Buy a Blu Dot x Handsome collaboration bike and they’ll send a bike to a developing country

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Blu Dot x Handsome bike, side

Are you forgetting an important milestone? Neglecting to recognize a significant year for the love of your life? No, surely you remembered… 2017 is the 200th anniversary of the bicycle! As a little celebration, World Bicycle Relief is looking for partners and fundraisers to support their continued effort to provide their Buffalo Bikes to people in developing countries.

The best part is, you can help the cause by buying yourself a slick new commuter! Minneapolis-based furniture design house Blu Dot and Handsome Cycles have collaborated on a new stripped-down single speed city bike (seen above), which they’ve simply called the Blu Dot x Handsome Bike. For every one sold, a Buffalo Bike will be donated to a developing community in the buyer’s name. Check out the city slayer you can own, and the rural workhorse you can send someone below…
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Are you forgetting an important milestone? Neglecting to recognize a significant year for the love of your life? No, surely you remembered… 2017 is the 200th anniversary of the bicycle! As a little celebration, World Bicycle Relief is looking for partners and fundraisers to support their continued effort to provide their Buffalo Bikes to people […]

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Lattis’ Ellipse smart lock runs on the sun and warns your folks when you crash

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Ellipse smart lock, on bars

You’ve gotta love modern times – there are now ‘smart city’ companies out there working specifically to develop technologies that will make urban living easier and more efficient than ever before. San-Francisco’s Lattis is one of these companies, and they’ve come up with a clever new smart lock for bike commuters and bike-share programs.

The Ellipse Smart Bike Lock was recently introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This U-lock uses Bluetooth technology to enable locking/unlocking from your phone, real-time theft and crash alerts, and the ability to set up keyless bike sharing within your trusted circle of friends. The Ellipse also features a solar panel which produces more power than you might expect…
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You’ve gotta love modern times – there are now ‘smart city’ companies out there working specifically to develop technologies that will make urban living easier and more efficient than ever before. San-Francisco’s Lattis is one of these companies, and they’ve come up with a clever new smart lock for bike commuters and bike-share programs. The […]

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Review: The Bike Strap – functional simplicity to securely haul all beer formats (& other things)

Modeo bike strap, with beer bomber

Modeo bike strap, with beer bomber

Sometimes it’s fun to nerd out on all the crazy technology in our modern bikes, but one of my favorite accessories from recent times is actually the simplest thing on my commuter; the water bottle holder. Last spring I got my hands on a Bike Strap, and I decided it had to be tested right away with a fresh bomber of craft brew. After a boot around town, I got home and found my bomber still tightly secured. At that point, I knew I’d be putting the Bike Strap to use quite often!

The Bike Strap is made by a company called Modeo (who also developed an interesting commute tracking app called Ryde) and it has proven to be a brilliant, functional design that carries a huge range of drink containers (among other things) easily and securely. There’s only one drawback to the design if you’re fussy about appearances…
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Sometimes it’s fun to nerd out on all the crazy technology in our modern bikes, but one of my favorite accessories from recent times is actually the simplest thing on my commuter; the water bottle holder. Last spring I got my hands on a Bike Strap, and I decided it had to be tested right […]

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Ribble Endurance Aero speeds up & boosts comfort in consumer-direct disc brake road update

Online retailer Ribble Cycles has offered an affordable carbon disc brake road bike for some time that has served well for riders looking for a winter bike or something snappier to ride to work, but as tech has progressed for road bikes recently their Endurance was due for an update. The new 2017 Endurance Aero bike is a ground-up redesign that claims to offer a smoother ride, while at the same time getting a few aero touches, and even improved geometry for more predictable handling both on short rides or the long haul…

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Online retailer Ribble Cycles has offered an affordable carbon disc brake road bike for some time that has served well for riders looking for a winter bike or something snappier to ride to work, but as tech has progressed for road bikes recently their Endurance was due for an update. The new 2017 Endurance Aero […]

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CES2017: LeEco Smart Road & Smart Mountain bikes

