Pedego opens its 119th store, in Mexico City

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego’s newest store is now open in Mexico City, becoming the e-bike company’s 119th location.  The store is co-owned by husband-and-wife Juan Pablo Michelsen and Mercedes Aranazabal, who discovered Pedego electric bikes while living in Boston as graduate students.

Eight programs receive grants for equitable bike share and related research

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Better Bike Share Partnership has awarded more than $410,000 in grants to help increase access to bike share in communities of color, and to fund research related to bike share and equity

Hubway Is Expanding In Boston Voice Your Input On New Station Locations

Hubway is getting bigger and even better! The Boston Transportation Department is adding more than 70 new stations over the next two years.

The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) needs your help finding new locations in Boston for bike share stations! Starting this Saturday, BTD is hosting more than 28 workshops in neighborhoods all across Boston. You know your community best, so they need your input!

These workshops will be an opportunity for you to connect with your neighbors and discuss the best potential locations for bike share stations together.

Join the team and your neighbors at these September workshops:

Jamaica Plain – September 13, 6 PM – BCYF Hennigan, 200 Heath St
Dorchester – September 14, 6 PM – Grove Hall Library, 41 Geneva Ave
South End – September 16, 10 AM –  BCYF Blackstone, 50 W Brookline St
Mattapan – September 19, 6 PM – BCYF Mattahunt, 100 Hebron St
Roslindale – September 20, 6 PM – BCYF Menino, 125 Brookway Rd
Jamaica Plain – September 23, 10 AM – Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St
Back Bay – September 27, 6 PM – Central Library, 700 Boylston St
Charlestown – September 28, 6 PM – Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St

Visit for a full list of workshops and to learn more about how you can get involved in the planning process.

Can’t make it to a workshop in your neighborhood? No worries! Although each workshop will focus on the neighborhood where the meeting is held, BTD will have materials available to discuss all neighborhoods that are under consideration for the expansion. You are welcome to join any workshop.

BTD is looking forward to your feedback on this big expansion!

Seattle shop damaged in early morning blast

SEATTLE?(BRAIN) — G&O Family Cyclery, a three-year-old shop that specializes in cargo and family transportation bikes, was damaged by an early morning blast that destroyed three adjacent businesses in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. The initial blast was behind a coffee shop next door to the shop and was apparently the result of a gas main leak. Store co-founder?David Giugliano (better known in the neighborhood as? Davey Oil) told BRAIN on Wednesday morning that he had not yet been allowed to enter the shop, but that the structure appeared to be damaged and perhaps will have to be leveled.

Seattle shop damaged in early morning blast

SEATTLE?(BRAIN) — G&O Family Cyclery, a three-year-old shop that specializes in cargo and family transportation bikes, was damaged by an early morning blast that destroyed three adjacent businesses in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. The initial blast was behind a coffee shop next door to the shop and was apparently the result of a gas main leak

Austin retailer opens bike-themed bar

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Longtime bike retailer Jack Murray, owner of Jack & Adam’s Bicycles, recently opened his second bar in Austin. Murray partnered with Matt Luckie, Anggay Tenney and Max Moreland — who own Austin watering holes Mean Eyed Cat, Lavaca Street Bar and Gibson Street Bar — to open The Wheel in late February. Murray is also part-owner of Gibson Street Bar

Marla Streb to open bike shop and cafe in summer 2015

BALTIMORE (BRAIN) — World champion mountain biker Marla Streb has announced that she will open HandleBar Cafe and Bike Shop with her husband, Mark Fitzgerald, in Baltimore this summer.

DT Swiss revamps wheel and suspension range for 2015

DT Swiss unleashed a mountain of new road and mountain bike wheelsets at this year’s Eurobike show, plus a wholly redesigned damper for its suspension range. Road disc brake and thru-axle devotees will find plenty to like in 2015, and there’s even a new fat bike wheelset coming in the spring.

DT Swiss gets fat

First and foremost are the new DT Swiss BR 2250 Classic fat bike wheels, which the company isn’t actually officially launching just yet. Instead, they were hidden away on Canyon’s new Dude carbon fat bike. DT Swiss isn’t releasing any details at the moment but we do know that they feature 76mm-wide (internal width) aluminium rims with huge cutouts and offset spoke drilling.

DT swiss previewed its new fat bike wheelset, the br 2250 classic, on canyon's new fat bike at eurobike:

DT Swiss will officially launch the new BR 2250 Classic fat bike wheels later this spring

The matching Big Ride hubs look to be extended-length variations of the long-running DT Swiss 240s, complete with the proven Star Ratchet driver system and options for thru-axle fitments.

Given DT Swiss’s usual naming conventions, claimed weight should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,250g for the pair.

Road discs, 11-speed compatibility, and thru-axles, oh my!

Current options for riders seeking tubeless-ready road wheels that work with 11-speed cassettes, disc brakes, and thru-axles are relatively few and far between but DT Swiss will add several choices for 2015.

Topping the collection is the RC 28 Spline C db, which features 15mm-wide (internal width) and 28mm-deep carbon clincher rims, straight-pull stainless steel spokes, and a 1,325g claimed weight. There’s also a 38mm-deep version in clincher (1,455g) and tubular (1,325g) flavours, and all three are built around the DT Swiss Star Ratchet driver system.

