Lattis’ Ellipse smart lock runs on the sun and warns your folks when you crash

Ellipse smart lock, feature img

Ellipse smart lock, on bars

You’ve gotta love modern times – there are now ‘smart city’ companies out there working specifically to develop technologies that will make urban living easier and more efficient than ever before. San-Francisco’s Lattis is one of these companies, and they’ve come up with a clever new smart lock for bike commuters and bike-share programs.

The Ellipse Smart Bike Lock was recently introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This U-lock uses Bluetooth technology to enable locking/unlocking from your phone, real-time theft and crash alerts, and the ability to set up keyless bike sharing within your trusted circle of friends. The Ellipse also features a solar panel which produces more power than you might expect…
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You’ve gotta love modern times – there are now ‘smart city’ companies out there working specifically to develop technologies that will make urban living easier and more efficient than ever before. San-Francisco’s Lattis is one of these companies, and they’ve come up with a clever new smart lock for bike commuters and bike-share programs. The […]

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Review: The Bike Strap – functional simplicity to securely haul all beer formats (& other things)

Modeo bike strap, with beer bomber

Modeo bike strap, with beer bomber

Sometimes it’s fun to nerd out on all the crazy technology in our modern bikes, but one of my favorite accessories from recent times is actually the simplest thing on my commuter; the water bottle holder. Last spring I got my hands on a Bike Strap, and I decided it had to be tested right away with a fresh bomber of craft brew. After a boot around town, I got home and found my bomber still tightly secured. At that point, I knew I’d be putting the Bike Strap to use quite often!

The Bike Strap is made by a company called Modeo (who also developed an interesting commute tracking app called Ryde) and it has proven to be a brilliant, functional design that carries a huge range of drink containers (among other things) easily and securely. There’s only one drawback to the design if you’re fussy about appearances…
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Sometimes it’s fun to nerd out on all the crazy technology in our modern bikes, but one of my favorite accessories from recent times is actually the simplest thing on my commuter; the water bottle holder. Last spring I got my hands on a Bike Strap, and I decided it had to be tested right […]

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Santini teases the 2017 Tour Down Under official race jerseys and full kits for fans

Santini Tour Down Under 2017, jersey details

From Jan. 14-22nd, competitive road riders will take on South Australia’s roadways during the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under. Once again, Italy’s Santini have signed on as a technical partner to the event. The company has worked in partnership with this race for quite some time- last year we covered their tenth anniversary, so 2017 will mark the 11th year running they’re supplied the official threads of the TDU.

Not only has Santini created the 2017 Leader, King of the Mountain and Sprint jerseys, there’s also a collection of complete TDU outfits available to consumers. The three different kits were designed to represent different stages of the race, and their designs highlight unique characteristics from each area…
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From Jan. 14-22nd, competitive road riders will take on South Australia’s roadways during the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under. Once again, Italy’s Santini have signed on as a technical partner to the event. The company has worked in partnership with this race for quite some time- last year we covered their tenth anniversary, so 2017 […]

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Clothing Roundup: Dan Craven’s Namibia Team jersey plus cold weather duds from Rapha and Twin Six

Dan Craven, Rapha Namibia team jersey

Typically clothing articles are more or less an overview of key specs and details, but once in a while there’s something more to say about a specific piece: Rarely does a jersey have the kind of story behind it that Rapha’s Namibia Team edition can claim. After going viral at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Dan Craven brought a lot of attention to his home country and got consumers begging for a jersey just like his. Well, now you can get one as Rapha is offering a limited edition of the Namibia Team jersey.

Rapha has also honored their US champion cyclocross racers with some stars and stripes, plus in this roundup we’ll check out a new insulated jacket from Rapha and Twin Six’s NWRC Sawtooth cold-weather jersey/vest combo…
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Typically clothing articles are more or less an overview of key specs and details, but once in a while there’s something more to say about a specific piece: Rarely does a jersey have the kind of story behind it that Rapha’s Namibia Team edition can claim. After going viral at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, […]

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SE Bikes celebrates BMX Day in LA with about 400 friends

se-bikes-bmx-day

I grew up riding BMX in the urban jungle and I’ve been out for a few big street jams, but we never rolled 400 strong! My town never officially recognized BMX as much more than a nuisance, but as of 2010 Los Angeles County has held an annual BMX Day to honor the sport’s 40th anniversary.

