Bicycles

Dahon Vitesse D7HG Folding Bicycle

$700 seems like a lot for a folding bicycle, but this one sure doesn’t skimp on features: a light-weight aluminum frame, great name-brand components, full fenders, and rack. And I must point my absolute favorite which is the full size air pump built into the seat post! Brilliant!

The Vitesse D7HG is for those who are looking for a great bike for urban commuting at a good value. We took our award-winning Vitesse D7, added an internal gear hub and tried and true components from top component suppliers. Then we topped it off with mudguards, a rack and even a trouser saving chainguard so you can ride in any weather. Available in 3-speed model for general use, and a 7-speed model for more demanding riders.

Speeds:  7
Weight:  11.9 kg (26.2 lb)
Folding Time: 15 sec
Folding Size:  29 x 80 x 66 cm (11.3″ x 31.2″ x 25.7″)

Check out the full specs here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Availability: Buy Dahon Vitesse D7HG Folding Bicycle here

Source: Urban Velo

Worldbike

Whoa. With increased cargo capacity, this bike has the potential to change the lives of many, many people. Originally prototyped as an extension, it’s now available for preorder as an original longtail bike. Proceeds from all purchases support bike distribution efforts in Kenya, or if you’re not in need of a bicycle, you can give a (tax-deductable) donation to help support the cause. (“A contribution of just $150 helps underwrite a cargo bike that quadruples the income of a small farmer in Africa.”)

What started as a thesis project a decade ago guides everything Worldbike does today. It’s centered on the belief that a low-cost, durable and “longtail” bicycle with integrated cargo capacity – a cargo bike – can change the life of someone living in rural poverty by connecting them to markets, schools and clinics. This bike was first conceivd on a trip to Nicaragua, where it was originally prototyped as a transport solution for local farmers. Since then, it’s taken the form of bolt-on extensions, modified mountain bikes and today, an original longtail bike frame manufactured overseas and assembled locally.

Worldbike was included in the Design for the other 90% exhibition by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

Inquire about preorders at preorder@worldbike.org.

More information:

View Worldbike here

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IT Clip

You’re in luck if you’re an avid bicycle rider and happen to always be in the need of bungee cords (I know I am). Use IT Clips to transform your old, punctured inner tubes into incredibly useful tie down straps. A fine example of upcycling done right.

“The IT (Inner Tube) Clips and IT Hooks allow you to reuse your old bicycle inner tubes as tie downs. This version fits mountain bike inner tubes from 1.5 in – 2.5 in. wide. As inner tubes deteriorate and break down, the IT Clips and IT Hooks allow them to be reused; it’s a great way to keep old inner tubes out of landfills. Cut your old inner tube and thread it through the clips as you would a strap through a buckle and latch the clips together; you determine the size you need.”

If these really catch on I can forsee entire bins of donated used bike tubes at bike shops and various establishments ready to be turned into these straps.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.00
Availability: Buy IT Clip here

CarryMe DS Bike

Lightest and smallest, that’s quite a claim to fame nowadays in the folding bike world. I do have to say here in London I seem to see folding bikes pretty much everywhere, which hopefully means they are becoming less of a novelty and more of a standard mode of transportation.

The lightest and smallest folding bike in the world. George Lin, inventor of many radical bicycle innovations, created the CarryMe to easily carry on a train, bus, or plane. Customgears, freewheel and a micro chain were designed to achieve the speed and cadence of a full size bike. To further optimize this little folder, a Swiss 2 speed Schlumpf Speed Drive unit was added for increased speed and gearing range.

Designer: George Lin
Folded: 32cm(H) x 25cm (W) x 91cm(L)
Weight: 9.2kg

Purchase Information:

Price: $800.00
Availability: Buy CarryMe DS Bike here

Modification of the Republic Bike

Here’s a little update to my previous post about the custom bike.

If you have Georg Jensen taste on a Republic Bike budget, you can add cork grips and a Brooks leather saddle to any bike for about a $100.

(george jensen link via notcot)

Purchase Information:

Price: $5,500
Availability: Buy Modification of the Republic Bike here

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Customized Bike

If you’ve been eying a fixed gear bike, you can customize the components in a variety of available colors with this interactive flash interface.

Available colors:
White,
Matte Black,
Wasabe,
Pink,
Skyan,
Copper

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Availability: Buy Customized Bike here

IF Mode Collapsible Bicycle

Here’s a great option for those of you interested in commuting to work by bicycle. Check out the site for more details and information.

