SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Located a stone’s throw from the original Starbucks and the Pike Place Market on Seattle’s waterfront, Elliott Bay Bicycles will close its doors at the end of September. Framebuilder Bill Davidson and retailer Bob Freeman opened Elliott Bay in 1983. Seattle’s changing urban landscape, lack of parking and higher rents were among the factors in the decision to close the store.
SANDY, Utah (BRAIN) — Reynolds Cycling has made two key staffing changes, promoting Travis Erwin to the newly created role of European general manager and hiring Lori Barrett as U.S. national sales manager.
LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Gita Sporting Goods is reporting that someone swiped a new Pinarello Dogma F8 from its display at Interbike’s OutDoor Demo last week. The bike stole was a size 53, built with Dura-Ace Di2 and a Fulcrum Racing Speed carbon tubular wheelset. The paint color is called “Naked Red” and the serial number is 5CM5300361154
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Rubbers Brand Bicycle Tubes feature minimalist packaging, cheeky positioning, and a bundled glueless patch included with each tube. The brand’s lineup includes road and mountain bike tubes in common sizes and formats, including 27.5 and 29 inch mountain tubes. Rubbers’ tubes come wrapped in a tapered sleeve, designed to slide easily into a bag or jersey pocket.
A little bit of technical fabric, stretch and mindfulness can go a long way with clothing, as demonstrated by the latest crop of urban cycling apparel. There are a few good companies making great-looking clothing with features like a gusset in the crotch so you don’t sit on — and wear out — the seams, water-repellant treatments, reflective elements and longer sleeves and taller waists for full coverage when riding. Even mainstream players are getting in on the action; Levi’s Jeans has an entire Commuter Line. Rapha also has a City Collection, with everything from merino tops and under layers to jeans, belts and leather gloves. Here, we take a look at some new pieces from a dozen companies whose designers live and breathe cycling.
Upright Cyclist’s new jeans feature a gusseted crotch for longevity in the saddle and a reflective cuff on the drivetrain side. Upright Cyclist’s new Lakeshore Jacket is made of Cordura cotton with a cycling cut.?
The 12.5 Denim Trouser
Chrome overhauled its urban line for the coming colder months. The Warm Vest is a reversible, reflective piece with hand warmers and quilted insulation. If the reflective striping isn’t enough, you can flip the vest inside out to display the bright orange liner.
Chrome’s Warm series includes a reversible vest and jacket
Pedal ED’s founder and designer, Hideto Suzuki, launched the company after 15 years in the Japanese fashion industry. Pedal ED’s clothing, made in Italy and Japan, runs the gamut from streetwear to more traditional cycling-specific garments.?
Suzuki with some of his latest work
Quoc Pham shoes are available in Europe and North America. Quoc Pham’s Tourer has a sole made as made for walking as well as riding, and a reflective rear stripe for safety.
Scottish clothing company Endura’s Long Sleeve shirt has reflective lines woven in. Without direct light, it’s virtually impossible to see the reflective elements.
Commuter lids with muted colors and integrated visors were all over the tradeshows – but Nutcase helmets stand out from the crowd.
Club Ride makes a lot of mountain bike gear, but the Cog Jean is right at home in the city. Nothing about the Cog Jean screams cyclist, but the gusseted crotch and taller rear waist band are clearly designed with the bike in mind. Club Ride founder Mike Herlinger shows off the Buxton poly-cotton shirts and Phantom Short. Club Ride has a range of liners, from lightly padded boxers for commuting to full-on bib shorts.
Swrve makes a range of city riding clothing in Los Angeles. Swrve’s Lycra-blend Denim Jeans come in regular and skinny fit. Swrve’s Jeans are made for riding, with articulated knees, Lycra stretch fabric and a gusseted crotch.
Mission Workshop and its sister brand, Acre, specialize in sharp, high-end riding clothing made in San Francisco, often in merino wool.
Mission Workshop began with bags and has since branched out into clothing
Ligne 8 is a new brand from the same parent company as Champion System. Ligne 8 has a number of jackets, dresses, chinos and jeans that act like cycling apparel but don’t look like it.
Clock Work Gears does cycling T-shirts. Period.
Giro continues to expand its New Road line, bringing techy fabrics to street-friendly styles. The Giro women’s Wind Guard Hoodie Light is water-resistant, soft and packable. Giro’s Mobility Trouser is mostly cotton with a little Lycra for stretch, a little reflectivity for safety, and two fits (classic or tailored), for options. Giro’s Mobility Side Zip features, well, side zips and a button-up collar in brushed polyester and nylon.
The women’s Wind Bomber acts like a cycling windbreaker – but doesn’t look like it
LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Lauf’s carbon leaf spring forks get a lot of European coverage, but the company is at Interbike (Booth 30178) telling dealers they have been shipping forks to American bike shops since May.
LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Podium Imports has been named the Canadian distributor for U.K.-based Boardman Bikes, with delivery of 2015 product beginning this month. The announcement coincides with Interbike, where Boardman is displaying the 2015 lineup (Booth 26178)
LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Bob Haro is working with KHS Bicycle to produce his new BMX line, called IKONIX. Haro has signed a multi-year agreement with KHS to manufacture, warehouse and distribute the line. Haro and his team at Harodesign will design, develop and market the line, and also will handle consumer-direct sales and communication.