Showing posts from December 6, 2009

American Made Cargo Bikes

Metrofiets - Artisan frames, from Portland, Oregon Jamie Nichols and Phillip Ross are the founders and co-owners of Metrofiets, LLC. Patience and time, that's what builds a Metrofiets.  Design, bend, measure, sculpt, hammer, polish and file - these actions transform raw steel into works of art. The kind of art you can ride around town on.  The kind of art that turns heads and leaves people wanting more. Our designs are inspired by Danish and Dutch cargo bikes as well as the classic bicycle styles produced in the US during the 1930's, 40's and 50's. We like clean lines, curves and things that work without a lot of fuss.  Naturally, our "basic" bikes ship with modern, state of the art  components like hydraulic disc brakes and internally geared hubs.  Stuff that just works. the website...

Pinarello Single Speed... What?

A dream come true. Lungavita is a bicycle that Giovanni Pinarello was very keen on making. This model includes a tribute to the first colour schemes of the Pinarello cycles of 1951, in the colours that were in fashion at the time. The frame is made of 6061 T6 aluminium and strictly in a Single Speed version with the rims painted white – a rarity in this sector. Lungavita is the ideal bicycle for the world capitals where this kind of frame is much appreciated for its lightness and versatility. From New York to Tokyo a new generation of cyclists is discovering the taste of Pinarellostyle retro.  the website...

1200 Lumens! Mmmmm lumens... Niterider Pro 1200

Pro 1200 LED LED Li-Ion FEATURES D.I.Y. Software - Design your own specs! 1200 Lumens 8 Step Fuel Gauge Quick Release Battery System 9600 mAh Battery Borofloat Lens Explorer Headband Compatible SYSTEM INCLUDES LED Headlamp Li-Ion Battery Handlebar Mount - Fits up to 31.8mm Helmet Mount Extension Cable Docking Statio Description 1200 measured lumens. That’s right, 1200 lumens. That puts the Pro 1200’s light output in the same arena as some automobile headlights. The Pro 1200 accomplishes this staggering output by incorporating two of the most powerful single source LED emitters available today. Housed in two separate reflectors, one reflector acts as a “spot” and the other a “flood”. The resulting beam pattern is a perfect blend of both. The Pro 1200 also benefits from our unique D.I.Y. software. This internet based software gives you the flexibility to design your light outputs and flash modes to fit your riding needs, rather than being bound by inflexi

Riding in the snow? Take a look at the Surly Pugsley

The premise behind Pugsley’s design is the allowance of tires with a larger-than-average footprint. It was created to go where other bikes may flounder. Our frame and fork will accept 4" tires on 26" rims. The flotation and traction gained by using large volume, low-pressure tires (we highly recommend the Surly Endomorph 3.7 tires) can get you over and through otherwise unrideable terrain: ice, snow, sand, mud, wet rocks and roots. In many conditions, bigger is better. There are design problems associated with using wide tires, however: the tire can rub on the chain, the chainstays, and the front derailleur. We’ve addressed these issues by using a 100mm-wide bottom bracket shell and providing an E-type front derailleur mount. The 100mm shell allows us to widen the chainstays for more tire/frame clearance, and it moves the chainrings outward for more chain/tire clearance. An E-type bottom bracket-mounted front derailleur positions the derailleur cage outboard of the tire.