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Xiaomi is now getting into the bicycle market

Xiaomi is now getting into the bicycle market

Xiaomi is perhaps currently more known for its almost magical smartphones that sell like there's no tomorrow each and every time. Soon, however, its product portfolio will be so diverse that it might be harder to pin down what Xiaomi really is. The Chinese company has branched out beyond mobile devices, into smart TVs, smart lamps, and even a smart air purifier. Now it's taking on yet another market, but one that is even more puzzling than the others. Xiaomi is getting into bicycles, but at least they will be smart bicycles.

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Hummingbird folding bicycle is ultra-light at 14lbs

Hummingbird folding bicycle is ultra-light at 14lbs

Folding bicycles are designed to be compact, and that's usually so they can be toted onto a train or bus as well as being stored in tight spaces. For this reason, folding bikes usually need to be as light as they are compact, but achieving a light weight can be difficult without sacrificing usability. Enter Hummingbird, a new folding bike that packs many features, as well as a very light 6.5kg/14lbs weight.

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Yamaha’s Motobot plans to unseat humans on superbikes

Yamaha’s Motobot plans to unseat humans on superbikes

You've seen self-driving cars before. How about self-driving motorbikes? While autonomous cars can practically be considered robots themselves, Yamaha's latest spectacle actually has a robot driving a motorbike. So yea, no room for human riders. Dubbed the Motobot, because what else would you call it, Yamaha's creation still uses training wheels at the moment and drives at a rather safe speed. But the company hopes that the robot will soon learn how to fulfill its prime objective, which the robot itself ominously says is to surpass humans.

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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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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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Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford announced this week that they'd be shifting their Ford Smart Mobility program from its research phase to implementation. With this, their focus switches to new projects as programs like Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing are given the go-ahead with pilot programs. Ford showed of their third most versatile e-bike with the MoDe:Flex as well, able to be folded down and stored into any Ford vehicle where it's able to be charged. This bike also connects to the rider's smartphone using the MoDe:Link app.

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Harley Davidson’s e-bike plans are low on juice

Harley Davidson’s e-bike plans are low on juice

Don't hold your breath for Harley Davidson's electric motorcycle, with the battery-powered LiveWire on hold until powertrain tech catches up. The eco-friendly bike was revealed to no small degree of interest a year ago, with the iconic firm taking it on a tour of the US and Europe to gage potential interest among riders. According to Harley the LiveWire is still on the roadmap, but right now neither the price nor the battery technology are ready for the mass market.

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Garmn Vector 2, 2S make cycling power metrics easier to do

Garmn Vector 2, 2S make cycling power metrics easier to do

You might know Garmin to be more of a navigation technology company, but two years ago it debuted a Vector line of products that focused not on getting where you're going but on how you are getting there. The first Vector in 2013, followed by the Vector S a year later, are bike pedals that helped cyclists get a hold of their performance stats. Today, Garmin is stepping up, no pun intended, with the launch of the 2nd generation Vector 2 and Vector 2S pedals, now made even easier to install and remove.

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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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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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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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