Urban Reviews and News


Vanilla Workshop introduces Urban Racer commuter bike

Part of the Speedvagen line, this $4895 uber commuter is designed to get you around town as fast as possible. Full face helmet not included.

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Five eBike innovations that could change cycling

There are plenty of people who turn a nose up at the simple thought of eBikes, but some of the new technology has the potential to make riding bikes greener, cheaper, and easier.

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NAHBS 2015: And the winners of this year’s show are…

Each year, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show brings together a unique and talented assortment of frame builders and bike enthusiasts. Some builders went above and beyond the rest and were recognized at the awards ceremony for their creativity, vision, and craftsmanship. Here is a run-down of some of this year’s winners.

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NAHBS 2015: E-bikes emerge at this year’s show

E-bikes have been slow to take hold in North America but new electric assist systems are making it easier for frame builders to make the transition. Check out these electric assist creations from this year’s North American Handmade Bike Show.

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First Look: Raleigh Misceo e-bike with Shimano STEPS drive system

A quick look at Raleigh’s new electric commuter bike that features a new mid-drive system from Shimano called STEPS.

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Product highlights and photos from the SF Bike Expo

New products from Suture, Grit, ABUS, DZR and more are highlighted as well as photos of the rail jam and bike swap vendors.

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Video: Finding work – and life – by bike

See how one man delivers pizza and finds deliverance on two wheels.

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Cool Gear: Folding e-bike fits inside a backpack

Pedal-less scooter-like contraption has 45-minute run time and rolls along at 12-15mph.

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Video: Build-it-yourself bamboo bike kit

You don’t need engineering expertise or sophisticated machinery to build your own bicycle frame. Just some tools and and this BIY kit from Bamboobee Bicycles.

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Interbike: Hiplok DC wearable bike lock and cable combo

Interbike: Hiplok DC clip-on U-lock and cable a comfortable solution to ULS–Unweildy Lock Syndrome.

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Spotted: The ultimate urban commuter bike

Key features include removable handlebar-integrated lock, automatic gear shifting, electric power assist for steep hills, and fully-integrated turn signals, headlight and brake lights.

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First Look: Trek Lync commuter bike with integrated lights

The Trek Lync is a glimpse into an ‘electronics integrated’ future with powerful lights built right into the frame.

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How To: Tips For Commuting By Bike

There are few greater joys for a cyclist than watching car commuters lurch along in bumper-to-bumper traffic while you casually pedal home from work. For those new to commuting by bike, here are some helpful tips to get you started.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Presents for the Urban Jungle

Dodging potholes and navigating the mean streets gets a little more palatable with these great gifts for the urban rider.

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Smart Wheel: Turns Any Bike Into An Electric Bike

Light weight, all-in-one design weighs nine pounds, has top speed of 20mph and lasts up to 30 miles.

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13 Cool, New Urban Cycling Picks From Interbike

From fixies to commuters to street mountain bikes to e-bikes, the “urban cycling” moniker covers a wide swath of riding formats and product. This baker’s dozen highlights some of the cooler things we saw.

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Interbike 2013: Devinci Imports Bike Share Features Into Smart New Urban Commuter

By necessity, the bikes used in rental bike share programs require a sturdy, somewhat portly build-level. Canadian manufacturer Devinci is one of the biggest suppliers of such bikes for programs.

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BMC Alpenchallenge AC01: World’s Fastest City Bike?

What happens when a company steeped in road racing tradition turns its design eyes toward making a top-end city bike? You get a commuter steed that is built for speed.

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Got Money? Gucci Commuter Bike

If you have $15,400 laying around, be sure to check out the Gucci commuter bike. With a carbon frame, 11 speeds and disc brakes it’s perfect for getting groceries. Don’t forget your lock.

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Get to Know the “All Powerful” Bike Lobby

The National Rifle Association’s 2010 budget was $220 million, compared to the roughly $7 million spent last year by Bikes Belong, the largest bicycle lobbying group

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Bike Sharing Launches In New York City

New York City’s sometimes controversial bike share program made its long awaited debut Monday, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg dubbing the effort as the city’s first new public-transit option in 75 years. Already more than 9,000 people have signed up as annual members.

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Want To Improve Your City: Build A (Green) Bike Lane

Research done by various cycling advocacy groups reveals that green lane construction contributes to significant increases in bicycling. In Washington, D.C. bicycling increased by a whopping 200 percent after a green lane was installed on busy Pennsylvania.

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Just In: Cannondale Hooligan 1 Urban Bike

Looking for a responsive urban bike to navigate your way through the city with a small footprint that makes carrying it up stairs and storing it in tight spaces easy?

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Chrome Launches Truk Pro Urban SPD Shoe

Available in black or grey, Chrome claims it’s a shoe you’ll want to wear all day, everyday.

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Photo Gallery: San Francisco Airport Police Bike

There’s nothing sexy about an aluminum 26-inch hardtail mountain bike with toe-clip pedals, bar ends, and cantilever brakes. Unless of course you stripe the word “Police” across the top tube.

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