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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Foldavan lightweight folding bicycle caravan

Oto Cycles e-Retrov retro electric bike

Technical Specifications Model e-Retrov
Table H47 steel size 22 "or 24"
Tires, handlebars and other components in aluminum
Chaincover same color fender
Rate 3V or 5V Sturmey Archer drum brake or contrapedal
                           X-RD3 drum brakeS-RC3II coaster brake
Front brake horseshoe
13g stainless steel spokes
Michelin World Tour Tyre 700x35c
BROOKS Saddle Flyer model 
Check and choose color that you like.
NCM Battery (LiNiCoMn) 36V 10.4 A  Samsung cells
Brushless Front Hub Motor with Hall Sensor 250 W (optional rear engine)
LCD Display 5 levels and cycle computer
Start and Go System 0-6 km / h without pedaling
Controller 15 A motor 250w
Pedaling System PAS, half twist grip accelerator opcioanal
Wiring 6 pin to agua.Tipo resistant headphone
Battery Cover removable and washable
Front LED Headlight
Autonomy up to 40 km and 60 km with PAS
25 km / h with motor 250 w
Weight: 21 Kg
110 kg GVW

STS Spark Sleeping Bag for lightweight traveling

Bicycling is a form of preventative health care | TreeHugger

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We have been writing so much lately about helmet laws and people on bikes getting squished that you might think that cycling is dangerous. In fact, the opposite is true; Karin Olafson suggests in Momentum Magazine that bicycling is a form of preventative health care. She writes:
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the positive impact of making cities more bike-friendly: “integrating health-enhancing choices into transportation policy has the potential to save lives by preventing chronic diseases, reducing and preventing motor-vehicle-related injury and deaths, improving environmental health, while stimulating economic development, and ensuring access for all people.” The CDC also recognized that a lack of efficient transportation alternatives to driving and a fear of biking in heavy traffic only encouraged people to continue to drive all or most of the time.
She claims that with safe bike routes that encouraged people to ride, "billions of health care dollars saved."
Karin pointed to a pair of studies to back up her position, and indeed they do. In Thomas Gotschi's 2011 study Costs and Benefits of Bicycling Investments in Portland, Oregon, published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health (and free! you can read it!) he writes:

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By 2040, investments in the range of $138 to $605 million will result in health care cost savings of $388 to $594 million, fuel savings of $143 to $218 million, and savings in value of statistical lives of $7 to $12 billion. The benefit-cost ratios for health care and fuel savings are between 3.8 and 1.2 to 1, and an order of magnitude larger when value of statistical lives is used. Conclusions: This first of its kind cost-benefit analysis of investments in bicycling in a US city shows that such efforts are cost-effective, even when only a limited selection of benefits is considered.
The other quoted study is by Jonathan Patz and Maggie Grabow titled Air Quality and Exercise-Related Health Benefits from Reduced Car Travel in the Midwestern United States came to much the same conclusion. They include some scary data about how much and what crazy short distances Americans drive:

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In the United States, 28% of all car trips are ≤ 1.6 km (1 mi), which is the distance that a typical European would walk. Another 41% of all trips are ≤ 3.2 km (2 mi), a distance that many Europeans would be as likely to bicycle as to walk.
So 69% of car trips in the US are less than two miles, many of which could easily be replaced with good infrastructure for walking and cycling. 
Read the rest at TreeHugger

Friday, January 31, 2014

Ergon CF3 Pro Crabon Seatpost @Ergon_Intl

Ergon presents a brand new innovative seat post for the road. The post offers a uniquely comfortable ride while remaining lightweight, making it ideal to match to today’s ultra-stiff road frames. The seatpost is designed to flex offering added suspension, killing road buzz and soaking up imperfections in the road surface. The saddle moves backwards in arc motion, with the carbon suspension beams (Canyon VCLS Technology) equipped with pivots to ensure the saddle remains horizontal. The system is maintenance free, offers simple setback and saddle angle adjustment, and weighs in at about 220 g. Eurobike Award 2012 Winner


Cycling Home from Siberia |

In 2004, Rob Lilwall decided to leave his job as a geography teacher in England and do something far more relaxing... so he packed his bags and flew with his bicycle for 18 hours to the far eastern edge of Siberia.

He then spent the following three years trying to cycle back home again. Along the way he camped at minus forty degrees in Siberia, dragged his bike through jungles in Papua New Guinea, and braved the lonely passes of Afghanistan.

He was robbed at gunpoint, caught malaria, and met his wife-to-be.

