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Bike Profile: Ridley Helium SL

1 2013 Ridley Helium

Earlier this spring I brought in a Ridley Helium SL to show to shops and put some miles on. This is the lightest bike Ridley has ever built, and honestly a joy to ride. As stiff as most will ever need, and super light. 15 lbs out of the box with Fulcrum Racing 3′s on it! With the move to Denver I’ll be selling this bike (look in the upcoming weeks for the post for details on pricing) but I as it is such an awesome bike I wanted to feature it before it left my fleet.

Ridley Helium SL

MSRP: $6,995
Details: 60, 40, 30 ton hi-mod carbon frame. SRAM Red group, Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels, Forza cockpit (bar, stem, seatpost)

 

2013 Ridley Helium

2013 Ridley Helium

Cafe du Cycliste Women’s Clothing

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Cafe du Cycliste brings stylish and well fitting clothing to women’s cycling from the South of France.

Cafe du Cycliste is a Côte d’Azur based company started by Andre & Remi. These 2 friends who lived in the South of France, originally set up this authentic brand when they got bored of finding only standardized cycling wear with designs based on professional teams.

Both were keen cyclists and had many friends in the cycling hotspot of the Côte d’Azur.  They found that many people shared their views. So they literally got off their bikes and started thinking about what people might prefer to wear.

Their first prototype came out in 2011 and the brand was born. Their focus on quality finishes and the use of high end materials produce beautifully tailored performance and leisure cycling wear, with all round usability maintaining a designer look and feel. The premium product ranges are split into 2 ranges and available for Men and Women.

Visit Cafe du Cycliste online

 

Preview: Giro Solara Women’s Road Shoes

5 Giro Solara Women's Road Shoe

Requirements of a good road shoe for a woman: Fit, stiffness, looks and price. (Normally, in that order.)

Giro Solara Women’s Road Shoes

MSRP: $150
Colors: White with Gold/Silver accents, all White with Silver accents, Gunmetal with Berry
Weight: 270 grams (size 39)
Details: Three straps, one ratcheting closure (replaceable) and two velcro straps. Good ventilation up and under the shoe.

Initial Out of the Box Thoughts

I’m a fan of Giro shoes, I wear the higher end “guys” shoes in the Gauge and Factor. When given the chance to review a more reasonable price Giro shoe I was happy to oblige so that I could see if the comfort I find in a $200+ shoe could be found for around $150.

Right off the bat, the shoe fits. This isn’t a super narrow fitting shoe, but with solid arch support and “neutral” toe box it should fit more women off the shelf than say a Sidi or Shimano (Sidi is narrow, Shimano is wide.) The sole isn’t as stiff as their carbon versions, but this may be a good thing for women that want a bit of give in their sole.

Look for a full review in a few weeks on how the shoes and insoles hold up. Until then, check out Giro.com for more info.

Disclaimer: This product was provided at no-charge for review.

Survey: Bike Commuters for Intelligent Bicycle Lighting

2 Intelligent Bicycle Lighting
As a bike commuter this is a pretty forward thinking idea and I believe would help in less commuter centric areas where auto drivers are not used to seeing bikes.
I am Joost van Leeuwen, a Dutch student of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. This is a project I do for a big bicycle lighting company from the Netherlands (they supply bicycle lights throughout Europe, Asia and the USA). 
 
My goal is to create the next generation of bicycle lighting; a light that senses and signals in order to make the road safer for the cyclist and the people around him or her.
If you wish to stay updated on this project you can follow me on the following media:
Twitter: @jp_vanleeuwen
Tumblr: weareideas.tumblr.com

 

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88bikes Mobile Photo Gallery at MountainFilm

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88bikes Foundation – a foundation that globally endows bicycles to girls, especially the heroic survivors of human trafficking – will unveil its new mobile photo gallery at this year’s MountainFilm, which takes place in Telluride, Colorado throughout Memorial Day weekend. The trailer-based gallery will be part of the film festival’s opening party, the MountainFilm Gallery Walk, in downtown Telluride on Friday, May 24.

The Moment of Happy, is named after the highlight of each endowment, when the girls receive their bikes. 88bikes asks each girl what she wants to be when she grows up and then takes a picture of her holding her donor’s picture. This exhibit features 900 of those photos, with courageous girls from 16 countries, including Nepal, India, Ghana, Mozambique, Serbia, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Vietnam, Bolivia, the Navajo Nation, the Philippines and Uganda.

“The kids pictured in these photos are the heart and soul of 88bikes, and are our daily inspiration,” said Dan Austin, co-founder of 88bikes. “We wanted to share images of these heroic kids so that people at MountainFilm and beyond can see for themselves the results of our joy–based philanthropy. Many of these girls have survived tremendous challenges in their short lives, from human trafficking to war and poverty, and these bikes give them hope, independence and just plain happiness. That’s what these images capture, pure and simple.”

88 Bike Shop

The art gallery was designed and built in 2011 by 88bikes partner DesignBuildBLUFF as a mobile, sustainable solar-powered bike shop for a 88bikes project on the Navajo Nation. It was being constructed entirely from locally foraged materials, including the hoods of junked cars on the reservation. After fulfilling its calling for that project, the bike shop decided to put its liberal arts degree to good use and become the gallery space for The Moment of Happy installation.

