Brightspark headlight and turn signal equipped grips hit Indiegogo

Brightspark, hand on grip

About a year ago I noticed I was writing about a ton of different commuter bike lights, and since then the onslaught of new ideas and concepts for bicycle lighting systems just keeps coming. One of the latest ideas comes from the folks at Brightspark, who have created a pair of grip-integrated units that provide both front lighting and turn signals.

The Brightspark lights aim to keep your hands on the grips and your eyes on the road, so they’ve incorporated vibrating alerts to assure you a button has been pushed, and to remind you to switch off your turn signals. Bikerumor first spotted the Brightspark lights at Interbike last year, but the news today is they’ve just launched their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo…
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About a year ago I noticed I was writing about a ton of different commuter bike lights, and since then the onslaught of new ideas and concepts for bicycle lighting systems just keeps coming. One of the latest ideas comes from the folks at Brightspark, who have created a pair of grip-integrated units that provide […]

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Styling by day, visible by night. Find your way(?) with new Showers Pass Atlas jacket

We’ve seen some interesting map pattern reflective designs from Showers Pass in the past with their Hi-vis Torch jacket with its own built-in LEDs in the cuffs. But while that jacket was all about being seen at any cost, their latest waterproof Atlas jacket blends a bit more low-key styling that still pops for excellent visibility while riding or even on foot at night. Now you can blend incognito style in while tooling around during the day, and still be seen at night…

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We’ve seen some interesting map pattern reflective designs from Showers Pass in the past with their Hi-vis Torch jacket with its own built-in LEDs in the cuffs. But while that jacket was all about being seen at any cost, their latest waterproof Atlas jacket blends a bit more low-key styling that still pops for excellent […]

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Shimano trickles down trek & trail versatility with new Deore, Alivio, Acera & Altus groups

Always one to adapt their top-level tech into the more affordable groupsets that sell to a vast swat of the market and end up spec’d as OEM on tons of entry to mid level bikes, Shimano has just announced a new round of updates to their budget friendly off-road groupsets. From Deore down to Altus, these workingman’s groups all get a bit of reshaping and updating to more closely mimic the look and performance of the top level XT & XTR groups. But while the new groups get minor makeovers and the new X-thousand series designations, they stick with their current 10 & 9 speed variations and really only take on a few subtle changes. Out of the bunch the new Deore M6000 does add Boost spacing, and the familiar non-standard 4-bolt chainrings, plus a new 11-42  10 speed cassette that will likely see a lot of use shoehorned into other older groupsets. Check out all that is new after the jump…

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Always one to adapt their top-level tech into the more affordable groupsets that sell to a vast swat of the market and end up spec’d as OEM on tons of entry to mid level bikes, Shimano has just announced a new round of updates to their budget friendly off-road groupsets. From Deore down to Altus, […]

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Sinclair IRIS goes the e-trike route too, for a super fast commuter

OK, so at the risk of seriously having to get a lock on eTrikeRumor.com, this one is hard to resist as a follow-up to the PodRide. While that contraption was about an all-weather commuter to get through Swedish winters by bike [sic], the IRIS leans a different way, pushing for a “superfast, supersafe & ultra efficient” alternative means of transportation. Built on the same platform and shell, the Iris gets two models that target different potential velomobile buyers with different output motors – the Eco & Extreme. While commercially Grant Sinclair has put most of his company’s focus on electronics product design over the last few years, he’s been a tinkerer & advocate of e-velomobile design since the 1980s. Now his latest sleek designs have a targeted production date later this year, and real prices. Get the details and find out how to preorder after the jump. You know you want to…

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OK, so at the risk of seriously having to get a lock on eTrikeRumor.com, this one is hard to resist as a follow-up to the PodRide. While that contraption was about an all-weather commuter to get through Swedish winters by bike [sic], the IRIS leans a different way, pushing for a “superfast, supersafe & ultra efficient” alternative […]

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What do you call a 2000-watt Bullfrog? The Rungu Juggernaut

