What’s new for the bicycle? We’ve already explored a variety of electric options that use old-school designs and fresh techniques. I guess it’s time to think ahead. The Cyclotron does just that. Aside from its futuristic name, it has next-gen looks, too. It recently hit Kickstarter with eyes on raising around $56,000. With just four days remaining, backers have committed over double that amount…
Bicycle Stories July 19, 2016
Bicycle Stories October 22, 2015
The bicycle has seen plenty of evolution over the last 100 years. One of the biggest area of improvements has been the materials used to create a safer and lighter ride. However, the basic design has largely stayed the same. While there are many high-end options that provide different layouts, styles, etc, the majority of riders are still perched on a seat upon two wheels.
Even recumbents are becoming more common-place across the United States for cyclists looking for an alternative option. The prone-style has not picked up as much traction, however. Instead of sitting up or reclining, like the other two examples, this model lays riders out, chest down, across the length of the bicycle. It has its benefits too: more torque and improved aerodynamics.
That’s where Bird of Prey Bicycles comes in. After nearly 25 years of design and tweaking, its new prone bicycle is set to be released. With a unique design and big price tag, it’s turning heads across the cycling community.
Bicycle Stories September 21, 2015
Instilling a creative imagination in a child is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Toys such as LEGO and K’NEX have created generations of ingenious minds that have created some of the coolest products later in life. A new Kickstarter campaign desires to bring that same level curiosity to a larger scale.
Infento is a project that delivers all the parts and tools for children to build their own bicycles, tricycles, snow gliders and more. The coolest part of the product is its ability to evolve over time as kids grow and have different needs. Best of all, it’s entirely put together by a simple hex key tool. Having raised nearly five times its goal, there is a clearly a lot of interest for this product to reach the market.
Bicycle Stories August 28, 2015
If you’re an avid bike rider, there is no doubt that you’ve wondered how to bring smartphone integration into your daily commute or exercise routine. There are plenty of iPhone or Android bike mounts, like this one from iOttie, that will suffice but still require riders to focus in on a display that may be difficult to read while riding.
SmartHalo is a new project on Kickstarter that attaches a simple round display onto the handlebars of a bike. It connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth so directions can be transmitted from the iOS or Android app. From there, SmartHalo provides turn-by-turn navigation, amongst other data, until you’ve arrived at the destination.
Bicycle Stories August 6, 2015
USB ports are everywhere these days. With more and more devices requiring a little charge here or there, we’ve become a species in constant need of power. But what do you do when you’re away from traditional outlets? There are obviously power banks but those still require to be charged as well. Even solar products are starting to take off.
A new Kickstarter campaign wants to take energy from your bicycle and use it to charge your device. While it’s not a new idea, Spinetics CydeKick aims to refine the solution of two-wheel power generation with it a new slick design. expand full story
Bicycle Stories July 17, 2015
Bicycle Stories July 14, 2015
Bicycling can be dangerous, but thankfully companies are making an effort to improve safety with new technologies. We already detailed a new radar system from Garmin and now a new Kickstarter campaign is improving the bike helmet by integrating turn signals and brake lights into the headgear. The project launched a few hours ago and they’ve nearly hit their goal. expand full story
Bicycle Stories May 15, 2015
More and more people are commuting to work each and every day, and with that comes increased risk for injury from cars and obstacles. It’s no surprise that bikers are coming up with more innovative ways to protect themselves. Enter BrakePack – a simple backpack that has built-in braking and turn signals to help keep you safe along the way. expand full story
Bicycle Stories December 11, 2014
We’ve all been there on a bike, with our kids out for a ride or trying to get some extra miles in to burn off the winter weight. Suddenly you’re faced with a hill that is a little too steep, or you’ve simply pedaled a little further away from home than you should have. The Omni Wheel from Evelo is attempting to provide the answer to those bike conundrums by putting the power of electricity into most consumer bikes.
Really, who wouldn’t like a little help with those evening rides every once in a while? It’s just gonna cost you to get the wheels rolling…