Buy the book on Amazon.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Drift Ghost-S

I BIKE. Short Documentary Movie

45NRTH “Gravdal” Tires: Final Review- by Guitar Ted | Gravel Grinder News

The Winter so far has proven to have given me ample opportunities to ride on ice with the studded 45NRTH Gravdal tires. For a look at my previous post on these tires, see HERE. DSCF2883Otherwise, this will be my final say on these tires for Winter travel.
Ride Performance: First off, I will admit that many of the “average” studded tires I have ridden in the past have left me less than thrilled by the prospect of using a studded tire at all. However; these tires have changed my tune on that. They are not at all dreadful to ride. They don’t feel totally dead, and they do not feel like they have tons of rolling resistance. They feel fine, for what they are, which is a heavily treaded, weighty, studded tire. In this light, they are nice to ride on.
You definitely feel the weight here, but again, when you can cut through four inches of snow and have grip, it seems a reasonable compromise. This was a pleasant surprise and the Gravdal clears slush and snow really well with the tread design it has. As a pure winter tire, it does really well.

LifeStraw® Go - a great addition to bike packing

LifeStraw® Go incorporates the award-winning LifeStraw® technology into a durable water bottle. Simply scoop water from a river or pond, screw the lid on, and sip clean water through the mouthpiece. 


  • BPA-free water bottle
  • Flip-top bite valve
  • Lanyard for attaching to your backpack
  • Removes bacteria, protozoan parasites and turbidity from contaminated water
  • No aftertaste as it contains no iodine or iodinated resin chemicals (and is BPA-free).


  • Filters up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water
  • Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)
  • Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)
  • Reduces turbidity by filtering to 0.2 microns
  • Lightweight

Not Enough Wood On Your Bike? Ghisallo Can Help

Mud Guards
Rear Rack
Chain Case

The family owned and operated Ghisallo company brings back the wooden rim, and makes it part of modern cycling. They offer other wooden cycling components and accessories too. All handmade with pride in Italy.

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Er, could I have my stolen, home-made, utterly unique, bamboo bike back? | BBC News

Thousands of bikes are stolen in the UK each year. Most are never seen again by their owners, and some even have to be bought back from criminals. But when advertising account manager Hugh Allman, 28, had his taken, he was eventually reunited with it - largely because he had hand-built it himself out of bamboo and it was utterly unique.

I have friends who run a workshop where you can build a bamboo bike frame, so last summer I decided to make one for myself. The handles and wheels came from an old racer. Because bamboo is hollow, it's very light, but it's pretty solid - I rode it from London to Brussels over the August bank holiday. On Saturday I went out with friends for a ride. At about 16:00 there was a downpour so we took shelter a coffee shop. I could look outside and see the bike. After five minutes I looked out again and it was gone - the lock, the bike, everything. I was gutted. I called the police but was 99.9% sure I wouldn't get it back.

[ Read more on BBC News ]

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hudsalve - The Swiss Army Knife of Lip Balm | Best Made Company

Designed for the Swedish Military, adopted by mountaineers and adventurers, Hudsalve is hearty, no-frills skin protection for lips, face, hands, elbows, and feet. A staple of many European armies, and necessity being the mother of invention, its uses have now grown to near mythical status. It has been used to grease weapons, and condition boots. Swedish tank commanders use it to combat mosquitoes. Some say it is edible, that is a line we have not crossed... but in a pinch, when no one's looking, it just might be suitable to grease your cast iron.

[Best Made Company]

Recycled bike fork bottle opener | Etsy

Bike fork bottle opener for your biker friend! Who hasn't needed an opener on a long ride? Made from the front fork-tested and approved!

[See it at Etsy]

Delaware Cyclist Ticketed for Riding His Bike

Have you ever been ticketed…just for riding your bike?
Joe Jackson has.
He was riding on Snuff Mill Road near Centerville last month when he was ticketed for violating a little bit of obscure legal language from Delaware Title 21, §4196. This law says that
“Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand edge of the roadway…”
Snuff Mill Road is only about 18 to 20 feet wide here. (In some places it’s only 17 feet wide!) It doesn’t have any additional shoulder pavement. That 18 to 20 feet of pavement is all there is.
Snuff Mill Road near Centerville where Joe Jackson was ticketed for riding his bike.
Snuff Mill Road near Centerville where Joe Jackson was ticketed for riding his bike. Where would you ride here?
Some cyclists riding on Snuff Mill will crowd over to the right (perhaps to avoid the attention of overzealous police). But no matter where a cyclist rides on a road like this, a car has to (at least partially) exit its travel lane in order to safely pass. That is why it can be unsafe to not ride in the center of a lane – which is exactly where Joe Jackson was riding when he was ticketed. If you are a motorist and you see a cyclist riding “as close as practicable” to the right edge and of the lane, you may mistakenly believe that it is possible to pass the cyclist without (at least partially) changing lanes. The reality is this: you can’t. You must (at least partially) exit your lane and travel in the lane of oncoming traffic while passing.
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How To Be A Road Biker


Sure, people might say that bad trends fade away while good trends become the new normal, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, perfectly good ideas fall by the wayside—then there are the ideas that are so bad they’re good. Here are ten trends that should be dusted off and brought back into action.

