Posts in the category Commuter

The Making of the Kryptonite Messenger Collection – Part 1

Ever wonder where the design of bike locks comes from? Judging by the amount of bike thefts reported on social media, peace of mind is still hard to come by when locking up your baby on the mean streets. In the process of designing a new Messenger Collection, Kryptonite looked to direct feedback from professional messengers across the country to help develop the next generation of locks. Look for the Messenger Collection to be launched at Interbike, and in stores late this year.

First Look: Giro bring snow tech to Blok MTB goggles, Launches new Quarter and Dime Helmets

Giro Quarter and MTB Goggle 2015_4

While Giro may be best known for its helmets in the cycling world, the company also has a healthy snow division, which produces helmets and goggles. While snow sports may seem far removed from our favorite two wheeled sport, many of the technologies developed translate between the two.

Case in point, many of the Giro employees ride bicycles (they’re based in Santa Cruz, so they’d be crazy not to) and wanted a mountain bike google. So the brand reworked one of their popular snow models, the Blok, for the trails. READ MORE ->

First Look: All New Five Ten Kestrel Clipless Shoes, Women’s Models, and New Lifestyle Kicks

Five Ten Kestrel000

After four years of development and being written off by many consumers as vapor ware, the long awaited Kestrel clipless shoes from Five Ten are finally ready for production.

The shoe is intended to compete against the Specialized Rime and Giro Terraduro in the ultra hot Enduro race market and differentiates itself with it’s distinct styling, use of a BOA closure system for precise fit, and a mixture of Five Tens proven rubber sole compounds.

READ MORE ->

Cool Commuter Gear: Square U-Lock, Windmill, and Bespoke Multitool

Vier Lock closed

Vier Lock: Why Didn’t I Think of That

Some cool new commuter gear found its way across our desk this weekend just in time for your back-to-school shopping. We have the world’s most compact U-Lock, a nifty wind generator light, and a crowd designed multitool from Brooks.

The new Vier Lock may be the head slappingnest why-didn’t-I-think-of-that product release we’ve seen. Their four-piece, square lock disassembles into a convenient burrito-sized package that can slide under your saddle, drop in your purse, or get stuffed into your cargo pants with somewhat more ease than its U-shaped bretheren. READ MORE ->

E-Bike Tech Comparison: Bosch Frame Mounted Motors vs. Bion-X Hub Motors

bosch-performance--e-bike-electric-bicycle-motor-system01

Have you noticed there’s been a growing mention of electrically motorized bicycles lately? That’s because they’re coming, whether our domestic infrastructure is ready or not. While Europe’s been enjoying the boost at a broader level for a few years, brands with strong stateside distribution are starting to push them into dealers in select markets, establishing themselves for when the tide turns.

Who? Specialized will have a lower cost version of the Turbo, Felt is bringing several models in, as is Lapierre, and BMC has their premium Stromer line. And that’s just the beginning.

Across the board, there are two dominant methods of integrating a motor into a bike: Building the motor into the frame or putting the motor in the rear hub. There are multiple systems, but two of the higher tech, more established ones are from Bosch and Bion-X. Both were at PressCamp this summer, both have their pros and cons, and both gave us an in-depth look at their tech. Read on and see which one makes sense for your next commuter.

We’ll start with Bosch. Bosch builds entire e-bike drivetrain systems that hit the market in 2010, and their latest generation is just now shipping. It’s built around a crank-located motor, which integrates into the drivetrain in a way that develops more torque than a hub motor with the added advantage of keeping unsprung weight lower on full suspension bikes…

READ MORE ->

Nisna Industries Whittles Away at Daily Wooden Handlebar Grips

nisnas-wooden-bicycle-handlebar-grips

Nisna Industries have sent over some gorgeous wooden bicycle accessories in the past, and their latest is no exception. The new Daily grips are made from mahogany and maple woods with an aircraft grade aluminum core and brass fasteners. They’re meant to last a lifetime.

The project has been in the works for quite a while, with testing for different material types, shapes and lengths. They ended up with the shape you see here, which uses two brass screws to tighten them against the handlebar. That gives them the full width of the grip to use for hand placement rather than losing space to a lock ring, and they say the brass is soft enough not to mar your handlebar but strong enough to securely hold the grip in place. The wood grip is pressed over an alloy core to give it a consistent shape and strong foundation that’ll prevent it from cracking during installation or use.

It just went live on Kickstarter with a very small ask of $7,000, and they’re well on their way. More pics, video and links below…

READ MORE ->

Trek Road and Pavement 2015: Spec, Prices, and Details for What’s New

2015-Trek-920-adventure-road-bike2-600x399

Photo: Trek Bikes

With Trek World US all wrapped up, we have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for 2015. Like many manufacturers, well will see bigger tires, more disc brakes, thru axles on a few road bikes, and renewed growth in the touring category which seems to blur the line between gravel and touring at this point. There are more kids’ bikes, more women’s bikes, and an expanded line of disc brake equipped Domanes.

Get the details, specs, and prices, next…

READ MORE ->

TEAGUE x Sizemore’s Denny Wins The Bike Design Project, Fuji Bikes to Bring it to Production

SEA-TEAGUExSizemoreBicycles_DENNY

After winning the Oregon Manifest and Levi’s Bike Design Project, Denny is headed on for big things. Denny of course being the bike that was created by the collaboration between TEAGUE design and Sizemore Bicycle. During the competition, bike designs were unveiled at release parties in each of the competing cities – Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and TEAGUE x Sizemore’s Seattle. By being voted the best bike in the design competition, a “refined” version of Denny will be brought to production by Fuji Bicycle with an actual retail debut scheduled for 2015.

“We’re very impressed and proud of what the other firms achieved with their bikes, and thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Taylor Sizemore on our ‘Denny’ bike,” said Creative Director at TEAGUE, Roger Jackson. “The fact that this was a public vote means a lot to our team, so we’re super excited to reward those voters by working with Fuji to refine the ‘Denny’ and bring a great biking experience to market.”

The winning bike is what the Teague x Sizemore team considers an “all in” commuter platform for urban environments like Seattle. Built with a number of integrated features, Denny addresses the need for security, safety, and convenience through their design. How will all of these features translate to production? That remains to be seen, but for now check out the details after the break….

READ MORE ->

2015 Trek Bikes Sneak Peek – New Road, Adventure & Mountain Bikes Coming!

2015-Trek-Emonda-lightest-road-bike

As this post goes live, the North American iteration of TrekWorld 2014 is kicking off, showing all 2015 bikes to dealers. Official info and images will be coming soon, but we couldn’t wait to give you a quick look at some of the highlights for their ’15 range.

Starting with their biggest road news of the year, the ultralight Emonda greeted everyone with a hanging sculpture of prototype and test frames dangling above the flagship SLR 10. If you recall, that bike has a 10.25lb claimed weight, which comes with the title of World’s Lightest Production Road Bike.”

UPDATE: Part Two posted here.

Roll on for pics and words…

READ MORE ->