Posts in the category Commuter

IB14: Fyxation Updates 3rd Ward Steel Road Frames, Adds Blackhawk Carbon Fat Bike & More


As Fyxation branched out into bicycle frames a couple years ago, their focus was on very track oriented steel frames. You know, the ones that were really designed for fixed gear riding on the streets.

As they’ve grown, they’ve diversified a bit. There was the Quiver, a slick 1×10 city bike we tested last fall. And announced around the same was the East Side and 3rd Ward, which were essentially the same bike but with different headsets and forks. Now, the 3rd Ward becomes it’s own creature, one more suited to long rides in the country or light touring. The sliding track dropouts are exchanged for sliding road dropouts, and more mounts are spec’d throughout frame and fork to hold all manner of racks and fenders.


IB14: New Dual LED Dash 320 from Cygolite & New Offerings from Planet Bike Brighten Up the Commute

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The new Dash 320 is targeted towards road cyclists and uses a unique layout of LEDs to help riders stay visible to oncoming traffic during the day and still perform at night. The quad band of  LEDS across the top of the light are designed to flash during the day, and can also be set to flash while the main 3 watt Cree light is also on. READ MORE ->

IB14: Bolle’s Premium 6th Sense Cycling Sunglasses, Plus Affordable Italian Made Lifestyle Offerings

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Famed ski goggle manufacturer Bolle had a number of different products on display at their booth at Interbike. Amongst them was their 6th Sense sunglasses, which are their premium cycling offering. The lenses are made from a newer material called Tribex, which is lighter and offers better optics than more common polycarbonate material used in other sports sunglasses.

All of Bolle’s lenses meet safety glasses standards for impacts, and are treated with oleophobic and hydrophobic lens coatings. They’re also available in a number of different tints, mirror finishes, or technologies (photochromatic, poloraized, etc…) Depending on lens selection, retail for the sunglasses is $160-200, while replacement lenses run between $55-75.


IB14: Cinelli Tapers Track Headtubes, Introduces 650B Hobootleg Geo Adventure Touring Mountain Bike


This summer, Cinelli sent Lucas Brunelle across Africa on the 700c Hobo touring bike to prove the bike’s mettle. Now, they’ve added the Hobootleg Geo, a disc brake version that looks to be even more versatile thanks to 650B mountain bike wheels and tires and more mounts. Sadly, these sweet Apidura bags don’t come with.

The frame is totally different, not just to accommodate disc brakes. It’s suspension corrected for a fork and has mountain bike geometry. The frame is Columbus Cromor steel with double butted tubes that are treated inside and out to resist corrosion. There are spots for five water bottle cages, three on the main triangle and one on each side of the fork.

Retail is $1,950 for a complete bike with SRAM X5 2×10 group with FSA Comet 39/26 compact crankset, BB7 mechanical disc brakes, Alex rims with SRAM hubs and Continental tires. It even gets Ergon grips to keep your wrists happy on the long haul.

Travel on down for more on this and their updated track bike collection, plus a steel prototype…


IB14: Detroit Bikes Moves Away From Henry Ford Black, Premiers B-Type Step Through Frame

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Last year we featured a story about a small company called Detroit Bikes, who was manufacturing affordable commuter bikes in the United States. Available only in one size and color to keep prices affordable, the completes came equipped with a nexus 3 speed hub, front brake, rear coaster brake, and rack.

The total price for the package was $699, which included a Tig Welded 4130 frame made from US Steel. And a custom rack, chain protector, and wheels, which are all built in house.

To better accommodate smaller riders, Detroit Bikes is now expanding their product line to include a step through frame called the B-Type.  READ MORE ->

EB14: One Ride Review – Faraday Porteur E-Bike Rolls with Ease

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Electric bicycles on mountain bike trails may be causing a stir, but the pedal assist market for commuting is booming. This may be more so the case in Europe where Eurobike was overrun by electric assisted bicycles, but the U.S. probably isn’t very far behind -  especially with new bikes like the Faraday Porteur making it to production. Originally part of a Kickstarter campaign, the Porteur is making its way into reality with a few changes. Compared to the original bike shown on Kickstarter the overall design hasn’t really changed, which is good – it’s one of best e-bikes we’ve ridden.

Find out why, next…


IB14: DZR Releases Mechanics Shoe, Wins Best Booth Babes of Interbike

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DZR is the king of street cool. Their new Mechanic shoe is no exception. Released last year as a limited release, this year the shoes have joined the official product line. They feature a natural gum rubber sole, a double stitched abrasion resistant nylon upper, and a perforated synthetic leather toe box. They’re also clipless compatible and will retail for $100.


EB14: Kryptonite Launches Messenger Collection, Clever Features Make it Easier to Lock Up

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After working with a number of professional bike messengers, Kryptonite unveiled their latest locks – the Messenger Collection. As some of the heaviest lock users around, most messengers are pretty familiar with what locks work out on the streets. Before the first focus group Kryptonite wasn’t really sure what to expect in the way of requests from the messengers, but after that first meeting it was clear that they had some great ideas that could be incorporated into the existing products.

The result is a new group of locks that not only make your bike more secure, but also make it easier to transport the locks to your destination. Building on their 30 year relationship with messengers all over the world, the latest products answer the three needs that were expressed to Kryptonite – flexibility/fit, durability, and a one lock solution.

See how Kryptonite hit the right combination after the break…


IB14: PatchNride Gets Official, Flat Tires Will Never Be The Same

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We first caught wind of the PatchNRide system back in June when the company first announced that they were taking pre-orders with video featuring some high production value but not a lot of answers to how the system actually works. It turns out that was on purpose, since the company didn’t want to reveal all the details until the system was completely ready and the patent applications were all sorted out. Now a few months later, PatchNride was on hand at Interbike showing exactly how the system works and just how easy it is.

From what we’ve seen, PatchNride will be a game changer, especially for the world of tubulars. Seal up the details, next…