Technology

Noordung’s Angel Edition bike has a battery that doubles as a boombox

Electric bike manufacturer Noordung has designed a bicycle with a battery that charges phones on the go and functions as a backup speaker.

The detachable battery sits atop the company’s Angel Edition bike, where it sits upon a carbon fibre frame. Once removed, it doubles as a speaker that can play 100 hours of music, controlled by the user’s phone.

“We believe commuting is not just moving from one point to another,” said Noordung. “For us it represents a journey of joy.”

For those running low on power, two USB ports offer room to charge phones or other devices on the go. The multifunctional battery is also able to measure and report on air quality, as well as recommend cleaner routes.

As to powering the bicycle, Noordung claims the battery can carry riders for 30 kilometres from a single charge.

The company will hand make a run of only 15 prototype Angel Edition bikes to start with, costing €9,760 each. It plans to seek feedback from the initial buyers who will become “friends, a part of our family, and the ambassadors of the Noordung idea”.

“They will be test-riders, debate partners in the future development, and possible first investors in the Noordung company,” it adds. “In short – the buyers of these bicycles will be our angels.”

Although the bike is currently still in prototype stage, the company promises to fix any problems that arise free of charge and will offer complimentary upgrades for the future.

Great Bike Gear for November

From Bicycling.com

 

1. Capo GS SL Wind Vest
I run hot on a bike, so I find myself pocketing most vests or zipping and unzipping to regulate my core temp. This is never a problem with the hi-viz GS SL, which is paneled with different levels of thickness and breathability throughout. A two-way zipper offers easy access to jersey pockets.
Buy It Now: $195.99 from R&A Cycles
Info: capocycling.com

 

 

2. Blomus Lever Man Pro Wine Bottle Opener
A nice glass of red is one of my favorite evening pleasures. The Blomus opener makes it even better. This solid tool pulls corks so easily that, though it comes equipped with a foil cutter, I don’t bother with that extra function, but rather plunge, pull, and pour in one smooth move.
Buy It Now: $42.74 from Amazon
Info: blomus.us

 

 

3. Tile Tracker
There’s nothing like finishing a race and realizing you have no idea where you left your keys…or wallet…or brain. Tile trackers help me find it all. These small Bluetooth panels attach to easily lost items and emit a musical ring you can trigger through a phone app. I have them attached to my keys and stuffed in my wallet so I can always find my stuff—and my sanity.
Price: $70 for a pack of 4
Info: thetileapp.com

 

4. Yeti Women’s Enduro Gloves
I like to have as little as possible between my bike and my hands. I can get away with riding barehanded on the road, but on trails the rough terrain leaves my unprotected palms in tatters. With these barely there cycling gloves, I can get close to direct contact without battering my skin, making them better-than-bare for off-road riding.
Price: $35
Info: yeticycles.com

 

 

5. Beta Red Endurance Formula
Beta alanine is an amino acid that improves recovery and quells muscle burn when you’re pushing into the red. Beetroot juice is brimming with nitrates your body converts to nitric oxide, a gas that widens blood vessels, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to flow during exercise. Beta Red blends these ingredients in one easy-to-mix drink powder that really works.
Price: $50
Info: endurobites.com

 

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Pedal Almost Forever Without The Fear Of A Flat

Bicycle tires are a weak link in the cycling world. They fail when you need them the most and can be a pain to repair. More often than not, a flat tire is the death sentence for a bicycle whose owner doesn’t have the tools or the know-how to fix the flat. If an owner brings the bike it into the shop to be repaired, the busted tire is thrown in the refuse pile joining the approximately 1.3 billion bicycle tires that are disposed of every year because they have cracks or puncture marks. Instead of contributing to this growing collection of waste inflated tires, Nexo North America has a better idea — two tire models, Ever Tires and Nexo Tires, that never get a flat.

 

Ever Tires is an airless tire that promises to deliver a smooth ride that rivals an inflated tire. The modified solid tire design is comprised of a polymer blend with a series of holes that have been engineered to offer exceptional control and outstanding durability. Each EverTire is expected to last for up to 5,000 miles as compared to approximately 3,000 miles for a standard high-end rubber bicycle tire. The Ever tires don’t use air which means of course that there are no leaks, so owners can ride over pins, nails, and other materials that usually would punch a hole and cause a leak in a standard rubber tire.

