free, family-friendly ride honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and repeats part of the historic 1963 March to Freedom path, which ended with Dr. King’s first delivery of the “I Have A Dream” speech at Cobo Center. Riders can register online by clicking HERE or on-site on Mon., January 19.
  • 2015 Xentis wheels are now landed and shipping through Stage-Race. Use coupon code “FreeShip” at checkout for free FedEx shipping in the US and Canada all January long in our online store.
  • The 2015 Breck Epic will feature 20 miles of new singletrack. Held this year on August 9-14, the Epic features a unique cloverleaf format; riders to begin and end every stage within Breck’s town limits. With three and 6-day options available, the Epic is also designated as MTB Stage Race World Championships and sends each category winner home with a world champion’s jersey. Interested? Visit And bring your big ring. The new official lodging and host property for the Breck Epic is now Beaver Run Resort. The new partnership brings enhanced lodging and dining opportunities for the race community and an incredible base of operations for riders traveling with families.
  • Check back with the Friday RoundUp for an announcement regarding the new Outlier Offroad Festival (powered by SRAM) which is slated just after Interbike next September in VAIL. Think something Sea Otter-ish/Crankworx-ey coming your way with long-format XC racing, Enduro, Colorado-style gravel gran fondo and a lift-served consumer demo featuring all of next year’s bikes from the best brands in the biz.
  • Now’s your chance to test out some of the best lights in the business. Two Light & Motion demo vans will be criss-crossing the country all year visiting dealers. They’ll be holding clinics on the product line and night-ride and night-run demo events. Visit for more information.
  • Culprit Cycles is having a special promotion ending on January 3rd, 2015 on many of their demo and complete bikes. Start the new year with a bike custom painted for you! While supplies last. For more information on the deals they’re offering visit their Facebook Page or visit

Volvo & POC Team Up To Stop Car/Cyclist Collisions by 2020


The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starts next week in Las Vegas, and to many is just a giant hall of iPhone accessories and TVs that are 3″ bigger than last year. However, using technology in a way to prevent car and bike collisions, Volvo has teamed up with helmet maker POC with an idea.

Volvo and POC will present the safety technology which consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that establishes 2-way communication offering proximity alerts to Volvo drivers and cyclists with the aim of reducing accidents. Established in early 2014, the project is using the cumulative skill and knowledge of the safety-conscious automaker and design-focused protection maker.

“Our partnership with Volvo is both humbling and rewarding and aligns very well with our mission to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists,” says Stefan Ytterborn, POC CEO and founder. “Our mutual view and focus on safety has resulted in a unique safety concept that can improve road safety through increased interaction between motorists and cyclists.”

Check out the video and description of how it works by clicking more… READ MORE ->

Marin Smooths out Pavement Line for 2015, Offers More Tech, Better Value

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Thinking of ditching your car for a bike in the New Year? Thanks to ever increasing bicycle infrastructure and the work of advocacy groups like People for Bikes, it’s becoming easier than ever to do so. Even if you don’t plan on completely giving up on your automobile, a dedicated city bike can make errands by bike a pleasure rather than a chore.

You could easily spend a fortune on a new bike, but for many riders looking to bicycles for transportation, value is as important as performance. Based on their Pavement line up for 2015, Marin seems to understand the concept as well as any manufacturer. Nearly everything in the Pavement line is new with fresh frames, improved spec, and better value. On various frames you’ll find internal cable routing, improved disc mounts, and more integrated accessories and accessory mounts than ever making it easier to just jump on and ride.

Commuter ready right out of the box, the Fairfax SC6 DLX is one of the more interesting bikes in the line up. Complete with a Shimano Alfine 11 speed internal gear hub, Gates Center Track belt drive, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes puncture resistant tires, the SC6 DLX adds commuting ease with a Super Nova E3 lighting system that receives power through the front dynamo hub. An integrated fender/rear Ractime Custom Integrated Match-It QL3 rack system makes rides in sloppy conditions a bit more pleasant, and the entire bike with all the accessories comes in under 30 lbs (28.28 lbs). As the top level Fairfax the price reflects that, but at $2399 complete, the bike is still a bargain.

