Category: Interbike 2011

Did you know that Full Speed Ahead (FSA) does commuter stuff? Well here’s a great start, this is the Metropolis Patterson Transmission. It sorta reminds me of the Truvativ HammerSchmidt cranks.
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They have a whole line of Metropolis components available for the urban rider. This bike is a perfect example on how its equipped with the groupo.
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I met up with Urbana Bicycles at the NuVinci booth to check out their redesigned bike. First thing they added was a NuVinci hub.
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Then they beautified their frame by smoothing out the welds.
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Their famous RNR rack is still on the Urbana, by the way, this rack is rated to carry heavy objects, as much as an adult.
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They outdid themselves by going with the reliable Gates Belt Drive.
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The rear drop out had to be redesigned to make the belt drive serviceable.
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I noticed something on the frame and I asked what it was supposed to be. Turns out they’re working on a front rack that connects to the frame. Unlike most front racks that are connected to the fork, this design promises to be more stable.
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Another thing I noticed was the bike itself looked shorter. Turns out the Urbana engineers tweaked the head tube angle and brought it in closer. I forget the exact numbers, but the shorter wheel base will help the Urbana become more nimble and easier to handle.
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Met up with Chris Follmer of Planet Bike. Jack had asked me to make sure I went to see Chris and give him a hug…and so I did! For those of you that don’t know, Chris is one of the coolest people in the bike business. Super nice guy, always very helpful and fun to hang out with during Interbike.
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Before I start showing off pretty Planet Bike stuff, I wanted to post this photo. I stood there looking at it thinking it was one of those 90’s posters where if you looked at it long enough, a 3D image would pop out…but I learned that it wasn’t and Chris in his graceful way, gently explained to me that it’s just a regular poster…
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Capt. Safety and BRT Straps
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New colored cages.
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Silver and brass Courtesy Bells.
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25g…yes I said 25g Co2 cartridge.
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Truth be told, I forgot what this thing was called.
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But its big enough to store 2 apples for your ride!
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Next up we have some Winter Gloves that have something special inside…
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Inside is another glove made out of fleece.
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Here we have the Deputy U-Lock with an anti-BIC lock-picker.
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Before I end this post, I’d like to show Chris Follmer once more…why? It’s because he’s Super, nuff said.
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Chris was profiled back in 2008 as part of our “commuter profile” series.