Brooks celebrates 150 years with special edition bikes from Brompton, Canyon & Skeppshult

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Brompton Brompton - Moss Ivory Bike Details-15

As the oldest manufacturer in the bicycle industry, Brooks has not only survived the test of time, but has done so still manufacturing their products in-house just outside of London not far from where they started. First making harnesses for horses and general leather goods in 1866 out of Birmingham, John Boultbee Brooks had to borrow a bicycle in 1878 due to the death of a horse… his transportation at the time. Since the modern “chain driven” bicycle we know today wasn’t invented until around 1890, we can only assume the bike was either the uncomfortable Boneshaker or a high wheel Penny-Farthing. Because the saddle was so uncomfortable, Brooks vowed to do something about it and patented his first bicycle saddle just a few years later in 1882.

Now 150 years on Brooks is still at it, producing saddles in many of the same traditional ways they did from the beginning. And to celebrate they’ve created the “Dashing Bikes” program by partnering with some meaningful manufacturers to produce a limited number of special edition anniversary bikes. Since copper is one of the key and more beautiful elements in a Brooks saddle, all of the special edition bikes will include copper accents. Take a closer look, and check out the well made videos (parts 1 & 2) that take you behind the scenes in the Brooks factory…

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As the oldest manufacturer in the bicycle industry, Brooks has not only survived the test of time, but has done so still manufacturing their products in-house just outside of London not far from where they started. First making harnesses for horses and general leather goods in 1866 out of Birmingham, John Boultbee Brooks had to borrow a bicycle in 1878 […]

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Just in: New steel 8bar NEUKLN fixed gear do-it-all commuter

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8bar-Neukln-v1_fixie-fixed-gear-road-track-bike_matt-petrol-blue_complete

Up until this past year all of the bikes out of 8bar were aluminum as they sought to deliver a balance of high performance and high value. Most companies that make value-oriented track bikes started out with the low-cost of steel, but for 8bar it was more of an evolution back to introducing a steel bike. But just like we’ve seen with their newest carbon road model that moves a little more towards the light performance side, 8bar have been working on a steel fixie for a while now that gets costs even lower down and can deliver an almost indestructible ride for cruising the city streets, or the odd trip to the track.

The NEUKLN is that new bike. We picked up a frameset in Berlin a few weeks back and have built it up with the kind of parts you find lying around or scavenged from old townies. While we’ve spent some time riding a proper carbon race machine around the indoor velodrome from our Prague HQ, spring has sprung now, and it is time to hit the rougher outdoor track here with something that can tame the cobbled streets of Prague as well. Hop past the break with us to take a closer look at the frameset, get the relevant details, and check out our first thoughts on the ride…

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Up until this past year all of the bikes out of 8bar were aluminum as they sought to deliver a balance of high performance and high value. Most companies that make value-oriented track bikes started out with the low-cost of steel, but for 8bar it was more of an evolution back to introducing a steel […]

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Yuba beefs up the Boda Boda cargo bike, then takes it off road

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Yuba continues to refine their mid-sized Boda Boda cargo bike to make it more capable and appealing to a wider audience. Two new versions introduce heavier duty capacity without stretching it out to the full size Mundo’s dimensions, and a new spec option lets you take it off road, too.

Above, the Yuba Boda Boda Macho gets  WTB rims, tires, grips and saddle, plus an upgrade to hydraulic disc brakes. That makes it trail ready, and its 220lb cargo capacity means you can take just about anything along for the ride. It also gets a simpler but wider SRAM 2×10 group and a stealthy black paint scheme.

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Yuba continues to refine their mid-sized Boda Boda cargo bike to make it more capable and appealing to a wider audience. Two new versions introduce heavier duty capacity without stretching it out to the full size Mundo’s dimensions, and a new spec option lets you take it off road, too. Above, the Yuba Boda Boda […]

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BFS 2016: Apidura teams up with Rapha for limited edition Brevet bikepacking bags

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So it hasn’t officially been announced yet, but the new Rapha+Apidura packs are one of the worst kept secrets from either of the two companies. We had spotted them on Facebook and Instagram accounts from both companies. Then at the Berlin Bike Show we actually got our hands on a set to have a look at the features and see what sets them apart from the Apidura packs that we did a long-term test on last year. Pack though after the break to see what we know…

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So it hasn’t officially been announced yet, but the new Rapha+Apidura packs are one of the worst kept secrets from either of the two companies. We had spotted them on Facebook and Instagram accounts from both companies. Then at the Berlin Bike Show we actually got our hands on a set to have a look at the features […]

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BFS 2016: Alternative urban helmet ideas from Rockwell & Ribcap

