Orontas Chain Cleaner 01/26/2014


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No aerosol, no chemicals, no weird hand winding machines to attach. It is a simple spray and wipe chain cleaner. Yes it takes a little more elbow and effort, but it does work. I have been trying it so far over the winter to keep the drivetrain free of sand and grit, and so far it is pretty impressive. Orontas recommends giving your chain a simple wipe every 10 Scandinavian miles (100km/60miles) to keep it running smooth, and the bottle here gives you around 1000 cleans, so it is pretty good value as well. This coupled with their Type A or Type B lube should keep things running. It just feels nice to use something that is non-toxic, biodegradable and petroleum free. Treat the bike with a little natural love.

O R O N TA S   P R O D U C T S

Categories: Kit

New From Upright Cyclist: The Brighton Fishtail Parka 11/22/2013


upright_2The Brighton Fishtail Parka is a new piece from Upright Cyclist available from the beginning of December. Modeled after something close to my heart the 1960s Mod movement in UK and the M51 Parka, designed to be a foul weather jacket with classic looks with some modernized touches for riding. It’s constructed with a waterproof backed nylon with a textured face and taped seems. The jacket is pretty much packed with features, sealed zips, pit vents, quail pocket with felted lining and an adjustable hood, it pretty much has it all. Based on the quality of their previous products I think this is going to be a really nice jacket. They are going to do a pre-sale next week so if yo are interested it might be worth getting in early.

http://uprightcyclist.com/shop/brighton-fishtail-parka

Note: The shoot was done in Chicago at the excellent Heritage Bikes

Categories: Design / Kit

The Paper Pulp Helmet 07/18/2013


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I have watching an incredible amount of people riding around Brooklyn on the new Citibike program without helmets, and starting to get a little concerned for their livelihood. With no protection offered by Citibike, and most people don’t happen to carry a helmet with them, there is an obvious problem to solve. Thankfully some people are starting to think of options. In the UK the Paper Pulp Helmet project has surfaced, a low cost recyclable bicycle helmet for use with London’s Bicycle Hire Scheme. The hemet is manufactured from recycling waste newspapers that circulate the London transport network. They pulp the paper and through an Organic additive they make sure the helmet is water resistant for up to 6 hours. They make the helmets in a number of sizes and add food coloring to allow color to be associated to size. Everything is fully recyclable, so when the helmet starts to reach the end of its life it can be put right into your recycling program. All round it is a really nice and thoughtful project.

Categories: Design / Kit

Epic Health Bars 02/01/2014


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You ever get tired of munching on power bars when riding? Then spending the next five miles picking them from your teeth. These bars from Epic might be a very good alternative for an easy and good tasting protein infusion. They are a combination of lightly smoked animal protein (Beef, Bison, Turkey and Lamb) with added savory nuts and dehydrated fruits. Don’t make the mistake of putting these bars in the “Jerky” category, they have a much stronger flavor and the overall taste is a bit more savory. But get this, they are also low on sugar, low on carbs, Gluten free, Diary free, and no added Nitrates. Basically it is health in a wrapper. On longer rides I personally find an infusion of protein really helps, but if it is hot I find it hard to eat actual food. These bars just might be the solution. The Beef, Habanero and Cherry tastes is our favorite.

E P I C  B A R S

Categories: Kit / The Other Stuff

The Nanamica Cycling Pack 09/02/2013


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This is one well crafted pack, a fine combination of traditional materials and modern design. Made by Japanese brand Nanamica they use a lightweight and durable Cordura for the main material and leather straps with brass buckles to secure the top closure. The back has a padded back panel for comfort and padded shoulder straps for carrying. Two compression straps on each side keep the the pack close the body when riding. It comes in a lot of different color combinations, but really liking the blue and red above.

Categories: Design / Kit

Quoc Pham Cycling Shoes 05/19/2013


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Probably some of the slickest shoes you could wear on the way to the office (or pub, or park, or coffee shop…). My first pair of racing shoes were drilled leather uppers with leather soles and nailed on cleats. The “Fixed” shoe above takes what was the best of that era of shoe design and updates the design with a few modern additions. The uppers are a natural tan leather and the soles are made of rubber (not disimilar to those on Camper shoes). The backs of the shoes have a nice reflective stripe. These are the sort of shoes that just get better with age as the leather gets used to your foot and starts to shape itself.

http://www.quocpham.com/

Categories: Classic / Design / Kit