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Saturday, October 19, 2013

FUBi bike: World's most compact folding bicycle?

FUBi the bicycle reinvented

The basic idea with FUBi was this: a foldable bicycle that was very easy to store inside due to optimum compactness and at the same time would retain all the functionality and styling of standard full-sized bicycles!
In order to obtain this optimum compactness a totally new (and patented) collapsible frame was devised where the aim was to reduce the volume of the folded “package” as much as possible. I.e. optimum compactness!

The compact folding

This is really what Fubi is about: Compactness! The frame is so small that it fits into a tennis racket bag.
This optimum compactness makes things that have been impossible before into a reality. FUBi fits in most small places like under bed, in a car, in a storage looker and even in a kitchen cabinet.
With FUBi its is your imagination that sets the limit

Foot soldier declares war on sanctimonious cyclists: DiManno | The Star

Cyclists have a self-righteous possessiveness about bike lanes, writes Rosie DiManno, even though those lanes must sometimes be used by others.
Cyclists have a self-righteous possessiveness about bike lanes, writes Rosie DiManno, even though those lanes must sometimes be used by others.
Some would have you believe there’s a war raging in Toronto between automobiles and bikes, motorists and cyclists.
I, Pedestrian, am having a one-woman guerrilla war with both.
Frankly, those who drive and those who pedal can wipe each other off the face of the city’s streets in this mutual roadkill rush to attrition and Toronto would be better off for it, leaving behind an urban Shangri-La for ambulatory bipeds. As it stands, both are rivalling to land me in an ambulance, pile of broken bones.
Cars have always given me conniptions. As a downtowner who doesn’t drive, my antagonistic view towards vehicles is that they’re all variations of Christine, the supernaturally possessed ’58 Plymouth Fury in Stephen King’s horror novel turned TV movie — a homicidal maniac on wheels. Automobiles — and worse, trucks — have taken on a menacing dimension from the time I was first struck by a bread delivery van as a kid and, later, by a taxi whilst crossing Richmond St. trying to make last call at the old Toronto Press Club.
I have to remind myself that these are inanimate, albeit mobile, machines and not bots with a mind of their own. There’s a human being at the wheel, making those 1,500 kilograms of steel and aluminum and glass bear down on a poor, pitiful glob of flesh, playing Master of the Universe on a left-hand turn.

FASST @fastboycycles‎ | Vimeo

FASST from Sam Newman on Vimeo.

Friday, October 18, 2013

RYB Denim jeans for women | @rybdenim

ryb indiegogo oct2-nov17 from RYB Denim on Vimeo.

Why Are We Making These Jeans?

*Most jeans wear through in the seat and saddle area, usually very quickly after you start riding in them.
*The standard center seam placement in the seat makes them uncomfortable to sit on.
*The back rise is generally too low and can expose you lower back..and even your butt..not good!
*There is not enough room designed for the movement of your thigh and calf muscles, and your knees.
*They lack other features that are benefits as you ride, like deeper pockets, a lock holder, a key holder, pocket placement, and reflective seam piping.

RYB Denim Solutions

The RYB Denim jean design came about after talking to friends and fellow cyclists from around the world.
*The RYB jean has a one-of-a-kind, unique, double-reinforced seat gusset specifically designed to eliminate saddle wear.
*The seat gusset design also removes that uncomfortable center seam
*A swooping waistband to increase coverage and comfort, higher in the back and comfortable in the front.

*Adjusted pocket size placement on the back, and deeper front pockets with comfortable openings

*Technical and custom engineering of a premium denim to make a soft, durable, stretch denim that also wicks away moisture.
*Overall, the jean is designed to fit better in all the important areas while you’re cycling with extra benefits, like a built-in lock holder, reinforced belt loops, and reflective seam piping

[See more at Indiegogo]


A rendering of traffic on the Hampline planned for Memphis' Broad Avenue.
The most interesting bike project in the country just keeps getting more creative.
It wasn't enough that Memphis's Hampline, a combined on- and off-street bikeway through a redeveloping arts district in the country's poorest major metro area, was pushed by a unique cast of private foundations and for-profit retailers and visualized with a spectacular one-weekend live demonstration.
As the $4.5 million project heads into the final stage of its fundraising, it's also become what seems to be the first American bike transportation project that'll be paid for in part by crowdfunding.

