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Concept LED Light Could Light Up Cyclists’ Path Like A Fighter Plane

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Riding your bike at night can be a little tricky, especially without headlights. Regular headlights are great, but the Lumigrid is a conceptual LED light that would kick things up a notch.

It can be difficult for night cyclists to get a good sense of the condition of the terrain ahead, even with a typical bicycle lamp. In many cases, a bicycle lamp will cast shadows on both concave and convex areas of the ground. This can hinder the rider’s judgment of the road surface ahead, and increase the potential for danger.

Lumigrids can project a grid onto the ground. On a flat road surface, the grid will consist of standard squares. On a rough road surface, the grids will deform accordingly. By observing the motion and deformation of the grids, the rider can intuitively understand the landforms ahead. In addition, the luminous grids can make it easier for nearby pedestrians and vehicles to notice the bicycle, reducing the likelihood of collision.

Unfortunately, it is just a concept at the moment, even if it did win Sichaun University a Red Dot Design award in 2012. There doesn’t seem to be any concrete plans for bringing it to market, but given the current state of technology, how hard could it be?

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Helios Handlebar Brings LEDs, GPS, Navigation And More To Your Bicycle

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Handlebars on a bike can be so much more than rests for your hands, a place to affix the brakes, and a way to actually turn the two-wheeled vehicle. With the Helios handlebar, you can add the following features: button-activated rear-facing LED turn blinkers, 500 lumen headlight, smartphone controlled ambient lighting, speed indication and even navigation assistance. The blinker functionality is pretty straightforward, but the others can use some explaining. The speed indication will have the LEDs progressively change colour as you speed up; red for slow and green for fast. The Helios uses the GPS in your phone (paired through Bluetooth 4.0) to not only determine your speed, but also to give you directions; just load up a course and it’ll interface with Google Maps’ cycling directions to light up the appropriate LED as a required turn approaches. How exactly you’re supposed to see the LED on the rear-facing part of the handlebar we’re not entirely sure, but we trust that some thought has been put into that.

Finally, a low power GPS module is integrated into the handlebar itself. Just pop in a prepaid SIM card and you can track your bike from anywhere in the world, which is great if it ever gets stolen.

All this for $200? That’s a bargain if you ask us. Heck, it’s even $149 in Early Bird pricing on the Kickstarter campaign that should get off the ground sometime today.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Recoiling Bicycle Mudguard Works Sort Of Like A Snap Bracelet

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Getting mud sprayed all over your back when you’re riding is fun. Ok, no, it’s not. But mudguards are often badly made, unsightly, and people generally tend to avoid them. If they had the Plume, pictured above, they might change their mind. Made from stainless steel and a flexible polymer, the Plume “extends out into a sleek mudguard or recoils back into a tight circle under your seat with the gentle press of a finger, even if you’re in motion.” The action is much like that of the snap bracelets of your youth, and doesn’t require springs, or any special mechanism. It’s $35, currently on pre-order on Kickstarter.

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Loopwheels Move The Bicycle’s Suspension Directly Into The Wheel

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People are fond of saying that you can’t reinvent the wheel, but if you take a look a the LoopWheel, you realize that’s not entirely true. The device uses a regular, off the shelf tire, rim and hub, but it replaces the common spokes with a flexible carbon-composite system that gives suspension directly to the wheel. By making the new loopy “spokes” flexible, the LoopWheel’s hub is able to go off-center by as much as 45mm (1.7 in.), effectively giving it a suspension with 1.7in of travel. Granted, that’s not mountain bike material, but the LoopWheel isn’t intended as such. Currently only being produced in a 20in. size (a small bicycle wheel size), they’re intended to be used in folding bikes or any other compact bikes that wouldn’t normally be able to fit a regular suspension system.

Like many innovative items, the LoopWheels are on Kickstarter, but they’re fully funded. If you still want to get in on the action, it’ll cost you 490£, or roughly $763.

