Craig wanted a commuter. His vision became a street slayer. Be warned, this bike has some teeth!Read More
One of the many concerns we hear from people commuting later into the fall is their visibility to drivers. Many scramble to find creative places to add a 3rd or 4th tail light to the back of their bikes - some even add a second head lamp. While lights are always our first recommendation to staying safe while riding at night, it never hurts to consider fabrics that also illuminate you while riding. Enter the Sugoi Zap Collection.Read More
WOOHOO! You've decided to jump on the bandwagon and start commuting by bike. Go you!
Don't let the title of this post intimidate you, there really isn't that much you need to do in order to prepare yourself (or your bike) for the wonderful world of bike commuting. It's pretty straight forward, but here are a few tips to launch you into this new endeavor:
- Get a Tune Up! Almost any bike shop you go to will have a full service department, fully capable of getting your bike in tip-top shape and ready for the new season. Most standard tune-ups will cover all the basics of your bike: adjusting your brakes, gear shifting, truing your wheels, tightening the bottom bracket, etc. Essentially going over the whole bike and making sure everything is functioning as it should. (Most bike shops do require that you leave your bike for a few days, especially if you drop it off over the weekend. So plan accordingly.) - Aside from the tune up, make sure you check your tire pressure, if not daily, every couple days ;)
- Pack Your "Oh Sh*t Kit". I hope you won't ever need this, but being prepared is key!
- Make Sure You Have the Essentials. I did a little blog post on this very topic awhile back. Go check it out!
- Do a Test Ride. If this really is a completely new endeavor for you, make sure you pick your route and do a test ride first. Get used to the route, know how long it will take you, and make sure you have an alternate route in mind, just in case.
- Enjoy the Ride. I mean this both literally and figuratively. Don't stress out over getting yourself and your bike prepared. The reality is, the first few times you commute, will most likely leave you not only feeling like a bad ass, but also teaching you something to take into account for the next commute. Like not forgetting your deodorant or learning to merge a little sooner than you anticipated, etc. All small things that simply take a little trial and error. And really, you're riding your bike! That in itself is something to celebrate!
For years, Charge Bikes were difficult steeds to come by. Only importing a select few models each year, their brand became both elusive and desired. But alas, the wait is over as Charge Bikes have reached the New World. We are pumped to announce the arrival of a bike we'd wanted since before we opened our doors - we introduce to you, the Charge Grater. The Grater stands as the ultimate urban slayer. For the people searching for a dedicated commuter or a bike to take on the most brutal of urban assaults, the Grater leaves nothing to chance.Read More
A RING A DING DING. STAY CLASSY. OR SASSY.Read More
The Rubber Side Rip & Ride just got a whole lot classier with this denim masterpiece from Brooks.
We are fully aware this may break the internet.Read More
Beat Cycles is proud to announce our new partnership with Forest City Portage, handmade messenger bags, backpacks and accessories. I first saw FCP bags at 78th Street Studios and the first thing I noticed wasn't the quality (which is clearly top class) but the idiosyncratic style found in each product. Forest City Portage is a pioneer in the fashion, style and functionality that has become so important to cyclists today.
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What happens when you combine the classic designs of Soma Fabrications and Campagnolo with the desire to make one of the slickest commuters known to man - click the link and find out.Read More
With Cleveland becoming more and more bike friendly, we've been seeing a lot more people using their bicycle as their main form of transportation, especially to and from the office. It's a simple concept, really, but can quickly become overwhelming when figuring out what exactly you need as a new bicycle commuter.
So what do you really need and where do you begin?
1. Bicycle Tune Up: It's always a good idea to make sure your bike is functioning as it should. A tune up will go over everything on the bike, such as checking the breaks, adjusting the gear shifting and making sure the wheels are nice and true. The sooner you get your bike in to the shop, the sooner you can get it back, but expect to leave your beloved two wheeler for at least a day or two (a few more if the shop is a little backed up).
2. Helmet: Ahhh, the helmet! The single most important accessory in my opinion. Cheeper than an E.R. visit and far more stylish than bandages. There are a ton of different helmets out there, and the biggest difference between them is going to be fit, weight and ventilation. The more comfortable your helmet is, the more likely you are to wear it. So try some on and find the right one for you!
4. Lights: White headlight and red tail light. Again, these can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Obviously, the brighter the better. (We have some awesome rechargeable lights from Light & Motion!)
6. Bags (!): Finding the right bag may take some time, especially when deciding which style will work best for you and your commute. The simplest form is to get a messenger bag/back pack. We love our Chrome Industry messenger bags, as they have a perfect fit, are water proof and come in a few different sizes.
If you need more cargo space, investing in a rack and a pannier set is a must! You can get single panniers or a set that comes as a connected pair. We have several options, from waterproof Chrome panniers, to a simple and economical pair made by Blackburn. Each one/set offers it's own benefits, so feel free to stop in and check them out!
3. Hydration: A bottle cage and a bottle. Of course, like everything else, there are many options (including hydration packs) but go with whatever fits your budget. As long as you have water on you in some way, you're good to go :)
5. Lock: Stopping for any errands on your way? Can't take your bike into the office? Don't get stuck without the proper security measures for your beloved two wheeled friend. Again, options, options, options. Cable locks are the most convenient as they are long, compact, and come with either a key or combination. U-locks are the most secure, for sure, and with that security comes a bit more weight. But hey, that just means you'll burn more calories, right?!
7. Flat Repair Kit: Spare tube, tire levers, hand pump OR CO2 cartridge and something to carry it all in.
So those are the essentials... Stay tuned for our Luxury List!