Team ZWatt offering power meter cranks under $200 as long as you’ll be their guinea pig

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If power meter prices are in a race to the bottom, Team ZWatt might have just won. Fortunately, the feature set isn’t taking the same trajectory, and with this new offering you get continued updates so they keep improving with use.

The catch? You need to transmit your ride data once a month through their app and stay connected with a very small monthly fee. They have two options, a left-side crank-arm based unit to fit Shimano cranks, or a spider-based meter attached to a FSA crankset. They’re already well on their way to being fully funded, and a stretch goal could yield a carbon mountain bike option, too…

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If power meter prices are in a race to the bottom, Team ZWatt might have just won. Fortunately, the feature set isn’t taking the same trajectory, and with this new offering you get continued updates so they keep improving with use. The catch? You need to transmit your ride data once a month through their […]

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Proviz announces their new Reflect360 CRS reflective cycling jackets – now in color!

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Proviz Reflect360+ jacket, lit up

In the pursuit of making bicycle commuting safer we’ve seen bike lights that shine in several directions, helmets and backpacks with built-in LED’s, and even devices that illuminate your bike’s rims but one product that really shined in our eyes was Proviz’s Reflect360 jacket.

Bikerumor first tested the original Reflect360 jacket back in 2014, and we were immediately impressed by the excellent all-around visibility it provides, even in semi-lit dawn/dusk conditions. The jacket has since seen a few revisions and was even updated with the perforated Reflect360+ that we also reviewed, but the most noticeable update has just been announced – the Reflect360 CRS is now available in several different colors, all which reflect light just as well as the earlier silvery grey models.

The company’s latest campaign on Kickstarter was fully funded in just six hours, and there’s still plenty of time to buy one of these clever dull-by-day, bright-by-night jackets…
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In the pursuit of making bicycle commuting safer we’ve seen bike lights that shine in several directions, helmets and backpacks with built-in LED’s, and even devices that illuminate your bike’s rims but one product that really shined in our eyes was Proviz’s Reflect360 jacket. Bikerumor first tested the original Reflect360 jacket back in 2014, and […]

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The MODUAL multi-tool offers flexibility, leverage, and a clever roll to carry it along

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Altum MODUAL multi tool on blueprints

Modular multi tools are a cool idea for those looking to personalize a compact tool for their particular needs. Recently we checked out a tool from Atelier Cycles that comes with any bits you want, and here we have another innovative idea from London’s Altum Designs. The MODUAL is the first product to be made by this upstart company, and it’s already generating plenty of interest- their campaign on Kickstarter has been successfully funded.

The MODUAL consists of two parts- the MTS tool itself and an accompanying MODUAL Tool Roll (MTR). The tool offers 13 different bits and can be used as either a wrench or a screwdriver. Altum decided to eschew the typical folding tool design in order to provide more leverage, plus with the roll the MTS can be conveniently strapped under your seat…
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Modular multi tools are a cool idea for those looking to personalize a compact tool for their particular needs. Recently we checked out a tool from Atelier Cycles that comes with any bits you want, and here we have another innovative idea from London’s Altum Designs. The MODUAL is the first product to be made […]

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Cyclotron: a hubless, spokeless bike getting funded on Kickstarter

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OK, now if we would have looked at this a month before it started its crowdfunding campaign, like many people I might have just dismissed it. I mean come on, are we really ready for a Tron-looking bike built around hubless wheels? Or is it even ready for us? The answer to that is apparently, yes. More than enough people have put their money where their mouths are to more than double the funding the Cyclotron bike team needed to get their project out of technology and design development, and off the ground towards production. Take a closer look with us at what could be one of the most technology-integrated bikes rolling around town, with it built-in electronic shifting gearbox, sensors, lighting, and much more…

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OK, now if we would have looked at this a month before it started its crowdfunding campaign, like many people I might have just dismissed it. I mean come on, are we really ready for a Tron-looking bike built around hubless wheels? Or is it even ready for us? The answer to that is apparently, yes. More […]

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BONX earpiece and app bring live chat to your group ride

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We’ve seen several other bluetooth and hands free communication devices, some very complex with a camera, and some unencumbered by a smartphone but using a separate transmitter. Now, there’s one that minimizes the size and weight of what’s on your noggin by pairing with a smartphone app to let you communicate with up to nine of your riding buddies at a time…

