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For one super-rich couple, tour takes in 12 global cities by e-bike
In large cities with crowded public transport and expensive taxi fares, cycling is one of the best ways for tourists to get around. Travelers heading to Berlin can already use services such as Dynamic Connections‘ crowdsourced cycling route maps, but what about other cities? A2B bikes has now launched a package holiday that offers one couple a guided tour around 12 global destinations by e-bike, for just USD 135,000. READ MORE…
This simple tool repairs flat bike tires in 60 seconds
Punctures are the bane of cyclists’ existence, not least because they seem to happen at the most inopportune moments and require getting your hands dirty to fix. While New York’s Bikestock equipment vending machines have aimed to make available 24 hours a day the tools riders need to fix their bikes, a new device called patchnride is a portable device that permanently fixes any puncture with one easy maneuver. READ MORE…
Radar sensor for cyclists keeps tabs on dangerous traffic from behind
Cyclists are always advised to keep a clear distance from motorized traffic whenever they can to reduce the chances of collision, but it’s difficult to know when cars from behind are in danger of coming too close. While Japan’s Safety Sight app already warns drivers if they’re heading too quickly towards another vehicle, a new device called Backtracker now aims to save cyclists’ lives by letting them know of dangerous traffic coming from behind. READ MORE…
Paris extends its bikeshare program to kids
City-wide bikeshare programs may encourage more adults to cycle, but most people really learn the joys of riding when they’re young. However, the rate at which children grow means that it can be an expensive pursuit for parents when their kids are suddenly too big for their frame. In Spain, we’ve seen the Orbea Grow bike come with an extending frame to cater to growth spurts, but now France is aiming to make cycling for kids more affordable with P’tit Vélib, which opens up Paris’ Vélib scheme to younger residents. 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…
RFID-enabled public bike locks could put an end to bike theft
One reason why many bike owners don’t cycle to work is the concern that after they’ve locked it up outside, it may not be there when they get back. While new technology such as Lock8 has offered keyless locking before, PubLock is a scheme that aims to place extra heavy duty locks in public locations, which can be used by any cyclist through contactless cards. READ MORE…
Carbon fiber smart bike warns when cars come too close
There’s been a considerable effort in recent years to apply smart technology to bikes, from the Velo-1, which uses the riders’ smartphone as a dashboard, toHelios handlebars that include GPS to track stolen bikes. Now Canadian company Vanhawks has created the Valour, a lightweight carbon fiber bike that is perhaps the first to come with an array of smart features out of the box, such as warning when drivers come dangerously close. 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…
Puncture? New York bike repair stations offer 24-hour help
Almost all cyclists know the pain of experiencing a puncture on the road without the equipment needed to fix it. While Minnesotans enjoyed the roving GPS Tune-Up Bike — which assisted riders with tools and advice last summer — Bikestock is a more permanent solution, offering bike repair vending machines and public equipment in New York. 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…
Bike wheel stores pedal power to provide energy boosts for tough inclines
We’ve already seen battery-powered attachments that provide electric power to regular pushbikes thanks to innovations such as the UK’s Rubbee. Now researchers at MIT have created the Copenhagen Wheel, which fits onto any bike and captures energy from the rider’s cycling, offering a power boost when they need it for harder inclines later on. READ MORE…
Pop-up cycle lanes add safer bike routes to any road
Although painted bicycle lanes are meant to be designated safe areas for cyclists, they can often be full of potholes and ignored by motorists. Hoping to change this, Copenhagenize Flow is a system of modular tiles that enables bike riders to establish a flat cycle lane surface anywhere, on the fly. READ MORE…
Switch-less bike lights use magnetism to lock on and turn on
Bike lights can be expensive, and owners with those that are fixed to the frame may find they are easily stolen and difficult to install. Developed in Italy, pocket-sized Lucetta lights use magnetism both to secure the devices to the bike frame and as a switch mechanism. READ MORE…
Bike Butler equips hotel guests with local cycling knowledge
Not all hotels cater for tourists who want to travel in an eco-friendly way, although we have previously seen venues such as The Charles Hotel in Massachusetts offer free cycle classes. Now the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver is launching a Bike Butler service, giving cyclists help in exploring the local surroundings. READ MORE…
Key-less bike lock lets riders hand access to friends
This is part of a new series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
We’ve seen numerous updates to the bicycle that use smart technology to make them more secure and practical — take the Helios handlebars, which enable users to track performance, for example. Now Lock8 is another bike accessory that is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter — offering keyless unlocking, location tracking and access sharing. READ MORE…