1. Kickstands

When did fancy bikes get too cool for kickstands? Newsfeeds are filled with glory shots of expensive bikes helplessly propped up by trees, signposts, and even sticks. Meanwhile, the barely-functional 20-year-old cruiser outside the convenience store stands up on its own, like a boss.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hubless BMX Concept | Minimalissimo

What is the the word that I'm looking for? Oh, "badass!" Wait, is that really a word?

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Bikeways for Everyone

Bikeways for Everyone-HD 720p from Knowble Media on Vimeo.

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Thomson ELITE 275 650B bike made by Lynskey


  • 650B Wheels by DT Swiss
  • Titanium frame made for us in the US by Lynskey
  • Thomson Bar, Stem,Top Cap, Steerer Tube Spacers
  • Cane Creek Headset
  • Oury Grips
  • MRP Fork
  • XTR Drivetrain
  • Thomson Covert Dropper and Collar
We decided to build and offer the kind of bike we would ride if we could. This is the start. A 29″ Single Speed with a Rohloff Option and a Thomson Single Speed Drivetrain is next, soon to be followed by a Titanium Gravel Road bike that will feature our pave post.

XX1 Hack | Bikemag

By Vernon Felton
About a month ago OneUp components burst onto the scene with their new 42-tooth cog. If that doesn’t sound “burst onto the scene” worthy, consider this: They claimed you could use that cog to build a single-ring drivetrain with the same kind of low gearing available on SRAM’s XX1 and X01 groups for a fraction of the cost.
We’ve begun to assemble our affordable XX1 hack, but before we get into the details, here’s a bit more background on why you should even give a damn.

Bike Boarding

Monday, January 27, 2014

Ortlieb Handlebar bag with charging options

    Touring handlebar bag with a transparent lid for use with mobiles or electronic navigation devices. This bag includes the added capability of charging your devices with cables via hub dynamo in connection with either: Busch + Mueller "E-Werk" or "Luxos U Lumotec IQ2"; or "The Plug" by Supernova. The bag also features a lockable mounting system and lockable lid closure. The touch screen of your devices can also be operated through the lid of the bag. [Ortlieb]

    Man rediscovers himself biking along Ohio to Erie Trail

    Ohio native Jack Williams completed a solo bicycle tour in 2013 of the Ohio to Erie Trail. / Submitted photo
    CHILLICOTHE — The plan started out as riding less than a mile round-trip to get ice cream with his two kids, but Jack Williams ultimately rode his bike 346 miles in six days.
    Williams bought his mountain bike in May after his children — Jackson, 11, and Geneva, 9 — had gotten bikes for Christmas. He thought it would be fun for them to ride together down to nearby Hook’s Pizza, but within a week of buying the bike, he began putting together a plan to ride the Ohio to Erie Trail solo.
    The plan was prompted by a need to rediscover himself after his 14-year-marriage had ended in divorce along with him turning 40. His children were going on a weeklong beach vacation, so he struck off from the Ohio River in Cincinnati on June 28 with a goal to reach Lake Erie by 4 p.m. July 3.
    “I just decided I always enjoyed adventure, and I toyed with the idea of traveling alone,” Williams said. “It was kind of the perfect storm. You know, this is a chance for me to do something epic.”
    Geneva and Jackson weren’t sure exactly what their dad meant when he said he was going to ride across Ohio, envisioning a trip from Chillicothe to Columbus.
    “I was like, whoa!” Geneva said of when she realized exactly how far her dad rode after he returned home.
    As he went along the trip, Williams, a former broadcast journalist who does public relations for a Department of Energy contractor, began keeping a video journal with his iPhone to remember his journey and share it with his kids. He has since turned the video and photos he captured into a 20-minute documentary of the trip that he hopes to share with the public in an effort to inspire others.
    “Sometimes, you think you have to go to Alaska or an African safari (for adventure), but it’s right here. ... (I want to) give folks an idea that anybody can do this. You don’t have to be a super athlete,” Williams said, adding that it was a phenomenal way to see and experience Ohio.
    Continue reading at the Chillicothe Gazette

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Heads to the Supreme Court in the Defense of Rail-Trails @railstotrails‎

    The case of Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al., v. United States, challenges the right of the United States to convert a federally-granted right-of-way into a rail-trail, a right established by Congress and long fought for and protected by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

    On January 14, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the case. We expect a decision in June.
    The Brandt property lies along the corridor of the Medicine Bow Rail Trail in Wyoming, a former disused rail corridor inside Medicine Bow National Forest that was converted into a public trail by the U.S. Forest Service and local supporters.

