Hiding from the elements: A few unique options to keep you “covered” when the weather changes its mind

Hiding from the elements: A few unique options to keep you “covered” when the weather changes its mind

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Staying dry is important whether you’re riding to work, or crossing a stream. The Cross Point socks from Showers Pass look like the perfect option for wet days, or to store in your hydration pack or pannier for stream crossings or when the ride home wasn’t what the weatherman said. They are fully windproof, waterproof and breathable and go for $35. For cooler days, a warmer wool version can be had for $39.

If more than your feet need protected, Vanmoof’s Boncho and Enclosed Bike’s “Ego Urban Transporter” are two options at two different extremes that might fit the bill if you don’t need to look like a Rapha model on your commute to work…

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Smarter bikes everyday, Vanhawks Valour leads the way & watches your back

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There looks to be no slowing down of the trend to more and more connected bikes on the roads, and the VanHawks Valour is the most recent to hit the streets. We had a quick look at the bike a year and a half ago when it was just a Kickstarter in its designers eyes, but just before the holidays the first shipment of bikes was making  its way out to US customers, so now it’s time for a closer look. Touted as the first smart bike, the Valour is packed full of all kinds of sensors and pairs with your smartphone to help navigate through the city streets, log all sorts of ride data, and keep both its rider and itself safe. Roll past the break for a closer look at all of its tech…

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The Integrated Bike Rack and Features of the Hoodworks GearGate Will Make you Want a Truck!

The Integrated Bike Rack and Features of the Hoodworks GearGate Will Make you Want a Truck!

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If you’ve ever teetered on whether or not you wanted a truck, this little doozie of a tailgate from Hoodworks may just knock you off that ledge. Loaded with some bike friendly features, the GearGate puts a lot of the things you need in one place and adds a few other handy items to boot. In total there are a lot of the very well thought out… as well as heart breaking features of the HoodWorks GearGate…..

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The Stikk Gets a Grip on Adjustable, minimalist Lighting

The Stikk Gets a Grip on Adjustable, minimalist Lighting

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For some commuters, the style and appearance of their two-wheeled steed is of utmost importance. Commuters must be functional bikes, but they can be pretty easily customized into something fun or ultra-stylish too. German cyclist and industrial designer Fabian Ludwig is one of those particular people- He wanted to create a minimalist light that would illuminate your path without disrupting your bike’s appearance, so Ludwig created the Stikk, a low profile LED light that’s integrated into a bar end cap.

We’ve seen a similar handlebar-lighting concept in HueRay’s illuminated grips, but there’s a key difference- while the HueRays will make you more visible to motorists, they don’t actually project light like the Stikk. While functional prototypes are already complete, the Stikk light’s campaign on Kickstarter needs a little more help before it goes into production. Click past the break to ‘see the light’…
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Ride or Chill with the Mova convertible jacket (and bag too!)

Ride or Chill with the Mova convertible jacket (and bag too!)

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Mova, a small group of young Colombian entrepreneurs, have designed a unique cycling jacket that sets out to be highly visible and reflective on the bike, but to quickly zip inside out to transition into a more subdued casual jacket that doesn’t scream cyclist. They’ve just launched the Mova Cycling Jacket on Kickstarter, and have seen overwhelming support. Their goal has already been blown past by almost 9x now, with still more than a month to go. Hop past the fold for more details on how to get one, and to see how it also turns into a shoulder bag too…

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A week in review: Ibis’ Tranny puts on some girth, holiday gift ideas, and things that maybe shouldn’t have been invented

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Despite the winter months upon us, we have been getting some great stuff rolling into our offices, and this week was no exception! From Tacx’s slick new trainer, face magnets and other doodads. We also had some cool video finds like the greatest cross coverage ever plus even more rad gift ideas from the Bikerumor family.

Head past the break for our week in review…..

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SmartHalo wants to make every bike Smart

SmartHalo wants to make every bike Smart

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The SmartHalo is a new way to look at connecting biking and technology, pairing with a smartphone to guides you to your destination, turn-by-turn, for a stress-free riding experience. Its unique design functions without a screen – everything shown with an intuitive and minimal halo of light. It also seamlessly tracks your cycling activity data and automatically lights your way at night.

The SmartHalo more than doubled its initial funding goal on Kickstarter back in September in it’s first three days, and by the end of that campaign had raised almost $400,000. But now it is back in Indiegogo to give more cyclists a chance to get in on early bird specials ahead of its June 2016 public release. Follow the colorful, flashing halo past the break for a video of its features, how it works, and how to get ahold of one…

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Pumptire Self Inflating Inner Tube to Reinflate for 2016?

Pumptire Self Inflating Inner Tube to Reinflate for 2016?
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Photo from Pumptire Facebook

Considering how useful it would be, we have to assume that a self-inflating inner tube is not the easiest thing to create. Perhaps that is why after an aborted attempt to fund the project in 2011, Pumptire has reorganized with a working prototype and a new valve design.

On the initial release, Pumptire’s valves used a preset pressure setting. Likely one of the reasons the design went back to the drawing board, now Pumptire is promoting an adjustable valve. The photo above was posted on the company’s facebook page, which appears to show the prototype though to our eyes the valve itself looks to be a computer generated image. This would be in line with the fact that Pumptire states the adjustable valve has been designed and patented, but hasn’t yet made it to production. As you can imagine, the adjustable valve would be an important feature so that riders aren’t forced into a certain pressure.

There is no word as to expected pricing, but if it falls in line with their previous pricing, you can expect a single tube to run as much as many tires. However, if it has the potential to all but eliminate flats it may have some real potential. According to Pumptire, once the finished design is complete we can expect a new Kickstarter launch in 2016.

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Stowaway Stashes your Bike On the Ceiling to Free Up Space in your Appartment

Stowaway Stashes your Bike On the Ceiling to Free Up Space in your Appartment

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Riding a bike in the city is great. Living with a bike in the city can be not so great. As housing costs continue to skyrocket in major cities, the size of apartments and even homes can make it difficult to store your bike.

Rather than leave it locked up outside to be destroyed or stolen, or leave it propped up in your hallway taking up room and marking up the walls, Stowaway thought why not use the space on the ceiling? The result is a bike storage unit that makes it easy to make your bike go up, up, and out of the way…

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