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
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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
By Michael van Vliet | October 1, 2013
Foldylock is a collapsable bike lock that gives you the flexibility of a chain but the durability of a solid metal lock.
This sturdy lock unfolds to a total length of 35 inches and bends using six specially designed joints. These rivets have been constructed using anti-drilling VSR technology to prevent bike thieves from boring a hole through them with a power drill.
When stowed for travel, the Foldylock collapses down to into an easy to carry case, which can can be mounted directly to the bike frame using the bottle holder fixing screws or with two specially designed straps. The case as been designed to be anti-rattle to keep the lock from shaking around while riding.
Foldylock has far exceeded its initial Kickstarter goal, however you can still donate to be among the first to receive one as soon as they roll off the production line. For more information visit their Kickstarter page.
By Michael van Vliet | September 27, 2013
The new ultra slim platform pedal by Moto Bicycles offers city cyclists a completely redesigned no-slip connection with their bike.
Bike pedals are one of three contact points you have with your bicycle and the sole source of power transfer. The better the connection between your feet and the pedals, the more stable and efficient you will be while riding. This is the reason why clip-less pedals are used for competitive cycling, but for city riders they are completely impractical. Enter Moto Pedal.
Designed and manufactured in Berlin, the Mot Pedal uses only the highest quality materials and features a patent-pending sandwich construction. Strong grip tape ensures safety and excellent adhesion, preventing painful slips even with smooth leather soles in wet conditions. Weighing only 320 grams per pair and just 15 mm thick, the Moto Pedals are a sleek, lightweight alternative to the bulky standard platform pedal found on most city bikes.
The Moto Pedals are available online for $209. For more information visit motobicycle.com
By Michael van Vliet | September 17, 2013
The Helmmate is a water resistant stuff sack that gives you a place to store your helmet while keeping your seat dry at the same time.
Designed in Denmark, the mecca of designer cycling fashion, the Helmmate is a functional yet somewhat extravagant accessory for biking in wet weather. About the size of a sunglass case, it attaches to the seat post, just behind the saddle. When you arrive at your location, open the compartment and stretch the water resistant nylon stuff sack over the saddle. You can place your helmet inside the pouch and zipper it closed to keep both your saddle and helmet dry. The zipper can be locks with a small combination padlock, although it’s more of a deterrent than a protective device.
The Helmmmate is available for about 45 dollars on their website: helmmate.com
By Michael van Vliet | August 23, 2013
From Dutch bike manufacturer comes the world’s most intelligent electric commuter ever: the Vanmoof 10 Electrified.
The Vanmoof 10 is an electrified version of their already award winning commuter bike design and features an array of technical advancements like smart sensors, GPS tracking, an on-board computer, and an 250w electric power-booster hub.
The bike’s electric motor can power speeds up to 37 miles per hour and contains a battery that can be charged in as little as three hours.
The Vanmoof 10 can be switched into free-peddle mode and be ridden just like a regular bicycle, but when the going starts to get tough the it can employ a little electric boost to help you along. The built in sensor detects when you’re starting to struggle and can automatically apply a little support.
Other features include an enclosed chain to keep your clothing grease-free, a 40 lux LED headlight and taillight, and a GPS tracking system the can double as a recovery tool if the bike ever gets stolen.
The presale for this bike is completely sold out, but the Vanmoof 10 will be on the market for all in April 2014.
For more information visit: vanmoof.com
By Michael van Vliet | August 22, 2013
The TiGr bike lock is a uniquely designed titanium bow that allows riders to lock both front and back tires.
Designed by family team Bob, Jim and John Loughlin and successfully funded on Kickstarter, the TiGr lock is made from a thin titanium “bow” that connects into a pick-resistant stainless steel cylinder with a rotary disc key mechanism.
The bow can be mounted along the length of the top tub and held in place by velcro straps. A protective coating prevents your paint from getting scratched up while in transit. When ready to park the bow goes through the frame, front and back wheels and locks into the steel cylinder. It follows the same basic concept of a U-lock, however the TiGr is longer and more flexible – giving you the protection of a solid lock with the versatility of a chain.
For more information about the TiGr bike lock visit their website tigrlock.com