Hardcore cyclists are obsessed with weight. Ever notice how bony the pros are? Well, Delta 7 bikes might end their manorexia epidemic. They produce high performance handmade frames in the USA using carbon fiber and a proprietary design called IsoTruss Technology. Instead of making solid tubes, they create a tubular matrix structure that looks more or less like macramé. The result, a road frame that is rigid and durable yet weighs in at only 2.3 pounds. Eat up guys, it’s okay now.
It’s a lock that looks like a water bottle. You can’t drink out of it but you can pull out the cable and lock your bike up. Now go find a water fountain.
After spandex, the next most emasculating aspect of cycling is having to borrow another man’s tools to make an adjustment or repair. Bring your own, man. The Mopha Tool Roll is made of waxed canvas with leather trim and a toe strap to cinch the roll under your saddle or stick in a bottle cage. It has 10 pockets to fit all your tools.
There’s nothing really groundbreaking about cycling-specific stretch denim. Although coming from the matchless core cycling brand Rapha, these jeans are certainly the real deal. They’re fast-drying and feature stealth logos and subtle hits of their signature pink stashed inside the cuff.
Pointy helmets and superiority complexes, yes, but humor is not something we normally associate with carbon fiber bikes. That’s why the ironically named Foundry Bikes, who build only with carbon-fiber, is kinda funny. Their custom framesets are about to hit stores and unlike their splashy-graphic, blinged-out competitors, Foundry frames look seriously cool. What’s better than black? Shipping in early 2012.
If you really feel like you have to wear spandex, save it for Saturdays. Function-minded every day bikers surely prefer the fit and feel of a pair of Levi’s. But unlike normal denim, Levi’s new Commuter series are stretchy, designed for pedaling. Reflective hits are hidden in the cuff and a U-Lock holster is built into the waistband.
Over the years, Specialized has teamed up with dozens of brands for a variety of bike builds, but this most recent collaboration with McLaren—an institution in F-1 racing and high-end auto performance—tops all the rest. For the absolute best and baddest in lightweight, stiff, and aerodynamic materials, Specialized tapped the dudes at McLaren and the result is a bike that is so crazy light and trick you’ll barely believe it’s UCI-legal.
Year after year, Mercedes earns the worst emissions ratings for their iconic line of cars. Maybe that’s what motivated them to start making bikes. A little trade-off to make up for the turboed-out V12s and such. The bikes are top quality, not just a pretty logo. They make a racer, a full-suspendo mountain bike and a few others—even a kids bike. All the models feature cutting edge components like SRAM & DT SWiss, they also sport the price tag you’d expect from Mercedes-Benz …
One for the road? How about wine for the road? This handmade bike wine rack is constructed with vegetable-tanned leather and brass fasteners for a retro-Euro look that goes great with an afternoon wine buzz. Proudly made in Montreal and adjustable to fit 3 sizes of bottles.
Some cyclists pretend everyday is another stage on the Tour de France; spandex, goo, bootie covers and all. Others of us, break up the training schedule with some bike commuting or simple transportation. For these recovery days, Timberland has a shoe. It looks like a normal loafer while you stroll, but when you saddle up the specially-designed sole supports your feet for pedaling.