Posts in the category Commuter

Wednesday Group Ride – Random New Bicycle Products & News

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Welcome to the Wednesday Group Ride, a collection of small news bits from the overload of info coming into our offices. Stuff that we simply don’t have time to do a full story on but wanted to share anyway.

State Bicycle Co. has added a Black Label Series, a 6061 aluminum track bike with a double butted, TIG welded frame and Essor full carbon fiber fork. It’s built up with a SRAM S100 crankset, flip-flop hub and house brand Pista drop bars. Retail for the complete bike is $759 with a choice of five frame colors.

Lots more random bike stuff below…

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HalfBike Is A Complete Solution To Half A Commute

HalfBike by by Kolelinia

Does public transportation only cover half your commute? Do you have to walk the rest of the way? Wouldn’t riding a bicycle make sense if it were only half its size? Wouldn’t a folding bike work if it were only half its portly weight? How about splitting the difference and riding a HalfBike? What the deuce is a HalfBike? Read on…

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NAHBS 2014: Peacock Groove Spreads its Wings, Launches Trick Headset & Spacer Caps

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Peacock Groove never fails to surprise and delight. Just check some his past years bikes (here, here and here) for examples.

This year, builder Erik Noren brought his own new bike, a 29+ cargo bike painted and accessorized to resemble a Minneapolis-Moline tractor. Lots of folks have done John Deere imitations, but since PG is based in Minneapolis, this seemed more fitting. While it doesn’t have the brand’s innovative-in-its-time closed cockpit, everything from tow chains to round headlamps make it legit.

Plow past the break, there’s so much more to see…

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Berlin Bike Show: Interesting Finds From Berliner FahrradSchau

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This weekend’s 4th Berlin Bike Show brought together a good mix of European specialty cycling producers together with some of the bigger international brands. The public show gives many smaller companies and distributors the opportunity to show their products directly to the end user; and Berlin is definitely a very cyclist friendly city and turned out big crowds. It also had several fun events, including a big bike polo tournament, an indoor BMX/4X track, several trials courses, and a junkyard-style cylcocross race that came in the exhibition hall and out through the junk out back…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Halo Belt 2.0, seen above, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter and is still taking orders for it’s USB charged glowing belts in an effort to reach $100,000 so they can redesign the belt to be 100% waterproof. They even have a Halo Belt Mini for your dog’s collar.
  • Stolen Bikes.UK is celebrating their 2nd year in operation and the recovery of 140 stolen bikes by offering you a chance to win £500 to spend in a local (UK) bike shop or one of two Hiplok D’s. Enter to win on their FB page.
  • John Moss, the founder of Stolen Bikes.UK, was inspired to create the site two years ago when his own bike was stolen. Now, he is trying to close the bike theft circle with an additional website called Check That Bike! - for buyers of used bikes to make sure the bike they are going to buy is not stolen.
  • BuddyBike is pleased to announce that 10 of their bikes will be given away in the Great Bike Giveaway through the Friendship Circle. See the stats on all of the adaptive bikes in the giveaway and consider donating so more special needs children can enjoy the freedom of riding a bike!
  • Bicycle Retailer reports that Bob Stapleton, former owner of the Highroad cycling team, has bought Mad Fiber wheel’s intellectual property assets.
  • The 24 Hours of Booty is returning for its third year in Philadelphia, kicking off on Friday, June 27th. Check the website for more 24 Hours of Booty locations.
  • BMC has recalled it’s Stromer Electric Bicycles due to possible fork failure. See their website for more details. (Kudos to them for having fork recall information on the front page!)
  • Tomorrow is World Water Day and in celebration PureFix Cycles is giving away $100 to charity: water for every Uniform or Yankee bike sold.
  • The 2014 USA Pro Challenge is looking for you to design their official commemorative poster. Enter your submission via their FB page through May 2nd.
  • Bell Helmets has announced the 12 finalists for they IMBA-Bell Built grants. Voting is open to the public April 7th – May 18th on their FB page.
  • Looking for a smaller grant, from $400-$1000, to finish a project on your local trails or pump track? IMBA has just opened its Small Grant Program for applications. Deadline is May 30th.
  • Domahidy DesignsKickstarter Campaign has just five days to go, so he’s upped the ante to help close it successfully. What’s new? How ’bout a 650B bike as an option and a full lifetime warranty on all frames. He’s also added Small and XS sizes for the 650B frames, helping fit more folks.

NAHBS 2014: Sarif Cycle Worx’s Commuter Bicycle w/ Handmade Wood Accents

Sarif Cycle Works custom commuter bicycle with handmade wood accents at NAHBS 2014

Sarif Cycle Worx founder and builder David Johnson hails from our own HQ’s hometown of Greensboro, NC. While we’ve seen several mountain bikes from his little workshop, his NAHBS show bike took a turn toward the streets.

He gave us a peek at it before the show, but the finished (and whole) bike was quite impressive for such a new builder. Lots of little details -the kind we look forward to seeing from NAHBS exhibitors but weren’t quite as prevalent this year- adorned the bike. Things like hand carved wood accents and grips, clever cable routing and careful parts selection and painting all came together to make one heck of a commuter bike…

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Taipei Show: Titanium Blades, Plastic Pedals with Metal Pins, Bottom Brackets, and more from VP Components

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As is sometimes the case, the VP Blade Titanium pedal started simply as a design exercise. While it was never meant for production, consumer demand was high enough that they made it happen. The result is a handmade titanium pedal with a spidery body that is meant to flex slightly and help absorb impacts. Now in its 3rd revision, the shape has changed slightly but the result is still a sand cast titanium pedal that is finished by hand with a full titanium axle.

Weight on the Ti beauties? Find it, and the answer to metal pins in a plastic pedal after the break!

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Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Brings Upgrades to Affordable City Bikes

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We saw the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. range last year during the trade show rounds and were interested in their well put-together package at a great price level. Following up with them, it looks like things just keep getting better. Same price, but with some across-the-board improvements to spec since we last talked to them.

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Don’t Get Jacked, NoJack Enters The Bike Alarm Fray

NoJack Motion Activated Bike Alarm

You live in a densely populated, metropolitan city. You don’t own a car; you are “one less car.” You ride your bike. You ride your bike to school. You ride it to the office, to the café, to the pub. Maybe you even ride your bike for a living — hats off to the bike messengers. As such, one stolen wheel, one jacked seat, is all it takes to turn a good day bad, or leave you high and dry in midtown. But a second dimension of security is on the rise and it’s changing how we protect our bikes…

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