Express your style with new Nutcase helmets

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The folks over at Nutcase Helmets sure know how to have fun. While keeping your melon safe is serious business, no one does it with more color than the Portland-based company. They have a few new products debuting this week, including the Unframed series and the new Metroride model. Since they are right down the road, I went over to visit the offices and check them out.

See the new helmets here.

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Bicycle Times now available through Magzter digital newsstand

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There’s nothing quite like a magazine you can hold in your hand, but more and more readers are choosing to read their favorite cycling magazine on digital devices.

Today we’re announcing Bicycle Times will be available in Magzter. Magzter has become one of the fastest growing cross-platform digital newsstands in the world with over 17 million users. There are over 1,500 publishers with over 4,000 magazines.

Magzter is now available on AppleAndroid and Windows 8 devices. You can get Magzter through the App Store or Android Market. Magzter is soon planning to expand its services to other platforms like Symbian, BlackBerry OS, BADA etc. You can also read through your browser.

Hey, we like options, so you can also subscribe to Bicycle Times directly through the App Store, Android Store, Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, and Zinio.

Oh, and there’s always that paper version too!

So why not order up a subscription and help us keep the great features and product reviews you love rolling along? Thanks!

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First Look: Raleigh adds new models, expands for 2015

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Raleigh looks to have a very interesting selection of bikes for 2015, including new road, adventure and mountain bike models.

The bike above, the Grand Prix, wins my “most interesting” award. If you look closely, the Reynolds 530 butted steel frame uses the Ritchey Break-Away system, so this bike can pack away in an small enough bag to escape airline fees. It also is equipped with Campagnolo Veloce, a rare spec these days, and even more rare on a mid-priced bike. The frame includes rack and fender mounts, and is designed for 28mm tires. The $2,300 MSRP includes a travel bag.

See the rest of the lineup here.

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Meet the Oregon Manifest winner – Denny

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If you could have the ultimate urban commuting bike, what features would it have? Fenders, racks, lights—those are a given, but the goal of the Oregon Manifest design competition was to push innovation and integration even further.

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Five teams were chosen, and one was voted the winner by the public. Meet Denny, the bicycle conceived of and built by TEAGUE and Sizemore Cycles. Based it Seattle, the team included all the features that integrate safety and practicality in a revolutionary package.

Read the full story

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Love folding bikes? Apply to become a Dahon Explorer

Since 1982 Dahon has been designing and building folding bicycles that have taken people on two wheels to places that they never thought possible. Now the brand is looking for a few of those Explorers to become ambassadors of the folding bike lifestyle to inspire others to take a trip short or far. Now through August 20 anyone is welcome to apply. Those selected will receive Dahon products to promote online.

Print Learn how to apply here.

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Voting now open for Oregon Manifest project bikes

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Which will be the “ultimate urban utility bike?” Five bike custom bicycle companies partnered with five industrial design firms to build their vision of that ideal, and now you get to decide which will make it into production by Fuji Bikes.

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Teams from five cities revealed their projects last week and now voting is underway online to determine the winner of the 2014 Oregon Manifest challenge.

See the entries and cast your vote here.

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In Print: If It Ain’t Moto, It’s Music

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Words and photo by Kevin Murphy

Through the 1980s and ‘90s, Ross Shafer and Salsa Cycles were a force to be reckoned with. Salsa became one of the most sought-after boutique brands, which made stems, handlebars, quick releases, production and custom frames. But it wasn’t all just great product.

Shafer and his Petaluma, Calif. crew instilled a joyful soul into the brand and everything it touched. Annual festivals, fun apparel, and an ethos they lived and breathed. It was full-on fun, and moto. The incredible popularity and cult status among Salsa bicycle owners would be reason enough to tell the story of Shafer and Salsa. But there’s a hidden track on this LP.

Read the full interview.

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Video: Whole Foods in Brooklyn begins delivery by bike

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The Whole Foods at Third and 3rd in Brooklyn already has an impressive track record of sustainability initiatives, including solar panels and wind turbines, but its latest project sure looks like the most fun.

Partnering with People’s Cargo, the store is readying specially built Bullitt cargo bikes with e-assist motors and refrigerated boxes. Delivery charges vary based on how far you are from the store, but if you don’t have your own cargo bike, grocery shopping has never been easier!

Watch the video to learn more.

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First Look: Felt 2015 lineup with ‘adventure road’, new fat bike

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Felt Bicycles develops bikes in nearly every category with worldwide distribution, an impressive feat for a company with a crew of 32 in its Irvine, California, headquarters. Its 2015 launch for more than 30 journalists from around the country highlighted several Bicycle Times-friendly models alongside the standard high-zoot carbon machines, including e-bikes, endurance, commuting, fat bikes and dirt.

See them here.

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