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Kickstarter: Tiny N’ Mighty, All-in-One Bike Light System

Crowd funding has been an excellent way for innovative bicycle related companies to get exposure and launch their products.

Here is a super bright and portable lighting system by Bright Idea.

Tiny N’ Mighty All-in-One Rechargeable Bike Light System!!
by Bright Ideas

It’s finally here! We’ve designed the Smallest (1″), Lightest (1 oz), & Brightest (for its size), FULLY RECHARGEABLE bike light system! Read more

Lakewood, NJ Product Design

$200.00 for the system. Various levels of rewards to back this project.
$10,000 needed for funding.
Due Date: 2/4/15

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Notable Features:
These lights are tiny, at 1 inch, 1 oz. each. However, they have a high
luminous flux of 650 lumen for the front light, and 150 lumen for the rear
light.
• The CREE LED white headlight offers 650 Lumen in high mode and 250 Lumen
in low mode.
• The CREE LED red rear light is 150 Lumen in high mode and 50 Lumen in
low mode.
• The lights are controlled by controlled by the 2-button control console
that mounts to the handlebar.
• The lights have side view windows to ensure critical conspicuity from
the sides.
• Depending on user preference, the front and rear lights can easily be
mounted to their helmet.
• Each light operates in high, low, and flash modes.
• Low battery indicator.
• Automatic shutoff to prevent needless battery drainage.

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Find out more: here.

Bike Sharing Rolls On-Through Rain, Sleet And Financial Woe.-Thanks To Bruno?

Before NYC got it’s bike share program there was a lot of speculation about whether it was going to succeed. Most of the doubt centered around the winter months when I heard a lot of: “There is no way it’s going to be year round. They’ll have to take all the bikes in and those stations are just going to get wiped out by the snow plows.” Now that Citibike is entering it’s second winter it looks like the answer for the bike share program to big bad winter is to…just keep on riding. Yes, year round.

Now we all know the bike share program had some financial difficulties and needed a big bail out, which is ironic because it was kicked off by a banking institution (Citigroup) that needed a “too big to fail” massive tax payer bail out. The banking giant only committed to starting funds in exchange for some key advertising, but it would be up to the private companies to keep the program running.

A millionaire, world adventure, environmentalist, furniture mogul from Canada has come to the rescue. Bruno Rodi was inspired by seeing first hand the planet in crisis and decided to buy a failing company who has provided bike sharing to a number of major cities around the globe. He hired a new tech staff to fix the software and has taken a very hands on approach, working directly with the host cities as well as seeking new markets.

Here is more of the story from a recent article in the New York Times:

An Uphill Push to Save a Bike-Share Pioneer
by: Ian Austen
January 9th, 2015

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The typical origin story for a tech company includes a paper napkin and a garage. But the company that powers the bike-sharing programs in New York, London, Chicago and a dozen other cities started much differently: It began with a municipal parking authority, wound through bankruptcy court and got another shot at corporate viability off the Madagascar coast during the annual hatching of the green sea turtles.

Observing that ritual last year with a group of scientists, Bruno Rodi, a Canadian real estate developer, saw firsthand how those endangered reptiles are threatened by climate change, pollution and hunters. “When you go in extreme areas on the planet, you can vividly see that we’re really destroying the planet,” Mr. Rodi recalled. A globe-trotting adventurer, he has climbed the highest mountain on every continent, visited the North and South Poles and rowed more than 5,000 miles across the Indian Ocean. “I started to get conscious about this,” he said.

For more, ride over here.

Cyclists-Breaking The Law, Breaking The Law-Why?

I know why I scoff traffic laws on a bicycle. Mainly to get an advantage on aggressive NYC drivers and avoid an ever evolving obstacle course of jaywalkers, double parked cars, reckless trucks and motorists jockeying for that ever sacred parking spot. However, I do not take this kind of riding for granted, to do so would mean serious harm or worse. This is a style of biking I have crafted with over 22 years of experience. Its also hard to come clean about and admit. especially while also trying to encourage biking in NYC and to scrutinize over street safety and the politics surrounding it. Cyclists who ride in NYC craft their own narratives. They do,”What they have to do.” Of course this is all blurred perspectives, with cyclists being just as reckless as the motorists they claim to be avoiding or the pedestrians lost in void of their instagram feed, eyes buried in a smart phone screen.. Perhaps these riders don’t know why they ignore the laws…perhaps I’m not aware of the phycology behind my motives, it’s just the way it is…like why it’s ok to jaywalk in NYC.

An article just came out in the Washington Post that looks into to behaviors behind cyclists breaking the law and the psychology affiliated with it. The article begins to ask the question, that I’ve been wondering for years, should the same street laws which are designed for car infrastructure, apply to cyclists.

