A touching video getting at what often is the root of the problem between motorists and cyclists, a break down in communication and a lack of understanding. What would your letter say?
Pretty ridiculous and toally fun to watch, Road Bike Party 2 with Martyn Ashton and some special guests. I’d recommend keeping your volume on mute however as the backing music is horrendous. I’m sure you’ve seen it, but if you missed it: Road Bike Party the original.
The Cycle Messenger World Championships are being hosted by Mexico City in 2014, May 28 – June 5. The alleycat takes place on May 30, it looks like its going to be epic.
Chrome sent over their De Haro Windbreaker for review at the end of the summer. At first it didn’t get much use as we had a fairly warm late summer and early fall here in Seattle, but as the days got shorter and the temperatures dropped it has come in quite handy on a number of occasions. The De Haro is a simple and lightweight nylon hooded jacket that packs up nicely into itself by turning the large rear pocket/pouch inside out. Let me start out by saying that I wouldn’t consider this jacket a technical piece, rather it is a “life-style” jacket. It is not waterproof and it does not breath well. “We made the De Haro for bombing hills and crashing parties” claims Chrome’s product description.
When I first put the De Haro into rotation for casual rides and commuting I was pretty disappointed. If you are riding hard you very quickly discover that the jacket does not breath. I arrived at my destinations soaked in sweat under the jacket. Their are three small side vents on both sides of the jacket, but they didn’t seem to do much “venting”. Opening the front two-way zipper is the only effective way of getting air-flow into the jacket. I also quickly found that “water resistant” doesn’t cut it on a rainy Seattle day. If I got on the bike wearing the De Haro and was going to be riding for more than 15 minutes I was committing to being damp at best, possibly sweat-soaked when I got to where ever I was going.
Few things are more synonymous with Seattle than coffee. I would say when most people think of Seattle two things come to mind, rain and coffee, probably in that order. Little do most people know it really doesn’t rain that much in Seattle, we just tell the rest of the country that to keep them from moving here. Which seems to be becoming a less effective method of deterring people (the secret must be out.) Seattleites do however love their coffee. Sure a lot of people still drink the stuff with the green open-legged mermaid on it, probably for the same reason I see people buying Bud Light, a lot of people are dumb. Thankfully Seattle is also home to countless other coffee roasters and cafes serving up delicious cups of that hot dark brew we can’t live without. Personally I love good coffee. Whether brewing it at home or visiting my favorite local cafes by bike, coffee is more or less a necessity. For sometime I’ve wondered why there were not businesses in my city tying together bicycles and coffee, two things I enjoy. The answer of course, there are. Case-in-point, Conduit Coffee.
Check out this video from Asylum Cycles introducing their full carbon disc specific cyclocross frame. It features an eccentric BB so it can be run single speed (bonus!). You can pick one up as a complete SS, geared or as a frameset. Unfortunately for me, their “XL” size is an effective 58cm so I will be sticking to steel and canti’s for now. If you are interested in one of their bikes you should check out the Demon Spawnsorship program.
The frames are designed in Portland, OR and made overseas.
“Sways with every thrust, giving greater reach and power to the rider.” The Brooks Climax saddle from the 1800s was the first saddle to use a cut-out to relieve pressure on those sensitive areas. There are still many opinions about whether or not this style of cut-out is beneficial. Proper saddle positioning and shape are certainly the most important factors in my opinion, but I have talked to many people who swear by saddles with a cut-out. Everyone’s body is unique, I guess you could say different strokes for different folks.
Brooks currently offers a line of saddles with cut-outs reminiscent of their saddles from days past. Check out the line of Brooks Imperial saddles. Personally I think they should have stuck with “Climax”, after all sex sells right?
The Buca Boot is a basket that doubles as a lockable trunk for your bike. The Buca Boot is waterproof when closed, lockable and attaches to your existing bike rack from the inside making it as secure as your bike, or rather your lock job. When opened the top panels swing to the sides and reveal fabric pannier-style side pouches. When open you can carry larger or fragile items in the hard case, with additional cargo on the sides. It looks like a pretty slick design offering equal parts utility and style. The kickstarter is already fully funded, but you can still pre-order your own with a wood top for $195 or a plastic top for $145. Seems like a perfect sort of product for Seattle based Hub and Bespoke to carry.
ABUS isn’t new to the lock/security game (they’ve been in business since 1924), but as of late they’ve really been pushing their bike locks and bike specific products to the North American market. They were also major sponsor of this years NACCC which was held in Seattle back in July. I’ve been using the same Kryptonite Evolution Mini U Lock for the last 5 years, so when ABUS sent over their new Granit X-Plus U 54 Mini I was excited to try it out.
Here is what ABUS has to say about it:
The Granit X-Plus U 54 Mini, this lock is the highest level of security we offer in a bicycle U-Lock – but featuring a shorter shackle. The lock retains the wide profile of its full size siblings in the Granit X-Plus U lock family, which makes it ideal for cities that have reinforced parking meters available for bike parking and where high security is needed. The best part is that because of the shorter profile, it’s more affordable: $109.99 retail. Check out the full line of ABUS bike locks HERE.
First Lock Up: The Granit X Plus 54 U Mini has almost the same length shackle as my old lock, but it is wider, appears more sturdy and is slightly heavier in the hand. The lock body is a little bulky with a plastic cover, but the locking action and turning motion of the key is remarkably smooth. The automatic keyhole cover is pretty slick too. I’ll be reporting back with a full review after some daily miles and lock ups, stay tuned…