It all began on November 14th, 1970 when SE Bikes’ founder Scott Breithaupt hosted the first competitive BMX race in Long Beach, California. Check out SE’s video for coverage of the ride and keep your eyes out for a few pro riders, weird custom bikes, tons of blinker lights and some gentle brushes with the law…

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I grew up riding BMX in the urban jungle and I’ve been out for a few big street jams, but we never rolled 400 strong! My town never officially recognized BMX as much more than a nuisance, but as of 2010 Los Angeles County has held an annual BMX Day to honor the sport’s 40th […]

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Biketube makes ordering tubes online a cinch when you pinch

Biketube.net, repair in action

The convenience afforded by the internet is immeasurable in today’s world. Remember when you had to dial a phone and talk to someone to order a pizza? How about having to go to the library and read an actual book to find information? Well forget those ancient hardships, because nowadays the web brings everything to our front doors- and for cyclists, ordering tubes of all types and sizes just got even easier.

Biketube.net is industry veteran Steve Cuomo’s latest business venture. If you don’t recognize Cuomo’s name, you’ll know some of the companies he’s worked for like Cannondale, GT/Schwinn, Crankbrothers, Thule and Scott Sports. Biketube promises the best tubes at the ‘best price on the web’, and they’ll be in the mail after a quick visit to their informative and easy to navigate website…
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The convenience afforded by the internet is immeasurable in today’s world. Remember when you had to dial a phone and talk to someone to order a pizza? How about having to go to the library and read an actual book to find information? Well forget those ancient hardships, because nowadays the web brings everything to […]

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Thok E-Bikes debuts with Limited Edition Tony Bou MIG E-MTB

Thok MIG E-MTB, side

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘down but not out’, and we all know a love for bicycles is something most of us will never lose. When former DH pro and World Champion BMX racer Stefano Migliorini suffered a career-ending injury, he moved into development work with clothing, component and bicycle manufacturers. He also didn’t stop riding, and after an enjoyable experience on an electric mountain bike he began dreaming up a new brand called Thok E-Bikes.

Migliorini then enlisted trials moto superstar Tony Bou and Aldo Drudi, the designer of many legendary MotoGP helmets, to help shape his new company. Thok has started out by offering a decked-out Limited Edition Tony Bou model of their flagship MIG bike, but there are also two more models in the works…
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We’ve all heard the phrase ‘down but not out’, and we all know a love for bicycles is something most of us will never lose. When former DH pro and World Champion BMX racer Stefano Migliorini suffered a career-ending injury, he moved into development work with clothing, component and bicycle manufacturers. He also didn’t stop […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Steve’s wish list 2016

Steve Fisher, YT Capra test in Whistler

As a serious cyclist, it seems like there’s always an ongoing shopping list of biking-related stuff in the back of your mind. Fortunately, there’s always a ton of cool new things to wish for in the cycling world from clothing to safety gear to components and complete bikes. The holidays are fast approaching, so it’s time for the Bikerumor crew to make our lists for 2016.

I rode some cool bikes, tested some components and gear, and wrote about a ton more cool products throughout the year. From bottle opening top caps to belt-driven commuters, here’s my list of personal wishes, recommendations and impressions. Let’s go ho ho…

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As a serious cyclist, it seems like there’s always an ongoing shopping list of biking-related stuff in the back of your mind. Fortunately, there’s always a ton of cool new things to wish for in the cycling world from clothing to safety gear to components and complete bikes. The holidays are fast approaching, so it’s […]

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It’s about time! MOSKITO smartwatch doubles as a stylish bike computer

Moskito smartwatch, close up on top cap

Moskito smartwatch, on top cap

If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics.

The MOSKITO is essentially a chronograph watch with a slew of bike computer functions built in including a speedometer, odometer, the ability to set personal challenges, receive call, email or text reminders, and more. All of these functions are crammed into a classy looking Swiss-made watch head that can easily be removed and worn on your wrist too…
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If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics. The MOSKITO is essentially […]

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