The clean and striking IF Mode is aimed at commuters of the mobile generation who, until now, may have not considered cycling or folding bikes to be an option. IF Mode avoids oily chains, complex tubes with hidden dirt traps, and the clutter of traditional bike features. Meant for city commuters rather than bicycle warriors, it looks at home folded up on a subway or in an office, like other well designed accessories in your life. It also performs on the street like any lightweight, well-balanced full size bike.

Designer Team: Ryan Carroll, Michael Lin & Mark Sanders
Folded Dimensions: 40 inches (h) x 10.5 inches (w) x 26 inches (l)
Bike Weight: 32 lbs (14.7 kg)

$2,250.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,250.00
Availability: Buy IF Mode Collapsible Bicycle here

MOOF Bicycle

Talk about a sweet ride. This bicycle has some very nice touches- check out the integrated headlight (solar powered of course) and the leather seat/grips.

MOOF improves the basic functionality of the urban Dutch bicycle by combining a beautiful extruded aluminum frame with integrated solar powered head and tail lights. This single speed sleek and smooth urban cruiser is both smart and conscientious.

Designer: Sjoerd Smit
Dimensions (inches): 72 x 36 x 22 inches

$600.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $600.00
Availability: Buy MOOF Bicycle here

Puma Glow Rider

Surely this isn’t the first time someone has thought of a glow-in-the-dark bike, but it’s the first I’ve seen. Word is that Puma’s Glow Rider will be available April ’08.

“The night glow effect paint used on the steel frame of the bike collects the sunrays during the day, and gives this light off when darkness has fallen, in the form of a beautiful glow, lasting for several hours….Additional features of the bike are its characteristic chunky tires, and a quick, easy and smart semi-folding mechanism, for maximum convenience. This easy-folding design makes the bike a perfect travel companion and allows commuters easy access in and out of public transport, cars or elevators. This unique element provides all the benefits of a folding bike, without compromising on style…”

[image and text via highsnobiety.com]

Wing Bike Clips

We’ve posted these before, but an update is necessary now that they’re available in the U.S:

“These bicycle clips are made of reflective PVC and shaped like the wings on the sandals of the mythical Greek god Hermes. Easy to put on and take off, they keep pant legs free from the bicycle chain. Set of two.”

Unrolled: 14.5l x 1.25″w
$15.00 ($13.50 Members),
Buy it here.
or
here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy Wing Bike Clips here

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Hokey Spokes

Hokey Spokes! Do you remember? It’s the new version! They’ll keep you safe at night (if you’re riding a bike, that is), and, most importantly, it’ll make you insanely happy every time you see them.

“Hokey Spokes are unique bicycle safety lights that allow riders to display computer-generated images and text inside the spoke cages while riding at night. Not only are Hokey Spokes fun and interesting, but they also provide important side visibility, which is mostly unavailable in today’s standard bicycle lights.”

Blades are sold individually for $29.95
Red, green, yellow, orange, blue or rainbow lighted versions available (blue and rainbow are priced a bit higher)

[via the coolhunter.net]

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Hokey Spokes here

Lite Ride

You know you should think about a folding bike (no excuses of limited storage space now).

* Adjusts to fit all riders
* Ideal for Cottagers, Boaters and urban commuting
* Folds in Seconds

(free shipping in Canada)

Purchase Information:

Price: $349.00
Availability: Buy Lite Ride here

Folding Bike

This will probably be the first and last time I ever order something from an “RV Specialty Store,” but I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a folding bike that I can ride a mile or two to work and then just fold up and stick under my desk. This bike is obviously on the low end of what you can buy, so I don’t expect to be able to use it in Le Tour de France any time soon, but it will get me from point A to point B and collapses in seconds.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.99
Availability: Buy Folding Bike here

Cycloc

I’m sure many of you have seen this particular contraption. Ingenius in its simplicity, the shape allows you to set your bike in/on it for display and storage, freeing up valuable space in the hallway, living area, or garage. Soft rubber pads protect the frame of your bike at the main contact points.

-Cycloc is strongly constructed from twin-wall plastic
-Cycle accessories can be conveniently stored inside
-Can be used with a normal lock to keep your bike even safer

Available in orange, black green.

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Availability: Buy Cycloc here

iXi Bike

Great for city riding. It is greaseless, so you can collapse it and carry it to the office with out messing up your work attire. It’s also customizable with several matching accessories: Bell, front and rear mounted baskets, raincoat, backpack, cupholder, fenders, lock, keychain, safety lights, etc.

Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Availability: Buy iXi Bike here

 
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