Perhaps we have the food delivery messengers to thank for the rise in popularity of front baskets. I’ve especially seen more of them on fixed gears and other incarnations of the commuter bike.
Regardless of their origin, the front basket is very convenient for storing things especially for quick trips to the store. They definitely eliminate fussing with securing bags to the back rack or attaching panniers.
Front baskets come in two basic options, ones that detach from permanent hardware and ones that stay mounted to your front handlebars.
For those committing to the front basket, one San Francisco based designer has created the BARBASKET which incorporates the basket into the actual shape of the handlebars.
Chris Loumanen has created a pair of handlebars with an extra bar that holds a soft basket.
Here is a bit more about this innovative design from Chris:
The Barbasket is an elegant, functional way to take stuff with you on your bike. Its a handlebar with an integrated basket rim that supports a fabric basket. It holds your stuff snuggly, like a little hammock. And it has a bungeed flap on the top to keep your stuff in when things get bumpy. But the best part about it is that it does all this without looking like an janky add on. It becomes part of your bike.
Don’t look now, but Pure Fix, that company who sent me a free bicycle…
Has just come out with the first GLOW IN THE DARK, bicycle.
Introducing the new KILO.
Comes in 3 Colorways, all $399 (free shipping with code ‘free99’!)
-GLOW frame, Black Wheels
-Standard painted frame, GLOW Wheels
-GLOW frame, GLOW wheels
A variety of GLOW shades to choose from – neon yellow, green, and red glows
ALL 5 sizes: 47cm (XS), 50cm, 54cm, 58cm, 61cm (XL)
The source of this came from the Citibike twitter feed, @CitibikeNYC for those following along.
Streetsblog reporter, Noah Kazis explains more in this article:
Citi Bike Launch Pushed Back From July to August
The city’s bike-share system will launch in August, not the previously announced start date of July, according to the Citi Bike Twitter feed.
Two months ago, city officials announced that New Yorkers would be able to start taking trips on the new public bike system by late July. Now bike-share operator Alta is telling prospective bike-share customers that the launch date will come in August.
Confirmation of the delay came over Twitter, where Alta responded to a number of city residents eager to start riding. “Hi David, thanks for your continued support and interest in Citi Bike! Look for the launch in August,” said one tweet last week. “You’ll be able to sign up for memberships next month,” said another. In another sign that the wait for the launch will extend past July, the Citi Bike team has added a set of public demos to its events calendar, with dates through August 1.
It seems like a fantasy come true, but bike super highways are a reality in Copenhagen as city planners have literally “paved the way” for residents to commute from the suburbs to the city on bicycle. In April, the first of 26 routes opened by city planners in a combined initiative to make this Danish city carbon neutral by 2025. This means the city will have a neutral balance between the amount of carbon it produces and the amount it can sequester or offset, by such miraculous things as people biking to work on a regular basis. Advanced superhighways, with timed lights, areas for rest and comfortable roadways are just the right steps to achieve this type of balance needed to reduce carbon emissions.
There was a recent article in the New York Times along with a short video explaining some of the process this European city is involved with.
Commuters Pedal to Work on Their Very Own Superhighway
By: Sally McGrane
Published: July 17, 2012
COPENHAGEN — Picture 11 miles of smoothly paved bike path meandering through the countryside. Largely uninterrupted by roads or intersections, it passes fields, backyards, chirping birds, a lake, some ducks and, at every mile, an air pump. For some Danes, this is the morning commute.
Susan Nielsen, a 59-year-old schoolteacher, was one of a handful of people taking advantage of Denmark’s first “superhighway” for bicycles on a recent morning, about halfway between Copenhagen and Albertslund, a suburb, which is the highway’s endpoint. “I’m very glad because of the better pavement,” said Ms. Nielsen, who wore a rain jacket and carried a pair of pants in a backpack to put on after her 40-minute commute.
I haven’t done this in the past, but just thought I’d try it as an experiment. Who knows, maybe I’ll start my own bicycle want ads section.
A good friend of mine in Brooklyn NY, is selling her commuter bike and just thought I’d help spread the word.
