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Cycling, features

A2B announces 6 new Electric Bikes

By shinychris on April 12th, 2013

A2B Hybrid24

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Unless you are a big aficionado of electric bikes, A2B is probably not a brand you’ve ever heard of. But they actually launched one of the first electric bikes, or e-bikes, nearly four years ago. Dubbed the A2B Metro it was quite well received at the time but at £2500 was quite pricey as well as fairly bulky, tipping the scales at a hefty 37Kg (about twice the weight of a conventional bike). Since then the company has gone through a number of changes, including new ownership (it is now owned by Indian scooter firm, Hero-Electric), a complete re-branding, and a shift towards manufacturing its top end bikes in Germany.

Still available, the A2B Metro has been renamed the Octave and there’s also a foldable electric bike, the Kuo, which at 19Kg is the lightest in the range. At London’s South Bank, A2B also announced six new models ranging in price from £1400 to a very pricey £2699. Included in the line up is the stylish retro looking Galvani (see Tech Digest review here) and the superfast 28mph Shima.

New models:

Shima (£2,450 – Spring 2013)
Galvani – Male and Female (£1,450 – Spring 2013)
Ferber (£1400 – Spring 2013)
Entz (from £2699 – Autumn 2013)
Ørsted (£1899 – Autumn 2013)
Obree (£2199 – Autumn 2013)

For more information on the range head to A2B’s website
To find out more about the e-bike market head here.



Clothing, Cycling, Style, Style Safari

H&M/Brick Lane Cycles clothes range goes on sale

By Stefano on March 7th, 2013

hm-cylcing jacket

I wrote about this a few weeks ago, but the H&M/Brick Lane Cycles clothing range has gone on sale today and you look at all the items and check out all the prices here.

In case you missed the launch.

The spin is that each item has been designed with the needs of modern cyclists in mind. So the items are technically suited to cycling, but still ideal for wearing all day long.

Included are water repellent rider jackets and articulated blazers, caps and more. But is is the vintage-inspired bike jerseys that caught our eye. These are very classy and are made from a mix of Merino wool and recycled polyester.

Describing the range the company says

Shirts come quilted for colder days and in plaid checks with reinforced patches on the lower sleeves. The crewneck top has a zip and ventilation holes, as well as sleeves cut for extra mobility, while the rider T-shirt has a functional pocket on the back. Rider’s trousers similar to a functional chino. Legs are cut for slightly bended knees, a reinforced crotch, and reflective tape seams on the inside leg which are visible when rolled up for extra safety.

I really like this three button tweed style grey jacket. It looks pretty smart for cycling gear is stretch cotton so it moves with you was you cycle and is made from almost all lightweight cotton. And it is a very reasonable £39.99 too.



Clothing, Cycling, features, Style, Style Safari

H&M’s Cycling range is back – including some great retro tops

By Stefano on February 13th, 2013

h&m-cycling-rangeLast year H&M became one of the biggest clothing retailers (though Levi’s got there first) to start to take cycling seriously. Spurred on by the growth in the number of cyclists and also a little by our success at The Olympics the company teamed up with Brick Lane Cycles and launched a capsule range of jackets, retro jerseys and more

Well the second range has been unveiled and it is due to land in H&M’s 180 stores and on-line from 7th March.

The spin is that each item has been designed with the needs of modern cyclists in mind. So the items are technically suited to cycling, but still ideal for wearing all day long.

Included are water repellent rider jackets and articulated blazers, caps and more. But is is the vintage-inspired bike jerseys that caught our eye. These are very classy and are made from a mix of Merino wool and recycled polyester.

Describing the range the company says

Shirts come quilted for colder days and in plaid checks with reinforced patches on the lower sleeves. The crewneck top has a zip and ventilation holes, as well as sleeves cut for extra mobility, while the rider T-shirt has a functional pocket on the back. Rider’s trousers similar to a functional chino. Legs are cut for slightly bended knees, a reinforced crotch, and reflective tape seams on the inside leg which are visible when rolled up for extra safety.

“This collection captures the energy and excitement of Brick Lane Bikes, along with our respect for the traditions of cycling. I love how the technical details become part of the look of each piece, while the colours bring cycling’s heritage to life. I can’t wait to see guys wearing these clothes as they ride the streets of the world,” says Feya Buchwald, founder of Brick Lane Bikes.



Cycling, News

Library prank puts Lance Armstrong’s fitness guide in “Fiction” section

By Gerald Lynch on January 21st, 2013

Forget the shame of his Oprah Winfrey Show tell-all last week, Lance Armstrong’s biggest blow must surely be this snipe from one of the kings of geekdom, the humble librarian.

