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Pimp up your ride. With style.

on Jul 28, 2015

Riding the same bike every day? You probably love it and if it would get stolen, you’d cry your eyes out. Yet, it can get a bit boring after a while. Getting a new bike every half a year might be a bit pricey, so there’s a thought. How about making some small changes on your bike, that will give it a fresh and brand new feel? Check out how few details make a whole different bike story.

Materials you can use to pimp up your bike are simple. Rope, color, paper, stickers, chalk, wool…

Draw on your bike:
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Color up your handlebars:
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Chalk your bike all over:
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Color up your rear wheel:
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Play with your front spokes:
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Go crazy with paper:
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Let your basket bloom:
DIY instructions can be found here.
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Your bike bell becomes the queen:
DIY instructions can be found here.
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Get creative with color swatch samples:
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Create a new “bike basket”:
DIY instructions can be found here.
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Knit your bike saddle:
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Play with handlebars tapes:

DIY instructions on how to replace the tape.
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Orto bikes project. Recycling old bikes and making them look awesome:

 

Good luck with pimping up your bike. And please, do send us a picture, once you finish.

Groceries, a dog & massage table on a bike?

on Jul 8, 2015

We ride. We travel. And so do our things. How do you carry yours, when you bike to work?
Our curiosity led the way to discover the unusually usual ways to carry things on a bike and maybe sparked some new ideas for your own commute. Basket, messenger bag, backpack, pannier, cargo bike, trailer, handlebars bag, saddlebag? Just name it.

The good old basket

Simple and popular. Can be installed in front or back on your rear wreck. Baskets are cool and old school. No sweat on your back.
We love baskets from Nantucket.

Classic:
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Sunflower yellow:
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Those are also interesting, if you’re up for sth out of the ordinary:
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Bags. Millions of bags.

When it comes to bags, you can’t just say you’ve got a bag. In cycling world, we have different kinds of bags. It seems complicated at first, but it really isn’t. It’s just hard to choose, with so many on the market.
Classic & in style
You can’t miss with a Brooks bag. If you can afford one.
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Funky & handmade
Vaya bags from NYC are made from recycled materials.
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Messenger bags

Clean and stylish
Two wheel gear messenger bag:
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Colorful & handmade. Find more at NYMB.
Vaya messenger bag
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Pannier – off with the weight

Panniers are perfect for trips, but do a great job on a daily commute as well. Get rid of the weight of your gear, placed onto the frame of your bicycle and not your back, neck, shoulders or body.
We love panniers from Two wheel gear.
Classic and yet unique.
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If you prefer handmade, arty kind of stuff, we’re sure you’ll love NYMB handmade bags.
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We hope this inspired you to (re)think the best way to carry things on a bike. You can find more cool bags on Momentum mag, they never disappoint with a great selection, or get inspired on Pinterest.
Still not convinced carrying things around while riding your bike is easy? Check out this video, where people even carry massage tables with their bikes.
Carry on.

Urban solutions that put cities on maps

on Jun 22, 2015

Big, fat and passive metropolis takes on a bike

Riding a bike to work is a hot topic that spread-out all over media in recent years. Cities are turning bike friendly with building new bike lanes, sharing data on why cycling to work if worth the effort, organizing bike to work days/weeks events. City bike sharing systems are everywhere and some cities are even starting e-bike sharing systems.
But then again.
Most cities still have a long way to go regarding urban cycling, encouraging people to bike to work and making their city more bicycle friendly. We wanted to pinpoint and share a few examples that solve different challenges. Who knows, maybe you get inspired and drive the change in your own city.

Lisboa on horizon

They call Lisbon the San Francisco of Europe. Horizontal Lisbon is a project solving its hilly landscape.
Solution: The project created a proposal for logical network of horizontal cycle tracks, inspired by metro lines. Research showed, that 63 % of all streets in Lisbon are horizontal, visible and accessible to everyone.

Learn all about the campaign:

London calling. Cyclist answer.

In London, cycling is perceived as unsafe and infrastructure isn’t best yet. How to encourage people to bike to work?
Solution: A set of alternative and personalised routes for cyclists of all levels with a strong focus on safety. They marked the routes safety levels with green, blue and red, so you know there is an alternative. Supported by community and powered by users. Read more about the project here.


Give it up for Trondheim

To overcome the steep hills and encourage citizen, Trondheim in Norway created the world’s first bicycle elevator.


New York. New ways to cycle.

Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City gave inspiring TED talk that shows how much New York evolved in past few years and how they pulled it off.


Cycling without age is an initiative which gives senior citizens the opportunity to get out of nursing homes and experience the city and the nature by rickshaw, that started in Copenhagen and now spread to 14 countries already. Support their Indiegogo campaign until 26th of June:



Do you know an interesting project, that was not mentioned here? Don’t hesitate and write to info@flykly.com to share it and we might add it to this blog post.

Bike communities – driving the change

on May 27, 2015

Hi everyone,
in past two years we’ve ridden side by side with worldwide cycling communities. We’ve learned so much along the way and felt like sharing some of the amazing cycling communities that exist out there. We’re sure you’ve already crossed paths with some, and hope to inspire you to meet the new ones.
Communities, groups, movements and organizations mentioned here have common goals: to make the world a better place in a sustainable, playful way. By organizing events, sharing stories, building new bike lanes, writing news or getting involved in government. The things we strive for and appreciate ourselves.
Donate? Share a story? Tell a friend? Write to the president? Become a member? There are so many ways to get involved and each step you make counts.