Retro Ronde 2013 | Brooks England

City Cycling Guide Set | Rapha

Stylish pocket-sized guides to the major cycling cities of Europe

Providing locations, destinations and experiences for travellers on two wheels, Rapha have collaborated with publishing house Thames & Hudson to create a collection of pocket-sized guides to the major cycling cities of Europe.
Stylish, covetable, locally informed and fun, every guide is illustrated by individual artists to give each book and city a unique aesthetic. With additional maps and functional layouts, the books are easy to navigate to help you explore each metropolis by bicycle. The collection is presented in an exclusively designed slipcase and features the following eight cities:
  • Amsterdam
  • Antwerp/ Ghent
  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • Copenhagen
  • London
  • Milan
  • Paris

Key Features:

  • Exclusive slipcase
  • 115 × 175mm (Rapha jersey pocket sized)
  • Four-colour print with additional spot print
  • Fully illustrated

Forget room service -- order a bike | @CNN

Austin's Heywood Hotel offers guests complimentary access to sweet rides such as this Republic bicycle.
(CNN) -- Hotels have introduced all sorts of fun amenities over the years, from iPads to pet goldfish. One of the features that seems to be growing in popularity is bicycles, which are no doubt a great way for guests to discover a new destination.
While some properties charge for the privilege, many don't, such as these 10 hotels across the globe that have free loaner bikes so their guests can get out and explore everything the area has to offer. So strap on your helmet, stretch out your quads and start pedaling.
Hotel Monaco (Portland, Oregon)
Back in July, Kimpton announced that all of its hotels would now offer free loaner bikes. This Kimpton property happens to be in Portland, one of America's most bike-friendly cities -- boasting miles and miles of well-marked bike paths, including the esplanade along the scenic Willamette River. In addition to a fleet of 18 beach cruisers, city bikes and road bikes for guests to tool around town on, the hotel has a special bike with a built-in beer tap and coffee spout that's on display when staffers aren't out cruising around in it.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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7 Amish Girls, 1 Bike

How to Shift Gears Correctly on Your Bicycle | Bike Advisor

As we noticed some cyclists making a mess out of chain positioning on chainrings and sprockets, so we wrote an article about how to correctly use the bicycle’s gears. It’s true, when you buy a new cassette or a new crankset, you get them with instructions telling you how do it right, but just to make sure, we came up with our own drawing in this article. Keep in mind that chainrings are attached to the right crank arm, while the sprockets can be found installed on the rear hub.

Bicycle Traffic Counter Could Come to Market Street by Bike to Work Day | SF Streets Blog

An SFBC rendering of the bike counter coming to Market Street's eastbound approach to Ninth Street.
San Francisco will get its first bicycle traffic counter within the next month. The SF Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors sealed the deal yesterday on a bike counter for Market Street between Ninth and Tenth Streets.
The Market Street bicycle counter. Image: SFMTA
Bike counters, which have been installed on major cycling streets in cities likeCopenhagenPortland, Seattle, and Montreal, help the city get an accurate count of bike traffic and promote bicycling by showing that number on a digital display. Every time someone bikes by, the number ticks up. SF’s bike counter will show daily and annual counts of how many people have biked on eastbound Market approaching Ninth.
“The installation of this innovative bicycle barometer comes at a critical moment in San Francisco,” said SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin in a statement. “As more and more San Franciscans are using a bicycle as part of their everyday commute, this visual bike counter will raise awareness of the positive impact bicycling has on traffic congestion, air quality and personal health.”

