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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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New Sensor Constantly Monitors Bicycle Tire Pressure

Cars with TPMS sensors are pretty common these days. These are the ones that tell you when you’re getting a flat tire, by constantly monitoring the pressure within. It’s smart, and safe, and about time cyclists got the same treatment. The BTPS sensor aims to do just that, connecting to your smartphone and informing you of the pressure of your tires accurately, between 0 and 174psi. Admittedly, the device is more useful as a convenient indicator of tire pressure; it sure beats having to bend down every time. And since many road bikes need a regular air adjustment, the simple phone-glance convenience is appreciated.

“The BTPS unit itself consists of a pressure sensor, circuit board, and battery. When used with tubeless tires, it is mounted on the rim tape. If tubes are being used, it’s stuck right onto the tube, like a patch.” Currently weighing only seven grams (0.25 oz), it shouldn’t affect your ride in the least. It’s going through funding with Kickstarter though, and is quite far from its goal. Still, if you want one for yourself, a $140 pledge will get you a pair of tubeless-specific BTPS units.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Revolights Bring TRON-Like Safety To Your Bicycle

Sharing the road with cars, as a cyclist, is always a risky proposition. Especially at night. There are many products out there meant to increase your visibility, but none quite as cool as the Revolights. They’re a set of LED lights arranged around a hoop that attaches to the front and back wheels of your bike. Sensors detect the speed at which you’re traveling and the LEDs blink on only when they’re passing through a specific arc in the front and back. This creates a static “bar” of light that not only lights the path in front of you, but makes you extremely visible. There are 8 LEDs at 35 lumens, per wheel. That’s a lot, as can be seen in the video below.

The power for the Revolights come from a bracket-mounted Li-Ion battery pack that you attach to each wheel hub. You’re adding 12.3 oz. in heft per wheel, which could be seen as quite a bit by competitive cyclists, but isn’t really that much to the average person. Those batteries will keep the lights on for about 4 hours, which is more than your average bike ride.

The Revolights started out as a Kickstarter project a year ago, which was funded many times over. The company is now selling them at full retail price, which is $250. If you order now, you can still get yours before Christmas.

Revolights™. Now landed. from revolights on Vimeo.

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Give Your Bicycle A Galloping Horse Sound

There are those products you write about because you’re just thinking “wtf is this, and why does it exist, and crap it’s actually pretty cool although it’s rather useless.” The Trotify is one of those products. It’s a wooden device that sits on your front wheel and makes your bike clop like a horse. That… is it. It consists of a number of separate parts that come flat packed and are to be assembled at home. The clopping sound itself is generated by two halves of a coconut shell hitting one another. Yes, that’s apparently a Monty Python reference, and yes it appears as though the product’s entire raison d’etre is to add a bit of whimsy to your otherwise banal bike ride. It does look like a fun project to put together and have sitting on your front wheel, if only for ten minutes.

The company needs 1,000 pre-orders before they can hit production, and they’re sitting at 135 at the moment. It’s $32, which won’t break the bank. If you know only one hard core hipster with a sense of humor, there’s your Christmas present for him/her.

We’ve included a couple of videos of the device in action after the break. Well… two are of the device in action (the first two), the other is sort of a brain melting commercial that cannot be unseen. You’ve been warned. So hit the jump for that and links.

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