bikes

FlyKly smart bicycle wheel made for fixies, works with iOS, Android, and Pebble

FlyKly smart bicycle wheel made for fixies, works with iOS, Android, and Pebble

If you were thinking that you'd never jump aboard a smart bike - or an electric bicycle for that matter - because you were a hardcore fixed-gear enthusiast for life, think again. The folks behind FlyKly have introduced a an entire electric/smart bike setup in a single rear wheel. Now bicyclists will be able to toss a wheel on their favorite bike and electrify it - so to speak - straight away.

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Garmin Vector cyclist power meter hits stores

Garmin Vector cyclist power meter hits stores

Garmin has launched its latest health tracker, the Garmin Vector, this time targeting cyclists wanting to record their power output. Fitted, the manufacturer claims, in minutes to a bike's pedals, the ANT+ compatible power meter can track individual power output from each leg, squirting data to a Garmin Edge head unit and, from there, into the web-based Garmin Connect user profile.

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FACTOR Vis Vires road bike outted with ANT+ integration

FACTOR Vis Vires road bike outted with ANT+ integration

All of the cool tech that you can get for your bike can add a lot of new functionality to the way you exercise, including cadence sensors, and bike computers that tell you your speed and distances. However, all of this technology has never really been implemented into the bike seamlessly, but that's where a company called FACTOR is looking to change that.

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Google Maps brings bike directions to more European countries

Google Maps brings bike directions to more European countries

Google has added bike directions to a number of European countries today, including Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. You'll be able to get biking directions based on bike-safe roads and trails in these areas, and Google Maps will also show you bike trails and bike lane-equipped roads that you can explore right in Google Maps itself.

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DIY pedal-powered snowplow

DIY pedal-powered snowplow

We only get snow once every few years in my part of Texas, but in other states, snow is something that you have to deal with on a daily basis. I would hate to have to shovel snow out of my driveway each day before I could back the car out and go about my business. If you had to do that shoveling with a shovel by hand, it would double suck.

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BOND bike packs flamethrower, tank track & ejector seat [Video]

BOND bike packs flamethrower, tank track & ejector seat [Video]

We wouldn't normally talk about insurance companies here on SlashGear, but ilovemybike must've known they'd be appealing to geeks when they put together their BOND bicycle prototype.  According to ETA it's intended to answer the three main criticisms of urban bikers, hence there's a flamethrower in the handlebars for cars that get too close, caterpillar tracks at the back for dealing with potholes, and an ejector seat for disposing of bike thieves.

Video demo after the cut

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