Gravel bikes are close to cyclocross bikes and offer a very interesting solution between a mountain bike and a racing model.
What started initially as a winter-training activity for racing cyclists has become in the last years increasingly popular as a sport.
The bikes used tend to look at first glance like racing bikes, just slightly bulkier. They usually feature drop handlebars and racing-style controls, but when we look in detail, bigger differences can be found. The frame is stronger and allows more space for tires with more grip. The position is slightly more upright to allow more agility and disc brakes are commonly used for a strong braking power in wet and muddy conditions.
Our customers have expressed the need for a solution to charge their USB devices while riding their bamboo bicycle.
It is an increasing need as we use our smartphones for more and more applications.
Think about the various usage cases :
Want to charge your phone on the way?
Want to use the navigation function of your smartphone without emptying the battery?
Want to use a tracking app to record your trace, speed and performance?
Want to show hiking maps from your phone to check your route?
Want to use an external GPS system like Garmin or equivalent?
The nice spring weather is bringing us loads of inspiration for new projects! Therefore we are happy to announce the Fixie - Single Speed "Black Edition".
Its look is a real head-turner and its high level components make it very light (9.3kg) and efficient. The color combination with all matte black enhances the warm tones of the bamboo frame while keeping its original natural appearance.
The set of very smooth Aventon wheels, the very light carbon fiber fork and a low-friction bottom bracket make a very fast and agile city racer.
You have probably heard about the advantages of E-Bikes, they are getting increasingly popular, the sales figures have increased steadily over the past years.
They are also called Pedelecs or Speed-Pedelecs to differentiate the models that are limited to 250W power and 25 km/h (pedelecs) and the S-pedelecs that can be more powerful but have further restrictions due to their speed.
Depending on the countries, it can be that they are not allowed on bike paths or parks, with which wearing a helmet is compulsory or that it must be insured.
We ride our bike every day without having to think about its design and construction. But it helps to understand more to be able to make the best use of it.
The frame of your bike is supporting all the other components and joining them together. It is also the piece that defines the type of bicycle we are riding, much more than the gears or the shape of the handlebar due to its geometry, size and stiffness.
We will take here the example of a bamboo frame. We will discuss in another post about the other available materials and their characteristics.
Have you already seen a bicycle out of bamboo? Chances are you haven’t. It is still a rare sight but here’s why you will see more of them soon.
Bamboo has amazing mechanical properties and allows the construction of stunning eco-friendly bikes.
URBAM Bikes has taken this challenge and constructs them in Germany, whether standard model or custom configuration.
Sustainica, a fair and conference about sustainable development has opened its doors in Düsseldorf, Germany on June 2nd, 2016.
URBAM is proud of using this platform to exhibit the first 2 prototypes of its range of bamboo bicycles to the public.
Who is URBAM?
The brand is creating eco-friendly sustainable bicycles out of bamboo. Cycling is often seen as the most eco-friendly way of transportation, and it is indeed compared to many others. While it is true that the use of a bicycle is very ecological, most of them are made of aluminium, making their production very polluting. The goal is to make a real eco-friendly design optimizing the production processes further in this direction.