Alpacargo – a quick & light way to haul around town

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A few weeks back we had the opportunity to stop for a chat with Diego Brunello the designer behind the Alpacargo longtail cargo bike from his Cargobike Works in Italy. While mostly when we think about cargo bikes, it is about heavy & somewhat clunky solutions that really only makes sense in an uber bike friendly city where you can safely lock it outside or in a garage. But Alpacargo is a bit of a different cargo bike. By keeping the bike itself light and agile with full-sized wheels it is able to navigate even car-focused traffic – and maybe as important – the bike is just as easy to maneuver and store in the tight confines of the apartments, stairwells, and elevators that most urban cyclists actually live with…

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A few weeks back we had the opportunity to stop for a chat with Diego Brunello the designer behind the Alpacargo longtail cargo bike from his Cargobike Works in Italy. While mostly when we think about cargo bikes, it is about heavy & somewhat clunky solutions that really only makes sense in an uber bike friendly […]

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Portland Reflector’s Afterglow Is A Late Commuter’s Friend

Portland Reflector's Afterglow in action
Portland Reflector’s Afterglow in action

Portland Reflector has released a big, shiny, detachable reflector that will turn any commuter’s jacket, bag or mumu into a cosmic space beacon of reflectiveness. Dubbed the Afterglow, this pair of large triangular (6.2″ on each side) reflectors uses incredibly strong magnets to allow the user to attach them to just about anything. On a coat, for instance, one reflective magnetic triangle is placed inside the coat, the other is placed on the outside, over the inner magnet and *plink*, there’s now a big reflective triangle attached to the coat. The obvious beauty of this design is the versatility. Keep a pair of these in your commuting bag and, should you get caught out after dark, you can attach it to almost anything and stay seen on the road…

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Portland Reflector has released a big, shiny, detachable reflector that will turn any commuter’s jacket, bag or mumu into a cosmic space beacon of reflectiveness. Dubbed the Afterglow, this pair of large triangular (6.2″ on each side) reflectors uses incredibly strong magnets to allow the user to attach them to just about anything. On a coat, for instance, […]

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Urban Circus lights up the night with technical hi-vis reflective & LED fashion

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The French founders of Urban Circus were a bit frustrated with seeing those yellow mesh reflective vests everywhere they looked in the city – on grounds crews at the airport, on road workers, kids on school trips, and of course bike commuters. So their idea was to spice up visibility a bit by combining fabrics and prints that still met the ISO hi-vis standard, but did so combined with some high-tech performance clothing options, and with a healthy dose of French fashion thrown in too. The result is a couple of new jackets that offer a much more unique look with options like different prints, stealthy reversibility, integrated LEDs & usable phone pocket, and even integrated crash pads. Check out how it all shines after the jump…

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The French founders of Urban Circus were a bit frustrated with seeing those yellow mesh reflective vests everywhere they looked in the city – on grounds crews at the airport, on road workers, kids on school trips, and of course bike commuters. So their idea was to spice up visibility a bit by combining fabrics […]

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Wave your hands to navigate the city by bike with Haïku

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Gesture control is offering more ways to manipulate our everyday electronic devices, and while most of us have used it on mobile phones, computers, or even gaming systems, now Haïku is bringing gestures to a connected urban cycling computer. Developed by Asphalt Lab and funded with the help of successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns earlier this year, their new take on an affordable, easy-to-use computer for commuters and other modern city cyclists is about to be officially launched at CES with early spring delivery. Check out how it neatly integrates ride tracking, navigation, and even unobtrusive notifications all controlled by a wave of the hand…

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Gesture control is offering more ways to manipulate our everyday electronic devices, and while most of us have used it on mobile phones, computers, or even gaming systems, now Haïku is bringing gestures to a connected urban cycling computer. Developed by Asphalt Lab and funded with the help of successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns earlier this year, their […]

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Cargo bikes get even bigger w/ 5.25″ tire capable Surly Big Fat Dummy

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If you have to ask why, the Surly Big Fat Dummy is probably not for you. But for those looking for a cargo bike that is stiffer, more capable, and will monster over anything in its path, look no further. If you’re not familiar with the original Big Dummy, it’s an extended wheelbase cargo bike that sort of set the scene for two wheeled cargo bikes to come. Long offered in 26″ wheels, the Big Fat Dummy is still 26″, just a whole lot fatter…

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If you have to ask why, the Surly Big Fat Dummy is probably not for you. But for those looking for a cargo bike that is stiffer, more capable, and will monster over anything in its path, look no further. If you’re not familiar with the original Big Dummy, it’s an extended wheelbase cargo bike […]

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Do it all with the 3-in-1 Outlier Backpack from BiKase

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Based out of Milwaukee, cycling accessory maker BiKASE has turned to Kickstarter to fund their new 3-in-1 backpack – the Outlier. We’ve seen some clever on-bike storage solutions from BiKASE before, like their adaptable SuperBand, and their latest offering seems similarly inventive. The Outlier is designed to function equally well as a backpack, a pannier, or a trunk bag all without the need for a bunch of separate adapters. Click past the break to see all the tricks this bag has up its sleeve….

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   Based out of Milwaukee, cycling accessory maker BiKASE has turned to Kickstarter to fund their new 3-in-1 backpack – the Outlier. We’ve seen some clever on-bike storage solutions from BiKASE before, like their adaptable SuperBand, and their latest offering seems similarly inventive. The Outlier is designed to function equally well as a backpack, a pannier, […]

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It’s about time! MOSKITO smartwatch doubles as a stylish bike computer

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If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics.

The MOSKITO is essentially a chronograph watch with a slew of bike computer functions built in including a speedometer, odometer, the ability to set personal challenges, receive call, email or text reminders, and more. All of these functions are crammed into a classy looking Swiss-made watch head that can easily be removed and worn on your wrist too…
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If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics. The MOSKITO is essentially […]

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Found: FSA quick release saddle clamps make commuter bikes safer

FSA seatpost with quick release saddle clamp so you can take your bicycle seat with you

Once you find a saddle and seat position you like, woe be to the one who messes with it. FSA understands, and that’s why they made the QR seatposts. We first saw these as a prototype at Sea Otter 2014, after which there was apparently enough interest for them to put it into production. You set your saddle position like normal, using the bottom bolt to lock in their “Nano” adjust placement. The fore-aft position is set using a bolt on the bottom of the red part, which is fully contained when the clamp section is removed for safe keeping. A lever at the back acts like any other quick release lever – just flip it open and slide out the clamp and your saddle comes with you…

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Once you find a saddle and seat position you like, woe be to the one who messes with it. FSA understands, and that’s why they made the QR seatposts. We first saw these as a prototype at Sea Otter 2014, after which there was apparently enough interest for them to put it into production. You set […]

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Timbuk2 looks towards brighter times with a peek at their new spring collections

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With winter setting in across the northern regions of the world, many clothing brands are currently promoting their latest and greatest cold weather gear. However San Francisco’s Timbuk2 is already looking ahead to springtime, when they’ll be adding a host of new and updated items to their vast lineup of cycling bags and accessories.

Timbuk2 has just announced two whole new collections, a special edition heritage line and some new additions to their TBH urban collection. If you’re thinking a new pack would be nice for next year, read on for a sneak preview of selected items from the brand’s new designs, fabrics and color palettes…
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With winter setting in across the northern regions of the world, many clothing brands are currently promoting their latest and greatest cold weather gear. However San Francisco’s Timbuk2 is already looking ahead to springtime, when they’ll be adding a host of new and updated items to their vast lineup of cycling bags and accessories. Timbuk2 […]

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