Testing Amtrak's roll-on bike service | anything but the car @bus15237

On Tuesday, I participated in an historic opportunity, to be part of a pilot project to test roll-on/roll-off bicycle transport service via Amtrak. It is not generally available to the public yet, but Amtrak wanted to see how well their idea would work in a real time situation. Some 20 cyclists were recruited to ride segments of the Capitol Limited between here and Washington DC to try it out.

As background, I have been asking Amtrak for years for just such service. For our silver wedding anniversary a couple of years ago, I had hoped to be able to have my bride and I do a day trip from Pittsburgh to Altoona. The plan was to bus our bikes into the city, hop on a train, exit in Altoona, two hours to the east, grab our bikes and ride three miles across Altoona to Lakemont Park to ride the wooden rollercoaster and other rides for a few hours, followed by a short bike ride back to the train station, picking up an ice cream sundae along the way somewhere, hop aboard a train, ride Amtrak two hours back to Pittsburgh,  and finally a bus ride home. It would have been a wonderful plan, if it were only possible. But having to disassemble a bike and put it in a box, and ship it, and reassemble at destination, times two bikes, times two trips, made it a non-starter. Ever since, I've tracked the progress of the request on the Bike-Pgh message board ( I can't count how many times I would have ridden Amtrak if such a trip were possible. Instead I've ridden zero.

I boarded Amtrak #30 in Pittsburgh, bound for Connellsville, 60 miles down the line. This was arranged by personal invitation over two weeks ago, for which I was emailed instructions and a ticket. I arrived at the Amtrak station at the appointed time, where I met up with the other five cyclists invited. Two I knew well, the other three I had not met. I knew a couple of others who would be getting on in Connellsville when we were exiting.

[Keep reading at anything but the car]

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Five Tips to Seamlessly Transition From Summer to Winter Bike Commuting

Summer bike commuting is pretty easy to figure out - as is winter commuting - when we don’t try to convolute it. If it’s hot, pack deodorant. If it’s cold, slap some extra layers on. It’s the transition period from hot to cold (and vice versa) that can be tricky.
When you leave the house with air cold enough to show your breath and you return eight hours later in balmy, flip-flop worthy temps, it’s important to keep your commuting kit versatile. Here are five tips to keep you comfy and on two-wheels even when the weather is conspiring against both.
1. Wool is your friend. We’re not going to be humble and bury this tip. It’s too important. Merino wool is breathable for warm temps and highly insulating in cold temps. If you perspire or the skies open up, wool will keep you warm even when it’s wet – a health and safety issue in cold weather. Plus, wool bodes well for your semi-annual performance review at work. Even if you sweat on your ride to work, wool’s natural antibacterial properties will ensure you’re not offensive to your co-workers olfactory sensibilities.
2. Seams are your enemy. For short to moderate commutes, most of us don’t want to fully “kit up” in cycling gear. No problem. Just beware the seams, especially as more layers of clothing pile up to combat the chill in the air. Line ‘em up or better yet, opt for as few seams in delicate areas as possible.
3. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Diamonds may have been a girl’s best friend in years past, but today’s woman loves herself some warmers: Arm WarmersKnee Warmers, and Leg Warmers. No need to alter your work outfit, as they can be slipped on just for the ride. Don’t worry, gentlemen, these easy on/easy off comfort-ensuring accessories are unisex.
4. Light it up. That darn sun drops quickly this time of year. Remember to mount your bike light and pack a headlamp for late night creative sessions or post-work happy hours. Speaking of safety measures, don’t skimp on good tires for variable conditions and a helmet for always. Initially, you may be averse to sporting a helmet on your town cruiser, but the ice won’t be judging you when it takes you down.
5. Eat more food. No kidding! Cycling in cold weather is scientifically proven to be more difficult. That’s before factoring in the mental workout of motivating to ride to work when the winds are blowing directly from the Arctic. We learned from Velo News and aerodynamicist Dr. Len Brownlee that drag force on a cyclist is a factor of air density, the frontal area of that cyclist and a dimensionless drag coefficient. Air density is higher on cold days as compared to warm days. Plus, more clothes tend to increase a body’s frontal area. Voila! Higher drag force = harder workout. Enjoy that water cooler donut with the laws of physics on your side.
Be safe out there. Happy trails.

