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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

Sphyke Bike Wheel Lock


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.

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See Sense Bike Light Packs Sensors


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.

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Smart Wheel Pedal Assist Takes Some Strain Off Your Morning Commute


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.

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


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


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

Rubbee - The Bike Electric Drive

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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