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Commuter Valise

Soigneur Tekst Soigneur Gepubliceerd 07 September 2019

 

Summer is well and truly over. For most of us, that means we’re getting most of our weekly miles on our ways to and from our offices. Heading out early, while the world is still waking, can be joyful; so can evening jaunts home, so long as you’re well equipped. 

Patagonia Sweater Vest

Patagonia Sweater Vest

For those cool morning rides to work, Patagonia’s puffy Sweater Vest is filled with warm down. Its windproof, recycled polyester shell will keep your core just the right temperature, and, when the sun comes out and it starts to warm up, you can stuff it down to next to nothing and easily fit it in your bag.

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Lithium Cycles Super 73

Lithium Cycles Super 73

Now this is the kind of bike you wanted to have when you were older. The Lithium Cycles Super 73 features a retro military aesthetic, 1000-watt electric motor, and 65-km range at full throttle. It’s got a 33-km/hr cruising speed. You can park it wherever you would park a bike. License, helmet, and registration not required.

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Persol 9649S

Persol 9649S

Persol’s 649 sunglasses were originally designed for Turin’s tram drivers, who needed large lenses to protect their eyes from wind and dust. Marcello Mastroianni made them icons. This is a lighter, more elegant version of the classic.

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Lululemon ABC Pants

Lululemon ABC Pants

Anti Ball-Crushing technology—those are welcome words for guys who ride in too-tight trousers. Lululemon’s range of ABC pants are specially constructed from four-way stretch fabrics. Let the boys breathe.

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Enviolo Cargo Hub

Enviolo Cargo Hub

An automatic transmission for your bike might seem unnecessary. You’ll be converted once you’ve tried Enviolo’s new groupset with a fully-loaded cargo bike though. The ingenious continuously variable gearing in the hub ensures smooth and efficient pedalling. Manufactured from heavy-duty aluminium, it’s made to handle loads up to 280 kg.

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Strava Metro

Strava Metro

Big data for better cities—that is what Strava Metro is all about. Strava makes anonymised commuting data available to municipalities and urban planners, so they can better recognise patterns and design infrastructure accordingly. Track your commutes to help make your city better for cycling.

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Five Ten Sleuth DLX

Five Ten Sleuth DLX

Five Ten’s Sleuth DLX mountain-bike shoes are the perfect kicks for bombing around town. Their soles feel stiffer and grippier on the pedals than regular sneakers’, but they will still look cool when you’re hanging out on the patio after work. Their soft suede uppers are super comfy and come in black or turquoise. Five Ten makes a men’s version too.

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Roaming Giraffe

Roaming Giraffe

Ladies, you’re blessed this year. Cycling shorts are in vogue. The beautiful people have been flouncing around in them on the streets of the world’s most fashionable cities. Twenty Montreal’s pair is just as chic, but you can actually ride a bike in them too. Jacquard-knitted with a 3D giraffe pattern, they’ll look good anywhere in the city.

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LiteLok

LiteLok

This gold-rated bike lock weighs just 1.3 kg and can be worn around your waist. The herringbone design adds a touch of class to its resilient construction. The band is made from a high tensile alloy and polymer matrix, and the lock itself is sheathed in a hardened alloy steel casing. Because it’s so flexible, it’s easy to secure to a wide range of objects.

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Swapfiets

Swapfiets

They are all over the Netherlands—brand-new ‘grandma bikes’ distinguished by their lone blue tyres. Dutch startup Swapfiets has taken the country’s cities by storm. Its concept is simple. For a fixed monthly fee, you get to use one of their bikes. If it breaks, they will come and fix or replace it within 24 hours. Swapfiets is now expanding all over Europe.

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Foldable Backpack

Foldable Backpack

They last forever and weigh next to nothing. Rotterdam’s own Susan Bijl makes proper backpacks that will fit into a pocket better than anyone. Constructed from bright panels of ripstop nylon, there is nothing better for after-work grocery trips.

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Urban Outdoor Poncho

Urban Outdoor Poncho

You know what—a poncho is still the best way to stay dry in the wet. AGU’s Urban Outdoor Poncho isn’t your grandad’s poncho though. Windproof, waterproof, and breathable, it comes in a range of colours and has a handy chest-pocket. Keep one in your bag in case you get caught in a storm.

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Get Bike Service

Get Bike Service

Good bike mechanics were hard to find, until Get Bike Service started coming around. Gone are the days when you had to drag your bike to a high-street shop and hope the kid working there could install his overpriced parts properly. Book an appointment online, and one of Get Bike Service’s mobile vans will come to you. A professional mechanic with a full workshop at a time and place that works for you—that is what Get Bike Service offers. They can work with all sorts of bikes, from your racer to your electric commuter.

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Deliveroo

Deliveroo

Sometimes, you are just too tired to cook or go out for dinner. Open Deliveroo’s app, and you can order a hot meal from a local restaurant. The company’s riders will bring it by bike straight to you. Their teal backpacks have become a common site in cities the world over. Deliveroo works with a vast range of restaurants and has begun to help established ones set up kitchens in new neighbourhoods. Ride for an extra hour after work, instead of standing over the stove. You have no more excuses to eat poorly.

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Essentials Case

Essentials Case

You’re not made of sugar. You won’t melt if you get caught in a shower during your commute. Your phone might meltdown though. That’s why Rapha’s Rainproof Essentials Case exists. An updated version of Rapha’s classic riding wallet, it is now constructed with a waterproof coating and water-repellant zip. There goes your last reason for not riding in the rain.

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BYCS

BYCS

Good cycling depends on good infrastructure. The Bicycle Architecture Biennale showcases outstanding examples of urban design that are facilitating bike use in cities all over the world in order to create healthier, cleaner, more inclusive, and more beautiful communities. Launched in Amsterdam in 2019, it is now touring the globe.

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