Aaron Baker’s monstrous Honey Badger mountain bike trike by Adaptive Reactions

Photo: Michael Darter
Photo: Michael Darter

Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane assistance.

Now, he owns and operates an adaptive gym, C.O.R.E., and has built this bad-ass fat trike mountain bike. The official name is Stinger, but Aaron nicknamed it the Honey Badger thanks to the way he rides it – getting nasty over the trail and kicking up on one or two of the three wheels.

Built by Reactive Adaptations, you can check out the details below…

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Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane […]

Posted in Advocacy, Fatbike, Gadgets & Hacks, Industry News, Mountain Bike7 Comments

Zirbel Velocity Racer twist shifting to control Di2, EPS, or even eTap electronic shifts

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Zirbel Bike out of Switzerland has developed a new multi-function grip shift-style twist shifter to control electronic drivetrains. The Velocity Racer shifter is targeted at road bikes with bull horn bar setups, but has also been installed in flat bar setups. Not content with compatibility with one system, Zirbel have developed versions to control Shimano Di2, Campagnolo EPS, and even SRAM’s wireless eTap drivetrains. Then on top of that, each single twist shifter also has the ability to control both front and rear derailleurs with its multi-directional movement. Check out videos of how it works and more after the break…

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Zirbel Bike out of Switzerland has developed a new multi-function grip shift-style twist shifter to control electronic drivetrains. The Velocity Racer shifter is targeted at road bikes with bull horn bar setups, but has also been installed in flat bar setups. Not content with compatibility with one system, Zirbel have developed versions to control Shimano […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Mountain Bike, Road Bike7 Comments

Be seen with tiny, stick-on FLECTR spoke reflectors

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Reflectors aren’t usually something to get to excited about. They tend to be get taken off of new bikes after making noise, getting broken, or just being more annoying and less cool than useful. But riding at night, and especially while commuting, it does really pay to be seen. The team behind FLECTR was tired of bulky, failure-prone solutions so they came up with an almost weightless and aerodynamically invisible alternate that they claim is effectively indestructible. So now they’ve taken their Flectr reflectors to Kickstarter, and have already blown past their funding goal with a few weeks to still get in on the deal…

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Reflectors aren’t usually something to get to excited about. They tend to be get taken off of new bikes after making noise, getting broken, or just being more annoying and less cool than useful. But riding at night, and especially while commuting, it does really pay to be seen. The team behind FLECTR was tired of bulky, […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Commuter, Gadgets & Hacks, Kickstarter5 Comments

SRAM eTap joins Shimano & Campagnolo to talk to Garmin computers

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Now cyclists riding the top-tier electronic groups from all of the three big drivetrain manufacturers have gotten wireless ANT+ communication with Garmin’s newest Edge 520 and 1000 cycling computers. SRAM Red eTap users can now see their current gear selection and shifter battery life directly on their Garmin head unit. SRAM had promised such functionality from the beginning, and it was no surprise with its already wireless transmission that it won’t need special parts like the Shimano & Campy versions. No firmware update is even required for eTap itself. Users will just need to go to Garmin Express to update their Edge cycling computers for the added connectivity.

SRAM now joins Shimano, who was the first to really integrate ANT+ connectivity into Di2 with their D-Fly more than 2 years ago, but as it required an extra transmitter we haven’t seen it on every Di2 setup already out on the road. And then Campy got the ball rolling again when they added a wireless transmitter to EPS and put out the MyCampy app for smartphones last fall with broader functionality. And now just last week Shimano stepped it up again with the launch of XT Di2 that brings added controls to all Di2 systems (road & mountain) that will let you have such varied function as controlling the Garmin with integrated buttons in the (road) brake/shift levers, seeing derailleur trim on the fly through the GPS, and ultimately plans to link electronic suspension settings.



Now cyclists riding the top-tier electronic groups from all of the three big drivetrain manufacturers have gotten wireless ANT+ communication with Garmin’s newest Edge 520 and 1000 cycling computers. SRAM Red eTap users can now see their current gear selection and shifter battery life directly on their Garmin head unit. SRAM had promised such functionality […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Road Bike3 Comments

Think you can cut it like a pro? Schwalbe makes it easier with new Tread Cutter

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If you peek behind the tape at just about any professional downhill event, you will surely spot a familiar tire that looks way more worn than it should be considering it is on a sponsored rider’s rig. Often that is intentional as riders and their mechanics are looking for every bit of speed they can get. We’ve regularly spotted pro mechanics behind the race van  amongst a pile of chopped rubber tread blocks with some headphones on, taking on the mind-numbing task.

But now Schwalbe introduces the first tread cutter made specifically for mountain bike tires, and it’ll make mechanics’ and DIYers’ lives a little easier…

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If you peek behind the tape at just about any professional downhill event, you will surely spot a familiar tire that looks way more worn than it should be considering it is on a sponsored rider’s rig. Often that is intentional as riders and their mechanics are looking for every bit of speed they can get. […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Gadgets & Hacks, Mountain Bike13 Comments

ANT+ gives a heads up on new device communication profile for EXtended (heads up) Displays

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ANT has just developed the first ever universal wireless profile standard that defines communications between a fitness device and an extended display. That is a pretty important step with the recent introduction of compact heads-up displays like Garmin’s Varia Vision and many others. Just like with the typical ANT+ protocol, a set standard of communication is needed to ensure compatibility between different manufacturers and with the current tech we already own. The ANT+ Extended Display profile (EXD) will undoubtedly be a major contender based on their might and existing position in the industry.

Check out how it works and what it will do after the break…

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ANT has just developed the first ever universal wireless profile standard that defines communications between a fitness device and an extended display. That is a pretty important step with the recent introduction of compact heads-up displays like Garmin’s Varia Vision and many others. Just like with the typical ANT+ protocol, a set standard of communication is needed to […]

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SOC16: Power measurement enters third dimension with new 4iiii Precision 2.0 meter

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Introduced at Interbike 2014, the 4iiii power meter has come a long way very quickly. Originally planned as a DIY add on, they showed an even smaller unit at Sea Otter last year and introduced their factory installation option. Now, they’ve done away with the end user installation option and are offering two ways to get their power meter on your bike, both still starting under $400.

Even better, they’ve improved the accuracy of their power measurement by adding a third method of strain gauge measurement to the system. Called 4iiii Precision 2.0, they’re touting it as a “3D crank power meter” because it uses three strain gauges to measure the arm’s bending, shearing (pulling the pedal hole away from the spindle center) and axial deformation, with the latter accounting for odd angles of forces acting on the pedal (like if your knees bow way outward and your pedal isn’t being driven downward in a perfectly straight line…

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Introduced at Interbike 2014, the 4iiii power meter has come a long way very quickly. Originally planned as a DIY add on, they showed an even smaller unit at Sea Otter last year and introduced their factory installation option. Now, they’ve done away with the end user installation option and are offering two ways to […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Sea Otter Classic, Training1 Comment

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based industrial designer behind the Wearable Planter line for the last 5 years. Now they come to the bike, on your handlebar, or even strapped to your seattube or fork blade. Where else would you find this sort of thing, but on Etsy.com

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Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based […]

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Polar V800 GPS watch pairs with GoPro for controls & video stats

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One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the growing number of GoPros filming everything from training to races…

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One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the […]

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