Posts in the category Commuter

Halo Coating’s Reflective Powder Coat Now Available For Any Bike From Hub Powder Works



Halo Coatings is the the company that developed and patented the retro-reflective coating that’s used on the Mission Lumen. The bike that Mission kickstarted last spring was claimed as the world’s first retro-reflective production bicycle. Retro reflective refers to a material that reflects light directly back to its source, like road signs and Illuminite clothing.

Halo now has another new partnership as sort of a “next step” in making this technology available to people. Previously, the only way you could get this technology on your bike was to buy a Lumen; now, you can also get it added to your existing bike. Since it is a powder coat, it can be added to any bike, so long as it is entirely made of metal.

The new company is called Hub Powderworks, and they’re based in Boston, MA. For $599, they will strip and re coat your bike using this reflective paint, making sure you are seen at night. Currently only available in Zakim gray, the material is also a super strong coating, going about 7 times further than normal in the ASTM salt spray test.



Gates Sees Red with Colorful New Carbon Belts, Plus All New Spot Acme Open Step-Through Commuter

Gates belt drive red color edition (1)

Love your belt drive but find the black a bit, boring? Starting today Gates Carbon Drive Centertrack belts are finally available in another color. Initially offering just the new Carbon Drive Red, the introduction is a way to gauge interest in colorful belts.

Of course, style has as much to do with the new belts as anything else. Colorful chains have always been popular for single speeds and bikes with IGHs, but the color tends to fade over time. In addition to getting a drivetrain that is quiet and grease free, the new Carbon Drive Red belts offer a lasting pop of color for your ride.

In addition to the belts alone, Gates has partnered with a few brands to launch the new red option. That includes the all new Spot Brand ACME Open…


The Commencal Uptown MaxMax 29 Is A Simple, Affordable City Bike Built Like A Mountain Bike


BMX style, affordable, and with 29×2.2″ slick tires, the Commencal Uptown MaxMax is made for the city. There are other Uptown models, but the MaxMax features a single speed, chromoly frame and simple graphics to make it a sleuthy bike for attacking the streets.

Commencal is a full line bike brand out of Andorra, known mostly to Americans as a mountain bike brand due to their racing team. Now, with an office in California, Commencal is branching out to selling bikes in the USA, and we will start to see a lot more of their wide range of models.

Click more to see the full line of features you can get on the MaxMax for just $469.


IB14: Thule Adds Versatile New Roof Trays, Soft Bike Case, Colorful Panniers & Kid Haulers

Thule thru-axle fork mounted roof rack bicycle tray carrier

Across the entire range, Thule will start offering a Limited Lifetime Guarantee on everything they sell as of January 1, 2015. Fortunately, it’ll cover anything sold prior to that date, too, effectively covering any Thule product your already own, which will be repaired or replaced at their discretion. Full details of the program will go live on their website first of the year.

Above, the new Thru Ride universal roof tray is designed to fit any fork thru-axle standard now or in the future, from 12mm to 20mm. It will mount on most roof cross bars whether they’re from Thule or not, and they use their lock cores so you can have them keyed to match any other Thule parts you already have.


Brompton Adds Online Bike Builder With New Colors, Lots Of Options

Brompton has updated their product line with new colors, as well as a website bike builder to configure your own bike. The site starts out your Brompton at £770, and allows the selections of 4 handlebar types, front and rear luggage, transport bags and 13 colors.

They have added 6 brand new colors, Ivory, Cherry Blossom, Tempest Blue, Berry Crush, Lagoon Blue and Lime Green. The stock colors are black and white, or you can option up to any of the new colors, along with many others for £30. You can even choose different colors between the main frame and “extremities”.

The new colors are now available, and Brompton is hoping they help bring some youthful image to London’s folding bike brand.


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • The Red Bull Signature Series continues this Sunday on NBC at 12:30 PM EST with the Red Bull District Ride. 80,000 people witnessed a unique urban slopestyle course designed by freeride legend and previous District Ride winner Aaron Chase. The course starts with a drop from Nuremberg’s castle walls and then makes its way through the city center and five different districts that offer varying obstacles for the world’s top freeride bike athletes to master and trick off.
  • One Day Only Sale on Small Business Saturday – 30% off of Complete Handsome Bicycles – Join them for a one day pop-up shop at Martin Patrick 3 in Minneapolis for an event that’s not-to-be-missed!
  • Decorate your bike with festive crap contest – It’s another great year for Magnolia BMX’s Holiday Bike Check Contest, minus the bike check! They’ve got really great sponsors and unlike last year, it’s open internationally!
  • Stages Power meters will be available in South Korea starting January 2015 through Welltuned. The Stages Power meter, which was launched in North America in 2012, is sold factory installed — by Stages Cycling, in Boulder, CO USA — to aluminum crank arms throughout the Cannondale, FSA, Shimano, and SRAM ranges.
  • Hermes Sport handbuilt competition wheels are now available worldwide through The Aftermarket. Founded in July 2009 by Alex Webster, Hermes Sport was born of a general, lifelong obsession with high-end bike parts and a particular fixation on wheels.
  • Scott Sports USA and Deer Valley Resort Announce Multi-Year Partnership. Starting this 2014/2015 season Scott Sports USA will be the official goggle, pole, helmet and bike sponsor of Deer Valley Resort.
  • Bianchi and Thomson Bikes Tours have joined forces to offer exclusive new cycling trips in 2015. The first destination is Lombardia, a cycling paradise in northern Italy, and is open for booking on either company’s website.

PBE14: A Crazy Pedal-Powered, Pirate Ship Inspired Hunting Stand & Other Random Bikes


Walking into the Philly Bike Expo hall, I was greeted with the tail end of this contraption. It defies description really, and no one was on hand to explain it. That’s art for you – best left to be interpreted by the observer, it’s meaning to be decided by the beholder. For me, it’s something inspired by pirate ships that want to traipse far into the wilderness and need a perch from which to hunt…


First Look: Hold On To The Slippery Streets With 45N Gravdal Studded Tires


Riding a bike in the Upper Midwest winter can be a challenge of matching clothing to weather, trying to be seen in the long periods of darkness, but mostly, staying upright. This year we were hit especially hard with an early, wet storm that subsequently froze into a solid layer of ice.

Commuting through downtown Minneapolis, staying upright is a concern, but so is being seen. Although a lot of winter riding is done in the dark, very few of the studded tires on the market have a reflective stripe.

Enter the 45NRTH Gravdal.  A nice 700×38 size, 252 studs and a reflective stripe. The tires check the basic boxes of need, jump past the break to see what else they deliver…


First Look: Ride Classy With Handsome Cycles’ Mud Butler Fenders

Handsome-Fenders-Mounted Handsome Cycles is a Minneapolis, MN based bicycle company, born out of the Alt, a landmark bicycle shop for the local cycling culture. In business for over 5 years now, they are starting to venture out into their own components, starting with the Mud Butler fenders. Matte black was introduced about a year ago, and they are adding in polished silver now.

The fenders have already been picked up by BTI, as well as sold by Handsome direct and through their nationwide network of dealers. Through one of these channels, you should be able to find them in your local bike shop, or get them right from the company.

We paid a visit to Handsome Cycles to see the new fenders, and pick up a set for long-term testing. Take a look inside for our first impressions…