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Car almost run you over? Throw these cards at reckless drivers

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Sometimes when you are on a bike, cars don’t seem to care about your safety. Well, you could get mad about it or you could throw one of these magnets at the offending vehicle. It lets them know that they’ve acted like a jerk and calls them out on their behavior.

The card is designed by Peter Miller for cyclists. Just hurl it at the offending car and it will stick, without causing an accident. Later, the driver will feel bad. Rightfully so.

iPad and speakers get mounted on a bike

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2010

Apple’s iPad can seemingly do anything and go anywhere. Now we have seen the tablet attached to a bike, along with speakers in front. We don’t have many details, but we do know that this guy will want to easily remove both iPad and speakers everytime he parks that bike.

That iPad cradle looks well made, but I still cringe about bumps and accidents killing the device. Anyway, it’s a cool setup. We like it.

Garmin Edge 800 for cyclists

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

GPS navigation systems aren’t just for drivers anymore. The Garmin Edge 800 is for cyclists who need accurate information in the simplest way possible. It merges the most popular aspects of the Edge 500 and Edge 705 along with an updated intuitive touchscreen interface.

New mapping options include Garmin’s BaseCamp route planning and BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and the Edge 800 is smart enough to track all performance data, so you can view it over a 2.6” display while keeping track of speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent.

Halo Bike Lock texts you when your bike is stolen

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2010

Summer. It’s a time of sun, fun, bikinis and…bike thieves. This concept from designer Steve Hunt looks just like a halo. It’s designed so that the connector cable is housed within the frame of the lock itself, which makes it harder for thieves to cut your cable.

The coolest feature however, is that Hunt wants to have an integrated wireless card inserted into the lock itself, so that when your bike gets stolen, the lock will notify you.

Folding Bike Concept locks itself to poles

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on July 9th, 2010

Here in the sprawled out state of Texas most of us can’t use a bike to get around unless we are in one of the big cities. It’s also hot enough to melt the tires off your bike in the summer so you have that to deal with in additional to worrying about your bike being stolen.

A designer has designed a new concept mountain bike that has a bendable frame to eliminate the fear of theft. That frame is designed to allow the bike to wrap around a pole to prevent theft.

Spider bike concept is made with airplane tech

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on June 28th, 2010

I used to work with a guy that was really into bicycling on the highway. He had a bike that was as expensive as many people’s car. The idea was to get as light a bike as possible so you can go faster.

A new bike concept on Yanko Design uses technology from aircraft manufacturing to make it light and strong. The bike is called the spider and is made from square aluminum tubing welded together.

Nokia launches Bike Powered Mobile Phone Charger

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2010

Nokia has launched a new accessory that will have you working for that precious juice for your mobile phones. The Nokia Bicycle Charger kit will let you recharge your Nokia mobile phone while you’re riding your bike.

The charger starts charging when you reach a speed of 6KM/H. The kit comes with a Nokia Bicycle Charger DC-14, Nokia Phone Holder for Bicycle CR-124, and a Bottle Dynamo. What the hell, it keeps you in shape right? While keeping Your phone charged.

VW debuts bik.e electric bike in China

Posted in Personal Transport by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2010

There are a number of electric bikes and motorcycles on the market today. The good thing about these devices is that they are green and quiet. There are lots of folks that like to commute on electric bikes rather than drive cars.

VW is a major car brand that has not been tied to electric bikes before. The firm unveiled a new electric bike called the bik.e at the Auto China 2010 show. The bike is designed to fold up and fit into the spare tire area of a car.

Steampunk Harley Davidson

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2010

We’ve seen our share of steampunk devices around here, but we’ve never seen a steampunk Harley Davidson. Until now. The bike frame looks like a Steampunk skeletal structure more than a frame. There’s also a cool T-Sable Spring engine and of course a Harley-Davidson transmission.

It goes by the name “Barro”. I would call it a sort of minimal interpretation of steampunk, but it works and makes the bike look as if it’s alive.

Sony NV-U35 GPS for your bike

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2010

Sony Japan has announced the NV-U35 GPS for bike owners. This portable GPS is weather proof, so it’s perfect to put on your handlebars and take with you while hiking or bike racing or whatever you do on two wheels.

Some specs include GPS with support for 3D view, 3.5 inch QVGA scratch resistant screen, 8GB of onboard memory, and support for popular video, audio and image formats. The NV-U35 will be available in April in Japan for 37,000 Yen (or about $ 400).

Pedal Brain iPhone kit connects your bike to your iPhone

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

There are all kinds of gadgets for cyclists and now there’s an iPhone app/accessory kit for them as well. The finishing touches are still being worked on, but they’ve made their Pedal Brain kit official anyway. Think of it as a Nike+ for cyclists.

It comes with a case accessory that uses the ANT+ wireless protocol to relay all of the information from your bike. That info is processed and analyzed by the Pedal Brain app. Pedal Brain also features a coaching feature that will let you make your own training plans and sell them through the app (They take a $4 a month cut).

Predator Motorcycle

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

Predator MotorcycleSo you are out for a leisurely drive one fine Sunday and suddenly you hear an ungodly roar, then see this thing zip past. It went by so fast you can’t even be sure there was a rider. But you know a Predator face when you see one. It could mean only one thing. Invasion. And they obviously now have cycles. We are screwed.

It’s actually from New Jersey custom bike shop Pitstop Motors who built this Predator motorcycle on commission. It’s fully functional. The owner even got two tickets on it’s maiden voyage, due to onlookers holding up traffic.

Evel Knievel kid’s Chopper

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2009

Evel Knievel kid's ChopperWatch in amazement as your kids say, “Who?” And, “Dad, I don’t get it. Why is this cool?” Kids today may not know who Evel Knievel is, but that isn’t stopping the manufacturer of this kid’s chopper.

It’s the limited-edition replica of the street cruiser ridden by Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel. And if you didn’t know, he set the world record by jumping over 19 cars and a bunch of other stuff, when he wasn’t laying in the hospital moaning.

A bike that grows with your child

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2009

A bike that grows with your childWe’ve seen sneakers that are designed to grow with your child, so why apply that concept to your kid’s bike? It’s a great idea, because kids outgrow everything, forcing you the parent to shell out more money for something else they can outgrow.

Why not have one bike that can grow with your kid? That’s the idea behind this conceptual bike that designers at Kilo Design are working on. The bike expands along the sizes needed for kids aged 6 to 12. That’s six years of never having to replace a bike.

Garmin Edge 500 bike GPS

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2009

garmGarmin Edge 500 bike GPSGarmin has released the Edge 500 cycling GPS device in blue and white, for cycling enthusiasts. The device offers data on actual positional and speed data as well as estimated calories burned and amount of climb or descent.

The Edge 500 can be also be paired with wireless sensors specific to Garmin or which support the ANT+ format. The Edge 500 boasts about 18 hours of battery life, and when its time, it can be recharged via USB. You can also send data to a Mac or Windows-powered machine through USB.