GoPro: Danny MacAskill's Imaginate

BitLock offers a bring-your-own-bicycle approach to bike sharing | @Engadget

Unless you're an enraged motorist, there's plenty of good to be found in the current push for big city bike sharing programs. BitLock is certainly in keeping with the spirit of such initiatives, albeit on a much more localized scale. The proposed product is essentially a standard bike U-lock that communicates with Android and iOS devices -- get within proximity and click the unlock button on an approved handset and the BitLock opens up for you. The device is, thankfully, weather-resistant and has a battery that should last up to five years, according to claims (and you'll get a notification on your phone when it's finally ready to shuffle off this mortal coil).
[Keep reading at Engadget]

It’s Time to Stop Sharing the Road | Rebel Metropolis @HartNoecker

You’ve heard it ad nauseam: Share the Road - a mantra adopted much by cyclists and not at all by motorists. It’s become a passive petition: vulnerable bicyclists begging for enough street space to not be run over and killed from drivers largely indifferent due the empathy-crushing confines of the metal machines they drive. Even worse, groups like Be Kind to Cyclists have taken this kind of Stockholm Syndrome to absurd extremes, using language that would embolden any bully, ceding them power over their pleading victim.
The PC urban professional crowd you see on their corporate sponsored, helmet-required tourswill shun assertive language and cling to a vocabulary of non-confrontationalism. For them, reputation and obedience are more important than responding to clueless motorists and their lethal driving habits with equal and opposite force. Whether in the streets or in our ongoing discourse, the tendency is to back down, to let the oppressor define the rules of engagement and debate. That kind of power dynamic has gotten us basically nowhere.
The burden of mortality is always on the person riding a bike, yet the burden of responsibility for killing or maiming a person with a car virtually never falls on the driver. If that pisses you off, it’s time to start acting like it. We’ve come to a point where all the soft-ball pitching of our needs has failed to deliver streets that are safer. Asking for permission to ride without fear doesn’t work – motorists don’t care, or they can’t hear you. It’s time to start adopting principles of two-wheeled liberation.

How many minutes are you worth? @surlybikes

Every year someone dies on a bicycle. Cars hit bicyclists every year and every year there are people in our community, friends, family, co-workers that suffer injuries and worse due to being struck by vehicles. There are many instances of DUI involvement and many more of clean and sober moving violations on either parties side. The part that pisses me off the most is the surge of bike hate that causes malicious acts against cyclist for the simple reason of being too slow, taking up space or being presumed to have some superiority. There are bloggers that write about being so angry with the slow moving cyclists downtown that they want to encourage people to spray them in the face with super soakers filled with hot sauce concoctions. Garbage and slushies are thrown at cyclists in and out of bike lanes. Burning cigarettes too. Any cyclist who has read a post about a bicycle accident knows standard responses include "Were they wearing a helmet?" "Were they in their lane?" "Why do they have to be in the road when there is a sidewalk?" and other such responses working to assign blame to the cyclist.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Amtrak tests bicycle roll-on service on Capitol Limited route between Pittsburgh and D.C. |

Amtrak today allowed 20 bicyclists to roll their two-wheelers onto the Capitol Limited train from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., in what enthusiasts hope will be a step toward full implementation of roll-on service.
"It went lickety-split," said Linda McKenna Boxx, president of the Allegheny Trail Alliance. "I don't think we cost Amtrak a second in dwell time."
Amtrak placed a baggage car with racks for six bicycles on the Capitol Limited for the one-day trial. Six cyclists got on in Pittsburgh and off in Connellsville, where six others with bikes boarded. Four bicyclists were to replace them in Cumberland, Md., and four others were to ride the leg from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., to the nation's capital.

