You live in a densely populated, metropolitan city. You don’t own a car; you are “one less car.” You ride your bike. You ride your bike to school. You ride it to the office, to the café, to the pub. Maybe you even ride your bike for a living — hats off to the bike messengers. As such, one stolen wheel, one jacked seat, is all it takes to turn a good day bad, or leave you high and dry in midtown. But a second dimension of security is on the rise and it’s changing how we protect our bikes…
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We posted about Fietsklik’s sweet click-and-lock bike crate and bags system in February. Now, they’re officially kicking things off full speed with their Kickstarter Campaign.
While the rack base plate, crate and bags have all been manufactured on a small scale and proven on the streets, they’re aiming to boost production volume and add a child seat. They’re also improving the wheels on the crate, making off the bike transport even easier.
All the details, with video, are packed in past the break…
The Infinity Pedal was designed to make clipping in easy whether smashing up technical hill climbs or taking off from a green light. The majority of clip pedals on the market today need to be oriented before engaging, but the round shape of the Infinity Pedal offers infinite engagement positions. READ MORE ->
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 ->
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.
Drop past the break for more info and video… READ MORE ->
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.