LeEco is a technology company, not a bike company. But at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week they’re bridging that gap with their new Android-powered cycling operating system designed to integrate with the bike offering navigation of your ride & tracking performance. Dubbed the next generation of Smart Bikes, the new BikeOS debuts in two complete carbon bikes – the LeEco Smart Road Bike & Smart Mountain Bike – both of which fit in LeEco’s goal to more seamlessly link our web connected lives from your phone to your bike and even to autonomous cars…

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LeEco is a technology company, not a bike company. But at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week they’re bridging that gap with their new Android-powered cycling operating system designed to integrate with the bike offering navigation of your ride & tracking performance. Dubbed the next generation of Smart Bikes, the new BikeOS debuts in two […]

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Review: Rolling into the new year with airless tires on the Specialized Alibi Sport

Maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose a little weight. Riding can be a great way to get yourself out the door and on the way to fitness, but you actually have to get the bike down from that hook in the garage and do it. I’m assuming that for most of us reading the site on a regular basis, the threat of a puncture and the need to inflate your tires on a regular basis isn’t a deterrent to getting out for a ride. But for a large chunk of the population who ride far less often, flats and under inflated tires are a big deal. In fact, Specialized cites a study from German Sport University Cologne that claims up to 90 percent of cyclists ride with under inflated tires, and 55 percent of riders have at least one puncture per year. That may not sound that bad, but when you lack the ability or desire to fix a puncture yourself and you end up having to bring it to a shop (or having the shop come to you), all of a sudden your quick ride becomes an ordeal.

Rather than dwelling on the rider’s ability to fix a flat, with the help of Tannus, Specialized is taking a completely different approach – airless tires. This certainly isn’t the first use of airless tires in the bicycle world (technically, the very first tires were airless as solid rubber). But just like all the other components of the bicycle, the technology has drastically improved with the times. Tannus announced their newest airless tire back in 2015 with their Aither 1.1 which promised better ride characteristics while maintaining the completely flat free feature.

Now, that same technology is available on the Specialized Alibi for a truly maintenance free tire that never goes flat and never needs air…

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Maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose a little weight. Riding can be a great way to get yourself out the door and on the way to fitness, but you actually have to get the bike down from that hook in the garage and do it. I’m assuming that for most of us reading […]

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Urbi, Furi & Zappi: Edgy lids from NOW Helmets

After a bit more than two years of focused product development, new helmet maker Nonstop On Wheels recently debuted an eye-catching trio of new helmets – the Furi, Zappi & Urbi – to suit everything from road racing to commuting around town. Founded with more than a decade of experience on the motorcycle helmet side of things, NOW brings a completely unique look to head protection of the bike. Their angular designs pack all the safety we’ve come to expect (and more) into a shell that breaks the mold…

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After a bit more than two years of focused product development, new helmet maker Nonstop On Wheels recently debuted an eye-catching trio of new helmets – the Furi, Zappi & Urbi – to suit everything from road racing to commuting around town. Founded with more than a decade of experience on the motorcycle helmet side of […]

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Roundup: Unique (and a bit crazy) bikes from Velotraum, Urwahn, TBK Wood, Schindelhauer & more!

Velotraum has always caught our eye with their utilitarian look, but their new Speedster marries 26″ or 27.5″ road plus tires with a drop bar and 2×11 drivetrain to speed things up a bit. It’ll still take a rack, fenders and everything else you need to carry a load, and the 203mm front disc brake rotor hauls everything to a stop on demand. An extra tall steerer lets you set it up just the way you like, too.

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Velotraum has always caught our eye with their utilitarian look, but their new Speedster marries 26″ or 27.5″ road plus tires with a drop bar and 2×11 drivetrain to speed things up a bit. It’ll still take a rack, fenders and everything else you need to carry a load, and the 203mm front disc brake […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years and showed how to be a badass (#BeTough in Ridley-speak) on the track by stepping up and racing with the elites at the six days of Gent. Another is U23 CX World Champ Eli Iserbyt, or 15 year old Luke Verburg who won the first 12 of 19 races on his X-night this season. Ridley-bikes.com

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Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years […]

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