Bike

Hollywood battles bikers over shot-stealing cycle lane

Hollywood battles bikers over shot-stealing cycle lane

Hollywood heavyweights are at war with a bike lane, though the movie industry isn't anti-cyclist, only at the color the path has been painted. The lane - which runs a 12-block length of Historic Core, California - was painted lurid green less than two years ago, The Hollywood Reporter writes, in the process allegedly ruining the area's potential as a convenient New York City stand-in for film crews. They want the paint changed to match the Big Apple, something cycling lobbyists say will end up being dangerous.

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Voltitude V1 folding electric bike up for expensive preorder

Voltitude V1 folding electric bike up for expensive preorder

Swiss folding electric bike start-up Voltitude has begun taking orders for its eye-catching urban transport alternative, a collapsable battery-powered bike with a roughly 25 mile range. Intended to make the final jaunt between public transportation and your home or office more straightforward, the Voltitude V1 borrows the best of scooters and pushbikes for something that can be trundled off the train and have you at your desk in short order.

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Alfa cardboard bike set for full production

Alfa cardboard bike set for full production

This month an inventor by the name of Izhar Gafni has shown off his "Alfa" bicycle made of cardboard, one he says has the potential to change transportation as we know it. This vehicle is heading to mass production in just a few months and has been demonstrated by the inventor on several occasions. After four years - or so he says - of working on negating the weak points in the structure of traditional cardboard, Gafni says he's done it, and it's time to ride paper around the city.

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‘Akira’ bike taking a road trip across Japan

‘Akira’ bike taking a road trip across Japan

If there’s one thing that can be universally agreed in geekdom, it’s that the bike from Akira is pretty damn cool. There have been various real life replicas of the bike built across the years, but only one has been officially recognized by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. It was built by Shinji Tejima at the Showa Studio repair shop, taking him seven years, and at an overall cost of ¥10 million (~$121,310).

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Gotham Bicycle Defense Defender creates thief-proof bike light

Gotham Bicycle Defense Defender creates thief-proof bike light

City cyclist rejoice, there's a brand new lamp in town - one made with six high-powered LED bulbs, an aluminum body, and a construction that'll make it impossible to be stolen by thieves. The idea for this light came from its developer's colleague getting hit by a car at night after his lamp had been stolen. The developers of The Defender are former MIT students Slava Menn and Brad Geswein saw the problem and surveyed over 100 bikers around NYC, over a third of them confirming that yes, they'd had a bike light stolen at some point or another. From there, these two fellows created a business called Gotham Bicycle Defense.

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Ben Heck builds bicycle safety sensor

Ben Heck builds bicycle safety sensor

Ben Heck made his name crafting some really cool game consoles that were packed into portable from factors. Since his show kicked off on element 14, Heck has created some stuff that we are used to seeing from him like portable Xboxs, but he has also branched out into some odd projects like the automatic hand sanitizer dispenser. Heck's latest DIY creating is out of the realm of what he is famous for.

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PumpTire keeps inflated all by itself

PumpTire keeps inflated all by itself

Both of my kids have bikes that they ride regularly. The problem is if either of them goes a day or so without riding the bikes the tires are flat. For some reason the bike pump is a very elusive item at my house so getting tires filled up is a pain for me. A new design concept is up to get funding on Kickstarter looking to bring new tires for bikes to market called the PumpTire. These tires will never need to be pumped according to the designers.

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Garmin Vector and Edge 200 target cyclists rich and poor [Video]

Garmin Vector and Edge 200 target cyclists rich and poor [Video]

Garmin has launched a pair of new tracking gadgets targeted at cyclists, with the Edge 200 Cycling GPS offering to track your progress on a budget, while the Garmin Vector promises to be the lightest direct measurement power meter on the market. The Edge 200 demands no separate sensors but can still count calories burned, speed, distance and time along with location, and comes wrapped up in a weatherproof housing. However, pro-cyclists will probably get a lot more fun out of the Vector, which measures deflection in the pedal spindle to figure out total power, left and right leg power, and cadence.

 

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