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Interbike 2011: Loeka

Long time friend of BikeCommuters.com is Rory Harmse, owner of Loeka. He was showing off his new bamboo and jacket collection for 2012.
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This is made out of bamboo fibers. Not sure how the mill does it, but its fantastically soft! Kinda makes me wish Loeka had a guy’s line.
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Great new long sleeve jersey in bright colors. Roadies, Commuters and Mountain Bikers can enjoy Loeka’s jerseys.
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Photo got messed up, but this is a great commuter jacket for those cold and rainy rides.
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This is a sweet looking sleeveless hoodie.
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Interbike 2011: Hindsight 35

Personally I thought this was a smart idea for any bike commuter. I even joked with the guys at the booth about having 2 units, one facing forward and one facing the rear so the rider can just put his/her head down during windy days and look through the monitors to see where they’re going and who’s behind them.
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This rear blinky doubles a camera.
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The head unit also works as a cyclocomputer, not sure all the details because I was too caught up with the camera technology.
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Interbike 2011: Urbana Bicycles

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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