Posts in the category Commuter

Foundry Cycles Forges Ahead with All New Titanium Overland Ultra Cross Bike


Before you know it, we’ll be on our way up north for the 2015 Frostbike show. The fact that the show doesn’t start for another few days isn’t enough to contain Foundry’s new ride. As a company that has dealt exclusively in carbon fiber up to this point, the Overland Ultra Cross bike is quite a departure.

Not necessarily a cross bike, and not pigeon holed as a gravel bike the Overland joins that category that is meant to do just about anything off road with skinny(er) tires…


Say Goodbye to flats for good with the Tannus Lightweight Solid Road Tire



Tannus Tire is a South Korean company who specializes in the manufacture of tubeless, solid tires. Since development of the company’s first prototype tire in 2004, Tannus has continued to improve their designs, with innovations such as a patented pin locking system, which safely holds their tires to a regular clincher rim.

Fast forward to February 2015, when Tannus is set to launch the company’s latest development, the Aither 1.1 road tire. The Aither 1.1, borrowing many design cues from the Aither 1.0 tire, features considerably less rolling resistance than the older model. The company claims rolling resistance of the Aither 1.1 closely compares to that of a regular pneumatic tire (tire and tube)… READ MORE ->

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Plans are Underway for the World’s First Bicycle Superhighway. The city of London is thinking way beyond bike paths and protected bike lanes. As posted on, Transport for London which is the city’s transportation agency, last week approved the world’s first bicycle superhighway. London’s bicycle superhighway would run alongside the banks of the Thames River for more than 15 miles.
  • You love your fat bike more than anything, so give her something she deserves. Now for a limited time, all fat bike axles are discounted at 15% off when you use the coupon code CHUBBYCHASER at the Robert Axle Project. Choose from their hitch mount axles, B.O.B. Trailer axles or bolt-on replacement axles. But hurry, the sale ends on February 16th!
  • The unofficial start to Colorado’s cycling season, the annual Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, which features a range of road and mountain bike events and is entering its 28th year, announced new courses today for its signature Century course and the increasingly popular all-day mountain bike event, the Subaru Sunrise Sunset. Riders can register now at and take advantage of early registration discounts, just $70 now for the century and metric century (62 miles) courses (until February 28), compared to $85 on event day, June 7, 2015.
  • SCICON Bags, a leading manufacturer of bike bags, bike protection and saddle bags, has just unveiled their new website. Visit to see their latest offerings.
  • Did you know? You may have experienced some weird stuff going on with your wireless computer that’s perched alongside your LED light on your handlebars. You weren’t imagining things, and that’s because LEDs create electronic noise which interferes with the function of wireless devices. All of SIGMA Germany’s lights are equipped with an “electronic shield” that prevents the light from interfering with your other electronics. Dealers may be interested in the Spring Promo Sale that SIGMA is having until the end of February on their bike lights.
  • H+I Adventures, one of the world’s leading mountain biking adventure companies, has undergone a total rebrand, featuring a new visual identity, online presence and tagline (‘The Art of Adventure’) that inspires adventure travellers to hop in the saddle. The contemporary website helps riders easily discover their ideal mountain bike holiday, and features 2016 holidays that are available to book now.
  • Do you have a GoPro and want to capture footage from your favorite trails at night? Light and Motion has developed the SideKick as the solution to do just that. The Sidekick is the perfect companion light for GoPro cameras. It is the smallest, lightest, most powerful light ever designed to mount with a GoPro. You now have the opportunity to become a backer of this project, via a Kickstarter campaign, and reserve your exclusive hand machined aluminum Sidekick – shipping next month! But hurry, the campaign ends Saturday, February 14th!
  • Anyone old enough to remember the CoreStates PRO Championship knows that Philadelphia can host one heck of a bike race. On February 11th Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Philadelphia’s annual professional cycling race has been renamed the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic and will be produced by race operator g4 Productions. The Cycling Classic, which will be on Sunday, June 7, 2015, will feature an amateur course ride and men’s and women’s professional races. Information on the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic is available on its website Professional teams will compete in UCI races, including the only US Women’s World Cup in the nation!
  • Do you live in Washington, D.C. or Manhattan and want to send flowers to someone special in a unique way? UrbanStems offers beautiful handcrafted bouquets, delivered for free by bicycle. Treehugger reported on the sustainable company and their unique way of doing business.
  • Marin Mountain Bikes is recalling about 400 children’s bikes in the U.S. and 50 in Canada due to handlebars separating resulting in a fall hazard.
  • PeopleForBikes will partner with the 2015 National Bike Challenge. This nationwide program aims to inspire more Americans to ride bikes more often. The 5-month challenge runs from May 1, 2015-September 30, 2015. To learn more and to register for the National Bike Challenge, visit

Timbuk2 Drops a new series of rad bags on the urban market

Timbuk2 Artcrank Messenger Bag Rose1

After more than 25 years of contributing to the dialogue of urban cycling, Timbuk2 continues to produce thoughtful product like the bags available now.

Kicking off this discussion is a series of ArtCrank poster-themed messenger bags. The “Rose Home” and “The Long Way Home” bags possess the same functional elements of Timbuk2’s other cross strap messenger bags (side-entry Napoleon pocket, reflective points, etc.). Each model features its poster theme on the inside of the flap and have exterior bag details styled to match. See their other Spring offerings after the jump…


Found: Astir Frames’ Australian-built custom titanium bicycles


If the name Astir Frames doesn’t ring a bell, that is because they’re a relatively new frame building company. Founded by James Astir in 2012, the company specializes in custom built titanium frames.