Testing the Camargue | Velo Orange Blog

Bike packing style.
We're doing a bit more testing with the large size Camargue. Casey is leaving on a 5-day solo bike packing trip in West Virginia today. It involves dirt roads, fire roads, single track and even a little pavement. He'll be riding about 50 miles a day. Casey promises to write a blog post when he gets back. Here are a few shots of his rig and gear taken at VO world headquarters as he was packing this afternoon.

[Keep reading at Velo Orange Blog]

Promoting Cycling Positively - Now with Proof | @copenhagenize

Copenhagen Crowd
One thing we've being going on about here at Copenhagenize for six years is the importance of promoting cycling positively to the great untapped well of potential cyclists. The 99%, if you will.
Two years ago, Copenhagenize informed you about a research project that was funded by the national bicycle fund entitled Effective Bicycle Promotion - Development of methodology to determine the effect on messages regarding marketing of bicycle traffic. We had teamed up with Thomas Krag Mobility Advice to investigate how promoting cycling with positive imagery was more beneficial than using images involving fear or perceived fear. 

Two years on, the results of the study are in. Have a read. And now, more than ever before, endeavour to sell urban cycling to the 99% with positive messaging.

Bicycle Marketing Messages: What Matters. 
The report, collated by Sidsel Birk Hjuler and Thomas Krag, reveals some of the most important ingredients for the creation of successful cycling marketing campaigns. 

Whilst the choice to ride a bicycle is primarily influenced by our knowledge of the physical space around us (distance, infrastructure, weather), we are heavily influenced by our emotional responses to media and marketing. Our research allowed us to unpack some of the ways in which consumers responded to cycle-focused marketing, and revealed a number of important results. For example, we discovered that an image of a cyclist wearing a helmet had a negative marketing effect on cycling, yet has a stronger positive marketing effect on cars than a typical car advertisement. Furthermore, when safety messages were included in the marketing campaigns, they were considerably more effective when the advert focused on the cyclist as an individual, as opposed to discussing the overall risk of cycling. Take a closer look at what we found: 

Bike Helmet Buddy Will Text Your Mom in the Event of a Head Injury | @gadgetlab

With autumn upon us and winter beginning its descent, let’s strike up the Anvil Chorus in honor of all the craniums that, like so many precious and unique hammers, will soon hit something really hard really fast.
Watch as the courageous year-round cyclist hits a schmear of slimy leaves, gets waylaid by some black ice, or bunny-hops into a wet trolley track. Oof! Observe the coon-eyed mountain Chad as he strays into a feral pack of heedless snowboarders, gets cocky on some double-black vertical, or yard-sales after hucking off a sweet jump. Pow!
Good thing they’re wearing helmets. But if that’s you lying there in your snazzy helmet, what if you still don’t wake up? Get KO’d or suffer a serious outage and you’ll most likely lie there and collect angel tears — unless you were smart and/or paranoid enough to drop 150 beans on an ICEdot Crash Sensor.

Philly Bike Expo is November 9-10, 2013 @phillybikeexpo

The Philly Bike Expo is a celebration of cycling. In 2010, Bilenky Cycle Works aspired to broaden their reach and promote cycling culture. And so, the Philly Bike Expo was born. Now in its 4th year, the Philly Bike Expo promotes the fun, function, fitness and freedom to be found on two wheels. The Philly Bike Expo creates an environment that fosters relationships between the cycling community and the dedicated companies and organizations that are the foundation of bicycles as a lifestyle. We host this weekend to admire the artisans whose craft enables us to ride two-wheeled art, to applaud the activists whose tireless efforts further our cycling infrastructure and to explore cycling as a fun and efficient transportation alternative.


Monday, October 14, 2013

bike lanes by Casey Neistat | YouTube

Novara Randonee Bike @REI

Our Novara Randonee® touring bike is built for epic rides that cross mountain passes, explore the countryside and tour through town after quaint little town.