The Juggernaut from Rungu is not described as being a bike (or trike as the case may be) but instead gets labeled as an ATV. With twin front wheels, a 2000 watt hub motor in the rear wheel, and all of them shod in 5″ tires, it really does crawl out of the bicycle category. Designed to be the ultimate go-anywhere piece of machinery, the Juggernaut is marketed towards hunters, beachgoers, and snowbound explorers looking to decrease their carbon footprint. We covered its human-powered counterpart – the Bullfrog – a while back, which was only just barely still a bike (OK, trike), and they’ve somehow managed to make that thing even wilder. Join us past the break for the rundown on this mental machine…

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The Juggernaut from Rungu is not described as being a bike (or trike as the case may be) but instead gets labeled as an ATV. With twin front wheels, a 2000 watt hub motor in the rear wheel, and all of them shod in 5″ tires, it really does crawl out of the bicycle category. Designed to […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • 2017 National Bike Challenge announced by Bike League and 3M – The League of American Bicyclists and presenting sponsor 3M have announced the 6th annual National Bike Challenge. The Challenge expects over 60,000 riders to pedal a more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30 to focus on improved health, fitness & fun. Challenge participants will use Strava to record their commuting and recreational miles, then stats & leaderboards will show up over at the NationalBikeChallenge.org site. There’s no cost to join, and riders are encouraged to form teams at their workplace or school to motivate each other to log more miles or to start commuting for the first time. BikeLeague.org

    Check out where you’ll ride in 2017 after the break…

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2017 National Bike Challenge announced by Bike League and 3M – The League of American Bicyclists and presenting sponsor 3M have announced the 6th annual National Bike Challenge. The Challenge expects over 60,000 riders to pedal a more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30 to focus on improved health, fitness & fun. Challenge participants […]

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PodRide, a wild enclosed 3 or 4 wheeled e-bike that looks like a micro car

Let’s get this out of the way. The PodRide is pretty much crazy. That said, the fully enclosed multi-wheel recumbent bike was designed to be protected from the weather, to be a more comfortable way to commute by bike in all seasons. With a shell designed to look like a miniature car, it is without a doubt crazy looking, but inside it packs a lot of the logical features of a multi-wheel recumbent bike as a viable alternate to driving and with a small e-bike motor making even more sense. Its Swedish designer Mikael Kjellman crowdfunded the concept’s development based on this working prototype last year and is now working on building a version that you might be able to buy before the end of 2017.

And in the meantime, watching him ride the thing on a frozen pond and over his local dirt jumps is sure to put a smile on your face, like it did for us…

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Let’s get this out of the way. The PodRide is pretty much crazy. That said, the fully enclosed multi-wheel recumbent bike was designed to be protected from the weather, to be a more comfortable way to commute by bike in all seasons. With a shell designed to look like a miniature car, it is without a […]

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Abus Nutfix security for wheels & seatposts now available

We’ve seen several different solutions to try to create theft-resistant and even tamper-proof bolts to secure the most often stolen parts of a city bike – the wheels and the saddle/seatpost combo. Last fall we got the details on the NutFix system from German lock specialists Abus. How it works is by replacing the standard nuts & bolts that secure your components with a special nut that can only be operated when you rotate the bike 90° onto its side, so that as long as you lock your bike up securely to a fixed rack or object, your components will be there when you return. The NutFix system is available now, and we have some more details and pricing after the break…

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We’ve seen several different solutions to try to create theft-resistant and even tamper-proof bolts to secure the most often stolen parts of a city bike – the wheels and the saddle/seatpost combo. Last fall we got the details on the NutFix system from German lock specialists Abus. How it works is by replacing the standard […]

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Tern 451 Verge folds out fast, stable new commuter bike family

City commuting specialists Tern have a new group of folders called the 451 Verge family, all based around slightly larger 451mm (effectively 22″) wheels than the typical 20″ wheels (406mm) found on similar bikes. With the new wheels also comes updated geometry to improve stability and overall ride quality, plus the addition of the latest trends in 1x drivetrains. The new Verge X11, Verge P10 & Verge D9- all with the larger wheels – are said to be Tern’s best ever riding bikes to get around and out of town…

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City commuting specialists Tern have a new group of folders called the 451 Verge family, all based around slightly larger 451mm (effectively 22″) wheels than the typical 20″ wheels (406mm) found on similar bikes. With the new wheels also comes updated geometry to improve stability and overall ride quality, plus the addition of the latest trends in […]

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