By Michael van Vliet | August 20, 2014
With a drive shaft instead of a typical chain, BRIK Fietsen commuter bikes are as low-maintenance as they are stylish.
Founded by Wouter Eigebrood, Netherlands-based BRIK Fietsen offers high quality, stylish, and relatively budget-friendly commuter bikes. All of the bikes, including their electric model, are outfitted with a drive shaft instead of a chain to deliver a cleaner, quieter cycling experience. This system delivers a very consistent rate of efficiency without any adjustments or maintenance, making it ideal for every-day commuting.
BRIK Fietsen offers a variety of frames designs that range from classic to modern. Each bike can be accessorized with choice of leather saddles, grips, baskets and child seat.
For more information, visit their website at: brikfietsen.nl
By Michael van Vliet | August 12, 2014
Designed by Barcelona-based Oto Cycles, the OtoK and OtoR electric bicycles have a retro cafe racer style.
It can be hard to make electric bikes sexy, but Oto Cycles seems to have pulled it off by borrowing styling cues from vintage motorcycles. Inside of its iconic looking aluminum fuel tank is a NCM battery that powers a 250w electric motor, giving the bike plenty of power with a twist of the throttle. It’s drop handlebars and Brooks leather saddle accentuates the throw-back style, while a LCD display helps give the bikes some modern functionality. The bikes comes in a variety of colors, both matte and gloss.
For more information about Oto Cycles, check out their website: otocycles.com
By Michael van Vliet | August 6, 2014
The Bike Lift and Carry by Kiev-based Mukomelov design studio is designed to help urban cyclists carry their bike up steep hills and stairs.
Anchored to the seat post, the Bike Life and Carry unrolls like an airport line divider and attaches to the front handlebar with a clip. This gives cyclists to ability to hoist the bicycle over the their shoulder and carry it. This can be especially useful for bicycles without a straight top tube, such as the Dutch-style step-through featured in the picture above. The Bike Lift and Carry also frees up a rider’s hands so they can more easily navigate crowded spaces and open doors.
The strap adjusts to accommodate people of various heights and different bike sizes. A button on the side of the case can be used to lock the length in place and to automatically recoil the strap away when the rider is ready to get back on the bike.
For more information about the Bike Lift and Carry, check out Mukomelov’s website: mukomelov.com
By Michael van Vliet | July 15, 2014
The Frame Folio by Hard Graft is the most stylish way to keep your documents in order on two wheels.
Designed to hang from your bicycles top tube, the Frame Folio is able to hold your tablet, books, magazines, papers, and other traveling goods. Outfitted with color-coded zippers, it’s various compartments have been laid out to keep your items organized. When you arrive at your destination, its straps double as a handle or can be simply wrapped around the bag.
For more information about the Frame Folio by Hard Graft, check out there website. hardgraft.com
By Michael van Vliet | July 8, 2014
The PatchnRide is a portable tire repair kit that can quickly and permanently patch most flat tires.
Designed to eliminate the need to carry a spare tube and tire removal tools, the Patchnride can patch just about any flat in 60 seconds. Just locate the leak, remove any debris, and then insert the Patchnride into the tire and push the button to release the Air Seal Patch, which forms a permanent seal inside your inner tube. All you need to do is pump the tube back up and you’ll be ready to go.
For more information on how the Patchnride works, check out their website: patchnride.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 30, 2014
The Grippine by Sovrappensiero Design Studio can turn any bicycle pedal into a non-slick, friction pad.
Made from a silicone shell with deep ridges, the Grippine can be easily installed on any bike pedal. No need for screws or bolts, just slip the flexible cover around your existing pedal. The material and texture ensures a firm grip between the the sole of your shoe and the pedal. Perfect for slick bottomed dress shoes or on wet, rainy days.
For more information about the Grippine by Sovrappensiero Design Studio, check out their crowd funding campaign here: eppela.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 26, 2014
Norwegian CycloCable is the world’s first bicycle lift designed for urban areas.
The first functional prototype was built in 1993 in Trondheim Norway. During its 15 years of operation, it has pushed more than 200,000 cyclists up the 130 meter long Brubakken hill. In no time at all, the bike lift became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
In 2013, the prototype lift was upgraded to meet new safety regulation. The new industrialized version was named CycloCable and will start to be introduced into international markets by French cableway company SKIRAIL.
The CycloCable is technically very similar to a ski lift, however most of its mechanics are placed underground. The layout is concealed so that pedestrians and other vehicles may cross over it safely. Riders place their right foot on the start station, where a footplate softly launches and pushes the rider uphill.
For more information about the CycloCable, check out their website: trampe.no
By Michael van Vliet | June 20, 2014
The new WOODaLIKE 1 is a faux-wooden version of Viks popular Velonia urban commuter.
Estonia-based Viks collaborated with Netherlands-based WOODaLIKE to give the steel frame of the Velonia a woodgrain texture that imitates real wood. This gives the bike a raw, natural aesthetic while keeping the strength and durability of steel. The WOODaLIKE 1 will definitely get a lot of seconds looks, but only those that get close enough to touch it will discover the illusion.
For more information about the WOODaLIKE 1, check out: woodalike.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 11, 2014
Argonaut collaborated with Strawfoot Handmade to make this simple, durable tool pouch for cyclists.
Constructed using domestically produced waxed cotton, a leather strap, and nickel plated buckle, these tool rolls are designed to carry everything a cyclist needs to make common roadside repairs. Sized to be carried in a jersey back pocket or strapped to the rails of your saddle, the kit has enough room for a spare inner tube, multi-tool, patches, Co2, and ultimate fixer, cash.
A very limited edition of these roll were produced, so head over to Argonaut before they are all gone: argonautcycles.bigcartel.com
By Michael van Vliet | May 14, 2014
Conceived as an ultra-light solution for cyclist commuters, the Ringtool by Reductivist lets you do more while carrying less.
A super compact alternative to full size tool kit or even foldable multi-tools, the Ringtool is designed to be carried on any standard keyring so it’s always on-hand for minor repairs or adjustments.
Not only is the Ringtool portable, but it’s nearly indestructible. The hardened stainless steel is a favorite among trusted tool brands for its balance combination of strength and corrosion resistance. With such a simple and solid design, the Ringtool offers a lifetime warranty.
The Ringtool features the following: Bottle-cap opener, 3mm Hexhead, 4mm Hexhead, 5mm Hexhead, 6mm Hexhead, 8mm Hexhead, Flathead Driver, Phillips Driver, Torxhead T25 Driver, Spoke wrench for 130” (3.30mm) nipples, Spoke wrench for .136” (3.45mm) nipples
For more information about the Ringtool, check out Reductivist’s website: reductivist.com