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Brake troubles lead to 1.3 million bicycle recall in US

Brake troubles lead to 1.3 million bicycle recall in US

Most recalls concern automobiles, but bicycles can suffer the same fate if faulty parts or construction is found. Such is the case concerning about 1.3 million bikes in the United States, which are being recalled due to a problem related to the front brakes. The recall was detailed yesterday, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission stating the affected bicycles are from 13 manufacturers. In addition, a smaller number of affected bikes are located in Mexico and Canada.

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Cotlo Corvus smart bike uses radar to detect approaching cars

Cotlo Corvus smart bike uses radar to detect approaching cars

At Interbike 2015 this month, Costelo showed off a prototype of the Corvus smart bike by Cotlo, a bicycle that features a rear radar system for detecting approaching vehicles. This gives cyclists a little bit of the safety technology that has been enjoyed by drivers for a while now, and will potentially help decrease the number of vehicle-related cycling accidents.

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85mph speedbike sets human-powered vehicle speed record

85mph speedbike sets human-powered vehicle speed record

Imagine traveling 85 miles per hour on a bicycle, with your pedaling providing the only power. Now, imagine doing it in a sealed, bullet-shaped "speedbike" over a 5-mile stretch of flat road. That's exactly the team AeroVelo has done this week at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge competition, setting a new world record for the fastest human-powered vehicle. The team's "Eta" bike reached a speed of 85.71 miles per hour, topping the previous record of 83.13 mph.

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Greyp Bikes introduces next-gen G12S motor bike

Greyp Bikes introduces next-gen G12S motor bike

Around this time in 2013, we saw the Greyp G12, an electric bicycle activated with the touch of a one’s thumb. The company is back with a next-gen version of the bike, and it is called the Greyp G12S. This bike has the same design flavors as the original version, but includes an improved battery pack, among other things. The new model was recently showcased at the Salon Privé 2015.

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Cargo Node folding bicycle is a modern day pack horse

Cargo Node folding bicycle is a modern day pack horse

City living means cars, despite all of their upsides, can be more of a burden than a blessing. Parking is expensive; free parking is hard to come by. Gas is expensive. Maintenance is expensive. Traffic is usually terrible. For this reason, many use bicycles and skateboards when possible, but those also, obviously, have their own downsides. Xtracycle and Tern have addressed the biggest issues — lack of cargo capacity — with their new Cargo Node folding cargo bicycle.

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Canyon Android Wear powered bike computer runs apps, tracks workouts

Canyon Android Wear powered bike computer runs apps, tracks workouts

Android Wear is being used in all sorts of wearable devices from smartwatches to fitness trackers. The OS is a very common in the wearable category but the latest product that uses Android Wear isn't for you to wear, it's for your bike. Bicyclists who are serious about their sport often want to be able to track all sorts of metrics about their rides via a bike computer. The Canyon Smart Bike computer runs Android Go and can run some apps right on the bike.

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De Rosa SK Pininfarina carbon fiber bicycles look good going fast

De Rosa SK Pininfarina carbon fiber bicycles look good going fast

Pininfarina is an Italian design company known for creating some of the most beautiful cars ever made. Cars aren’t all the company designs and its latest project are some very sexy and high-end racing bicycles. The bikes are the De Rosa SK Pininfarina and they were unveiled at the Europbike show in Germany.

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Google’s self-driving car gets confused by cyclist’s track stand

Google’s self-driving car gets confused by cyclist’s track stand

We've been hearing about Google's self-driving cars getting into fender-benders before, mostly at the fault of other vehicles with a human behind the wheel, but recently one of the autonomous vehicles got a bit confused by a cyclist at an intersection. Did the car not recognize the cyclist and almost collide with him? Nope. Turns out the rider was simply doing a track stand — where they keep the bike upright at a stop without taking their feel off the pedals — and the car couldn't tell if they were moving or not.

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Kick-Varibike has you pedal with arms instead of legs

Kick-Varibike has you pedal with arms instead of legs

Kick-Varibike is a bicycle like no other -- in fact, it is more akin to a giant scooter than anything else (a "kickbike"), but with the addition of pedals placed near the handle bars, which also makes it a hand bike. You can ride it like a scooter if that's your preference, pushing off the ground with your foot to propel it forward; or, you can pedal with your arms and build some upper body strength while traveling around. The model managed to catch the public eye at Eurobike 2015 recently.

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This electric all-terrain bike wants to go to the beach

This electric all-terrain bike wants to go to the beach

The XTERRAIN500 is a new electric bike that boasts of being able to easily glide over soft beach sand, thanks to its short, 10-inch wide front tire. With the addition of a 500-watt motor, this "all-terrain bike" will also reduce the effort riders need while pedaling on terrain including snow, mud, grass, and gravel. The bike's makers point out that most fat tire bicycles available today only come with 4-inch wide tires, which allow for riding on packed sand, but aren't enough for the really soft terrain at the beach.

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Fat Bad is first folding electric bicycle with fat tires

Fat Bad is first folding electric bicycle with fat tires

Folding bikes are generally designed to be as small as possible -- after all, one typically does not buy a folding bike if portability and space conservation aren't two big concerns. That's why you're not likely to see a folding bike with big wheels, and if you do it'll be the ordinary manual kind. Bad Bike in Italy has decided to change this, and has introduced its Fat Bad as the first claimed folding model that is both electric and in possession of two fat tires.

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Lumos bike helmet has stoplights and turn signals built-in

Lumos bike helmet has stoplights and turn signals built-in

The biggest safety challenge for bicyclists is to be seen on the road so people in cars don't hit them while they ride. Most bikes have reflectors and riders can put flashing lights on their bikes to help them be more visible. A new bike helmet called the Lumos has built in lighting to improve rider visibility and it has turn signals and stoplights built-in to help the rider signal intentions while on the road.

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