The France I know is synonymous with three things: the Tour, food & wine, and fashion. While fashionistas may not make up a large percentage of this site’s readership the frankly French aesthetics of Cycles Victoire’s bespoke work, on behalf of boutique de vélo En Selle Marcel should please any cyclist’s palate. For a continuation of this fabulous haute couture, turn the page…
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Be the change you want to see in this world they said. You can effect change. Send a letter to your congressman. Get out the vote. That’s what they always taught us in school.
So after four friends and his mother (who broke her scapula and helmet in the collision) were hit by negligent drivers, seventeen year old Long Island teenager Matthew Cutrone sent a letter to his County Legislator pleading for more bike lanes .
Hop past the break for the appalling response he received…. READ MORE ->
Two years ago a pair of cyclists were rear ended and the driver was apprehended because one was riding with a GoPro. In that interim, many similar stories of cameras capturing antagonistic drivers have also surfaced. So two Australian cyclists have developed the ultimate safety device for cyclists. Their product, the Fly6, is a combination of a tail light and an HD720 POV camera.
Drop past the break for more info and video… READ MORE ->
At last year’s show, and probably at this year’s too, Boo Bicycles impresses with some super sleek bamboo and metal bikes with a couple one-off or prototype parts from others hanging on them. This year, founder Nick Frey says he’s got more than a couple surprises shooting up:
BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?
NICK: Bamboo (always!) with carbon fiber or aluminum.
BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?
NICK: A lot…we had a successful Kickstarter in May 2013 for the new www.aluboobikes.com and have been focused on perfecting our craft with Boo as well as introducing Aluboo to a wider audience. We are building a dealer network in the US, selling fat bikes like mad, and driving around the country in a decked out 1998 Bluebird All American: BooBus Maximus. The BooBus will be going to many of the biggest events in the US, meeting with dealers, and riding all the local Wednesday Night World Championships. We have some great partners in TrainingPeaks, BRAAAP, and Pactimo—they’ll be stocking us with some things we need for the road, both in the bus and on bikes. READ MORE ->
While electric bikes may still be trying to find their place in the American marketplace, with newer technology like the Bosch Centerdrive motor, the bikes themselves are as ready as they’ve ever been. The debate over e-bikes, especially on trails has a lot of valid points on both sides (something we hope to address in a later article), but like most anything that is controversial, first hand experience is important when it comes to E-understanding. When viewed in a negative light, e-bikes are typically viewed as electrified monsters with a throttle that miscreants will use to terrify pedestrians and thrash trails. Actually riding the bikes on hand from Currie Technologies changes that view a bit.
Thanks to the pedal assist nature of most of the bikes, you actually have to work to get it to move, and yes it is possible to get a workout on an e-bike even at full boost. Most of the bikes’ motors cut out at 20 mph – which is completely possible on a non-motorized bike. Only the Haibike Superrace has a faster top speed of 28mph, but you won’t be seeing it on any trails. Depending on the mode, the e-bikes provide 50-250% additional power which does make for pretty rapid acceleration. But even with all of that extra power available, out on the trail in the right hands you won’t even notice someone is on the juice as was the case when Mike from Currie Technologies came along with us on a mountain bike ride. Other than not breathing as hard as the rest of us at the top of the climbs, Mike proved that it was completely possible to use an e-bike in a group ride setting.
It may be a while before e-bikes are fully understood or even accepted on local trails, but there are also a number of commuter bikes and cruisers to consider after the jump.
Arkel, purveyors of racks and panniers for touring, have introduced their new Dry-Lites pannier set. At 420g for the pair, weight-weenies need apply. The bags run $89.95 a set. They can carry 32 liters (1952 cu. in.) combined. They use a waterproof roll top closure, and with safely always in mind, there are reflectors on all sides. The bags include a carry handle and shoulder strap, and for easy storage they can be rolled up very compact.
As our reader Gary pointed out in the comments, the pricing is a bit confusing when looking at the Arkel website. I reached out to them for clarification and received this response:
“Thanks Nick, For running the press release and for asking for clarification. Believe it or not it’s $89 for the pair. The saddlebags come as one complete unit, meaning you have to use it as a pair. it’s an ingenious system that you place over the top of the rack and in addition to hooking to the bottom of the rack on either side, it velcros to the front end of the bike rack so there is no sliding back and forth of the bags . It’s very secure, very light and lots of space, rolls up incredibly strong and comes with our lifetime warranty.”
Dahon’s been making folding bicycles for more than 30 years, and the current crop shows it. We’ve fooled around on various models over the years, mainly at trade shows, but having had the Formula S18 in the stable for the past ten months or so has given us a new appreciation for folders.
Fair warning: This model’s not in the MY2014 lineup, but you’ll find a similar frame on the Speed series bikes, or a curvier version in the Vector P20, which is it’s closest sibling. The only downside is there’s not currently a similarly priced disc brake-equipped model taking its place. The upside? Some dealers still have stock of this one and prices are likely around $1,200 or less, which is a bargain for this bike.
Even with just 20″ wheels, this thing can hammer. It can also roll along peacefully. And it fits a wide range of people – we put Evan (5’4″ on a good day), Kristi (5’7″) and myself (6’2″) on it with ease. We also let plenty of other friends ride it, and they all had a smile on their face. We even managed to crash head over handlebars. Twice. And the bike’s still rockin’…
- Registration is closed for 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, but here’s your chance to snag a Duo Male Registration and help raise money to help a young mother fight pancreatic cancer. Joshua and his partner can’t make it to the race, so they’re auctioning their tickets (worth $225, but priceless since the race is sold out!). The race is February 14-16th in Tucson, AZ, but the auction ends tomorrow night!
- Time is almost up to get a race tee along with your registration for Southern Cross! February 9th is the last day to register and get your t-shirt, Feb. 19th is the last day to actually register for this CX event that’s also the first race of the 2014 American UltraCross Championship Series. The race is Saturday, Feb. 22nd, at Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA.
- The Circle Summer Bike Fest will be held March 27 – 30th in Bankok, Thailand, at The Circle Ratchapruk plaza. The event is organized as a way to bring together cyclists, to promote the use of bicycles for transportation and exercise and how to use them safely.
- Alessio Timperanza has developed a fantasy bike racing program called FantaBike for those of you who can’t get enough racing… It’s originally in Italian, but is translated into passable English
- Dr Luca Lo Sicco is cycling from London to Athens this July to raise awareness for the return of the Parthenon’s Marbles from the British Museum back to Greece. More info here.
- Is your baby a super-fan? Now you can dress them like one. Race-Baby has all the gear your tyke needs to show their true colors.
- Swobo and All Hail The Black Market are presenting a “Bicycle Derelict Art” show at Nowheresville in San Francisco opening at 6pm on February 8th.
- Reynolds Cycling announces their new website with interactive wheel selector among other improvements.
- Culprit Cycles is excited to announce sponsorship of Olympic triathlete Radka Vodickova for the 2014 season.
- The League of American Bicyclists reports that a bi-partisan bill in Congress, introduced by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), would take steps to advance equity for bicyclists and pedestrians, and boost funding for bike/ped projects low-income communities. Take action now – tell your member of Congress to support H.R. 3978!
- …and totally random non-cycling PR in our inbox this week: Sticky Shoes – double-sided tape insoles that allow you to remain upright in your 6″ heels. Yep.