Looking for road wheelsets with 11-speed compatibility, thru-axle options, and splined interfaces for shimano center lock rotors? dt swiss comes to the rescue:

Road wheels that combine tubeless rims, 11-speed compatibility, thru-axles, and disc brakes are few and far between but there will be more options in 2015

On the aluminium side, there’s the new R 23 Spline db and R 24 Spline db, both featuring 18mm-wide (internal width), 23mm-deep rims and alloy hubs with conventional pawl-type drivers. Claimed weight on the R 23 Spline db is 1,655g while the heavier spokes and rims on the R 24 Spline db add another 120g for the set.

There are several new rim brake models, too, including the R 20 DICUT aluminium clinchers (1,533g) with lightweight 16mm-wide (internal width), 21mm-deep rims suitable for rough roads and climbing, Star Ratchet hub internals, and the slick-looking DT Swiss DICUT hub design. Also new are the R 23 Spline (1,605g) and R 24 Spline (1,725g) – essentially the rim brake analogues of the disc brake models described earlier.

The dt swiss r 20 dicut aluminum road clinchers feature a 16mm internal width and the company's slick dicut hub design:

Standard rim brake road wheels are alive and well. DT Swiss has a lot of new models for 2015

Finally, time trial racers and triathletes get the new RRC 2.0 Disc DICUT rear tubular carbon disc wheel with a 20mm width, straight sides, Star Ratchet internals, and a Lightweight-like construction that uses tensioned strips of carbon fibre. Claimed weight is just 780g.

New mountain bike wheels

More generous rim widths make their way into much of the new 2015 DT Swiss mountain bike wheel range, topped by the generous 25mm internal width on the EX 1501 Spline One (1,650-1,810g) and EX 1700 Spline Two (1,840-1,910g), both built around Star Ratchet rear hubs and straight-pull spokes. DT Swiss sticks to the more common six-bolt rotor interface on the EX 1501 Spline One but the EX 1700 Spline Two will use Center Lock instead.

The new dt swiss xm 1501 wheels get a 22.5mm-wide (internal measurement) tubeless-compatible rim, straight-pull spokes, tubeless compatibility, and a front option to fit the new rockshox rs-1 fork. claimed weights range from 1,535-1,670g depending on size:

DT Swiss has new mountain bike wheels in a range of widths to suit your fancy

Trail riders who put a greater emphasis on reducing weight than rim width can turn to the XM 1501 Spline One and M 1700 Spline Two wheels instead, which use the same hubs but downsized 22.5mm-wide rims instead, which drops 115-140g depending on size.

Race-oriented wheels include the XR 1501 Spline One (1,400-1,510g) with 20mm-wide aluminium rims and the XRC 1250 Spline (1,360-1,470g) with 21.5mm-wide carbon fibre rims.

The finish on the dt swiss xm 1501 hubs highlight their two-piece construction:

Spline hubs feature straight-pull spokes

Finally, there’s been a running change on the graphics of the Gravity wheels we showed you a few weeks ago. Given that FSA already uses that label for an entire range of componentry, DT Swiss will instead rebadge these as the FR 950 Classic.

Simplified suspension

DT Swiss has been busy on the suspension front, too, with all-new dampers that use a simpler two- or three-position user interface.

The OPM OL fork uses a basic open/locked manual or remotely operated damper along with a hollow-forged aluminium crown and one-piece magnesium lower legs. DT Swiss will offer the OPM OL in 26, 27.5, and 29in varieties with travel ranging between 100 and 150mm. Claimed weights start at 1,570g and top out at 1,690g, including the RWS thru-axle skewer.

DT swiss is hoping its new damper technology will eliminate the complaints many had with the older models:

New dampers feature two- or three-position compression adjusters

Topping the fork range is the OPM ODL, which uses the same chassis but with a three-position switch analogous to systems currently used by RockShox and Fox. Similarly, the ‘Open’ position is the lightest setting for full travel on bumpy terrain; the ‘Drive’ position firms up the compression damping for less movement; and the ‘Lock’ position closes off the oil ports for riding on smooth roads.

As with the OPM OL, the OPM ODL will be available for 26, 27.5, and 29in wheel sizes with travel ranging from 100 to 150mm. Claimed weights are identical, too.

The simplified system will make its way into three rear shocks, too, including the aluminium bodied M 212 with the two-position OL system, and the X 313 with the three-position ODL damper. Weight weenies can once again find a carbon air can in the ultralight X 313.

DT swiss has completely revamped its suspension range with new three-position dampers similar to what's currently offered from fox and rockshox:

Go light – or lighter!

Philadelphia to host first U.S. Brompton folding-bike events

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — The first-ever U.S. Brompton Urban Challenge will be hosted by the City of Brotherly Love in late May. Brompton owners’ orienteering skills will be put to the test as they make their way to secret destinations and Philadelphia landmarks.

New Arizona shop caters to commuters

TUCSON, AZ (BRAIN) — Transit Cycles, slated to open at the end of January, will be the first shop in Tucson to focus solely on transportation cycling.