Hufnagel Cycles: Custom SON Edelux Front Rack

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Prolly: Over the past few weeks, I’ve been catching some activity over at the Hufnagel Cycles Flickr account. It started with a photo of a stem and then adecaleur rack. Finally, we’re getting to see how Jordan Hufnagel has integrated a SON Edelux lamp onto this rack for a project he’s working on. Very clean dude. I’ve been in love with my Edelux lamp ever since I got it. They’re well worth the investment! Check out more at Hufnagel’s Flickr! I can’t wait to see this project completed.

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Stanisław Płoski’s Bonobo Boo Bike

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Prolly: Concept bikes never really hit the marker in my opinion. They’re usually struggling to claim some form of individuality by getting hung up on aesthetics. It’s the classic form over function conundrum found in most post-modern design. And while that might be the case here, I’ve gotta hand it to this guy for making one of the most ridiculous looking bikes from a sustainable product like booboard. Stanisław Płoski is a 24 year old Polish design student who studied at the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the National College of Arts and Design in Dublin, Ireland.

By using CNC-milled aluminum joints, he then took what I am assuming to be vac-formed bamboo plywood and created a hybrid bike, complete with disk brakes and all. Don’t fret, this bike will barspin. Check out more at Cycle EXIF.

Free Product Review: Strava

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Prolly: When I posted about iMapMyRide and left the entry open-ended, asking what you guys used to document your rides, I took the recommendations and began using Strava for my iPhone. I’ve gotta admit, I was sold on iMapMyRide until I began logging with Strava. So why do I like Strava more?

For one, it’s simpler to use. The iPhone interface is super minimal and very easy to log time with. Simply hit new ride and record. Another benefit is the lack of annoying ads on the website. iMapMyRide has only gotten worse since the Tour sponsorship. Finally, what really sold me on Strava was its minimal design. By comparison, here’s the same route on iMapMyRide vs. Strava. It’s just a simple, quick 10-14 mile ride I’ll do when I’m pressed for time and yet Strava’s layout is a lot cleaner.

Strava also makes it easier to list your bike and equipment. That way you can see what the faster climbers are riding and I don’t feel so bad doing it with a 20-year old steel bike rocking an 11-25t cassette and Dura Ace 8 speed STi. Strava’s power and wattage estimates are a nice feature as well. One critique is the data lag. Yesterday, I did my favorite loop and for some reason, it calculated the 3,500′ of elevation as 1,600′ for a few hours. I’ve also had the Strava GPS crap out, deleting my ride data. But for a free app, it’s top notch!

Both iMapMyRide and Strava are FREE apps so why not give them both a try?

Firefly Bicycles: Crema Ti MTB Bars

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Prolly: Firefly is really on top of their game. Like their seatposts, these custom Ti bars are made entirely in their Boston-based shop. These ones in particular are headed to Crema Cycles. I still love the anodizing they’re pulling off in the shop. So clean! Be on the look out for more on the Firefly Tumblr!

Mission Workshop: Limited Edition X-Pac

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Prolly: Mission Workshop just announced their new limited edition X-Pac Ramblers:

“The X-Pac Ramblers are made with a 420d nylon outer layer laminated to a PTFE membrane, resulting in an exceptionally durable and waterproof barrier to the elements. In all other ways they are identical to the regular production Rambler which feature a weatherproof main compartment which can be used in either “roll-top” mode, or in a traditional “flap-down” configuration.

A key feature of the Rambler backpack is it’s ability to quickly double in size from 1,350 cu.in. to 2,700 cu.in. when needed for extra cargo carrying capacity. For more details on this pack, visit the Rambler page.

Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.”

Check out more photos and information here at Mission Workshop! The blueis awesome.

Volume Bikes: Thrasher V2

Volume Thrasher V2.

Volume Thrasher V2.

Volume Thrasher V2.

Prolly: Volume’s new Thrasher V2 is now up on their site. This year’s model sports a steeper head tube angle, longer top tube and higher BB. Check out all the specs here!
Locked: Volume just upped the page for the new V2 Thrasher. Things looking pretty spiffy with the new dropouts, bigger tire clearance and those sick decals. Those are probably my favorite frame graphics yet.

2012 RALEIGH RUSH HOUR PRO

Zlog: Raleigh just sent over a link to their new Rush Hour Pro for 2012. I am loving the matte gray tones.

Full specs here.