Bicycle

For BMW’s Cruise M-Bike, M is for Manpower

For BMW’s Cruise M-Bike, M is for Manpower

BMW has taken the wraps off a new bicycle designed in “tribute” to the maker’s own M automobiles, the aptly named BMW Cruise M-Bike. This is a limited edition bicycle — only 500 of them will be made — and it’ll be sporting the BMW M GmbH’s Austin Yellow Metallic coloring, as well as a “Bullneck” on the front frame’s top tube a la a motorcycle’s typical design. There's no gasoline powering this, however -- it is 100-percent bicycle with all the trimming any enthusiast could need.

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Halfbike II wants you to have fun, looks like skateboarding

Halfbike II wants you to have fun, looks like skateboarding

We've seen our fair share of bikes on Kickstarter, most, if not all, of them focused on improving the efficiency or security, or both, of biking. But this latest campaign has none, or at least very little of that. Instead, Halfbike wants you to focus on the fun of biking, no matter how strange it looks. And this bike is really out there when it comes to looks. Sure, it may not be as eccentric as the "Post Modern" skateboard without a board, but Halfbike shares in a similar post-modern mentality and deconstructs almost everything you expect from a bike.

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Solarbike has solar panel wheels

Solarbike has solar panel wheels

In many big cities, citizens don’t have cars and the only way to get around it to walk or use public transportation. People who live too far away from work to walk and don’t want to spend lots of money on public transport can also ride bikes. The catch is that peddling can leave you a sweaty mess before you get to work. This has led to the invention of electric bikes.

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Closca Fuga folding helmet removes the inconvenience

Closca Fuga folding helmet removes the inconvenience

Using a bicycle to get around has its advantages: it takes up far less space than a car (and costs less), there's no monthly fuel charges or insurance premiums, and it burns a bunch of calories. The downside is that it can't be locked like a car, and so anything you leave on it while you're in the store is likely to be gone by the time you come back at...including the helmet. Stuffing the helmet into a backpack is one solution, but that is a hassle, especially if you're heading into a store that doesn't allow them, and soon the temptation to go without a helmet takes hold.

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Volvo’s reflective paint lights up cyclists at night

Volvo’s reflective paint lights up cyclists at night

Among the most important items bicyclists rely on to stay safe when riding at night are lights for their bike and reflective material either worn atop clothing or attached to the limbs. But Swedish car maker Volvo, which has a long track record of focusing on safety with their vehicles, has come up with something different as part of a collaboration with advertising agency Grey London and Albedoo100. It's called LifePaint, and it can be sprayed on bikes, clothing, and helmets in order to make them glow white when in the path of a car's headlights.

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Trefecta DRT mil-spec electric bicycle hits 40MPH

Trefecta DRT mil-spec electric bicycle hits 40MPH

Trefecta has introduced a new electric bicycle that is unlike any e-bike you've seen -- it has a no-nonsense industrial design, meets mil-spec standards, and can hit a top speed of 40MPH, eclipsing many scooters on the market. It's the type of bicycle you'd want to have tucked away for the apocalypse, or perhaps an impromptu trip through certain parts of the world. Though it can be pedaled (it is, after all, a bicycle), it also has a throttle for pedal-free operation, the latter of which includes a range of more than 60 miles per charge.

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Litelok bicycle lock makes security lightweight

Litelok bicycle lock makes security lightweight

If you commute by bicycle, the odds are high that you've invested in a nice bike...which means you've also invested in a nice lock to help ensure someone doesn't nick it while you're in the office. Good bike locks are usually heavy bike locks, however, otherwise a pair of bolt cutters make them just about as useless as no bike at all. One company wants to free cyclists from the burden of heavy bike locks, however, and so it has developed the Litelok, a lock that is exactly what it sounds like: lightweight.

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YERKA bike is unstealable because the bike is the lock

YERKA bike is unstealable because the bike is the lock

We've seen a lot of "smart" bikes lately, some as final products and some still in crowdfunding. But most of them, if not all, don't exactly protect your somewhat expensive and fancy incentive from one of the biggest cycling dangers of all: thieves. Some do have some sort of technology, but at most they help you only after the fact and not prevent theft in the first place. YERKA wants to change all that, by offering the vision of a bike that cannot be stolen, simply because the bike itself is the lock.

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Spark tries to reinvent the biking experience, not the wheel

Spark tries to reinvent the biking experience, not the wheel

We've seen a lot of attempts to sell electric bikes in one form or another, from finished retail products to crowdfunding pitches, but each of those have its own special trick to sell. Shocke Bikes is also taking a stab at the modernization of that age-old two-wheeled vehicle, but it is also singing a slightly different, more traditional tune. With Spark, Shocke Bikes wants to offer the best of all worlds: the unassuming look of a bicycle, the empowering features of an electric bike, and, most importantly, a price tag that won't eat into your paycheck.

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