Posts in the category Concept

Beer Brewer Oskar Blues to Open Epic Cycling Destination

oskar blues brewery launches reeb cycles bicycle brand with belt drive mountain bikePerhaps best known for their award winning Pale Ale, Oskar Blues Brewery is also gaining a reputation in the cycling industry for their other hobby – bike building. The company recently began manufacturing an array of bicycles under the name Reeb, which happens to be “Beer” spelled backward.

Originally based in Colorado, the Brewery now has an East Coat location, located just a few miles from Pisgah National Forest. The location was chosen because it’s one of owner Dale Katechis’s favorite places to ride.

Now to celebrate those dual passions, Oskar Blues is in the process of opening a 145 acre ranch, that will feature world class riding and beer. On the former Shoal Falls Farm, the brewery will grow vegetables and hops, and raise “home-grown” beef and pork for their four restaurants.

In addition to that, the farm will feature dirt jumps, a pump track, a swimming hole, waterfalls, tent camping, and easy access to the miles of single track in Dupont State Park. Reeb also plans to make bikes available for demo, and are partnering with a local bike guide/concierge service, to provide tours.

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Ditch the Saddle for a Harness with the new Flying Bike!

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Inventors are always targeting the bicycle saddle as an area of improvement – after all, for non cyclists they always seem to be a source of complaints. For Architect and engineer David Schwartz however, it wasn’t how he could redesign the saddle, but how he could remove it completely. That idea drove him to create the first proof of concept for the Flying Rider, a bicycle with no seat.

David says he came up with the idea for almost the exact opposite reason you would expect. Instead of eliminated the saddle for pressure relieve, David thought that if riders had something to push against with their back, they could generate more power to the pedals and be more efficient. The final result is a prototype with a cage that surrounds the rider who is suspended in the middle with a harness.

Strap into your new flying machine, next…

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Kickstarter: FlyPedals Universal Clipless to Flat Pedal Adapter

Fly Pedal Clipless Adapter to Flat prototype

Clipless pedals offer many performance advantages, but can be awkward when heading out on a casual ride. Rather than carry a set of street shoes, or try to ride your clipless pedals with your regular shoes, the Flypedal adapter turns your clipless pedals effortlessly into flats.

These adapters are constructed from aircraft grade aluminum and are drilled to accept any pedal cleat, so they work with every major brand of clipless pedal on the market.  READ MORE ->

Bike Intermodal: The World’s Smallest, and Most Impressive Folding Bike?

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Imagine a folding bike that was so small and light weight that it became more of an accessory rather than a vehicle. That’s the folding bike that Bike Intermodal is designing which they claim will be the smallest and lightest folding bike ever – and by quite a margin. Thanks to a €1.58 million grant in research funding from the European Union, the team behind the Bike Intermodal research project is well on their way to succeeding in producing a folding bike that may way as little as 7.5kg (16.5 lbs) and folds up to the size of a brief case.

If that wasn’t enough, the project is also developing a pedelec or electric assist version with one of the most compact direct drive motors we’ve seen. And it will be fully recyclable…

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60 MPH On The Flats? With The Air-Spear It May Be Possible

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Life long martial artists Jim Wing has only been a cyclist for one year. But his goal of pedaling to the speed of 60 MPH under his own power may soon be realized. The key to achieving such a feat? …the “Air Spear.” See it in action, next.

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From Hospital to Health, Wheelchair Converted to Bike Raises Attention for Charity

Wheelchair to BicycleCreated as a promotional tool for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s annual Ride for Heart charity bike ride, this wheelchair was rebuilt into a fully functioning bicycle.

If you’re lucky enough to live in beautiful Toronto, you may have the opportunity to see it parked in various locations throughout the city, where signage on the bike directs you to a website where you can register or sponsor a rider, and learn more about the foundations research.

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Found: Talbot Frameworks Integrates Circuits into Paint, Eliminates Di2 Wires

Talbot Integrated DI2 Circuit PaintThe Talbot Frameworks name dates back to 1940s, but it was only recently that customer frame builder Matt McDonough bought the naming rights. Since then, he’s produced everything from a balance bike to a Rofloff equipped touring bike, but perhaps his most interesting frame to date is the Dalsnibba.

Named after a mountain in Norway, where an annual duathlon takes place, the frame is constructed from a mixture of different tubing, which are mixed and matched to meet individual rider needs.

What makes this frame particularly notable is it’s unusual Di2 integration. Rather than running internal housing, this custom frame has pure silver laid onto the paint to create circuits.

*Updated* At bottom of the post with info from the builder!

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Brainy Bike Lights use science to make drivers more aware

Brainy Bike LightRather than playing the lumen game, the Brainy Bike front and rear lights use symbols for fast recognition from drivers.

The concept was developed and tested by the Department of Experimental Psychology at the prestigious University of Oxford. Why do they think it’s better than your average light? READ MORE ->

UK Engineering Students’ ARION1 Targets Human Powered Speed Record in 2015

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Students at Liverpool University are developing a design to attempt to break the world record for the fastest non-motor paced bicycle. Named the ARION1, the latest iteration of their record-attempting bicycle is a fully-enclosed shell with a somewhat bean-like shape that would be familiar to anyone who has followed these record attempts.

Limited by the need to locate a large enough set of wheels and large scale drivetrain to maximize efficiency and speed, as well as to enclose a cyclist with enough space to maximize power output, there is only so much that can be done to cut down the overall frontal area of even a recumbent bike. The students are then tasked with trying to tweak the construction, final shaping, and even the fairings surface treatment to minimize drag.

Read on for more of their progress and plans…

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