There is also a survey within the article, from the main person interviewed (Wesley Marshall, assistant professor of civil engineering, University of Colorado) attempting to collect data on the subject of cyclists breaking the law.

Let’s talk seriously about why cyclists break traffic laws.
By: Emily Badger
January 9th, 2015

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A bicyclist uses a bike lane along L St. NW in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

In full disclosure, I have scoffed the law while cycling. In my neighborhood at night, when there’s no one around, I have rolled through a stop sign. I have paused at an intersection, “no turn on red,” and then done exactly that on a bike. I do these things … occasionally.

“I do, too,” says Wesley Marshall, now that we’re confessing. “If I’m sitting at a red light next to a bunch of cars, and there are no cars crossing, I’ll go through the red light to establish myself in the street in the next block, because I feel like I’m safer doing that.”

For more, ride over: here.

Gadgets Round Up

With road conditions like this:

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(Photo by: @eveostay )
The only gadgets you might be thinking about is something that will make glasses not fog up while wearing a face mask.

Road.cc just put out a list of innovative cycling gadgets that caught their eye way back in 2014. Here is a roundup to get you thinking for this year’s riding.

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10 of the Most Interesting Cycling Gadgets
A roundup of the most interesting gadgets for cycling from lights to crash sensors.
By: David Arthur
January 9th, 2015

There’s a plethora of cycling-specific gadgets available these days, so we’ve rounded up 10 of the most interesting gadgets, from lights to crash sensors and navigational aids. Whatever your need, there’s probably a gadget for it.

The Hammerhead:

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The Hammerhead is a unique navigation device that uses a series of LED lights to provide turn-by-turn directions when cycling. The aim, say the inventors, is to provide safer cycling routes, and the device syncs with their smartphone app so you find or plot a route. Send it to the Hammerhead, and it’ll guide you through all the turns. An extra feature is a 15 Lumen light built into the front of the unit. It’s also compatible with any of the large number of Garmin computer mounts.

http://hammerhead.io/index.php

For more, ride over here.

Louisville, Kentucky Hosts The NAHBS-March 6th-8th

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Every year, since 2005, the world’s brightest frame builders and bike makers gather in a different city in North America. This Mecca of bicycle innovation is known as the North American Handmade Bicycle Show or NAHBS, if you’re into that whole brevity thing.

2015 the host town destination is Louisville, Kentucky-March 6th-8th.

Here is more detail from a press release I just received:

“We are very excited for this year’s show and we’re expecting it to be as vibrant and well attended as ever,” said Don Walker, Founder and President of NAHBS. “Louisville is a first-rate cycling city with a ton of bike shops, bike clubs, and an active cycling community. We’re sure the show will be a hit with the locals. And with great restaurants, night life, and riding, our out-of-town attendees will love it too.”
Continue reading Louisville, Kentucky Hosts The NAHBS-March 6th-8th

Video: Winter Bike Commute-Chicago

Here is a nice video from David Pulsipher from the Chicago area:

Bike Shop Rides And Clubs In 2015

There’s been a long tradition of bike shops hosting group events, training rides and sponsoring teams here in NYC.

Here are a couple of announcements for the new year:

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Red Beard Bikes based out of DUMBO has a group ride every Sunday.

From their site:

SHOP RIDES:
Redbeard Bikes River Road Ride
*Note the new, later start time!*
Departs the shop @ 8:30 AM every Sunday. Riders of all levels are welcome; this is a no-drop ride.

We typically ride about 50 miles roundtrip.Our route is usually: Brooklyn Bridge, West Side Greenway to 96th Street, Riverside Drive, George Washington Bridge, River Road to the Ranger Station (Alpine, NJ). We sometimes go further to Piermont, NY, and return to the Bridge via 9W.

More info: here.
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Bicycle Roots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn is proud to announce a cycling team dedicated to the ladies. Road and Track with a mix of experienced riders and newbies.

Here’s more from their site:

Introducing CRCA/Bicycle Roots p/b Hatchmap

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Our Commitment to Women’s Racing

From the very start, Bicycle Roots has been committed to making cycling accessible to women in particular. Women’s involvement in cycling takes so many different forms, and we love them all, but we get really excited about women’s bike racing.

Women’s participation is overlooked too often in the world of bike racing. It wasn’t that long ago that at bike races, female racers were lumped into the men’s categories because there were not enough of them. Now female racers have their own fields, competing separately from the men. But still, at larger races and events, women’s prizes are fewer in number and smaller in value, and women’s race courses are shorter.