James formerly worked as an engineer in the Automotive and Aircraft industries, and nowadays applies his work experience to his life long passion, bicycles. Every Astir bicycle and frame is custom made for its owner based on one of six types of bikes for everything from fast riding to touring to a new singlespeed model… READ MORE ->

Efneo Gearbox Cranks Through Indiegogo, Offers Secret Deal

Efneo 3 speed crankset transmission (2)

As you probably know, the Efneo gearbox is not the first company to turn to planetary gearing as a replacement for a front derailleur. Truvativ tried it with their HammerSchmidt, FSA offers it in their Metropolis Patterson Transmission, and other companies like Schlumpf have packed two gears into one for years. So what makes the Efneo crankset unique? Instead of the usual gear with an overdrive function, Efneo has managed to cram three different gear ratios into a compact crankset. Since the project was first announced, and launched on Indiegogo, the gearbox has attracted a lot of attention, but not enough funding to reach its goal.

To get there, Efneo is offering a secret deal that really isn’t much of a secret anymore…


Limited Edition Brooks Cambium C17 Levi’s Denim Saddle Available Now

Immagini 022Ready for some jean on jean action? That will be the case if you purchase one of these limited edition Brooks saddles and combine them with your Levi’s Commuter jeans. Yes, Brooks has teamed up with Levi’s Commuter to create a limited edition Cambium C17 with a denim covering. Last year, riders were urged to bring in their worn out jeans to Levi’s Commuter workspaces in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and London to help provide the coverings for the new saddles. Part of the idea was to use recycled denim to give it new life, which is where the donations came in. Anyone who took part in the promotion was given a coupon for 20% off Brooks and Levi’s goods, with a chance to win a saddle of their own.

Now that the denim has been collected and formed into saddles using the same vulcanization technique that was used to produce the original Cambium C17s, there are 1,000 of the custom saddles up for grabs…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Gourmet Century Schedule Released – Chris King’s Gourmet Century combines our love of food and cycling in pleasantly challenging group rides accompanied by a full days’ worth of deliciously crafted food. Registration opens April 1st for all Gourmet Century events. Check out the video above to get a feel for these “delicious experiences”.
  • Why should you join hundreds of passionate bicyclists in Washington, D.C., March 10-12? Glad you asked! The 2015 National Bike Summit and National Forum on Women & Bicycling is March 10-12 in Washington, D.C. Find out What You Will Gain by attending.
  • Standard registration for the 2015 TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI is officially SOLD OUT, but you can still sign up as a VIP or on behalf of one of their awesome Charity Partners!
  • If you do only one training camp in your life, let this be it. You’ve suffered with the Sufferfest videos at home – and now they want you to Suffer with them in person and become part of a Sufferlandrian National Team. For the first time ever, the UCI World Cycling Center in Aigle, Switzerland – global headquarters for the UCI and the destination for elite national teams – will host the training camp June 14th through 21st 2015.
  • Designer and manufacturer of bicycles for urban transport, Tern, has been awarded a trio of design awards from 2015 d&I and iF Competitions in Taiwan. The Tern Perch wall mount, Verge X18 folding road bike and Kinetix Pro X Wheels were recognized for their quality and innovation. Visit for more information.
  • In its first year, Inside Line Bike Expo is already gaining a lot of momentum and is shaping up to be a very successful event, one like we’ve never had in the Mid-Atlantic before. This is an event no cyclist in the region will want to miss, as we’ve worked very hard to make sure we have something for every type of cyclist!
  • The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), premier showcase for artisan framebuilders, is proud to announce a partnership with Bespoked, the UK-based counterpart to NAHBS, in an effort to further promote the handbuilt bicycle industry around the world. Embracing a “strength in numbers” philosophy, the two shows will cross promote one another to bring the message of artisanal bike building to a broader audience. Builders on each side of the Atlantic will have the opportunity to have their work presented to international audiences that would otherwise be hard to reach.
  • Over the years, riders from around the globe have battled hard for the VIENNA AIR KING throne. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event and is an inseparable part of the FMB World Tour calendar. From April 10th to 12th 2015 mountain bike dirt jump pros and youngsters as well as thousands of spectators will come together at Vienna’s Rathausplatz to honor this jubilee.
  • Cycling apparel manufacturer Pactimo is currently accepting applications for their 2015 Brand Ambassador program. In 2014, the programs inaugural year, they received more than 1800 applications in 4 days and selected 25 incredible brand ambassadors with a passion for the sport and a love for the brand. For 2015, they’re excited to increase the size of the program so get those APPLICATIONS submitted!
  • Want to target urban cyclists with you next marketing campaign? produces bike seat covers made from 100% recyclable material! – Plastic bottles! Connect with cyclists and engage with the wider urban population out on the street, drive traffic in-store and on-line. Check out the sample after the break…



ABUS crushes lightweight U-Locks with new Granit 640 Plus, Eyes U.S. commuter bike helmet market


Quite possibly one of the best bike quotes I’ve ever heard is that bikes locks are the prophylactics of the bicycle industry. We all hate using them, but at the end of the day we welcome the protection. Ideally, we’d live in a society where there was no need to lock up your bike, but until that magical day comes along companies like ABUS will continue to put out products that are easy to use and keep our bikes safe.

One of the problems we all face when it comes to locking our bikes, is the added hassle of transporting the locks. Generally, the better the theft protection, the heavier the lock. Clearly, this is an issue if you don’t want to be carrying around anvils in your backpack. The ABUS Granit Plus 640 directly addresses this issue with a lock that is very light, but still offers a 12 out of a total of 15 on the ABUS Security Level rating.

While the Granit 640 plus will protect your ride, ABUS is getting ready to bring in a line of product to the U.S. that will also protect your head…