  • Classic touring frame accommodates fore and aft racks and fenders—rear rack provided (front rack and fenders sold separately)
  • Reynolds 520 chromoly frame offers great stability and strength under heavy loads, and you get the reliably smooth ride quality that steel is known for
  • Dependable Shimano Deore LX crankset and front derailleur, along with the super-reliable SRAM bar end shifters and X7 rear derailleur, make up the 30-speed drivetrain
  • The SRAM X7 rear derailleur accommodates up to a 36t rear cog for an ultra-low gear option for sweet relief when tackling mountain passes with a full load
  • Tektro linear-pull brakes provide reliable stopping power; wide brake arm spacing allows ample room for fenders front and back
  • Robust Mavic A319S 36-hole rims and puncture-resistant Continental Touring Plus Reflex tires have the durability needed to log long miles; tires also have reflective sidewalls
  • Riveted leather saddle is contoured and padded for support and comfort during long days on the road; leather handlebar tape offers matching style and excellent longevity
  • Randonee's fork features a cable guide braze-on for easy upgrading to a dynamo front hub; also includes spoke holders on the drive-side chainstay
  • Pedals sold separately
  • Specs on the Novara Randonee touring bike are subject to change
All bicycles sold at REI include a free warranty tune-up. New bikes go through a normal break-in period, after which readjustment is important for longevity and performance. Bring your new bike in to your local REI for its free tune-up within 20 hours of use or 6 months from purchase, whichever comes first. Contact your nearest REI bike shop to schedule this important service.

Cateye Stealth 50 with GPS & ANT+ for $150 @CatEyeBicycle

The Stealth 50 is a simple power meter that is ANT+™ compatible, so it works with CatEye or third party ANT+™ power, heart rate, cadence and speed sensors. Track basic cycling data and combine with power, heart rate and cadence data to target and reach training goals. Upload ride data to web-based training sites, such as and TrainingPeaks, where you can visualize your activity, analyze performance and share your ride.

Other features include a full-time backlight, auto-stop/start and programmable odometer. The Stealth 50 is waterproof, USB rechargeable and can be used on multiple bikes, so you’ll always be ready to ride.

Soleus GPS Draft available for $99 @soleusrunning

  • Since the beginning, Soleus has been dedicated to providing the most accurate, comfortable, and insight-driven running instruments on the market --- And now we are taking on cycling. Transpiring our core principles of providing simple, intuitive, easy to use functions, packaged in bold colors.

    At Soleus, we believe grabbing life by the handlebars applies to more than just your ride; it's a lifestyle. With our new GPS Draft we can help you make the most of every workout.

    Simple to use, GPS Draft houses a high sensitivity GPS receiver that allows you to track your journey alongside a USB data upload cable that allows you to easily upload to your workouts.

    30 ride files storage, current/average/max speed calculations, auto calendar, and 5 programmable alarms make sure you never forget where you have been. While water-resistance and EL backlight with night mode make sure you get there.
    The Soleus Draft GPS is compatible with Strava (
Prices listed are in $USD and shipping only within continental U.S.

Wildcat Hollow Gravel Race Photos 10132013 @CrookCycleRight

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Groningen: The World’s Cycling City | Street Films

Groningen: The World's Cycling City from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

It's no secret that just about anywhere you go in the Netherlands is an incredible place to bicycle. And in Groningen, a northern city with a population of 190,000 and a bike mode share of 50 percent, the cycling is as comfortable as in any city on Earth. The sheer number of people riding at any one time will astound you, as will the absence of automobiles in the city center, where cars seem extinct. It is remarkable just how quiet the city is. People go about their business running errands by bike, going to work by bike, and even holding hands by bike.
The story of how they got there is a mix of great transportation policy, location and chance. You'll learn quite a bit of history in the film, but essentially Groningen decided in the 1970s to enact policies to make it easier to walk and bike, and discourage the use of cars in the city center. By pedestrianizing some streets, building cycle tracks everywhere, and creating a unique transportation circulation pattern that prohibits vehicles from cutting through the city, Groningen actually made the bicycle -- in most cases -- the fastest and most preferred choice of transportation.

[Keep reading at Street Films]

The Dutch army bicycle band | YouTube