Posts in the category Gadgets

Taipei Show Randoms Pt. 1 – Cool Stuff from Gates, X-Fusion, Jones, and Much More

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Everywhere you looked in Taipei, there was something cool to see. The Taipei Show is quite a bit different from your average trade show, as it is geared almost exclusively to OEMs and distributors which makes it a cross between showing what’s new, and showing what is possible. In the case of Gates Belt Drive, for them it was a perfect opportunity to showcase what is possible with the Pinion Gear Box. Between the sealed gear box and a Gates belt, it may be the closest thing to a maintenance free drivetrain that we’ve ever seen.

While gates didn’t have a lot of new product, they did have a display showing just how many options you have when it comes to a belt drive. Check out the options plus a whole lot more, next…

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Award Winning Design in Taiwan with the Taipei Cycle D&I awards

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There were quite a few new products with clever designs in Taipei, but a few stood out more than others. Not just to us, but to the judges of the third annual Taipei Cycle d&i awards, co-organized by TAITRA (the Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and TBEA (the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association), and executed independently by iF Design Asia. The design competition included 185 entries from 16 different countries including Germany, Japan, China, USA, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Italy, UK, Austria and Israel, with first time entries from Switzerland, Korea, and Slovakia. With 49 winners selected, products ranged from bikes, to racks, to wheels, and anything in between. This year’s winners had some truly incredible ideas, and a few that may leave you scratching your head…

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Wahoo Fitness Adds Android App, Turns Billions More Smartphones into Cycling Computers

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Wahoo Fitness, which has built its marketing around being an iPhone powered fitness equipment provider has just expanded its bag of tricks with a new Android OS app.

It’ll work on any device running Android version 4.3 or newer and that allows Third Party App Access to the device’s Bluetooth 4.0 (Smart) radio. It’ll sync up with the company’s TICKR, BlueHR, BlueSC (Speed/Cadence sensor), RPM and KICKR trainer. If you’re still reading, we’ll assume a) you’ve not used their app before because b) you don’t own an iPhone. Quick summary: Their app is a pretty full featured cycling (or running) computer for outdoor workouts, letting you track all the same metrics you normally would…assuming you have Bluetooth sensors on your bike and/or body. It’s also the brains of their KICKR trainer, which is a remarkable piece of equipment.

And when you’re all done, you can upload to your choice of Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, Nike+, TrainingPeaks or GarminConnect.

Pics and links below…

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Make your Butt happy with the Dpardo T Type Healthy Saddle

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When it comes to saddles, lately there seems to be no shortage of ideas on how to revolutionize how we sit on a bike. The latest bizarre creation is Dpardo’s T2 Healthy Saddle – basically just a horizontal bar that you sit on. The simple design has two main functions, eliminate friction on the groin, and pressure on the perineum. According to U-Chien’s research, pressure in the perineum can result in abnormal genital growth for juveniles as well as “hymen injuries for girls,” as well as countless genital related issues for adults. Right. Fortunately the Type 2 saddle eliminates those issues by eliminating pressure on the perineum completely. In fact the saddle comes with a benefit list that borders on infomercial with the ability to “slim down, tighten and lift the buttocks, improve blood circulation to increase leg strength and butt muscle mass, restore elasticity and vigor for loose muscles, improve sagging buttocks”…. and on and on.

That’s a lot of talk, does it work? Get our first impression after the break…

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Two Fat Fronts are Better Than One with the new Rungu Juggernaut Bullfrog Trike

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Sometimes you need more than just a standard bike. Maybe you just want to channel your inner chariot racer or feel like pedaling around mountain biking’s equivalent of a 2 headed cerberus. Either way, Rungu’s new bullfrog trikes have you covered. Why bullfrog? Well, we suppose if the quick, streamlined recumbent 3 wheeled trikes are called tadpoles, the aggressive upright stance and large footprint of the Rungu trikes is deserving of the name. So just what is a bullfrog trike and why would you want one? Built with a fatbike rear end and a split, dual head tube design, the Juggernaut and the Kilimanjaro use dual head tubes with identical front wheels and forks that are steered through a connected handle bar. Which of course is equipped with bar ends. Rungu claims this adds additional stability thanks to the shoulder width front wheel spacing and combined with low gearing, they also claim this can get you places your standard bike or car just won’t go.

Want a front suspension bull frog? Catch one after the break…

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Hands on with the Interlock Seatpost Integrated Bike Lock in Taipei

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From Kickstarter to a Taipei D&I Gold award winner, Interlock is a smart product that combines a standard seat post with a bicycle lock. Now instead of carrying your lock on your frame, around your bars, or in a back pack, the lock stashes inside the post for a clean, extremely convenient locking option. Originally offered in 25.4 and 27.2mm diameters, a third 31.6mm size is being added, and they all retail for $60 – not much more than the cost of a seat post and a lock.

After meeting Adrian from Interlock in Taipei, we got a sample to try out – check out our first impressions next…

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Review: Downhill Supreme 2 – The Game You’ve Mostly Been Waiting For

Downhill Supreme 2 Title ScreenMountain bike games are few and far between, but last years Downhill Supreme breathed new life into a genre that had been stagnant since the legendary PS2 release Downhill Domination.

This week the long anticipated sequel to the original game launched, so we dropped a dollar in the app store and said goodbye to a weeks worth of productivity in the name of science. READ MORE ->

Wednesday Group Ride – Random New Bicycle Products & News

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Welcome to the Wednesday Group Ride, a collection of small news bits from the overload of info coming into our offices. Stuff that we simply don’t have time to do a full story on but wanted to share anyway.

State Bicycle Co. has added a Black Label Series, a 6061 aluminum track bike with a double butted, TIG welded frame and Essor full carbon fiber fork. It’s built up with a SRAM S100 crankset, flip-flop hub and house brand Pista drop bars. Retail for the complete bike is $759 with a choice of five frame colors.

Lots more random bike stuff below…

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Taipei Show: TRP Close to Production with Spyke MTB Mechanical, Plus Brake Lights, Splitters and more from Tektro

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Seeing as how the Spyke we saw at Frostbike, and subsequent testing is still very much a prototype, TRP had the latest version on hand in Taipei. We’re told this version is very close to production ready, and in addition to the change in graphics, receives some additional protection from the elements. The brakes will likely have a bit of camouflage of TRP’s own design, though they were still deciding on the final looks. Most likely it will end up as the version to the front, with a black body and a design on the brake arm.

More details on the Spyke plus some cool gadgets from Tektro next…

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