Posts in the category Hacks

Listen to Music While Riding & Still Hear Cars Coming With The Posse AMK Sound Balancer

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Posse Audio is a company that makes a mixing device for musicians to finely tune their monitor. Using the same technology, they are creating a device called the Posse AMK to mix the sounds around you, and your music while you ride.

Consisting of two small microphones and the mixing device, the AMK can balance the ambient sound using a small dial wheel. These are made because of the idea that being able to hear your surroundings when you ride will keep you safer. Mostly for road cyclists to alert them to cars, but the AMK can also be tuned to work as an audio amplifier to actually increase your ability to hear.

Posse calls this technology “Hear it All”, and the news on the AMK is that it is now small enough to be used with ear buds or other small devices. The Posse team has decided to launch the AMK device on Kickstarter, and are trying to raise $30,000 to bring it to reality. See the details and sketches of the device after the jump…

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Secret Shimano Di2 Button Will Soon Control Your Cycling Computer…Maybe Shocks, Too?

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Earlier this year, Shimano’s D-Fly wireless transmitter plugged into the Di2 system to wirelessly send information to an ANT+ cycling computer and relay gear selection, gear ratio, etc. Now, our friends at Road.cc told us there’s a button hidden under the top of the hoods on Dura-Ace Di2 9070 shifter levers that until now has been unused.  That button sends a distinct wireless signal to those same computers to do, well, something.

Garmin, Magellan, Pioneer and Shimano PRO are those already integrating the gear info, so it’s no stretch to imagine they’ll be among the first to use the button to cycle through functions and screens.

But what if this were ported over to mountain bikes?

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A Shifter For $19.99 Made From Scrap Metal May Help Change The World

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One Street is a non-profit organization based in Prescott, Arizona. They have come up with a cool shifter that was Kickstarted last year, made from scrap aluminum and other household parts. Based on the age-old idea of the friction shifter, it can

The lever has only six parts, four are normal items and two are cast out of scrap aluminum. The shifter is ambidextrous, and works for either the front or rear derailleur.

Amazingly, this working shifter only costs $19.99. And on top of that, the money you spend is going to a non-profit that helps other cycling organizations, and also sells them licensed kits so the other groups can sell the shifter too. Check out the specs by clicking more…   READ MORE ->

Must Watch: Horsepower | Brett Rheeder, plus Di2 Drivetrains for Dirt Jumps?

We thought about saving this one for the weekend, but it’s just too good not to share. We already know Brett Rheeder is a mad man on a bike, but this latest video really highlights his incredible talents on a bike. Using a huge tract of land up in Cherry Creek, British Columbia, Rheeder tears it up on a slopestyle course with plenty of hay bales and a beautiful view.

If you look closely at Rheeder’s bike you might catch a unique Di2 set up as well…

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DIY Video Shows You How to Give Your Bike the Tron Treatment

Victor Does is a web series based in Sweden that posts DIY tutorials for various projects, from building a beer can lantern to electrolysis rust removal. This particular video shows you how to turn your bike into a “Tron Style” glow in the dark vehicle. The point is to make your bike not only look rad, but also to add another safety component while riding at night. The glow in the dark paint portion of the video is simple, but the UV LED soldering component is a bit more complicated. For those of us with no electrical wiring knowledge, this video might not be completely comprehensive; you may have to dig around other sites to learn how to connect Ohm resistors in a parallel circuit. That, and making the wiring a bit cleaner. But if you’re able to get the required items and have the time to put them together, this could be a really great weekend project that would add another level of safety to your nighttime rides.

PBE14: A Crazy Pedal-Powered, Pirate Ship Inspired Hunting Stand & Other Random Bikes

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Walking into the Philly Bike Expo hall, I was greeted with the tail end of this contraption. It defies description really, and no one was on hand to explain it. That’s art for you – best left to be interpreted by the observer, it’s meaning to be decided by the beholder. For me, it’s something inspired by pirate ships that want to traipse far into the wilderness and need a perch from which to hunt…

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VECTr Interchangeable Expanding Gear System Seeks Feedback, Check It Out & Give Your Opinion

Joseph Magee, the product developer of the VECTr, is looking for feedback on his design as he conducts market research. The name is short for the Variably Expanding Chain Transmission, and is a new way to change your front drive ratio. They have built a working prototype along their journey towards production.

The system is said to be better than typical current designs by reducing the wear and friction of a front derailleur, reducing wear on the chain from drastic chain angles (cross-chaining), can change gears quickly, and can be adjusted anywhere in between a 22t and 44t equivelant.

Watch the video, and take their survey. Tell us what you think of VECTr

www.vectr-gear.com

Need To Lighten Your Ride? Proti Fully Forged Titanium Bolts Are Light, But Also Stronger

Proti-Bolts-HeaderProti makes 6/4 Titanium bolts for motorcycles, using a technology where they are fully forged, including the threads. This relatively recent technology builds a bolt that has a much higher strength than a CNC cut bolt that is more typical of titanium bolts used in bicycles.

Andre Szucs saw what this was doing in the motorcycle world, and worked with Proti to become the representative of the bolts for the bicycle industry, and started www.proti-bicycles.com. There is a lot of science that explains why forging is better than cutting, check inside for the story…

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PBE14: Tricky Fenix Full Size, Folding Travel Bike Switches Easily Between Road & Mountain Builds

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The Fenix Macleod is just plain different in the best possible way. They’re the green bikes in the foreground and they use the same frame, yet can be set up with road or mountain bike parts. Or any combination of the two (think monster cross). Why? Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes ya don’t. Either way, they’ll travel with you in a very compact package and give you the freedom to not only bring your bike with you, but bring exactly the kind of bike you’ll need!

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