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Friday, April 3, 2015

The National Forest Explorer | Elephant

The National Forest Explorer (NFE) is the ideal bike for long days of spirited riding on dirt roads. While designed to carry a small load over the wheel for day supplies, the NFE also handles well with low-riders and a rear saddle bag for overnighting. Unlike many heavy "adventure bikes" or "gravel grinders" sold by larger manufacturers, the NFE is light and responsive, built with a double-butted TrueTemper front triangle and 4130 rear triangle.
The geometry is optimized for experienced riders who prefer nimble handling and light steering input. The fork is brazed & lugged with a handmade direct-mount disc tab and a beautiful bend that helps soak up washboard roads.
The fork is brazed and lugged with a handmade direct-mount disc tab and a beautiful bend that helps soak up washboard roads. For more information about the history of this bike, check out this article in Out There Monthly.


A perfect unit made of two exclusive materials: Each V1-Walnut is milled from a solid piece of walnut, supported by a high-quality aluminum core. Every handlebar is unique thanks to the natural grain of the wood, which has been finished with a special varnish. The minimalist design is completed by end caps made of anodized aluminum. These reinforcements and the treated wooden surface guarantee many years of fun with your V1-Walnut.
With a diameter of 31.8mm, V1-Walnut fits almost any standard suspension and brings a unique and timeless look to your fixie or singlespeed bike. Your new handlebar performs well regarding its weight, too: With just 285 grams, it’s a real lightweight, ensuring an exclusive riding experience.

The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes @CityLab

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acme08 / flickr
San Francisco is moving forward with a plan to add protected bike lanes on Polk Street, one of the busiest cycling corridors in the city, but the decision didn't come easy. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the plan endured about 2.5 years of debate. At the center of the dispute was an objection to the loss of on-street parking spaces by local merchants (our emphasis):

[Keep reading at CityLab]