Hit the jump for a video of the wheels in action, plus links.

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Siva Cycle’s Atom Generator Lets Bikers Generate Power for Their Devices By Cycling

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Gadgets or contraptions that charge up while you use them are fairly uncommon. For example, some treadmills have been hooked up so that they power a small television or radio while a person’s running on it. Another example is Siva Cycle’s Atom generator, which can charge your connected device while you’re pedaling around town.

What sets it apart, though, is that it also charges up an on-board battery which you can detach and then use to charge compatible devices while you’re on the go.

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Can This Bike Really Hit 100mph On Pedal Power Alone?

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No, not really. Or not yet, rather. But not for lack of wanting to. It’s made by Tom Donhou from Donhou Bicycles and was on display at the Bespoked Bristol exhibition, which showcases handmade bicycles from around the world. The Good to A Hundred bike by Donhou features “a 104-tooth chainring, with a diameter of nearly 17 inches (for comparison, most road bikes have about 50 teeth in their largest ring).” This could theoretically allow the rider to reach speeds of 100mph, although the bike has only achieved 60mph so far. Speeds of up to 167mph have been achieved by riders before, so it’s not so much the speed which is at issue here, but the fact that this bike is hand-built from common materials. The handlebars have been lowered to position the rider in an impossibly uncomfortable aerodynamic position, and with a bit of luck, Donhou will hit the goal for which the bike is named after sometime soon.

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Be ‘That Guy’, By Putting The boomBOTTLE On Your Bike Runs

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It’s a known fact that everyone loves ‘that guy’ who goes around the neighborhood loudly blaring his musical preferences from an overpowered boombox, for all to enjoy. It then stands to reason that you’d be the most popular kid in the block if you decided to replace your water bottle with Scosche’s boomBOTTLE, a waterproof set of 40mm speakers (and “passive subwoofer”) that fits in a standard bicycle’s water holder bracket thing. It accepts streaming audio in a variety of Bluetooth profiles, and even has an auxiliary audio jack if your music player doesn’t do wireless. Its large size also means the batteries should be good for about ten hours of playback time, more than enough for you to entertain innocent passersby on even the longest of routes.

It’s $149.

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Pee-Wee Herman, Spiderman, And Other Cycling Suits Available For Your Riding Pleasure

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We’re all looking forward to the summer. Only some of us are looking forward to more than just the sun and the warmth: we’re thinking about riding again. But why not celebrate the departure of the snow and ice with a spiffy cycling suit? It turns out that there are a bunch of pretty original ones floating around the Interwebs. Like the ones above, which look like Pee-Wee Herman or Spiderman. Or the ones after the jump, that look like they came out of Tron. Or even better, the “Hipster” themed ones. Yeah… hipster. We couldn’t make that stuff up.

So, if you fancy attracting attention as you ride, these seem just about perfect. They’re $150 a piece, but they do seem to be legitimate cycling suits… if only a little strange looking.

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Interlock Bike Lock Actually Works, Is A Great Idea

Anyone that cycles will tell you: carrying a lock everywhere is essential, but cumbersome. The Interlock system aims to solve that problem by stuffing a long cable and lock within a specially designed seat post. Once you need to secure your bike, simply pull it out of the post and wrap it around the bike frame and an external object (like a bike rack). You can attach the cable in several different manners, some of which make it impossible to steal your post, or rear wheel. You can even combine the Interlock cable with a regular U-lock to render your ride extra secure. Any bike can be retrofitted with this system in a manner of minutes; you simply have to replace your old seat post with this one. The cable is pretty long, although we have no details on the strength of the materials. Sure, this won’t work for those that are extra paranoid about theft, or competitive cyclists who think that a carbon fiber post actually makes a difference. But for the casual to moderate cyclist looking for a convenient way to secure their bike, this is pretty decent. It’s $39 on pre-order at Kickstarter, and the project is halfway to being funded.

Hit the jump for a video of it in action, as well as a few more pictures and links.

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