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Even the most efficient LED bike lights eventually require a new set of watch batteries. This week, the bicycle accessory company Bookman released the first USB-rechargeable version of its minimal, single LED bike light to the relief of night cyclists worldwide. The USB model costs an extra €20, but when you consider the shopping time plugging a light into your laptop for a few hours versus tracking down CR2032 batteries in drug stores, they're not a bad deal. 

The lights come in pairs of two in four colors, each one perfect for a new Martone

For a growing sect of cyclists, bike minimalism is king. Their goal is to remove all unnecessary parts, from extra brakes to multiple gears and elaborate handlebars, in order to have the lightest bike possible. While many of these riders would probably place big metal fenders in the "completely unnecessary" category, there are plenty of times when something to block the rain and mud from spraying your back would be a big help. The Musgard fender is a compromise: it's made of lightweight polypropylene, can be collapsed into a cylinder smaller than a can, and installs in seconds.

The Musgard Kickstarter has already doubled its goal, but you can still pick one up for $25.



One would hope cyclists wouldn't eschew helmet-wearing simply because of the hassle of toting one around once the bike is parked. But the foldable helmet from Carrera is designed with that very concern in mind, giving us one less excuse for going helmetless. Boasting a collapsable frame with an elastic fitting system, the helmet is meant to be closed like an accordion and stored in a bag when not in use. Carrera recently introduced a premium version that comes paired with matching sunglasses and features leather accents and a matte finish.

Throw one in your bag after your first ride on a men's or women's Martone bicycles, now in the Nothing Major shop. 

Bicycles are, for some, just as much a fashion accessory as a practicality these days. That's no slight—bikes, if they're to step in for our gas-guzzlers in more and more situations, will have to draw on all the stylish charm and heritage they can muster.

Brazilian-born Lorenzo Martone's new cycling brand makes no bones about its fashion-forwardness—Martone made his career publicizing luxury brands for others, in fact. Every Martone bike has a signature red chain as well as a uniquely designed handlebar basket. Looks and practicality need not be strangers on two wheels, evidently.

The bikes themselves are produced in Taiwan and feature steel alloy and aluminum frames, city-worthy puncture resistant tires, and the MCC Duomatic two-speed gear system developed by SRAM. The smooth shifting and basket feature suggest these chic city bikes are meant for grown-ups about town rather than custom-ride-crazed street rats.

There are two models, a 50cm women's bike, and 52cm and 56cm men's bike available in five colors (Mercer, Gramercy, Grand, Regard, and Real)—all go for $899 at martonecycling.com.

And this just in, the Martone Red Gramercy and the Martone Silver Regard are now available in the Nothing Major shop.

Photo by: SHS Publishing | Type Compass

Founded by the Italians Luca Bendandi and Matteo Cossu, SHS Publishing has a deceptively nondescript name, a roving area of operation, and almost microscopic print-runs. The small publishing house/collective of authors based in Berlin specializes in art, graphic design, typography, and architecture books and believes making small books for niche markets makes it more likely to get to the trends first.

Small means nimble for the publishers, who have a passion for ink on paper. "We don't believe in flooding bookshelves with a million copies. Isn't it better to print less and get them all on the right bookshelves, where they can be read, lived, and consumed?" writes Cossu.

The company has an eclectic catalog. One Gear is about fixed gear bikes, while Studiospace is concerned with architecture practices, office space, and work in general. GrAphorisms features 59 insights set in innovative typography. And Totem shows off the handcut shapes of PIRO, an Italian artist favoring motifs inspired by the iconography of ancient religions. Printing methods vary by publication. "Depending on the printrun we'll either use conventional offset or resort to a low-fi Duplo that we have in-house," Cossu explains. Totem was made on the Duplo 63s printer (a "poor cousin" to the Risograph, he says) and handbound.

ToTeM from Roberto López Mélinchon on Vimeo.

It might be young and small, but SHS hasn't wasted time. Last year, it organized "Fahrenheit 39" in Barcelona, a mini-festival celebrating independent print culture featuring workshops and live music.

With "Fahrenheit 39"-type events in mind, SHS has advice for other would-be small publishers: The work isn't done when the books come off the press. "Once finished, we always try to take the book by the hand and accompany it out, organizing events, building a community, and including our readers in the discussion generated by the publication." 

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