Will the Classon be the most hi-tech helmet yet?

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A new helmet project is about to get funded on Kickstarter that will combine integrated turn signals, an inertia-activated brake light, and blind spot monitoring into sleek looking urban hardshell head protection. The new Classon is all about putting the latest visibility and safety tech on the heads of riders to give more confidence and security to city cyclists and bike commuters in the hopes of luring more people onto the bike. Even though it sounds a bit complicated, the intelligent bike helmet concept is about simplicity. All of the tech features are designed to neatly integrate into a relatively normal looking helmet, and to be intuitive to use without much rider input. Crowdfunding of the project is already close to hitting the NY-based company Brooklyness’ target, so jump past the break for a closer look and some details…

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A new helmet project is about to get funded on Kickstarter that will combine integrated turn signals, an inertia-activated brake light, and blind spot monitoring into sleek looking urban hardshell head protection. The new Classon is all about putting the latest visibility and safety tech on the heads of riders to give more confidence and security […]

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Clip in (or not) with limited edition colors on Crank Brothers Double Shot pedals

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Introduced at Eurobike last year, the double sided Crank Brothers Double Shot pedals give you the option of clipping in or resting your foot on the flats, with each side of the pedal differing to provide the choice. Now, they’re available in limited edition red, blue and green colors with black insets. They get the same upgraded bearings introduced that year, which means Enduro outers and a double seal to keep ’em running smooth. They come with a five year warranty and retail for $95.



Introduced at Eurobike last year, the double sided Crank Brothers Double Shot pedals give you the option of clipping in or resting your foot on the flats, with each side of the pedal differing to provide the choice. Now, they’re available in limited edition red, blue and green colors with black insets. They get the […]

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Kryptonite expands and improves Anti Theft Protection Offer to include more countries

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Bike thieves suck. No matter the lock, it seems there’s always a chance of someone making off with your bike. To prevent that, companies like Kryptonite offer a range of locks that in most cases will keep your bike safe. As a bit of extra protection, Kryptonite has offered their Anti Theft Protection Offer since 1978 – a subscription based program that will get you some of the cost back if your bike should be stolen while using a Kryptonite product.

Now, the program is expanding to include even more countries and offer higher dollar amounts for replacement values depending on the lock model. You still have to register for the program within 30 days of purchasing your lock and there are a number of requirements for reimbursement, but in the event of a theft the possibility of getting any money back without bicycle theft insurance could be a huge benefit. Now covering 29 countries, the program is better than ever and may help you get up to $5,000 back if you use the highest security locks…

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Bike thieves suck. No matter the lock, it seems there’s always a chance of someone making off with your bike. To prevent that, companies like Kryptonite offer a range of locks that in most cases will keep your bike safe. As a bit of extra protection, Kryptonite has offered their Anti Theft Protection Offer since […]

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Brompton unfolds USA Demo tour offering 24 hour test rides

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Of all of the different styles of bikes, folding bikes may be the most misunderstood. What are the little wheels like? Will the bike fit in my trunk? In my apartment? What’s it like to live with on a daily basis? These are all worthy questions and seem to be the motivation behind Brompton’s #OnTheRoad tour.

Already underway, Brompton is starting out with the East coast with 12 different cities on the calendar. Those who register ahead of time for the demo tour can drop by the event, pick up a Brompton folder, and keep it for an entire 24 hours free of charge. This should allow potential customers to take it past the typical parking lot test ride and actually see what it’s like to stash the bike in your trunk, carry it up the stairs to your apartment, take public transit, or any other day to day ride options…

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Of all of the different styles of bikes, folding bikes may be the most misunderstood. What are the little wheels like? Will the bike fit in my trunk? In my apartment? What’s it like to live with on a daily basis? These are all worthy questions and seem to be the motivation behind Brompton’s #OnTheRoad […]

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Other ways to look at folding bikes with full-size Change, fixed FUBi & e-Pedego

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We looked at a couple of new folders from Dahon yesterday, but not all folding bikes have to fall into the typical small wheeled commuter style. There are also a number of companies that make what are effectively standard full-sized bikes that can still break down small enough to make them still easier to travel with. Change Bike builds folders for either mountain or city riding that essentially make the front triangle big enough that the rear end can swing around inside, then all you need to do is pop the wheels off and go. The FUBi Fixie goes about it a very different way by starting with what looks like a more traditional diamond frame design, but hinging all of the joint in the front triangle and then adding an extra detachable diagonal tube to give back stability. Pedego’s Latch sticks with a more conventional small wheel folder design, but throws an e-bike drive in the mix, combined with an internally geared hub, to add a bit more range to your commute…

