Bike

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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Storm eBike electrifies the fat wheel: Hands-on [Updated]

Storm eBike electrifies the fat wheel: Hands-on [Updated]

Luckily for Storm Sondors he has an amazing name, and thus so does the Storm eBike he created as an electric bike for the everyman. Launched on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo this weekend, the urban transport option certainly isn't the first battery-powered bike we've seen, but at $499 it's one of the most affordable. According to Sondors, however, being easy on the wallet as well as the thighs isn't all that the Storm eBike is about, so I snapped on my bicycle clips to take a ride and find out more.

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smrtGRiPS makes even your bike grips smarter

smrtGRiPS makes even your bike grips smarter

The Internet of Things might be coming to a head. You know that when anything and everything is becoming a "connected device". We've seen some attempt to make smart bikes more accessible, from simple addons to smart wheels. Now it's the turn of your bike grip to become the next smart bike part. Introducing smrtGRiPS, the world's first connected bike grip that promises to give users eyes-free navigation and worry-free location, without the hassles of obtrusive displays, messy installations, or expensive components.

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Lamborghini V12 engine revived to power a motorcycle

Lamborghini V12 engine revived to power a motorcycle

What should you do if you have a working engine of a luxury car but don't have a luxury car to put it in? Why, convert it to a motorcycle engine, of course! While that admittedly might be the last thing to cross your mind in these situations, this is exactly what Chuck Beck did when he was gifted with a still perfectly working Lamborghini V12 petrol engine and loads of time on his hands while his wife was away for the summer.

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One Omni Wheel is all you need to make your bike electric

One Omni Wheel is all you need to make your bike electric

While bicycles are great for their health benefits, of course paired with their transportation uses, there are times when you wish you could have some added boost to get through some added distance or some more challenging terrain. Electric bikes or e-bikes have answered that call, but not many are willing to trade in their faithful steed for some hi-tech replacement. Smart wheels, then, offer a bit of a compromise, and Evelo's Omni Wheel is one that promises convenience and simplicity without sacrificing power.

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COBI System wants to make any bike a whole lot smarter

COBI System wants to make any bike a whole lot smarter

You may have heard of smart bicycles, like Baidu's for example, and you even have dreamt of owning one. But maybe you don't have the money to splurge on another bike or don't want to replace your own professional and faithful ride. Well, there's good news for bikers. iCradle wants to give you that smart bike by not giving you a smart bike. Instead, COBI is a "bike system", a collection of parts that work in concert with each other to deliver functionality similar to a smart car. Except, well, on a bike.

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Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

We have a lot of smart objects in our lives these days. Smart phones, smart watches, smart homes, and a bit of smart cars. What about smart bikes? No? Well, Baidu thinks "yes" and its Dubike smart bike is now up for everyone to see. Or at least images and videos of it. The Dubike is indeed equipped with your standard fare navigation and tracking features, but it is a bike that does not easily reveal its geeky nature and looks like any classy, high-end bicycle.

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Project MRSC Connected Smart-Bike gets you online

Project MRSC Connected Smart-Bike gets you online

A new connected smart-bike integrating the best of mobile data and supercar-style suspension has been cooked up by Canyon and Deutsche Telekom, expected to show up for road trials early in the new year. Dubbed Project MRSC Connected - after the "Magneto-Rheological Suspension Control" (MRSC) - the bike links a new carbon leaf spring suspension system with a cellularly-enabled brain, as well as a network of sensors throughout the frame.

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