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Archive for September, 2008

Interbike: Exciting new Xtracycle options

Xtracycle is a an amazing product that has changed a lot of people’s lives for the better. Their system allows you to take any bike and convert it into long bike to carry a big load. However, there have been some gaping holes in their offerings. Thankfully they’ve addressed many of these concerns with their […]

Commuting the Las Vegas Strip (plus, don’t try this at home)

Last Thursday night the 2008 Interbike Mobile Social kicked off at the Sands Expo center where about fifty of us met to ride down Las Vegas Blvd to the Criterium races at Mandalay Bay, about a two mile trip down the craziest street I’ve ever ridden.

Xtracycle 2009 catalog

I was browsing through Xtracycle’s 2009 catalog and saw a familiar bike — Anthony Stout’s Surly Big Dummy equipped with his custom rain cover. I profiled the Stouts family and their Sport Utility Bike here at Commute By Bike last August. If you take a look at Xtracycle’s new catalog, you can see Anthony and […]

Lake winter boots

Although Lake markets their clipless winter compatible cycling boots for competition mountain bike and cyclocross use, the venerable Lake MXZ/CXZ has been a favorite among year round commuters for about the past ten years, mostly because they’ve usually been the only cycling shoes available that’s appropriate for winter use. Lakes are very pricey, with the […]

Speedplay Platformers

Some people (like myself) prefer their bikes with clipless pedals, but still want platforms for the quick ride or commute to work in non-cycling shoes. The usual solutions I’ve used are either hybrids that give you the worst of both worlds, or plastic platforms that clip in to the pedals that look better than they […]

Fixie Inc bikes to be sold in USA

The German Fixie Inc bike builder got some attention when they won the Best Design award at Eurobike three weeks ago for their belt drive show bike. Paul Ferguson of Bionicon USA tells me they will be the exclusive distributor of these boutique fixed gear bikes in the United States. Bionicon reports quite a bit […]