Thursday, April 16, 2015

Introducing the VO Mojave Cage

Carrying enough water on longer rides can be a problem, especially for touring cyclists in the southwest, but also in other parts of the country where potable water sources are far apart. We designed the Mojave cage to fit 32oz Nalgene bottles or 40oz Kleen Kanteen stainless steel bottles. Regular tall bike bottles usually hold between 20oz and 25oz. The design is based on our standard size retro cages which we find are better than most cages in keeping bottles secure even on rough terrain.
You may notice that the mounting tab has 5 holes. This allows you to mount the Mojave cage in three positions, higher or lower as best fits your frame. You can also mount it on newer frames with three water bottle screw bosses. We think the three attachment point system is a great idea and you'll see it on some of our future frames.
One caveat, the Kleen Kanteen bottle is pretty tall, about 29cm with the sport top. It may not fit inside the main triangle of smaller frames. The Nalgene is shorter, but doesn't offer a sport top. There are probably other bottles that fit; we plan to check large beer bottles first.
Mojave Cage compared to the standard-size Retro Cage.


Introducing the Rocky Mountain Sherpa from Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Introducing the Rocky Mountain Sherpa from Rocky Mountain Bicycles on Vimeo.
We're excited to announce the new Sherpa overland bike. Bikepacking has been around for a long time, but the Sherpa puts a Rocky Mountain twist on the concept. We wanted a bike that could tackle more challenging terrain and would let us get a little rowdy—even loaded down for multi day self-supported adventures. The Sherpa will carry you and your gear to the ends of the earth, far from the nearest Strava segment and through whatever ambitious backcountry route you didn’t know you were planning.


Music: AdamCaptured — Desert Wind

Boa's 2014 Ride That Changed it All

Boa's 2014 Ride That Changed it All from Boa Technology on Vimeo.
Follow our 2014 Ride That Changed it All contest winner Nick Gibb on his journey to the Leadville 100 MTB Race.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Crank Brothers Bike Multi-Tool





Don't haul your bike to the shop when it breaks down. Carry the Crank Brothers Bike Multi-Tool with you instead. This cycling-focused tool offers 16 functions, including a CO2 inflator, a chain tool compatible with 8, 9, and 10 speeds, #0 and #1 spoke wrenches, hex wrenches ranging in size from #2 to #8, both phillips and flathead screwdrivers, and T-25 and T-10 torx bits. The various tools snap into place using magnets, and thanks to its compact design, it's easy to throw in a seat bag or hydration pack.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Daily Bike: Bikepacking Is Running Away from Home for Grown-Ups @adventurevida

I think it started with the wooden clunk of Brendan stacking a few small fallen logs across the windward opening of the tarp. The sun had just dunked below the ridge across the meadow, and hoping the wind would die down with it, we were about to crawl into our sleeping bags for the night. Suddenly we weren’t young professionals—or even responsible adults—anymore. We were kids. Sneaking off alone in the woods on our bikes. Running away from home for a Tuesday night.
I’d felt it coming on for a couple of hours, pedaling my bike up the winding new trail, tramping around the woods looking for our campsite and then constructing the weather-proof equivalent of a blanket fort. The simple, little-kid joy of exploring and camping out seemed to sprinkle on us like Tinkerbell’s pixie dust.

My bike was hit by a car with me on it | Bicycle Tuscon

First things first. I am fine, my bike is fine and luckily I didn’t have my kids on the bike.
After more than six years of daily bike commuting, I was hit by a car. Or more accurately, my bike was hit by a car with me on it.
Yesterday morning I was riding my box bike to work and was less than a quarter mile from where I park my bike when I was struck by a young woman on the University of Arizona campus.

San Antonio Could Lose Bikeshare, Too | http://therivardreport.com

San Antonio B-Cycle, by most measures, should be a national model: first bikeshare program in Texas, one of the first in the nation, and after four years its network of 55 stations and 450 bikes is set to expand to 76 stations and 650 bikes with a $1.2 million Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) grant. Nearly every neighborhood surrounding downtown will have stations by the end of 2015.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Now Paris Wants to Become the 'World Capital of Cycling' @CityLab

Image REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Paris is destined to become the “world capital of cycling,” or at least, that's the grand ambition declared recently by Paris City Hall.
While Amsterdam and Copenhagen may not be sweating it just yet, the French capital is indeed taking bicycle transportation more seriously than ever before. To underscore that effort, the city has just announced a €150 million ($164.5 million) program over the next five years that aims to make Paris far easier, safer and more attractive for cyclists.

