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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 #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


Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Is that a WOKit in your pocket?

The new Woho WOKit is ratcheting its way through Kickstarter with this carabiner multitool that fits a surprising number of tools into a compact and utterly useful package.

By using a 6061-T6 forged alloy carabiner as the handle with an integrated 1/4″ ratchet, it allows for quick bit changes and a heat treated chromoly steel wrench to be locked into place for adjusting pedals and much more. The design has been iterated upon since August 2013, and it shows with a multitude of clever touches. For example, a soft, single-sided Velcro strap keeps it all snugly together without any of Velcro’s scratchiness that could snag on jersey pocket material. And a thin wire loop lets the accessories compartment dangle freely if you’re hipstering it to your belt loop, to which you could easily add a second loop for house and car keys.

Check the video and more details below…

The base set comes with the allen/torx keys shown at the top. A larger set includes the socket set, which is aimed more at skaters or those just wanting a versatile tool to keep around the house.

Zen Cycles

Zen Fabrication is a long time USA-based contract framebuilder, making small batch bikes for many different brands over the years. This year along with their contract offerings, they are launching the Zen brand of in-house bikes. The pictured EXP is their expedition mountain bike frame, compatible with either 29 or 27.5+ wheel sizes, and available with custom J-Paks framebag that attaches with 5mm bolts on the inside of the tubes.
Portland, Oregon.
Ready for adventure. Or Search and Rescue…
That’s a shiny cassette
Matching luggage and a great framebuilding pedigree
That’s it for this year’s show. Stay tuned for more custom stuff soon…

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Road Bully Effect | Modacity

The Road Bully Effect

Earlier this week, I had to run an errand. Being that it is currently March Break, the kids joined me on a short ride from East Vancouver, along the 10th Avenue bikeway, to our bank at Cambie and Broadway. It was the first opportunity we had that day to get out of the house, and it was great to ride alongside my children on a sunny afternoon. And then it went downhill...  As we approached a traffic circle just before the intersection at Fraser and 10th, I heard the familiar sound of a car coming up behind us. So I assumed my usual position - I ride abreast my two children, with one of them behind the other. The reason behind this is that when cycling on my own, more often than I would like, I’ve had cars pass too closely to me. So for the safety of my kids, I want to ensure the same thing won’t happen to them, putting them at risk. 

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