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Rungu Fat Trike is Perfect For Loose Terrain

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Not all trikes are created equal. If you’re looking for a trike where you can get to places with least difficulty–at least, when you’re on loose terrain like sand–then the Rungu fat trikes might be what you’re looking for. Rungu was developed by a father-and-son team who experienced first-hand how difficult it can be to traverse on sandy paths on typical trikes, especially if you’re carrying something large or heavy, like a surfboard.

Two designs are available: the Juggernaut, which comes built with three fat 26 x 4.7-inch tires, and the Kilimanjarom which has the fat tire at the back and skinnier 29 x 2.5-inch tires in the front.Continue Reading

Sphyke Bike Wheel Lock

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It’s a sad reality of life that you have to take precautions to protect your belongings when cycling in an urban environment. Well… any environment, really. But while you can secure your two-wheeled vehicle with a good lock, the detachable wheels are sadly still somewhat vulnerable. That’s of course unless you protect them with Sphyke. It’s a simple combination lock that still allows you to remove the wheel when the need arises, but makes it quite a bit harder for a thief to run off with it. It’s $33.

The company also makes locks for the seat and seat pole, as well as the stem. It’s a while system designed to keep your bike secure.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

See Sense Bike Light Packs Sensors

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You can get a bike light that shines bright all the time, or you can get See.Sense. This one shines bright most of the time, and then shines even brighter when it thinks you need it. Sensors in the housing detect road conditions and adjust both the blink rate and illumination intensity based on that. Whether you’re just reaching an intersection, or being approached by a car with its headlights on, See.Sense will detect that and vary its output to attract the attention of other motorists. But it doesn’t stay on at max power all the time because, the makers reason, it’s just too much and unnecessary. It’s £36, or roughly $58 to get your own on the fully funded Kickstarter.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

Smart Wheel Pedal Assist Takes Some Strain Off Your Morning Commute

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This isn’t the first battery powered pedal assist on the market, but we like some of the features on the FlyKly Smart Wheel. It bolts on easily to just about any bike frame and adds roughly 9 lbs. of extra weight. In exchange for the extra mass, you get an electric motor that gets you up to, and keeps you at your desired cruising speed (20mph max), as soon as you start pedalling. Just set your target speed on the related application, and it does the rest automatically. When it senses you breaking, it slows down as well, without you having to explicitly tell it to slow down. With a range of 30 miles, you should have enough for a daily round trip, and if not, maybe you shouldn’t be commuting with a bike. Finally, it has an application-toggled lock option that prevents the back wheel from spinning and adds a layer of security should your bike get stolen. It even has a GPS module if the enterprising thief decides to carry it away, allowing you to locate it from a distance.

Considering all the features on the FlyKly Smart Wheel, we’re not too shocked to see the $550 price tag, which is really just a pledge for the still unfunded Kickstarter campaign.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

FoldyLock, A Folding Chain Of Steel Bars To Secure Your Bike

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There are many ways to secure your bicycle when away from home, and the FoldyLock appears to be one of the better ones. It’s a 90cm (35.5. inch) long lock made up of “six hardened steel links covered with plastic reinforced with fiberglass to protect your bike frame from scratches. Connecting rivets are designed with VSR rivet technology against drilling. Foldylock is rust free and has an anti drilling cylinder that is protected in a hardened steel housing.” You can pack it tight and carry it where the water bottle would go in its designated case, or just toss it into a backpack. Hardened steel is hard to cut, but more importantly, the tough appearance of the Foldylock may deter would-be thieves just by looking harder than normal to defeat. They’re more likely to move on to the next guy tying his bike with a flimsy chain than they are to try and cut through solid steel.

The Kickstarter is fully funded, but you can still get your own for $80.

