If you’re a fan of DIY, you might want to check out the Bamboobee Bike’s BIY kit. Designed as an economical way to get your own bamboo frame, the kit takes is a step further by providing the raw materials to build a frame along with some instruction. If you have been longing for the satisfaction of building your own bicycle frame, this is probably as easy as it gets – until Lego makes a life size, rideable bike that is.
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As usual, there’s simply too much to see at Eurobike to stop and talk with everyone about every product. So as we’re dashing through the halls, we’ll snap things that catch our eye for roundups. Not that they’re any less cool than the brands we dedicate full posts to. On the contrary, there’s often quite a bit of ingenuity to be found in the recesses and shared 10×10 booths. Here’s the first of many roundups to come from Eurobike 2014.
The Bpeople Unica saddle is a simply gorgeous melding of premium, vegetable dyed Italian leather and carbon fiber. Saddle weight is claimed at just 138g. The frame is 4K woven carbon fiber, shaped with a center relief channel on a 263×140 shell.
If you’re daydreaming at your computer thinking about your next big adventure, toying with the idea of bike packing, you’re going to need some bags. Packing light is key, but you still need a way to carry the essentials. As bikepacking has become more popular Blackburn has used their Ranger ambassador program to help develop some killer new bags that will get you out there and get you back home.
Capable of crossing the Great Divide, or making sure you’re well stocked for a day trip, the Outpost series includes a Handlebar Roll, Top Tube Bag, and a Seat Pack. Certainly not your ordinary seat pack, the Outpost model provides an extra large capacity that will mount to nearly any bike. Adjustable to fit smaller or larger items, the Seat Pack includes a stuff sack but is also compatible with standard dry bags.
There comes a time every year where the darkness comes earlier and earlier, it gets colder and drivers may not expect to see a cyclist on the road. If you’re a commuter, it’s time to pay attention to making yourself safe on the road. Fortunately, there are several new smaller companies starting up to help make your commute better, and some of the products and ideas are really, really good…
Thus far, Sigma’s Data Center has been a program that sits on your desktop, keeping all of your historical training data trapped on a local machine. Soon, though, a new Data Center 4.0 will move to the cloud, so once a workout has been synced from your device to Data Center, that workout data will appear on any device running Data Center.
To take full advantage of that, there’s a new Android Data Center app that’ll let you plug your rox10 into tablets or phones that have a mini USB and download ride data directly to the tablet. An iOS version of the app will launch simultaneously, but you’ll need an ANT+ dongle to read data from the Rox units or sync them with your computer first. Once that’s done, all of your training data will be more portable.
Rox 10.0 GPS cycling computer will get a much welcomed firmware update that allows you to further customize the screen, putting 1-6 of your favorite metrics onscreen at a time. Currently, the top section of the computer’s screen is fixed to show cadence, power, heart rate and one other metric, with speed and other usual suspects down below, and a button-activited scrolling metric on the bottom for things like time, distance, temperature, etc. We’re looking forward to setting ours up the way we’d like, and you’ll be able to do that from the Rox or through Data Center 4.0.
For multisport athletes, Sigma’s jumping on the “smart watch” category with the new RC Move…
The startup of small bike brands is alive and well in Europe. The latest is Overlap Bikes from Portugal, bringing us single speeds, fixies and internally geared bikes. Their unique approach is that they are only using Gates Carbon Drive belts for the drivetrain, citing the cleaner and quieter operation. Starting with just two stock models with options, they have already ventured into some very neat special editions…
We spotted the new Wheels Manufacturing eccentric bottom bracket in prototype form this summer, and now it’s official. The precision milled part will fit BB30 and PFBB30 frames, converting any into a singlespeed bike.
The Enduro ABEC5 angular contact bearings fit a 24mm spindle, with versions for Shimano definitely and SRAM GXP. The outer pieces are machined from aluminum and use steel bolts to snug it into the frame and hold position. It’ll fit both 68mm and 73mm BB shells.
Around $125 retail, price will be finalized and production started for November delivery. More pics below…
Just because you can’t afford the top of the line lock doesn’t mean you don’t deserve security. For ABUS that means the introduction of their new 410 Ultra series – a complete range of locks packed with the German lock maker’s technology at affordable prices. Meant to fill out their 400 series of U-Locks, the 410 Ultra locks are available in 4 different styles each with an optional Cobra Cable.
The new Niterider Sentinel is a 2watt/30 Lumen tail light with all the usual blinky functions you’d want to help people see you from behind. The bonus feature is the laser emitter on the bottom that creates a long, wide virtual bike lane around you, encouraging drivers to give you your space.
Retail is just $49.99. Because of the lasers, it’s regulated by the FDA and DOT, and you won’t want to aim it at your eyes. It’s USB rechargeable with run times up to 36 hours. See how the lane markers blink into existence after the break…