Summer 2013 Gear Guide: Commuting

Raleigh Tripper Bike

Commuting is a great way to get in shape and get outdoors for a bit before heading indoors for 8 hours. But for some the thought of commuting can be overwhelming. I have found that over the years starting slow is the best method. But equally important is having the right gear. We have gathered some new products that should help your commute. Also we are giving away a new Polar Bottle Halftone Insulated Ergo water bottles that will help keep your water cooler longer. Check below for the details.

Raleigh Tripper

The Tripper is the commuter bike that still thinks it’s a race bike. It has an internally geared 3-speed drivetrain, disc brakes, and wide Kenda Tires. This combined with its unfinished look makes the Tripper the slickest ride downtown.

Features:

• Frame: Seamless Butted Chromoly, Integrated Headtube w/PF30

• Fork: 4130 Chromoly Cross w/Disc Tabs

• Brakes: Shimano BR-M375 w/SM-RT53 160mm Center Lock Disc

• Gear: Shimano 20t Internal Hub Cog

• Rims: Weinmann DP30 Double Wall

• Tires: Kenda K1083A Happy Medium 700cx32c

• Pedals: Road Pedals w/Clips and Straps

• Water Bottle Mounts

• Fender and Rack Mounts

• Cateye Reflector Set

• Clear Coat

• MSRP: $900.00

http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/steel-road/cyclocross/tripper-13/

tern duoTern Verge Duo

The Tern Verge Duo is great for getting from point A to point B in flat cities, and it's great for traveling because it folds and it is lightweight. With this bike, Tern set out to design the perfect bike for getting around in a city like Amsterdam. With only two speeds, automatic shifting, and ultra-clean lines, they're we’re getting pretty close.

Features:

• N-Fold Technology

• OCL Joint

• Doubletruss - 3-D = Stronger

• Physis handlepost

• Biologic arx grips with T-tool

• Biologic postpump 2.0

• SRAM 2-Speed automatix drivetrain

• Cable free design

• Biologic freedrive

• Luggage socket

• Kanga Rack

• Tour Bag

• CarryAll Basket

• MSRP: $1000.00

http://www.ternbicycles.com/us/bikes/verge-duo

PB ErgoThe Polar Bottle Ergo™

Polar Bottle, the originator of the original insulated water bottle, has expanded its bottle line with the new Ergo™ Insulated Water Bottle. Developed with the same reflective insulation technology as the Original Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle, the new 22-ounce, dual-wall Ergo bottle keeps liquids colder longer than the original and more than two times as long as an ordinary single-wall water bottle. Available in a variety of unique colors and graphics and fitted with the innovative Half Twist Cap™, Ergo is the 24/7 bottle that can be used for everything from yoga to hiking and camping to running errands around town. Continuing the Polar Bottle tradition, it is Made in the USA, BPA-free, Phthalate-free and ultimately recyclable.

Features:

• Volume: 22 ounces

• Weight: 185 grams

• Height: 10.5

• Diameter: 3.5 inches maximum

• MSRP: $14.95

http://www.polarbottle.com/polar-bottle-shop/blue-halftone-water-bottle/

MH ghostMountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Jacket

Weighing in at only 2 oz., you should never be caught off guard without a jacket. This jacket is so unique that only one mill in the world is capable of making its special fabric. With its ability to stuff into its own pocket, this jacket is perfect for anyone looking for a lightweight, wind and water resistant jacket.

Features:

• Super ultra-lightweight shell.

• Wind and water resistant

• Easily packable—stows in built in pocket.

• Low profile hood for a snug fit.

• Reflective trim for visibility

• MSRP: $165.00

http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Men's-Ghost-Whisperer™-Hooded-Jacket/OM5271,default,pd.html

Super Hero RoadSuper Hero Kit for Road Cycling: w/ pump, tube & bag

More than ever, the bike community is changing and more and more people want to ride their bikes to work. Hero Kit™ repair kits, not only include the expected tools, but also a step-by-step manual on how to make the most common bicycle repairs, a great solution for first time and the growing market of women cyclists. The Hero Kit contains the necessary tools to repair cycling breakdowns, such as flat tires, broken chains, loose bolts or spokes. It includes a high quality 12 function multi-tool, Tyvek tire patch, frame and cleat bolts, chain links, brake and gear cable, and zip ties. All this gear fits in the palm of your hand for $39.99.

Features:

• 13 critical items - the tools, materials, and repair manual to get you home

• Planet Bike® "big buddy" 80 cu. in. seat pack

• Park Tool® Pocket Protector Micro Pump

• 700c x 23-25 spare inner tube

• Also available for mountain bikes

• MSRP: $89.00

http://www.herokit.com/products/copy-of-coming-soon-super-hero-kit-for-road-biking-with-pump-tube-and-bag

supertouristdxdc wospTopeak Super Tourist DX Tubular Rack w/disc Mounts

This is a tough tubular aluminum rear rack designed for heavy-duty, long distance touring. It might be a little beefy for the average rider but if you are commuting back and forth to work each day having something that will last is worth every penny. This rack was specifically developed for bikes equipped with disc brakes. Integrated side bar provides a lower pannier attachment point– allowing more space for cargo on the rack top. QuickTrack™ compatible for use with any MTX TrunkBag, rear basket and pannier bag.

