The Stu Stick is simple but it gets the job done. Named for the famed cyclocross team mechanic and retailer Stu Thorne, this new aluminum offering from Abbey Bike Tools weighs just 44 grams, so it is lighter than steel rotor tools, but also includes a bottle opener. Not everyone might need a brake rotor straightening tool, but considering this one is so light there is no reason not to have it on race day.
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Steel is real, and the for those looking to get into cycling this season the steel framed New Albion Homebrew is a quite a steal. This traditional road bike with lugged high-tensile steel frame retails for $949.99. It features retro looks with small diameter tubing, quill stem and downtube shifters, and has braze-ons for rear racks, fenders, and front mini-racks.
In addition the fork has a lugged crown with double fork-end eyelets and mini-rack braze-ons, while the cockpit has a traditional bend drop bar and an alloy quill stem. The Homebrew will get in gear with a 9-speed Sunrace drivetrain.
Now Schwalbe and wheel maker Syntace have announced plans to create a new dual chamber tire that could provide greater traction and control or mountain bikes. This system is actually “tubeless” in that the tire has no internal inner tube, and instead has chambered that hold air. The inner chamber – that is the one closest to the rim – can be inflated to a high pressure to keep the tire tight on the rim and to provide a buffer from puncture-inducing hits. The outer chamber – the one that could have contact with the ground – only requires a low pressure, which means it can cut down on the rolling resistance over uneven ground and provide greater traction.
However, don’t expect to get rolling with it just yet. The system is still being worked out, and the companies look to present more details at Eurobike in August.
From Bicycle Retailer: U.S. Transportation Secretary says he won’t tolerate ‘crisis’ in bicyclist deaths
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday that he won’t tolerate an increase in bicyclist and pedestrian deaths. Read the rest of this entry »
The above image may look like a piece of modern art, or perhaps the digestive system for a robotic man – but it is in fact parts for a 3D-printed titanium bicycle frame. Renishaw, an additive manufacturing firm based in the U.K., has joined forces with Empire Cycles to build a one-off titanium MX-6 mountain bike.
Empire Cycles already offers a production version of the bike but in aluminum, yet it has been long noted that titanium has a high Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS) that is far greater than aluminum. One issue has been that titanium is also denser than aluminum, so the parts had to be altered and material not contributing to the overall strength removed.
Titanium is a perfect metal for 3D printing as it isn’t a traditional ore, and it now appears that the bike industry is looking to get rolling on this technology. The future could be printed bikes that can be faster to produce and likely even more affordable for the rider.
Paul Components has introduced a new bicycle Camera Mount that is designed to securely attach a GoPro camera to the top of a threadless stem. This mount is compatible with all HERO3, HERO2, and HD HERO Original GoPro cameras.
It is designed to replace the top cap of a 1 1/8-inch threadless stem and provides a way for the camera to view across the top of the handlebars and down the trail. The Paul Components’ Camera Mount can be attached directly to the camera’s case for a solid connection, or it can also be fitted with an articulated GoPro Pivot Arm for added adjustability.
Last year high-end bicycle company Serotta closed shop, but in the past month Alchemy Bicycle Company has reportedly been in talks with Ben Serotta to develop a new retailer strategy. Alchemy makes stock and custom frames and bikes in a variety of materials at its shop in Denver, and it is working with Serotta to help avoid the same pitfalls that he encountered.
“I think I bring 40 years of lessons-learned — the good, the bad, the ugly — it’s all experience,” Serotta told Bicycle Retaielr. “Alchemy has a fabulous foundation, a great and committed ownership and staff, but they are also smart enough to know they haven’t grown a bike manufactory before, smart enough to realize there are pitfalls, and I think I can help them navigate some of the growth issues and avoid the pitfalls so they can grow more effectively.”
Does this mean that Serotta could once again roll out bikes? Stay tuned.
Chrome Industries continues to shine. The bag maker has introduced the latest addition to its line of Knurled Welded Waterproof Rolltop bags for bike camping, adventure cycling and all-weather commuting. We saw these at last fall’s Interbike and these are finally ready for the daily ride. These are made with a proprietary technology that combines RF welding with a mechanical interlock. These offer a watertight rolltop closure and a loop system for bag expansion, and the result is a durable, lightweight and 100 percent waterproof bag. Read the rest of this entry »
We know Pioneer Electronics for producing what was one of the best plasma TVs on the market. Sadly those days are in the past but the company is rolling forward with other exciting products including a new bicycle power meter system that includes an updated SGX-CA500 Cycle Computer that displays power data. It features built-in Wi-Fi as well as ANT+ and as it is black and white instead of color has fallen in price from $900 to a down to earth $300. Read the rest of this entry »
Customized products are nothing new, but RaceWare Direct is taking it up a notch thanks to 3D printing technologies. The company will soon be offering products that can be very customizable when it comes to color and text, and is offering a number of bicycle mounts in both 3D printed nylon and titanium.
The online customization service will launch later this year.
You can’t always keep your eyes on your bike, but the RFID Bikealarm is the next best thing to having someone watch your bike. Designed by Dennis Siegal, this device attaches to a bike saddle and emits a 120dB alarm when moved. This isn’t meant to replace a physical lock but rather to provide a low-cost second line of defense.
The alarm is activated by holding an RFID tag close to the device until an audio acknowledgement is sounded, and deactivated the same way when the owner returns. Siegel opted to use RFID technology as opposed to Bluetooth as a way to keep the costs down. Siegal designed the RFID Bikealarm as part of his university studies at University of the Arts Bremen in Germany.
Giro is ready for spring with its additions to the New Road clothing line that features its first ever women’s offerings. The Giro New Road for Spring 2014 includes base layers, tops, bottoms and outerwear. New Road apparel coordinates with other Giro cycling products including helmets, gloves and shoes.
The company promises to offer the same freedom to mix and match for women that it has long offered for male riders. We hope to have more details soon.
Patience is a virtue it is often said, and for those who can sit back and enjoy a ride to work Virtue Bikes might be the way to go. The company offers a number of bicycles that evoke the pleasures of riding and a return to simpler times.
The company offers a cargo bike, the Virtue Truck, which can be carry a total of 110 pounds, but what really turned our heads was the Virtue School Bus (above), a bike that can carry about 300 pounds (meaning a kid or two) in the front cargo container. Read the rest of this entry »