 

Because they use a single polymer blend material, Ever Tires also are simple to produce and more easily recycled than conventional rubber tires. Each Ever Tire only has to go through one manufacturing process, allowing the company to make a single tire in a mere 30 minutes. This simple production cycle is a marked improvement over conventional rubber tires that require several steps including mastication, vulcanization and the addition of chemicals like sulfur at high heat (280°F) to make the tire material durable.

 

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Best of Interbike 2016

From Roadbikereview.com

 

Interlake 2016.  Thousands? Tens of thousands? Who knows exactly how many products we see during the three-day Interbike trade show. But some just stand out more than others. Here are 20 of our absolute favorites courtesy of RoadBikeReview editors Saris Mercanti and Jason Sumner. Let us know which ones you love (or loathe) in the comments section.

 

Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage

Integration is the name of the game with the Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage, which combines a bottle cage, bottle, hand pump, 8 bit multi-tool, and chain tool into one neat package. Cost is $50-$80 depending on model. Learn more here. http://reviews.mtbr.com/syncros-interbike-2016

 

ProShift

The ProShift module is an aftermarket unit that uses your speed, cadence, and preferences to automatically shift gears. It’s currently available for Shimano, SRAM, and Campy electronic drivetrains. An FSA unit is also in development. More info at proshiftracing.com.

 

Giro Factor Techlace Shoes

Giro’s new Factor Techlace high end road shoe utilizes a single Boa dial at the top of the instep along with a pair of Techlaces over the forefoot. This new patent-pending closure system combines replaceable laces that are attached to Velcro straps. The idea is to retain the seven points of contact afforded by laces, while also giving users the ability to quickly adjust tension on the fly via straps and a Boa IP1 dial, which tightens or loosens in 1mm increments. This is the first time Giro has employed a Boa dial on any of its shoes road or mountain, which currently includes 48 total models. Price is $350. Learn more here.

 

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Skunk Lock, The bike lock that makes thieves vomit

From BikeRadar.com

Time for a little payback with the Skunklock

Many people believe that there is a special circle of hell reserved for bike thieves. One inventor has decided to recreate a little bit of hell on Earth for any would-be thieves with a bike lock design that sprays a noxious foul-smelling chemical at anyone that tries to tamper with it, triggering vomiting. It’s named, appropriately, the Skunklock.

Inventor Daniel Idzkowski, from San Francisco, is the man behind this novel approach to bike security and describes it as “the bike lock that will make thieves vomit when they try to steal your bike.”

It consists of a secure steel U-lock with a hollow pressurised chamber containing the chemical deterrent. The idea is that should someone attempt to cut through the lock they will puncture the seal on the chamber, which will cause the liquid inside to spray out and over the thief.

Although the detailed formula for the liquid is not disclosed, it does contain capsaicin, an irritant that’s used in some other personal defence products such as pepper sprays. The substance is designed to be extremely hard to clean off and will ruin clothing that comes into contact with it.

The liquid doesn’t have lasting harmful effects and the inventor is at pains to mention that the product is legal in the US, and in many countries worldwide, though he does recommend checking the legal situation in your nation or state yourself to make doubly sure.

Other than the chemical deterrent, the lock is used as any other U-lock and comes with multiple keys — handy, in case one gets misplaced. Of course, as with any lock, it’s not impossible to cut through it given time and tools, but it certainly would make it a horrible experience and Idskowski’s ambition here is to make it the “least attractive lock to compromise on your block.”

Idzkowski isn’t the first inventor to develop a lock with an aggressive theft deterrent element built in. The Bike Mine, developed by Yannick Read, is exactly what it sounds like: an explosive device that’s designed to let of a loud bang and flash if the lock is tampered with.

 

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Livall’s new smart cycling helmets

Packed with features any cyclist would approve of

 

Livell is back with some new smart cycling helmets, following the success of the Bling helmet series.

Like Bling, the new Livell helmets pack in several smart features, but this time in a slicker package that’s lighter and more subtle.

There are three different models this time, the BH81H, MT1 and the KS2, the latter being for kids.

