The Motion France damped, travel adjust, leaf spring suspension fork takes the movement out of brake dive

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There’s a new suspension fork on the horizon, and it looks like it will check off a number of boxes. Like all the boxes. If the new Motion fork from Motion France delivers on all of their claims, it will be a one size fits almost all fork with adjustable travel, no brake dive, and limited maintenance. On paper, the Motion fork seems like it could be a truly groundbreaking design, but there is one catch…

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There’s a new suspension fork on the horizon, and it looks like it will check off a number of boxes. Like all the boxes. If the new Motion fork from Motion France delivers on all of their claims, it will be a one size fits almost all fork with adjustable travel, no brake dive, and […]

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Bad news from Brim Brothers – their shoe based power meter is dead

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It seems so promising when we first heard from them back at Interbike 2014, and even more so when their Kickstarter campaign launched at the start of this year. The promise was a dual-sided road power meter that went with you as you clipped out of one bike and into the next, with the sensors sandwiched between your shoe and Speedplay cleats and the brain sitting atop your toes. But that dream has been shattered and backers have gotten a dash of the realities of crowdfunding as Brim Brothers has run into insurmountable obstacles to the DPMX wearable power meter and issued a statement saying that, “we can’t deliver your power meter, and we can’t provide a refund”…

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It seems so promising when we first heard from them back at Interbike 2014, and even more so when their Kickstarter campaign launched at the start of this year. The promise was a dual-sided road power meter that went with you as you clipped out of one bike and into the next, with the sensors sandwiched […]

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A stainless steel water bottle on the bike? Travel Kuppe makes it happen

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Whether you’re wary of putting too much plastic in contact with your food or just want something that keeps a beverage cold for the entire duration of your ride (even if that ride takes two full days), Travel Kuppe has the solution. Their new TK Stainless water bottle uses double-walled, vacuum sealed construction and 18/8 stainless steel to keep drinks cold and free of chemicals while also making them useable on the bike.

No, you can’t squeeze them, but the straw-equipped lid lets you sip the contents without having to tilt your head up and taking eyes off the prize. Or, use the sippy lid for hot beverages pre-ride…

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Whether you’re wary of putting too much plastic in contact with your food or just want something that keeps a beverage cold for the entire duration of your ride (even if that ride takes two full days), Travel Kuppe has the solution. Their new TK Stainless water bottle uses double-walled, vacuum sealed construction and 18/8 […]

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Ilumaware Shield TL bicycle tail light enhances vehicle’s crash avoidance radar, keeps you safer

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We first spotted the Ilumaware passive radar booster a couple years ago in early prototype form. The device is devilishly simple in that its angles reflect automobiles’ crash avoidance radar waves in such a way as to amplify your perceived size. In other words, the car sees you as another car, making it far more responsive to you and stopping in time if the driver is texting or otherwise distracted.

Now, the Ilumaware Shield TL is ready for prime time, launching on Kickstarter with an integrated blinky light…

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We first spotted the Ilumaware passive radar booster a couple years ago in early prototype form. The device is devilishly simple in that its angles reflect automobiles’ crash avoidance radar waves in such a way as to amplify your perceived size. In other words, the car sees you as another car, making it far more responsive […]

Posted in Advocacy, Clothing-Gear-Tools, Gadgets & Hacks, Kickstarter9 Comments

Arsenal Cycling’s 4Sync lights dazzle drivers with an eye-catching pattern

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It’s a bit ironic that the symbol for a good idea is a light bulb over one’s head, as there seems to be a never ending stream of cool new designs and concepts for bike lighting these days. Arsenal Cycling has come up with the latest approach, and this one’s based on neuroscience.

As their flagship product the company has created the 4Sync light system, comprised of one front and three rear lights that operate in sync. But the idea isn’t just about adding more lights, rather the 4Sync setup aims to catch drivers’ attention by presenting a pattern that is easily recognized by our eyes and brains.

