Posts in the category Commuter

Carrera Partners with Brooks for Special Edition Folding Helmets, Introduces new Colors

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The Carrera Folding helmet is modern as it is retro. Inspired by the old leather “hairnets,” the design fuses modern helmet technology with a flexible core allowing the helmet to “fold.” While it doesn’t really fold, it does compress to about 80% of the full size allowing it to fit more easily in bags, lockers, etc.

In addition to adding new colors for the coming year, Carrera has teamed up with Brooks to offer two special collaboration projects – the J.B. Special and the J.B. Classic. Built on the Carrera folding platform but with classic Brooks touches, the helmets will certainly appeal to anyone perched on the rivets of a leather saddle…

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RearViz Offers Uni Mount Wearable GoPro Mount & Rear View Mirror

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Australian company RearViz has two new wearable products designed to increase safety on the road and catch video for later use. Their first product, the patent pending RearViz (product name same as the company) is a rear view mirror that you wear on your body. An interesting alternative to the helmet mirror, the angle of the mirror is adjustable to fit your body.

The Uni Mount mounting system for GoPro cameras uses a similar body attachment system, and allows full 360 degree adjustability to aim the camera.  Available in different sizes and compatible with accessories for other items, see the details after the break…

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Ted Biker, er, Baker Introduces Fashionable Ready to Wear Bicycle Commuter Collection

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Giro’s New Road collection started bridging the gap between pure roadie spandex and something more coffee shop appropriate. And Levis, Outlier, Makers & Riders, Beta Brand, Bluffworks and more have introduced office-ready garments that work as well on the bike as off.

But you know bicycle commuting has started it’s glorious path toward mainstream when the major fashion houses start creating entire collections around the activity. Fortunately, Ted Baker’s modern British eye has turned to it before such department store brands as Hilfiger, setting the (handle)bar pretty high for others entering the space.

Click through for a sampling and video teaser of the collection…

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Warm, Bright, Reflective, the Pactimo Fall Collection Has it All

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As both the season and day light wind down, there is a lot of talk about lights. Indeed, lights are very important both to allow you to see and get you noticed by drivers, but clothing can also play an important role in visibility. Brightly colored threads help you stand out in the day while reflective panels make you pop against a car’s headlights.

Even though many riders acknowledge the need for visible clothing, for many cyclists style comes first for better or for worse. When Pactimo set out to create their Fall line for 2014 their goal was simple -  create a collection of clothes with attention grabbing colors and smart reflective panels that don’t look like you’re wearing a safety jacket.

Combined with Pactimo’s value for the money and fit that we love, and you have some very interesting, very attention grabbing Fall cycling gear. See what makes the new gear shine next…

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PDW Lars Rover: Into the Night

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As far as we were concerned, the new PDW Lars Rover lights had already blasted off after seeing them at Interbike. In what has become tradition for Portland Design Works however, the new product isn’t really launched until there is an entertaining video featuring the new goods. At 650 lumens for the more powerful version, the Lars Rover has more than enough power for most nocturnal shenanigans.

Seriously, night riding is awesome when you have a good light. Power up with the Lars Rover next…

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Veloloop Tricks Traffic Lights Into Turning Green for your Bicycle!

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We’ve all been there…standing astride our bike over the rectangular grooves cut into the asphalt in front of the stop line, hoping beyond hope that we’ll trigger the traffic light to turn green. Sadly, it ain’t gonna happen. Your bike simply doesn’t have the magnetic signature of a two-ton car.

Until now, that is. The Veloloop is a low power transmitter that detects the inductive loop sensors in the ground and transmits a signal similar to what would bounce off a vehicle. That tells the sensor that someone’s waiting for the light, triggering it to change green.

It runs on two AA batteries and should last for more than a year since it only kicks on when it detects the transmitters and when you’ve stopped rolling. There’s even a light to let you know when you’re on top of the sensors…

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IB14: New Bicycle Lights from Light & Motion, Fortified and Gloworm

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Light & Motion’s Urban gets completely rebuilt from the inside out. It looks the same, but it’s all new where it counts. The original was getting about a 4% return rate, so they wanted to make something better. Now, it has an IP67 rating, which means it remains waterproof for an hour in a meter of water and passes a 1 meter drop test. It’s also thermally more efficient, so they could bump the output up to 800 lumens on the top model.

It also gets new packaging and colors, with each model getting a basic and bright color option. Choose from 350 up to 800 lumens with prices from $69.99 to $179.99.

They also updated a few other models and added options. Those, plus a look at two more brand’s latest goods, below…

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Efneo Launches x3 Gearbox Crank & Ultra Silent, Ultra Quick Rear Hub

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Efneo, a Polish company run by a family, is bringing bicycle components to market to make a cyclists life easier. We covered their idea of an internally geared crank two years back, and they are now gearing up to start taking pre-orders for the x3 gearbox crank and the Active silent hub. While an internally geared crank and a silent hub are not new ideas, Efneo hopes to bring them to market for all types of bikes, and with the help of crowdsourcing.

The x3 crank is an internally geared, shiftable crankset that can be installed on any bike. While the idea is not new, as it has been seen in Hammerschmidt, Schlumpf and the Metropolis Patterson, the x3 is the first one to incorporate 3 speeds, not just two. Similar to other systems, the benefits are touted as being able to offer instant gear changes, being able to shift without pedaling and cleaning up the drivetrain so there is less maintenance. Offering a range similar to a 28/40/50 crank is impressive, and it seems to be able to mount without any strange parts or adapters.

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Just In: Trek Lync 3 – An Uncontroversial Bike with a Battery

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The Trek Lync has a battery – but it’s not what you think. Instead of helping to power you along to the chagrin of many, the battery is there simply to help you find your way. Batteries on high end bikes are nothing new, be it for an electronic drive train, automated suspension system, or other uses, they are still fairly rare on entry level bikes and hybrids.

In the case of the Trek Lync series, the battery is there to provide both front and rear illumination with complete integration. Right off the showroom floor, the Lync is ready for the streets including those that require bicycle lights by law. As long as the battery pack is charged, you can zip along to your destination turning on the powerful lights with the flick of a switch. Even better, once you arrive and lock up your bike you no longer have to worry about removing lights to prevent them from being stolen.

See why we’re ok with batteries on the Lync 3, next…

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