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Upcycled Bike Tube iPad / Tablet Sling Case Built in the USA | Kickstarter

The eco-friendly, durable, padded, storm-resistant travel case for your iPad or tablet made from upcycled bike tubes in the USA. PROBLEM After being frustrated with using a tablet and not having adequate storage to hold accessories like power cords, stylist, headphones, etc. I decided to design a durable and functional case to solve this dilemma in a stylish and eco-friendly manner. SOLUTION I knew I could develop a case that would be functional, stylish and eco-friendly. After a bunch of prototyping this is my latest version almost ready for production. REWARDS For your support in this project we will reward you with first run of the upcycled bike tube tablet sling cases and other sweet Green Guru Gear made from upcycled bicycle tubes in Boulder Colorado. You will be helping make a difference recycling more bicycle tubes with every bit of support. The more we raise the more tubes are recycled. You can see more about our company here  and foll

2014 Bible of Bike Tests: "Don't Come To Sedona"

Samsung And Trek Team Up To Make Smartphone-Friendly Bikes | Gadget Review

The bicycle is one of the more effective means of conveyance out there. But it’s also not necessarily one best-suited to our connected lifestyle; if you see a cyclist on his or her phone, you’re probably seeing somebody about to get hit by a semi. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be some phone-friendly innovations on your bike, and Trek and Samsung would like to show off a few. Charging While Pedaling The first, and simplest, addition is a charging cradle between the handlebars. Designed, as you may have guessed, for Samsung devices, you simply slot your device in between and can use it as a GPS or other tool while your pedaling ensures it doesn’t lose any juice. In other words, it’s fairly similar to devices  we’ve seen and tried out , but with a Samsung focus. The other bike is, however, the more interesting. [Keep reading at Gadget Review]

Eyeglass company sees business beyond the Web | Seattle Times

Inside Caruh Salon on Roosevelt Way, Madeline Anderson stands beside a salmon-tinted three-wheeler topped with trendy eyeglass frames and a glamour-lit mirror. She says she has a rounder face with soft features, so the sharply angled frames she’s wearing contrast nicely. After discussing pricing and other details with customers, she says face shape is the next thing she talks about. Anderson is a personal stylist who started working for Seattle-based Rivet & Sway three weeks ago when the company launched the newest physical counterpart of its women’s eyeglass boutique online. “Specs on Wheels” was wheeled into Caruh two weeks ago and will stay in the salon through November. The cruiser-bike-contraption is equipped with an iPad and about 36 different frames on display. It represents the third leg of Rivet & Sway’s company, which began as an online store in August 2012 and added a Pioneer Square showroom in July. During the last year, the company has also staged variou

Yay Bikes! Year of Yay fun ride is Saturday, Jan 11th #letsride

Yay Bikes!  Year of Yay 14.1 Historic Franklinton! 10 AM Goodale Park A YEAR OF YAY! is a series of 12 tours on the streets of Columbus to get people out riding bikes and helping to support our community and small local businesses. You'll be amazed at what you'll discover!  Tours start at the Goodale Park open-air shelter, near the playground. HELMETS are *strongly* encouraged on all YB! rides. LOCKS are also useful at our stops. All YoY rides are FREE for Yay Bikes! members and $5 for everyone else. Membership is only $25 and helps support bicycling advocacy in Columbus. Become a YB! member at . [REGISTER NOW]

Vagamonde: Chasing Euphoria and Getting Hit by Reality

Our book  Vagamonde: Chasing Euphoria and Getting Hit by Reality  is now available in English on , , , , , and . Update as of January 7, 2014: our book is now available on . In May 2010, we left Montreal, Canada to pedal our way to what would end up being a two-year journey through sixteen countries. Most bicycle travellers leave for a year or two, renting out their house and putting their belongings in storage. We left our jobs, sold our stuff and gave up our apartment. Except for some sentimental objects kept by family, all that we owned was with us on our bicycles. Having hoped for a more relaxed and carefree lifestyle, we quickly learned the hardships of long-term travel. To cope with this, we started documenting the trip in this blog. We just finished writing a book that enhances our blog with more stories, drawings, hand-drawn maps and chapters of the long preparation and the reintegration back into

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Ridgetop Ramble by Swallow Bicycle Works is February 9 #letsride

Get off your trainers and pull out your gravel-grinding machine of choice! This is a rain or shine bicycle ride on gravel roads through Shawnee State Forest on Sunday, February 9.   Ride Details Date and Time: February 9, at 10AM. Ride Start Location:  Click here. Lodging:  Click here. We have two route options in store for this year’s Ridgetop Ramble, so whether you are in the mood for an all day adventure with challenging terrain and elevation, or simply a tour on the premier gravel and paved roads throughout the park, there is something for everyone. Don’t be fooled, Shawnee State Forest is not your stereotypical “Ohio plain land,” all riders should come prepared with their climbing, descending, bike handling skills, and enough endurance for 4-7 hours on the bike.  Advanced Route: This is a 60-mile route with 7,200 ft of climbing. The terrain consists of gravel roads, bridle trails, double-track, and paved roads. GPS Link:  Click here  (is subject to change).  Inter


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How To Survive A Indoor Training Session @CyclingInform