The first two are very similar bar the built-in heart rate monitor – not featured in the MT1 – and the more rounded design of the BH81H.

Other than that, both come with smart warning lights built into back of the helmet, with turning signals so you can indicate to drivers and cyclists behind you.

There’s a built-in 3D gravity sensor, which can detect if you’ve fallen off the bike and, if so, automatically send an SOS message to a selected contact in your paired smartphone.

As for communication, there’s a built-in walkie talkie that lets you speak to other cyclists if you’re all out biking together (assuming they also have a Livell helmet, of course), while the wind-protected mic lets you take calls on the go without distortion.

There’s a paired remote that sits on the handbars and lets you perform all these functions, including controlling your music. The integrated bluetooth speakers in the helmet mean you’ll be able to listen to your tunes without blocking out all outside noise.

As mentioned, only the BH81H comes with the heart rate monitor, which will also sound an alarm if it detects you’re exceeding the safety range.

The helmets are currently on Indiegogo, where they’ve already shot well past their target, and will be shipped to backers in November.

iLumaware Shield TL – Radar technology for bicycle

About this project

The Shield TL is a rear tail light for your bicycle and will help make every ride safer, day or night!

What makes it better than the tail light you already have?  It is NOT just a tail light. The Shield TL includes a patent pending technology that makes a you visible to cars equipped with radar at a distance of more than 195 meters (that is more than 2 football fields!!). This is NOT a technology available in other cycling products you can buy.

How does it work?  The Shield TL includes OTR Technology. The technology amplifies your signal (making you more visible) to a car’s’ radar at a much greater distance than if you are riding without it.

How much more visible are you with a Shield TL on your bike?  Regardless the time of day you are riding, the Shield TL  increases your radar presence by more than 100% which dramatically increases the distance you become visible to cars equipped with radar.

 

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Why is your radar presence important?  Because typically objects that have a radar presence measuring +5dB or more are visible to a car’s radar at a range of 75 meters or more (the equivalent of almost 1 football field). In most scenarios, visibility at this distance would give a car and/or driver enough distance/time to stop the car completely and/or avoid a potential collision.

Without OTR Technology you typically measure -2db or less.  Objects that have a radar presence of +0dB or less are typically visible to a car’s radar at a range between 45-60 meters (less 1/2 a football field).  This drastically impacts how much time a car and/or driver needs to stop the car and/or avoid the collision. Below is a graph outlining the distance and time needed to stop a car if an object becomes visible to a car and the driver at 45 meters.

 

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Spinning bike wheels compress flat-filling Bimp air

Although you certainly can inflate a bike’s tires using a compact hand pump, doing so typically involves some time and effort. That’s why many cyclists use CO2 cartridges instead – particularly road riders with high-pressure tires, or mountain bikers who may need to reseat tubeless tires. Those cartridges cost a couple of bucks or so each, however, and they’re not reusable. France’s Production Functional Factory is attempting to address that situation with Bimp Air, a refillable compressed air system that’s charged by the spinning of the bike’s front wheel.

Bimp Air actually consists of three main components: a generator that’s mounted alongside the front hub, a miniature compressor that’s attached to (and powered by) that generator, plus a bottle-cage-mounted compressed air canister. The compressor and the canister are linked by a hose.

spins up the generator enough to fill the 50-bar (725-psi) canister with 11 liters of compressed air.

When it’s time to fix a flat, users disconnect the canister, pull it out of the cage, hook it up to the tire’s valve stem via a shorter inflation hose, then press its release button. Within less than 10 seconds, it can reportedly fill up a mountain, hybrid or road bike tire. It can also be used to top up mountain bikes’ air shocks.

Once the inflation job is complete, everything is hooked back up, and the canister gets refilled as the bike resumes moving.

Of course, not all cyclists are going to be keen on riding around with a generator mounted on their front wheel. With that in mind, the company also offers a non-bike-mounted electric pump that can be used to fill the canister before each ride. Potential buyers who choose to go that route, however, might also want to consider the RideAir or Airshot canisters, both of which can be pre-charged using a floor pump.

Bimp Air is already available in France, priced at €299 (about US$336) for the bike-powered version. Its makers are now looking for a North American distributor.