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We’ve seen several other bluetooth and hands free communication devices, some very complex with a camera, and some unencumbered by a smartphone but using a separate transmitter. Now, there’s one that minimizes the size and weight of what’s on your noggin by pairing with a smartphone app to let you communicate with up to nine […]

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The Laki Lock seeks to keep your bike, and its wheels, safe in public spaces

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In all corners of the globe, people ride bikes – and others steal them. It’s a pain for commuters particularly, who depend on bicycles to get them to and from their livelihoods. Thankfully more and more ideas for ideas for securing bikes in public places are emerging, like the Laki Lock.

The Laki Lock is designed to fit as many different bikes as possible, and supposedly keep your wheels safe from theft as well. There may be some exceptions to that, as noted below, but it is overall a feasible looking design and I wouldn’t be surprised to see something similar employed in any major city…
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In all corners of the globe, people ride bikes – and others steal them. It’s a pain for commuters particularly, who depend on bicycles to get them to and from their livelihoods. Thankfully more and more ideas for ideas for securing bikes in public places are emerging, like the Laki Lock. The Laki Lock is […]

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Haul it up any hill with the powerful, mid-drive Bikee Bike BEST e-bike conversion kit

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When you come from an Italian town called ‘motor valley’ that happens to be home to both Ferrari and Ducati, you don’t mess around making piddly, underpowered motors. Accordingly so, when brothers Matteo and Luca Spaggiari decided to use their manufacturing expertise to create an e-bike conversion kit, they made one that’ll do proper burnouts!

While burnouts are fun, the real point of the powerful motor is to drive cyclists up any hill with ease, even super steep inclines found in mountainous areas. The Bikee Bike BEST kit features a mid-drive motor that replaces the crank and bottom bracket. The unit drives your bike’s chain on two front rings, and allows riders to use a full rear cassette.

There’s already a lot of interest in the concept- The BEST kit won several awards at CES 2016 (Consumer Electronics Show) and the product quickly doubled its funding goal on Kickstarter. This little piggy is definitely going to market, and we’ve got the details below…
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When you come from an Italian town called ‘motor valley’ that happens to be home to both Ferrari and Ducati, you don’t mess around making piddly, underpowered motors. Accordingly so, when brothers Matteo and Luca Spaggiari decided to use their manufacturing expertise to create an e-bike conversion kit, they made one that’ll do proper burnouts! […]

Posted in Commuter, e-Bike, Gadgets & Hacks, Kickstarter12 Comments

Can a US handmade Catahoula saddle offer you riding relief?

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At first it may sound a bit odd to think that a saddle that you can’t try out ahead of time is going to offer a better fit and improved performance, but upstart Missoula, MT company Catahoula Ergonomics thinks that it can solve your saddle woes with their semi-custom saddles. Having developed their saddle shape and manufacturing technique over the last four years, now they are putting their designs out via Kickstarter to offer cyclists unsatisfied with their current perch on the bike a new alternative. Available in a couple of widths and padding styles, the Catahoula saddles promise a highly supportive and comfortable platform for all types of bike riding. Check out the details after the break…

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At first it may sound a bit odd to think that a saddle that you can’t try out ahead of time is going to offer a better fit and improved performance, but upstart Missoula, MT company Catahoula Ergonomics thinks that it can solve your saddle woes with their semi-custom saddles. Having developed their saddle shape and […]

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The Lift turns your ordinary bicycle into a front-loading cargo bike

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After retiring from Salvagetti Bike Shop in Denver, CO, former owner Scott Taylor worked on The Lift for almost four years. His goal? Create a quality cargo bike option for under $1,000 that didn’t require a separate, oversized bike sitting in your garage. The result is a quickly attached front cargo box and steering mechanism that replaces your standard bike’s front wheel that can fit in about the same space as a wheelbarrow. Check it out…

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After retiring from Salvagetti Bike Shop in Denver, CO, former owner Scott Taylor worked on The Lift for almost four years. His goal? Create a quality cargo bike option for under $1,000 that didn’t require a separate, oversized bike sitting in your garage. The result is a quickly attached front cargo box and steering mechanism […]

Posted in Commuter, Kickstarter27 Comments