Posts in the category Gadgets

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

halo belt illuminated safety

  • Halo Belt 2.0, seen above, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter and is still taking orders for it’s USB charged glowing belts in an effort to reach $100,000 so they can redesign the belt to be 100% waterproof. They even have a Halo Belt Mini for your dog’s collar.
  • Stolen Bikes.UK is celebrating their 2nd year in operation and the recovery of 140 stolen bikes by offering you a chance to win £500 to spend in a local (UK) bike shop or one of two Hiplok D’s. Enter to win on their FB page.
  • John Moss, the founder of Stolen Bikes.UK, was inspired to create the site two years ago when his own bike was stolen. Now, he is trying to close the bike theft circle with an additional website called Check That Bike! - for buyers of used bikes to make sure the bike they are going to buy is not stolen.
  • BuddyBike is pleased to announce that 10 of their bikes will be given away in the Great Bike Giveaway through the Friendship Circle. See the stats on all of the adaptive bikes in the giveaway and consider donating so more special needs children can enjoy the freedom of riding a bike!
  • Bicycle Retailer reports that Bob Stapleton, former owner of the Highroad cycling team, has bought Mad Fiber wheel’s intellectual property assets.
  • The 24 Hours of Booty is returning for its third year in Philadelphia, kicking off on Friday, June 27th. Check the website for more 24 Hours of Booty locations.
  • BMC has recalled it’s Stromer Electric Bicycles due to possible fork failure. See their website for more details. (Kudos to them for having fork recall information on the front page!)
  • Tomorrow is World Water Day and in celebration PureFix Cycles is giving away $100 to charity: water for every Uniform or Yankee bike sold.
  • The 2014 USA Pro Challenge is looking for you to design their official commemorative poster. Enter your submission via their FB page through May 2nd.
  • Bell Helmets has announced the 12 finalists for they IMBA-Bell Built grants. Voting is open to the public April 7th – May 18th on their FB page.
  • Looking for a smaller grant, from $400-$1000, to finish a project on your local trails or pump track? IMBA has just opened its Small Grant Program for applications. Deadline is May 30th.
  • Domahidy DesignsKickstarter Campaign has just five days to go, so he’s upped the ante to help close it successfully. What’s new? How ’bout a 650B bike as an option and a full lifetime warranty on all frames. He’s also added Small and XS sizes for the 650B frames, helping fit more folks.

Strava Gets More Social with New Mobile App

Strava Screen

If Strava wasn’t already social enough for your tastes, the mobile version of the app just got more friendly. Loaded onto your Android or Apple device, the new version of the app is easier to use and now allows for more pictures, comments, Kudos, and the ability to share it easily over social networks. In addition the app is now available in 11 different languages including Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Traditional Chinese making ride sharing more global. There is even the ability to select a pair of running shoes or bike for each activity providing a virtual odometer for your gear so you can keep track of how many miles they have endured.

Many of the features have been available on Strava.com for a bit, but now they’re mobile! Check out the new features after the break.

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Hands On: Pioneer Cycling Power Meter Tech Overview & First Impressions

Pioneer Cycling Power Meter and Cyclosphere tech overview and first impressions

The first question I had when invited to Pioneer’s launch camp for their 2nd generation power meter crankset was Why cycling? Without prompting, that’s the first question they answered.

Many of their California-based employees are cyclists. Across the Pacific pond, Fujita-San and Shioda-San, two employees in their Japan office, are both cyclists, one with a son that’s turning pro. Pioneer has all the core technology in house, and those two had access to all of the different departments to pull resources together to create both the hardware and software. It’s been their pet project for almost 2.5 years. About 20 engineers worked on this second generation iteration, which fixed a lot of the issues with the first version.

What were those issues? After testing it with the Belkin pro team for two seasons and working with shops during installation, they found that it needed to be simpler. Gone are the zip ties, BB magnet ring and full shop installation. The original relied on shop employees to bond the strain gauges to the crank arms, not just bolt it on the bike. The zip ties simply weren’t elegant enough for a high end system. The magnetic ring required to determine rotational position was overkill and required modifications to the bottom bracket. And the in-shop install proved to be too much work when considering mechanic turnover and retraining, and there was always the chance for error.

