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Garmin Lights It Up With Varia UT800

by editors on April 26, 2017

Garmin’s smartlight system gets an urban/trail boost with the new Varia UT800. The new light has five modes and is visible during the day from one mile away. And when you run it with a new Edge cycling computer Garmin says it will “automatically adjust its beam intensity based on speed and changing light condition.”

“As leaders in cycling technology, we are excited to introduce the Varia UT800 to our line of innovative Varia cycling awareness products,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “With five different light modes, whether riding on the streets or the trail, the Varia UT800 smart headlight shines brighter for longer allowing cyclists to ride with greater confidence.”

We’ve ridden with an earlier version and it worked well. For the official word (and a photo) from Garmin, please follow the jump.

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Cycling Can Save The World Here’s How

by editors on March 21, 2017

In a new book titled How Cycling Can Save the World Guardian writer Peter Walker discusses the ways in which getting more people on bicycles can make the world a better place. Reducing smog and traffic and improving health are obvious, but Walker goes much deeper into the subtle ways cycling can improve nearly everything about urban life. 

In a world dominated . . . by bikes, people can amble, children can play, fresh air can be breathed, conversations can be heard, all without our omniscient, noisy, smelly, lethal modern-day plague,” Walker says. “Cyclists are recognizably human, traveling at human-scaled speeds. As a benefits to urban living, that can hardly be overstated.

How Cycling Can Save the World goes on sale April 4, 2017. To order it, please click here. For a short interview with the author, please follow the jump.

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Lemon Peeler Sting-Ray Limited Release

by editors on February 28, 2017

Our first bike was a beautiful, stock, metal flake blue Schwinn Sting-Ray coaster with matching grips and a white banana seat. We had friends who had Apple and Orange Krates and we longed for the accessories (especially the gear shifter with the big 5 on it). Since we already had the bike, we talked our dad into helping us upgrade. By the time we were finished customizing, the bike had curled out bars, a monster sissy bar, and a shock up front. It was dope. And we’re still bummed that by the time we turned 13 we’d painted it black and turned it into a BMX bike. 

But there is hope. Schwinn, a zombie company alive today in name only, announced that they are re-releaseing a limited edition of 500 Lemon Peeler bikes. 

“The Schwinn Lemon Peeler is one of the most recognized Schwinn bikes,” said Milissa Rick, Schwinn Senior Director of Marketing. “We’re excited to make this bike available to those who always wanted to own a Schwinn Sting Ray. This is an opportunity for us to also share our story with a new audience.” . . . The limited edition Lemon Peeler will feature a spring suspension fork, a Schwinn 16-inch front wheel and a 20-inch Sting-Ray Slik rear tire just like its original counterpart. Additionally, the bike is equipped with a striped banana seat, fenders and a coaster brake.

Owning a re-release is not the same as owning a classic, but damn, it looks good. Doesn’t it? The Schwinn Lemon Peeler will reportedly be available from Amazon.com soon for $349.99. We’re kind of hoping if this goes well that they will release some other colors (and five speeds), as well.  Follow the jump for the official word from Schwinn.
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Riding On Water With Schiller Bikes

by editors on September 21, 2016

For those with dreams of blasting across the glassy surface of still mountain lake on their bike, Schiller has the answer: the S1. Unfortunately, it costs $4,500. Hmm. . . .

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Zipcar and Zagster Launch Zipbike

by editors on September 16, 2016

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University bike sharing company Zagster and teamed up with Zipcar to launch the first national, sponsored bike-share program for the campuses of higher education called, Zipbike.

Zagster, which operates 140 bike-share programs across North America — including nearly two dozen on college campuses — will manage the Zipbike systems at all participating universities. Zipcar, which is the largest and most longstanding campus car sharing provider with operations on more than 500 college and university campuses, will launch at participating Zipbike campuses if they don’t already have Zipcar programs. . . “We know that today’s mobile-first, app-centric students value on-demand access over ownership,” said David Piperno, vice president of finance and strategy at Zipcar. “Zipcar programs on campuses improve the quality of life for students, faculty and staff alike by making it easy to access a car only when they need one, and our partnership with Zagster will allow us to offer that same access to bikes.”

Ride on, ride on, ride on. . . For the all the details on the new Zipbike systems and where you can find one, follow the jump.

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Ottolock: The Smart, Light Bike Lock

by editors on September 12, 2016

We weren’t the biggest fans of Otto Designs smartphone based rear derailleur tuner (reviewed here on DigitalTrends.com), but their new product, the Ottolock looks like a really smart way to secure a bike when you have to leave it for a short time (to get coffee, or run into a store for milk). We haven’t tested it, but it definitely looks like a step in the right direction. It’s light, doesn’t require a key, and can easily wrap around more than one bike. What more do you need?

If you’d like one, click the link to help them out on Kickstarter.

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VanMoof SmartBike Nearly Unstealable?

by editors on May 26, 2016

The Amsterdam based bike company VanMoof is rolling out a new SmartBike that is loaded with so many features that anyone who sees it will want to steal it, but those same features will make that nearly impossible.

And even if a thief is smart enough to get past those features, the SmartBike features a first-of-its-kind “Peace of Mind” guarantee: If the bike is stolen, a recovery team will use the bike’s built-in anti-theft tracking technology to locate and return it to its rightful owner. If it can’t be recovered within two weeks, VanMoof will replace it.

SmartBike preorders can be made at smartbike.vanmoof.com beginning May 31, 2016 for delivery beginning in October. Preorder prices are $1,098 for a 3-speed, and $1,298 for an 8-speed model. Sounds like a pretty good deal, yeah? Follow the jump for the official word from VanMoof.

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Brooks Releases Precious Old Saddles

by editors on May 16, 2016

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We’d like to think a little progress has been made in the last 150 years when it comes to bicycle saddles, but we know there are thousands of the cool kids who would argue with us. We’re guessing Brooks latest rerelease (in celebration of their 150th anniversary) is aimed right at their tattooed, mustachioed bums (yes, we said butt mustache).

The models available are the classic best-seller B17, its touring counterpart the Flyer, the B67 for city bikes, the B33 forheavy duty, and the Swallow for racing, all coming delivered in Special Edition packaging.

The saddles will be available online at www.brooksengland.com or at Brooks dealers around the world. Get ’em while you can because we’re sure they’ll be gone in a minute.

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Strava’s Global Bike To Work Day

by editors on May 12, 2016

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On Tuesday May 10, 2016 Strava held their first ever Global Bike to Work Day. Members who signed up recorded 79,879 cycling commute activities in 180 countries that day.

Strava commuters logged a total of 835,094 miles on Global Bike to Work Day, averaging 10.45 miles per ride. . . In total, 71,107 hours were spent commuting on the day, with the average commute time per rider being 53 minutes and 41 seconds.

These rides produced a total carbon offset of 514.51 tons. Just think if everyone rode to work every day? To see what it looked like, click here for an animated bike to work Strava heat map. To see how the countries ranked, follow the jump.

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Bike To The Five Boroughs On May Day

by editors on April 29, 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to ride a bike through the streets of New York City, then the 39th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI on May 1, 2016 just might be the day. Here’s why:

On the morning of May 1st, 32,000 cyclists from every state in the nation and dozens of countries around the world will come together in lower Manhattan in support of Bike New York’s free bike education programs. From there, they will ride 40 miles through the five boroughs of New York City on car-free streets, which will include the FDR Drive, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and the Queensboro and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges.

Sound like something you’re into? Follow the jump for all the details.

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