Make your own sleigh ride a bit more jolly with the limited seasonal Charge Santa’s Spoon saddle. Topped with faux fur and wrapped in red suede, their comfy Spoon shell gets festive decorations all around. Comes with a fabric bag and, if you order by December 18th, enough time to get it under the tree. Best part? It’s just £29.99. More pics below, ho, ho…
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Now that plastic bags are being rapidly banned across the country, the HelmMate offers an excellent solution for commuters who need to keep their saddles dry and helmets secure during the rainy season.
The $45 accessory attaches to your saddle rails and opens up to reveal a large waterproof nylon bag with an elastic band that stretches over your saddle. It’s intended to be large enough that you can place your helmet on your seat and secure both by stretching the bag over the front of your saddle, then use a small padlock to secure everything.
More pictures after the break….
Full finger gloves have always been more of a mountain bike thing, but with the new C Wing gloves, Giro and Cinelli are turning that notion on its head. Whether you’re looking for something for the colder months, or just wanting more coverage for your hands, the Giro DND gloves X Cinelli fit the bill in distinct style.
Since 2010, Factory Five has been making fixed gear frames and custom bike builds as “Shanghai’s first fixed boutique”.
Now, they’ve delved into components, and their first piece is this beautifully sculpted Lattice chainring. The framework is created with dual plane CNC milling of a solid piece of 7075 aluminum, allowing it to be both stiff and light. Claimed weight is around 78g. They’re then radially brushed and anodized in either black, slate or silver. Retail is $90. More pics and info below…
On Friday of last week, over a thousand cyclists staged a “die in” for fifteen minutes outside of the Department of Transportation Headquarters in London. The protest was organized to demand transportation funds for safer cycling after 6 people on bicycles were killed in a two week period.
While some have complained about the tactics, others like the BBC have noted that it was a similar movement in the 1970s helped pave the way for the safe street movement in the Netherlands. Either way, we wish our cycling friends across the pond the best of luck in their efforts. Check their Facebook Page here.
Via the Gaurdian
Rather than pump out some generic Top 10 list, we decided to put a personal touch on it and each curate our own wish lists of things we’d love to get this holiday season. Each of us has our own riding style, and our lists are made up of things we’ve seen or ridden so far this year that have really impressed us. We think you’ll like them, too.
Here’s my list. I’m Tyler, the founder of Bikerumor.com. I’m an all-around cyclist and my riding style is mostly XC on the dirt and long exploratory road rides. I ride my ‘cross bike year round and pull the kids to school when the weather’s nice. My philosophy is spend a little more up front and you’ll end up with better stuff that lasts longer and makes you happy. Here’s what I’m liking for road, mountain, and all the other gear that makes cycling so wonderful…
After visiting Guru’s factory near Montreal and riding their ultralight Photon HL, it immediately shot to the top of my list. Not only does it satisfy every weight weenie craving in my bones, the thing just flat out rides like a dream and it looks incredible. The Photon HL was introduced at NAHBS this year as their premium offering. Thanks to a unique method of carbon cutting and layup, frame weights are around 670 grams for a medium. Yet, it gives up nothing in functional stiffness or ride quality. Look for our factory tour to post soon – their craftsmen layup each frame specific to the customer – and you’ll understand why this one tops my list.
Acceptable alternatives: At $8,500 for just the Photon HL frame, it’s probably good give to Sweetie a couple options. Parlee’s aren’t much cheaper, but I’ve really enjoyed riding those, too, and the Z-Zero is pretty darn sharp. If I had to be reasonable, the Trek Domane rode smooth and wouldn’t completely wipe out my next ten years of bike budget. Oh God, and then there’s the new Moots Vamoots Disc…
There were plenty of killer bicycle lights at the shows, but none more fantastic than Magnic Lights’ contactless dynamo system. What you see here is all there is. No batteries, no external magnets and no wires.
Super strong neodymium magnets use the rim’s passing motion to generate eddy currents in a conductor, which powers the light. The science is pretty involved, but they work, and they’re perfect for bicycles: No drag, no batteries to replace and nothing else to mount to your bike. And they take just a couple minutes to install.
What’s even cooler is that the rear brake automatically brightens when you brake since the light gets closer to the rim, effectively becoming a functional brake light…
Sometimes, the coolest bikes aren’t even there with a bicycle manufacturer at all, they’re simply platforms for showing off components. The gorgeous wood bike above was decked out with lights from Supernova (which had some pretty cool lights you’ll see in another roundup shortly).
From there, we spotted other small wooden bikes and some with wood parts, along with the usual assortment of beautiful city bikes…
In the not so distant past, Kris Henry of 44 Bikes received an email from Richard Sachs. The purpose of that communication was to commission Kris to build a do-it-all rig for his wife, The Lovely Deb. Kris accepted the challenge, and used the opportunity to photograph the entire build. Thanks to his foresight, we not only get see a good clean example of a custom bike, but also the process outlined in beautiful photography.
Find the Process Book PDF here.
An ISSUU version here if PDF’s aren’t your thing.
Oh, and who could forget the Flickr set.