If you’re still wondering why you shouldn’t just go and strap three random blinkers to your back, check out Arsenal’s promo video for visual proof of their pattern concept…
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It’s a bit ironic that the symbol for a good idea is a light bulb over one’s head, as there seems to be a never ending stream of cool new designs and concepts for bike lighting these days. Arsenal Cycling has come up with the latest approach, and this one’s based on neuroscience. As their […]

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Review: Coros Linx smart helmet connects your smart phone to your head

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There has been a tidal wave of technology flooding the bicycle industry trying to integrate the power of our hand-held computers (with phone service) to our riding experience. While many may think this sounds ludicrous, many of the potential soon to be cyclists expect this sort of standard because… well what don’t smartphones do for us nowadays? Coros sent me an early run of their Linx “smart helmet” to try out. The Linx takes many of the most commonly used functions provided by your phone and wraps them up in a safe, hands-free place around your head.

Stick with me here and see why this could be more of a benefit than you might think…

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There has been a tidal wave of technology flooding the bicycle industry trying to integrate the power of our hand-held computers (with phone service) to our riding experience. While many may think this sounds ludicrous, many of the potential soon to be cyclists expect this sort of standard because… well what don’t smartphones do for us […]

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LVL Hydration Monitor tells just how dehydrated you really are

LVL hydration monitor wristband and activity tracker

LVL hydration monitor wristband and activity tracker

After suffering a stroke due to dehydration, BSX Insight founder and CEO Dustin Freckleton ended up with temporary partial paralysis and a three month stretch of physical therapy learning to walk again. Immediate medical attention kept it from being worse, thankfully, but it was an eye opener. The silver lining was the creation of LVL, the world’s first wearable to measure your hydration level.

While it may not translate to the “party trick” realm, the new LVL Hydration Monitor keeps tabs on your internal water levels and lets you know when it’s time to imbibe. For athletes, it could mean the difference between sailing across the finish line and cramping or worse. For everyone else, it’s a simple reminder that we probably all need to drink more water throughout the day to perform better mentally and emotionally, and it’s as simple as wearing a fitness tracker…and fortunately it measures your activity, too…

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After suffering a stroke due to dehydration, BSX Insight founder and CEO Dustin Freckleton ended up with temporary partial paralysis and a three month stretch of physical therapy learning to walk again. Immediate medical attention kept it from being worse, thankfully, but it was an eye opener. The silver lining was the creation of LVL, […]

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Bike Friday’s new pakiT city bikes start at 14.9 lbs and fold up into a backpack

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If you’re supposed to travel with a bike, it only makes sense that it should be both compact and lightweight. Bike Friday is a family-owned manufacturer from Eugene, Oregon who’s been making folding travel bikes for 24 years, and they’re recently released the pakiT. With a single-speed model that comes in at just 14.9 lbs, they say it’s the lightest folding bike ever.

The pakiT not only offers a quick-fold mode, it also further folds up into a backpack that can be purchased with the bike, or into a standard sized suitcase for airline travel. The bikes come in single, 3 or 11 speed options all driven by grease-free Gates belts, and six different frame sizes are available to accommodate a wide range of riders.

The company has already well exceeded their Kickstarter campaign funding goal, and while the early bird deals are gone there’s still time to buy in…
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If you’re supposed to travel with a bike, it only makes sense that it should be both compact and lightweight. Bike Friday is a family-owned manufacturer from Eugene, Oregon who’s been making folding travel bikes for 24 years, and they’re recently released the pakiT. With a single-speed model that comes in at just 14.9 lbs, […]

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Team ZWatt offering power meter cranks under $200 as long as you’ll be their guinea pig

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If power meter prices are in a race to the bottom, Team ZWatt might have just won. Fortunately, the feature set isn’t taking the same trajectory, and with this new offering you get continued updates so they keep improving with use.

The catch? You need to transmit your ride data once a month through their app and stay connected with a very small monthly fee. They have two options, a left-side crank-arm based unit to fit Shimano cranks, or a spider-based meter attached to a FSA crankset. They’re already well on their way to being fully funded, and a stretch goal could yield a carbon mountain bike option, too…

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If power meter prices are in a race to the bottom, Team ZWatt might have just won. Fortunately, the feature set isn’t taking the same trajectory, and with this new offering you get continued updates so they keep improving with use. The catch? You need to transmit your ride data once a month through their […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Kickstarter, Road Bike14 Comments