Posts in the category Kickstarter

Give Your Neck a Break While You Ride with Bicycle Periscope: The Pedi-Scope

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Frustrated by the pain in his neck while riding his beloved bike, Inventor and Brooklynite Mike Lane set to work to find a solution that would allow him to safely continue to ride while looking down rather than straight ahead at all times. With your help the Pedi-Scope, “the periscope for your bicycle,” can take flight through Kickstarter. Look out… READ MORE ->

Null winds’ Spoke Fins reduce wheel drag, swivel to match crosswind angles

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Null Winds has been dedicated to lessening the soul-killing effects of head and cross-winds on your ride. After creating an upper wheel fairing that lessens the drag from spokes “fanning” the wind against your efforts resulting in a claim of 20% more speed for a given effort, inventor Garth Magee has just launched a Kickstarter to fund tooling for his newest weapon against drag, the Spoke Fin. This patent pending invention snaps onto the round spokes of your existing wheelset and swivels freely to go with the aerodynamic flow – boasting a drag coefficient reduction of more than 50% in both headwinds and crosswinds. Learn how these little fins will stop your next windy ride from being such a drag after the jump… READ MORE ->

AWIRE wearable 2-way radio pairs with your phone so you can harmonize with friends, nature

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If you’ve been riding for any amount of time, there’s certainly been a day when you wish you could communicate with others on the ride quickly, easily and without having to stop to pull out your phone.

Enter two-way radios, the age-old tech that works instantly regardless of cell service. But even those can be cumbersome. We’ve seen attempts to make them more user friendly for cyclists, which were cool, but the latest offering from AWIRE might just be the category killer we didn’t know we wanted until now.

AWIRE is a new lightweight, two-way radio designed to clip onto your jacket or jersey so you can stay connected while out braving the wilds. It is also designed to integrate seemlessly with your phone, allowing you to play music and take calls, then easily switch back to talking to your friend on the trail. With far reaching outdoor applications, it seems like a no-brainer for riders who want to stay safe and connected or for anyone who wants to commune with nature rather than disrupt it by yelling at their friends. Because we all know the person behind you can’t hear a damn thing you’re saying… READ MORE ->

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Contests

  • Central Region Voting is Now Live – Is your local trail one of the candidates to receive the grant from Bell Helmets? Vote now through May 10th. The project with the most votes will be awarded the grant on May 25th. Visit BellHelmets.com to place your vote.
  • Win a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike – The athlete nutrition experts at The Feed are giving away a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike to one lucky winner (valued at $7,500).  Visit thefeed.com to register for the contest and be sure to check out their other deals.

Clothing – Gear – Tools

  • Microsoft Partners Strava and MapMyRide for Band Smartwatch – Microsoft has responded quickly to early criticism of its Band product’s cycling-specific functionality by announcing a partnership with Strava and MapMyRide. Building upon the initial Bike Tile introduction in February, Band customers will now be able to compare performance or share routes with other riders using the popular apps. Here’s more details.
  • Tribike Transport Introduces New Service: Ship & Ride – TriBike Transport (TBT), triathlon’s first fully assembled bicycle transportation service, is proud to announce their newest service: Ship & Ride, for those athletes interested in taking their bike with them while traveling for work, vacation, or for any instance that takes them away from their home and vis a vis, their bike.

Plenty more cycling tidbits and how you can help Nepal after the break…

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Grava hunts Appalachia’s moonshine stills with new Revenuer steel gravel bike

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About a year ago, many of our Asheville, NC, friends started showing up to the ‘cross races aboard a sleek looking carbon bike emblazoned with raised silver letters spelling out GRAVA. More and more of them started riding them, including some of the Industry Nine folks, and getting good results in the local and state series. That model’s called the Maple Sally, and that’s a story we’ll tell in another post soon.

Now, Lenoir, NC, based Grava Bikes is bringing their next model’s production to the States, and they’re looking to Kickstarter to make it happen.

Called the Revenuer, its name refers to the revenue collectors from the long defunct Bureau of Prohibition, whose agents would comb the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking illegal moonshine stills. Many of those dirt roads and secret paths now make for excellent riding through the area, and this bike’s made to handle them all…

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MilKit’s Innovative Valve is the Answer to All of Our Tubeless Problems

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If you ride mountain bikes, you probably ride tubeless. Or you’ve tried it. Or you have a friend who has used it. These days its fairly ubiquitous, but it’s not fool proof. Getting the sealant into the tire can still be a messy process. It’s one thing to add sealant to a brand new tire that is being installed onto a wheel, but adding sealant to a tire that is already mounted is where it gets tricky. You don’t want to break the bead so removing the tire is out. Without removing the tire, there is really no way to tell how much sealant is left – at this point it could be one big sealant urchin rolling around in the tire. After all of that, installing the sealant through the valve can leave a clog which can make airing up the tire a hassle in the future.

While it seems these are annoyances we’ve all learned to live with,  engineer Pius Kobler and entrepreneur Sven Rizzotti thought there could be a better way. As often happens, necessity was the mother of invention after a flat tubeless tire in Moab caused Pius to rethink the ability to measure how much sealant was actually still in a tire. That quest to manage the amount of sealant led to the new valve design as well that could change tubeless as we know it…

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Kickstarter: LucidBrake 2.0 Acceleration-Sensing Wireless Brake Light for High Visibility and All-Weather Conditions

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Having made their first successful batch in 2013, LucidBrake debuts their second generation wireless, weather-proof, acceleration-sensing brake light. Early adopters of the LucidBrake 2.0 can look forward to improved power management, motion-activated on and off switches, and beacon modes that align with EU requirements. Onward to your new and improved beacon of safe mobility after the break… READ MORE ->

Haul People and Cargo with Virtue Cycles’ Pedalist “Tadpole” Semi-Enclosed Tricycle

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Commutes by bike are avoided by riders for a variety of reasons. They require special clothing for the elements. There is a lack of cargo carrying capacity on many bikes. You can’t carry passengers if you need to. And, of course, there are always safety concerns. Taking into account many of these and other factors that discourage people from commuting by bike, the people at Virture set out to create a vehicle that would expand the capabilities and ease of use of pedal powered vehicles through the design of a semi-enclosed, electrically assisted tricycle. Learn more about this terrific traffic tadpole after the jump… READ MORE ->

LIMITS Power Meter fits any bike regardless of pedals, cranks or hubs – and it’s cheap!

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Training with power has traditionally been the exclusive realm of the well-supported or well-off athlete due to equipment costs and gear limitations. While costs of equipment have been coming down as power meter companies have recognized a greater market in less-resourced amateurs, the technology remains prohibitively expensive to many and continues to be limited by component integration.

LIMITS was designed to address the challenges of existing power meters by remaining non-integrated into existing components, being compact and inexpensive ($249 on the Indiegogo), and by being easy to install onto any bike with pedals. It almost sounds too good to be true.

Meet the power meter to rule them all after the jump…

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