Bicycle Times

Solar powered electric cargo bike in the form of a micro car

One part bicycle, one part solar, and one part car. It’s a Velomobile! The first velomobiles or velocars showed up around the 1930’s and 40’s.  During the oil crisis in the 1970’s, Pedal Powered Vehicle, or PPV, were introduced to the Unites States. They were manufactured in Sterling Heights, Michigan and sold for less than $400. Unfortunately, they ...

Instant Karma with a Crust cargo bike fork

Given my fascination with cargo bikes, I had to ask Jimmy over at Luckyduck in Oakland, CA about that funky-looking cargo bike parked in front of the shop. An 80’s Cinelli Ottomila mountain bike with a giant cargo container on top of a little front wheel. How could this be? The answer is the Clydesdale fork from ...

Review: Sugoi Zap Jacket

Sugoi means “terrific” in Japanese. I would agree that their Zap Collection line is pretty terrific. The entire clothing line has reflective fibers sewn into it and the results are illuminating (pun intended). The Women’s Sugoi Zap Waterproof Jacket is a fully reflective garment. If you look close up, you see little dots all over it. Each of these dots is a ...

June 3, 2018, is the first official World Bicycle Day celebration!

If you hadn’t heard the United Nations recently designated June 3, 2018, as the inaugural World Bicycle Day. Woot! UN declared the bicycle a simple, affordable, reliable, and environmentally friendly means of transportation. It is a symbol of sustainable transportation and it can serve as a means not just of transportation but also of access to ...

Review: Showers Pass Men’s Ultralight Wind Jacket

There are rain jackets and there are wind jackets and the Showers Pass Ultralight falls in the latter of the two categories without question. Its intent is to offer maximum protection for unexpected climate shifts while not being overly cumbersome to stuff in your back pocket or hip-sack. Without the aid of taped seams, the jacket is ...

Fyxation releases 2018 Eastside Fade Series

New for 2018, the Eastside Fade is the latest release for Fyxation Bicycle Company. The Eastside was originally introduced in 2012 and is now available in 5 colors and 5 sizes, including a 46cm 650c model for smaller riders. Built around our 4130 Chromoly Eastside frame and fork, the Fade Series bikes use some fun halftones to ...

Hiplok Z LOKs provide compact security

Just running into the convenience store for a pit stop? Sitting at an outdoor café with your bike in sight? Maybe your bike is up on the car’s roof rack. In times like these, when you feel like you need a little more deterrent than just tying your helmet strap around the front wheel, Hiplok ...

IKEA Recalls SLADDA bicycle over safety issues with belt drive

TheSLADDA bicycle was launched in August 2016 as a move from IKEA to promote a sustainable transportation option in their many locations. Ikea has issued a precautionary recall of its SLADDA bicycle, due to safety issues with the drive belt. “The drive belt can suddenly snap, which in turn can lead to falls”, looks like there ...

Limited Edition Shimano XC5 Camo Shoes

Shimano’s Lifestyle Gear announced at Eurobike/Interbike 2017 the release of their first gravel-specific product: the  XC5 shoe . A special “camo” edition of this shoe was produced and was just made available as a limited edition release of approximately 1,000 pairs worldwide. The shoe shares the same specs as the in-line XC5 shoe as well as the same ...

Review: Strider 14x Sport

By Jeffrey Stern The Strider 14x Sport for kids ages 3-7 is the ultimate two bikes in one that has tons of features making it a great option for those with kids learning to balance and ride. It creates a level of confidence and riding skills that are second to none, setting a foundation for years of success. ...

Opinion: Invest in your community, ride your bike & share your car!

By Jeffrey Stern Our generation may be bonkers about the “van life”, but what about that bike life? In this continually overcomplicated, technology saturated world that seems to grow by leaps and bounds with each passing day there is an urge to escape. Escape our screens, our over-connected lives and responsibilities and trade them in ...

Just Commit: Tips for Tackling Your First Hundo

By Jeffrey Stern The thought of riding a hundred miles is daunting. Just thinking about triple digits on the odometer has the effect of creating butterflies in your stomach. The kind of butterflies that hang around for hours, even days, leading up to a century attempt. If you’re doing it on your own or with ...

Four nutrition hacks for the traveling rider

By Jeffrey Stern Let’s be honest, traveling makes it hard to stay on top of a healthy diet. However, if we’re being completely honest, travel also isn’t an excuse to throw out all the good habits you’ve developed at home. To make the transition to travel eating a bit easier, we’ve come up with these ...

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks sing about bike lanes

I don’t know how much the average bicycle rider cares about my favorite band, Pavement, or Steven Malkmus’s “current band” (sorry man), The Jicks, but the Folks over at https://dangerousminds.net were kind enough to turn me on to the trailer for the new Jicks record “Sparkle Hard” which is coming out (“dropping”?) in a few days. ...

The importance of lock maintenance with Kryptonite Locks

Lubrication isn’t just for your bike chain. If your experiencing jamming with your bike lock you probably need to clean it. Performing scheduled maintenance is important just like lubing the chain on your bicycle. Check out this video from  Kryptonite Locks  about how to learn more about lock maintenance  

Great Cycle Challenge USA

The Great Cycle Challenge encourages each rider to set a personal mileage goal for the month and ask their friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor them to support their challenge. Participants can ride to work or on weekends, near home or while traveling, and bikes of all types can get involved – be it recumbent, ...

Cyclofemme May 13: Join women around the globe and celebrate cycling

On May 13th Women from around the world are invited to join together and ride bikes. For a list of rides in your area, or start your own go here . Cyclofemme is partnered with World Bicycle Relief to raise funds and open the world for schoolgirls in Zambia, and empower the next generation. You can pitch ...

Cool Shop: Luckyduck Oakland

One has to appreciate a good bike shop. Especially one that builds the community around itself. These days it’s a key to survival in this disrupted economy we live in. Luckyduck has been open since August of 2016, and successful enough that the owners are just starting to scale back from the 16-hour workdays it ...

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