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Reviews roundup

It seems like BikeCommuters.com is well known for all the reviews that we do, so here are some of our most popular reviews:

Trek SoHo S
by RL

Kona Smoke 2-9 by Moe

Swobo Sanchez Frameset by Moe

Bilenky Cargo Bike by Russ Roca

Dynamic Crosstown 7 by Ghost Rider

Redline 9-2-5 by RL

Keen Commuter Sandal by Alan Barnard

Rear Blinky comparo by Moe

Seattle Sports Waterproof pannier by Ghost Rider

Banjo Brothers Panniers by Moe

Ergon BD-1 Backpack
by Ghost Rider

Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack by RL

Hoss Stallion Shorts by The Veloteer

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Fixed Gear Friday: KHS Flite 100 Update

I’ve gathered a few observations from riding the KHS Flite 100 to/from work. But first, here are a few tidbits about my commute: I ride 21 miles round trip from Whittier, CA to Downey CA. 2 miles of my commute are on the San Gabriel River Trail, the rest is on the mean streets of LA. I’ve been riding the Flite 100 fixed gear style, my demo bike didn’t come with a freewheel.

The Good: The KHS Flite 100 is a nice looking, well made bike; the bike received a lot of positive comments at the Urban Bike Commuter Expo. The 520 Reynolds steel frame is light and smooth. The handling is quick and precise, the single front brake is more than sufficient to stop the bike (with the assistance of your ‘leg brakes’). The 48X16 gearing is adequate for my flat commute, it does take a little to get up to speed but when you are rolling, the pedaling momentum of riding a fixed gear bike is quite a joy.

The Bad:Not every bike is perfect, and I do have a some personal issues with the Flite 100. The first one is the lack of water bottle bosses, yeah this bike is directed to Track riders/Messengers, but for us who ride longer commutes, we need to hydrate.

The San Marco Ponza Lux saddle has this weird hump in the middle, that causes my ‘nads to go numb. I’m going to do some minor adjustments, but I’m thinking of switching it altogether.

Lastly, the KHS Flite 100 comes with 150 psi tires. They may be great for the smooth surface of a track, but for everyday street riding, they are harsh.

That’s it for now, the full review will be up in about a month.

First impression: KHS Flite 100

Our buddy Vince Calvillo was at the City of Angels ride in the exhibitor area and he told me that I could take any bike to test, so I came home with a KHS Flite 100.

I picked this fixed geared bike because it is very unassuming; no flashy wheels, no weird handlebars and it comes with a front brake.

I prepped the bike last night for today’s commute, I added a rear blinkie, a mirror and a handlebar water bottle holder. Yeah, I know, the water bottle holder looks kind of hacky, but I do get thirsty on my 21 mile commute.

It has been a while since I’ve ridden a fixed gear bike, but fortunately I got used to it right away… except for the pedals. The Flite 100 comes with pedals with toe clips and straps; I never liked them, so for tomorrow’s commute, the pedal duty belongs to my Crank Bros Quattro Sl.

Today’s commute was interrupted by a phone call from my daughter’s school, she was not feeling well so I had to turn around and ride back to go and pick her up. Since I was a little worried about her, I was not able to compile a lot of detailed observations on how the Flite 100 rides. All I can say is that the ride was rather smooth and fast.

I’ll be riding this bike to work primarily — come back for the updates.

Trivia Contest Winner #1

Here’s a picture of Trivia Contest winner Joe Gregory of Manassas, Virginia, sporting the “Gas Sucks — Ride a Bike” t-shirt he won:

Contest winner Joe Gregory

The question Joe answered was “Who was ‘lanterne rouge’ in the first Tour de France held after the end of World War II?”

Joe’s correct answer was “Pietro Tarchini of Switzerland. He finished 53rd in the standings in the 1947 Tour de France”.

Congratulations again, Joe, and thanks to our friends at KHS Bicycles for providing the prizes we’re giving away.

Is it just me, or is Joe trying to rock a similar look to the handsome model we used to display the prize t-shirts? You decide:

our handsome model

Bicycle Bash By The Bay — November 4th

It’s coming up: the second annual Bicycle Bash By The Bay. It will be at the Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg on November 4th. Here, just check out the flyer:

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www.bikecommuters.com will be there with a table this year, and we’re getting some giveaway items (t-shirts, stickers, waterbottles) from our good friends KHS Bicycles. With a little luck, we’ll have a set or two of Sweetskinz tires to raffle off, too.

If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, come on by and say hello! There will be all sorts of bike-related vendors, and lots of yummy food from local eateries, BMX demos and bicycle collections to drool over. And, if you come to our table, you can lay eyes on the legendary “Patriot” bicycle in person! If you’re really nice and ask politely, I might even let visitors ride it…as long as I can snap a photo of you while you’re aboard!

The Patriot

We’d like to thank KHS Bicycles and Sweetskinz in advance for helping us have a presence at this event — and we appreciate your continued support.

So, everyone, come on by — it should be a blast!