I used to have no time for the indoor trainer. Sure I had one, but I’d barely used it and considered it to be a boring, less effective alternative to “proper” riding on the road. All that changed when I understood the power of home training. How To Survive A Indoor Training Session – Follow a Structured Plan There are a lot of people that hate indoor training. This is mainly the result of these people jumping on a trainer without any structured plan. I’m sure you have done it too. It’s not long before your mind starts wandering and the only thing that you can focus on is the amount of time still to go as you slowly watch the seconds count down on your monitor. This article discusses several important tips to help your indoor training sessions become more interesting and motivating for you… This is easily and simply solved by setting up a structured weekly training plan with goals that include the exact details of the set exercises to complete during each of the sessions. Just li


Photo:  Andrew Catellier .  Imagine if every ski trail at Vail was a black diamond advanced run. Gone would be the easy runs marked with green circles and the intermediate blue square runs. Expert skiers would rejoice. Every trip down the mountain would be an adrenaline-charged workout -- unfettered by kids, beginners or out-of-shape vacationers from the flatlands. The only problem is that Vail Resorts would probably go out of business, because only about 20% of skiers are skilled enough to navigate advanced runs. Instead of hosting more than 1.6 million visitors a year, they’d attract one skier in five. It would be a terrible business decision and the smart people at Vail Resorts would never consider it. Photo:  Brian Wilson . In most U.S. cities, riding a bicycle is a black diamond adventure. A combination of skill, daring and training is necessary to feel comfortable riding in traffic on big busy streets. Of course, not all city riding is challenging. There are a lot of

Pioneer's Cycling Sports system tracks serious data for serious cyclists

LAS VEGAS— Of all the things you expect to see at Pioneer’s CES booth, a bicycle probably isn’t high on the list. Still, Pioneer’s new Cycling Sports brand attracted plenty of attention with a live demo showing off the new Cyclocomputer and Pedaling Monitor. The Cyclocomputer and Pedaling Monitor work together with Pioneer’s Web dashboard, the Cyclo-Sphere, to provide cycling enthusiasts with a complete system of metrics and analysis. IMAGE: PIONEER Pioneer's Cyclocomputer mounts to your handlebars. The system as a whole is noteworthy, but the Pedaling Monitor in particular caught my attention: Pioneer is the first to achieve on-bike, real-time pedaling-power measurements for both legs using 12 different points spaced out on a single 360-degree pedaling stroke. What does that mean? Essentially, this means that the devices can measure metrics throughout an entire pedal stroke—it knows how much force you exert continuously as you pedal, and not just at the beginning of a pe

2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI

Europe's Most Congested City Contemplates Going Car-Free | Atlantic Cities

Wikimedia Commons If the city’s new mayor gets his way, Central Brussels will soon be essentially car-free. Socialist Party mayor Yvan Mayeur, sworn in last month as mayor of the  Brussels City  district, wants to turn the Belgian capital's central axis into a pedestrian zone. The move would transform a handsome but car-snarled four-lane  boulevard  and a string of squares  into a long, café-filled promenade.  This new zone will join up with an existing pedestrian zone in the narrow streets around the city's  Grand Place  and  Rue Neuve , turning Brussels’ core into a spacious, rambling open-air living room. The change is long overdue. No European capital has been quite so ruined by motor vehicles as Brussels, which even last year was  scorned by the French  as a "sewer for cars." And the new plan is going over well with locals, meaning Brussels might finally gain its deserved place as a likeable European city. [Keep reading at Atlantic Cities]

Camping vs. Touring | Rivendell Bikes

Bike Camping. How it's different from touring, and why you may actually have time to do some of it. And about the bike camping gear we like, use, and stock. Bike camping and bike touring are alike enough to require the same kind of gear, but bike touring emphasizes the journey, and you stop only so you can refresh yourself and do it again the next day. Bike camping emphasizes the destination and what you do once you get there, and you just happen to get there on a bike. If you have to work for a living and don't have summers off, bike camping is easier to fit in, and the easiest way of all is with Sub-24 Hour Overnight (S24O) trips. You leave on your bike in the late afternoon or evening, ride to your campsite in a few hours, camp, sleep, and ride home the next morning. It's that simple, and that's the beauty of it. You can fit it in. It requires almost no planning or time commitment. In the past 9 years I've done more than eighty of them, and I'm no plann

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The Cruiser: A Stylish Motorized Bicycle

The  Local Motors Cruiser  is a modern take on a classic bicycle. It was designed by a member of the Local Motors community, and the first prototypes were built in our Microfactory. It’s a product of true co-creation and vehicle innovation, and you have the chance to own one of the first models available by taking part in the first-ever Local Motors-sponsored crowdfunding campaign.  Pre-order prices are available on a limited quantity of cruisers while supplies last, so act now to receive purchase your Cruiser motorized bicycle at a low, introductory price. Only 29 Cruisers will be available at the discounted price of $3,499! Once the campaign is over, Cruisers will have a MSRP of $3,799.  By pledging your support to the campaign, you can be part of bringing a new designer’s innovative vehicle concept to life. Seven participation/reward levels, starting as low as just $1, are available. Once the campaign is fully funded, Local Motors will deliver the first production Cruisers -