Love it or hate it, Kickstarter has given the cycling community dozens of great projects. Among them is the Musguard, a super minimal fender that attaches to your seatube with velcro, and can be rolled up and stashed on your frame once the sun comes out to play. The only caveat is that it’s low slung profile works best on bikes without a rear brake. READ MORE ->
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Inspired by the replaceable blade system found on your common hacksaw, the Cogly is a cleaning tool that allows you to easily slip a rag between your cogs. That’s about it really. The tool will be manufacturered from ABS plastic in the Twin Cities area and you can pick one up on kickstarter for $15. The campaign still needs to pick up an additional ten thousand in funding over the next month in order to get funded.
Revolights, which has launched two wheel-based bicycle light systems on Kickstarter is back for their third act.
The Arc LED light system is an add-on product that fits onto existing fenders, letting people simply add it onto the fenders of their choice. There’ll also be two complete options, one with a plastic universal fender and one with a higher end metal fender.
“The design is able to conform to different shapes,” says Drew Ocon, Revolights’ marketing manager. “All of the electronics we’re using and the plastic itself is pretty flexible. Not only does that allow it to curve to the shape of different size wheels, but also open or close (think hot dog bun) to fit wider or narrower fenders, too.”
The built in sensor detects deceleration, trigging the lights to become a solid brake light when you stop. The blink pattern will also speed up as you slow down, providing plenty of visual cues to drivers that something’s changing. Video intro, pics and more below…
The continued drop in costs associated with GPS technology has led to a host of bicycle related, tracking devices. Track your positioning on a map; navigate turn by turn via light signals; hide a tracking system in your steer-tube; track your training performance against friends and rivals — the list is nearly endless. New kid on the block, ShySpy has now thrown its hat into the ring by offering their own take on an anti-theft device. Spy what makes them unique, next…
Two years ago a pair of cyclists were rear ended and the driver was apprehended because one was riding with a GoPro. In that interim, many similar stories of cameras capturing antagonistic drivers have also surfaced. So two Australian cyclists have developed the ultimate safety device for cyclists. Their product, the Fly6, is a combination of a tail light and an HD720 POV camera.
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Small parts can often become a pain in the rear for frame builders. They either have to source them, or simply make them. Spencer from Traffic Cycle Design had this issue when it came time to build a custom bike rack for a customer. He turned out a small batch of high quality rack ends manually on his lathe and mill. These can either be welded or brazed into place. Since then, he has looked into production of the 304 stainless steel part at a US based CNC mill. To do this, he reckons $500 worth of pre-sales will fund the tooling and design needed for the CNC mill to make the first production run. If interested, visit his Indiegogo campaign here.
When we last checked in with Tory Orzeck and his ORP smart horn, the industrial designer was hoping to obtain funding through Kickstarter to make the combination light/horn a reality. After smashing through the goal set for the Kickstarter, ORPs are now in production and according to Torcano Industries, will be in shops starting next month. Torcano Industries is a new Southern California based sales and distribution company that focuses on what they call “game changers only.” Starting with the ORP smart horn, the company will be expanding their offerings in the coming months.
Want to see how the ORP was born and can sound both happy and angry at the same time? Check it out after the break.
Over the years Bikerumor has seen pedal-powered Interbike Margaritas, the London pedal-powered Espresso cart, small electric generators to strap onto your home trainer, and even concept bikes that collect energy while you ride and later power your home. Those are great, but how often are you making margaritas or coffee?
The Pedal Power project by co-founders Steve Blood and Andy Wekin of Essex, NY, is building real-world solutions to generate power while sitting behind a desk, something too many of us spend far too much time doing. Sit ‘n’ spin past the break to see the bike desk in action…
Twenty one grams. Thats how much the worlds lightest presta only bicycle pump weighs. Despite the modest package, the carbon bodied pump can inflate tires up to 150psi/11 bar.
The pump is so small, it can be stored inside your bicycle frame by dropping a spring down your seat tube. The iPump Micro then rests conveniently on top of the spring, ready for whatever emergency rises. We just hope the the pump and spring don’t make too much of a rattling noise when stored this way.
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