Features:

• Attachments Braze-On Type

• Material 6061 T-6

• Hollow Aluminum

• Bag Compatibility MTX QuickTrack™ System

• Max. Weight Capacity 25 kgs / 55 lbs

• Added Features Solid Fender Top

• RedLite Mount

• Tail Light Mount

• Side Bar for Side Pannier

• MSRP: $54.99

http://www.topeak.com/products/racks/supertouristdxtubularrack_disc

banjobrother waterproofpannBanjo Brothers Waterproof Pannier

I don't know about you but I have been catch unexpected in the rain and had to use plastic bags to try and keep everything dry. The banjo Brothers Waterproof pannier you can now get rid of those plastic bags. This reasonably-priced waterproof pannier is perfect for wet commutes and trips around town. The rugged nylon exterior fends off wear and tear while the welded-seam liner keeps the contents dry. The liner is also removable for dry weather and replaceable.

Features:

• 1000 cubic inch capacity

• Rugged 840 denier nylon outer layer with welded-seam waterproof liner

• Durable and convenient roll-top closure

• Adjustable quick-attach elastic attachment

• 360 degree reflective accents

• MSRP: $49.99

http://banjobrothers.com/products/current/panniers/waterproof-pannier/

planetbike cascadiahybridPlanet Bike Cascadia Hybrid Fenders

If you are serious about commuting to work, a good pair of fenders is essential. The Cascadia Hybrids fenders are durable and will help keep the muck off you. These fenders are not only functional but also look great. A great addition to any bike.

Features:

• Polished Aluminum bonded to Superflex™ unbreakable

• All-weather polycarbonate

• 130mm mud flaps provide ultimate coverage and are double-riveted for durability

• Hardware is all stainless steel and pre-installed for hassle-free mounting

• V-stays on the front and rear fender for added stability

• Meets EN test standards

• Release Tabs on front fender

• 45mm width

• Compatible with disc brakes

• Fits tires up to 27"x1 1/4" or 700cx35mm

• MSRP: $54.99

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7056.html

kryptonite miniKryptonite Evolution Series 4 1055 Mini Integrated Chain

The Evolution Series 4 1055 Mini is flexible, easy to carry and offers the same security rating as the Evolution u-locks. This lock allows you the ability to lock your bike to different shaped objects. And with the integrated lock head, you will not need to hunt down the padlock. The chain is built with 10mm, 6 sided links and is 21.5" in length. It even comes with one LED lighted key for the use at night.

Features:

• 10mm six-sided chain links made from 3t manganese steel

• Patent-pending end link design secures chain to hardened deadbolt eliminating critical vulnerability

• High security disc-style cylinder is pick and drill resistant

• Patented*, reinforced oval crossbar lock head

• Sliding dustcover protects and extends cylinder life

• 3 stainless steel keys – one LED lighted key with replaceable battery and 2 new, ergonomic ‘I” keys

• Durable weather-resistant nylon sleeve prevents scratches

• Key Safe Program

• Product dimensions: 21.5” (55cm) chain length

• Product weight: 4.40 lbs (2.00 kgs)

• Anti- Theft Protection: US & Canada Bicycle $2,250; US & Canada Powersport $750; UK Bicycle £1,000

• MSRP: $66.95

http://www.kryptonitelock.com/Pages/ProductInformation.aspx?PNumber=000792

delta smartphonecaddyDelta Cycle Smartphone Caddy II

I have seen bike mount for phones before, but there are not many that are capable of holding a variety. Designed to keep your smartphone accessible at all times, this smart phone bicycle mount securely holds iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and various other models. Ideal for road and commuter biking and easily mounts to the handlebar or stem of your bike. Neat rubber bumpers grip and help cushion your smartphone and keep it at an easy viewing angle.

Features:

• Securely holds iPhone, Android, Blackberry and various other models of smartphone

• Suggested use with road and commuter bicycles

• Handlebar and Stem mounts included

• Instant removal and installation of device

• Neat rubber bumpers grip and help cushion device

• Viewing angle can be set for preference

• Now includes all-weather water resistant bag

• The Smartphone Caddy can hold devices with case up to: 2.9" x .625" x 5.5" (width x depth x height)

• MSRP: $29.99

http://deltacycle.com/smartphone-caddy-ii

cateeye solarCatEye SL-LD210 Solar Front and Rear Safety Light

These new light from CatEye will definitely make your light solution easier. These solar like charge in about 2 hours in the sun and run up to 5 hours in flashing mode. No more changing batteries. One of the best parts of these lights is how truly automatic they are. One 5mm LED turns on automatically when darkness and motion are detected and the high-visibility flashing mode keeps you seen.

Features:

• Built in solar battery panel

• Auto On/OFF by optical and motion sensor

• Auto/Manual switchable

• Runtime of 5 hours (Flashing mode)

• Charges in 2 hours under good weather conditions 2 hours + charging time

• FlexTight™ bracket

• MSRP: $24.95

https://www.cateye.com/en/news/detail/21/