People for bikes, US
Movement to make riding better for everyone.
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League of american cyclists, US
Creating a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.
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Bike map, worldwide
Finding and creating bike routes.
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Bike to work, Switzerland
Promoting cycling and healthy lifestyle in Switzerland.
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Next city, US
Inspiring social, economic and environmental change in cities by creating media and events around the world.
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Urban cycling institute, Amsterdam
Bringing on knowledge on cycling from science on practice and back.
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Cycle action, Auckland
Making Auckland a great place to get around on a bike.
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World Bicycle relief, US
Mobilizing people through the Power of Bicycles.
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Velo city 2015, France
World’s premier international cycling planning conference.
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Treehugger, worldwide
Leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.
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Adventure cycling association, US
Inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle.
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Eurovelo, EU
European cycle route network.
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Frocks on bikes, New Zealand
Unique cycle advocacy organisation that aims to get more women on bikes in everyday life.
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London cyclists, London
Making your every day cycle that bit more enjoyable.
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Rails to trails, US
Transforms unused rail corridors into vibrant public places.
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Other amazing communities that we support:

Engaging cities, Cycling circle Lebanon, 30 days of biking, Copenhagenize, Amsterdamize, Sustainable cities collective, Bike experience, Bike works, Bike to work day, Ciclavia, Love to ride , Bicycle Ambassadors, Sustrans, Local motion …
Do you know a bike community, that was not mentioned here and think others should know about it? Email us at info@flykly.com with some info about your local community and we would love to add it to our blog. Thank you.

As easy as stealing a bike

on May 13, 2015

Tips, tricks and things that help keep your bike yours

Bikes get stolen and thats a fact. And because we often help thieves do it, stealing a bike became almost as easy as riding one. So hop on and take a quick ride through the best and the safest out there.

3 things that will make a thief’s job super easy:

1. The ‘It will only take a moment’ situation – You don’t lock your bike.
2. ‘Alloy steel what?’- You lock your bike with a cheap lock.
3. ‘But it was locked!’ – You lock your bike incorrectly.

Make or break.
Or how exactly should you lock your bike and increase your safety up to 95%?

 

1 Choose a proper lock (or two) and lock the bike correctly

Check out this video coming from a guy, that didn’t have his bike stolen in the last 30 years. In London. Yes, he knows what he is talking about, when he comments different kinds of locks. More about basics of how not to get your bike stolen is here, here, also there is a story of ex bike thief, that explains the bike theft situation from a thief’s perspective.


The MAKE lock

Get a U-lock or a hefty bike chain. With the U-lock, lock it with the keyhole facing down as it will make it more difficult for someone to break the lock.

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So just in case you’d like to know more about the most recommended, loved and unbreakable lock out there, that even stood the test of media, its here: U lock with a cable. And if the U lock with a cable just isn’t You, browse the review of 10 good locks. Cable locks are flexible and can make it easier to lock your bike in awkward situations, but they can be cut quickly with bolt cutters or a hacksaw, so you can also call them the brake lock.
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2 Lock your bike correctly

Always lock your bike on a firm object, possibly frame + rear wheel with the first lock and frame + front wheel with the second lock.

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And even when you do everything right, you can still get your front wheel stolen, if it has a quick release. We recommend a quick release, that will only open when the bike is upside down.

Accessories. With No Access.
Nice bike seat? Neat new bike light? Want to protect those too, right?
Here is a locking skewer that will protect your bike accessories.

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3 Don’t park your bike just about everywhere

If you live on the 10th floor without an option to leave your bike inside, you will probably have to go with a cheaper bike. They are less likely to get stolen and it will hurt less. Bikes above $300 should be safely inside during the night. And parking in a public space with a lot of people is obviously better than a lonely street.

If you can choose where to park your bike, always go for something that can’t be put in a van together with your bike. Also, choose a bike rack, that allows you to lock your bike frame and rear wheel (and not the front wheel only).

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Check how easy a bike can get stolen when you lock the front wheel only:


4 Don’t make the ‘I’ll be (right) back’ mistake

Because it can terminate your bike. Just stopping for some chewing gum? Only 10 seconds? Totally enough, that someone hops on your bike and rides away. They know, you can’t catch them – you are on foot.

5 The first thing that comes to your mind – your bikes’ serial number

You and your bike have something special going on. Remember the dates and the serial number, save it somewhere, email it to yourself, anything. It can help in case your bike gets stolen. Probably your city is already fighting against bike thieves. For example, if you are from UK, you can register here and help the police. We are sure you can find similar system in your own country. If not, propose it.

If your bike still gets stolen, here is a bit of what to do in this case. We have a rather unusual advice on what to do, if you actually find your stolen bike, locked in a city. Lock it.

Kickstarter bike locks

There have been many bike projects on Kickstarter so far and here are some of the notorius Kickstarter locks:

LITELOK: Lightweight, flexible and super secure bike lock. More here:


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LOCK8: Keyless. Alarm secured. GPS tracking. More here.

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Nokē U-Lock: World’s Smartest U-Lock. More here.

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BitLock: Unlock your bike with your phone. More here.

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Nutlock: Outsmart thieves. Protect your bike wheels. More here.

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