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New Product Kickstarter Alert: BikeGab leather frame bag

Author: Dustin Posted: 2016-02-10

We're always scouring the web for great bike news and gear, and today we've found another  another kickstarter project worth checking out.
This one is the BikeGab leather bag which doubles as a frame bag (straps to the top and seat tubes) and a messenger-style bag for when you're off your bike.  I really like the workmanship (based on the photographs... but if I get my hands on one, I'll report back with a hands-on review) as well as the fact that you can fully access the bag's contents without removing the bag from the bike.  

There are plenty of bags out there for your bike and your body, so it takes quality and attention to detail to stand out, and it really looks like the BikeGab has what it takes.  Check out the  BikeGab kickstarter pageand decide for yourself.

Borrowed, with permission, from the  BikeGab kickstarter page:




Features

  • Back pocket for quick access
  • Phone pocket (inside)
  • Removable and adjustable shoulder strap
  • Multiple options for attaching bag to your bicycle
  • Side strap to attach the bag to the seat tube
  • Leather prevents any slipping





Link: BikeGab Kickstarter Project


Mineral Design - the Barstow system & the Mini Bar

Author: Dustin Posted: 2016-01-18

If you're like me, one of your favorite things about cycling is the minimalism of it all.  It's just you, the bike, and maybe a few things you can carry in your pockets or bag.  But breaking down sucks, and is even worse if you can't get it mended on-the-spot.  Extra inner-tubes and a tire tool are easy to find and carry... but what about screw drives and allen wrenches?  Even more, what about a chain tool?  I bet most of us don't carry those things around with us, and if we do, its a pain in the ...

Well, not any more, thanks to Mineral Design's Barstow system (a rad concept to carry a chain tool within your handlebar end caps!) and Mini Bar tool (a multi-tool that carries all the bits you'd need in a compact size).

I think they're really worth a look, and if you like their build quality and attention to detail as much as I do, you may want to help kickstart these products!  Click here to check out the kickstarter.

Check out this info directly from the horse's mouth (well from Justin & Mike, and their press release).
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The Mini Bar is a lightweight mini tool that’s built to last.  The compact shape allows it to be stored easily in a jersey pocket, saddlebag, or backpack while the unique handle design provides the leverage and comfort of a full size tool.  The TIG welded, high strength steel handle has 3 positions to accept ¼” hex bits which are held in place with neodymium magnets.  The bits are stored in a tray that attaches to the handle magnetically. The tool ships with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm hex, T25 Torx, Phillips and Flat screwdriver bits; providing users with the most commonly needed sizes for road or trail side repair.

Dimensions:
96.8mm (3.8in) Long x 12.7mm (0.5in) Thick x 33.5mm (1.3in) Wide

Weight:
112 grams (4 ounces) (including 6 bits and rack)




The Barstow System is a new way of making use of the space in the grip section of your handlebar. The Barstow Chain Tool is a high quality chain tool with quick-link storage, hidden behind a handsome bar end cap. The chain tool was designed with a rotating handle,allowing it to follow the curvature of any handlebar. The handle features magnetic storage for the quick-link and a spring washer around the pivot to prevent rattling when traversing rough terrain. The Barstow Chain Tool includes a matching cap for the other side and there are already plans to expand the lineup with more tools or storage solutions in the near future. Barstow Caps are available in red, black, and silver anodized. Dimensions: 28mm (1.1in) Diameter Cap 15mm (0.6in) Diameter Body (Chain Tool) 86.9mm (3.4in) Long -Barstow Chain Tool -Extended 27.5mm (1.1in) Long -Barstow Cap Weight: 40 grams (1.4 ounces) -Barstow Chain Tool 15 grams (0.5 ounces) -Barstow Cap About Us: Mineral Design is a new company focused on product design. Justin and Mike founded Mineral Design over a shared interest in cycling and the outdoors. Both are mechanical engineers with a broad based experience ranging from the cycling and motocross industry, to consumer electronics, to construction equipment large and small.






Link: Mineral Design's Kickstarter Campaign


Jaguar’s Bike Sense Protects Cyclists

Author: Mark Page Posted: 2015-01-21



Bike Sense is Jaguar’s brand new technology that alerts the driver to unseen hazards using LED lights, bike bell sounds and even a tap on the shoulder. Watch to see this groundbreaking technology in action and how Jaguar will keep drivers and cyclists safer.




Link: YouTube Video


Advertise on VivaLaBike!

Author: Dustin Posted: 2014-11-12

Advertise on VLB and reach your target audience!

As you have seen on the right and left side-bars, VLB offers graphic/banner ads which will allow you to reach your target audience - fellow bike enthusiasts from around the world!

Rates

The longer you advertise, the less you pay per month!

DURATION      RATE

1 Month             $7/month

2-6 Months          $5/month 

Full Year:          $50/year
 

**All rates are in USD


Though there is no exact equivalent, we've found that similar sites are charging anywhere from $50-100 per month for similar ads.  We want you to get value for your ad dollars with our very competitive rates!

INTERESTED?  Email Us!



Your ad will reach:

* Over 1000 monthly visitors (average)

* Regularly returning visitors (approx 20% of our visits)

* And a strong stream of new visitors!! (i.e. increased sets of eyes seeing your ads on a regular basis).  
Approximately 80% of our visits are from new visitors

* A truly international audience
	
Approximatle breakdown of site visits by country^:
35% United States

7% United Kingdom

6% South Korea

2-6% each: Singapore, Canada, Thailand, Germany, Hong KOng, Japan, Netherlands, and MORE

^(sample based on June-December 2012)







What Biking is Truly About

Author: Wizard Posted: 2014-03-23

This documentary sheds light on the true reasons why opting for a bike is so important for us all. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter which kind of bike you choose, the main idea is you're consciously making an intelligent decision to improve the state of our planet.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzNhjlIrZYM






Link: Link Reference.

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