High fashion comes to hi vis

As any urban cyclist will know, trying to get from A to B in one piece can be a dangerous task, especially in Western cities that will soon see it get dark at rush hour. It’s generally considered a wise move to wear some high-visibility clothing, but many don’t bother for fear of looking silly. In order to remedy this, London-based Henrichs has developed a range of hi vis cycling gear with a touch of glamour. READ MORE…

E-bike kit is controlled by cyclists’ heartbeat

Every now and then, a company tries to re-invent the wheel. It’s now common to see bikes equipped with electronic assistance, or add-ons such as the The Copenhagen Wheel that turn any bike into an e-bike. Many use the technology to help them climb hills that they’re not fit enough to do with simple pedalling. However, this assistance does take away some agency from the rider. Falco e-motors has now created a e-bike kit for any bike that responds to the user’s heartrate and delivers personalized assistance. READ MORE…

Latvian taxis to offer a dedicated service for cyclists

When most cities attempt to encourage more of their population to take up cycling, they tend not to begin by improving the quality of their car services. That, however, is exactly what Latvian’s Baltic Taxi is doing. READ MORE…

Small clip aims to revolutionize the bike rack

Frequent cyclists will be all too familiar with the mess bicycles can make on the walls of their home. Think black smudge marks and dirt from wheels and handlebars. Bike racks, however, are often large and unsightly, leaving riders with little alternative. Looking to change all of that however, Clug is a near-invisible clip which can discreetly mount bicycles both vertically and horizontally. READ MORE…

Gothenburg offers free bikes for six months to get local population cycling

For all the efforts of bike to work schemes and cycle lanes, it still remains a significant challenge to encourage those who have never biked to ditch their cars. Identifying that much of the problem comes from a reluctance to break an established way of life, alongside a belief that bikes are impractical for certain tasks, the city of Gothenburg in Sweden has launched project Testcyklisterna — offering residents free bikes which they can own for half a year. READ MORE…

This bike lock alerts emergency services if you have a cycling accident

In the past we’ve seen numerous efforts to bring smart technology to the world of cycling, such as Lock8‘s keyless security system that lets bike owners grant access to friends via their smartphones. Skylock is another device that offers smart locking and theft prevention, but with the added extra of detecting crashes and calling for help if it’s serious. READ MORE…

Reflective bike uses cat’s eyes technology to save lives

Cycling in the city can be a dangerous business, regardless of the experience levels of the rider. We recently wrote about Fly6, which has turned rear bike lights into cameras to deter motorists from making bad judgments, and now Lumen is the world’s first commercially available retro-reflective bicycle, offering greater safety at night through a coating that lights up in car headlights. READ MORE…

Bike light deters dangerous activity behind cyclists

Cyclists often have to deal with poorly planned cycle lanes, dangerous traffic hotspots and even angry motorists, and many have taken to filming their journeys as a way to provide footage in the event of an incident. While products such as the Helmet of Justice have already combined cameras with existing bike equipment, the Fly6 is a rear light with an embedded HD camera that aims to discourage bad behavior on the part of motorists by warning them that they’re being filmed. READ MORE…

3-storey tricycle is a roving kitchen, restaurant and bar

Food trucks have been a common sight in cities since the 19th century, but the rising rates of traffic congestion mean that they’re not very efficient at remaining on the move if the market demands it. In the past we’ve seen Velopresso deliver eco, pedal-powered coffee to the streets of London, and now Vietnamese bar Ta đi Ôtô is aiming to go one better by fitting an entire restaurant — kitchen included — onto a roving mobile structure steered by tricycle. READ MORE…

Bike-to-work suit keeps commuters stylish and sweat-free

While some commuters may actively enjoy the morning routine of donning their cycling gear and changing once at the office, others find it time consuming and feel uncomfortable in cleats and lycra. Helping bike riders to maintain a sense of style while they cycle, Parker Dusseau has created a smart men’s suit that offers features typically found in sportswear. READ MORE…

Bicycle helmet folds flat and fits into a laptop case

Encouraging the increasing number of cyclists on city roads to wear a helmet is a difficult task — some believe they’re not necessary while others find them uncomfortable and bulky to carry around. Hoping to tackle the last of those issues, Morpher is a piece of bike equipment that provides the protection of a standard helmet while also being collapsible for easy storage. READ MORE…

Bike configured for automatic gear shifting

Manufacturers are always trying to improve the design of bikes, but rarely make efforts to change the traditional structure of the devices – aside from startups such as Loopwheels, for example. Autobike is another innovative company that hopes to bring automatic gear shifting to two-wheel transport. READ MORE…

Spokeless wheels bring full suspension to foldable bikes

Foldable bicycles may bring unsurpassed convenience to the pedal-powered commuting world, but with their attractive flexibility can sometimes come a price in comfort. Integral suspension systems are often sacrificed for that foldable convenience, but the Loopwheels – a spokeless wheel from UK-based Jelly Products – aims to offer a more comfortable ride. READ MORE…

Multiple features make the ‘Safest Bike on the Road’

One thing that can discourage urban travelers from getting on their bike is the perceived danger posed by other traffic. While the Kilo Glow from Pure Fix Cycles has already offered a glow-in-the-dark model, the self-proclaimed Safest Bike on the Road includes a reflective coating along with working brake lights and other safety features. READ MORE…

A bicycle with intelligence. This is what Jack Al-Kahwati had in mind when he came up with the idea for Velo-1 – an electric bike that can take instruction from a smartphone in order to control the gears, navigate the safest or quickest routes and share data via social networks. As traffic increases, roads become increasingly hazardous and it can be difficult, not to mention dangerous, for cyclists to make snap decisions about which route to take. The Velo-1 was developed with a cyclist’s mindset as paramount importance. It is meant to offer an intuitive approach to a cyclist’s journey through collecting data on the regularly used routes and using this data to inform future suggestions. READ MORE…