Bikefixtation helps quench your thirst and clean your filthy bike!

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Bike Fixtation makes cyclists’ lives a little easier by making the things they need more accessible when they’re needed. Their public use work stands and vending machines have saved many of rides, and now they’re adding even more remote functionality with a bike wash and a bottle station. Fix your bike, clean it off, and fill your bidons all right at the trail head…

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Cerevo XON Orbitrec to integrate smart sensors into 3D printed Ti & carbon road bike

Cerevo XON Orbitrec to integrate smart sensors into 3D printed Ti & carbon road bike
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Japanese consumer electronic’s specialists Cerevo (Consumer Electronic REVOlution) are actively trying to develop into the fledgling smart sports segments with a new XON line that will take on everything from point-of-view cameras to smart snowboard bindings. What caught our eye is their XON Orbitrec bike concept that will integrate all manner of ride telemetry sensors into the bike itself, much like the Canyon Projekt MRSC connected concept bike we saw about a year and a half ago. But while that Canyon is still a ways off (even though the stem mounted smart computer should be available this spring), Cerevo is claiming that they will release both the integrated bike and a stand-alone version of the full sensor package this year that could be added on to existing bikes. See what the Orbitrec or the bolt-on Ride-1 can do after the break…

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Wavetrans bicycle transmission provides seamless CVT-style shifting

Wavetrans bicycle transmission

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If you’ve ever driven a snowmobile or a car equipped with a CVT transmission, you’ll know how smooth the engines feel as they shuffle through their “gears”. With the creation of the Wavetrans bicycle transmission, that kind of smoothness could find its way onto your bicycle.

The Wavetrans is an electronically controlled drivetrain with a single front ring that expands or contracts to provide the equivalent of six different gears. The innovative concept claims to offer several benefits versus traditional derailleur setups. It provides a seamless feeling while you shift, can be shifted under load, operates quietly and smoothly, won’t double shift like derailleurs can, digitally displays what gear you’re in, and the inventor claims the chain will never fall off.

Currently only one prototype exists and actual production is a ways off, but it’s certainly an interesting idea. Video and more details below…
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Hiding from the elements: A few unique options to keep you “covered” when the weather changes its mind

Hiding from the elements: A few unique options to keep you “covered” when the weather changes its mind

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Staying dry is important whether you’re riding to work, or crossing a stream. The Cross Point socks from Showers Pass look like the perfect option for wet days, or to store in your hydration pack or pannier for stream crossings or when the ride home wasn’t what the weatherman said. They are fully windproof, waterproof and breathable and go for $35. For cooler days, a warmer wool version can be had for $39.

If more than your feet need protected, Vanmoof’s Boncho and Enclosed Bike’s “Ego Urban Transporter” are two options at two different extremes that might fit the bill if you don’t need to look like a Rapha model on your commute to work…

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Smarter bikes everyday, Vanhawks Valour leads the way & watches your back

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There looks to be no slowing down of the trend to more and more connected bikes on the roads, and the VanHawks Valour is the most recent to hit the streets. We had a quick look at the bike a year and a half ago when it was just a Kickstarter in its designers eyes, but just before the holidays the first shipment of bikes was making  its way out to US customers, so now it’s time for a closer look. Touted as the first smart bike, the Valour is packed full of all kinds of sensors and pairs with your smartphone to help navigate through the city streets, log all sorts of ride data, and keep both its rider and itself safe. Roll past the break for a closer look at all of its tech…

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The Integrated Bike Rack and Features of the Hoodworks GearGate Will Make you Want a Truck!

The Integrated Bike Rack and Features of the Hoodworks GearGate Will Make you Want a Truck!

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If you’ve ever teetered on whether or not you wanted a truck, this little doozie of a tailgate from Hoodworks may just knock you off that ledge. Loaded with some bike friendly features, the GearGate puts a lot of the things you need in one place and adds a few other handy items to boot. In total there are a lot of the very well thought out… as well as heart breaking features of the HoodWorks GearGate…..

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The Placha plastic concept bike

The Placha plastic concept bike

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In an effort to combat high production costs, Korean designer Jaemin Lee proposed an alternate frame solution by taking the more simple front triangle of a standard bike and replacing it with an injection molded element. Using a simple rear triangle that could be just snapped into a two piece front, the design allows for a degree of modularity that would still allow frame size and even gearing flexibility in an overall bike that should be able to dramatically lower costs for a city riding bike. Take a closer look after the break…

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A week in review: The Öhlins fork lives, Garmin’s Varia has your back, Transition Carbon Patrol, & much more

A week in review: The Öhlins fork lives, Garmin’s Varia has your back, Transition Carbon Patrol, & much more

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It’s been a busy week with the end of the year approaching fast. Some of the big news this week came from Öhlins who has been poking around for some time sticking their cartridges in other’s squishy forks, finally spills the details on their new fork. Plus MET’s glowing new lid, road tubeless wheels from Novatech, a first impression of Garmin’s rear radar system for your bike, plus much more.

Shoot past the break to see this last week’s coverage, plus a little different perspective of the holidays by guest celebrity and opossum crooner of The Revolting Cogs fame and mis-fortune……

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First Impression: Garmin’s Varia gives you a heads up of what’s behind you

First Impression: Garmin’s Varia gives you a heads up of what’s behind you

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Earlier in the year we learned of Garmin acquiring South African company iKubu, maker of the Backtracker radar detection system so it was no surprise when the slightly more refined Varia was announced soon after. We got our hands on one to put to the test to see how well it worked and how useful it really is.

Head past the break to see the Varia in action and why I have such a strong opinion about this device after just one ride….

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