Here’s two different sets of hydraulic brakes for your road bike. This first model shows a cable actuated hydraulic lever.
Here’s another model that is full hydraulic. But from what I saw, it’s just a lever, not a brifter combo.
We’ve assembled a small team to head out to Las Vegas for the annual Interbike convention. We hope to provide you with the latest in commuter friendly products and accessories. One thing we already see is there’s a trend in electric bikes that is stronger than last year. From cargo bikes to foldables, they seem to all have some sort of electric assistance. Another trend we noticed is the bright colors such as neon and pastels in found in various apparel items and helmets.
So stay tuned, we plan on providing you with updates on the newest product offerings as well as fun stuff that we see along the way. We thank you for making this our 7th year in a row of providing Interbike coverage.
We’re pleased to announce our 2014 Interbike Title Sponsor, Two Wheel Gear. Here’s some info on who Two Wheel Gear is and what they are all about.
In 1999, we decided to start from scratch. We needed gear to help make our love affair with the bike fit seamlessly with daily life. whether it was a trip to work or play, we didn’t see purposefully designed products for the real urban commuters. The market was hyper durable, messenger bags for the bike messenger, or flimsy backpacks for students. Neither helped us neatly get our suits to the office or clothes to a friends place for night out. Two Wheel Gear was born when we decided to start designing gear from the ground-up to make the commute easier.
Over the past 15 years, the logo has made the journey to the four corners of the world. Taking it there was our Classic Bike Suit Bag, the tried, tested and proven bicycle pannier. Through the journey, we’ve learned a few things and heard a few things. You want more options to enable your commute, whether you ride, walk or transit. We hear you and today we’re bringing it with new gear, premium materials and the same commuter-first attitude.
2WG products are designed in Vancouver, British Columbia and manufactured in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada. Distinctive products deserve distinctive solutions – so we start from scratch.
So the Mrs. and I are planning a trip to Dublin this November to what all the hoopla is all about with the Irish. While preparing for our trip, I checked out information on the weather. For starters it rains there quite a bit and their summers would be considered their rainy season. In addition, the hottest it ever gets there is about 74 degrees…sounds like my kind of place! Anyhow, being a resident of Southern California where it’s always warm and sunny, I’m afraid I would be in for a shock on how cold the weather will be when we’re there.
I do plan on taking a bicycle around Dublin to see the sights as well as to get a feel for the local community. But before I do that, I figured I’d get some cold weather gear I saw a jacket that might keep me dry and somewhat warm and have the options to allow me to cool down if I get to hot under it.
It’s called the Dare 2b Mens Scampered Windshell Jacket offered by High Octane Sport.
The Dare 2b Men’s Scampered Windshell Jacket (£24.95) can be converted from a jacket to a gilet, with zip off sleeves, for maximum adaptability to temperature rises
Ilus Windshell lightweight Polyester fabric
Wind resistant fabric
Water repellent fabric
Zip off sleeves convert jacket to gilet
Stretch bound cuff and hem
Mesh ventilated back panels for maximum breathability
Zipped rear pocket
Reflective detail for enhanced visibility
Weighs less than 300g
The Dare 2b Men’s Scampered Windshell Jacket offers the ideal solution to mixed weather conditions- perfect for the British weather!
So why would I bother ordering a jacket from a UK website like High Octane? Well the way I see it, if this Dare 2b Jacket is good enough for UK folks, then I’m sure it’s going to work well for me. I guess it’s the way I see things when it comes to products. For example, you wouldn’t buy a Mexican Food in Ohio because Mexican Food in Los Angeles…or better yet, in Mexico would be better right? It’s the same with this jacket, make sense? I figured I’ll order the jacket before we venture out to Dublin, that way I’ll be good and ready for the weather once we arrive.
I was talking to a friend of mine from the UK who works for an online bicycle shop called Fat Birds. We got to talking about “commuter bikes” and what that all means to someone in the UK. Well he brought up the word “AUDAX.” Truthfully, I’ve never heard of such a term. Apparently Audax is basically a word that best describes a commuter bike. Here’s a definition on their website:
A Sportive or Audax bike is a bicycle that allows for mudguards and in most cases a rear rack it is lighter than a touring bike and the geometry is more racey (yet slightly more relaxed than a road racer). A Touring bike is a frame designed to handle bicycle touring, with mudguards and front and rear pannier racks (not all come with front racks as this is dependent on the fork).
Special features of a touring bike may include a long wheelbase (for ride comfort and to avoid pedal-to-luggage conflicts), frame materials that favor flexibility over rigidity (for ride comfort), heavy duty wheels (for load capacity), and multiple mounting points (for luggage racks, fenders, and bottle cages).
Oh yeah, did you notice the other word in there? “SPORTIVE.” In the US market, or at least in a few bike shops that I’ve been to, they have dubbed what our UK friends call a Sportive as a “fitness bike.” Basically it’s a bike that isn’t quite a sporty road bike, not as burly as a touring bike, but a bike you could use to commute with or take for a 15-20 mile bike rides and still be comfortable.
So are you wondering what a Sportive/Audax bike looks like? Well check out this beauty…”Kinesis Racelight 4S Audax Road Bike Silver; The versatile Racelight TK3 frameset gets a makeover and has a new name Racelight 4S (meaning Four Seasons).”
Not bad right? I’m almost positive that the US Market will start to use those terms in the near future to introduce new commuter bikes to make them sound fancier.
If you’ve got a bike that uses V-brakes and it’s making some noise here’s a quick tip you can do to get rid of that annoying sound.
So what you do is grab one of these green scouring pads, cut off a small section that’s wide enough to fit on the rim.
Then make sure you do a better job in placing it behind the pad than I did. Just to let you know, I did re-position the pad so it would be just right. Now press the v-brake arm in so you are essentially pushing the brake pad into the rim. Then rotate the wheel a few times.
Now check out the green pad. See all that muck…well that’s a combination of grease/oils and other contaminants that are getting in between your pads and your rims. If you have all that muck, it’s basically preventing your pads from making a solid contact patch, which causes vibration/noise.
So the next time your brakes are making noises, try this!