[Keep reading at CityLab]

Why biking to work is a barrier for most Americans @beurbanful

The Nickel Tour: 100 million Americans rode a bike at least once last year, but only 14% take two or more rides weekly. Let’s talk about why.
People for Bikes, a national cycling advocacy organization, has just released the results of the most comprehensive cycling survey in recent memory.
The biggest take home statistics from the survey, based on the online responses of 16,000 adults: 100 million Americans (34 percent of the population) went for a ride at least once in the last year. Forty-five million of those bikers made at least one ride as a means of transportation, rather than recreation, but only 14 percent of bikers take two or more rides each week.
That’s not because they don’t want to:  53 percent said they would like to ride more, but don’t.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Diamondback Haanjo Gravel Grinders

Harvard Study: Better Police Reports On Bike Crashes Could Save Lives @commonhealth

A "ghost bike" is placed in memory of Marcia Deihl, who was killed in a crash in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on March 11. (Rachel Zimmerman/WBUR)
A “ghost bike” is placed in memory of Marcia Deihl, who was killed in a crash in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on March 11. (Rachel Zimmerman/WBUR)
 Last month, Marcia Deihl, a songwriter and community activist out for a bike ride on the first warm day after a brutal winter, was struck and killed by a dump truck outside a Whole Foods in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A white “ghost bike” now memorializes her death.
Aspiring photojournalist Christopher Weigl, just 23, was also killed in a bike accident: Wearing a helmet, and traveling in the bike lane near Boston University, Weigl collided with a 16-wheel tractor trailer when the truck made a wide right turn in the winter of 2012. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

The National Forest Explorer | Elephant

The National Forest Explorer (NFE) is the ideal bike for long days of spirited riding on dirt roads. While designed to carry a small load over the wheel for day supplies, the NFE also handles well with low-riders and a rear saddle bag for overnighting. Unlike many heavy "adventure bikes" or "gravel grinders" sold by larger manufacturers, the NFE is light and responsive, built with a double-butted TrueTemper front triangle and 4130 rear triangle.
The geometry is optimized for experienced riders who prefer nimble handling and light steering input. The fork is brazed & lugged with a handmade direct-mount disc tab and a beautiful bend that helps soak up washboard roads.
The fork is brazed and lugged with a handmade direct-mount disc tab and a beautiful bend that helps soak up washboard roads. For more information about the history of this bike, check out this article in Out There Monthly.


A perfect unit made of two exclusive materials: Each V1-Walnut is milled from a solid piece of walnut, supported by a high-quality aluminum core. Every handlebar is unique thanks to the natural grain of the wood, which has been finished with a special varnish. The minimalist design is completed by end caps made of anodized aluminum. These reinforcements and the treated wooden surface guarantee many years of fun with your V1-Walnut.
With a diameter of 31.8mm, V1-Walnut fits almost any standard suspension and brings a unique and timeless look to your fixie or singlespeed bike. Your new handlebar performs well regarding its weight, too: With just 285 grams, it’s a real lightweight, ensuring an exclusive riding experience.

The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes @CityLab

Image acme08 / flickr
acme08 / flickr
San Francisco is moving forward with a plan to add protected bike lanes on Polk Street, one of the busiest cycling corridors in the city, but the decision didn't come easy. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the plan endured about 2.5 years of debate. At the center of the dispute was an objection to the loss of on-street parking spaces by local merchants (our emphasis):

[Keep reading at CityLab]

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Volvo Cars presents LifePaint. The best way to survive a crash, is not to crash. LifePaint is a unique reflective safety spray. Invisible by daylight, it shines brightly in the glare of car headlights. Making the invisible, visible. Find out more at www.volvolifepaint.com #volvolifepaint

Friday, March 27, 2015

4 Reasons to Take Your Bike to a Co-op @bicyclingmag

(Photo by SLO County Bicycle Coalition)
You know you're in the right place when you see the jumble of used bikes locked up out front. Inside, parts fill every corner of the room, tools explode from drawers and wooden pegs, and a line of rims dangles from the ceiling like the edge of a spiral notebook.
Whether in someone's old garage or a fancy storefront downtown, your first time inside a bicycle co-op can be intimidating. But there are good reasons to push through your uncertainty and see what's behind the sprocket-covered front door of your local collective shop.

Persistence and Partnerships: BikePGH and the Advocacy Advance Model Grant Experience

Persistence and Partnerships: BikePGH and the Advocacy Advance Model Grant Experience from Robin Urban Smith on Vimeo.

Shinola Bicycles - THE NICKEL-PLATED DETROIT ARROW @shinola

In a limited edition production of just 25, Shinola’s first single-speed bicycle gets a high-shine upgrade with the exclusive, nickel-plated Detroit Arrow, now available. The anti-corrosive nature of this stunning, mirrored finish means these ultra-rare bicycles are built for performance as well as style. Streamlined for urban riding and hand assembled by our bike specialists in Detroit, the nickel-plated Detroit Arrow features a True Temper double-butted CroMo frame with a bright, high-luster nickel finish on the frame, fork and chain guard. Additional features include a silver bell, CroMo front rack, Shinola leather saddle and super-light foam grips. Custom laser-cut rear dropouts feature the Shinola “S,” which matches the same “S” detail cast in the fork crown, and puncture-resistant 700x32C tires with a 3M reflective strip deliver a smooth, pothole-absorbing, safe ride. Each component is fitted by hand and tested for quality precision. This close attention to detail ensures that every bicycle that ships from our Detroit workshop delivers impeccable reliability and craftsmanship. Available in 55cm and 57cm exclusively at Shinola.com.