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Is Faraday the Future of Bicycles?

October 11, 2011 1 comment

“This ain’t no fixie with a minty fresh paint job, this is the Faraday.

Built for the Oregon Manifest design competition, ideas factory Ideo teamed up with bike builders Rock Lobster Cycles to produce this retro-technotastic electric bike.

Everything futuristic has been hidden inside the frame: those parallel top tubes hold a series of lithium-ion batteries which juice up the front-hub motor — all controlled from the green box tucked beneath the seat cluster.

Those two prongs up front serve as built-in headlights and the base of a modular racking system, letting you swap out various carrying mechanisms like a trunk or child seat with the pop of a bolt.”

Adizero f50 Gets miCoach, Becomes The First Intelligent Football Boot

September 30, 2011 Leave a comment

“Last year we told you about the German company’s Adizero f50 boot, the lightest boot ever made at 164g.

Well this year, the Adizero f50 has gained a solitary gram – but has added a whole lot more. At a briefing at the stadium before the big match the director of miCoach at Adidas, Simon Drabble, described the new f50 boots as “the next generation of football innovation”.

From Drabble’s job title you’ve probably gathered the big new addition to the boot – the inclusion of miCoach, Adidas’ interactive personal training tool.

The way it is incorporated into a football boot is via a micro-chip, dubbed the miCoach Speed Cell, that fits into a slot buried beneath the sock-liner and in a position on the shoe so as to not affect performance…

The chip lets you track your performance during a match, highlighting 360-degree movement, so not just linear action as per similar setups for runners.

It collects data on your speed and distance and, when paired with the Speed Cell software, gives you a detailed breakdown of your performance including your average speed, the distance you covered, the time you spent walking, the number of sprints and so on.

It teams up with a USB dongle that operates over a wireless connection when the boots are nearby.”

Get PumpTire – Never To Pump Tire

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

After Goodyear announced plans for its “Automatic Self-Inflating Car Tires“, this time a lesser-known San Francisco startup named PumpTire has the same plans for bicycle tires.

Here’s how they plan to get the thing done, which curiously is almost along the same line as Goodyear had planned.

Each PumpTire set consists of 3 components – a tire, a detachable valve and an inner tube. Unlike traditional tires, the PumpTire inner tube clips into the tire to enable air to pass from the tire to the tube.  When the pump is working, air moves from the atmosphere, through the valve and into the lumen surrounding the outside of the tire. From there the air is pushed into the tube. Once the desired pressure is reached, the valve senses the increase in pressure and closes the air pathway so no more air is pumped into the tire.  The system works on normal rims and does not require any special equipment or modifications.

Adipure: Barefoot Gym Trainers

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

“I’m wearing the new Adidas adipure Trainers right now. They’re barefoot shoes. My toes are spread apart (which is good), my feet are closer to the ground (which is great) and I feel like an ass (which is normal). Adidas says it’ll make me a better athlete.

Though the popularity of barefoot running shoes has been well documented, these Adidas barefoot shoes aren’t like those. They’re the first barefoot models exclusively targeted for the gym.

So how do they feel? Actually good. The shoe’s upper is similar to low profile water shoes (better quality, natch)—elastic, stretchy and hardly noticeable around the top part of your foot.”

RoundTail: Saving Bikers From The Bumps

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

“Potholes and other pavement woes can be hard to take on a bike – they convert all of your hard-won forward momentum into up-and-down unpleasantness.

You could cry to your local public works department — or you could take matters into your own hands with this awesome new bike technology that redirects the bump away from you.

The Tortola RoundTail frame ($2,000) transfers the shock of bumps in the road to two hollow steel loops, which replace the conventional twin triangles, cutting vibrations by as much as 50 times.”

Audi’s Woodies

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

“The latest models from Audi feature two wheels instead of four, and wood frames. No, this isn’t an April Fools’ joke; Audi partnered with Renovo, a bicycle designer in Portland, Ore., to offer three bicycles featuring Audi logos and colors.

The really unique thing about Renovo’s bicycles is that the frames are made from wood, hardwood, to be specific. The wooden tubes of the frame are hollow, and Audi says that wood offers the smoothest ride of any bicycle frame material due to its ability to absorb shocks. Further, Audi notes that the wood used in the frames is lighter than aluminum. However, aluminum doesn’t suffer from termite infestations.

Audi and Renovo created three bicycles, the Duo City, Duo Sport, and Duo Road. The “duo” in the name is a reference to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, although the bicycles only have one-wheel drive. The Duo City and Sport bicycles use internal gear hubs with belt drives, and are designed for city and casual use. The Duo Road features 20 speeds and has the narrow tires of a racing bicycle.”

Carry your Bike in Style…

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

“Last month, heading back to South America, I tested out a high-end bike case from SCI’CON, an Italian manufacturer that touts its AeroTech Evolution as “simply the best bike hard case on the market.” At about $1,400, the AeroTech is likely the priciest, too.

The made-in-Italy case is imported to the United States through, a company that has a niche of selling Italian cycling products. Several pro-level cycling teams use the AeroTech case, according to the company. For average riders serious about protecting their bikes, the AeroTech might be worth the investment.

Its thermoplastic ABS walls are tough and protective. The case’s unique design fits most road bikes easily inside once the wheels, seat and one pedal are removed. (My mountain bike, with a size large frame, also required removal of the fork and handlebars to fit — a slight pain.)

There are combination locks on the case to prevent pilfering. It has built-in handles and four wheels to let you roll the case stealthily with one hand through an airport concourse.

The case measures about 45 × 35 × 11 inches.”

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