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Car-sharing outfit Zipcar expands into bike-sharing

Car-sharing outfit Zipcar expands into bike-sharing

Long before Uber was ruling the streets, the idea of car-sharing was associated with companies like Zipcar, the service where users can pay to use a car just when they need it, and then park it for someone else to take. Now Zipcar is looking to apply that same model to bicycles, and has announced a new partnership with Zagster where they will bring a new bike-sharing service to 15 college campuses in the US.

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Xiaomi makes an electric bike that’s actually pretty rad

Xiaomi makes an electric bike that’s actually pretty rad

In an announcement that should surprise nobody, Xiaomi has entered another new market with an electric bicycle. It's called the Mi Qicycle Electric Folding Bike, and it's just launched this morning in Beijing, China. According to Xiaomi's Vincent Khoo, "Xiaomi is not a smartphone company, but we are a technology company. Why not enter another field such as transportation?" This bike folds up, runs on a rather massive battery, and comes with its own app.

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Now there’s an Uber service for bike riders

Now there’s an Uber service for bike riders

Cycling has become more and more common as way to get around cities and urban environments. It's easy to understand the growing popularity; riding a bike is cheaper and healthier than owning a car, and many cities are now creating dedicated lanes and paths for cyclists. But there are obviously still times when people need a car, which explains the rapid growth of Uber in similar urban environments. So, in order to be more useful to cyclists, Uber has announced a new service dubbed UberBike.

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GeoOrbital Wheel adds an electric motor to your bike in 60 seconds

GeoOrbital Wheel adds an electric motor to your bike in 60 seconds

I enjoy riding my bike around town. I don't do it often enough, but when I do, it's nice to be able to travel around, get some breeze in my face, and just enjoy being outside. Of course, sometimes I just want to enjoy that without all of the hard work of pedaling up a big hill. There are two ways around that: I can either plan my route to avoid any hills, or I can get a little assistance.

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This electric bike can use 3D-printed replacement parts

This electric bike can use 3D-printed replacement parts

About a month ago, ETT Industries announced the Trayser, its new electric bicycle that, while impressive, is fairly standard as far as e-bikes go. It features an aluminum frame, a 42V lithium-ion battery, a range of 60 miles with minimal pedaling, and can reach a top speed of 15.5 mph. But what's really interesting is the ETT has revealed that it's making 3D printing files available for certain parts of the e-bike, allowing riders to replace them with ease, or customize the bicycle to their preference.

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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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Give your bike a real headlight & turn signals with these LEDs

Give your bike a real headlight & turn signals with these LEDs

Products that attach LED lights to bicycle wheels for improved visibility are nothing new, but the latest version from Revolights drastically improves on previous designs, not only with turn signals and better battery usage, but integration with a mobile app. Revolights has just launched an Indiegogo campaign for their newest set, called Eclipse and Eclipse+, which still work by creating two arcs of light as the LEDs pass through specific positions during wheel rotations.

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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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Ford’s latest eBike is foldable, warns riders of potholes

Ford’s latest eBike is foldable, warns riders of potholes

Here is a Ford ride of a different breed. Along with the announcement of its new Peer-2-Peer ride sharing program, the car company has debuted the third in its line of smartbike concepts, dubbed the MoDe:Flex. The electric-assisted bicycle features a battery and motor, and also comes with a mobile app that is designed to help riders plan their commutes by breaking it down into sections for car and bike. Much like its predecessors, the MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro bikes, the Flex can be folded up to fit inside a car for easier transportation.

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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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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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