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Wrist-worn Mirror Could Make Cyclists A Little Safer

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When you’re on two skinny wheels sharing the road with multi-ton 18-wheelers, you can get a little nervous. Anything you do to increase your level of safety is a good thing, and the Rearviz wrist-worn mirror pictured above is as good an innovation as we’ve seen lately. Featuring a convex mirror for a wider angle of view, the device allows you to see what’s behind you without having to contort yourself away from the road in front. It’s made from waterproof materials and features a pouch to insert contact information as well as medical data that could come in handy if all your precautions fail and you find yourself on the way to the hospital. It comes in two sizes, one for the wrist and the other for the forearm and cost between $23 and $37. However we’re not exactly sure when it’s going to be available.

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Retrofitting A Bike To Become Electric Has Never Been Easier

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If you want to pedal, but would like the assistance of electricity whenever your own energy starts to lack, you have limited options. You can either get an all-electric bike, which often looks bulky and tends to be heavy. Or you can try to retrofit your current bike with an often inelegant conversion system that requires lots of tools, and once installed, makes everything look very DIY, and weekend-tinkerer-y. The Rubbee fixes all that. It simply attaches to your seat post with a basic clamp, and a motorized rubber wheel then rests atop your own bike’s rear wheel for propulsion. A 20,000 mAh battery provides up to 800W of power, propelling you at up to 25 km/h (15 mph) for one hour. That means it’s got a range of 25km (15 miles) incidentally, just in case your arithmetic isn’t up to snuff. The battery can be recharged in two hours, and is rated for up to 2,000 cycles without loss of range, which is a full charge a day, every day, for 5 years. The entire system weighs 6.5kg (14 lbs) and is controlled via a throttle that must only be installed once. Everything is waterproof, so yeah, you can take it out in the rain as well.

This seems to be a pretty comprehensive solution for anyone looking for some electric boost in their cycling efforts. Of course, it’s not cheap, currently undergoing funding on Kickstarter with a pledge of $1,225 USD getting you your own Rubbee.

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Is A Ridiculous Paper Pulp Bike Helmet Better Than Nothing At All?

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Keeping the contents of your head on the inside is a priority shared by many cyclists, thus the popularity of the bike helmet. But there’s a situation where helmets are rarely used: bike rental/sharing (like Montreal’s Bixi, NYC’s City Bikes or London’s “Boris Bikes”). Since most people don’t walk around with a helmet, they’re unlikely to have one when they decide to hop on a bike, so they ride without. The Paper Pulp Helmet concept looks to offer an alternative. Made from paper pulp derived from recycled newspapers, the helmet is vaccuum formed and can conceivably be sold for around $1.50, which is cheap enough to be paid for alongside a bike rental. The grooves that you see serve multiple purposes, like allowing for straps to be used, as well as providing aeration to prevent a wearer’s overheating. An organic additive is included in its preparation which makes the helmet waterproof for six hours. And when you’re done, simply toss it in a recycling bin and move on with your day.

Will a paper helmet keep you safe? It allegedly meets “stringent European safety standards”, though even if it doesn’t, some protection is arguably better than none.

And yes, this is only a concept at the moment, with no word on when or if it’ll ever see light of day.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Display An Animation On Your Bike Wheel As You Cycle

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Whether you have an actual statement to make, or just think they look cool, there’s no denying that the Monkey Light Pro will attract attention.

The Monkey Light Pro has 4 bars of LEDs which are attached together inside your wheel. As your ride the system rotates, and using Persistence Of Visio, creates an image with its 256 full color LEDs. The Monkey Light Pro has sensors to track its speed, heads-up position and rotation direction. This allows the system to create stable, full-wheel images from 10 to 40 mph (15 to 65 km/h).

The images of course can be animated, and the system accepts files of several different formats, from GIFs to FLVs, by way of JPEGs or PNGs. There’s a 7000mAh Lithium Polymer which can give you from 3 to 8 hours of runtime at full brightness or up to 48 hours at reduced brightness (say you’re riding at night). When you order it, the Monkey Light Pro will come pre-loaded with 10 custom animations, but it’s relatively easy to load your own later on. The system will fit wheels of the following sizes: 26″, 27″, 28″, 29″, 700c.

It’s a Kickstarter project for now, and Early Backer prices are sold out. So the cheapest you can get one wheel is $695, and $1,390 for a pair. Yeah… that’s a lot of money to attract attention.

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