Posts in the category Commuter

SRAM Kicks Back with 3 Speeds for WBR, and a Hub that can Shuck Corn

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Amongst all of the high zoot show bikes of NAHBS, SRAM had something new that was decidedly not as sexy, but still very important. Bolted onto the back end of a World Bicycle Relief Buffalo bike, SRAM was showing prototypes of their new 3 speed kick back hub. Simplicity and durability are important, especially when you’re talking about a bike that will reside in remote villages in Africa without a modern bike shop close by. So to offer more speeds without the need for a shifter or cables, SRAM has upped their sealed kick back hub to 3 speeds. Offering a 186% gear range, shifts are carried out by back pedaling slightly which clicks up to two, then three. As soon as you brake on the coaster brake, the system resets to first gear.

The hubs will make their way onto bicycles for regular consumers as well, but for the Africa bikes, the hub includes a special feature…

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NAHBS 2014: Don Walker’s Still in Steel, Jim Kish Keeps it Titanium

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As promised in his pre-show interview, NAHBS president Don Walker kept it simple this year. His traditional cyclocross, track and road bikes (this time a tandem) are unchanged, but he continues to highlight some great paint schemes year after year.

Last year we saw a Star Trek theme that was a bit out there. This year, things were a little more down to earth, including a digital camo and a few bold two-tones with lines as sharp as a razor. Check out the gallery below, along with Jim Kish’s beautiful titanium bikes…

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Taipei Show Randoms Pt. 2 – Huge Gallery of the Interesting, Crazy, and Peculiar

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In addition to all of the products you know and love, there was another side of the Taipei show to catch your attention. This jersey is a pretty good example. Most likely a tongue-in-cheek jab (we hope!) at the state of professional cycling, at the least, it was certainly eye catching. Sometimes you would find genuinely innovative products, other times you would leave shaking your head. This is a collection of some of the best, the most humorous, and just plain weird. Enjoy.

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Taipei Show Randoms Pt. 1 – Cool Stuff from Gates, X-Fusion, Jones, and Much More

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Everywhere you looked in Taipei, there was something cool to see. The Taipei Show is quite a bit different from your average trade show, as it is geared almost exclusively to OEMs and distributors which makes it a cross between showing what’s new, and showing what is possible. In the case of Gates Belt Drive, for them it was a perfect opportunity to showcase what is possible with the Pinion Gear Box. Between the sealed gear box and a Gates belt, it may be the closest thing to a maintenance free drivetrain that we’ve ever seen.

While gates didn’t have a lot of new product, they did have a display showing just how many options you have when it comes to a belt drive. Check out the options plus a whole lot more, next…

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NAHBS 2014: Modern Classics from Ellis Cycles & Rich Adams

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Ellis Cycles’ Dave Wages continued his tradition of very traditional looking road bikes with all but invisible touches that make them thoroughly modern. This year, he also showed off a fat bike so pretty it’d almost be a shame to get it dirty. Almost. And it won for Best Fillet Brazed Bike. Click through and you’ll see why.

His road bikes received updates, particularly for the newer versions of Di2, and he’s offering some retro tubing options while supplies last. Roll on for pics and details, plus a look at Rich Adams’ collection…

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Award Winning Design in Taiwan with the Taipei Cycle D&I awards

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There were quite a few new products with clever designs in Taipei, but a few stood out more than others. Not just to us, but to the judges of the third annual Taipei Cycle d&i awards, co-organized by TAITRA (the Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and TBEA (the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association), and executed independently by iF Design Asia. The design competition included 185 entries from 16 different countries including Germany, Japan, China, USA, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Italy, UK, Austria and Israel, with first time entries from Switzerland, Korea, and Slovakia. With 49 winners selected, products ranged from bikes, to racks, to wheels, and anything in between. This year’s winners had some truly incredible ideas, and a few that may leave you scratching your head…

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Taipei: Award winning Folding designs from Tern and Biologic

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As sister companies, Tern and Biologic really started catering to the folding bike crowd, but lately Biologic has been expanding to offer smart accessories to riders of any bike. Take their new FixKit multi-tool for example, it features 20 different integrated tools including one of the most useful pedal wrenches/axle nut wrenches we’ve ever seen in a multi-tool. By folding out the allen wrenches, and covering them in the neoprene sleeve, it extends the leverage of the wrench meaning you might actually be able to remove that stubborn pedal. When you’re done, the patented design folds into a shape no bigger than your standard multi tool. And at only $34.95, it’s pretty easy on the wallet as well.

Biologic had some other nifty items on display, plus some award winning designs from Tern, next…

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Weekend Group Ride: Fabvelo, Yuba, Profile Designs, Rock Guardz & More

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Industrial Design lecturer Mark Richardson used off the shelf parts and salvaged items (like a weed whacker, shower stool, wheelchair and an old road bike) plus a few 3D printed parts to assemble the Fabvelo velomobile.

The design was made to be both safe and easy to replicate and hack. Richardson built it tall and stable, so it’d be easy to see by car drivers and able to easily move along with normal traffic. The covered design allows use in any weather. Richardson wanted to make it easy to build from standard parts, and eventually will probably have open source plans for anyone looking to make their own.

Check out some of the bits, and lots more, below…

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Sweet New Bike Lights from Cocksedge Studios, Planet Bike & Lumicycle

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Paul Cocksedge Studio’s new Double O bicycle lights not only look unique, they have more than one kind of safety and security built in.

The Double O lights put out 80 lumens up front and 45 lumens in the rear. They say the design uses less bright LED bulbs, but more of them, which creates a large hit of light that’s highly visible without being blindingly distractive to drivers or fellow cyclists. They charge in about 90 minutes via USB and have three modes: Steady (2.1 hours run time), Flashing (4.2 hours) and Eco (10 hours). Looks aside, which are very cool, what’s particularly clever is how you can secure them.

Check that out, plus video and lights from Lumicycle and Planet Bike below…

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