From Dominique: (the seller) Vintage frame. Chrome. Made in japan. ~56cm, made for someone that is about 6′ tall. I am 5’6″ and it is a little too big. The back wheel was custom built with an 8-speed Shimano Nexus inner hub with coaster break. The bottom bracket and seat post are basically brand new, the crank is about 1 year old. It’s a wonderful city bike, rides great! It is pictured with my Brooks saddle, which is not for sale. The bike comes with a simple black saddle. The frame has a few dents but nothing major, only cosmetic. I also have a jtek bar end shifter for sale (separate – $60) that is meant for the hub if you would want to put drop down bars on it. I am also willing to sell the bike without the back wheel, or vice versa.
She’s asking 500.00. The internal hub is a real score.
If interested, contact Dominique at:
but it’s worth noting that two great cycling companies have teamed up to put out one fresh new backpack, perfect for your urban city commute.
Take a great company out of San Jose California, who’s been catering to the freestyle fixed scene for years… IMINUSD, and add a stalwart of the bag industry, CHROME, and what do you get:
The DELTA BACKPACK
Here’s what Chrome has to say about this limited edition bag:
Our lightweight, bombproof Free Series packs are built for hauling everything from twelve-packs to three ring binders. Flat bottoms and large openings make everything easily accessible. These bags expand up to 40% and feature integrated pockets for your laptop, iPad, and cell phone. Last but not least, our Delta pack features a reflective RiDE logo emblazoned on the front, a (sticker) bombed interior as well as expandable compression flap enclosures with reflective striping.
These are going to be available in limited numbers at our release party, so if you want a chance to grab one, don’t miss next Thursday’s event. With a price point of $120, these are going to sell out fast.
Expandale from 16L to 24L
Reflective RiDE logo
(sticker) bombed interior
Expandable compression flap enclosures
–If interested, you can still get these bags, directly through IMINUSD, here.
–While were on the subject, for more FSFG from the North California scene, check out SJfixed.org
Everyone seems to be getting UK’s Bradley Wiggins fever as his lead in this years Tour de France seems to imply he might be the one to take it all. This makes British fans extremely excited just a few weeks before the olympic games comes home to London starting July 27th, where Bradley is also a sure favorite to take gold. (image from pedalarepadalare.tumblr.com via TRACKO)
Here is an interview with Bradley from the UK cycling blog, The footdown.co.uk. Back in April he did a collaboration with mod clothing company, Fred Perry and sat down for a chat about his tour ambitions and fashion.
The Bradley Wiggins Interview
Back in April an e-mail dropped into my inbox entitled ‘Fred Perry x Bradley Wiggins – interview opportunity’, my heart started pumping. I opened it and read that Fred Perry wanted to offer me the chance of a face to face interview with someone who is not only one of my favourite cyclists but also a top favourite to win Le Tour de France this year, this was the big time!
What the hell was I going to speak to Wiggo about? Part of me wanted to decline the offer because it was almost too much to even comprehend but I knew that would be stupid. A week later I was on a train to London complete with interviewer’s notebook and Parker pen…
Having never conducted a formal interview like this before I didn’t know what to expect, I wrote down about a million questions on the train because I didn’t want to run out, I had a 15 minute slot which sounded like an eternity, I can’t even chat to my best friends for that long.
Bradley is constantly being questioned about doping given the past history of procycling, and is often frustrated by the barage of reporters line of questioning, especially after winning a 100 mile plus stage race through the Alps.
To address some of this media frenzy, Bradley himself recently wrote an op-ed in the Guardian:
Bradley Wiggins: I can never dope because it would cost me everything
If I took drugs I would stand to lose my reputation, my livelihood, my marriage, my family, my house, my titles …
guardian.co.uk, Friday 13 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky is the centre of attention before the start of Friday’s stage of the Tour de France. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel/Reuters
There have been a couple of questions asked about doping this week and I don’t feel I’ve been able to give a full answer. I understand why I get asked those questions given the recent history of the sport, but it still annoys me. It’s hard to know what to say, half an hour after finishing one of the hardest races you’ve ridden, when you’re knackered. The insinuations make me angry, because I thought people would look back into my history, the things I’ve said in the past, such as at the start of the 2006 Tour when I turned up for a first go at the race and Operación Puerto kicked off, what I said when Floyd Landis went positive, and what I said when I was chucked out with Cofidis after Cristian Moreni tested positive in 2007.
On the way home after that, I put my Cofidis kit in a dustbin at Pau airport because I didn’t want to be seen in it, and swore I would never race in it again, because I was so sick at what had happened. Those things I said then stand true today. Nothing has changed. I still feel those emotions and I stand by those statements now.