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Redshit Shocktop Gives You A more Comfortable Bike Ride

There’s a few things you can do to smooth out your bike ride, from outfitting your bike with shocks and springs, to a simple gel mat on the seat. Shocks and springs are kind of a no-go on road bikes, so the Redshift Shocktop will be welcomed by speed aficionados looking for less vibrations on their next ride. The Shocktop approaches the issue of bumpy rides with a bendable stem that allows the handlebars to travel up and down with every crevice you ride over, smoothing everything out. Large bumps saw a reduction of up to 70%, while the simple “road buzz” that every rider is used to is pretty much eliminated. The company offers several length stems, with different stiffness levels (thanks to twin interchangeable elastomers), so that you can adjust your experience to your liking. Installation is done in minutes and requires no special tools other than maybe a screwdriver.

It’s $109, you can pre-order it now, and expect delivery in April 2016, in time for the 2016 riding season.


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The Varia™ Rearview Bike Radar Keeps Cyclists Safer From Getting Hit From Behind


You’ve seen them: cyclists riding in the middle of the lane, as if they own the road. We can understand the desire to stay away from potentially dangerous curbside holes, but this practice can be dangerous when coupled with less-than-fully-attentive motorists. The Varia™ Rearview Bike Radar (by Garmin) alerts cyclists of an approaching vehicle as far as 150 meters away, allowing them to get a little closer to the edge of the road minimizing the chances of getting hit. The device also pairs with “compatible Edge cycling computers. The Edge computer or Varia head unit can then show multiple approaching vehicles and indicates the relative speed of approach and threat level.” It also pairs with Varia Smart Bike Lights which flash with increasing intensity as vehicles get closer, thus also alerting the drivers of the presence of a vulnerable cyclist on the road.

It’s a great system for cyclist safety, although you’ll have to pay a fairly hefty price for it. It’s £159.99, or about $249USD.

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Litelok Bike Lock Is Both Lightweight, And Sturdy


Securing your bike in public is a delicate affair. Maybe you want to be super safe, but then you’ll have to carry really heavy U-locks. Or if you care about portability, you might sacrifice some safety. But the Litelok hopes to give you the best of both worlds. Created by one Professor Neil Barron, an industrial designer and entrepreneur with a background in Aeronautics and Astronautics, the flexible lock is made of a newly patented material called Boaflexicore®. It’s made of multiple layers of materials, where “each layer provides additional security, meaning it can withstand sustained attack from tools like cable cutters, bolt croppers and hacksaws.” It’s been tested to exceed “British and International lock quality standards and in-house testing has proven that it takes well over five minutes to cut or break the strap and lock.” It weighs under 1kg (2.2lbs), is 29 inches long, and the lock only requires a key when you’re unfastening it, meaning it takes less time to secure your bike. And its beefy appearance looks like it means business, potentially discouraging would-be thieves before they even try to cut it.

It’s yours for a £80 ($117 USD) pledge, with shipping in August.


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A Collapsible Bike Helmet, For Your Convenience


Despite your brain being protected by nothing more than a slim bony shell that tends to fracture if you knock it a little too hard, plenty of cyclists still opt to ride without a helmet. It’s somewhat understandable, given their bulk. But the Closca Fuga Black collapsible helmet offers a potential alternative that might sway those who would wear protection if only it would fit in their bags.

The helmet is made of three circular shell components, which fold down and nest inside each other to make a package that fits inside a bag. According to manufacturer Closca, the helmet has passed certification in Europe, Canada and the States, thanks to a combination of polystyrene and polycarbonate in the shell.

The helmet even features hidden air vents, so you won’t overheat in the hot summer sun. It’s not necessarily the prettiest thing to look at, but what it lacks in looks it makes up for in convenience and protection. It’ll set you back €72.00 ($77USD), with shipping in Spring.

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Seatylock Is An Elegant Bike Lock


Securing your bike in an urban environment normally involves carrying a separate lock, whether a chain or U-shaped. And while you may be able to tie down your frame and wheels, your seat will still remain vulnerable to theft (yes, it happens). With the Seatylock, your seat is the lock. Simply remove it and extend a 1 meter solid lock that will tie your bike down securely. “Seatylock has a universal adaptor that enables easy compatibility with any standard bicycle. After a simple installation it can be adjusted to your preferred saddle position.” Retail will be $129, but you can get it now for an $85 pledge, in either the narrow “trekking” configuration, or the wider “comfort” shape.


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Leather Beer Caddy For Bikes


Making a beer run in the middle of the party can get annoying, but not so with the Fyxation Leather Bicycle Carrier. Instead of stuffing that six-pack in your backpack or bringing it back (gasp!) in your hands, just put the beers in this cool-looking brown leather carrier. It’ll fit right beneath your top post, making it super convenient. Ok… we’re sure some of you will complain that you have to take the extra step to remove each beer from its box and individually insert it in this carrier. It’s true… but just look at it! If you don’t have a backpack, this is still the superior option.

But hey, if you’ve been drinking, maybe it’s better to walk after all? Cycling while intoxicating is no better than driving, so be safe.

The caddy will cost you $57, from Amazon.

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Schiller X1 Water Bike Takes Your Workouts To The Lake


If cycling is your thing, but you’ve seen every road and carved every curve, maybe it’s time to take the sport to the water. The Schiller X1 Water Bike lets you take the thrill of riding on to the open water, where its high end anodized, powder coated aluminum cycling frame, proprietary two-stage 8:1 gear reduction with Gates Carbon Drive belt system, and twin rudderless pontoons will allow you to get up to 10 miles per hour. It’s easily assembled and disassembled in 10 minutes, and weighs about 45 lbs. so it can be transported with ease. Just slip it into your car’s trunk, drive to the lake, and go for a ride on the water. This is a high-end product, with premium components, and of course a premium price: the standard X1 will set you back $6,495 while the limited “Founder’s Edition” (250 units) clocks in at a hefty $8,775. Your purchase does come with two year’s worth of free component and accessory upgrades.


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Turbospoke Bicycle Exhaust System


Boy are we late to the game on this one. Apparently out since 2011, the Turbosopke Bicycle Exhaust System is designed to give your human-powered bike somewhat of a growling motorcycle sound. It’s an expansion on what kids have been doing… pretty much sine they’ve been riding bikes:

TurboSpoke utilizes durable “Motocards” and an effective clamping and amplification system to make your bike roar like a four stroke engine.

Each TurboSpoke comes equipped with three waterproof Motocards, which each produce a different engine sound when struck by the spokes of your bicycle. The lightweight and durable exhaust “pipe” acts like a horn to increase the volume produced by the Motocard.

It’s a stupid little toy, but it’s fun nonetheless. At $24, it’s a cheap gift for a child of any age.

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Rungu Fat Trike is Perfect For Loose Terrain

Rungu fat-trike

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