By Michael van Vliet | March 5, 2014
The Bike All bike shelf by Board by Design allows you hang up any bike.
Unlike other bike shelves that only work if you have a bike with a straight top tube, the Bike All shelf uses the seat so you can hang any type of bike. Streamline your prep time by storing riding essentials in one place. Featuring two under-shelf hooks for helmets or jackets, the catch-all top shelf provides space for bike lock, bike pump, spare inner tubes, etc.
Available in Ash or Walnut, the Bike All comes with all the necessary mounting hardware. Dimensions: Top Shelf: 20″W X 16.5″D
For more information visit Board by Design’s website: boardbydesign.net
By Michael van Vliet | February 19, 2014
Combining smart design with an unwavering commitment to bicycle infrastructure, the Dutch have constructed the first suspended bike lane roundabout.
Known as the Hovenring, or “Ring of the Hovens” is an ode to the surrounding towns of Eindhoven, Veldhoven, and Meerhoven. This bicycle path roundabout was designed by IPV Delft and features a 230-foot tall central pylon, 1,000-ton steel circular bridge deck, and 24 steel suppoer cables. Aluminum lamellas, translucent sheeting, tube light, and LEDs keep the Hovenring lit up at night.
By Michael van Vliet | February 11, 2014
The Railroad Tie Bike rack is a unique, and incredibly sturdy, way to store your bicycle.
Rail Yard Studios have taken timber from railroad crossties and repurposed them for a custom bike rack that’s capable of holding up to four frames. This structurally robust storage solution might be overkill for most lightweight carbon bikes, but it also doubles as an impressive piece of interior decor. The racks are available in an array of materials, including: maple, oak, hickory, elm, cherry, and beech wood.
For more information about the Railroad Tie Bike Rack, visit their website at: railyardstudios.com
By Michael van Vliet | January 30, 2014
The Loop is a rubberized bike rack designed to keep your bike frame scratch-free.
Ottawa-based design firm The Federal Inc recently unveiled the Loop, a new bike rack design, at the Toronto Interior Design Show. The concept consists of a high-strength steel chain wrapped in a thick layer of UV-resistant rubber, which in turn, is anchored to the ground with a steel base. Unlike other steel bike racks, the Loop won’t leave a scratch on even the most sensitive carbon frame.
The design is currently just a prototype. More testing needs to be done to see if the Loop will be able to hold up outdoors for an extended period of time and handle the wear-and-tear of high usage. However, if all should go well, this type of design could be replacing bike racks near you.
For more information about the Loop, check out The Federal Inc.’s website: thefederal.co
By Michael van Vliet | December 11, 2013
The Urushi Bicycle is the result of a collaboration between Dutch bike manufacturer Vanhulsteijn and Sotheby’s New York.
Designed by Herman van Hulsteijn at his Arnhem-based workshop, the Urushi Bicycle is based off one of his uniquely styled steel frames. With its curved seat tube and arched top tube the bike’s saddle looks to be perched at the edge of a precipice, making the rider appear to be floating in air.
Using this frame as his base, Herman worked with two Russian artists who specialize in an ancient Japanese lacquer technique called Urushi to finish the frame. The process consists of lacquering over individually laid pieces of gold leaf. It’s a painstaking, labor-intensive process, but the final result is a magnificently vibrant finish with a rich golden hue. And since the gold lead is hand laid, no two bicycles are exactly alike.
A total of nine of these bicycles have been made, and they are to be sold through Sotheby’s New York.
For more information, visit vanhulsteijn.com
By Michael van Vliet | November 11, 2013
After their successful kickstarter campaign, the Nutter multi-tool by Full Windsor is now available.
The Nutter is available in either a brown or black leather pouch and includes: nylon tire lever, 15mm box head spanner, spoke key, 3,4,5,6,8, hex tool bits, philips and flat head screw drivers, T25 torx bit, magnetic tool bit extender, and most importantly, a bottle opener. All the essentials to get you back going when you’re on the road.
For more information about the Nutter visit Full Windsor’s site: full-windsorshop.com
The Nutter – The Next Generation Of Bicycle Multi Tool from Rob Antill on Vimeo.
By Michael van Vliet | November 8, 2013
The Bike Dock by .flxble is a minimalist bike shelf that can fold up when not in use.
The Bike Dock is a way to store your bike in a stylish, space efficient manner. Using a wood-bending technique combined with traditional belt binding method, the Bike Dock and be folded up when it’s not in use. It’s designed to carry bicycles up to 20 KG with a horizontal or slightly sloping top tube with min. 35cm length.
To find out more about the Bike Dock, you can visit their website: flxble.com
By Michael van Vliet | October 25, 2013
Lever+ is a minimalist bike tool that packs the bare-essentials into an elegant, compact package.
Lever+ design incorporates a reinforced nylon tire lever, two nesting 4mm and 5mm hex keys with a Philips and T-25 Torx on their back sides. All of it comes bundled with a die cut Velcro strap that’s big enough to wrap around an inner tube.
Unlike other bike multi-tools, the Lever+ is distinctive for what it is not – which is 8-10 tools that you’ll never need. It’s sleek, simple and practical for 90% of on-the-road bike adjustments.
Lever+ is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign and could use some help. So head over and sign up for a Lever+ ($15).
By Michael van Vliet | October 23, 2013
The FlyKly Smart Wheel makes electrifying your bike as simple as changing out your rear wheel.
Everything you need is packed into the narrow, durable plastic housing of the FlyKly. Inside is an ultra-thin 250W electric motor, 36V Lithium battery, plus Bluetooth for smartphone connectivity, that tracks your bike if ever stolen. With wheel assist of up to 20 mph and a range of 30 miles, the FlyKly can give you an extra boost when the going gets tough. When not assisting with power, the FlyKly recharges while you pedal. It can also be plugged straight into a wall jack to get a full charge.
For more information check out their Kickstarter page. They have already secured funding, but you can still get in on the first production models to come off the line.
Check them out at FlyKly Smart Wheel.
By Michael van Vliet | October 11, 2013
Rapha’s City Cycling Guide Set is a collection of pocket-sized booklets that contain maps, drawings, and information for cycling in various European cities.
The locally informed guides are illustrated by individual artists to give each book and city a unique aesthetic. With additional maps and functional layouts, the books are easy to navigate to help you explore each metropolis by bicycle. The collection is presented in an stylish slipcase and features the following cities: Amsterdam, Antwerp/ Ghent, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Milan, and Paris.
The City Cycling Guide Set retails for $40 and can be found on rapha.com