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Product Reviews

New Albion Homebrew

In 1579 Sir Francis Drake landed in northern California and dubbed it New Albion. In 1976, Jack McAuliffe founded the now defunct New Albion brewery in Sonoma, which was regarded as the first American microbrewery. And in 2012, New Albion Cycles formed with the idea of bringing classic bicycle designs to the market. The Homebrew […] Continue reading »

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Timbuk2 Especial Raider Backpack Review

The Especial Raider backpack was designed for people who don’t just want to ride to work, but who want to log some miles before they punch in. People like the Mission Cycling club, who collaborated with Timbuk2 to design this backpack. The main parameters were that it had to be a lightweight bag that wouldn’t […] Continue reading »

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Vaya Bags Blue Lagoon Rolltop Backpack Review

Single strap messenger bags were the epitome of urban cycling chic for well over a decade, but now is the era of the backpack. Backpacks are more comfortable and more practical for most anyone besides working couriers, with small day packs like this rolltop from Vaya growing in favor. Vaya is a one woman shop […] Continue reading »

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Fuji Feather CX 1.1 Bike Review

Cyclocross bikes have long been a choice for the rider looking for a versatile machine—enjoyable on long road rides, capable on trails and light singletrack, able to handle a light tour and near perfect for the committed medium to long distance commuter. As cyclocross racing has grown the selection of bikes under the ‘cross umbrella […] Continue reading »

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Lezyne Phone Wallet

The Zezyne Phone Wallet is a nice accessory for the minimalist cyclist on the go. You can pack your phone, a couple credit cards, your ID, and some cash into the designated compartments, then stash the whole thing in your jersey pocket or in your bag. The touchscreen friendly window inside lets you operate your […] Continue reading »

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Aero Tech Designs Men’s Urban Pedal Pushers Commuter Dress Shirt

The Urban Pedal Pushers Commuter Dress Shirt from Aero Tech Designs is, among other things, quite a mouthful. So from here on, I’ll refer to it as the Commuter Dress Shirt. But first allow me to introduce Aero Tech Designs, or ATD if you will. Not a new company by any stretch of the imagination, […] Continue reading »

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Ilumenox Slash USB

Pretty much every urban cyclist needs bike lights, but almost every urban cyclist’s needs are a little different. Some need extreme brightness, others need long battery life. And different bikes require different mounting options. This keeps the light manufacturers busy, and arguably, happy. Take for example, our friends at Ilumenox. The Taiwanese light manufacturer already […] Continue reading »

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WOHO Flying Fender

When I was a kid, the very essence of cool was simplicity. My friends and I wanted our bikes stripped down—no reflectors, no kickstands, no safety pads. Fenders? Forget about it! A certain part of me still hangs on to that childhood ideal. While I’m certainly older and wiser, and admit that fenders serve a […] Continue reading »

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Levi’s Commuter Work Shirt

The Commuter Work Shirt comes from Levi’s Fall 2013 collection. Although it’s no longer on the Levi’s website, online retailers still a handful of these in circulation, and I imagine the same goes for a few brick and mortar outlets, as well. Let’s get down to brass tacks—this is a sharp looking shirt. Long sleeves, […] Continue reading »

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Pure Fix Kilo Glow In The Dark Fixed Gear Review

The fixed gear bandwagon pulled out a few years ago, and in its wake left a number of inexpensive complete options. Long gone are the days of retired track frames and hard to find parts, today there is no shortage of of complete bikes to choose from at most any price point. Pure Fix sells […] Continue reading »

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