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A Regular Day Turns Into Anything But

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Bent and twisted is not the way I wanted to present the best commuter bike I have ever ridden. The bike in question is the Schindelhauer Ludwig XIV, and I have had it in my possession since late May. With the exception of a month-long stay in Europe, I have ridden the bike daily to work and It has quickly become my absolute favorite city bike. From the internal Rohloff hub, to the hydraulic disc brakes from Formula, to the comfortable but incredibly speedy geometry of the Schindelhauer frame, this bike is meant to be enjoyed.

But….now for the reason the bike is bent. Last Thursday, a seemingly normal day, I was happily riding to work enjoying the air and the bike, and thinking about the meetings I had coming up. (more…)



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Bell Zephyr MIPS Helmet

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Bell has reemerged as a top of the line helmet maker with the release of the Zephyr MIPS. It has been some time since Bell released a new helmet, so the stakes were definitely high. To compete with the best from the other companies, MIPS was essential to the design. For the uninitiated, MIPS is short for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. In short, MIPS technology helps to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts. The technology was developed by Swedish neurosurgeon Hans von Holst, and it is being adopted by most helmet manufacturers. (more…)



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Hey man, is that a road bike?

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Hey man, is that a road bike?

By Simon Cocks

I heard that question a couple of times riding along the fire roads in the Santa Monica mountains recently. I was aboard Cervelo’s relatively new C5 Endurance bike, which combines slightly more relaxed geometry than their road equivalents, Shimano disc brakes, space for bigger tires and Dura-Ace Di2 shifting.  As a dyed-in-the-wool roadie, this was a first experience of rougher roads (not exactly single-track, but challenging enough) using a bike that upon first glance looks like a regular road bike, and to be honest feels just about as lively as a road bike should. Light weight, compact gearing (The bike had a 50/34 Rotor crank), slick Di2 shifting (you mean I have to go back to using my fingers and thumbs after this..?) and a very solid-feeling bottom bracket meant the bike was really responsive to inputs, especially climbing some steep sections in the rough.   (more…)



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Libra Coffee

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It’s hard to imagine living in a place where getting fresh, clean water is next to impossible, but it is unfortunately the norm for many around the world. Libra Coffee aims to help with that situation, and simultaneously provide fresh craft coffee to those traveling or camping with their Pourtables coffee packs. The concept is simple – a single cup brew that is placed over a mug. Add hot water, and you have a fresh cup of coffee. The coffee is delicious, and it is simple to make. The packs are easily carried in a backpack, briefcase or carry-on for coffee on the go. Now for the interesting bit: for every box of 10-pack Pourtables purchased, the company provides clean water for 2 people. This is done by way of providing water filters to the people in the coffee growing regions Libra Coffee works with. Each extra-strength water filter can provide clean drinking water for 100 people for up to 5 years. Also, if the Pourtables aren’t what you need, Libra Coffee offers coffee subscriptions for whole beans that will also provide water filters to those in need. One bag a month to a bag a week: the choice is yours. Sign me up.



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The Collector: Robin Williams

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A portion of Robin Williams’ bike collection is being auctioned via Paddle8, an online auction house. The bikes were donated by Robin Williams’ children, and the proceeds of the auction will go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The collection spans a wide variety of bicycles with some exceptional standouts such as the Sycip Java Town and the Colnago C40 Gold Anniversary Limited Edition. (more…)



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Lumo

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With the days getting shorter, it’s time to start thinking about putting the lights back on the bicycle. Being seen while riding at night is always a priority, so any additional lights are welcome. This is where Lumo comes into play. (more…)



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Assos profBlack Collection

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ProfBlack is the new collection from Assos featuring two of their best pieces in an all black color way. The first item is the iJ.haBu jacket, already known as one of the finer cycling jackets available. The second piece is the iJ.Intermediate jacket, perhaps the most versatile piece of clothing Assos offers. Both feature understated styling, blacked out logos, and subtle reflective highlights. The production is limited, so it would be wise to make a move on these sooner than later, either directly through their website, or at your local dealer. This mini collection speaks volumes about what happens when complex engineering is combined with streamlined good looks, working together to offer beautiful and incredibly functional pieces of cycling attire.

 

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