My test unit is among the first 11 off their assembly line in Long Beach, CA. The parts are made in Japan, then the units and cranksets come arrive in CA and the cranksets are disassembled and prepped. They’re placed in a jig where the strain gauges are glued into place, then cured in an oven for three hours. After that, the transmitters and chainrings are installed and everything’s repackaged. Then it’s off to the shop…

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Don’t Get Jacked, NoJack Enters The Bike Alarm Fray

NoJack Motion Activated Bike Alarm

You live in a densely populated, metropolitan city. You don’t own a car; you are “one less car.” You ride your bike. You ride your bike to school. You ride it to the office, to the café, to the pub. Maybe you even ride your bike for a living — hats off to the bike messengers. As such, one stolen wheel, one jacked seat, is all it takes to turn a good day bad, or leave you high and dry in midtown. But a second dimension of security is on the rise and it’s changing how we protect our bikes…

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NAHBS 2014: Abbey Bike Tools Continues to Impress with new HAG, Pedal Wrench, Crombie Team Issue, Prototypes and more!

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So far, every tool that has come out of Abbey Bike Tool’s Bend, OR production facility has left us impressed, and the latest round of tools looks just as good. At the heart of development would have to be the new HAG derailleur hanger alignment gauge which has been in the works for some time, but definitely worth the wait. In typical Abbey Bike Tools fashion, the HAG is built to meet the exacting needs and precision of pro race mechanics, but includes clever features that any shop mechanic will appreciate.

Align yourself with the new HAG plus check out one of the best pedal wrenches we’ve seen after the break!

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Problem Solvers Offers A Number of New Problem Solving Mounts for Shifters, Lights, Di2 Batteries and more

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True bike nerds rejoice – Problem Solvers has a new crop of widgets perfect for dialing in your current project. Problem Solvers is one of those companies that most cyclists probably don’t know exist, but when you have well, a problem that needs to be solved their products can prove invaluable. You may be familiar with the Problem Solvers MisMatch adapters which allow you to pair Shimano levers with SRAM brakes or vice versa. New for this year is the Shimano I-spec-B lever compatible model. Yes, apparently there is a new I-Spec standard. So whenever those make it to market, PS will have you covered for $39.95-49.95.

If you love to tinker around with new frames, components, and accessories, you’ll probably dig the other products PS has in store.

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Taipei Show: Innova Unleashes Some Monsters – Studded Tires for the Summer?

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Studded tires have become a pretty common sight on bicycles, especially with the crazy winter we’ve had this year. But once the snow starts disappearing, so do the studs. Well, at least they used to. Now it seems that Innova thinks there are benefits to be had with studded tires in the dirt rather than the snow.

Initially aimed towards down hill riding, is this the future of mountain bike tread designs?

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New Mobile App Bike Setup Makes Suspension Tuning Easy

The Bike Setup App is a unique little tool for iOS that lets you neatly record your suspension settings. It will set you back less than a dollar, but stores information for several bikes, and allows you to keep easy track of different front/rear suspension tunning and tire performance in various types of terrain.  READ MORE ->

Taipei Cycle Show: KS Hints Towards The Future Of Electronic Dropper Posts

Taipei Cycle Show: KS Hints Towards The Future Of Electronic Dropper Posts

What’s better than a dropper post? A dropper post with no cables or wires. We’ve heard of wireless options in the works from Thomson and TranzX and now it looks like KS can be added to the mix, at least with a proof of concept. Hidden in plain sight in the KS booth next to the waterfall, there was a working prototype which basically was just to show the remote working the post. Apparently, modifying the LEV post to work with the system was fairly easy since the post is actuated through a valve in the oil circuit. By replacing the mechanical switch with a piezoelectric valve, the seatpost can be controlled electronically.

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