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A’ME Heated Bike Grips

A’ME Heated Bike Grips (Images courtesy A’ME)
By Andrew Liszewski

For most casual riders, the arrival of Fall, and eventually Winter, means their bikes go into storage until the temperatures warm up again. But if you use your bike for commuting to work, or are used to dealing with the elements on a ride, freezing temps probably aren’t going to stop you. Particularly if you invest in a set of these heated grips from A’ME. They easily replace the standard handlebar grips on your bike (you just slide them on and tighten a screw) but are a vast improvement since they heat up to one of 6 different temperature settings.

Besides just comfort, the heated grips also improve bloodflow and dexterity in your hands when it’s freezing outside. So, you know, you can still operate your shifters and brakes. The various components to the system, including the grips, the battery pack and the charger are all sold separately. But you’re certainly better off just getting the whole setup as a kit for $199.

[ A’ME Heated Bike Grips ] VIA [ Urban Velo ]

Light Cycle Learning Bike Needs To Exist Before I Have Kids

Light Cycle Learning Bike (Image courtesy Ryan Callahan)
By Andrew Liszewski

Before they’re old enough to tackle a 2-wheel bicycle, most young’ns start off on either a tricycle or a push bike. Neither of them require much in the way of balance skills, but the latter tends to be a bit more stylish. Usually looking like a wooden jigsaw puzzle pulled from the pages of an IKEA catalog. But Ryan Callahan, an industrial designer at Trek, took a far different approach. Inspired by the sequel to TRON, the learning bike he created for the TrekWorld 2012 show looks like a miniature version of the light cycles seen on screen. Albeit with a raised set of handlebars to make it easier for kids to ride.

At this point it’s very regrettably still just a concept, and with the marketing push for the TRON sequel being over a long time ago, I have my doubts this will ever become a reality. Though with rumors that a third TRON movie could be a possibility, I’ll keep a small flame of hope alive that one day my kids will be tooling around the backyard on one, making impossibly tight 90-degree right and left hand turns.

Light Cycle Learning Bike (Image courtesy Ryan Callahan)

[ Bicycle Design – Learning bike concepts from TrekWorld 2012 ] VIA [ Wired Gadget Lab ]

VelEau Bicycle Hydration System (For The Rider, Not The Bike)

VelEau Hydration System (Images courtesy Showers Pass)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve never ridden in anything that can remotely be considered a bike race, but apparently things can get so intense that even reaching for one’s water bottle can cost the rider precious milliseconds on their time. At least according to a company called Showers Pass who’ve created a sort of bike mounted CamelBak system called the VelEau.

A canteen/tool pack mounted to the rear of the seat holds 42 ounces of water which is made accessible to the rider via a frame-routed tube system that ends in a tethered valve held securely to the handlebars with magnets. This allows the rider to grab a quick sip while not having to worry about reaching or properly replacing a bottle in a holder. And on a hot day it keeps a heavy pack full of water off their backs. Available sometime in July with an MSRP of $79.99.

[ VelEau 42 Bicycle Hydration System ] VIA [ Bike Snob NYC ]

Reflective Gloves And Socks For Cyclists

Reflective Gloves And Socks (Images courtesy SUCK UK)
By Andrew Liszewski

Riding a bike in a big city during the day is dangerous enough, but when the sun goes down at night you better make sure you’re as visible as possible to motorists who are already pretty annoyed at having to share the road with you. And while you probably shouldn’t exclusively rely on these to make yourself stand out while riding, SUCK UK’s reflective gloves and socks are a good start.

The socks feature a reflective patch on the pack that becomes visible once you’ve tucked your pant legs into them, while the gloves, which seem a bit more useful to me, feature a reflective arrow on the back making your hand signals extra visible to vehicular traffic behind you. Both are available in a one-size-fits-all unisex design, with each pair costing ~$24 (£15) which is a small price to pay for a bit of extra safety.

[ Reflective Biker Gloves And Socks ]

Pioneer’s Got An Impressive Looking Cyclocomputer In Development

Pioneer Cyclocomputer (Images courtesy DigInfo TV)
By Andrew Liszewski

Pioneer’s skunk works is apparently looking to raise the bar when it comes to cyclocomputers. Typically they’re nothing more than a glorified stopwatch you attach to your handlebars which calculates your speed, time and distance traveled. But Pioneer’s developed one that runs on Android paving the way for a cyclocomputer that’s not only way more intelligent, but also displays your details in a far more graphically-enhanced manner.