These inequalities will persist as long as women’s involvement in racing lags behind that of men. The solution? We need more women racing bikes. That’s why we’re beyond stoked to announce our sponsorship of a NEW Women’s Road and Track Race Team for 2015: CRCA/Bicycle Roots p/b Hatchmap! Bicycle Roots/Hatchmap is a women’s development team. The team will promote women’s race development through a combination of team coaching and mentoring by fellow racers.

The team is comprised of a mix of experienced racer/mentors, who are all Cat 3 or higher, with at least 2 years’ of race experience, and development riders, who are either brand new to racing or have less than 1 year’s experience. The racer/mentors have joined Bicycle Roots/Hatchmap because they want to share their knowledge with the development riders, as well as to focus on collective team advancement in addition to their own personal goals. How cool is that.

Find out more by riding over here.

Dressing For Cold

With temperatures in the single digits, one might not even go outside let alone ride a bicycle.

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Photo: Frozen fountain in Bryant Park. Posted by: @swampynomo

Michael Vitti of C.L.I.M.B. (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicycists) posted a guide to dressing for cold on a bike by a group who knows a thing or two about icy weather. Chicago area cycling club-Elmhurst Bicycling:

Winter Cycling Dressing Guide
by George Pastorino, Mountain Bike Coordinator, Elmhurst Bicycle Club

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Several folks have e-mailed me about how to dress for cold weather bike rides, so I thought that I would send out a winter dress guide for cyclists that has been battle tested by Pussanee and I…we both hate to be cold and unlike me…she has a scant amount of body fat to insulate her.

This is just an example of what works for Pussanee and I, there are many good ways to stay warm riding all year and everyone has a different internal thermostat and cold tolerance, but ​this​ article will give you a good general starting point.

Pussanee and I ride all winter long and are never cold First I will address the tops and bottoms. Most people over dress for cold weather rides, down to about 25 we will wear a smart wool top and bottom under a breathable windproof jacket and wind resistant tights. Below 25, we will add a thin synthetic long underwear under the smartwool layer and go to windproof tights…..this set up takes us all the way below zero, don’t forget you are cycling not ice fishing….dressing too warm is a killer. It takes a little tinkering to find the best combination for each person and weather condition. Most of the winter I just wear the thin synthetic long underwear under my windproof tights.

For more, ride over here.

Cleaning House-Road Bike For Sale

New Year’s is about goal setting and one of mine is to downsize a bit. This may benefit your goals if one of them to ride more in 2015.

I’m selling a classic 90’s aluminum road bike with a cool paint job.

Here is a description from a recent craigslist post:

“Treat yourself right this New Year and grab this classic road bike with unique iridescent metalic paint job.  

Great commuter or entry level racer. 54cm Raleigh r700. 90’s classic.

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Looking for a fast city commuter? Want to do laps in the park or long rides up route 9w?
Here is a classic 90’s frame with unique metamorphic paint job that changes color depending on the light. Light aluminum frame.
54cm (perfect for 5’7″-5’9″ height) 

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In great shape. A few frame scratches but consider it urban camo. Barely used and kept in storage. Previous owner was a bike mechanic who kept an experienced eye on it. I used it mostly for group rides and commuting. 

$500.00-a steal.

model: R700
color: Metamorphic Blue
year: 1999
size: 54cm

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Carbon Fork.

Frame tube: 7005 aluminum, butted
bike weight: 20.5 
made in: USA

Components:
Shimano Ultegra

Saddle: Selle Royal-Becoz Athletic 

Rims: 
700c Bontrager Select, Aluminum 20 spoke. Bontrager rear hub with 9 gears

Front wheel:
700c Rolf Vector 20 spoke Aluminum

Thompson seat post

Shimano mtb clip less pedals. Can be removed if you don’t want them.

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herf=”http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/4836977899.html”> Craigslist post.

2015-Out With The Old And In With The Cold.

Happy New Year to all the Bike nerds out there. Hope everyone is having fun in the frozen tundra.

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Photo by: @WillSherman

Lauren Evans from Gothamist has some tips on biking in the snow and acknowledges it is possible, but be careful.

Can You Bike In The Snow?
Published: January 6th, 2015

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The important thing to remember about biking in the snow isn’t whether it’s possible—everything is possible, except time travel and convincing your best friend to ditch Cameron Diaz and marry you instead.

Whether you should bike in the snow is largely an issue of tolerance: Would you rather be whipped in the face by an onslaught of tiny, freshly-sharpened ice daggers, or cram into an overly hot train car with a group of wet, cranky people-cattle and their mouth-breathing children? The obvious answer here is “Mexico,” but it’s already too late to plot any sort of escape this month. If you do choose the former, follow along to reduce your inevitable misery:

For more, ride over here.