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.
One of the best ways to teach kids how to ride a bike is with a balance bike. The pedal-less design lets them scoot along, tucking their legs when they feel comfortable enough. Kids grow quickly, though, and those balance bikes soon become obsolete — unless you have one of these!
While other OEMs are taking their connected ambitions to the street via automobiles, Samsung is going a different route. Rather than get involved in the traffic jam that is connected cars, Samsung has created a smart bike that aims to keep you safe and sound. And like any good connected anything does, it tracks your data via your smartphone.
The Hammerhead LED-based navigator for bicyclists, which was funded through a crowdfunding campaign late last year, is available for pre-order from the company's website. With the device comes the ability to navigate by bike without the hassle (and safety issue) of pulling out a smartphone or GPS unit.
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.
Sometimes walking somewhere is out of the question -- or one simply dislikes the idea of trekking up large hills -- and it is such times when mopeds prove their handiness. In this case, the Greyp G12 is more than a moped, however, having a "Street Mode" that allows it to double as a no-pedaling-necessary motorcycle with a fairly lengthy range.
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.
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.
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.
We're big fans of folding bikes here at SlashGear, ever since reviewing Sinclair Research's seriously small A-Bike, but an electric boost to our feeble geeky legs is always welcome. Swiss firm Voltitude is promising just that, a compact bike that can fold and unfold in seconds and which uses a 9.5Ah Li-Poly battery good for up to 18 miles.
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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.