But what I think will appeal to most cyclists, who spend their time with their eyes on the road anyways, is the wireless sensors Pioneer have also developed which attach to the crank and measure the force of the rider’s pedaling, displaying the results as graphical vectors for each foot. Probably more information than the average rider needs, but I’m sure serious athletes in training will relish all the extra info about their performance.

[ DigInfo TV – Pioneer Android-based Cyclocomputer ]


Bicygnals (Images courtesy Bicygnals)
By Andrew Liszewski

When you’re a kid learning to ride, bike safety is the last thing on your mind. But when you grow up and take your first ride around the big city, all those lectures from your parents start to make sense. When you’re sharing the road with motorists there’s no such thing as being too safe, so you might want to consider these Bicygnals which give your bike a bonafide set of easy-to-install turn signals and high-visibility lighting.

Powered by a set of 4xAA and 4xAAA batteries the Bicygnals come in a pair for mounting on both the front and rear of your bicycle. The turn signal buttons are mounted within easy reach of where you normally grip the handlebars, and the lights are connected via a 2.4GHz wireless signal so the rear turning indicators stay synced to the front without you having to run any wires across your frame. They’re also designed to cleverly stick together, back-to-back, when not in use, and include a handy storage case so you can take them with you when you lock up your bike. In the U.K. you can get them from the Bicygnals online store for £44.95, and in the U.S. and Canada from the Cycle Force Group online store for $69.95.

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SEIL Bag Concept Adds Turn Signals To Your Bike – Lessens Your Chances Of Dying

Safe Enjoy Interact Light Bag (Images courtesy Lee Myung Su)
By Andrew Liszewski

Winner of a 2010 Red Dot Design award, the SEIL (Safe Enjoy Interact Light) bag concept was created by Lee Myung Su to provide a safer way for cyclists to signal. Technically when signaling with their hands a cyclist is only riding their bike with the other hand, which can be dangerous. So the SEIL fixes that problem with an LED-equipped backpack and a detachable wireless remote which can be mounted on the handlebars. And besides signaling your turning intentions, the SEIL bag can also be used to let others on the road know when you’re about to slam on the brakes, or even if there is an emergency.

[ Design You Trust – SEIL bag by Lee Myung Su design lab ]

LiveRider Bike Computer – Just Add An iPhone Or iPod Touch

LiveRider Bike Computer (Image courtesy New Potato Technologies)
By Andrew Liszewski

The last time we brought you an ‘innovation’ from New Potato Technologies it was an iPhone ‘appcessory’ known as the Jackpot Dock which basically turned your phone into a one-armed bandit slot machine. This time around they’ve got something a bit more useful, particularly for pedal pushers. The LiveRider bike computer is a combination of a dual-mode sealed sensor that mounts near the bike’s rear tire and measures wheel speed and pedal cadence, and an “aerodynamic shock-absorbing handlebar mounted cradle” with a 2.4 GHz wireless receiver.

Data from the sensor is sent to the receiver which is then fed to an iPhone (3G or 3GS) or an iPod Touch via the dock connector, and used to calculate and display various stats including elapsed time, distance traveled, cadence speed, watts, pace, calories burned, average and max speeds and even ghost data so you can race yourself from a previous ride. It can even access GPS data from an iPhone, and inclination info using the tilt sensor. And if you’re a real number cruncher, all of your ride data can be emailed and imported into a spreadsheet or database application. The LiveRider app is of course free to download from the App Store, but the hardware that makes it usable will set you back $99.

[ LiveRider Bike Computer ] VIA [ Wired Gadget Lab ]

Flat Pack Armadillo Helmet Is Flat, Possibly Useless


By Evan Ackerman

Bicycle helmets are a useless inconvenience every single moment of their existence except for that one super important one when they protect you from death (or such less punishment). Part of the problem is their shape, which (while a predefined inevitability) is not an efficient use of space. The Tatoo helmet (that comes from the french ‘tatou’ which means armadillo) is made out of flexible (and recyclable!) interconnected polypropylene that unsnaps from itself and packs flat for storage.

The problem here is that the convenience of having a bendy helmet kinda means that the helmet is, uh, bendy. As in not rigid. And last time I checked, rigidity was a rather important part of the whole “protecting your brain from impacts” thing. Good thing it looks like it’s still a concept at this stage.

[ Abitare ] VIA [ Fast Company ]