At Manly Library in Sidney, a cheeky librarian posted the following notice:

ALL NON-FICTION LANCE ARMSTRONG BOOKS, INCLUDING

‘Lance Armstrong: Images of a Champion’, ‘The Lance Armstrong Performance Program’ and ‘Lance Armstrong: World’s Greatest Champion’

WILL SOON BE MOVED TO THE FICTION SECTION

THANK YOU,

MANLY LIBRARY

All appended with a smiley :)

Nicely done, library man! Armstrong, the fallen 41-year old cycling champ deserves nothing less after finally admitting to doping his way to all seven of his Tour de France victories.

Though taken in good humour, it doesn’t look like Manly Council will be applying the zealous librarian’s re-classification of Armstrong’s fitness titles and biographies.

“This was a prank, it happened on Saturday and a member of the public has taken a photo and posted it on social media and it’s gone viral on social media,” said Chris Parsons of Manly Council.

“However you can’t simple reclassify books from fiction to non-fiction,” he said, stating that classifications weren’t decided at local libraries but by omniscient powers at the fabled “central level”.



Cycling

Very cool designer cycling accessory store Saddle & Spoke

By Stefano on January 14th, 2013

Here is a great new store that has been brought to our attention by the people at the always excellent – The Locals.

If you are passionate about cycling and very keen on design then you are going to love Saddle & Spoke

Founder Claire Armstrong told The Locals that the store has one aim: “to bring together the very best in cycling accessory designs from new and upcoming brands around the world.”

And there’s quite a list of brands on the site including Cleverhood, Quarterre, Flux Productions, Cardiff, Carmichael & Co, Crane, Belle Helmets, Rydesafe, C.neeon.

Check out the designer helmets, very clever range of storage options and these really striking Cardiff handle bar grips.

Apparently there are lot of new products on their way too so definitely a store to keep your eye on.



Cycling

Blaze – a genius bike light – gets funded by Kickstarter

By Stefano on December 21st, 2012

There has been some good stuff on crowdfunding site Kickstarter this year but this might just be the best so far. The BLAZE Bike Light is an innovative light for urban cyclists that aims to tackle one of the biggest causes of cycling fatalities – being caught in the blind spot and vehicles turning across an unseen bike.

The theory runs that most cyclists are hit when they are travelling straight ahead and a vehicle maneuvers into them, largely due to their small footprint and position on the road.

What Blaze does is project a symbol of a bike down the round up to five metres in front of the cyclist, so that anyone in a car, or more likely a lorry or van, can see that there is a cyclist behind them.

It has been developed by Emily Brooke and was originally put on Kickstarter with a funding fee of £25,000. It closes tomorrow and already has over £50,000 in pledges. Emily came up with the idea while a student in Brighton and she worked with Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton & Hove Bus Company, road safety experts and driving psychologists to develop the concept.

If you want to to get one now you will need to pledge at least £60. They use a 1500mAh rechargeable lithium cells (though exploring the use of larger cells) and with the LED light plus the laser module on constant, the current prototypes last up to 6 hours. If you use flashing mode, they will last up to 12 hours.

I am sure we will get an update about further availability shortly.



Clothing, Cycling, News

H&M teaming up with Brick Lane Bikes for cycling-in-style range

By Gerald Lynch on December 5th, 2012

H&M are getting set to partner with the uber-trendy London cycling experts at Brick Lane Bikes for a new Spring range aimed at cyclists.

Taking design advice from the custom bike specialists, H&M are putting together an 11-piece capsule collection, with the aim being to design a range that cyclists can comfortably and safely wear while riding, and not look like trainspotters once they’ve dismounted and locked up their bikes. It’ll save having to bring a separate set of cycling clothes to work, so long as you keep a can of deodorant handy too.

Highlights of the range include practical Henleys and, yes honestly, a fitted tweed blazer. We can just imagine Bradley Wiggins pulling out his wallet as we type this post up!

Launching on 7 March 2013, the release of the collection and that blazer coincides nicely with the London Tweed Run for 2013, too.

Scroll up to view a video sneak-peak of the range and some of the minds behind its inception.



Cycling, Gadgets

Brandish Christmas List #10 Sparta RX PLUS Cross-Bar Electric Bike

By Stefano on November 26th, 2012

Electric cycles, or E-Bikes as they are commonly known, are big sellers in cycling-friendly parts of Europe like Germany and Holland. As for the UK it is still early days. One company that is doing its best to get more Britons on to E-bikes is JustEBikes. It has a large range of models and on its websites you’ll find a very useful – which E-bike is best for you? questionnaire top help you choose the best bike.

