With spring soon to yield to full and hopefully glorious summer in the Western hemisphere you might be tempted to think about doing more things outdoors. You might even be tempted to climb on a bicycle and explore or possibly commute.
Cylo has developed what they believe to be the perfect solution. Bikes built for performance, functionality and cutting edge style. Cylo was founded by two brothers who grew up in France but with an American heritage. They are now based in Portland Oregon. The brand name is a combination of Cycle and Velo, meaning bicycle in French, thereby reflecting the brothers' dual heritage.
Eric is the designer while Antoine is an entrepreneur passionate about cycling even in the worst conditions. Cylo bicycles were born out of 18 months of design, engineering and passion, “It will take you right back to the feeling you had as a kid on hot summer days, freely exploring as you coasted down the street on your first adventure.” explains an enthusiastic Eric.
CYLO’s design is built for speed and all day comfort based on the experiences of both brothers and feedback from friends who bike daily. “Everyone likes to go fast, it’s part of our nature. But not at the detriment of comfort.” says Antoine.
The bikes come with integrated lights so you will always be seen. The brothers believe they should be integral to the bike, not an add-on you forget to charge, get stolen or leave behind. Each bike also comes with an accelerometer so the rear light will brighten as you slow down. And the carbon belt drive will silently get you where you need to go while keeping the cuffs of your pants clean.
Cycling security was a main concern. When a cyclist brakes, the car behind it doesn’t necessarily and most cycling accidents actually happen the cyclist is hit from the back. Cylo built built a speed / acceleration sensor that will engage the brake light as you slow down. That way, everyone behind you will know you are braking.
If you know your bicycles the way you know your watches, the bikes are made from a US made 6061 aluminum frame with a Shimano 3-speed Nexus internal gear hub combined with the maintenance free Gates Carbon belt drive system. The tyres, designed for city cycling, are Schwalbe 32C’s.
However, just before you rush off to order one, the bikes are not going to be shipped until mid-summer 2014. You can receive updates on progress by joining the Cylo waitlist.
Watches that work with the Cylo
The Cylo comes in three colours, red, black and orange. It’s no challenge to find a watch that works in the first two colours, so we have chosen a selection of affordable but reliable orange hued watches that, like the Cylo bikes themselves, are built for performance, functionality and style.
Swatch Orange Rebel
Swatch SUOO701 Swiss Orange Rebel is a unisex watch which features a 41mm orange plastic case with a textured stainless steel push/pull crown. The watch is powered by a Swiss ETA quartz movement. This stylish watch also features an eye-catching orange dial with luminous hands and blue hour markers along with day-date display window at the 3 o'clock position, protected by scratch resistant mineral crystal and water resistant depth is 30 metres. $60.00
Ice Big Chrono
Ice Watches hail from Belgium and come in every shade under the sun in a variety of sizes. Black and orange accents will give this watch plenty of standout against the Cylo bike. Around $240.00
Herc Automatic Chronograph
Herc is a brand much admired, or at least somewhat fancied for their good looking watches on the Affordable Watches forum. This model is a 43mm Chrono with functions including hours, minutes, seconds, date, day, 24 hours and day and night indication. $100.00
Ritmo Mundo Quantum 1
Ritmo Mundo Quantum 1 models are made in bright colour shades in aluminum and steel. All versions are available in two sizes, both pretty chunky at 50 mm and 43 mm. Hour markers and hands are with luminescence. The watches run on Ronda quartz with chronograph functions.The watches come on a black silicone strap. $1,195.00
Casio G-Shock Extra Large GX-56-4ER
The classic square shaped G-Shock in vibrant orange packed with all the usual G-Shock functions including a chronograph, Day Date, Backlight, Alarm and more. Around $200.00
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