VEAR Legs Jacket zips on and off in seconds to keep your legs warm & dry

Ever wondered why there isn’t a rain coat for your legs? After all, when conditions change, wouldn’t it be nice to just zip on or off the same protection for your lower half as you can for your upper body? Well, in a classic case of “why hasn’t someone done this sooner”, the VEAR Legs Jacket presents just that, and it’s quite well thought out, too.

Available in two materials, they start at just $89 in their Kickstarter Super Early Bird deals for the basic version. Or opt for the Performance version and you get a higher tech fabric. Both are waterproof and windproof, feature reflective sections on the lower leg and fold up into their own pocket. Oh, and they can be put in on under 15 seconds…

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Ever wondered why there isn’t a rain coat for your legs? After all, when conditions change, wouldn’t it be nice to just zip on or off the same protection for your lower half as you can for your upper body? Well, in a classic case of “why hasn’t someone done this sooner”, the VEAR Legs […]

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PhiPAL makes any helmet a smart helmet, and can even signal for help off grid

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These days it seems like everything is coming out in a ‘smart’ version. Smart bikes, smart lights, smart… well, you get the picture. Smart helmets are also becoming a thing, but there are different goals and ways to go about it depending on who you talk to. The latest offering from Saphibeat is less about playing music inside your helmet and more about keeping you connected, and therefor safe in case of an emergency. Also, because it’s not part of the actual helmet, it can be removed and placed on different helmets in your gear closet to keep tabs on you during whatever adventure you’re about to set off on….

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These days it seems like everything is coming out in a ‘smart’ version. Smart bikes, smart lights, smart… well, you get the picture. Smart helmets are also becoming a thing, but there are different goals and ways to go about it depending on who you talk to. The latest offering from Saphibeat is less about […]

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Knog takes to crowdfunding again for PWR light and powerpack system

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We thought it was a bit odd when well-established accessories maker Knog took to a Kickstarter campaign back in the spring to bring out their slick new Oi bell design. I mean, why did a company that clearly could finance a new product through a conventional development cycle go the crowdfunding route? Knog told us then it meant they could accelerate the process from design into production and actually deliver the goods many months earlier than through regular development. It also let them gauge interest entering a new product category. Well it obviously worked out. They raised over a million dollars and have now delivered bells to backers, with them making their way to retail channels now too.

So it makes a bit of sense that going into another new direction, they are reaching out for early backer support again through Kickstarter. This time the new product category is a modular mobile power lineup called PWR. The idea is a new system of products, not overly bike centered but just targeted at outdoor enthusiasts, that combines a modular power (PWR) source to keep your GPS, phone, and lights charged on the go. Besides the basic power supply, there are 300 & 800lm bike lights, a camp light, a headlamp, and even a Bluetooth speaker. Check out the details and how it all will work together after the jump…

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We thought it was a bit odd when well-established accessories maker Knog took to a Kickstarter campaign back in the spring to bring out their slick new Oi bell design. I mean, why did a company that clearly could finance a new product through a conventional development cycle go the crowdfunding route? Knog told us […]

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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 […]

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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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