• Come Eat, Drink, Ride, and Be Merry with Retrospec @ CicLAvia: 8/14

    Posted by Helen Wahle

    After you ride your heart out at CicLAvia on Sunday, August 14th, be sure to come join us for a special Happy Hour Shindig with Just Ride LA at Plan Check DTLA, located right along the CicLAvia route at 1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Details in the flyer above. Win a bike, drink some beer, and meet the Retrospec team! See you there.

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  • Retrospec Founder & CEO Ely Alexander is One of LABJ's 2016 "20 In Their 20s"

    Posted by Helen Wahle

    Check out the feature in the Los Angeles Business Journal below:

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  • Fixie Feature in Bicycle Retailer

    Posted by Helen Wahle

    Check out our sweet feature in the June 1st, 2016 edition of Bicycle Retailer below:

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  • Bike Accessories Spotlight: The Copenhagen Wheel

    Posted by Megan Scott

    We love bicycling. We love how rewarding it feels as we push the pedals down with our legs, breathing hard, racing to the top of the hill. We love how exhausted and exasperated we feel once we reach the top of the hill. But sometimes, just sometimes, we fantasize about how nice it would feel if we just cruised along easily.

    New innovations in cycling are striving to make biking a bit more enticing by making it easier to do. The Copenhagen Wheel, for example, turns standard bicycle wheels into motorized speed demons, capable of racing long distances with minimal effort.

    The Copenhagen Wheel

    A Boston-based startup company called Superpedestrian developed a new wheel that can transform certain bicycles into hybrid e-bikes. The Copenhagen Wheel replaces the standard rear wheel on a bike, and it consists of a motor that is powered by a built-in battery and sensors. Using the sensors, the Copenhagen Wheel measures the amount of effort being put forth by the cyclist and offers an additional boost whenever necessary.

    The Copenhagen Wheel

    In other words, your ride should feel the same whether you're gliding along a flat sidewalk or making your way up a steep hill. Best of all, you don't need to charge it. The Copenhagen Wheel is powered by your own pedaling and serves as a self-contained generator. Talk about some awesome green innovation. According to Superpedestrian, the Wheel should last for 15 miles in each direction and will be compatible with most bicycles.

    For Now, You'll Need to Stick with Your Old Bicycle Wheels

    Superpedestrian recently secured $2.1 million in venture capital funding for the Copenhagen Wheel, which means we may have access to this interesting innovation in the not-too-distant future. For now, though, we're going to have to continue cycling the old-fashioned way: pedaling, sweating, and burning calories (see, it's not all bad). At Retrospec, we carry a wide variety of fixed gear bikes and commuter bikes that are designed to add a touch of style and ease to your commute, all without breaking the bank. They may not propel themselves, but they'll certainly make your ride enjoyable. We invite you to check out our selection.

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  • Beta Series Fixed Gear Bicycle vs Mantra Fixed Gear Bicycle

    Posted by Megan Scott

    Retrospec Bicycles: Beta Fixie vs Mantra Fixie

    We’re Retrospec Bicycles. As should be self-explanatory, we like bicycles. In fact, we like them so much, we design and sell our own. But you probably already figured that out, seeing as you’ve gotten to this page.

    Our Beta Series fixed-gear bicycle was one of our very first dreams that came true. It’s a great bike with a hand-built steel frame, a sealed bottom bracket, and brand name components. It features CST High Performance tubes and tires, KT hubs with a flip-flop hub on the rear tire, and 41 mm Super Deep-V rims. It boasts bar-spin clearance on all sized frames. We designed our Beta with the daily commuter in mind and diligently handpicked all of its elements.

    But we’ve grown up since our first release. Our Mantra is also a great bike and has a ton of improvements. This upgraded version of our fixed gear bicycle has Kenda Kwest tires to outlast its predecessors. These tires are durable, handle a higher tire pressure, and grip the road well, making it ideal for the daily commuter. The new integrated seat clamp isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it also prevents the seat post from slipping. Don’t forget about our better-forged crank, which is denser and stronger but still lighter than steel. This meetier crank lets you go faster with less deflection, making for a much more efficient ride. Not only have we replaced our rims with Super Deep-V Stars rims, but we’ve also added a KMC chain and we’ve included removable fixed-gear freestyle Velcro straps and a free front light. Our Mantra has set a new standard for the fixie industry. It rides with you, it rides for you. You have complete control over the road before you. Some mystics even say that the rider eventually becomes one with the Mantra.

    As such, we’re discontinuing our Beta Series fixed-gear bicycle. Though we’re bummed to see it go, we’ve reduced its price so it can find a happy home and a happy rider. The B. Series is an incredible value for a budget fixie. If you’re cost-conscious and looking for a starter bike, this is a solid choice. But you’re going to have to pick it up quickly, because it’s on its way out.

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