Universally adapt clipless pedals to flats with Fly Pedal V2

It’s amazing how much of a deterrent clipless pedals can be when it comes to using your bike for short, utility trips. Fly Pedal turns those pedals into a grippy flat pedal, so you can leave your cycling shoes behind.

The Fly Pedals are compatible with just about every pedal and cleat system

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While there are other pedal adapters on the market like those from Bikedabs, Problem Solvers, Pub Pedals and the big pedal brands, each locks you into a specific pedal system or style of cleat. What’s most exciting about the Fly Pedal is that it’s compatible with any two-hole mountain bike, or three-hole road cleat and pedal system.

Based on customer feedback, Fly Pedal has upgraded the V2 platform to be a claimed 31 per cent lighter than the original. They feature integrated toe strap mounts, an off-centre balance point for easy starts and traction pins for a solid grip.

The second iteration (V2) of the Fly Pedal adds 6mm hex key compatibility and finger holds for easy removal. Fly Pedal also says its platforms can be removed with a heavy twist of your foot.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Saracen 2016 range highlights

Saracen has revealed its 2016 road and mountain bike lines. We’ve pulled together a few highlights from each range for you to ponder below.

Saracen’s much loved Kili Flyer model now has a longer stroke shock at the rear meaning you’ll get 130mm of travel rather than the 120mm of the current frame. Those looking for a complete Kili Flyer will only have one option, and it’s a pretty interesting one – the £3,699 Kili Flyer Elite packs Shimano’s latest XT M8000 groupset in 1x flavour, a factory spec Fox 34 Float 130mm fork up front and a matching Float EVOL shock in its frame. The wheels are Durox 27.5-inch models from partner brand Kore and are shod in some of the most interesting tyres we’ve seen for a while – limited edition tan wall Maxxis Ardents. Like them or loathe them, we think they’ll sell well. The package also includes a KS Lev remote dropper, with the claimed overall bike weight given as 12.87kg/28.4lb. 

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The Saracen Kili Flyer Elite 2016

If you haven’t got the coin for that full build or want to build up a Kili Flyer your own way then Saracen also sells it as a frameset for a penny shy of £2,000 (Porsche not included).

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Cargo Bike Logistics on Harbours and Rivers by Copenhagenize

Cargo Bike Logistics by Copenhagenize Design Co.
Urban logistics is just one of the many challenges facing our cities. After Copenhagenize worked for three years on the European Union project Cyclelogistics, we have cargo bikes on the brain and provide cargo bike logistics as one of our services. We also live in a city with 40,000 cargo bikes in daily use. As ever, we look for solutions not only for other cities, but our own. During the Cyclelogistics project we determined that there is a massive potential for shifting goods delivery to bikes and cargo bikes. 51% of all motorised private and commercial goods transport in EU cities could be done on bicycles or cargo bikes.

Great. Let’s do that. But how to do it best? Lots of small companies are already operating in cities with last-mile service for packages, which is great. DHL is rocking Dutch cities with cargo bike deliveries and UPS and FedEx are getting their game face on, too. But we need to think bigger and better.

The City of Copenhagen created the framework for the idea of setting up a consolodation centre south of the city where logistics companies could drop off their goods in their larger trucks. Last mile service could be provided by smaller vehicles so that the trucks stay the hell out of our city. The industry has been slow to pick up the baton, however.

Copenhagen’s City Logistik website hasn’t been updated for a while because industry is lagging behind. This film explains their basic concept:

Sådan virker Citylogistik from Citylogistik on Vimeo.

There are a lot of packages to be delivered to the citizens in cities. In the Netherlands, for example, over half of all shoes are bought online. That is a lot of shoeboxes needing to get out to the people. In Europe we speak of the Zalando effect – similar to Amazon in North America.

Last mile service by smaller vehicles is great for cities but what about the solutions that are right there under our nose? What about the most ancient of transport corridors in our cities – the rivers and harbours.

We at Copenhagenize Design Company propose having barges – electric if you like – plying the waters of Copenhagen harbour. Dropping off small goods at specially designed piers at strategic locations on the harbourfront. Secure facilities that keep the goods stored in lockers. Depots designed especially for cargo bikes to arrive and pick up goods – or drop them off – in order to deliver them to the people and businesses in the various areas and neigbourhoods.

Our urban designer Adina Visan took our idea to the visual stage. Envisioning iconic off-shore depots for urban logistics along Copenhagen Harbour – or any city with a harbour or river.

Cargo Bike Logistics by Copenhagenize Design Co.
This should be the new normal for goods delivery in Copenhagen.

Cargo Bike Logistics by Copenhagenize Design Co.
Depots arranged to serve the densely populated neighbourhoods on either side of the harbour.

Cargo Bike Logistics by Copenhagenize Design Co.
Designed for a fleet of cargo bikes that can roll in, pick up goods in lockers, and roll out again onto the cycle tracks of the city.

What are we waiting for?

Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.

Santa Cruz Bicycles sold to Pon Holdings, the owner of Cervélo and Focus

Dutch conglomerate adds a major mountain bike brand to its portfolio. ALMERE, the Netherlands (BRAIN) —?Pon Holdings, a Dutch conglomerate that owns several bike brands including Cervélo, Focus and Gazelle, has purchased California-based Santa Cruz Bicycles. A Pon statement said that the company will remain based in Santa Cruz, Calif., and that co-founder Rob Roskopp will stay on as CEO.? “The current management team will also remain in place and continue to be the driving force behind further success at Santa Cruz Bicycles,” Pon said.? Roskopp founded Santa Cruz in 1993 with Rich Novak

VH1 recruiting 150 bicycling twins for Good Morning America promotion

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — The VH1 cable network is trying to line up 150 sets of twins to ride tandem bikes for a promotion to be shown live on Good Morning America on July 15. Organizers hope to break a Guinness world record for the largest parade of tandem bikes. The tandem twin parade will promote a new VH1 show, Twinning , which will premiere on July 22.

CatEye America hires the Peter Kidd Agency to rep New England

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) —?CatEye America has hired the Peter Kidd Agency to represent the electronics and accessory brand in New England, quadrupling it’s rep coverage in the region. CatEye is the latest addition to the Peter Kidd Agency portfolio, which currently includes the Scott Sports bike division and Highway Two.

Greenstar’s bamboo bike at a friendly price

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Greenstar Bikes’ Ecoforce 1 is a stylish singlespeed bamboo bicycle priced for everyone. The frame weighs less than 4 pounds (full bike weight is about 20 pounds) thanks to the bamboo tube sections and Greenstar’s recycled 6061 aluminum lugs.

BRAIN seeks shops to participate in State of Retail panel

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is looking for retailers to participate in our 2015-2016 State of Retail panel.

BRAIN seeks shops to participate in State of Retail panel

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is looking for retailers to participate in our 2015-2016 State of Retail panel. Retailers selected for the panel will weigh in on business-related topics affecting the industry.

Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, stepping down after 12 years

UPDATED WASHINGTON (BRAIN) —?Andy Clarke is stepping down as president of the League of American Bicyclists, after a dozen years in the position.