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With the urban cycling nature of the Berlin Bike Show (Berliner Fahrradschau) we definitely get exposed to things that we might not have as much of a chance to get a closer look at when strolling the huge halls of Eurobike and Interbike. More city e-bikes, or lots of cool cargo bikes, but it can just as easily be a new look to a helmet or two that catches our eye. This new hardshell from Rockwell is an update to a concept that we had seen a few years ago from them, but now from the ABS outer shell, you can add on a series of flexible fabric-covered EPS liners (with fuzzy earmuffs for winter sports), color matched straps and even accessories like a visor. Take a closer look inside, as well as get a look at the updated options for the half hairnet helmet/half ski cap Ribcap after the break…
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With the urban cycling nature of the Berlin Bike Show (Berliner Fahrradschau) we definitely get exposed to things that we might not have as much of a chance to get a closer look at when strolling the huge halls of Eurobike and Interbike. More city e-bikes, or lots of cool cargo bikes, but it can just as […]

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New Éclat AK Pedals switch hit so you can keep grinding – Updated

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While they may not hold up to the abuse of all mountain shredding, if your rough and tumble riding is in the urban jungle, then Éclat’s new AK Pedals should give you a little extra mileage.

Designed with input from BMX pro Alex Kennedy, they’ve got curb-and-stair-rail grindable nylon/fiberglass bodies with platforms that can be switched from right to left. So, once you’ve ground down the outside edges a little too much, just unbolt them and switch left to right (and vice versa) and you’ll get a fresh edge to grind upon.

Inside is a guaranteed-for-life heat treated 4140 Chromoly axle, separated from the body by two bushings per pedal. Weight is 613g per pair. Steel threaded pins let you adjust the height and can also be replaced. Video and inside look below, plus an update with pricing and details

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While they may not hold up to the abuse of all mountain shredding, if your rough and tumble riding is in the urban jungle, then Éclat’s new AK Pedals should give you a little extra mileage. Designed with input from BMX pro Alex Kennedy, they’ve got curb-and-stair-rail grindable nylon/fiberglass bodies with platforms that can be switched from […]

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NDVR Cycle’s titanium breakaway travel bike gives you clearance to fly and wide tires

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For anyone that has ever traveled with their bike, it can be as big a pain as an expense since airlines seem to have it in for cyclists. So rather than have to pay up or label it as “sports equipment” (guilty), a travel bike could be worth its weight in gold exaggerated airline fees.

NDVR has a solution with some solid tech for the jet-setting cyclists out there with a made in USA titanium travel bike. It also sports some ample clearance letting you choose what kind of adventure should be had…

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For anyone that has ever traveled with their bike, it can be as big a pain as an expense since airlines seem to have it in for cyclists. So rather than have to pay up or label it as “sports equipment” (guilty), a travel bike could be worth its weight in gold exaggerated airline fees. NDVR […]

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Lumos finalizes their light-up commuter backpack concept with the Aster

Lumos Aster commuter backpack, side

Lumos Aster commuter backpack, side shot

Last October, Bikerumor showed our readers preliminary renderings of some nifty light-up backpacks from Lumos, an India-based company who has already released a line of backpacks with solar panels to charge your mobile devices. Since then, the company has refined the design of their cycling pack, which features several light-up panels and LED’s to ensure motorists can easily see you in the dark.

Aside from the on-board illumination, the initial designs have radically changed and the two models are now one which will come in two different sizes. The renamed Aster is now raising funds on Indiegogo to go into production. If you do daily battles with traffic and want to feel a bit more obvious out there, the Aster may be right up your alley- aside from the front, side and rear lighting the packs include turn signals and an automatic brake light so drivers know exactly what you’re up to…
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Last October, Bikerumor showed our readers preliminary renderings of some nifty light-up backpacks from Lumos, an India-based company who has already released a line of backpacks with solar panels to charge your mobile devices. Since then, the company has refined the design of their cycling pack, which features several light-up panels and LED’s to ensure […]

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Wolf Tooth Components x Red Monkey Fat Paw grips add girth to your grip, not weight

wolftooth components x red monkey fat grips large diameter foam grips

wolftooth components x red monkey fat grips large diameter foam grips

Like the idea of lightweight silicone foam grips but got big mitts? Wolf Tooth Components has your back, er, hands with their new Fat Paw large diameter grips. Designed by WTC, they’re made in the USA by Red Monkey Sports, which has been producing extruded silicone grips for years.

The difference here is not just the thickness, though. Fat Paws use a dual density foam, putting a firmer layer on the inside and softer, tackier layer on the outside. This should provide great cushioning and support while drastically reducing vibrations. The wall thickness is 9.5mm, giving them an installed diameter of 36mm. Compare that to the 30mm diameter of Red Monkey’s Karv grips.

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Like the idea of lightweight silicone foam grips but got big mitts? Wolf Tooth Components has your back, er, hands with their new Fat Paw large diameter grips. Designed by WTC, they’re made in the USA by Red Monkey Sports, which has been producing extruded silicone grips for years. The difference here is not just […]

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