Urban Reviews and News


Fixed gear fun in San Francisco

It’s antics like this that make people hate cyclists. But at the same time, we kind of admire Matt Shapiro’s cycling style.

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Salsa announces new Marrakesh adventure bike

Updated for this year, the Marrakesh from Salsa is a solid choice for the adventure/touring/exploring rider. New colors, tubeless option and new rubber are the upgrades.

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Fezzari introduces $399 Simbi city bike

Features include an alloy frame with horizontal dropouts and split stay design for belt drive compatibility, mounts for front and rear racks, and a CNC machined alloy chainring to ensure a snug fit with the belt drive system.

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State Transporter designed to carry your adult beverages

The melding of beer and bikes is not a novel concept, but this new offering State Bicycle Co. and Four Peaks Brewing pushes the proverbial envelop to new heights.

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New Schwinn Vantage commuter bike has elastomer suspension

Hybrid commuter bike features Smooth Ride Technology to make trips to work a little more comfortable. Find out how.

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Munich reveals bicycle superhighway plans

Munich is making a play for world’s most bike friendly city status. The famed German metropolis recently announced preliminary plans to build a system of cycling superhighways that connect downtown to its sprawling suburbs.

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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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