That theme continues with the rest of the models after the break…


Evelo’s Omni Wheel Wants You to Have E-Bike Power On Your Existing Bike


Evelo is an electric bike company that already produces a range of complete e-bikes. To help those that wanted to keep their own bike, or had specific challenges such as cargo bikes, recumbents, or other special rides, they have created the Omni Wheel, which is a simple replacement front wheel incorporating the full battery and motor into one easily installable unit. Because of this, the company claims that almost any bike with a 26″ or 700c wheel can become an e-bike in as little as 30 minutes.

Another benefit they tout is that the Omni Wheel costs significantly less than a complete e-bike, starting at about half of the typical e-bike starting price. The unit also comes with a handlebar-mounted remote to adjust the boost needed, but it is not a throttle, it is only pedal assist, so it complies with e-bike rules and is not considered a motorcycle. It also has a sensor that must be applied around the bottom bracket to work with the pedal-assist function, and then a wire that runs up to the handlebar remote.

The company is ready to deliver the wheel in March of this year, so they are starting to take pre-orders now. Check out the details after the break…


FOUND: Ettnic Urban Bikes Empower Everyone To Move By Bike


Urban and commuter bikes has been a large growth area for the cycling industry in the last few years. While not very exciting for bike geeks, there is a large area of bikes coming that are easy to use and affordable. Hopefully, these bikes will help bring non-riders over to using bicycles for daily life.

Bringing people into cycling has a lot more growth potential than just continuing to divvy up the pie of already established enthusiasts, as well as the environmental and social benefits of more people on bikes.

Etnnic Urban Bikes from Spain is making some reasonably affordable urban mobility bikes with nice simple features such as integrated chain guards, internally geared hubs and drum brakes. Check them out by clicking more….


SRAM Updates Road Trigger Shifters, The S-700 Goes to 11

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Maybe you’re looking to give yourself a more upright position on your road bike. Perhaps, you’re hoping to upgrade the drive train on your hybrid. Whatever the reason, if you want to run flat bars with one of the new SRAM 22 eleven speed drivetrains you’re in luck. As the next logical step in the evolution of their flat bar shifters, the S-700s slate in above the 10 speed SL-700.

Relying on the same form factor as the current SRAM X-series mountain bike shifters, the S-700 is a two lever design. While it will shift with the same mechanics as the mountain bike line, the shifter uses the Road Exact-Actuation technology instead of the X-Actuation found on the mountain bikes. To build in the 11 speed compatibility, the S-700 front shifter is Yaw compatible which should bring excellent flat bar front shifting to the road world.

The shifters are limited to 2×11 drivetains which means no triples, though you can get fairly low with a SRAM WiFli set up. Also Matchmaker X compatible, the shifters will play nice with single clamp set ups if you plan on running SRAM hydraulic brakes. Available in February 2015, a pair will retail for $81 (€72, £62).

Another Crowdfunding Idea For A Theft Proof Bike? How About Carbon Fiber & Less Than $650!


Pozible is a new crowdfunding website that you can think of as the “Kickstarter of China”. Trying to launch with an initial 140 units, Bici is a bicycle project by the AOAO Studio in Tibet. They claim with the wide variety of features of Bici, that it is theft-proof.

The Bici has a security system that you can activate and will trigger an alarm if the bike is moved before you return. A smartphone app allows you to lock and unlock the bike remotely, and a GPS tracker has enough battery power to follow the bike for a month. These features are built into the frame of the bike, so they are tamper-proof.

Take a look inside to see the specs and features wedged into a pretty affordable price…


Clothing Round-Up: From Vintage to Victoria’s Secret

Spitfire Cycling Club Vintage Word Champ Jersey Merio Wool Victoria's Secret Incredible Bra Heart Rate Monitor

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…


Wear Some Reflective Sharrows With New Start Up Bike and Arrows


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…