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

    Vertex Ultralight Backpacking Stove

    When companies break the law and people pay: The scary lesson of the Google Bus | Salon

    When companies break the law and people pay: The scary lesson of the Google BusGoogle headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Credit: AP/Paul Sakuma)
    Ever since Rebecca Solnit took to the London Review of Books  to ruminate on the meaning of the private chartered buses that transport tech industry workers around the San Francisco Bay Area (she called them, among other things, “the spaceships on which our alien overlords have landed to rule us,”) the Google Bus has become the go-to symbol for discord in Silicon Valley.  First a Google Bus piƱata was smashed to pieces at a rally in San Francisco’s Mission district last May.  Then protesters drove a fake Google Bus in the annual Pride Parade with props linking the shuttles to gentrification, eviction and displacement.  By December, when activists blockaded an actual Google bus on the street, the city and media were primed for the street theater stunt heard round the world. This frenzy seemingly culminated yesterday when, following another morning blockade and protest and several hours of contentious public comment, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Authority unanimously approved a plan to begin regulating the shuttles by requiring them to obtain a permit and pay a $1 per stop fee.
    The Google Bus (I use the term, as most Bay Area residents do, to refer generally to private buses chartered by employers, including Facebook, Genentech, Apple, Yahoo and others) means something different to everyone.  For tech companies, it is a recruitment tool, a means of burnishing their environmental bona fides, and a way to extend the work day by several otherwise unproductive hours.  Shuttle riders, perhaps prompted by corporate talking points, suggest that without the buses they would just drive to work, adding more cars to the streets.  The shuttle companies act like they are running a jobs program.  (Michael Watson, a V.P. with Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation, said his company employs about 400 people.  He would not disclose how much the bus drivers are paid, but he did state that they are not unionized.)  Housing activists point out that the buses serve people who are driving up rents, displacing lower-income residents.  Pedestrians and bikers complain of the buses clogging narrow streets.  Riders of Muni (the city’s bus system) complain of delays and congestion because the shuttles use Muni stops.  Some fear that the shuttles are turning San Francisco into an expensive bedroom community for Silicon Valley.  Others point to the shuttles as a harbinger of the privatization of public transportation.

    Why Cyclists Need to Start Fighting Back | Outside Magazine

    Stories of altercations between motorists and cyclists have become so common lately that they've almost become easy to overlook. Almost.
    Despite their frequency, these episodes still upset me. And ones like this recent incident in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the cyclist wasn’t just bullied but was also vilified afterwards, especially infuriate.
    Chattanooga’s Times Free Press has a thorough summary of the incident, but here’s the skeleton account.
    A 30-year-old Chattanooga rider, Anders Swanson, recently went for a ride on Raccoon Mountain, a road ride that is frequented by cyclists. On the way up, a Chevy truck with two teenagers inside buzzed Swanson, menaced him, and blasted an air horn. Swanson documented the incident with his camera, filed a report with the authorities, and continued on his way. Not long after, when he had finished his ride and was changing in the parking lot, the teens returned with two more friends in a different vehicle, harassed Swanson, and doused him with pepper spray before fleeing.
    Swanson called the police again and filed another report. The Chattanooga police found the teens, received a confession, and were ready to press charges. But before that could happen, authorities transferred the case to another police precinct because it occurred outside Chattanooga jurisdiction. Somehow the tables suddenly turned. The police told Swanson he would be prosecuted for felonies because he posted images of the teen’s car to Facebook. The teens suddenly claimed he had assaulted them, reached in their car, banged on the bumper, and yelled profanities. Swanson went from victim to villain.

    Sneckdown: Using snow to design safer streets | BBC News

    Commuters make their way under a snowfall on January 21, 2014 in Washington, DC
    Massive snowfalls like the one that hit the US east coast this week usually spell trouble for traffic. But critics of America's car-centric transport network are using the snow - and Twitter - to demonstrate how roads should be redesigned to make them safer for pedestrians.
    Fast-falling snow can lead to unsafe driving conditions, massive pile-ups, delayed trains, cancelled flights and slippery sidewalks.
    But advocates for safer streets say the snow can also help illustrate how conditions can be improved.
    "The snow is almost like nature's tracing paper," says Clarence Eckerson Jr, the director of StreetFilms, which documents pedestrian- and cycle-friendly streets across the globe. He says that snow can be helpful in pointing out traffic patterns and changing street composition for the better.
    "When you dump some snow on this giant grid of streets, now you can see, visually, how people can better use the streets," he says.