I went through it and landed on the top end model the Sparta RX PLUS Cross-Bar Electric Bike. The key to this bike; performance is that it has a very lightweight Lithium Ion battery. This means that it has a range of up to 65 miles from a single charge which is way more than most E-Bikes. The Level of assistance is directly proportional to pedal pressure – so the faster you pedal the more the engine carries you. there is also a thumb switch selects Zero, Low, Medium or High assistance levels, depending on whether you are about to tackle a huge hill or not. There are eight in-hub gear to choose from too.

You can see how fast you are traveling on a large clear display that also shows power setting, battery charge level, range, time and temperature. The bike has a very comfy seat too courtesy of a sprung seat post and front fork suspension.

It is on sale for £2,175.00. Other cheaper models are here.



Cycling, iPhone App

Is this the smartest iPhone cycle gadget so far? Wahoo’s RFLKT

By Stefano on November 20th, 2012

Wahoo Fitness is best known for its range of iPhone-friendly gadgets that are normally the preserve of our pals over Connected Health. However RFLKT, which we spotted on Mashable has caught out eye.

It is an iPhone powered computer for street bikes which is expected to launch at the end of December or early January, just in time for CES.

What makes this quite special is the way that it can connect with your iPhone – and a number of other devices too – using Bluetooth. So you can keep your iPhone hidden away in a bag and harness some of its functionality on the RFLKT. Basically the device sits on your handlebar and then connects to the company’s iPhone app wirelessly. You can then see your biking stats, control your music and more from the RFLKT and not have to worry about getting out, and maybe dropping your iPhone. The device works with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

According to Mashable RFLKT doesn’t require charging. It runs on a small coin cell battery, which is easy to replace and very affordable. It lasts about a year or two.

It sports four big buttons, two on each side of the device, that control what screens you see — you can switch screens to see all your data. The buttons are also configurable through the app. And it’s easier to use four buttons than the touch screen on your iPhone that requires you to look at the screen.

There’s no details yet on price and UK availability, but this looks like a serious gadget for cyclists and one that will be on our list. More from Mashable here.



Cycling, features, How to

What to look for when buying a vintage or used racing bicycle – video

By Stefano on November 19th, 2012

So you you have set your heart set on the type of bike that Eddy Merckx used to spin around the Alps on in the 70s. Well you clearly have taste. There’s no denying that older racing bikes from the 60s through to the 90s have a tad more style than lot of today’s racers and consequently they have become much sought after.

The trick thouguh is to make sure that the bike you buy is vintage gold rather than a crock that will fall to bits within weeks of you buying it.

We asked Phil from Love Bikes London to take us through what you should look for when buying a vintage racer.

His top tips are

1 Make sure you don’t buy a nicked bike
2 A little rust and wear and tear is ok, but you need to check to see if the bike has suffered any serious damage
3 The most important part of the frame. If that ok you can rebuild much of the rest of the bike,. If that’s gone move on
4 20-30 year old wheels are fine. But if they look a little worn probably best to replace them
5 If you are not too hot on cycle upkeep make sure you are friends with someone who is like, off the top of my head Lovebikes London.



Cycling

Brandish Christmas list #3 Kranium KR3 electric cycle

By Stefano on November 13th, 2012

Nothing splits cyclists more than the concept of electric bikes. For hardcore Wiggins types they are an affront to everything  that they cherish. However, more casual cyclists and tech heads see them as being not just cool but maybe the future of bikes.

Anyhow for commuters who want a quick way of getting to and from work electric cycles are a very good option especially if between your two destinations are sizable hills. Having used several electric bikes before I can nail the myth that if you use an electric bike any exercise goes out the window. Most electric cycles are designed so that the motor kicks in when you need a bit oomph. Not that many are powerful enough to take you long distances without you having to at least do a little pedalling. Besides there is nothing quite as invigorating as pedalling furiously and then  letting the engine kick in- you really do fly. It is Wiggins speed for less than slender and not quite totally fit types.

While I love the look of the GoCycle 2, the latest electric bike to hit my radar is the Kranium KR3 Platimum  from bike dealer Velorution (among others). So what’s cool about this. Well first unlike a lot of its rival, the battery is integrated into the frame, so it doesn’t even look like an electronic cycle. It has five pedal assisted speeds with the top one reaching around 20MPH. It has a pretty powerful battery on board too and everything is controlled by an on board computer which tells you how far you have cycled and how much power you have consumed.

Finally , also unlike a lot of its rivals, it is light enough to be picked up. Santa might have a few issues getting it down the chimney though. Yours for £1,895.




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