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We looked at a couple of new folders from Dahon yesterday, but not all folding bikes have to fall into the typical small wheeled commuter style. There are also a number of companies that make what are effectively standard full-sized bikes that can still break down small enough to make them still easier to travel with. […]

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New folding styles for Dahon on tiny Curl & faster Qix D8

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Dahon has been talking up their new smallest ever folder – the 18″ wheeled Curl – for quite some time, but announced recently that is has gone into production and will be being test marketed this spring and summer. Dahon openly says that the new Curl starts off based on some of the best flip-folders on the market – specifically the designs of Diblasi and Brompton (all legally they say) – but evolves those designs for what they think is the best riding and most compact folding bike the industry has seen.

Also earlier this year Dahon introduced a new style of vertically folding bike that they call a Jiffold folder that aims to making packing down one of their bikes even easier and faster for regular commuters. Now they’ve taken that design from some of their tiniest-wheeled bikes and brought it up to 20″ wheels for a fast rolling city bike with the Qix D8 and its 5-second fold-down. Get a closer look at both below the fold…

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Dahon has been talking up their new smallest ever folder – the 18″ wheeled Curl – for quite some time, but announced recently that is has gone into production and will be being test marketed this spring and summer. Dahon openly says that the new Curl starts off based on some of the best flip-folders on […]

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Lumma lazerifies bicycle grips so you can see… and be seen

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Lumma’s approach to bicycle lighting combines several unique approaches to create a sleek illumination system that’s almost invisible…until it’s not.

By combining front and rear lights into the bicycle’s grips, they give you a broader light pattern up front and allow others to gauge your oncoming speed thanks to the perspective of seeing the lights grow wider as you approach. They also combine bright red lasers that point down to create a mini bike lane that helps define your space to motorists coming up from behind. All of it’s packaged in a lock-on grip using an aircraft grade alloy shaft with integrated, USB-rechargeable battery…

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Lumma’s approach to bicycle lighting combines several unique approaches to create a sleek illumination system that’s almost invisible…until it’s not. By combining front and rear lights into the bicycle’s grips, they give you a broader light pattern up front and allow others to gauge your oncoming speed thanks to the perspective of seeing the lights […]

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8bar dazzles with their Rookie team edition FHAIN fixed crit bike

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The second generation FHAIN from 8bar is maybe their most cherished bike. The simply light and stiff aluminum fixed-gear frameset is one of their best sellers and delivers a lot of bang for your buck (or rather bang for your Euro.) It also routinely gets built in to city riding and commuting fixies, just as much as it gets turned into proper fixed-gear crit racers that take on the burgeoning international race scene. Now in honor of their amateur race team started last year, a limited 8bar Rookies edition of the Fhain v2 is available to everyone who wants to stand out on a first come, first served basis in the team razzle dazzle paint job…

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The second generation FHAIN from 8bar is maybe their most cherished bike. The simply light and stiff aluminum fixed-gear frameset is one of their best sellers and delivers a lot of bang for your buck (or rather bang for your Euro.) It also routinely gets built in to city riding and commuting fixies, just as much as […]

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Is KP Cykler’s lugged 2-speed The Perfect Urban Bike?

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Just a few weeks ago we took a look at the trophy-like Bike Hanger from Danish KP Cykler, and then a glance at their commuter sidecar. But now they’ve come back to us with a new crowdfunding project to build their vision of the Perfect Urban Bike (being delivered by sidecar above). What makes it perfect? They seem to really value classic looks, ultra low maintenance, flat resistance, and reasonable weight as key to making for a happy city biker. To hit each of those points, KP Cykler has been working for a couple of years to refine a traditional-looking lugged steel bike built around a two-speed internally geared rear hub and modern classic components. The bike is pretty much a highlight of the best quality city bike bits and bobbles that they’d already been selling in their shop, but now comes together as slightly more affordable option as the complete Perfect Urban Bike…

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Just a few weeks ago we took a look at the trophy-like Bike Hanger from Danish KP Cykler, and then a glance at their commuter sidecar. But now they’ve come back to us with a new crowdfunding project to build their vision of the Perfect Urban Bike (being delivered by sidecar above). What makes it perfect? They seem […]

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