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2011 Breezer Uptown Infinity with NuVinci N360

Combining the proven ride-ability and reliability of the Uptown with the award-winning NuVinci N360 CVP transmission will make for an even better, fully-equipped commuter that is infinitely fun and infinity practical,” said Joe Breeze, president and founder of Breezer Bikes.

2011 Breezer Uptown Infinity

I’m glad that Breezer is once again taking steps forward before the bicycle industry with the NuVinci 360 CVP. When the company changed hands I was worried that the brand that was, in my mind, an advanced American city or commuter bike would lose its touch or momentum. Now they have introduced the 2011 Breezer Uptown with the newest internally geared system from NuVinci, the 360.

Details

MSRP : $1,269
Sizing : Available in standard and low-step versions.

What is the NuVinci 360 CVP?

NuVinci is the internally geared hub released a few years ago, NuVinci calls it a transmission, that utilizes “a set of rotating and tilting balls positioned between the input and output components of a transmission that tilt to vary the speed of the transmission.”

Compared to the NuVinci bicycle drivetrain launched in 2007, the NuVinci N360 model is now over 30% lighter, 17% smaller and has an increased 360% ratio range. Shift effort is significantly reduced even under high pedal forces and there is 50% less twist rotation required to move between the lowest and highest ratios.

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Velo Orange Polyvalent City Bike | Commuter Bike Photos from Renaissance Bicycles

An on going series with help from our friends at Renaissance Bicycles. These guys specialize in combining current technology with the look and feel of classic bikes.

Today’s gallery is of a Velo Orange Polyvalent City Bike. This unique city bike has a wheel size of 650b and a 1×9 setup. Simple, easy and of course steel is real. (These are my personal words, not Renaissance Bicycles.)

From Renaissance : Before setting out to build this bike, we “imagined” what Velo Orange had in mind when designing the frameset. We had already built the sinister alter ego — the Velo Orange Scorcher — but we wanted something true to the intentions of the frameset. To go along with the “hot-rod” black powder coat, we envisioned lots of chrome and shiny bits, a simple drivetrain, and an elegant (yet slyly sporty) look. Intentionally, we left off the accessories; the bike is great platform for personalization via racks, lights, chaincase, etc. We also kept cost a priority; the goal was to make available a very high quality complete city bike for $1550.

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Road I.D for Commuters

In the Charlotte, NC area there has been a large increase of car and bike accidents..  While my rant for this topic will be held off for another topic, I started to fear for not only my safety but many hard questions came to mind.
What would happen if I was in the middle of no where and knocked unconscious?
Would my family know I took the long way home on my commute?
How would someone get a hold of them?

Hello Road ID, It is Nice to Wear You

A Road ID will not keep you safe, but I can say I feel about better or more at peace when I’m wearing it out on the road.  I leave mine on as I commute and bike a couple times a day.  Even while running I feel more confident about the situation that I’m putting myself in.

Decisions

Ordering the Road ID required more decisions than I have made in the past two weeks combined.

Wrist ID Sport – This is the original and what we normally think of when we think of Road ID.  It is a nylon velcro strap that is available in 6 colors.  The Wrist ID Sport is what I decided to go with for every day use.  I wear it non-stop and hand wash it in the shower at night.  It doesn’t smell, nor is it horribly dirty after a month of solid use…  This little guy is $19.99 and comes in 3 sizes.

Wrist ID Elite – “The Sexiest ID” as it is named on RoadID.com.  The band is much like a Livestrong bracelet, with a watch buckle on the back.  It is sleek and sexy, available in 9 colors.  Many of my coworkers have purchased this style and really enjoy it, the only reason I went with the other style is I strongly like the silicone feel of those bracelets.  $29.99 and fully adjustable to fit your wrist.

There is also the Shoe ID, FIXX ID (dog-tag style), Ankle ID and Shoe Pouch ID.

Interactive vs Original

There are two different ways to put your information on the ID.  The original is like a dog tag, with your name, contact numbers and any health concerns you want to list.  The interactive requires someone to call in with your Road ID Serial number.  As great as the interactive sounds, I often ride in the country where the “good ole boys” normally don’t have cell phones or 3G iPads in their trucks.

Overall Feelings

Looking back I may end up ordering a FIXX ID, mainly because I don’t think many people are trained to look for a bracelet on a cyclist or runner.  During the winter I wear long sleeves that will cover up the bracelet and not make it so obvious..  For the cost, it won’t solve the worlds problems or keep me any safer but it will help if I need it.

It comes down to Peace of Mind, for me it is worth it.

This product was given to me at no charge for reviewing.  I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.

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