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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Get a Praxis + 4iiii power meter crank for just $500

As power meter technology continues to expand and come down in price, more riders are able to take advantage of training with power. We first got wind of the limited edition Zayante + Power crankset that Praxis Works was producing last spring. Available only in the US & Canada, the pair up between Praxis & 4iiii makes for a simple clean installation and is still one of the most affordable ways to get a power meter on your road bike. Apparently the cooperation has been fruitful, as Praxis had been completely sold out for a while. But with another road season looming and time to get in those winter training base miles, the  Zayante + Power cranks are available once again…

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As power meter technology continues to expand and come down in price, more riders are able to take advantage of training with power. We first got wind of the limited edition Zayante + Power crankset that Praxis Works was producing last spring. Available only in the US & Canada, the pair up between Praxis & […]

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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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CES2017 Round Up: eBike that’s also a trainer, In ear performance monitoring, & 4K 60 FPS

Leading up to the Consumer Electronics Show, Falco had been teasing one of the more intriguing concepts. With Zwifting all the rage these days, here was a trainer that was virtual training compatible. Only, it’s a bike too. An eBike. If you can’t stomach paying up to $900 for a trainer that will probably gather dust for part of the year, maybe a smart trainer that’s also an eBike will change your tune…

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Leading up to the Consumer Electronics Show, Falco had been teasing one of the more intriguing concepts. With Zwifting all the rage these days, here was a trainer that was virtual training compatible. Only, it’s a bike too. An eBike. If you can’t stomach paying up to $900 for a trainer that will probably gather dust […]

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Found: Auto alignment patent for electronic rear derailleurs could shift expectations

Eldon Goates automatic rear derailleur adjustment patent
Eldon Goates automatic rear derailleur adjustment patent
Prior art for electronic shifting systems sets the stage, but it’s the new sensors that change the game. (images from patent filings)

Electronic gear shifting is here to stay, and it’s amazing. But could it be better? Engineer Eldon Goates thinks so, and his patent application shows how. With a few sensors and some programming, he’s designed a way for electronic rear derailleurs to automatically adjust themselves to the perfect position for each gear, regardless of environmental conditions. But that’s the obvious and least impressive reason why this is exciting…

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Electronic gear shifting is here to stay, and it’s amazing. But could it be better? Engineer Eldon Goates thinks so, and his patent application shows how. With a few sensors and some programming, he’s designed a way for electronic rear derailleurs to automatically adjust themselves to the perfect position for each gear, regardless of environmental […]

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CES2017: Tiny tots on turbo trainers with Fisher-Price Think and Learn SmartCycle

A lot of times we get the sense that CES is a few months early on the whole April Fools game, but apparently this one is as real as it gets. Toy making giant Fisher-Price just announced an indoor bike trainer for kids from 3-6 years old that pairs with a tablet or TV (Zwift Junior anyone?). The Think and Learn Smart Cycle is intended to keep your kids active, even if you can’t get them away from screen time. While it seems a bit scary or even sad at first (I mean seriously… get the kids out on a real bike for crying out loud) studies have shown that kids learn better when they are active & engaged so Fisher-Price developed the trainer around a suite of educational apps…

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A lot of times we get the sense that CES is a few months early on the whole April Fools game, but apparently this one is as real as it gets. Toy making giant Fisher-Price just announced an indoor bike trainer for kids from 3-6 years old that pairs with a tablet or TV (Zwift Junior […]

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CES2017: Garmin Fenix5 adds maps & smaller sizing, plus new 2-way sat-coms

We got a sneak peak at some soon to be available wearable tech from Garmin, plus their first Garmin branded global satellite communicators since acquiring DeLorme. The new Fenix 5 comes in a few new variations with some pretty cool updates including full on viewable maps and navigation on the flagship Fenix 5X, and the Fenix 5s which is a smaller, full-featured Fenix that won’t dwarf smaller wrists. You won’t get lost no matter where you are with their new inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ satellite communicators. They offer adventuring souls several built-in features like navigation, interactive SOS, and the ability to send texts & emails from anywhere on the globe.

Also check out some slick updates to their open platform Connect IQ for third-party developers to create content for Garmin wearables, bike computers & outdoor handhelds. You can now monitor levels & control you compatible Bontrager lights, be aware when you need to shoot another GU or drink more Nuun… and even hail an Uber!

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We got a sneak peak at some soon to be available wearable tech from Garmin, plus their first Garmin branded global satellite communicators since acquiring DeLorme. The new Fenix 5 comes in a few new variations with some pretty cool updates including full on viewable maps and navigation on the flagship Fenix 5X, and the Fenix […]

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Bead Biter clips lend a helping hand for tough Tubeless Solutions setups

We first got a sneak peek at the Bead Biter clips as part of the complete Tubeless Tower Pro Workstation developed by Tubeless Solutions almost a year and a half ago. That idea had been to build a complete setup that would take the guesswork out of setting up tubeless, and convince even the most reluctant, obstinate, luddite, or retro-grouch bike shop that they could be spreading the gospel of tubeless without the mess. In the kit were a set of 3D printed rim and tire clips. Now named the Bead Biters, they are available separately and will make your home tubeless setup and maintenance life easier…

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We first got a sneak peek at the Bead Biter clips as part of the complete Tubeless Tower Pro Workstation developed by Tubeless Solutions almost a year and a half ago. That idea had been to build a complete setup that would take the guesswork out of setting up tubeless, and convince even the most reluctant, obstinate, […]

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CES2017: LeEco Smart Road & Smart Mountain bikes

LeEco is a technology company, not a bike company. But at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week they’re bridging that gap with their new Android-powered cycling operating system designed to integrate with the bike offering navigation of your ride & tracking performance. Dubbed the next generation of Smart Bikes, the new BikeOS debuts in two complete carbon bikes – the LeEco Smart Road Bike & Smart Mountain Bike – both of which fit in LeEco’s goal to more seamlessly link our web connected lives from your phone to your bike and even to autonomous cars…

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LeEco is a technology company, not a bike company. But at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week they’re bridging that gap with their new Android-powered cycling operating system designed to integrate with the bike offering navigation of your ride & tracking performance. Dubbed the next generation of Smart Bikes, the new BikeOS debuts in two […]

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