Dan Austin, Jared Austin and 88bikes volunteers shot the photos at the 88bikes endowment locations. Austin collaborated with Kim Ngo, Hank Louis, Nick Arauz, Jared Austin, Pauline Nee, Cindy Bithell and Andrea Powell to curate The Moment of Happy.
About 88Bikes
The 88bikes Foundation endows bicycles to girls throughout the world, especially the heroic survivors of human trafficking. The highlight of each endowment is the Moment of Happy, when every girl at the ashram or shelter receives her new bike. We partner with vetted, locally-run NGOs, purchase bicycles from local vendors, hire local labor and connect each survivor one-to-one with her donor. Our volunteers return to lead bike rides, organize repair clinics, even paint murals! It’s all part of what we call Joy–Based Philanthropy–elevating happiness to a human need. Since 2007 we’ve endowed nearly 3000 bikes to heroic kids in fourteen countries–and we’re just getting warmed up. To learn more and become a bike sponsor, go to www.88bikes.org.

Monkey Light Pro – Kickstarter

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MonkeyLectric has a bigger (full wheel) customizable LED system up on Kickstarter called Monkey Light Pro. I’m a huge fan of the Monkey Light M210 which is the smaller, $50, option. I hope over time they are able to bring the cost of the new “full wheel and awesome” down! $895 for wheel lights is going to be pretty steep for folks. (Though it is killer and I will start saving pennies now!)

Monkey Light Pro

MSRP: $895
Details: Bluetooth wireless download and control, waterproof, 8 hour runtime, create playlist of images and animations, 256 LEDs, 4096 colors!

Monkey Light Pro

SpecificationsMonkey Light Pro

  • Designed and Manufactured in California, USA
  • Weight: about 500 grams, even balance
  • Size: 520mm diameter, 25mm thick
  • Visibility: evening, overcast and indoors. Not visible in bright sunlight.
  • Media format support: JPG, GIF, PNG, AVI, MPEG, MOV, QT, FLV, and more.
  • On-board media storage: 1000 image frames
  • Playlist capabilities: playlists allow looping, timing and sequencing of frames.
  • Web-based playlist creation, download from Windows and Mac
  • Developer tools and API: runs on Mac and Linux
  • Integrated Battery: 7000mAh Lithium Polymer
  • Battery Runtime: 3-8 hours at full brightness, up to 48 hours at reduced brightness. Runtime depends on what graphics are shown.
  • Not for use with motor vehicles

Interested? Read more on their Kickstarter and support the project!

Niner Goes Big with new Low Top 9 Handlebar

0 Niner Low Top 9 Handlebar

As someone that rides a 29er exclusively I run into the issue of getting front end lower, and I’m 5’10 with this issue! This new goofy looking handlebar from Niner will allow my front end to be lower for better stability and bike fit.

 

Niner Low Top 9 Handlebar

 

Low Top RDO Handlebar

MSRP: $199
Sizing: 720mm width, 25mm drop with 17º sweep
Weight: 258g
Details: Available in Niner red, orange, green, ralley blue and moondust grey

Handlebar height is critical to efficiency and comfort. Until now, small riders have had to choose between the advantages of longer travel forks and big wheels vs. achieving an optimal XC position.

Niner has inside information when it comes to fitting smaller riders on 29ers – our President and Marketing Manager both fit in this category. Chris and Carla are the first ones to speak up and make sure we address the needs of of riders at every height. We’ve added size extra small frames to Niner’s line up and now we take it one step further to help you get the best fit. Our new Low Top RDO handlebar has all the features of Niner’s RDO line up – it’s light, strong and is covered by our C5 Carbon warranty, but an inch lower.

Who is the Low Top RDO Designed For?

Any rider who wants to get low. Great for every size XC and Endurance racer.
Any rider who is fit-challenged by longer fork travel or bigger wheels.
Riders with short stems that want a lower bar.
Riders who prefer the wrist position offered by a 17º sweep.

Learn more on NinerBikes.com

 

Preview: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women’s Hi-MOD Dura Ace

6 Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women's

While the growth of available product for women in the bicycling industry is evident there are two key area’s lacking, high end mountain and road product. It takes a bold company, with a strong belief in women, to invest in product with a high price tag for women. Cannondale is doing it with their SuperSix Evo Hi-MOD. Available in SRAM Red, Shimano Dura Ace and Ultegra Di2. I recently took delivery of the Shimano Dura Ace model and will be putting it through some abuse to see if the $6600 road bike is for you.

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women’s Hi-MOD Dura Ace

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women's

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Launch of the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame

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Now urban biking will have it’s own Hall of Fame thanks to Chrome Industries’ support. The goal is to bring exposure to the culture and history of urban riding.

You can learn more at www.uchof.com, also make sure to follow UCHOF on Twitter and Instagram where they will be featuring people and items that will be in the Hall of Fame.

As part of its launch, UCHOF is issuing an open call to the public to nominate cyclists who have contributed to the urban cycling movement.  The categories include Riders, Organizers and Makers.  Riders are recognized heroes who have earned respect from a local to global level.  Organizers are the masterminds who work behind the scenes of legendary events that play a pivotal role in the cycling culture. Makers celebrate the true artisans of our time and are those who have proven their excellence and add value to the community we live and ride in.

 

From September 18 – 20, 2013, UCHOF will be exhibiting and participating at this year’s Interbike in Las Vegas where they will host the First Annual Urban Cycling Award Ceremony at the Double Down on Sept 18  2013.

To nominate a cyclist into UCHOF or donate cycling memorabilia, visit www.uchof.com.