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Commuter 2.0 from Rickshaw

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commuter 2 0 from rickshaw 300x300   Commuter 2.0 from RickshawSan Francisco bag maker Rickshaw releases the Commuter 2.0. The bag has been upgraded to give its users better functionality and style.

The commuter messenger bag features mesh water bottle pockets with a small slash pocket built in. The front pockets are made bigger (3.8 cm deep, 40 cm wide, 24 cm tall) and the Commuter 2.0 now has a waterproof bottom to protect your bag from getting, wet, dirty and even dusty.

Rickshaw’s Commuter 2.0 can accommodate up to 15-inch laptops and the waterproof liner comes in light matte gray. At the back of the bag, there are dual zippers on the pocket for easy reach while you are on your bike.

The shoulder strap pad is now made with mesh material and to avoid scratches on your laptop, some fleece fabric is incorporated in the laptop sleeve and front pockets. New metal clips are also in place of the plastic j-clips.


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2011 Line from NiteRider

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NiteRider Technical Lighting unveils its 2011 line of products for racing and commuter bikes. New advances in LED technology highlight the latest product line as well as affordability. The 2011 line will be available on July 5th.

Making a comeback are the MiNewt Series and the Pro Series with more light production. MiNewt.150 Cordless and 250 are new additions to the series. They are rechargeable units that you can boot up via USB connection or wall socket.

The MiNewt Mini gives off 150 lumens of light with several degrees of light and flash. The Mini costs $89.99. The Lightning Bug Series comes in six colors and is priced between $11.99 to $34.99.

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Safety Brochure for Bikes and Trucks

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safety brochure for bikes and trucks 145x300   Safety Brochure for Bikes and TrucksSanta Cruz’s Ecology Action organization created a safety brochure called “Bicycle Safety Around Trucks”, which educates truck drivers and cyclists on road safety and courtesy. The safety brochure was in response to truck traffic on below standard lanes located on Mission Street through Santa Cruz.

The safety brochure reveals that road accidents involving trucks have a more likely turn out with fatalities than accidents with a car. Some cyclists are naïve when it comes to truck safety.

The guides in the brochure can also be applied when you encounter a city bus on the road. Here are some practical points in the safety brochure:

• Avoid the truck driver’s substantial blind spots. If you find yourself caught in the blind spot, don’t dawdle there.
• Don’t squeeze too closely by a truck.
• Take the lane for safety where necessary.
• Be visible.
• Ride legally and predictably.

The brochure is in English and Spanish. You can…

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Giant 2011 Via City Bike Series

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Giant unleashes new images of the 2011 Via City Bikes, apart of their lifestyle series. In total, 3 versions of the Via will release for men, and 3 for women, all going by the Via 1, Via 2, and Via 3. The womens Via comes as a step through for easier access on and off the bike, but only the Via 1 women comes equipped with a front basket.

Choosing the right 2011 Giant Via city bike depends on the style of riding. For example, the Via 1 and 3 are single speeds, but the Via 2 comes with a SRAM 8 speed gearing. No matter which one you choose, the Giant 2011 Via frame is made of double-butted chromoly, so they can take some abuse. Last but not least each Via has a U-Lock holder, bottle water cage, and bolted wheels to give thief’s a…

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San Marco Bicycle Film Festival 10th Anniversary Concor Supercorsa Seat

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Bicycle Film Festival, San Marco has released a limited edition seat. The San Marco Concor Supercorsa is the model chosen, which takes on a vintage look while put together nicely with black leather, gold lettering and rails.

More in depth, the San Marco Bicycle Film Festival 10th Anniversary saddle features gold “BFF” logo and “10″ stamped at the back, plus San Marco in gold on the side. If you are interested in purchasing the seat, you can do so at a BFF event, or online at the official San Marco website.

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2011 Avanti Bikes

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Thanks to social media, we have a look at Avanti 2011 Bikes, which mainly consists of Mountain and Road Bikes, but has a couple hybrid bikes and a single commuter bike. The lineup looks a bit on the small side compared to other companies, but things can change in the near future.

For 2011, Avanti rolls out for road bikes the Questa, Vitale, Quantum, and the Giro. Mountain bikes we have the Aggressor, Montari, and Kiss. The Blade and Aria comes in a hybrid form, and pack your bags to commute with the Explorer. Available soon at Avanti retailers, and retail price is to be announced.

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The People’s Bag from Chicago Wig

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Chicago Wig releases its new commuter bag aptly named The People’s Bag. With a tagline that is geared to servicing cyclists, the People’s Bag is lighter because it uses 1000 denier Cordura construction minus the vinyl lining.

The minimalist design allows users to be less conspicuous in traffic but still remain visible with light loops and a 20-inch lime tape, which glows brightly across the bag’s front.

To make each ride more comfortable, there’s more padding for the interchangeable strap and at the integrated back of the bag. Aside from the main compartment, which has 1800 cubic inches of space, there’s a laptop sleeve that you can also use for other items you wish to carry around. There are also 4 pockets inside that allow for tools, pens, tubes and any other things you need with you.

The People’s Bag costs $150.00 …

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