It might seem daunting to start up cycling through an urban landscape as unforgiving as Los Angeles or New York, but with some of the right gear, your comfort and safety level rise up enough to make it worth it.
Chrome Industries is well known for its well-made cycling shoes and bags. This Chrome Industries Pawn Expandable Rolltop Backpack include some features— waterproof expandable main pocket, structured backplate, padded straps and zippered laptop compartment— make this a great main bag for your commute.
With all the hours you'll log on your saddle, the last thing you'll want to worry about is replacing batteries on your lighting system. This Cygolite Metro 550 USB Rechargeable Headlight let's you charge at your computer station during the day and still get a bright and powerful headlight and highly visible tail lights.
Whether you are following a turn-by-turn directions, or using your iPhone for other biking uses, it is great to have it easily available and securely mounted. The Annex Quad Lock Bike Mount Kit for iPhone is the go-to choice. Simple and secure.
For commuter cyclists, the pants you choose to wear need to serve a dual purpose: comfortable and convenient when on the saddle and professional enough when in the office. With a U-lock holder, stretch and odor-resistant material and reflective tape on the ankle inseams, the Levi's Commuter 511 Trousers are a great solution.
When it gets darker and more inclement, having a good, breathable shell that keeps you dry, warm and visible is a key to a comfortable and safe ride. WOLFBIKE Cycling Jacket is one of my favorites.
Mountain Bike crazy man, Danny MacAskill, shows us the limits of BMX skill in his native Isle of Skye in Scotland.
Commuter Suit from Parker Dusseau is designed with the cyclist who also needs to dress up for work. Breathable, with zippered vents the stretch fabric, button cuff to roll them up your pant legs and jacket sleeves, and cleverly hidden reflective elements make this suit stand out from the peloton.
Norwegian daredevil Eskil Ronningsbakken takes on a tortuous 850m-mountain road in under 3 minutes, while reaching top speeds of 50mph, backwards!
From the filmmaker, Guillaume Blanchet:
"I love being on a bike, it helps me feel free. I get it from my dad. After days and days of cycling the streets of Montreal, come cold or sun, or even a little frightened, I dedicate this film to him."
I am needing to get a new backpack for my 20+ miles urban bike commute. I carry a macbook pro with me most days and would really love one with reflective elements.
The Welded Postbag from Chrome has quite a bit of style: industrial feeling hardware, water resistant material.
The Ortlieb Velocity Cycling Backpack has bright reflective details. Love the top handle too.
The Timbuk2 Phoenix Cycling Backpack has a lot of storage details, side access panel. Might be particularly good for airport travel too.
I would love your thoughts, if you've ever seen, used or bought any of these. I trust you and your wisdom. Help me out.
Last weekend's CicLAvia 2013 in Los Angeles, CA saw this enormous bike, called StoopidTallBike. Indeed.
Richie Trimble explains his work:
14.5ft at the Seat
Built in 12 work hours
One Huffy beach cruiser, 2" square tubing, 3/4" round tubing, and 1" round tubing
26" single speed coaster brake wheelset
6 1/2 single speed bicycle chains (32.5ft of chain)