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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…
Add-on turns bike helmets into a lock
Sometimes bike riders just need to drop into a store or café to quickly pick up a coffee or something on their shopping list. Since most stores don’t like riders carry their bikes inside, they either have to risk propping them up with no security or go through the whole process of locking up. Now Belgium-based sportswear company Lazer has developed the Cappuccino Lock, a helmet strap add-on that enables bike owners to use their helmet to quickly lock both. READ MORE…
At hotel for cyclists, guests can ride right up to reception
For those who want to see the world by bike, there aren’t actually that many options when they travel — most hotels don’t provide secure facilities for locking them away, and airlines often charge extra for taking them on board. In Japan, Hotel Cycle is hoping to make cyclists feel more welcome, with accommodation designed especially for bike-riding tourists. READ MORE…
Merge could be the ultimate bike for NY commuters
More and more people are considering taking their bike to work, whether it’s due to concern over their car’s impact on the environment, a need to save money, or to simply keep fit. To cater for this influx of commuting cyclists, we’ve already seenParker Dusseau create a business suit that keeps riders sweat free on their way to the office. Now design studio Pensa has developed Merge, which comes with an array of features that make it perfect for big city cycling. 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…
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…

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…
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…
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 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…
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…