Source: Bimp Air

First Ride: Shimano R9100 Dura-Ace Mechanical

From Bicycling.com

Shimano R9100 Dura-Ace

Shimano released an update to its top-end mechanical road group in June. (For a detailed rundown on what’s new, you can read our post from the launch.) This week, we got a first ride on the rim-brake groupset from Las Vegas to the Outdoor Demo at Interbike in Boulder City, Nevada. (To keep up with the latest gear & tech news coming out in the bicycling world, be sure to subscribe!)

I’ve been riding the Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical group on my personal road bike for the past several months. R9100 is largely a refinement rather than an overhaul, so unsurprisingly, the new group feels very similar to the 9000 group I’ve come to know well. But there are some differences.

For starters, both front and rear derailleurs are new. The front derailleur has been redesigned into a smaller form, in part to provide more tireclearance and to tuck the cable away. It also has an integrated adjuster for cable tension, taking the place of the traditional dial adjuster. The rear derailleur borrows Shimano’s Shadow technology from the mountain bike world, bringing it further inward under the cassette for protection in the event of a hit or crash, and to improve shifting performance. It also has a longer cage to accommodate anything from an 11-23 to 11-30 cassette, allowing the rider to change cassettes for different rides or races without swapping derailleurs.

With two new derailleurs, it’s remarkable that R9100 still shifts very similarly to 9000. But as before, it’s smooth, precise, and quiet. Shimanosaid shifting in the front should require slightly less effort, and it does, which I particularly noticed when shifting from the small to the big ring. Our other test rider noted and liked that all of the paddles required slightly less throw.

The new group also received textured hood covers, and slightly different shaping. The difference is subtle, but generally made the bar feel a little more supportive on my palms when I had my hands behinds the hoods, and provided good additional grip for riding gloveless. (It was a cool day, so I didn’t get to see how they felt when my hands got a little sweaty.)

There was no steep climbing on our test ride, but where there was some gradual ascending, the 30-tooth cog on the new 11-30 cassette made it a little easier to spin uphill than the 11-28 I usually ride. The ratio increase compared to the 11-28 is noticeable—but it’s small enough that I would be happy riding the 11-30 as my everyday cassette.

The brakes received longer arms so that they now officially fit up to 28mm tires (if your frame will clear them), and Shimano says the calipersare stiffer, too. I was impressed by the power of the R9100 rim brakes. Particularly when I was coming to a quick stop, they had enough additional bite compared to my 9000 rim brakes that I felt myself adjusting how hard I pulled on the levers. While I’d like to ride them more and on carbon rims (we were riding aluminum), the initial impression from our 18-mile ride is that this is one of the quickest-stopping rim brakes I’ve ridden.

Of course, we’re also eager to try the new Dura-Ace R9100 hydraulic disc brakes and the Di2 group, and to get a version in for long-term testing. Look for a full review in the coming months on Bicycling.com.

From Bicycling.com

Three things you should never cheap out on: A Bike in one of them

Being cheap means always paying the lowest price for everything. Being frugal means spending enough money to get your money’s worth. Don’t be cheap; be frugal.

 

2. A Bike

More and more cities are becoming bike-friendly. If you have good bike infrastructure in your city, commuting to work via bike or at least doing some of your errands on a bike can save you money. Plus, it’s good for your health and good for the environment.

According to a 2015 AAA study, it cost $8,698 a year for the average sedan owner. You can certainly get a bike for less than that but if you are going to be biking a lot, you want a quality two-wheeler that is comfortable and reliable. While you can certainly spend much more, you can get a good commuter bike for as little as $300 or $400 according to bicycling.com. Any lower than that and you may have the same problems you encounter when you buy a cheap car: constant repairs. (If you can avoid paying to having your bike tuned up by becoming a “DIY” expert, you can save even more.)

If you’re able to give up your car, that’s a big savings, more than $8,000 a year. But even if you keep the car and use the bike more often, you can save on things like gas, parking and wear and tear on your car.

If you’re new to bike commuting, don’t buy your bike online or from a big box store. Go to a proper bike shop where the staff are knowledgeable and can help you not only pick the best bike for the circumstances of your commute but advise you on the accessories you need: a helmet, lights, and a lock to keep you and your bike safe.

 

Read more at csmonitor.com