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The New Soma Fabrications Mini Velo

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the new soma fabrications mini velo   The New Soma Fabrications Mini Velo

Soma Fabrications has just recently released their latest—the Mini Velo. The Mini Velo is more than just your typical city bike. With its less than five feet width, it can fit in and go through crowded or tight places. This bike is considered to be the first bike that Soma has ever sold in a complete built.

The Mini Velo is built with Tange CrMo steel that comes with a Sugino RD 53-39t crankset, micro shift bar and shifters, Shimano Tiagra derailleurs and hubs, Shimano Tiagra HG-50 11-25 9-spd cassette and installed with Kenda Kwest 20 x 1-1/8” tires.

Other Specs noted:
Kenda Kwest 20 x 1-1/8” tires
Tange-Seiki RDC 1” threaded headset
IRD Cafam Cantilever Brakes
Cardiff Cornwall Saddle
Kalloy quill stem
ProMax extra long seatpost
Fender braze-ons
Color: Deep Red

The Mini Velo comes in five different sizes – 48cm, 53cm. 55cm, 57cm and 59cm. MSRP: $1,195.99

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2012 Adidas Cycling Jacket

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2012 adidas cycling jacket   2012 Adidas Cycling Jacket

What makes a cycling jacket worthy? Seeking out the perfect jacket is so important ’cause nothing beats the essence of being comfortable on a ride. The best jacket really depends on the kind of cycling preferred.

As for the 2012 Adidas Cycling Jacket, it’s great when used for daily commuting. Made from ClimaProof fabric, the Adidas jacket is water repellent. Specially designed with a hood that can be stored in the collar to maximize comfort, the jacket features an invisible zip for underarm ventilation and a dropped hem for maximum protection. Its neon green colorway makes it a safe choice on the roads, too.

Furthermore, built with two front welt pockets and one back pocket, the 2012 Adidas Cycling Jacket comes with a reflective silver pipping and reflective silver cycling pictogram on the back….

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2011 Rapha Riding Trousers

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2011 rapha riding trousers   2011 Rapha Riding Trousers

What makes the 2011 Rapha Riding Trousers ideal pants for comfortable riding is its fabric. These pants’ fabric are lightweight, breathable stretch-cotton based. Slim-fitting pants by Rapha, they are designed both for function and for fashion.

When it comes to function, Rapha Riding Trousers are crafted to be cooperative with the saddle, making for a comfortable ride. With its slender cut, these trousers don’t flop so there’s little risk of them getting caught in the sprocket or on the saddle nose.

Also making the Rapha Riding Trousers cooperative with the saddle are the microfiber seat and inner thighs. Bothersome chafing can be avoided thanks to the strategic positioning of the inside leg seams.

To make sure the riding trousers will not slip off when riding, the inside of the waistband is finished with soft gripper tape. An extended hook and eye closure integrated in the waistband keep the front of the…

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2011 Hobahoba Nipmuc Cycling Trousers

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2011 hobahoba nipmuc cycling trousers   2011 Hobahoba Nipmuc Cycling Trousers

One cycling garment that is new to riders is the 2011 Hobahoba Nipmuc Cycling Trousers. Generally, trousers are not for cycling. But for riders who regularly commute or ride into to town on their bikes, trouser can be an ideal wear.

Two brands, Hobahoba and Nipmuc, worked together to make a durable and fashionable cycling trouser. This collaboration of the two clothing companies resulted in the 2011 Hobahoba Nipmuc Cycling Trousers.

For exceptional durability, the trousers are designed with a U lock holster, Velcro closures and side pockets. The holster for a small U lock is located at the rear of the cycling trousers. Flapping material can be avoided by Velcro closures at the ankles of the trousers, keeping clear from any hangups. As for the side pockets, they come with snap-button closures for a more durable design.

Aside from its durable structure, the 2011 Hobahoba Nipmuc Cycling Trousers…

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Milk Bikes: UK Based Commuter Bikes

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milk bikes uk based commuter bikes   Milk Bikes: UK Based Commuter Bikes

England-based Milk Bikes might have produced some of the lowest maintenance commuter bikes out.

According to Milk Bikes founders Mark Meadows and Richard Craven, the company’s goal was to design and market a bike that can easily be taken to work and back on the daily. The two are long time cyclists and commuters who started Milk in 2010 in order to pursue their love for riding to work without the hassle of a high maintenance ride.

A lot of labor and man-hours have been utilized in order to create the designs for the bike’s frameset and forks as well as components to be used for the bike. Currently there are two prototypes being built and tested in Essex, UK. Both of which will be available this spring.

Milk’s frame and fork is constructed from a double-butted 4130 cro-moly tubing coupled with a geometry designed to provide riders great comfort without hampering…

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Brooks Islington Rucksack

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brooks islington rucksack   Brooks Islington Rucksack

The Brooks Islington Rucksack is an ideal bag for cyclists that owes its non-saddle style to a respected bike label. Its design features less weight and sturdy structure combined in a unique small construction. Designed with a waxed cotton canvas and leather, It has carabineer clips that make the bag suitable for two functions. It can be adjusted either for a crossover that demands super-secure mode or for a casual backpack fit. Due to its great volume and adjustable roll top design, this rucksack backpack will stay tight and comfortable to the back of the wearer.

The materials used for this model are similar to those that are used for the Hampstead Holdall bag. The Brooks Islington Rucksack backpack measures 48 cm wide, 44-63 cm high, and 14 cm deep. It weighs 1700 g and can carry 30-43 l. This bag, which is named for the scenic North…

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2011 Surly Troll Frame

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2011 surly troll frame   2011 Surly Troll Frame

The 2011 Surly Troll frame is made of 4130 CroMoly steel that provides a flexible kind of ride, which includes a 30.0mm Surly stainless seatpost. Its chainring clearance is 28/38/50t and can be installed with huge tires up to 26 x 2.7”. The front triangle that comes with its sloping toptube gives you enough standover clearance even when you’re running with it on high-volume rubber.

The fork and the frame of the Surly are both equipped with mounts for front and rear racks that would allow you to use the racks, fenders and disc brakes all at once. It also features full line guides for its derailleur and brake housing, fender eyelets, and disc and rim brake mounts.

You could tour with it, cruise with it or simply commute with it. This orange Surly Toll Frame for 2011 could just keep you going all the way to fitness and victory.

TIG-welded 4130…

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